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HIGHLIGHT: TUNA 2018 Bangkok, Thailand.

New tuna factory to start operations in Vila Nova de Cerveira PORTUGAL

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A new tuna processing factory that is being built in Vila Nova de Cerveira, in the north of Portugal, with an investment of EUR 6 million from Galician businesspeople, would start operating in July.
 
According to the promoters of the project, the construction work is progressing at a good pace in the Fulão industrial park so they expect the plant to start working as scheduled, reported Rádio Alto Minho.

Satlink favours collaboration between tuna fleets and seismic surveys

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SPAIN : A new system based on the exchange of information among vessels jointly developed by the satellite telecommunications company Satlink and the Spanish tuna fleet, introduces a pioneering collaboration among different types of fleets as a new key factor for the sustainability of marine resources.
 
Broadly speaking, this new collaboration avoids negative interference when boats share the same area of activity and has been used, for the first time, by tuna fishing and geological prospecting fleets.

Pensylvania-based firm obtains USD 5.5 million to develop plant-based tuna products

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UNITED STATES: A Pennsylvania-based company is capitalizing on the recent consumer trend towards plant-based and flexitarian eating, a goal for which it raised USD 5.5 million in funding from Stray Dog Capital.
 
This new change in taste shown by consumers who used to like fish such as tune partly stems from the concerns over the presence of mercury in this fish or over how dolphins sometimes get killed by being caught in tuna fishing nets.

Chinese firm to invest USD 100 million in aquaculture projects

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CAMBODIA: Chinese-owned Jin Yu Tang Aquaculture is planning to invest USD 100 million in freshwater and seawater aquaculture projects in Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong provinces to meet the local and international demand.

The company representatives announced at a meeting with Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon that they intend to invest in aquaculture projects in Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel district, which will spread over an area of 240 hectares, Khmer Times reported.

Shrimp imports restricted from countries where AHPND presence confirmed

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PERU : The National Fisheries Health Agency (SANIPES) will not issue sanitary certification for the import of live white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) and tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) from countries where the presence of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) has been confirmed.

The Minister of Production, Lieneke Schol, said the restriction is the result of a preventive measure to prevent the entry of the disease that causes serious losses in the production of shrimp, but it has no impact on human health.

Fish catches, aquaculture harvests rise

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VIET NAM: The total fish catch in the country reached 496,900 tonnes in the first two months of the year, up 1.2 per cent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
 
Marine fishing increased by 2.2per cent to 473,900 tonnes while the inland catch declined by 14.8per cent to 23,000 tonnes.

Press Release March 2018: TUNA 2018 BANGKOK, THAILAND.

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Release March 2018

TUNA 2018 BANGKOK

Braving Challenges: Towards a Traceable and Sustainable Tuna Industry

In about two months the largest global tuna industry meeting, TUNA 2018, is set to take place again in Bangkok. With the theme “Braving Challenges: Towards a Traceable and Sustainable Tuna Industry”, the conference will be chaired by Dr. Transform Aqorau, the former CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), and who now has a supporting and mentoring role as Legal and Technical Support Adviser. Joining him as co-chair will be Dr. Chanintr Chalisaparong, President, Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA).  We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Luciano Pirovano, Bolton Food Sustainable Development Director as well as Chairman of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), will be delivering the Keynote Address.

Thai seafood industry still faces challenges despite certain improvements, ILO states

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THAILAND : A survey performed by the United Nations intended to assess working conditions in the fishing and seafood industry in Thailand reveals a mix of progress and remaining challenges, according to the data provided by the workers surveyed.
 
The research, conducted by the ILO Ship to Shore Rights Project and funded by the European Union, states that there have been fewer reports of physical violence and that there are few workers (less than one per cent) under 18 years old.

ISSF presents new five-year strategic plan for sustainable tuna fishing

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UNITED STATES: The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released a new strategic plan for 2018-2022, which lays out the research and advocacy organization’s mission and approach to meeting sustainability objectives over the next five years.
 
The new strategic plan is activated through three core pillars of science, influence, and verification, including tuna stock health and fisheries bycatch, outreach to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and vessels, partnerships with tuna companies and fishery improvement support.

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