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IV National Tuna Congress

IV National Tuna Congress

The celebration of the IV National Tuna Congress was, without a doubt, a great success. We brought together about 250 people from different areas of our sector, such as public administration, the scientific world, unions, distribution, shipowners and sea professionals, but the main protagonist of the event was the final consumer of our product. In fact, the Congress served to announce the arrival of the first cans of tuna to the Spanish shelves with sustainable product certification, specifically with the […]

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The Spanish tuna fleet will invest 3 million euros this year in its FIP developed in conjunction with WWF

The Spanish tuna fleet will invest 3 million euros this year in its FIP developed in conjunction with WWF

The Spanish tuna fleet will invest 3 million euros this year in the Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), which it develops jointly with WWF. With this figure, the global investment in this FIP, which was launched in 2017, will reach the 12 million euros. The objective pursued by the fleet is to achieve the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification for all its fisheries, in 2021. This year, the fleet grouped in OPAGAC (Producers’ Organization of Large Tuna Freezers) and WWF will […]

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The Spanish tuna fleet leads the implementation of best practices to mitigate incidental catches

The Spanish tuna fleet leads the implementation of best practices to mitigate incidental catches

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 bycatch — a commitment reflected in the fleet’s high attendance at ISSF Skippers Workshops each year and as revealed in ISSF Technical Report 2017-03: ISSF Skippers’ Workshops Round 6. ISSF’s recommended best practices include using non-entangling Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) and following handling-and-release techniques for non-target species (e.g., turtles and sharks) to maximize their survival. […]

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OPAGAC will develop a global standard for tuna fishing at the Our Ocean conference in Malta

OPAGAC will develop a global standard for tuna fishing at the Our Ocean conference in Malta

The Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) has announced it will develop a global standard that guarantees responsible fishing and the sustainability of tropical tuna fisheries. The organisation has stated this commitment during the Our Ocean conference held this week in Malta, and has specified that the standard will integrate environmental as well as social sustainability, two inseparable pillars to guarantee the future of this resource on a global scale. To do this, OPAGAC has announced it […]

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OPAGAC works under the Common Oceans ABJN programme to help improve tropical tuna fishery management in the Indian ocean

OPAGAC works under the Common Oceans ABJN programme to help improve tropical tuna fishery management in the Indian ocean

Since 2016 the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) has been participating in the Common Oceans ABJN Tuna Project with a pilot activity run in partnership with the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) and the Spanish engineering firm Satlink. This initiative has proved that EMS (electronic monitoring systems) are an efficient way of improving tropical tuna fishery management in the Indian Ocean and are able to guarantee high standards of tracking, control and surveillance on the part of […]

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OPAGAC receives the first AENOR Responsible Tuna Fishing (APR) certificates in the world

OPAGAC receives the first AENOR Responsible Tuna Fishing (APR) certificates in the world

The Spanish tuna fishing fleet forming part of the OPAGAC Group has received the first AENOR Responsible Tuna Fishing (APR) conformity certificates in the world from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ms Isabel García Tejerina. All together, the Minister has delivered seven certificates to the following companies – Conservas Garavilla, Grupo Calvo, Ugavi de Túnidos, Albacora, Compañía Europea de Túnidos, Nicra 7 and Sant Yago – all associates of OPAGAC with a total of 39 vessels. The certification […]

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Government supports spanish tuna fleet AENOR standard “tuna from responsible fishing” in UN

Government supports spanish tuna fleet AENOR standard “tuna from responsible fishing” in UN

The Government of Spain will support the Spanish tuna fleet in the presentation of the AENOR Tuna from Responsible Fishing (Atún de Pesca Responsible – APR) standard at the United Nations (UN) Oceans Conference on June 7th in New York. This standard, the only one of its kind in the fishing sector worldwide, strongly defends workers’ rights and social and labor conditions, in addition to the environmental aspects of the fishing activity The standard, developed to ensure a sustainable and […]

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The spanish tuna fleet endorses the World Economic Forum’s Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration

The spanish tuna fleet endorses the World Economic Forum’s Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration

Through the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), the Spanish tuna fleet has endorsed the World Economic Forum’s Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration, an initiative that governments, companies and many different civil society organisations have joined to create a system of full traceability in tuna fishing, foster sustainable stock management strategies and uphold the minimum social and labour standards envisioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in tuna-fishing fleets. Joining the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration is a […]

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Eroski decides to align its tuna procurement policy with sustainability

Eroski decides to align its tuna procurement policy with sustainability

Speaking through the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), the Spanish tuna fleet has applauded the announcement that Eroski is committed to seeing that all tinned tuna sold at Eroski stores under any label must come from sustainable fleets, an announcement made under Eroski’s Sustainable Fishing Policy. For OPAGAC this decision is a big move on the part of the Spanish distribution industry, because it means ensuring sustainability throughout the entire value chain, from source to end […]

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OPAGAC demands consistency in anti-IUU measures application

OPAGAC demands consistency in anti-IUU measures application

The Spanish tuna fishing fleet in OPAGAC considers it essential to apply strictly the management measures adopted by the Regional Fishery Management Organisations (RFMOs) in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). For the OPAGAC tuna fleet, the only guarantee of transparency and effectiveness in the programmes for monitoring vessels’ positions by satellite (VMS), observers and inspection in port is that the management is controlled directly by the RFMOs through regional programmes. Additionally, OPAGAC asks for a total […]

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