Spain pushes bluefin tuna conservation


Chris Dove, contributing editor, reporting from Malaga, Spain

Published on
July 6, 2010

A new informational campaign protecting the much-maligned bluefin tuna was launched on Tuesday by the Fund for the Regulation and Market Organization of Fish and Marine Products (FROM) under the auspices of Spain’s Ministry for Rural and Marine Affairs (MARM).

Using the slogan “Plan for Bluefin Tuna Recovery, Now or Never!,” the campaign targets producers and distributors and runs concurrently with a message to fishermen titled “Recovery Plan for Bluefin Tuna, Now or Never! Catch and Release.”

FROM is trying to get businesses involved in bluefin tuna harvesting and marketing to promote conservation measures as well as existing legislation regulating the bluefin tuna fishery.

Over the next few months, FROM will distribute posters and leaflets to suppliers, retailers and fishermen in branches of the Social Marine Institute and 60 yacht clubs around the Mediterranean and South Atlantic. Mobile Information Points will be located in 15 markets and seven major bluefin auction houses featuring pamphlets and posters throughout the summer.

In a separate announcement on Tuesday, MARM launched a training course on marine fisheries and aquaculture onboard the vessel Intermares for 40 students from the National Institute for Fisheries Development and Port Maritime Institute of Cape Verde.

Four 20-hour classes on gear and sustainable fishing technologies and environmentally friendly marine security will be offered, as well as machine maintenance and technical services for fish handling, storage and processing.

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