One of Spain's largest bluefin fattening and distribution companies has requested the public not to let recent reports about a multi-million dollar fraud with illegally traded bluefin "stain the work of a sector that works daily to ensure the integrity and quality of their products."
The Tarragona-based company exported to 32 countries and captured 1,872 tons of tuna in 2018.
Five crew members of a Taiwan-flagged fishing boat have gone missing after a fire broke out on their vessel in the waters off the Falkland Islands on Monday. The five missing individuals, all Filipinos, were among 69 crew members aboard the longliner Jun Rong.
The crew on the 998-ton fishing boat composed of four Taiwanese, 22 Filipinos, 28 Indonesians, one Chinese, nine Vietnamese and five Burmese, according to the Maritime Port Bureau.
The new Toyosu wholesale market has been struggling to attract visitors to watch tuna auctions, although a designated area was opened about a month ago.
The now-defunct Tsukiji market used to be flooded with tourists viewing the tuna auctions.
The prior application and reservation procedure is seen as the cause of the fallen popularity.