The Cook Islands Longline Tuna Fishery

Where does your tuna come from?

Ocean of Harvest: Pacific Ocean, FAO Area 77 – Cook Islands EEZ

Country of Origin: Vietnam

This tuna was caught in the Cook Islands, located East of French Polynesia and West of American Samoa. While its land area is small and comprised of 15 small islands, its national waters expand over 690,000 square miles of oceans. In addition to its large tuna resources, the Cook Islands are famous for their beautiful black pearls, traditional woodcarvings and handmade scenery patchwork. Tourism is a big part of the Cook Islands economy with excellent diving opportunities.


Western and Central Pacific Yellowfin and Bigeye tuna caught in the Federated States of Micronesia is certified against the Marine Stewardship Council standard, considered the golden standard for sustainable fishing practices.

Supply chain and Traceability

The tuna is landed Pago-Pago (American Samoa), Rarotonga (Cook Islands) or Tahiti. From there, the tuna catch is unloaded and placed on containers and shipped to Vietnam, where it is processed into final consumer products. Processing operations in Vietnam are compliant with Business Social Compliance Initiative and MSC’s Chain of Custody standards.

Who caught your tuna?

Your tuna was caught by one of the 50 vessels licensed to fish in Cook Islands waters. All vessels must comply with Cook Islands fishing laws and a registered on the regional vessel registry.