In Brief

New Almadraba In Spanish City After 50 Years?
27 September 2021

The Spanish NGO, Savia Foundation, wants to set up a new Almadraba at the port city of Isla Cristina and has asked for the support of the local government to achieve this. The non-profit, which focuses on enhancing the rural and traditional practices, is arguing that this bluefin-catching method "has a long tradition and deep roots in the western coast of Huelva" (the province where the city is located). It added that the project should be feasible as there is interest from the private sector to invest in it.

It has been more than half a century since Isla Cristina saw its last Almadraba. The most recent use of this method in Huelva was held in Nueva Umbría for the 1985-1986 fishing season, and it was owned by the Almadrabero National Consortium.


IUCN Wants More Control & Protection In The World’s High Seas
24 September 2021

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has officially passed a motion urging the UN to finalize a treaty on the issue of the sustainable use and protection of marine biodiversity in the high seas. The move was taken at the IUCN World Conservation Congress session in Marseille, France, which ended on September 10.

In the motion, IUCN urges states to expeditiously conclude the negotiation of a new and ambitious international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of the high seas. The UN delegates will negotiate on this issue during a meeting in March 2022. It also asks for the establishment of marine protected areas in the waters beyond national jurisdiction.


Peru Boosting Its Micro & Small Tuna Companies
23 September 2021

The Peruvian government has invested more than PEN 3.26 million (USD 792,000) in national micro and small (MYPES) processing companies. The initiative, which includes canned tuna firms, aims to develop these businesses so that they can break into new national markets.

The fish processing MYPES have put more than 1 million cans of product into the Peruvian sector. The government projects that this year a total of 1.5 million cans will reach supermarket shelves, which is 40 percent more than last year. The program is part of the country’s initiative to support the financial reactivation of MYPES after many firms had to shut down due to COVID-19.


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