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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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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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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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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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WWF and Opagac have finalised the Work Plan for their Fishery Improvement Project

WWF and Opagac have finalised the Work Plan for their Fishery Improvement Project

WWF and the Producers’ Association of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) have finalised the work plan for their Fishery Improvement Project (FIP). After consulting with the FIP Advisory Group made up of expert stakeholders including NGOs, industry, academia and fisheries managers from governmental and Regional Fishery Management Organisations (RFMOs), OPAGAC and WWF have agreed on a roadmap to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the OPAGAC fleet around the world. This marks the start of implementation of their FIP to establish […]

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