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First bigeye tuna fishery achieves Marine Stewardship Council certification

The Chinese owned fishery also achieved MSC certification for yellowfin last year.

A Chinese-owned longline yellowfin and bigeye tuna fishery in the Federated States of Micronesia has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its bigeye tuna catch -- the first fishery of its kind to be certified.

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The fishery, owned by three Chinese fishing companies, Liancheng Overseas Fishery, China Southern Fishery Shenzhen and Liancheng Overseas Fishery, achieved MSC certification for yellowfin in October 2018.

Liancheng is the largest Chinese fleet to achieve MSC certification. It is also responsible for the Cook Islands South Pacific albacore and yellowfin longline fishery which achieved MSC certification in 2015 and its yellowfin and bigeye tuna fisheries in the Republic of Marshall Islands are also undergoing MSC assessment, with a conclusion expected by the end of 2019.

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