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Ecuador’s Tunacons begins MSC assessment
Ecuadorian tuna conservation group Tunacons, which is carrying out a fishery improvement project involving the country's purse seiners, will soon enter the full assessment phase in its quest to gain Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the group has said.
The group's MSC process will apply to the purse seine fishery for sets on tuna schools and fish aggregating devices in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the group said in a press release.
The pre-assessment phase for the fishery began in 2016 and has been improved through a fishery improvement project, the group said.
Tunacons members include Ecuadorian tuna companies Negocios Industriales Real Nirsa, Eurofish, Jadran Group, Servigroup and the US firm Tri-Marine International. The group said earlier that it is on track to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification by 2020.
The five companies representing 45 tuna vessels, which caught over 113,500 metric tons of tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2016.
Ecuador becomes first IATTC member to develop action plan for tuna
Ecuador will become the first member of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to have a national action plan (PAN) for its tuna fisheries when the project is completed in the next few weeks.
The PAN will serve as a guide to the Ecuadorian government providing short, medium and long-term actions to improve the sustainable management of the fishery. The plan covers all aspects of the fishery, including monitoring, information gathering, scientific research, reduction of impacts on ecosystems, its control system and any sanctions and technological changes.
The plan is the product of Tunacons, a tuna conservation project made up of Ecuador's four biggest tuna fisheries: Real Industrial Businesses (NIRSA), Jadran, Servigrup, Eurofish and the US tuna giant Tri Marine.
The PAN reportedly took one year to create and will be the subject of a workshop in the next few weeks with all the actors involved to ensure its implementation becomes a permanent government policy.
According to Tunacons, the only other country in the world with an internationally recognized action plan for tuna is the Marshall Islands, part of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement. Ecuador already has management plans on the use of fish aggregating devices, as well as for mahi mahi, pomada shrimp and sharks.
TUNACONS en su recta final
Tunacons, un FIP que entra en su recta final
Nirsa, Eurofish, Jadran, Servigrup y Trimarine son las atuneras ecuatorianas que están detrás de Tunacons, Tuna Conservation Group, una alianza que pretende allanar el camino, vía FIP, de la flota del país sudamericano…
Progress in research into new materials for ecological and non-entangling FADsFebruary 12th, 2018
On October 2nd and 3rd 2017, we held a workshop that was run by a group of scientists from international organizations such as IATTC, AZTI, ISSF, FIP OPAGAC, and TUNACONS. This workshop was directed to fleet bosses, captains, and crew members.
During the first day, the workshop focused on experiences related to and progress made towards implementing non-entangling, biodegradable FADs. Additionally, an Executive Work Plan was defined by the attending organizations in order to optimize activities in the EPO (Eastern Pacific Ocean).
On the second day, captains, and crew members shared the advances that have been made regarding to FADs, as well as with the launching of the Best Practices on Board code.
The National Action Plan for industrial fishing continues onFebruary 13th, 2018
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Aquaculture and Fishery is developing a Tuna National Action Plan for the sustainable management of industrial tuna fishing in the country. Progress has been made with the creation of workshops for the aforementioned plan. This has been done with industry researchers and vessels owners, and it is expected to be completed in two months.
Advances in our action plan; moving towards an MSC certificationFebruary 12th, 2018
As part of the actions related to principle #2, on November 22nd of 2017, a Species Update workshop, was run by consultant Juan Pedro Monteagudo, an expert in the different MSC principles standards.
The workshop was based on a pre-assessment carried out in accordance with MSC standards version 1.3, which also takes version 2.0 into account. The latter includes new considerations and categories regarding to “non-target” species and fishing impacts.