An operation is in progress to salvage a Korean purse seiner in the Seychelles. The vessel was on passage to Port Victoria when it grounded at L’ilot, Glacis, on the northern coast of Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles group.
Three fishermen were issued significant fines and prohibition orders after pleading guilty in the Antigonish Provincial Court in Canada to a total of 27 charges related to violations committed under both catch-and-release and commercial bluefin tuna licences issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released the latest version of its Status of the Stocks today. The report compiles the scientific records of the different major tuna stocks done by each of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) into one document, serving as a one-stop resource for comprehensive tuna stock information. The Status of the Stocks Report uses a colour rating system to indicate varying degrees of stock heath and ecosystem impact.
A Scottish MEP has written to EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella to point out that bluefin tuna can be expected to appear in greater numbers in UK water, and this represents opportunities for British fishermen.
The crew of purse seiner American Eagle abandoned ship on Wednesday when a fire broke out on board, and are now back on board.
The latest purse seiner in the French tuna fleet, the 77 metre, 1400 cubic metre capacity Gevred, sailed from Concarneau on Wednesday to start fishing off West Africa.
Avila Prima Intra Makmur in Indonesia and Philippine company Celebes Canning Corporation are the latest additions to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) line-up of participating companies.
The new tuna purse seiner built in Spain for French operator Compagnie Française Thon Océanique (CFTO) has been delivered to Concarneau.