RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES

TARGET SPECIES

    We catch four types of species:

  • Yellowfin (Thunnus Albacares).
  • Skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis).
  • Bigeye (Thunnus obesus).
  • Albacore (Thunnus Alalunga).

 

PEVASA fishes responsibly and respects the marine environment, reported by on board 100% observer coverage. Our boats are registered with ICCAT,  IOTC, and listed on the ISSF PROACTIVE VESSEL REGISTER  (PVR), taking part in the observer programmes sponsored by the EU entrusted to the  Instituto Español de Oceanografía  and AZTI. We are also recognised in the Dolphin Safe program by Earth Island Institute.

Our fleet is certified by SGS in Tuna From Responsible Fishing UNE 195006. This norm UNE 195006 sets a new world first class standard for responsible tuna fishing, allowing to group all the proven and verified best practices: VMS, fishing licenses, maritime safety and proper social and sanitary conditions and also is certified by Friend of the Sea (Sustainable Seafood).

Our fisheries are geared towards free schools, however, we also use non entangling FADs with high level of compliance according to scientific community advices. We put in place measures to minimise its impact on juveniles and other associated species. We believe that its excessive and inappropriate use may have a negative impact on the resource. That means it has to be approached in a sensible and balanced way which is in line with realistic scientific and technical criteria, its regulation and the relationship between tender boats and artificial objects.

CATCHES

  1. At Pevasa bycatch accounts for less than 2% of our total, of which over 50% are tuna from other species and/or small ones. .Purse seine fishing has one of the lowest bycatch rates in the world. Indeed, IEO studies show that Spanish vessels have a rate of 1.5% in the Atlantic and 1.61% in the Indian Ocean for non-tuna species. The average catch of sharks is 0.01% and the catch of turtles is negligible. Nevertheless, we work actively with a range of public and private organisations on research into tuna fishing, the impact of fishing with fish aggregating devices (FADs) and the reduction of bycatch. In particular we have been heavily involved in the following projects:
    • Comparative study by AZTI in 2008 and 2009 of free school fishing strategy with drifting FADs in the Indian Ocean.
    • Selective improvement in fishing patterns for freezer tuna vessels using technological and eco-ethological means: Acoustic selectivity, tracking new FADs and behaviour of species in FADs, conducted by AZTI in 2009.
    • TortuFAD: assessment of sea turtle mortality in fish aggregating devices used by purse seine vessels carried out by AZTI in 2008.
    • Protocol for the recovery of tagged tuna in the Indian Ocean, IEO 2011.

    Equally important is that PEVASA has been the world’s first tuna company to install an onboard electronic monitoring (EM) system as part of a research programme with ISSF and AZTI, carried out the first half of 2012.

  2. We continue partnering research to further minimise the potential negative impact of our activity.Fruto del compromiso del sector son las iniciativas pioneras para modificar el diseño de los FAD’s, como el proyecto MADE (Mitigating Adverse ecological impacts of open ocean fisheries. Design of Ecological FADs) o el “Código para las buenas prácticas para una pesca responsable del cerco” firmado por todos los armadores españoles en febrero de 2012, en los que nuestra asociación ANABAC ejerce una labor de liderazgo y participación activa y comprometida.