Assessing the Sustainability of Pacific Bigeye Tuna Supplies Entering the Hawaii Fresh Fish Market: Case Study 01/01/2008
Author: IUCN (Paul K. Bartram)
Bigeye tuna is the most desired species in Hawaii's sashimi tuna market. No eco-labeling systems are currently in place to assess the sustainability of the various suppliers of Pacific bigeye tuna. This case study evaluates bigeye tuna supplies entering Hawaii based on the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) minimum standards to qualify fisheries for eco-labeling. These standards require consideration of the fishery management system; fish stock status and remedial action if needed to avoid an overfished condition; and major fishery impacts on the ecosystem.