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CBD Sues For Bluefin Protection
15 February 2019

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sued the Trump administration for not releasing public records on its denial of protection for the Pacific bluefin Tuna. 

The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, after the national Marine Fisheries Service denied Endangered Species Act Protection to the bluefin in 2017.

The lawsuit was filed on February 13 and came after the administration refused to comply with the CBD’s Freedom of Information Act Request.


Purse Seine Boats To Continue Fishing Using Metal Halide Lights
13 February 2019

Mini purse seine fishermen in Malpe coast, India insisted that they are not using LED but metal halide lights for fishing. The court has directed the authorities to continue fishing operations in their respective areas.

“All the orders and notifications are very clear that the use of LED lights (submerged LED or surface LED) are not permitted. We are not using the same LED, thus, we shall be permitted to continue our fishing operations by using only metal halide lights,” a representative of the fishing organization said.


Largest Fiber Tuna Purse Seiner Surpassed By One Meter
12 February 2019

An Algerian fleet owner has commissioned Astilleros del Ulla, a Spanish shipyard located in the province of Pontevedra, to build a new fiber tuna purse seiner for the catch of bluefin tuna, which in its design phase reaches 36 meters in length.

End 2017, this same shipyard finalized the construction of the till today largest fiber tuna seiner “Sidi Slimane II”, with its 35 meters in length and 18 meters in height. The newly ordered GRP (polyester reinforced with fiberglass) tuna vessel will therefore be one meter longer and win the title of largest of its class built in Spain, though its design, characteristics, equipment and wells to freeze and conserve tuna will be very similar to its predecessor.


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