Sustainable fishing in Thailand
Abba Seafood supports programme for sustainable fishing in Thailand.
Abba Seafood in Sweden produces seafood for the Swedish market and for export to many countries. The fish is bought from suppliers all over the world.
Sustainable management of marine resources is central to Abba Seafood’s production of seafood. Through the company’s collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and KRAV, emphasis is placed on traceability and fishing from sustainable stocks. From a sustainability perspective, the production of tuna has presented particular challenges. Through contact with the Thai Ministry of Fisheries, the South-East Asian Fisheries Development Center), tinned food manufacturers and other organisations, the company discovered that very little information was available on stocks of a tuna species called tonggol and on the management of these resources.
In 2010, to support the sustainable fishing of tonggol in Andaman Lake, Abba Seafood joined the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. As a first step, a research project supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) was established to survey the fish stocks. A third-party evaluation of the fisheries was also carried out, and the conclusions were presented and discussed with the local fisheries authorities and other stakeholders. Furthermore, an improvement plan has been established which describes actions that must be taken to ensure the future management of the fish stocks and natural resources. Abba Seafood and its partners are currently trying to establish a long-term, public-private cooperation programme to implement the plan.