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Friday, 29 July 2011

Review of EU pact with Pacific States questioned by Anfaco

The National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish and Seafood (Anfaco) expressed dissatisfaction with the team of consultants selected by the European Commission (EC) to review the agreements that the European Union (EU) keep with Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The Association believes that there is a "conflict of interest" as the experts chosen for the task are linked to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), a body responsible for advising on fisheries management in the Pacific Ocean.

To Anfaco, the FFA has always had a "belligerent" attitude against tuna companies in Europe. It is composed of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Anfaco questions the "neutrality and objectivity" of the team of experts, thereby claiming the EC should "rectify this serious and obvious conflict of interest." It also believed that the Pacific Association and Collaboration Agreement seriously affects the community interests and benefits Papua New Guinea. Papua tuna industry expects to produce roughly 1,330 tonnes of tuna per day throughout the next two years. If this is embodied, it could become the new worldwide tuna leader in 2013, while it will greatly harm the 67 canneries in Galicia and their 12,000 employees.