Category Archives: Press Releases

02 Jul

South Pacific Tuna Corporation Slashes Fleet by More Than Half

South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC) announced today that is selling more than half of its 14 U.S.-flagged purse seine fishing vessels to foreign operators, reducing its fleet to six by the end of the year. Approximately 12 U.S. captains and their crew will be relieved of duty. Additionally, the San Diego-based office and management team

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22 Jun

South Pacific Tuna Corporation and FCF Fishery Co. announce Marine Stewardship Council certification

South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC), in conjunction with FCF Fishery Co. of Taiwan and the Western Pacific Sustainable Tuna Alliance, announced today that theWestern and Central Pacific Skipjack and Yellow Fin Free-School Purse Seine Fishery has achieved and received the coveted Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Standard for Sustainable Fishing certification. MSC is recognized as one

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06 Dec

South Pacific Tuna Treaty Signed

On December 3, 2016, after seven years of negotiations, the South Pacific Tuna Treaty was signed in Nadi, Fiji, extending the decades old agreement through 2023 and guaranteeing US Flag Tuna Fleet fisheries access to the South Pacific waters. The Treaty includes 16 Pacific Island nations and the United States, was first entered into in 1988.

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28 Jun

U.S. Reaches Tuna Treaty Deal

On Saturday, June 25, South Pacific Tuna Corporation and The Global Companies, (Ocean Global, LLC, Sea Global, LLC, and Pacific Global LLC) along with American Tunaboat Association president Brian Hallman, United States Government officials from the State Department and National Marine Fishery Service, Delegates from American Samoa and the Pacific Island Parties (PIP’s), and Directors

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03 Mar

Statement: U.S. Flag Fleet Fishing Resumes

Statement from J. Douglas Hines, on behalf the Global Companies and South Pacific Tuna Corporation: “On March 1, the U.S. State Department received and executed a signed Statement of Intent with Fisheries Forum Association (FFA). This action represents an acceptance of a 2016 interim agreement with the 16 Pacific Island Nations, which allows the U.S.

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19 Nov

Press Release: Global Companies Respond to NMFS Request for Comment

The Global Companies, Ocean Global, LLC, and Sea Global, LLC, filed comments today in response to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) request for comments under its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking NOAA-NMFS-2015-0088, after the rejection of the emergency rule petition made by Tri Marine Group. According to the Global Companies, the largest U.S. Flag Tuna

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05 Aug

Press Release: No Long-Term Agreement Reached at Conclusion of Tuna Treaty Negotiations

South Pacific Tuna Company executives participating in the South Pacific Tuna Treaty negotiations this week in Brisbane, Australia, are reporting that at the conclusion of the three-day convening, the parties failed to reach an agreement that would renew the South Pacific Tuna Treaty. The 1987 treaty provides United States purse seine fishing vessels access to the Western Pacific Ocean, as well economic assistance to the Pacific Island Parties (PIPs). Douglas Hines, Executive Director of

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