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Tuna from Responsible Fishing
by OPAGAC (Private sector)
OPAGAC is a Producers Organization created in 1982, is a tuna purse seine organization, concentrating 8 ship owner companies. They operate 40 vessels that catch more than 300,000 tonnes of tropical tunas, that is 6% of the World tuna catch, operating in the three major Oceans and under the jurisdiction of the 4 tuna RFMOs: ICCAT, IOTC, IATTC and WCPFC.
We have been working for responsible and sustainable fisheries as a fundamental part of the long-term use of tuna resources Worldwide, and now we have developed two major initiatives:
Global tuna Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) with WWF.
AENOR Standard de Pesca Responsible (APR) (Tuna from Responsible Fishing). This is the first fisheries standard including Social Conditions on board fishing vessels, following ILO Convention 188.
Our commitment for the Ocean Conference is to fully certify all the OPAGAC fleet under the APR Standard with AENOR before the end of 2017 and to progress with the FIP in order to achieve MSC certification before 2021.
At the time that this initiative is mainly focused on SDG 14, it is also link to SDG2 (Zero hunger) due to the correlation with Food Security, SDG6 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production) and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).
If you consider that Commitment interesting enough to be included at the Our Oceans Conference, we will be happy to further develop this in more detail as might be required.

Details of both projects can be found at www.opagac.org

The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) announced that it will apply the standard for responsible tuna fishing (AENOR standard) and apply social conditions on board fishing vessels in line with the 2007 Work in Fishing Convention of the International Labour Organisation. These standards are to apply on board all of its vessels before the end of 2017.

The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) announced that it has allied with the World Wildlife Fund on the Global Tuna Fisheries Improvement Project in order to achieve certification under the Marine Stewardship Council for all OPAGAC catches by 2021.

The Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC) announced that they will work by joining both initiatives, to achieve a fisheries certification that will include the environmental and social sustainability of the tuna fisheries as a Global standard.

Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
AENOR Certification
MSC Certification
In-kind contribution
Financing (in USD)
900,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: January/2017 - December 2021
OPAGAC (Private sector), AENOR and WWF
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Julio Moron, Managing Director, julio.moron@opagac.org, +34915758959
Madrid, SPAIN
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