• 2019 May 12 10:28

    LR secures OPAGAC MSC standards contract

    A Spanish tuna fishing fleet has begun the process to assess all its fisheries to the MSC Standard for sustainable fishing.

    The fleet will assess all fisheries including operations in the three oceans in which it operates (Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans) and for the three species it captures (Yellowfin, Skipjack and Big Eye).

    The objective of the fleet, grouped under OPAGAC, is to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Independent auditors from Lloyd’s Register hired by OPAGAC will evaluate its fishing activities according to science-based standards set by the MSC. If the fishery is found to meet the MSC’s requirements, it will achieve MSC certification for a large part of its tropical tuna captures which amount to 380,000 tons per year, 8% of captures worldwide.

    To undertake this pioneering project, OPAGAC has hired the services of the accredited conformity assessment body (CAB) Lloyd´s Register which will evaluate the fisheries as per the three principles of the MSC environmental standard. This requires that the seafood catch comes from stocks in good condition, with minimal environmental impact and with exhaustive controls. Lloyd’s Register's initial assessment of the fishery will be available for public comment towards the end of the summer.

    This assessment is the result of the Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) that OPAGAC has developed in collaboration with the WWF since 2016, the objective of which is to achieve MSC certification for the 12 stocks their ships fish. It is worth remembering that at the 2017 international Our Ocean conference the Spanish fleet undertook to obtain MSC certificate for all its captures by 2021.

    According to Julio Morón, Managing Director of OPAGAC: “For many years, we fishermen have been clear that a fishery that is not sustainable has no future and, therefore, we want to meet the objective of our FIP and the commitment to sustainable and responsible fishing.”

    If, following a full evaluation and stakeholder consultation, the fishery is found to meet the MSC Standard, OPAGAC will be the holder of the certificate, the requirements of which must be complied with by the associated ship operating companies. The tuna fishing organisation shall act, therefore, as a guarantor that its members meet the MSC requirements to obtain and maintain future certification.

    The news was announced at this year’s Seafood Expo Global. According to Laura Rodríguez Zugasti, MSC Director for Spain and Portugal: “The main theme of our Seafood Futures Forum, organised by the MSC at Seafood Expo Global, is accelerating the change to end overfishing. OPAGAC, through the important progress in the Fishery Improvement Projects and now with the decision to enter its fisheries in three oceans for assessment, is contributing to accelerating change in the global tuna fishing sector. It is a great satisfaction for the MSC office in Spain that the Spanish tuna fishing fleet assumes leadership on the global action for sustainable fishing.”

    Polly Burns, Fisheries Manager at Lloyd´s Register said: "This is the largest tuna fleet in the world to apply for MSC certification on this scale which shows OPAGAC’s commitment to sustainable practice and fisheries management. We’re delighted to be working alongside them to deliver the assessment. As an independent assessment body assessing against the MSC standard. the process will be as rigorous and demanding as ever, so if certified, it will be a huge accomplishment for OPAGAC and one of which they can be very proud.”

    Lloyd’s Register specialist Fisheries and Aquaculture team has a strong track record in delivering MSC assessments and other seafood assurance services, assessing over 100 seafood species globally. The business operates in 40 countries across six continents, working across the supply chain from fisheries to retailers.




2019 August 23

08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 23
08:07 World’s largest all-electric ferry completes its maiden trip

2019 August 22

18:04 Australian Maritime College and KONGSBERG eye potential for VR training with renewed support program
17:39 Nordic Engineering sponsors roundtable meeting “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality”
17:04 DOF Subsea issues Financial Report for 2nd quarter of 2019
16:47 Karelia proposed construction of deep-water freight and passenger port Kem’
16:25 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:04 Navios Acquisition reports results for H1 2019
15:53 PJSC TransContainer reports its Financial Results under IFRS for 6M'2019
15:12 ReCAAP ISC has released Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah
15:04 Essar Ports expects to meet 60 MT target for FY20
14:31 Höegh LNG announces interim results for the quarter and half year ended 30 June 2019
14:14 Peel Ports takes important step towards being Brexit ready
13:56 Yamal LNG shipped twenty million tons
13:35 Arctic block of Far East Investment and Export Agency headed by Dmitry Fishkin
13:13 Sea Machines successfully deploys industry’s first autonomous spill-response vessel
12:28 Fire onboard MV Pyotr Tchaikovsky kills one in Saint-Petersburg
12:13 Frontera Offshore and DOF Subsea join forces for the Subsea Construction and IMR Mexican market
11:31 Kalmar to enhance STS crane capabilities at EUROGATE Tanger
11:21 HELCOM publishes report on noise sensitivity of animals in the Baltic Sea
10:59 HELCOM gets a new Executive Secretary
10:35 Caterpillar Eurasia and Admiral Makarov University agreed on establishing a brand new up-to-date training center
10:10 Steps towards new treaty to protect marine biodiversity
09:38 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.41% to $60.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $55.47
09:20 Hapag-Lloyd announces changes of North Europe Mediterranean Express Service
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,061 points
08:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 22

2019 August 21

18:06 BBC Chartering appoints Ulrich Ulrichs as CEO
17:57 BPO joined World Ports Sustainability Program
17:36 Napier Port’s shares commence trading on the NZX
17:06 ZIM announces Q2 2019 results
16:41 Waterfront Shipping and Marinvest welcome second-generation low emission methanol-fuelled vessels
16:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:32 Grady-White Boats honors MaineMax Pensacola as the worldwide sales leader
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd launches new South East Asia to Australia Services // SEA and S2A to start in October
15:42 Ferry in Estonia upgraded to battery-hybrid by Norwegian Electric System
15:21 Organisations release Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50%-sulphur marine fuel
14:55 Multipurpose small-draft salvage ship of MPSV12 project left for sea trials
14:30 BC Ferries releases first quarter results
14:04 DOF awarded two AHTS contracts to support drilling operations in New Zealand
13:27 Vladivostok offers second venue of “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality” roundtable
13:03 Workshop in Malaysia to help bring into operation the Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan in South East Asia
12:46 Rosneft BOD recommended 1H’19 dividends at RUB 15.34 per share
12:25 Registration is underway for “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet” conference to be held as part of Neva-2019 exhibition
12:03 Ocean Yield extends option with Aker Energy for long-term charter of the FPSO Dhirubhai-1
11:41 Rosneft reports 9-pct increase of its 1H 2019 net income to RUB 325 bln
11:24 Vasily Boitsov appointed as USC Vice-President for Technological Development
11:02 Jan De Nul completes installation of all twenty foundations on the 120MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 wind farm in Taiwan
10:45 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade to prevent outflow of shipbuilding contracts from Russian shipyards
10:17 Scotline orders newbuild vessel from Royal Bodewes
10:16 Brazil readies its biofouling task force
09:51 Clean Arctic Alliance calls on Nordic Prime Ministers to support a ban on heavy fuel oil
09:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.48% to $60.32, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.36% to $56.33
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,059 points
09:00 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 21

2019 August 20

18:40 ATON repair and maintenance shop to be built at navigation support post in Taganrog Bay
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
17:29 Wallem-managed bulk carrier rescues Indonesian fishermen lost at sea for 10 days
17:06 MAN Energy Solutions and Samsung Heavy Industries sign a strategic cooperation agreement for the digitization of marine engines