Responsible tuna fishing as a guarantee of sustainable future

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Only 11% of the major corporate suppliers of canned tuna from Pacific for European supermarkets have internal policies for detecting slavery

Only 11% of the major corporate suppliers of canned tuna from Pacific for European supermarkets have internal policies for detecting slavery

According to a study by Deloitte and released by the European tuna fleet, the major corporate suppliers of Western Pacific-fished canned tuna for European supermarkets are especially lax in watching out for and prosecuting violations of workers’ human rights in their tuna production chain, and their processes include no mechanisms of any kind for identifying modern slavery on board tuna vessels, even though such practices are becoming more and more frequent, especially in Asian fleets. In fact, according to the […]

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Sustainable sourcing becomes a more important factor than price for European consumers of fishery products

Sustainable sourcing becomes a more important factor than price for European consumers of fishery products

According to a study conducted by Deloitte and released by the Spanish tuna fleet acting under the Europêche banner, for the first time sustainable sourcing has become a more important factor than price for European citizens shopping for fishery products. In fact, according to the study, this factor ranks fifth in importance for European consumers, with a score of 3.8 points, as opposed to 3.7 points for price. The leading factors are product freshness (6.8 points), product flavour and health […]

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OPAGAC signs the UN Global Compact’s Sustainable Ocean Principles to promote responsible practices in the fishing industry

OPAGAC signs the UN Global Compact's Sustainable Ocean Principles to promote responsible practices in the fishing industry

The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), has signed the Sustainable Ocean Principles, a framework for responsible business practices in the marine environment across all sectors and geographies. The Principles are part of the UN Global Compact, which OPAGAC joined in January 2019, making it the first Spanish fleet to do so. In signing the Sustainable Ocean Principles, OPAGAC, which is a member of the UNGC Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean […]

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The Spanish tuna fleet believes Europe must start to reflect on the criteria for fish product imports from Chinese fleets

The Spanish tuna fleet believes Europe must start to reflect on the criteria for fish product imports from Chinese fleets

The Spanish tuna fleet united under OPAGAC believes that the time has come for Europe to open a debate and reflect in depth on the criteria the EU has currently established for fish product imports from Chinese fleets, due to the latest information made public by different NGOs and various Asian media outlets, on the degrading treatment of their crews, including burials at sea of sailors who, allegedly, fall victim to COVID-19. The denounced facts occurring on the Chinese ship […]

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Indian Ocean dolphin populations down by over 80% since the 1950’s due to drift gillnet use

Indian Ocean dolphin populations down by over 80% since the 1950’s due to drift gillnet use

The Indian Ocean’s dolphin populations may have declined by more than 80% since 1950 because of the use of drift gillnets to catch tropical tuna. So says a study[1] conducted by an international group of scientists in which Miguel Herrera, deputy manager of OPAGAC,[2] participated. It estimates that 4.1 million small cetaceans, fundamentally dolphins, were caught in drift gillnets as bycatch between 1950 and 2018. The study concludes that dolphin populations in the Indian Ocean today add up to only […]

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Over 40 North-American NGOs interested in the social dimension of the responsible fishing standard of the Spanish tuna fleet

Over 40 North-American NGOs interested in the social dimension of the responsible fishing standard of the Spanish tuna fleet

Last Tuesday in London the Spanish tuna fleet shared its APR sustainable fishing standard (“APR” stands for “Responsibly Fished Tuna” in Spanish), currently the only such standard in operation anywhere in the world that addresses both social and environmental sustainability. It is in fact the social side of the Spanish model that has drawn the attention of over 40 North-American NGOs from the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, who also want to develop a standard that encompasses the social side […]

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The first tins of tuna with the “responsibly fished” label reach spanish supermarkets

The first tins of tuna with the "responsibly fished" label reach spanish supermarkets

In June Spanish consumers will be able to buy the first tins of tuna bearing the AENOR Conform Responsibly Fished Tuna seal off Spanish distributors’ shelves, right on schedule according to the forecasts made last October by the Spanish tuna fleet organisation OPAGAC. Garavilla, the canning company that owns the Isabel brand, and Sálica, the canning company that owns the Campos brand, will be the first to offer products with the new seal. End consumers can rely on the seal […]

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The spanish tuna fishing fleet will begin the process to assess the sustainability of its fisheries in the three oceans in which it operates

The spanish tuna fishing fleet will begin the process to assess the sustainability of its fisheries in the three oceans in which it operates

   The Spanish tuna fishing fleet has begun the process to assess all its fisheries to the MSC Standard for sustainable fishing, including operations in the three oceans (Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans) and for the three species it captures (Yellowfin, Skipjack and Big Eye). The objective of the fleet, grouped under OPAGAC, is to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Independent auditors from Lloyd’s Register hired by OPAGAC will evaluate its fishing activities according to science-based standards set […]

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The tuna processing and distribution chain applies for certification

The tuna processing and distribution chain applies for certification

The Spanish tuna fleet, acting jointly through OPAGAC, has begun the process to enable canned tuna distribution and processing companies to earn chain-of-custody certification from AENOR. The Spanish tuna fleet is therefore making headway on the promise it announced last October and is delivering on its commitment to roll out the first cans bearing the AENOR “Atún de Pesca Responsible (APR)” (Responsibly Fished Tuna) certificate, which are due to hit Spanish supermarket shelves before summer. When that happens, the fleet will have closed the circle on […]

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The Spanish purse seine fleet reaches certification requirements for five of the tropical tuna stocks it catches

The Spanish purse seine fleet reaches certification requirements for five of the tropical tuna stocks it catches

Five stocks of tropical tuna caught by the Spanish tuna fleet, out of a total of 12, meet the sustainability standards necessary to apply for MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification, specifically the yellowfin, skipjack and bigeye in the Central-Western Pacific and the yellowfin and skipjack in the Eastern Pacific, representing 30% of the 380,000 tonnes fished annually by our fleet (3% of the worldwide total tropical tuna catch). MSC certification guarantees products from stocks in good condition caught by a […]

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