After 10 days of a sit-in protest by Mexican handline tuna fishers, Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez of Baja, California, gave in to their demands and granted them permits to continue fishing in the Eastern Pacific. He came to a decision after speaking with the members of the Altamar Fishermen's Union who were protesting against authorities in the city of Ensenada. They said that officials were favoring industrial purse seine fleets and discriminating against “poor fishermen”.
During a visit to the port of Ensenada, Valdez pointed out that the fishermen's petition is fair and valid and that the federal government cannot be granting tuna fishing permits only to large international companies that exploit Mexican fishing resources for their own benefit, reported El Vigia.
StarKist will be spending USD 3.6 million to move to its new corporate headquarters in Fairfax County, Virginia. After 10 years of being located in Pittsburgh, the company announced that it will be closing its office on March 31, 2022. It will occupy almost 24,000 square feet at its new facility at 1875 Explorer St. in Reston, where it expects to hire about 83 employees.
Given the relocation, it is not clear how many people from the current office will be laid off. Last month, StarKist employees said that they were shocked and saddened by the announcement.
Vanuatu is the largest market for canned tuna from the SolTuna plant in Solomon Islands. The Vanuatu National Statistics Office shows that from 2019 to 2020, the country imported 794 M/T of the product, which was worth VT 336 million (USD 3.1 million). During the pandemic lockdown, demand for these shelf-stable goods also went up with the peak months being July and November.
Papua New Guinea and Fiji are the next biggest markets for SolTuna. According to Frank Wickham, Managing Director of NFD Limited in Solomon Islands, there is a big move to promote and market the canned tuna in New Zealand and Australia, reported Vanuatu Daily Post. In 2019, Bolton acquired Tri Marine’s supply chain which included the fishing company NFD and SolTuna cannery.