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Friday, 12 February 2010

Coral Triangle fresh hand lined caught tuna enters Europe

The Coral Triangle contains spawning and nursery grounds, as well as migratory routes for commercially valuable tuna species, producing more than 40% of the total catch for the Western Central Pacific region and representing more than 20% of the total global catch. As a response to the new stringent catch-certification policy imposed by the EU, a project partnership was set up between the WWF, government, and the private sector so that fresh and chilled loined tuna caught in Mindoro (Philippines) by artisanal fishermen came onto the EU market with catch certificates verifying that they were from registered boats operating in legalized areas using highly selective fishing gear. A first consignement has now reached European markets. Tuna in the Coral Triangle, which covers also ACP countries such as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, adds considerably to the economies of many developing nations and supports the livelihoods of millions of people in this region.

Source:  Business Mirror