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The Spanish seal that certifies responsible tuna sourcing advances and reaches U.S. and Italian supermarkets

The Spanish seal that certifies responsible tuna sourcing advances and reaches U.S. and Italian supermarkets

Consumers in the U.S. and Italy can now find tuna on their supermarket aisles that bears the AENOR Tuna from Responsible Fishing (or APR Standard) seal promoted by OPAGAC, the organisation that represents the Spanish tuna fleet, now that the Bolton Food, Salica and Atunlo canning companies have certified their production lines and started marketing APR products in these two countries under the Isabel, Campos and Atunlo brand names, respectively. In addition, in Spain, the Spanish firm La Piara, which […]

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The Spanish tuna fleet perplexed at the aim to assign yellowfin quotas to fleets using gear forbidden in the Indian Ocean

The Spanish tuna fleet perplexed at the aim to assign yellowfin quotas to fleets using gear forbidden in the Indian Ocean

The Spanish tuna fleet declares itself perplexed by the fact that some contracting parties of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) intend to assign yellowfin tuna quotas to fleets that fish with driftnets. The reason for the puzzlement is that driftnets were prohibited by the IOTC in 2012 due to their high bycatch of threatened and protected species, like sharks, marine mammals, and turtles. The Spanish fleet warns that the proposals for rebuilding the yellowfin tuna population that the IOTC […]

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The responsible tuna fishing standard of the Spanish fleet, a model for Thai Union and GSA for its protection of workers rights

The responsible tuna fishing standard of the Spanish fleet, a model for Thai Union and GSA for its protection of workers rights

The largest producer of tinned tuna in the world, Thai Union, and Global Seafood Assurances (GSA)[1] will take the treatment of workers’ rights on board set out in the Responsible Tuna Fishing standard (APR) of the Spanish tuna fishing fleet as an example to incorporate them in their social certification systems for fishing activities. For this purpose, both organisations have signed a collaboration agreement with AENOR, which currently certifies the 380,000 tonnes of tuna captured by the 47 vessels grouped […]

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Spanish tuna association, AGAC, enters full MSC assessment

Spanish tuna association, AGAC, enters full MSC assessment

Spanish tuna association, AGAC, has asked for its tropical tuna catch to be independently assessed against the rigorous Marine Stewardship Council (the MSC) Fishery Standard. The fishery, Association of Large Tuna Freezers, uses purse seine gear to reach up to 8% of the total catches of yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack tuna from the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The fishery has been in a fisheries improvement project for five years, before deciding to enter the MSC’s sustainability assessment. The MSC […]

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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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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 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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