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Liberia Asks To Continue As IOTC CNCP 8 April 2024

Liberia requested the IOTC for permission to continue as a Cooperating Non-Contracting Party (CNCP) because it has reefer/carrier and support vessels flying its flag that transship tuna in the RFMO’s convention area. According to the IOTC vessel list, four cargo freezers and one supply vessel for purse seiners are listed under Liberia, and there are no tuna fishing vessels in the record. In a letter to the IOTC Executive Secretary, dated February 12, 2024, the West African nation ensured its compliance to IOTC standards and regulations such as vessel monitoring systems, authorization to transship, establishment of fish monitoring center, and investigation of alleged IUU fishing boats.

The IOTC currently has 31 contracting parties (CPCs) that are members and two CNCPs, Liberia and Senegal. The RFMO reviews and renews CNCP status annually and revokes it if the country is found to have carried out non-compliant activities with IOTC conservation and management measures.

FiTI Pushes Kenya For A “Transparent And Sustainable” Tuna Fishery 3 April 2024

The Kenyan tuna sector recently held a national management workshop in Mombasa. According to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), which was one of the participants, Kenya’s tuna industry is underexploited and has the potential to contribute even more to the country’s GDP and economic development. “However, the decision-making process for this fishery needs transparency and multi-stakeholder participation to increase harvest sustainably.”

The government representatives discussed a management plan for Kenya’s tuna fisheries and other initiatives pertaining to the sector that will make information accessible to the public. The East African nation has five longliners operating in the IOTC convention area and several small-scale vessels catching this fish within its EEZ. FiTI is a global partnership that seeks to increase transparency in data and improve sustainability in coastal fishing nations. Kenya is not a FiTi member.

Pan-Pacific Fisheries Orders New Seiner In China 29 March 2024

Marshall Islands based Pan-Pacific Fisheries has signed a contract for a new purse seiner with Chinese Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding worth USD 22.88 million. The fishing company has five seiners listed in the WCPFC vessel registry flying the nation’s flag. All were built in China, two in 2010 (62 meters and 1,344 GT, each) and the rest in 2018 (66.5 meters and 1,789 GT, each). There were no details revealed about the size and capacity of the new vessel.

Pan Pacific Fisheries is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China-based Shanghai Kaichuang Marine International Co. It supplies tuna to the plant of Pan Pacific Foods in Majuro which is also within the same Chinese parent company. The facility processes skipjack and yellowfin into loins and flakes and exports both raw and pre-cooked loins.

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