IPNLF welcomes the first Indonesian tuna fishery to enter MSC assessment

The PT Citraraja Ampat, Sorong pole-and-line Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna fishery’s progress towards the Marine Stewardship Council standard will provide an invaluable foundation for traditional fishing communities in the Western Central Pacific Ocean

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) has praised the determined efforts that PT Citraraja Ampat Canning (PT CRA), the Sorong pole-and-line tuna fishermen and Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) have made in progressing the fishery to full assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. If successful, the fishery could be supplying MSC certified skipjack and yellowfin tuna to international markets by the end of 2018.

PT CRA, a fish packing, processing and exporting company and one of IPNLF’s long-standing supply chain Members, has agreements in place with a fleet of around 40 pole-and-line vessels which land their catches directly to its quayside processing facility in Sorong, thereby ensuring a secure and traceable supply chain for its tuna. Currently, the company’s pole-and-line tuna products are exported to Europe, Singapore and Malaysia. A Certification Assessment Body (CAB) has been appointed and a date for the site visit by the Assessment Team has been set for August this year.

Sorong’s year-round pole-and-line fishing industry was commercially introduced in the 1970s, with the majority of fishermen coming from the local area. In 2016, the fishery caught and processed 2,600 tonnes of skipjack and 543 tonnes of yellowfin. Located in area FAO 71 of the West Pacific Ocean, within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Indonesia, these operations contribute significantly to local livelihoods and food security.

Ali Wibisono, Director at PT Citraraja Ampat Canning says, “PT CRA is committed to sustainability and very proud to demonstrate this by measuring the Sorong pole-and-line fishery against the MSC standard. This is an exciting moment for PT CRA, our market partners, IPNLF and Indonesia’s pole-and-line tuna fishers.”

Martin Purves, Managing Director of IPNLF, comments, “Indonesia is the world’s biggest tuna fishing nation and the resource is crucial to the long-term viability of many of the country’s fishing communities. With this announcement, PT Citraraja Ampat Canning is taking a bold step, and will become better placed to capitalise on the growing international demand for sustainable one-by-one caught tuna.

Purves continues, “We look forward to working with them, as well as other IPNLF Members, to continue driving meaningful improvements in one-by-one tuna fisheries to secure the long-term sustainability of the resources and the communities that depend on them.”

Notes to Editors


PT Citraraja Ampat Canning (PT CRA) is a fish packing, processing and exporting company, based in Indonesia. One of its main products is canned Indonesian tuna, which it sources from one-by-one fisheries.  PT CRA has agreemnets with a fleet of pole-and-line vessels, ensuring a secure and traceable supply chain for its tuna.


The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organisation. Its vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations. The MSC certification program recognises and rewards sustainable fishing and is helping create a more sustainable seafood market. To become MSC certified, fisheries undergo around 18 months of independent assessment to the MSC Fisheries Standard. This standard reflects international best practice in fisheries management and is widely recognised as the world’s most credible certification for wild sustainable seafood. MSC certified fisheries are well managed fisheries, ensure the long term health of fish stocks and minimise their impacts on the entire marine ecosystem. Seafood caught by certified fisheries can be sold with the blue MSC label so that everyone can choose sustainable seafood caught by responsible fisheries.


The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line, handline  and troll tuna fisheries around the world. IPNLF’s ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with them.  As a hub for sustainably-minded organisations, we use the influence of the market to forge change through practical fishery projects and stakeholder cooperation. IPNLF membership is open to organisations involved in the one-by-one caught tuna supply chain. Allied with our Members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain. We work across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees.

IPNLF was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity 1145586), with branch offices in London and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia.

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