PRESS RELEASES

PRESS RELEASE No. 15 TUNACONS launches Internal Contest for captains of the fleet member of the FIP, to encourage research for the ideal “EcoFAD”.

PRESS RELEASE No. 15

TUNACONS launches Internal Contest

for captains of the fleet member of the FIP,

to encourage research for the ideal “EcoFAD”.

The use of fish aggregation devices (planted or FADs) in purse seine tuna fisheries is an issue of common interest for all the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (OROPs), and has become a relevant issue for a proper ordering. FADs are floating objects used by fishermen to attract tuna and facilitate their capture.

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT), through Resolution C-16-01, encourages member countries to develop testing processes for non-entangling and biodegradable FAD, now called “NEDs” by Martin Hall (IATTC scientist), in order to reduce some impacts on the Marine ecosystem. Recently, CIAT resolution C-18-05 has already determined the mandatory use of non-entangled FADs in the entire EPO fleet as of January 2019.

For this reason, TUNACONS has been characterized as a Fisheries Improvement Project focused on the testing of “EcoFADs” with degradable materials as part of good responsible management for this fishery.

Taking advantage of the Knowledge Refresh Workshop dictated by the TUNACONS team to the crew that stopped work during this closure period, the progress made in the various initiatives carried out in the Eastern Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans was discussed. part of the CIAT scientific teams, as well as the ISSF, Azti Tecnalia, OPAGAC and TUNACONS to achieve the ideal “EcoFAD”.

 

Tunacons decides to encourage the participation of the captains to test their own prototypes and materials through the launching of a Contest that provides guidelines to follow as “Rules of the Game”. Among what you will find a tracking framework from the time of registration to the award. The incentive exceeds ten thousand dollars and the crew is expected to work together with their captain.

The device is expected to last between 6 months to 1 year with the aim of preventing the unintended arrival of one of them to an island or protected area causing negative impacts on marine ecosystems. In this way, if that were to happen, the FAD will not delay in degrading and disappearing, contributing to maintain a healthy ecosystem and free of polluting waste.

The captains have already started the contest. They have already registered their prototype, the companies asked for the materials, they were assembled and they are on board for the corresponding tests. These experiments will be monitored by the technical team of TUNACONS with the Fleet Managers, in order to analyze that it meets the proposed objectives.

 

For more information or to request interviews, do not hesitate to contact us.

Lcda. Mayi Zambrano V.

Comunicación

TUNACONS

mzambrano@tunacons.org

+593 984814782

BOLETÍN DE PRENSA Nº 14 Ecuador lanza su Plan Nacional de Gestión de Plantados (DAPs ó FADs) para la flota Atunera Cerquera.

 

BOLETÍN DE PRENSA Nº 14

Ecuador lanza su Plan Nacional de Gestión de Plantados (DAPs ó FADs)

para la flota Atunera Cerquera.

El Ministerio de Acuacultura y Pesca a través de la delegación de la Subsecretaría de Pesca, representada por el Sr. Jorge Costaín, hace pública esta Regulación Nacional de gestión de plantados, debido a que esta es una actividad que genera un importante abastecimiento de las plantas procesadoras y comercializadoras de atún, generando en los últimos 20 años impactos positivos económicos y sociales al Ecuador.

Los buques cerqueros capturan el 86% de la captura total de atún barrilete, aleta amarilla y patudo, correspondiendo el 69% de la captura mediante lances sobre “objetos flotantes” (incluidos los plantados). (ISSF Technical Report – 2017-02A).

Los “plantados” o Dispositivos Agregadores de Peces (DAPs) o FADs por sus siglas en inglés, son objetos flotantes, naturales o artificiales, que los pescadores utilizan para atraer peces y facilitar su captura. Los DAPs se encuentran en el foco de una discusión global sobre la sostenibilidad a largo plazo de las poblaciones de atún y el impacto en el ecosistema marino.

El objetivo principal del Plan es “Fortalecer el manejo sostenible y uso responsable de los dispositivos agregadores en la pesquería de atunes con red de cerco, manteniendo la eficiencia operativa de la flota atunera de cerco ecuatoriana mediante la implementación de normas, acciones y nuevas tecnologías”.

Objetivos específicos. –

▪ Establecer un registro de objetos flotantes con sus características.

▪ Mejorar la recopilación de información mediante la implementación de plataformas tecnológicas.

▪ Contribuir al conocimiento de la composición por especies de la captura en los lances de plantados y su variabilidad espacial y temporal.

▪ Profundizar el conocimiento sobre los posibles impactos de los plantados en los ecosistemas y especies.

▪ Establecer mecanismos de intercambio de información entre armadores, científicos y administraciones, a fin de lograr una mejor comprensión y sus implicaciones.

▪ Diseñar prototipos de plantados que causen menor impacto al ecosistema marino a través de materiales no enredantes y degradables.

 

 

 

Antecedentes

TUNACONS impulsó la propuesta base a la Autoridad, que se socializó en el Taller Nacional en Manta el 27 y 28 de junio de 2018, luego la Autoridad lo analizó y pulió; siendo ahora Normativa Nacional. Es fruto de talleres intersectoriales que involucraron al Ministerio de Acuacultura y Pesca, la Subsecretaría de Recursos Pesqueros, Cámara Nacional de Pesquería, ATUNEC, empresas parte del FIP TUNACONS, armadores particulares, WWF ECUADOR y el Instituto Nacional De Pesca.

Según comentarios de la industria, la colaboración estrecha del sector público y la empresa privada ha logrado un gran paso para la industria atunera ecuatoriana con una misma visión: “fortalecer la competitividad”.

Durante el taller se delinearon los campos de acción y el seguimiento inherente al manejo técnico y ordenado de plantados, se discutieron las estrategias del sector atunero para trabajar en base a las regulaciones actuales de la CIAT y las experiencias prácticas de los armadores.

El Ministerio de Acuacultura y Pesca, apoya todos los proyectos nacionales que implementan actividades de mejoramiento pesquero y que buscan que la actividad pesquera sea sostenible.

 

Para ampliar la información o solicitar entrevistas no dude en contactarnos.

 

Lcda. Mayi Zambrano V.

Comunicación

TUNACONS

mzambrano@tunacons.org

+593 984814782

 

 

 

 

 

Reunión previa de la Propuesta de Planeación de Estrategia de Manejo de Plantados en la flota Atunera cerquera ecuatoriana.

Previous meeting of the Proposed Plan for the Management Strategy of FADs in the Ecuadorian tuna purse-seine fleet.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE Nº 14

Ecuador release its National FADs Management Plan for Purse Seiners tuna fleet.

The Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries through the delegation of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries, represented by Mr. Jorge Costaín, makes public the National Regulation of Management of FADs, because this is an activity that generates a significant supply for processors Industry and fishers of tuna, generating in the last 20 years positive economic and social impacts to Ecuador.

 

Purse-seine vessels capture 86% of the total catch of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna, corresponding to 69% of the catch by sets on “floating objects” (including FADs). (ISSF Technical Report – 2017-02A).

 

“FADs”, are floating objects, natural or artificial, that fishers use to attract fish and facilitate their catch. Fads are in the focus of a global discussion on the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks and the impact on the marine ecosystem.

 

The main objective of the Plan is “To strengthen the sustainable management and responsible use of the aggregating devices in the tuna fishery with purse seines, maintaining the operational efficiency of the tuna purse seiner fleet through the implementation of standards, actions and new technologies”.

 

Specific objectives. –

▪ Establish a register of floating objects with their characteristics.

▪ Improve the collection of information through the implementation of technology platforms.

▪ Contribute to the knowledge of the composition by species of the catch in sets of FADs and their spatial and temporal variability.

▪ Deepen knowledge about the possible impacts of FADs on ecosystems and species.

▪ Establish information exchange mechanisms between shipowners, scientists and administrations, in order to achieve a better understanding and its implications.

▪ Design prototypes of FADs that cause less impact to the marine ecosystem through non-entangling and degradable materials.

 

 

Background

TUNACONS promoted the base of the proposal to the Authority, which was socialized in the National Workshop in Manta on June 27 and 28, 2018, then the Authority analyzed it; and now is a National Regulation.

 

It is the result of intersectoral workshops involving the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries Resources, National Fisheries Chamber, ATUNEC, companies part of FIP TUNACONS, private shipowners, WWF ECUADOR and the National Fisheries Institute.

According to comments from the industry, the close collaboration of the public sector and private companies has achieved a great step for the Ecuadorian tuna industry with the same vision: “to strengthen competitiveness”.

 

During the workshop the work fields  and the inherent follow-up to the technical and orderly management of FADs were outlined, the strategies of the tuna sector were discussed based on the current regulations of the IATTC and the practical experiences of the shipowners.

 

The Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries supports all national projects that implement fishing improvement activities and seek to make fishing activity sustainable.

 

For more information or to request interviews, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Mayi Zambrano V.

Comunicación

TUNACONS

mzambrano@tunacons.org

+593 984814782

 

 

PRESS RELEASE # 13: TUNACONS knowledge refresh workshop for crewmembers in Manta.

 

PHOTO

El Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS), proyecto de mejoramiento pesquero, conformado por las empresas atuneras NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP y TRIMARINE, El miércoles 15 de agosto Realizó Taller de fortalecimiento de conocimientos para tripulantes de barcos cerqueros atuneros miembros del FIP en Manta.

El 2 y 3 de Octubre de 2017 se comunicó la aprobación de las 5 empresas del FIP de TUNACONS en cooperación con WWF Ecuador de su “Código De Buenas Prácticas A Bordo para el manejo y liberación de la fauna acompañante sensible conforme a las medidas de mitigación adoptadas por la Comisión Interamericana Del Atún Tropical (CIAT)” que será de uso obligatorio en todas sus embarcaciones con la finalidad de que capitanes y tripulantes adopten frecuentemente en sus actividades todas las medidas necesarias para proteger las especies marinas de posibles impactos negativos.

La Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical (CIAT) mediante resolución C- 16- 01 impulsa a los países miembros para que se desarrollen procesos de pruebas de Plantados no enmallantes y biodegradables con la finalidad de reducir algunos impactos en el ecosistema marino. Recientemente, en la resolución CIAT C-17- 02 se determinó ya el uso obligatorio de Plantados no enmallantes en toda la flota del OPO a partir de Enero de 2019.

Por este motivo en esta reunión de trabajo se hará un fortalecimiento de esos conceptos y disposiciones de pesquería de cerco en el Océano Pacífico Oriental (OPO).

Entre los temas a tratar se encuentran:

  • Resumen de las buenas prácticas elaborados por Tunacons
  • Normativas CIAT sobre el tiburón sedoso y tiburón punta blanca
  • Avances en plantados biodegradables en los barcos de las empresas que conforman Tunacons
  • Coaching sobre la importancia de los temas previamente tratados

Guillermo Moran Velasquez Gerente del proyecto TUNACONS, indico que las 5 empresas atuneras participan activamente en un proyecto de mejoramiento pesquero (FIP en ingles) para llevar la pesquería hacia un desarrollo sostenible y responsable en favor de la conservación de las especies de atunes y sus ecosistemas.

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PRESS RELEASE # 13: TUNACONS knowledge refresh workshop for crewmembers in Manta.

The Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS), fishery improvement project, made up of the tuna companies NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP and TRIMARINE, Yesterday organized a workshop to refresh the knowledge of the Tunacons crew members in Manta.

On October 2 and 3, 2017, TUNACONS in cooperation with WWF Ecuador, approved its “Code of Good Practices On Board for the management and release of the sensitive companion fauna according to the mitigation measures. adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT)” that will be obligatory use in all its vessels with the purpose that captains and crew members frequently adopt in their activities all the necessary measures to protect marine species from possible negative impacts.

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT), through resolution C-16-01, encourages CPCs (countries members of IATTC) to develop testing processes for non-entangling FADs in order to reduce some impacts on the marine ecosystem.

Recently, CIAT Resolution C-17-02 has already determined the mandatory use of non-entangled FADs in the entire EPO fleet as of January 2019.

For this reason, this working meeting will strengthen these concepts and provisions of purse seine fisheries in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO).

Among the topics discussed:

  • Summary of good practices developed by Tunacons
  • IATTC regulations on silky sharks and white tip sharks
  • Biodegradable FADs Progress in the vessels of the companies member of Tunacons
  • Coaching abut importance of previously discussed topics

Guillermo Moran Velasquez Manager of the TUNACONS project, indicated that the 5 tuna companies are actively involved in a fishery improvement project to take the fishery towards a sustainable and responsible development in favor of the conservation of tuna species and their ecosystems .

For more information or to request interviews, do not hesitate to contact us.

Mayi Zambrano V.

Comunicación

TUNACONS

mzambrano@tunacons.org

+593 984814782

 

Press Release # 12 : TUNACONS signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP).

 

 

 

PHOTO

13/08/2018

Las empresas atuneras NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP y TRIMARINE, que están asociadas en TUNACONS para impulsar un proyecto de mejoramiento de la pesquería de atunes con red de cerco en el Océano Pacífico Oriental (OPO), formalizaron un memorándum de entendimiento para la cooperación técnica entre ellos y la Autoridad de Recursos Acuáticos de Panamá (ARAP).

En FIP de TUNACONS se encuentran barcos de bandera panameña y el 13 de agosto se dio la firma de este Memorándum de Entendimiento (MoU). Brinda un marco para la relación y tiende a la colaboración de ambas partes en el Plan de Acción del Proyecto de Mejoramiento Pesquero.

La ARAP tiene como misión asegurar el desarrollo de una cultura productiva y social de los recursos acuáticos de manera sostenible y sustentable, en armonía con el ambiente, para mejorar la calidad de vida. Al tener una misión sustentable, la ARAP es consciente de la importancia de que el FIP alcance la certificación del Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) y por ello asumirá un rol cooperante; apoyará, gestionará y ejecutará las funciones asignadas para que la relación sea eficaz, alcanzando los mejores resultados para ambos.

Las empresas atuneras que son parte del proyecto han manifestado su fuerte y decidido compromiso con el desarrollo sostenible de la pesquería, adoptando y apoyando las mejores estrategias para la conservación de las poblaciones de atunes tropicales y de los ecosistemas en el Océano Pacifico Oriental.

 


 

 

The tuna companies NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP and TRIMARINE, which are associated in TUNACONS to promote an improvement project for the purse seine tuna fishery in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between them and the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP).

 

There are Panamanian flag vessels In the TUNACONS FIP and on August 13 we sign this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It provides a framework for the relationship and tends to the collaboration of both parties in the Action Plan of the Fisheries Improvement Project.

 

ARAP’s mission is to ensure the development of a productive and social culture of aquatic resources in a sustainable manner, in harmony with the environment, to improve the quality of life. By having a sustainable mission, ARAP is aware of the importance of achieving the certification of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and therefore will assume a cooperative role; will support, manage and execute the functions assigned to make the relationship effective, achieving the best results for both.

 

The tuna companies that are part of the project have expressed their strong and determined commitment to the sustainable development of the fishery, adopting and supporting the best strategies for the conservation of the populations of tropical tunas and ecosystems in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

 

 

Press Release # 11 : Tunacons y Opagac firmaron un Memorandum de Entendimiento para cooperar en los proyectos de mejoramiento pesquero (FIPs) para flota atunera de cerco en el Oceano Pacifico Oriental.

 

 

 

23/08/2018

El Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS) y la Organización de Productores de Atún Congelado de España (OPAGAC) firmaron en el día 3 de agosto de 2018 un Memorandum de Entendimiento para facilitar el intercambio de información y el cumplimiento de compromisos específicos en proyectos de interés mutuo relacionados a sus planes de acción de los proyectos de mejoramiento pesquero (FIPs[1] por sus siglas en ingles) para la pesquería de atunes con red de cerco en el área de competencia de la CIAT.

Esta colaboración es para cooperar en actividades prioritarias de interés mutuo, con el fin de avanzar en la agenda de sostenibilidad en la Región del Océano Pacifico Oriental. Es sumamente importante alinear las acciones entre FIP integrales[2], ya que las acciones colaborativas impulsan el éxito hacia la sostenibilidad.

OPAGAC y TUNACONS comparten un interés común en avanzar en la agenda de sostenibilidad para que sus pesquerías cumplan con los objetivos de sus FIP, a través de la implementación de acciones conjuntas para abordar las deficiencias identificadas para sus pesquerías en los tres principios de sus FIP, entre las que podemos destacar:

1.- Gestión regional: a través de acciones destinadas a asistir a la CIAT en la adopción de Reglas de Control de captura explícitas para las poblaciones de atún aleta amarilla, atún barrilete y patudo, para 2020, a más tardar.

2.- Captura incidental y ecosistema: mediante la implementación de programas de investigación conjunta o iniciativas para ayudar en la evaluación del hábitat y los impactos de captura incidental por la pesquería y / o implementación de procedimientos para mitigar o eliminar dichos impactos, en particular los impactos de los Dispositivos de concentración de peces (FAD).

3.- Monitoreo del cumplimiento: destinado a mejorar el cumplimiento de las medidas de la CIAT mediante la promoción de una mayor transparencia, el asesoramiento y la creación de capacidades en la evaluación del desempeño de las flotas en relación con el cumplimiento de las resoluciones emitidas por el CIAT.

4.- Poblaciones objetivo: Promover acciones de cooperación técnica relacionadas con la CIAT y otras organizaciones de apoyo a la conservación sobre cuestiones relacionadas con la reducción de cualquier impacto adverso que las redes de cerco tengan en las poblaciones de túnidos tropicales, cuando sea necesario.

5.- Armonización: La CIAT debe profundizar y acelerar el trabajo con otras OROP de túnidos, especialmente la WCPFC, en un proceso de armonización de medidas y procedimientos sobre SCV, recopilación de datos, gestión y difusión, y evaluación y gestión de las poblaciones. Este trabajo debe realizarse bajo un plan de trabajo acordado entre ambas OROP que debe brindarnos un resultado efectivo sobre el estado de situación de las poblaciones de atunes compartidas en el Océano Pacifico.

Una de las primeras acciones que se están desarrollando es coordinar con el personal de CIAT para implementar un proyecto piloto sobre Plantados con materiales degradables, cofinanciado por la UE y los armadores de buques adscritos a sendos FIP, que se espera iniciar a finales de este año.

 

Acerca de OPAGAC y TUNACONS

OPAGAC representa el interés de 9 compañías pesqueras. Su flota está compuesta por 48 atuneros cerqueros, que se dirigen a los túnidos tropicales de todo el mundo, con capturas recientes que representan hasta 380000 toneladas por año (aproximadamente el 8% de la captura mundial de atún tropical). La flota de OPAGAC opera dentro de las áreas de competencia de cuatro organizaciones atuneras regionales de ordenación pesquera (OROP), CICAA, CTOI, CIAT y WCPFC. En el Océano Pacífico Oriental, OPAGAC representa los intereses de compañías basadas en Ecuador, El Salvador, Panamá y España, 12 buques cerqueros, y capturas de atún tropical que representan el 9% de las capturas totales en el Área de la CIAT.

TUNACONS es la alianza de 5 empresas Atuneras que pescan con arte de cerco en el Océano Pacífico Oriental. La flota de Negocios Industriales Real S.A. (NIRSA), Grupo Jadran, Servigrup, Eurofish y Tri Marine compone la flota de Tunacons, con un total de 45 buques de pesca que producen alrededor de 113,568 toneladas métricas anuales. Bajo la jurisdicción de la Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical (CIAT/IATTC), TUNACONS representa el 17% de las capturas en esta zona de pesca.

[1]  OPAGAC Global Tuna FIP http://opagac.org/en/fip/; https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/eastern-pacific-ocean-tropical-tuna-purse-seine-opagac

TUNACONS http://www.tunacons.org/responsive/tunafip.html; https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/eastern-pacific-ocean-tropical-tuna-purse-seine-tunacons

[2] https://www.msc.org/for-business/fisheries/developing-world-and-small-scale-fisheries/fips

 

 

 

Press Release # 10: Management Strategy Proposal for FADs in the Ecuadorian tuna purse-seine fleet.

Press Release # 10: Management Strategy Proposal for FADs in the Ecuadorian tuna purse-seine fleet.

The Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries Resources, National Chamber of Fisheries, ATUNEC, and the companies that are part of FIP TUNACONS developed a National Workshop in Manta on June 27 and 28, 2018, to analyze a proposal for a National management plan for the tuna fishery on FADs to become part of the national regulations.

The Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries has been supporting all national projects that implement fishing improvement activities and that seek to make fishing activity sustainable.

During the workshop the fields of action and the inherent follow-up to the technical and orderly management of FADs were outlined, the strategies of the tuna sector were discussed to work based on the current regulations of the IATTC and the practical experiences of the shipowners.

According to comments from the audience, the close collaboration of the public sector and private enterprise has achieved a great step for the Ecuadorian tuna industry with the same vision to strengthen competitiveness.

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BOLETÍN #10

Propuesta de Estrategia de Manejo de Plantados en la flota Atunera cerquera ecuatoriana.

El Ministerio de Acuacultura y Pesca, la Subsecretaría de Recursos Pesqueros, Cámara Nacional de Pesquería, ATUNEC, y las empresas que son parte del FIP TUNACONS desarrollaron un taller Nacional en Manta el 27 y 28 de junio de 2018, para analizar una propuesta de un Plan nacional de manejo para la pesquería de atunes sobre plantados para convertirse en parte la normativa nacional.

El Ministerio de Acuacultura y Pesca, viene apoyando todos los proyectos nacionales que implementan actividades de mejoramiento pesquero y que buscan que la actividad pesquera sea sostenible.

Durante el taller se delinearon los campos de acción y el seguimiento inherente al manejo técnico y ordenado de plantados, se discutieron las estrategias del sector atunero para trabajar en base a las regulaciones actuales de la CIAT y las experiencias prácticas de los armadores.

Según comentarios de los asistentes, la colaboración estrecha del sector público y la empresa privada ha logrado un gran paso para la industria atunera ecuatoriana con una misma visión para fortalecer la competitividad.

Press Release # 9: Ecuadorian Government suports Fip Tunacons

Press Release # 9: Ecuadorian Government suports Fip Tunacons

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Tuna Conservation Group (Tunacons) and the Undersecretary of Fisheries Resources (SRP) of the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAP) to cooperate in the development of the Action Plan for the Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for the fishery Tuna with Fencing Net.

TUNACONS made the formal request to subscribe to Mr. Jorge Costain in his capacity as Undersecretary of Fisheries Resources, with the purpose of establishing interinstitutional commitments so that through appropriate management and management actions they achieve appropriate levels of fishing sustainability for the tuna stocks and their ecosystem within the fishery and commercial improvement project.

“The purpose of the Agreement is to formalize and provide a framework for the existing relationship between SRP & TUNACONS”

The main responsibility of the SRP is to cooperate and coordinate the implementation of the TUNACONS Action Plan, promoted by the TUNACONS companies, which are: NIRSA, Jadran, Servigrup, Eurofish and Tri Marine. The SRP seeks to ensure that the Program is progressing adequately and effectively, and to ensure that the deliverables are helping the fishery move towards meeting the objectives of the FIP. In turn, the FIP shall implement all the actions contemplated in the Action Plan and submit semiannual technical reports on the main advances achieved.

The 5 companies represent 45 tuna vessels, which during 2016 captured 113,568 tonnes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, representing 21% of the total catches in this fishing area.

The tuna companies that are part of the project have expressed their strong and determined commitment to the sustainable development of the fishery, adopting and supporting the best strategies for the conservation of the populations of tropical tunas and ecosystems.

That is why the tuna companies that form TUNACONS actively participate in actions that take the fishery to an ideal state in favor of the conservation of the species.

 


 

Boletín Nº 9:  Gobierno Ecuatoriano Respalda  Fip Tunacons

El Memorándum de Entendimiento entre Tuna Conservation Group (Tunacons) y La Subsecretaria De Recursos Pesqueros (SRP) del Ministerio de Acuacultura y Pesca (MAP) para cooperar en el desarrollo del Plan de Acción del Proyecto De Mejoramiento Pesquero (FIP) para la pesquería de Atunes con Red de Cerco.

TUNACONS realizó la petición formal de suscripción al Sr. Jorge Costain en su calidad de Subsecretario de Recursos Pesqueros, con la finalidad de establecer compromisos interinstitucionales para que mediante acciones de ordenamiento y manejo adecuado logren niveles apropiados de sustentabilidad pesquera para las poblaciones de atunes y su ecosistema dentro del proyecto de mejoramiento pesquero y comercial.

“El propósito del Acuerdo es formalizar y brindar un marco a la relación ya existente entre SRP & TUNACONS”

La responsabilidad principal de la SRP es cooperar y coordinar la implementación del Plan de acción de TUNACONS, impulsado por las empresas partes de TUNACONS, que son: NIRSA, Jadran, Servigrup, Eurofish y Tri Marine. La SRP busca asegurar que el Programa este progresando de forma adecuada y eficaz, y garantizar que los entregables están ayudando a la pesquería a moverse hacia el cumplimiento de los objetivos del FIP. A su vez el FIP deberá implementar todas las acciones contempladas en el Plan de Acción y presentar informes técnicos semestrales sobre los principales avances alcanzados.

Las 5 empresas representan 45 embarcaciones atuneras, que durante 2016 capturaron en el Océano Pacifico Oriental 113.568 toneladas representando el 21% del total de las capturas en esta zona de pesca.

Las empresas atuneras que son parte del proyecto han manifestado su fuerte y decidido compromiso con el desarrollo sostenible de la pesquería, adoptando y apoyando las mejores estrategias para la conservación de las poblaciones de atunes tropicales y de los ecosistemas.

Es por esto que las empresas atuneras que forman TUNACONS participan activamente en acciones que lleven a la pesquería a un estado ideal en pro de la conservación de la especie.

Press Release # 8: Participation TUNACONS at Seafood Exhibition Boston

Press Release # 8: Participation TUNACONS at Seafood Exhibition Boston

The manager of TUNACONS was invited by the Director Jesse Marsh of the private organization SCALING BLUE to be part of a panel of speakers who gave their lectures on the topic COMMITMENT OF THE INDUSTRY WITH THE PROJECT OF FISHING IMPROVEMENT (FIPs): BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT AND HOW TO INVOLVE.

Under this objective he presented his model of work and operation and how is involved the tuna industries that are part of the FIP TUNACONS to promote actions that achieve in a coordinated way develop management measures so that the fishery can meet the sustainability standards proposed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Guillermo Moran manager of TUNACONS explained that the FIP that is implemented is comprehensive and exhaustive in cooperation with WWF Ecuador, and that it interacts dynamically with the different organizations and public and private institutions to achieve the objectives of its FIP Action Plan that is proposed 2 years of intensive work.

It was explained that there are commitments from the companies NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP and TRIMARINE to demonstrate to the consumers of processed tuna that there is a responsible, technical and scientific management of the tuna fishery with purse seine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

It was also explained to the public that FIP TUNACONS is working hard to support work to reduce negative impacts on marine ecosystems through training for fishers, technological modifications in FADs and conservation measures to apply to tuna and by-catch populations.

The Panel was shared with other experts on the subject such as Timothy Roberts of the company Taprobane Seafood Group (PVT) Sri Lanka, Sam Grinley Director of Strategic Initiatives for the team.

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Boletín de Prensa #8:  Participación TUNACONS en Seafood Exhibition Boston

 El gerente de TUNACONS fue invitado por la Directora Jesse Marsh de la organización privada SCALING BLUE para que sea parte de un panel de expositores que dictaron sus conferencias sobre el tema COMPROMISO DE LA INDUSTRIA CON LOS PROYECTO DE MEJORAMIENTO PESQUERO (FIPs): PORQUE ES IMPORTANTE Y COMO INVOLUCRARSE.

Bajo este objetivo presentó su modelo de trabajo y operación y como esta involucrada las industrias atuneras que son parte del FIP TUNACONS para impulsar acciones que logren de forma coordinada desarrollar medidas de manejo para que la pesquería pueda cumplir con los estándares de sostenibilidad propuestos por el Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Guillermo Moran gerente de TUNACONS explico que el FIP que se implementa es de carácter integral y exhaustivo en cooperación con WWF Ecuador, y que interactúa dinámicamente con las diferentes organizaciones e instituciones publicas y privadas para lograr los objetivos de su Plan de Acción del FIP que esta propuesto para 2 años de intensos trabajos.

Se explico que existen compromisos de las empresas NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP y TRIMARINE para lograr demostrar a los consumidores de atunes procesados que existe un manejo responsable, técnico y científico de la pesquería de atunes con red de cerco en el Océano Pacifico Oriental

También se explicó al público que el FIP TUNACONS esta trabajando fuertemente en apoyar trabajos para reducir impactos negativos en los ecosistemas marinos mediante capacitación a los pescadores, modificaciones tecnológicas en los Plantados y medidas de conservación para aplicar a las poblaciones de atunes y pesca acompañante.

El Panel fue compartido con otros expertos en el tema como son Timothy Roberts de la empresa Taprobane Seafood Group (PVT) Sri Lanka, Sam Grinley Director de Iniciativas Estrategicas para el equipo.

PRESS RELEASE # 6: FIP tuna vessel of the OPO, TUNACONS, is satisfactorily evaluated in its first year.

Guayaquil, December 31, 2017

PRESS RELEASE # 6: FIP tuna vessel of the OPO, TUNACONS, is satisfactorily evaluated in its first year.

 

Dr. Luis Ambrosio, with extensive experience in the subject, he made the progress assessment of progress of the fishery improvement project to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Ambrosio considered the status of the actions of each principle required by the MSC and the achievement of the indicators.

 

It can be concluded that the pace at which the FIP TUNACONS is advancing is positive, and considering the projection of the activities to be carried out in 2018, the progress of the actions is expected to increase.

 

Projecting this progress, for Principle No. 1 contemplates the development of a Pilot Project to implement a system of individual catch limits per vessel with the objective, among others, of reducing the mortality of small tuna.

 

The principle where there is the greatest challenge, according to the evaluator’s considerations, is Principle No. 2; on the management of non-entangled FADs.

 

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, sets on floating objects (including FADs) include 69% of tuna fishing. This generates pressure on the development of strategies to avoid the capture of non-target species.

Among the specific objectives of these FAD management strategies are:

  • Achieve a record of floating objects with their characteristics.
  • Improve the collection of information for scientific advice purposes.
  • Contribute to the knowledge of the composition of the catch in the sets of FADs.
  • Increase knowledge of these devices with respect to their technical characteristics and their possible impact on ecosystems.
  • Establish mechanisms to exchange information among operators, scientists and administrations, in order to achieve a better understanding and its implications.

 

It has developed a deep research, prototypes and tests with different materials submerged in cages and in deep sea to check their resistance to the saline ecosystem. TUNACONS has an extensive report of follow-ups, findings and experiences. Efforts are currently being made to the raw abaca fabric, although they are studying the possibility of reinforcing it with a natural coating that extends the durability, since the search for the ideal “EcoFAD” is still ongoing.

 

As another of the actions to contribute to the development of principle 2 of the MSC, monitoring programs should be implemented with on-board observers on ships of lower class 6 classes. Therefore, the INP Director has been discussed so that the program of Training and training of the observers is in charge of the National Fisheries Institute.

 

For principle 3 it is expected to have greater progress during 2018 according to the products that are expected to be received from the two consultants that have been contracted to make the list of primary and secondary species, and the National Tuna Plan.

 

The need to develop actions that strengthen the sustainability of marine life is increasingly strong, an effort that the Tunacons group is managing to optimize resources and achieve more efficient responses to the need to comply with the environmental commitment and CIAT resolutions.

PRESS RELEASE # 5 EcoFAD Meeting

 PRESS RELEASE # 5 EcoFAD Meeting

 

An important sector of the tuna industry in the Eastern Pacific Ocean organized in Manta on October 2 and 3 at the Hotel Oro Verde, the First working meeting on experiences in the development of Non-Entangling and Biodegradable FADs prepared by the Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS), formed by 5 tuna companies (NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP and TRI MARINE) in coordination with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF ECUADOR) to strengthen the sustainability of the purse seine tuna fishery in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

 

A “FAD” is an artificial attraction mechanism for schools of tunas; planted ones arise from observing that schools of tunas congregated around sticks, fallen trees, and dead animals in the sea or any floating object. Each boat places in the sea or “plant” between 50 to 400 FADs on each trip, depending on the size of the boat.

 

Important specialists from organizations as the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), International Seafood Sustainable Foundation (ISSF), Organization of Frozen Tuna Producers (OPAGAP FIP), the Marine and Food Technology Center (AZTI) and TUNACONS as well, participate during the meeting. So far, they have worked separately; but now they joined efforts to define actions and provide more efficient results on the development of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs in this part of the Pacific Ocean.

 

The Sub-Secretary for Fishery Resources of the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries endorsed this international technical working meeting, which provided the impetus for all activities that promote a sustainable fishery to guarantee conservation throughout tuna species as well as the country’s tuna industry.

 

This meeting was also used to communicate the “Code of Good Practices On Board for the management and release of the sensitive companion fauna according to the mitigation measures adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) which was approved by the 5 companies that conform the TUNACONS FIP in cooperation with WWF Ecuador;  “which will be mandatory in all its vessels, so that captains and crew members may frequently adopt all necessary measures to protect marine species from possible negative impacts”.

 

The purse-seine tuna fishery in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) is a very intense activity that has developed rapidly over the last 30 years. The generalized use of fish aggregation devices (FADs s[1]) in tuna fisheries is a topic of common concern to all Regional Tuna Fishery Management Organizations and has become a problem of increasingly relevant management. Planted are floating objects used by fishermen to attract tunas and facilitate their capture.

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), through Resolution C-16-01, encourages countries members to develop non-entangling and biodegradable FADs testing processes for reducing some impacts on the marine ecosystem. Recently, the IATTC Resolution C-17-02 has already determined the mandatory use of non-entangling FADs throughout the EPO fleet as of January 2019.

For this reason, all the aspects involved in the purse-seine fishery of the EPO were involved in this meeting and the new IATTC provisions influence or motivate scientific research on materials that are resistant to the salinity of the sea, but which in turn reduce the possible negative effect on the aquatic environment. All the progress that have been developed in the various initiatives carried out in the Eastern Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans by the IATTC scientific teams, as well as the ISSF[2],, Azti Tecnalia and TUNACONS, are discussed in order to obtain the Ideal “EcoFAD”.

Combining the efforts that had been made separately contributes to the common good, as a result of the working days, it was possible to culminate with an Executive Plan on works in non-entangling and biodegradable FADs that can be tested for 2 consecutive years. The agreement was reached to promote the use of two prototypes of Standard FADs with which they will begin to carry out the tests of materials of vegetal origin for their elaboration and “seeding” in high seas. The device is expected to last between 6 months and 1 year in an effort to prevent the unintended arrival of one of them to an island or protected area causes negative impacts on marine ecosystems. In this way, if that happens, FADs will not delay in degrading and disappearing, contributing to a healthy ecosystem and free of toxic waste.

The companies NIRSA and SERVIGRUP, which are part of the TUNACONS FIP, are going to develop in the next days new experiments with non-entangling and biodegradable FADs, using new vegetal material of such as the ABACA produced in Ecuador, this experiments will be monitored by the technical team of the project, to analyze if it meets the objectives that were raised in this work meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objectives of the First working meeting on experiences in the development of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs.

  • Organize a regional space for analysis so that scientists working in the field, exchange views with fishery technicians on designs of FADs that at the same time be efficient to catch tunas, generate a less impact to the marine ecosystem in case of loss.
  • Generate an executive plan to coordinate future actions between institutions and organizations that are developing research activities on non-entangling and biodegradable FADs.

 

  • Broadcast to potential users the results achieved so far on the experiments in this topic.

 

DATES AND WORK AGENDA

 Monday, October 2nd

9:00-13:00 Presentations of works developed by CIAT, ISSF, AZTI Tecnalia and TUNACONS for expert analysis.
9:00
9:10
 Welcome: Guillermo Moran
TUNACONS
9:10
9:35
Exposition: FADs: How to keep the positive and reduce the negative. Martin Hall
CIAT
9:35
10:00
Exposition: Experience of ISSF in the development of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs. Gala Moreno
ISSF
10:00
10:25
Exposition: “Project BIO FAD, towards the implementation of biodegradable materials under natural conditions in the Indian Ocean” Iker Zudaire
AZTI
10:25
10:55
Coffee Break
10:55
11:20
Exposition: “Activities of the IATTC in the design of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs” Marlon Román
CIAT
11:20
11:45
Exposition: “Experience of AZTI in the test of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs” Jefferson Murua
AZTI
11:45
12:10
Exposition: “Progress of non-entangling FADs with biodegradable material in the TUNACONS Project” José Luis García
TUNACONS
12:10

12:35

 Exposition: Experience with non-entangling and biodegradable FADs. Fernando Velastegui ALBACORA Group
12:35
13:30
 Main conclusions Facilitator

contracted by WWF Ecuador

13:30
15:00
Free time for lunch
15:00
18:30
Preparation of an Executive Plan on works of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs.  CIAT, ISSF, AZTI and TUNACONS

 

Tuesday, October 3th

9:00-13:00 Exposition on the results of work on non-entangling and biodegradable FADs; in front of public institutions, guilds, captains, crewmembers and experts. CIAT, ISSF, AZTI, and TUNACONS.
9:00
9:10
  Welcome: “#EcoFad” Guillermo Moran
TUNACONS
9:10
9:35
Exposition: FADs: How to keep the positive and reduce the negative. Martin Hall
CIAT
9:35
10:00
Exposition: Experience of ISSF in the development of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs. Gala Moreno
ISSF
10:00
10:25
Exposition: “Project BIO FAD, towards the implementation of biodegradable materials under natural conditions in the Indian Ocean” Iker Zudaire
AZTI
10:25
10:50
Coffee Break
10:50
11:15
Exposition: “Activities of the IATTC in the design of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs” Marlon Román
CIAT
11:15
11:40
Exposition: “Experience of AZTI in the test of non-entangling and biodegradable FADs” Jefferson Murua
AZTI
11:45
12:05
Exposition: “Progress of non-entangling FADs with biodegradable material in the TUNACONS Project” José Luis García
TUNACONS
12:05
12:30
Exposition: Experience with non-entangling and biodegradable FADs. Fernando Velastegui ALBACORA Group
12:30

13:30

Questions and answers Facilitator

contracted by WWF Ecuador

13:30
15:00
Free time for lunch
15:00
17:00
We continue the final review of the Executive Plan with the Facilitator.  CIAT, ISSF, AZTI and TUNACONS

 

 

 

 

[1] Fish Aggregating Devices

[2] International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

Press Release # 4: Main advances of the FIP - August 2017

Press Release # 4: Main advances of the FIP – August 2017

Principle # 1: Sustainable Populations

Fishing should be carried out in a manner that does not lead to overfishing or depletion of the exploited species, and for those that are depleted, fishing should be done in a way that can demonstrate that it is on the way to recovery.

Adoption of IATTC conservation measures to establish for 4 years (2017 – 2020):

An increase in closed days, from 62 to 72 days.
The corralito is maintained so as not to fish within the area for 30 days
Additionally, management measures on FADs were approved. All the details in Resolution C17-02 of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT) Available from its web portal.
Review of reference points and control rules. The CIAT is developing evaluations and scientific tests to confirm the veracity of these issues and based on them adopt conservation measures.
Principle # 2: Minimize the environmental impact

Fishing must allow the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem on which the fishing industry depends (including the habitat, the species that are dependent on it and with which they are ecologically related) to be maintained.

The investigations continue in search of a material that can be made cloth and that is resistant to salt water. Tests have been carried out with Cabuya and jute but the durability is not the desired one. Currently, tests are underway with Abacá, but hardness causes fear in existing looms by increasing the likelihood of lacerations on the hands during the weaving process. We are currently in the process of negotiating with the looms in the communes surrounding the raw material and it is estimated that an agreement will be reached during the current month.

Principle # 3: Good Management

The fishery is subject to an effective management system that respects local, national and international laws and standards and incorporates the institutional and operational frameworks that require the use of the resource to be responsible and sustainable.

The MAGAP Aquaculture and Fisheries Undersecretariat is working on the development of the National Action Plan for the sustainable management of the industrial tuna fishery in Ecuador. Progress has been made with workshops with researchers and industry owners to design the Plan, which is expected to be completed in two more months.

Guillermo Moran Velasquez

Tunacons Project Manager

Nirsa, Eurofish, Jadran, Servigrup and Trimarine


 

 

Boletín de Prensa #4: Principales avances del FIP – Agosto 2017

Principio #1: Poblaciones Sostenibles

Se debe realizar la pesca de manera a que no conlleve a la sobrepesca o al agotamiento de la especie explotada, y para aquellas que estén agotadas, la pesca se debe realizar de manera que se pueda demostrar que está en camino a la recuperación.

Adopción de medidas de conservación de la CIAT para establecer por 4 años (2017 – 2020):

  • Un aumento en los días de veda, de 62 a 72 días.
  • Se mantiene el corralito para no pescar dentro de la zona durante 30 días
  • Adicionalmente se aprobaron medidas de manejo sobre plantados. Todo los detalles en la Resolución C17-02 de la Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical (CIAT) Disponible desde su portal web.
  • Revisión sobre los puntos de referencia y reglas de control. La CIAT está desarrollando evaluaciones y pruebas cientificas para confirar la veracidad de dichos temas y en base a ellos adoptar medidas de conservación.

Principio #2: Minimizar el impacto ambiental

La pesca debe permitir que se mantenga la estructura, productividad, función y diversidad del ecosistema del que dependa la industria pesquera (incluso del hábitat, de las especies que le sean dependientes y con las que estén relacionadas ecológicamente).

Las investigaciones continúan en busca de un material del que se pueda elaborar tela y que sea resistenete al agua salada. Se han realizados pruebas con Cabuya y yute pero la durabilidad no es la deseada. Actualmente se están haciendo pruebas con Abacá, pero la dureza causa temor en los telares existentes por elevar las probabilidades de laceraciones en las manos durante el proceso de tejido. Actualmente nos encontramos en proceso de negociacion con los telares en las comunas aledañas a la materia prima y se estima llegar a un acuerdo durante el mes en curso.

Principio #3: Buena Gestión

La pesquería está sujeta a un sistema de manejo eficaz que respeta las leyes y estándares locales, nacionales e internacionales e incorpora los marcos institucionales y operativos que requieren que el uso del recurso sea responsable y sostenible.

La Subsecretaría de Acuicultura y pesca del MAGAP está trabajando en el desarrollo del Plan de Accion Nacional para la gestión sustentable de la pesqueria industrial de los atunes en Ecuador. Se ha avanzado con talleres de trabajo con investigadores y con armadores de la industria para diseñar dicho Plan, que se espera terminar en dos meses más.

 

 

Guillermo Moran Velasquez

Tunacons Project Manager

Nirsa, Eurofish, Jadran, Servigrup and Trimarine

Boletín de prensa #3: Apoyo de atuneras a la Declaracion ONU de TRAZABILIDAD 2020

Boletín de prensa #3: Apoyo de atuneras a la Declaracion ONU de TRAZABILIDAD 2020

El Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS) conformado por las empresas
atuneras Negocios Industriales Real S.A. NIRSA, EUROFISH, Grupo
JADRAN, SERVIGRUP y TRIMARINE con el propósito de impulsar un
proceso que busque obtener la ecoetiqueta del Marine Stewardship
Council (MSC) para las capturas que realizan sus flotas que realizan la
pesquería de atunes con red de cerco de jareta en el Océano Pacífico
Oriental (OPO), esta semana han manifestado al Foro Económico
Mundial de las Naciones Unidas su decidido respaldo a la Declaración de
Trazabilidad del Atún 2020, la misma que será presentada durante la
Conferencia sobre los Oceanos que se celebrara esta semana entre el 5
y 9 de Junio en Nueva York.

La declaración incluye como importante objetivo buscar erradicar la pesca ilegal, no declarada
y no reglamentada (INDNR). La pesca INDNR debe ser tratada como un robo. En la actualidad
representa 24.000 millones de dólares anuales de ingresos en los países en los que la pesquería
representa importantes medios de subsistencia, a menudo en los países en desarrollo y en los
pequeños Estados insulares. El impacto social y económico en las comunidades costeras
dependientes de la pesca es profundo.
La pesca INDNR también amenaza la sostenibilidad de las pesquerías, por lo que la Declaración
de Trazabilidad Tuna 2020 es un compromiso compartido entre los líderes de la industria para
garantizar la trazabilidad completa de las cadenas de suministro de atún, desde el buque hasta
el punto de venta.
Guillermo Moran Velasquez Gerente del proyecto TUNACONS, indico que las 5 empresas
atuneras participan activamente en un proyecto de mejoramiento pesquero (FIP en ingles) para
llevar la pesquería hacia un desarrollo sostenible y responsable en favor de la conservación de
las especies de atunes y sus ecosistemas.

PRESS RELEASE #2: The Fishery Improvement Projects: Tunacons, Opagac and WWF Ecuador and Spain joined for the to suggest actions to the IATTC that strengthen the conservation of tropical tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

PRESS RELEASE #2: The Fishery Improvement Projects: Tunacons, Opagac and WWF Ecuador and Spain joined for the to suggest actions to the IATTC that strengthen the conservation of tropical tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

 

The Tuna companies “Negocios Industriales Real S.A.” NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN Group, SERVIGRUP and TRIMARINE, that are part of the Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS) that are developing the fishery improvement project (TUNA FIP) with the purpose to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the catches that their fleets with purse-seine do in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (OPO).

The 5 companies represent 40 tuna boats that during 2016 catch in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (OPO) 113.568 tons, representing the 21% of the total catches in this fishing zone.

The Spanish fishing organization OPAGAC, the Organization of Frozen Tuna Producers, which represents important Spanish shipowners operating in different oceans of the world and who are developing a FIP in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, join with representatives of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) of Ecuador and Spain through an open letter addressed to the commissioners of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to request that for the next regular meeting No. 92 of CIAT which will be on July 24 in Mexico to discuss the following topics:

  • Improvement of the quality of the production process and scientific recommendation through the implementation of a more inclusive and transparent procedure by the IATTC Secretariat.
  • The approval of a clear protocol for access to scientific data used by staff for the CCA and other interested parts.
  • Adopt a regular peer review system for stock assessments of tropical tuna.
  • Elaboration of a specific work plan for the definition of a strategy for the capture of tropical tunas.
  • Formulation of a Regional Capacity Management Plan for the tuna fleets of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
  • Definition of an Action Plan that responds to the findings identified by the External Performance Evaluation.
  • Strengthen the safety of observers on the high seas.

The tuna companies that are part of the TUNACONS and OPAGAC FIPs have expressed their strong and determined commitment to the sustainable development of the fishery, adopting and supporting the best strategies for the conservation of tropical tuna and marine ecosystems of these species.

 

 

 

 

 

As evidence of the commitment recently the TUNACONS group has decided to support the Tuna Traceability Declaration 2020 of the United Nations Economic and Social Fund.

The companies that conform the TUNA FIP TUNACONS expect IATTC’s next regular meeting to make conservation decisions for tropical tunas that are solid and supported by the best scientific advice provided by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

Press Release # 1 : TUNACONS FIP, the beggining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23/04/2017

TUNACONS (Tuna Conservation Group) está conformado por empresas ecuatorianas y extranjeras: Nirsa, Grupo Jadran, Euro Fish, Servigrup y TriMarine, atuneras en busca de la Certificación de Pesca Sostenible Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) para su “pesca de cerco” en el Océano Pacífico Oriental.

MSC es un importante organismo certificador busca transformar los mercados internacionales para los productos del mar hacia un modelo que premie y promueva prácticas sostenibles y responsables.

En cooperación con la WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature), el grupo se encuentra desarrollando un Proyecto de Mejora Pesquera (PMP) o “FIP” por sus siglas en inglés que significan Fisheries Improvement Project para alcanzar dicha certificación.

El proceso empezó en marzo de 2016 con una Pre evaluación exhaustiva de todas las áreas involucradas; ecosistema, industria y Normativas sostenibles. Se estima que el proceso dure hasta septiembre del 2018. Tiempo durante el cual las empresas del grupo deben implementar el Plan de Acción con las mejoras necesarias para que toda su actividad sea siempre sustentable.

TUNACONS ha convocado una reunion en Bruselas el 26 de abril 2017, aprovechando la Feria Anual de Comida del Mar, para exponer los avances del FIP.

A la reunión se convocó a varias ONG´s involucradas en nuestra rama y a personalidades de interes como embajadores y potenciales compradores de nuestra pesquería.

El FIP busca utilizar materiales Bio-degradables y no enmallantes con el fin de disminuir la mortalidad en pesca incidental.

TUNACONS promueve estrategias en la aplicación de regulaciones y normativas para el buen manejo de los recursos a través de organismos Internacionales como la Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical (CIAT) y nacionales como La autoridad Pesquera Nacianal; MAGAP a través de su Vice ministerio de Acuacultura y Pesca, El Instituto Nacional de Pesca (INP).

Ecuador es el 1° pais en captura/procesamiento/industrialización de Atún a nivel de todo el Oceano Pacífico Oriental.

Ecuador es el 3° pais exportador de atún a nivel mundial.

Casi el 60% de las exportaciones de atún ecuatoriano va hacia la Unión Europea, con lo cual se generarán unos 100 mil empleos en esta industria, y aproximadamente 600 mil empleos directos e indirectos relacionados con todas las exportaciones ecuatorianas.

Son precisamente las empresas europeas las que están pidiendo que la industria sea certificada como requisito de compra. Con este FIP las empresas ganan mayor competitividad en el mercado.

 


 

TUNACONS (Tuna Conservation Group) is a group of Ecuadorian and foreign companies: Nirsa, Grupo Jadran, Euro Fish, Servigrup and TriMarine, tuna companies joined to reach the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainable Fishing Certification for their “purse seine fishing” in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

MSC is an important certifying body that seeks to transform international markets for seafood products towards a model that rewards and promotes sustainable and responsible practices.

In cooperation with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature), the group is developing a Fisheries Improvement Project FIP to achieve this certification.

The process began in March 2016 with a comprehensive Pre-evaluation of all the areas involved; ecosystem, industry and sustainable regulations. It is estimated that the process will last until September 2019. During this time, the companies of the group must implement the Action Plan with the necessary improvements so that all their activity is always sustainable.

TUNACONS has convened a meeting in Brussels on April 26, 2017, taking advantage of the Annual Seafood Fair, to expose the progress of the FIP.

The meeting called several NGOs involved in our branch and personalities of interest as ambassadors and potential buyers of our fishery.

The FIP seeks to use bio-degradable and non-entangling materials in order to reduce mortality in bycatch.

TUNACONS promotes strategies in the application of regulations and regulations for the proper management of resources through international organizations such as the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT) and national agencies such as the Nacianal Fisheries Authority; MAGAP through its Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries, The National Fisheries Institute (INP).

Ecuador is the 1st country in capture / processing / industrialization of tuna at the level of the entire Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Ecuador is the 3rd tuna exporting country in the world.

Almost 60% of Ecuadorian tuna exports go to the European Union, which will generate about 100,000 jobs in this industry, and approximately 600 thousand direct and indirect jobs related to all Ecuadorian exports.

It is precisely the European companies that are asking that the industry be certified as a purchase requirement. With this FIP, companies gain more competitiveness in the market.