In Brief

Garat Secures ICFA Presidency For Fifth Time
13 September 2019

At the meeting in Rome, members of the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA) re-elected Spanish Javier Garat as President. The coalition brings together national fish and seafood industry's trade associations from the world’s major fishing nations. According to Garat, the tuna industry stands at a crucial moment in advancing the development of sustainable fishing to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

He is also General Secretary of the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) and President of the European organization Europêche, which is part of the ICFA since 2005. On the ICFA meeting’s agenda were among others eco-labeling of fishery products, the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), IUU fishing, the collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the potential of applying block chain technology to the traceability of fishery products.

Speed Record-Breaking Tuna Drone
12 September 2019

A new 3D-printed underwater drone swims at a record-breaking 0.85 metres per second. The key to its speed – the undulating S-shaped tail movement, which imitates a tuna. TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering Master's student, Sander van den Berg, used computer modelling to create the high-speed robot and optimize the design of its two-part tail. 

The undulating motion is more efficient, faster, and safer than propellers as the drone can avoid harming fish and human handlers that come into contact with it. Underwater drones are commonly utilized for various purposes ranging from marine explorations to inspecting boat hulls.  

Distributor Recalls Yellowfin Steaks From More US Stores
12 September 2019

In the US, the multistate recall for yellowfin steaks that might cause scombroid poisoning continues. The wholesale seafood distributor of the product, Alfa International Seafood Inc., has informed the public that retailers Baker’s, Dillons, Gerbes, JayC Food, and Pay Less will also be removing the product. Consumers who bought the tuna from August 20 to September 7 can return it to the stores for a refund. 

This comes on the heels of Kroger’s move to withdraw chilled and raw yellowfin steaks from its seafood counters in its stores in 16 US different states. Five illnesses were reported by the time of the recall. The distributor maintains that the illnesses were isolated incidents and the action to take back the tuna from the other stores was imposed as a precautionary measure. 

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