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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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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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