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OPAGAC at the UNE conference 'Standards, the key to the SDGs'

Tuna fleet responsible fishing standard becomes an international benchmark

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 17:00 (GMT + 9)

Madrid - The Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) has drawn attention to the Tuna Responsible Fishing Tuna (RFT) standard of the Spanish tuna fleet, among more than 4,000 UNE standards of various sectors developed in Spain, for having become a  international benchmark to contribute to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN in its 2030 Agenda.

Specifically, the entity has selected APR, together with two standards of the tourism and paper industry, to focus a conference  held today in the CEOE, which has shown different practical experiences of how this type of technical norms contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs.
 

During the conference, entitled “Standards, the key to the SDGs”, OPAGAC  managing director Julio Morón  pointed out that the norm of the Spanish fleet contributes to SDGs 8 (growth, inclusion and decent work), 12 (responsible production and consumption), 14 (sustainable use of the oceans and their resources and sustainable management of fisheries), 16 (fight against corruption and bribery) and 17 (search for partnerships to achieve the SDGs).

Regarding the first two, the Spanish fleet, responsible for 8% of the world's tuna catches, promotes the fight against the violation of human rights - slavery on board, human trafficking or child exploitation -, practices denounced on board some fleets, mainly Asian. To this end, APR protects, in a pioneer way in the world fisheries sector, the socio-labor conditions of the crew based on ILO Convention 188, as well as the best IMO maritime safety standards, in application of the Cape Town Agreement , and the STCW-F3 Convention.

For its part, and in line with SDG 14, APR promotes the sustainable management of tropical tuna stocks in the three oceans where the fleet operates, as well as reducing the environmental impact of its activity on the marine ecosystem. For this, the standard is based on the Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) that OPAGAC has been developing in collaboration with WWF since 2016. This initiative includes the use of FADs (non-mesh and biodegradable fish concentrating devices), observer coverage in 100% of its vessels and formation of crews to reduce bycatch and release non-target species.

Referring to SDG 16, Morón indicated that the fleet is a promoter of the Tuna Transparency initiative, whose objective is to guarantee a transparent management of private fishing licenses with third countries.

Finally, it should be noted that UNE has identified more than 4,000 standards in the Spanish catalog, consisting of about 33,000 standards, which help companies achieve at least one of the SDGs established by the UN by 2030.

 

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