Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) Tuna
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Alignment Group

Established in May 2014, the WCPO Tuna MSC Alignment Group is comprised of client groups of fisheries certified and under assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries standard and of participants of Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) for fisheries targeting pelagic tunas in the Convention Area of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), and other stakeholders. 

The Alignment Group aims to address deficits with sub-regional and regional management systems for fisheries for pelagic tunas to a point where these fisheries can pass an assessment against the MSC fisheries standard and meet conditions of certification. The Alignment Group facilitates the coordination of activities of participating MSC client groups and FIP participants to pursue improvements in sub-regional and regional management systems.

Secretariat Contact Information
Alignment Group secretariat: Eric Gilman,

Covered Fisheries

List of fisheries under WCPO Tuna MSC Alignment Group scope 


See the 2017 planned activities at this subpage

Past Meetings

May 2014:  DOWNLOAD the meeting report

Dec. 2014:  DOWNLOAD the meeting report.

Dec. 2015: DOWNLOAD the meeting report.

Alignment Group Position Statements

2017 Position Statement DOWNLOAD

2016 List of priority actions at the thirteenth regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC13) related to addressing deficits in harvest strategies DOWNLOAD

2016 Position Statement DOWNLOAD

2015 Long-term Position Statement- joint letter submitted to WCPFC Members DOWNLOAD
Eleven seafood companies and  catch sector associations of the Alignment Group submitted a position statement to Members and Cooperating Non-members of the WCPFC for action at the 12th regular session of the commission. 

2014 Joint letter to WCPFC Members - related to terms of reference for the Third Management Objectives Workshop. DOWNLOAD   

Background Materials

·   Alignment Group workplan - DOWNOAD

·  Fast Fact flier for seafood suppliers to communicate the importance of having their source tuna fisheries meet the MSC fisheries standard – with a target audience of major tuna buyers and domestic management authorities 
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·   Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. 2015. Guidelines for Supporting Fishery Improvement Projects - DOWNLOAD

·   Summary of decision-making processes and management systems of sub-regional and regional tuna fishery management bodies:

·  MSC pre-assessment report for WCPO bigeye tuna caught by longline and purse seine fisheries in the WCPFC convention area - DOWNLOAD