Only six out of 19 major commercial tuna stocks are being managed to avoid overfishing and restore depleted fish populations because the majority of the stocks are not protected by well-defined RFMO harvest control rules (HCRs), according to a report published by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).
Ishihara Marine Products Co Ltd has entered its pole-and-line skipjack and albacore tuna fisheries for assessment against the MSC Fisheries Standard. The Ishihara company's pole-and-line vessels caught 1780 tonnes of skipjack and albacore tuna in 2016.
A tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for the Eastern Atlantic Ocean has been formally launched, with the signing of a FIP agreement and approval of an action plan between 17 organisations. The FIP will work towards meeting the fisheries sustainability standard set by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, Ghana’s Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, has launched a pilot study on biodegradable Fish Aggregating Devices.
Europêche member organisations have all described as disappointing the results of the recommendations adopted by ICCAT for tuna and other species, especially the shortfall in the bluefin tuna TAC that the industry had expected would be higher, based on positive scientific data.
Fishing industry figures have come away from the ICCAT meeting in Marrakesh disappointed at the decisions taken bluefin tuna, and especially the opposition by some member states and NGOs to moving from a recovery plan to a management plan.
The Spanish tuna fishing fleet remains one of the most receptive and active worldwide in adopting International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) best practices for mitigating by-catches, a commitment reflected in the Spanish fleet’s high attendance at these workshops each year and as stated in an ISSF Technical Report.
With the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) due to hold its annual meeting from 14 to 22 November, its scientific committee has just delivered its latest assessment on the status of the stocks of tunas in the Atlantic.
The Zamakona Shipyard has contracted to deliver a new tuna purse seiner to Bermeo company Echebastar, increasing the size of its distant water freezer purse seiner fleet to six vessels.
New Caledonia fishing company Navimon has placed an order with the Piriou yard for eight new longliners for delivery over the coming two years.