Sustainability and the fight against IUU fishing are today’s buzzwords, in distant waters such as as Equatorial Guinea, the Cook Islands and the Seychelles, where the Spanish tuna fleet operates, keeping track of vessel activity in real time has been boosted. The Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna Vessels (OPAGAC) in conjunction with Satlink, recently presented the technology used on board their vessels at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Spain (REPER) in Brussels.
The Bluefin tuna fishing season in the Western and Central Mediterranean Sea and in the Adriatic Sea came to a close at 0800 on the 21st June for purse seiners, three days before the official closure on 24th June, after the season had been open since 26th May. Catch limits for bluefin tuna season were increased in 2017, as the stock showed continued signs of recovery.
US fishing company Trimarine has confirmed its confidence in French fishing gear supplier Le Drezen by placing an order for a second tuna purse seine.
Last month the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius signed a new Protocol to implement the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement in place, setting the legal conditions to allow EU tuna fishing vessels to fish in Mauritius waters for the next four years.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced its intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to analyse the environmental impacts of US Pacific Island deep-set tuna longline fisheries managed under the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific (Pelagic FEP) and other applicable laws.
According to Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE), Spain has once again turned its back on historic injustices by denying small scale Mediterranean fishermen access to bluefin tuna.
US tuna operator Tri Marine has flagged one of its fleet to the Solomon Islands, following an extensive refit that was carried out at Port Moresby in PNG and at National Fisheries Developments’ (NFD) base at Noro in the Solomon Islands.
A fire that broke out at the Martinez shipyard in Saint-Cyprien in southern France has had devastating consequences, resulting in the destruction of a part-built 35 metre purse seiner.
Wärtsilä has signed a long-term technical management agreement to optimise the performance of ten of Spanish tuna company Albacora’s fishing vessels. The five-year agreement is tailored to meet the requirements of Albacora’s fleet management, providing technical assistance and maintenance planning for fishing vessels operating around the world.
The failure of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to address the problem of northern bluefin has come in for extensive criticism both inside the industry itself and from NGOs.