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New Zealand Helping Marshall Islands Revise Tuna Plan
17 June 2019

The strategic and tuna management plan of the Marshall Islands is being updated by their Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA). Representatives of Fisheries New Zealand are assisting with the developments of the new project. 

The New Zealand team stated that they are not writing the plans but are providing structure and guidance. 

Director Glen Joseph of MIMRA stated that the updates will satisfy the regional and international obligations and development of the Vessel Day Scheme (VDS). 

US Territories WCPO Bigeye Quota To Be Divided
17 June 2019

The scientists of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) from the Pacific will meet between June 18-20 in Honolulu to discuss longliners' bigeye quota for the US territories. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) which will gather from June 25-27 who transmit its fishery managment measures to the  US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

The WCPFC agreed on the limit for US longline bigeye catch in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean for 3,554 M/T during 2019 and 2020. The SSC will decide on potential catch and allocation limits for US territories as the NMFS has the authority to set the quota for the regional territories. Also, the SSC will advise if the quota should be re-evaluated annually or after a certain period of years.

Ecuador To Introduce National Sustainable Tuna Brand
17 June 2019

“The Sustainable Tuna of Ecuador” brand will be introduced this week, on the first day of the IV Regional Tuna Forum, which will take place from June 20 to 21 in the city of Manta, Ecuador.

The sectorial brand is one of the value-added features of the tuna offered to consumers nationally and internationally. It will be exclusive of those products yielded within industries that meticulously comply with the standards established in the value chain.  

The event is organized by the Ecuadorian Chamber of Tuna Industry and Processors (CEIPA), and the Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

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