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[ INTERNATIONAL NEWS ] Belgium: EU operators now all use electronic documentation system for blueďŹ n tuna

Switzerland: WWF expresses “deep concernâ€? about MSC certiďŹ cation of tuna ďŹ shery

The bluefin tuna, an iconic species in the Mediterranean, has long been subject to overfishing. In the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, a 15-year recovery plan was adopted by ICCAT, the body responsible for management of the fishery, in 2006 and amended several times in the years since, contributing to an increase in abundance of the species. Among the measures that have been taken to detect fraud and prevent IUU fishing of bluefin tuna is one replacing paper-based catch documentation with an electronic system. In 2017 for the

The certification of the Northeastern Tropical Pacific purse seine yellowfin & skipjack tuna fishery to the Marine Stewardship Council standard has elicited objections from the WWF. The organisation was worried that the impact of the fishery on dolphin populations had not been sufficiently examined and addressed. These concerns led to the appointment of an independent adjudicator, who has upheld the certifying body’s decision to certify the fishery. WWF finds the outcome “deeply troubling� and says it shows inconsistencies in

first time all European operators used the electronic system, reports the European Commission. Since the recovery plan was introduced and amended, analyses of stock assessments by the scientific committee of ICCAT have shown an increase in abundance of the fish as a result of which quotas have been increased in each of the three years to 2017. The recovery plan remains in force until 2022 but, following the next stock evaluation by ICCAT, will be assessed by the Commission to see whether its objectives are being achieved and whether it needs to be adapted.

the way the MSC standard is being interpreted by certifiers. The problem lies in the fact that dolphins are sometimes associated with schools of tuna in the Eastern Pacific and targeting the fish contributes to high dolphin mortalities. The WWF, which was behind the creation of the MSC in 1997 though the two organisations have been independent for many years, continues to support the MSC, but maintains that the certification of this particular fishery does not meet the MSC standard and recommends that seafood buyers do not consider it sustainable.

Turkey: Major seabass and seabream producer expands to the Caribbean Kilic Deniz, the world’s biggest producer of seabass and seabream has started production of these two species at a recently acquired facility in the Dominican Republic. The fish will be used to supply markets in north and south America. The juvenile fish were transferred from the company’s hatchery facilities in Turkey and introduced into tanks at the site in the Dominican Republic. They should reach market size by 2018. Kilic has been investing abroad for some years now. The expansion into the Caribbean follows endeavours to establish a trout farming facility in Albania, and a fishmeal and fish oil production plant in Mauritania. Ihsan Bozan, deputy president of the board, said that the company is also looking at other African countries, for example Somalia, as potential targets for investment. The company currently produces some 60,000 tonnes of fish, mainly

Kilic Deniz has started production of seabass and seabream in the Dominican Republic

trout, seabass and seabream, each year. About 70 of the production is exported including to

the United States. Mediterranean fish should do well in the Caribbean and from the Dominican

Republic it will be logistically easier to supply the US and other markets in the region.

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