Responsible tuna fishing as a guarantee of sustainable future

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 responsible fishing activity, delves into the socio-labor aspects, considering these a fundamental factor to combat illegal fishing, which on many occasions violates human rights and includes practices such as slavery, persons trafficking or children exploitation.

The Spanish delegation, headed by Alberto López-Asenjo, Secretary General of Fisheries of MAPAMA, and Julio Morón, manager director of the Organization of Associated Producers of Great Freezer Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), will demand the application and control of compliance of a series of standards to all fleets, if we want to eradicate the reality of illegal fishing and will show the AENOR standard of the Spanish tuna fleet as a real and proven option to extend it internationally.

The representatives of the Spanish fishing sector will also expose the control system applied in Spain to prevent imports from illegal fleets, recognized by the European Union as one of the most effective in Europe.

The social dimension in the fight against IUU fishing

Published a year ago, the Spanish tuna fleet’s standard (UNE 195006) is the only one in the world that, in addition to environmental sustainability, guarantees compliance with the best control and socio-labor practices, two fundamental aspects to fulfill the Sustainable Development Objective (ODS) 14 for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources; and specifically, with its goal 14.4 for the eradication of IUU fishing by 2020.

According to the managing director of Opagac, Julio Morón, “with the APR Tuna from Responsible Fishing standard, the Spanish fishing sector and, specifically, its tuna fleet guarantee a sustainable and responsible fishing activity, and set the route to eradicate fishing Illegal, a scourge that not only puts at risk the activity of fleets that, like the European, scrupulously comply with the law, but also environmental and fisheries resources sustainability”.

The presentation of the standard will also count on the participation of Stephan Jermendy, researcher and campaign manager for the NGO Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Luz Baz, inspector of the International Transport Federation (ITF), and Mario Calderón, deputy director of International Development of AENOR.


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