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Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) for Tuna fishing operations
by Fishing Industry Association of Papua New Guinea (Private sector)
PNG Fishing Industry Association (PNG FIA) is promoting and supporting initiatives that guide certain activities associated with its member's fishing operation: to minimize incidental mortality of non-target species and impacts on marine ecosystems, manage and control abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear in the marine environment, manage and mitigate marine pollution and its impacts on ocean and coastal environments, wildlife, economies, and ecosystems, being able to track and trace all catches from fishing ground to point of transshipment and/or unloading, processed into a finished product for entry into the market, manage and cares not only the health of the fishery but also the human factor, when it comes to crew welfare and living on-board conditions in order to eliminate forced labor, and risk against human rights at the sea that is directly related to IUU. For this reason, the Responsible Sourcing Policy (RSP) was created in 2017, the objectives of the FIA PNG RSP are: 1. Support our national commercialized fisheries to achieve the best practice and sustainable resource utilization and marketing 2. Support our domestic fisheries development aspirations, its resources and business sustainability. 3. Support our fishing industries' efforts to ascertain improvement in sustainability of tuna stock within Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Convention area. 4. Work in alignment and cooperation with National Fisheries Authority (NFA) and regional partners in developing and implementing verifiable, science-based practices, commitments, and international management measures that result in tuna fisheries meeting management and sustainable goals. 5. Becoming the industry standard for bilaterals, domestic and locally based fishing fleets, and associated traders, processors, marketers, and consumers. The FIA PNG RSP pillars are 4 and aim to contribute to at least 11 SDGs: 1. Marine Stewardship Certification (MSC) 2. Catch traceability in the supply chain 3. Marine Litter & Fishing Gear Management Practices 4. Social Accountability (Labour Welfare Policy)
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
Type of commitment
  • Removal or reduction of harmful fisheries subsidies
  • information relating to harmful subsidies
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
December 2022
100% audit of our tuna fleet agains the FIA PNG RSP policy and procedure
December/ 2021
>70% reduction of Fishing Aggregating devices (FADs) in our tuna fleet
100% traceability of tuna landing that enter into the supply chain from our 86 tuna purse seiners
50% of our tuna fleet (86 tuna purse seiners) should be assessed against crew welfare and labor conditions
Staff / Technical expertise
FIA PNG hired a sustainable expert for helping the association to increase the compliance level of the RSP
Staff / Technical expertise
FIA PNG members are financing the management system set up and investing in the improvements provided by this commitment.
Staff / Technical expertise
FIA PNG set up a dedicated team for creation, implementation and monitoring of this SDG commtiment.
In-kind contribution
Global stakeholders are supporting us reviewing our policies, procedures and practices as peer reviewers and experts.
Basic information
Time-frame: August/2017 - December/ 2022
(https://www.fia-png.com/) (https://fishchoice.com/) (https://www.ourgssi.org/) (https://www.fisheries.gov.pg/) (Frabelle PNG fishing and processing) (RD PNG fishing and processing) (Trans-Pacific Journey fishing) (Fairwell fishing)(Nambawan tuna processing) (Majestic Seafood Processing ltd) (South Seas Tuna Canning)
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Marcelo Hidalgo, Sustainability Director, contact@seafoodmatter.eu, +31684557662
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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