PLEASE READ, this is very cool.

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A tuna fishery operating in the North and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">South Pacific Ocean</st1:place> is to be awarded the Marine Stewardship Council’s coveted eco-label for sustainable fishing.

The American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA)[1] tuna fishery, passed its full assessment this week when independent certifier, Moody Marine[2] awarded AAFA its certificate. Products from the AAFA tuna fishery may now carry the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label (subject to a Chain of Custody audit) which will distinguish it as a certified sustainable and well-managed fishery. This is the first tuna fishery in the world to receive the accolade.

The AAFA tuna fishery is a small, family-run fishery operating out of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Diego</st1:place></st1:City>. The fish are caught using the poll & line techniques (and the troll and line techniques in the south Pacific) and its members pride themselves on the care they take to protect the marine environment. Skipper Jack “Bandini” Webster explains: “Tuna fishermen seem to get a bad rap in a worldwide way. Most of the fishermen who are left love the ocean: you’ve got to love it because it’s real hard work. Being certified sustainable is important to us. Fishermen who are doing the right thing should prove that they are and talk about it. That’s what this certificate is all about.”

There are 21 boats in the association catching around 3,000 - 4,000 tons of albacore tuna per year.



Rupert Howes, Chief Executive of the MSC says: “This really is a milestone event and one that demonstrates the applicability of the MSC program to migratory species. The dwindling stocks of many tuna species are of increasing concern for consumers. The certification of the AAFA tuna fishery is a huge achievement for the fishermen. Because of the way they fish, the AAFA fishery has virtually no by-catch. By demonstrating their sustainable practices through MSC certification, AAFA is making it possible for consumers to make the best environmental choice in tuna.”

WWF <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">US</st1:place></st1:country-region> has sponsored the fishery’s assessment. Meredith Lopuch, Director - Community Fisheries Program, says: “If we want our grandchildren to have tuna on their dinner plates and in the sea, sustainable tuna fishing practices must be adopted. Certification of the first sustainable tuna fishery shows it can be done and if others change to improve their practices and follow suit, there’s a future for tuna and tuna fisheries.”






NIce job to Jack and the rest of the fleet.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

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Congratulations to all the owners and skippers in the AAFA. Just hope that the tuna buying public will back it.

Bandini Webster, what an unusual middle name. I must remember to ask Jack about that.
 

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Way to go AAFA! Doin things the right way.
 

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Good Job to the AAFA. Hopefully others will get on board with this fine example.
 

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THANK YOU AAFA, me being a teenager, I always here this shit about the fish being gone by 2050, and with the way the commerical fishers are killing fish faster than they can reproduce cuz of money is fucked up (ie bluefin etc.). I hope that other commerical fishermen follow suit and be credited by the AAFA, then catching fish will be enjoyed for generations to come
 

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got love the old school lift pole shit looks like they can actually make a living doing it
 

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Great to see that at least one tuna fishery has got it goin' on!
:appl:
 

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Webster is a fishy SOB, he taught me alot when I was a kid, I think he got recognized for this or somthing similar a few years ago as well.
 

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Thanks Tommy, Great read!!!
 

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Good stuff Tommy.
 
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hey tommy do you have any more pics of the jackpoling? those look cool.