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Ghana Bettering Its Behavior Within Tuna RFMO Ghana, December 14, 12

ICCAT and the EU are praising Ghana for its new efforts towards tuna management, after the African country paid all her outstanding ICCAT dues, initiated a fleet capacity process and improved its data reporting this past year.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) held its annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco last month and the regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) applauded Ghana’s redeeming behavior, after compliance concerns were raised at 2011’s meeting.
The country’s improved behavior could be a result of recent industry actions to meet market demands for sustainably sourced tuna. Ghana’s largest tuna processor and exporter – Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC) – for instance, has started to produce pole-and-line-caught tuna for European retailers and consumers. It processes tuna for major brands such as John West, Petit Navire and Mareblu.
PFC is owned by MW Brands, which is also a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). The organization encourages tuna fishing countries to join RFMOs and to actively participate in tuna management.
MW Brands, also a subsidiary of the world’s largest canned tuna producer, Thai Union, has also made an effort to develop responsible fishing in the Indian Ocean. The company supports the annual tuna conference in Seychelles, which promotes cooperation among member countries of the Indian Ocean's RFMO, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).