Spanish fleet demands ICCAT greater involvement in tropical tuna management

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SPAIN: The Spanish tuna fleet recognizes the progress made by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in the tropical tuna fishery management but believes that it should become more actively involved and take responsibility to develop multi-year work plans that guarantee adoption, on the part of the countries that participate in this fishery, of the control of their catches, no later than 2021.

The Spanish fleet grouped in the Organization of Large Freezer Tuna Producers (OPAGAC) and the WWF conservation group have sent this recommendation, along with others that aim to achieve long-term sustainable management of this fishery, to ICCAT and to the representatives from the European administration that will participate in the next meeting of this organization in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 14 to 22.

IPNLF launches new tuna coastal fisheries project

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INDONESIA: The NGOs International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline (AP2HI) have partnered the NGO Walton Family Foundation to accelerate reform in Indonesia’s coastal tuna fisheries through improvements in the one-by-one sector.
As part of this two-year partnership, IPNLF will expedite improvements in the pole-and-line and handline fisheries to enable them to reach the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for environmental sustainability, while also ensuring international seafood markets have access to the certified products once they become available. This ambition will be further supported by IPNLF’s strategic partnership with USAID Oceans.

Benchmark develops disease-resistant shrimp for the Asian market

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UNITED KINGDOM: Benchmark Holdings has developed specific pathogen resistant (SPR) shrimp to address issues facing the Asian market and has plans to soon commence field trials in the region.

This breakthrough development, which is the result of over 20 years experience in the firm’s breeding and genetics teams in Norway and Colombia, aims at avoiding losses, valued at billions of dollars per year for the global shrimp industry, due to disease.

New technology to boost murrel farming

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INDIA: The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) has developed new technology for murrel natural breeding in controlled conditions in Odisha, which will make it possible to increase its production.

This new technological development it will be able to breed the species and to produce seeds in concrete tanks, New Indian Express reported.

More than half tuna stocks have healthy levels, according to ISSF

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WORLDWIDE: The latest report on tuna fishery status released by the organisation International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) indicates that globally, 57 percent of the tuna stocks are at a healthy level of abundance, 17 percent are overfished and 26 percent are at an intermediate level.

This document, called Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna, summarizes and rates the status and management of 23 major commercial tuna stocks, based on the most recent scientific assessments as well as management measures adopted by the Tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and Bodies (RFMOs). In addition, it ranks the status and management of these stocks using a consistent methodology in terms of three factors: Abundance, Exploitation/Management (fishing mortality) and Environmental Impact (bycatch).

Aller Aqua opens new factory in Qingdao

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CHINA: Aquaculture feed producer Aller Aqua Group has opened a new factory, its sixth, this time in Qingdao, China. This opening follows that of the plant opened in Zambia a month ago.

“We have had a few busy years leading up to the inaugurations and now we are finally ready. I am proud of what we have achieved,” pointed out Hans ErikBylling, Group President for Aller Aqua Group.

Cooperation with Vietnam on fisheries and aquaculture health and safety strengthened

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PERU: The National Sanitary Fisheries Agency (SANIPES) will actively intervene in fisheries cooperation issues between Peru and Vietnam, in particular with regard to strengthening fisheries and aquaculture health and safety in the country.
At the First Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Affairs and Technical Cooperation between the governments of Peru and Vietnam, held at the headquarters of the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, the national fisheries authority exchanged information with the members of the visiting delegation for these purposes.


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13-14 September, 2017
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
The 6th INFOFISH Pacific Tuna Forum was convened at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea against the backdrop of high tuna prices, low catches globally and a concerted attack by a grouping of NGOs and academics on the MSC certification of the PNA’s free school skipjack.

World’s conference commits support to one-by-one tuna fisheries

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WORLDWIDE: The world’s first one-by-one tuna conference, held in the Azores Islands, concluded with the definitive commitment to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for fisheries as well as to prioritise the needs of associated communities and cultures.
The conference, hosted by the Government of the Azores’ Regional Secretariat for the Sea, Science and Technology and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), has concluded with participants issuing the Azores Declaration in Support of One-by-One Tuna Fisheries.

South Pacific RFMO highlights improved horse mackerel biomass

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CHILE: The Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) described the announcement of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) on the horse mackerel status as good news.
The scientific committee of this international organization, at its fifth meeting, held in Shanghai, China, determined a significant improvement in the condition of the horse mackerel stock, with biomass in 2017 on maximum sustainable yield (MSY). It, therefore, recommended increasing the catch quota by 2018, setting 576,000 tonnes as the maximum level.

Pacifical's agreement with Philippine firm to increase sustainable tuna supply to the EU

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NETHERLANDS: Tuna trader firm Pacifical has signed a memorandum of understanding with Philippine group RD Corporation, a deal that will contribute to increasing tuna availability from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) with Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification at competitive prices.
As part of the deal, the Philippine-based group has now committed to catching MSC certified free-school skipjack and yellowfin tuna and to creating more jobs and income for PNA island people, by further increasing its processing within Papua New Guinea.
With an annual purse seine tuna catch of around 90,000 tons, RD Corporation is a major player in the global tuna market; the main canner in PNG with its RD Tuna plant in Madang, and its Philbest operation in General Santos, Philippines. Both origins have the possibility for zero percent import duty when a product is imported into the EU.

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