ANABAC Atlantic unassociated purse seine yellowfin Public Certification Report announcement

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25Th JUNE 2021


Client: ANABAC (Asociacion Nacional de Armadores de Buques Atuneros Congeladores)

Marine Stewardship Council

CAB: Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS

Following a 15-day objection period on the Final Draft Report for the ANABAC Atlantic unassociated purse seine yellowfin tuna fishery the Public Certification Report was produced by the assessment team and published at the MSC website on June 25, 2021.

Both the assessment team and Bureau Veritas Certification Holding SAS determined that the assessed fishery complies with MSC Fisheries Certification Requirements, so the certification is awarded. The fishery certificate will expire on June 24, 2026 subject to the results of ongoing surveillance audits.

The product caught by the UoC presented in the table below is eligible to be sold by the client group as MSC certified and enter further certified CoC. However, restrictions on the fully certified product entering further CoC have been imposed since the vessels included in the UoC are required to have their own on-board MSC-CoC certificates.

Unit of Certification for ANABAC Atlantic unassociated purse seine yellowfin tuna fishery.


Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares)


Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), Atlantic Ocean stock.

Geographical area

FAO areas 34 and 47.

Harvest method / gear

Purse seiners, targeting yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) in free schools.

Client group

The client group is formed by ANABAC (Asociación Nacional de Armadores de Buques Atuneros Congeladores) and 3 companies that belong to ANABAC (PEVASA, ATUNSA & ECHEBASTAR). Currently, a total of 7 vessels from 2 of ANABAC’s members are included in the UoA. See Table 5.1.2 of PCR for further details.

Other eligible fishers

There are no other eligible fishers.

In accordance with the client, the eligibility date for this fishery was set as the PCDR publication date (February 11, 2021). Therefore, all product caught between the eligibility date (February 11, 2021) and the certification date (June 25, 2021) is considered as under-assessment product and allowed to enter further MSC CoC if in compliance with specific requirements in the MSC Chain of Custody Standard for this type of product.

The client group (ANABAC (Asociación nacional de armadores de buques atuneros congeladores), the 2 associated companies (ATUNSA and PEVASA) and vessels) are the only eligible to use the MSC fishery certificate and sell products as MSC certificated.

Our thanks to all individual and organizational stakeholders who participated throughout this assessment process.

Carmen Morant Sanchez

Auditora de Pesquerías/Fisheries Auditor

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