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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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Extension of Ocean Governance in the Pacific and Indian Oceans

Extension of Ocean Governance in the Pacific and Indian Oceans

The Spanish fishing fleet is in a whirl of activity this week to extend ocean governance in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. The fleet is participating in the Ninety-first Extraordinary Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the regional fisheries organisation (RFO) that manages fishing in the Eastern Pacific zone, and the sixth meeting of the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission’s Working Party on Collaboration and Cooperation in Tuna Matters. Bear in mind that just a few […]

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Spanish Tuna Fishers Urge the EU to Expand Ocean Governance

Spanish Tuna Fishers Urge the EU to Expand Ocean Governance

At a meeting today with EU officials, the Spanish tuna fleet defended the crucial role it has been playing for years to guarantee security and what is known as “ocean governance” in the oceans where the fleet operates. In a meeting with Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, tuna vessel owners encouraged Europe to take advantage of the fleet in this capacity to reach the goal that the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency have set to […]

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OPAGAC/Cook Islands Monitoring System Agreement

OPAGAC/Cook Islands Monitoring System Agreement

OPAGAC is expanding its good practices for tropical tuna sustainability assurance to the Cook Islands The Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) continues expanding its good practices in the Pacific Ocean. OPAGAC, an organisation of eight Spanish tuna vessel-owning companies, has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Marine Resources of the Cook Islands to roll out a pilot project introducing an electronic monitoring system (EMS) in the fishing vessels that ply the territorial waters of these […]

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Third National Tuna Conference

Third National Tuna Conference

The secretary general for Fisheries at the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, Andrés Hermida, and Julio Morón, managing director of the Organisation of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), were tasked with closing the Third National Tuna Conference, held on the 19th and 20th October 2016. The two-day conference gathered the industry’s leading organisations, fishing, distribution and preserving firms and the media. This year’s event focused on sustainability and responsibility, two factors that represent the guaranty […]

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Opagac disagrees with MSC over distance to FAD

Opagac disagrees with MSC over distance to FAD

The Producers Organization of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) has published a paper in the scientific publication Marine Policy that shows that the distance of association of a fish school to a Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) ranges from to two to ten nautical miles. This overrides the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) criterion when granting FAD-free certification, as this organization considers free schools those outside of one nautical mile from one of these devices. In addition, taking five nautical miles as the average […]

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