Read more about the article Spanish tuna fleet leads the way with biodegradeable FADs
The Spanish tuna fleet is developing biodegradeable FADs with research across three ocean areas. Image: OPAGAC

Spanish tuna fleet leads the way with biodegradeable FADs

The Spanish tuna fleet is spearheading research and development work in biodegradable FADs on a worldwide scale. A pilot project was started this year in the Atlantic makes his fleet…

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Read more about the article Spanish operators ask for Gulf of Guinea military presence
Spanish fishing operators have joined a growing movement asking for anti-piracy measures for the Gulf of Guinea. Image: OPAGAC

Spanish operators ask for Gulf of Guinea military presence

Spanish tuna operators have added their voices to the growing calls for the deployment of military forces to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The Spanish tuna fleet represented…

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Read more about the article OPAGAC and Thai Union co-operate on promoting seagoing workers’ rights
The AENOR standards are serving as a template for Thai Union’s social certification for crews. Image: OPAGAC

OPAGAC and Thai Union co-operate on promoting seagoing workers’ rights

The world’s largest producer of canned tuna in the world, Thai Union, working with Global Seafood Assurances (GSA), is taking requirements for workers’ rights on board set out in the…

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Read more about the article Highlighting human rights shortfalls in tuna supply chain
OPAGAC has contrasted the enthusiasm of supermarket chains for environmental labels with the lack of provision for identifying breaches of human rights. Image: OPAGAC

Highlighting human rights shortfalls in tuna supply chain

According to a study by Deloitte, carried out on behalf of a Spanish tuna industry group, the major corporate suppliers of Western Pacific canned tuna for European supermarkets are lax…

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Read more about the article Sustainable sourcing increasingly important
A new study reveals a more demanding stance by consumers on illegal fishing and in favour of social and environmental sustainability. Image: OPAGAC

Sustainable sourcing increasingly important

A study conducted by Deloitte and released by the Spanish tuna fleet acting under the Europêche banner finds that for the first time sustainable sourcing has become a more important…

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Read more about the article OPAGAC: Europe should reflect on Chinese seafood imports
The scandal of treatment of crew on board Chinese longliner Long Xing 629 is something Europe can not ignore, according to OPAGAC. Image: wcpfc

OPAGAC: Europe should reflect on Chinese seafood imports

Spain’s tuna sector says that Europe needs to take a close look at the criteria for its imports of seafood from Chinese fishing fleets as news about the degrading treatment…

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Read more about the article Driftnets blamed for widespread dolphin mortality
A study by an international group of scientists concludes that drifting gillnets are the prime cause of small cetacean mortality. Image: NOAA

Driftnets blamed for widespread dolphin mortality

Indian Ocean dolphin populations may have declined by more than 80% since 1950, and a study conducted by an international group of scientists including OPAGAC deputy manager Miguel Herrera attributes…

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Read more about the article Spanish tuna fleet’s responsible fishing model attracts worldwide interest
The OPAGAC fleet takes a unique dual approach to responsible fisheries. Image: OPAGAC

Spanish tuna fleet’s responsible fishing model attracts worldwide interest

At a meeting in London the Spanish tuna fleet shared its APR (Responsibly Fished Tuna) sustainable fishing standard, currently the only such standard in operation anywhere in the world that…

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