By Cliff White, Executive Editor
Published on Monday, February 13, 2017
An organization representing the Spanish purse seine tuna trawling fleet is calling for more stringent management of tuna stocks at the two meetings of governing boards overseeing tuna fishing in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Freezer Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) said in a press release it will push for the establishment of management measures to ensure the exploitation of resources within the limits of maximum sustainable yields. Its efforts will be focused on the meeting this week of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and upcoming meeting of the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission.
“At both meetings, which are fundamental to ensuring the sustainability of tuna stocks, OPAGAC has called for the extension of Ocean Governance and the establishment of management measures to ensure the exploitation of resources within the limits of maximum sustainabl yield,” the group said.
Earlier in 2017, OPAGAC defended the European Union’s approach to fisheries management, calling the E.U.’s common fisheries policy “crucial” to ensure the health of the continent’s fish stocks. The group also called for the inclusion of policies on health, labor and human rights in a meeting with European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella on 17 January.