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1.5 Tons Of Tuna Land On The Road

A truck carrying 1.5 tons of canned tuna to a supermarket warehouse in Guadalupe, Mexico, capsized on Wednesday, due to dense fog in the area. The accident caused an hour of traffic due to the chaos of canned tuna dispersed on the road. The driver was unharmed.


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ANFACO Casts Doubt On EC Lifting Thai Yellow Card

The Spanish canning association has urged the European Commission to keep a close eye on Thailand following the withdrawal of their IUU yellow card. 
ANFACO contends that the changes made must now be maintained and Thailand must provide “proof that it is committed and implements the necessary measures.”
The association argues that it is the EC’s responsibility to ensure Thailand does not return to previous “irregular practices.”


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Coast Guard Evacuates Sick Crew Member

A crew member from a tuna longliner has been successfully medically evacuated 80 miles north of Kauai on the Hawaiian Archipelago.
A 37 year old was evacuated off the 159 foot Vanuatu-flagged fishing vessel, Tunago No.51, after falling ill for several consecutive days.
The incident took place on Sunday, where weather at the time were reportedly 10 – 20 mph and seas a height of 8 to 12 feet.


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Could Sardine Fishing Ban Bring Tuna Back to Zamboanga?

A sardine fishing ban in Zamboanga could be the opportune moment for tuna stocks to replenish in the region. The ban is being enforced by the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. 


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Ex-Minister Fights US Extradition On Tuna Fraud Charge

Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang will oppose extradition to the United States. Chang was arrested on charges of money laundering, wire and securities fraud involving a total of USD 2 billion debt deal. Chang was also a key player in the “tuna bond” scandal amounting up to USD 850 million. The US DOJ wants to put him on trial.


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Hawaii Ends 2018 With High Ahi Prices

Significant demand during the holiday period has caused ahi tuna prices to soar. A pound of premium-grade bluefin toro ahi was sold for USD 39.95 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ahi Tuna is traditionally served on the Hawaiian Islands during the New Year’s holiday. 
According to Japanese press, the first bluefin auction in the newly built Toyosu Market is scheduled to take place January 5, 2019.


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‘Wicked Tuna’ Star William Hathaway Dies At 36

National Geographic’s star William Joseph “Willbilly” Hathaway, 36, died in a car crash in Salisbury, Maryland.
Hathaway was a crew member in a fishing show depicting fishermen on the hunt for bluefin.
“As many of you know, yesterday afternoon we lost one of the best fishermen on the planet," wrote Wes Pollitt, administrator of Facebook group Ocean City. "For those of you who knew Willbilly, knew he was an amazing fisherman but more importantly he was an amazing person."


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8 NGOs Petition EU For Stronger Bluefin Measures

A group of 8 NGOs have jointly issued a statement addressed to EU Fisheries Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, urging him to “oppose any new provision [at the upcoming ICCAT meeting] that might weaken existing management measures” and for Brussels to desist from requesting a raised quota. Among the signatories are Greenpeace, Oceana, Pew, WWF, The Ocean Foundation, Sciaena, EJF, and Clientearth.


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American Samoa: New Chair For The WPFMC

American Samoa has been elected to lead the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council (WPFMC) which regulates fishing in waters of the US Pacific territories of Guam, Northern Marianas, American Samoa and Hawaii.

During the Council’s 174th meeting that was held in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands last week, Taotasi Archie Soliai was elected chair of the WPFMC. Vice chair as well as new members of the American Samoa Advisory panel were also elected during the summit.

Toatasi is a former StarKist official and Board Chairman of the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce. His appointment will start in January next year, accepted the challenge and said he was looking forward to working with his fellow council members “to address fishery-related issues that impact our region”.


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Atún Herdez Makes Clean Beach Pledge

Mexican tuna brand Atún Herdez has pledged money to a “beach cleaning” program in Mexico.

The initiative will involve volunteers cleaning beaches and attending talks on waste management.


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Bluefin Tuna Returns To California Waters

Bluefin tuna has reappeared in waters near California after an absence of several decades.

The discovery, which came after long-spanning efforts to conserve the species in the area, astonished scientists and local sport fishermen.


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Diver Hit By 100 Kg Tuna

A male was diving near Coronado Island along the coast of Mexico when he suffered a blow to the head from a tuna measuring approximately 100 kilograms. 
The diver was transported to the Naval Hospital of Ensenada by helicopter.


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EU ATQ Released

The European Council has published their Autonomous Tariff Quota (ATQ) for 2019- 2020. The quota allows for an amount of 30,000 M/T of “fillets known as ‘loins’ of tunas and skipjacks for processing.”


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EU Pledges EUR 14 Million For Mauritanian Fishery

The European Union (EU) will allocate EUR 14.5 million (USD 16.5 million) in funding for a new Mauritanian artisanal fishery in Tanit, on the Atlantic coast.
The proposed schematic for the port includes mooring for 400 medium-sized vessels, loading equipment, refrigeration and storage chambers, including a 1,740-square meter fish market. With this new project, the government hopes to diversify fishing activities in Mauritania.


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Giant Bluefin Washed Up On Scottish Shores

An Atlantic Bluefin measuring two meters long has been found on the Orkney Isles, in the Scottish coast. It was believed the fish washed up sometime early in the morning of Monday, December 17. This incident occurred after strong winds and rough weather in the area.

This is the third time Atlantic bluefin has washed onto Scottish shores this year, locals remain hopeful that this indicative of their changing migration patterns.


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Ground-breaking Win For Australian Tuna Industry

The Australian tuna industry celebrates the cancellation of a seismic testing in an area off Kangaroo Island. The planned activity could potentially affect the migration period for juvenile tuna. The testing plan was also close to the center of fishery.
“We have made a persuasive, evidence-based case about March testing,” Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association chief Brian Jeffriess said.


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IPNLF Expands For Luxury Holiday Operator

Soneva Jani has become the first member to join the IPNLF’s responsible Tourism Initiative. The scheme is aimed at improving sustainability in the tuna supply chain particularly in hospitality establishments.


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Japanese Vessel Owners Charged With Shark Fin Smuggling

Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. and JF Zengyoren have been charged with aiding and abetting the trafficking and smuggling of 962 shark fins. The vessels captain, fishing master and first engineer were also charged. 
U.S. prosecutors in Hawaii are accusing the owners and crew members onboard the M.V. Kyoshin Maru No. 20, of helping Indonesian fishermen smuggle USD 58,000 black market worth of shark fins.


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Jealsa Joins IPNLF

Spanish tuna canner and processor, Jealsa has become the latest organization to join the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).
Angeles Claro, Director of sustainability at Jeasla stated, “At Jealsa, we are committed to long-term sustainability, not only of fishing but also of fishing communities.”


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Kindai Tuna On Show At Expo

A Kindai Tuna will publically filleted and distributed for tasting at a 50th anniversary event hosted by Japanese Kindai University. The highly-commended tuna is the first farm raised bluefin species in the world and became renowned for its taste and sustainability. The expo will take place on December 21 at the Taipei International Convention Centre.