Regulations

Our fishing and processing tuna activities are comprehensively regulated, monitored and controlled by international rules, EU and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) regulations irrespective of the region we operate in. The EU has transposed most international and RFMO regulations in EU law, making it, when combined with home grow EU regulations, one of the strictest regulatory frameworks of tuna fishing and processing activities in the world. Although it comes at a considerable cost for the European Tuna industry, we are proud to abide by this world leading standard. We believe it to be necessary to guarantee to European consumers that the tuna they purchase meets the highest food safety standards and has been fished and processed in a sustainable manner.

In addition, our industry operates on the basis of strict contracts between the EU and the countries we are active in. These contracts, known as the bilateral sustainable fisheries partnership agreements (SFPAs), are negotiated and signed between the European Union and the coastal countries. These agreements determine the number of EU vessels allowed in third countries waters as well as the economic compensation paid by EU vessels based on the amount of fish caught and cooperation funds for sectorial support provided to coastal countries. The respect of all our agreements is strictly monitored by the EU and the third countries. The wording of these agreements is also made public, ensuring our contractual obligations and responsibilities are transparent. We are thus made accountable.

To learn more on the RFMOs responsible for the sustainability of worldwide tropical tuna stocks, click here.

To learn more about EU sustainable fisheries partnership agreements with third countries, click here.