Cook Islands - Cooks tuna fishery is a model for the Pacific
Conservationists want the whole Pacific region to adopt the Cook Islands fisheries management approach.
Experts at Conservation International say this will ensure all tuna fisheries within the jurisdiction of Pacific Island countries are environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and climate adaptive.
Pablo Obregon told Conservation News their work to combine market- and policy-based strategies had proven vital in achieving seafood sustainability.
“In the Cook Islands, for example, Conservation International is collaborating with the government, the tuna seafood industry and traditional leadership groups to develop and apply rigorous standards of environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic performance, which all tuna vessels operating within the Cook Island jurisdiction must meet,” Obregon said.