SAN DIEGO—South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SoPacCo), The Global Companies, (Ocean Global, LLC, Sea Global, LLC, and Pacific Global, LLC) met last week with members of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs about the current U.S. Flag tuna fleet licensing impasse between the U.S. Government and Pacific Fisheries Forum (FFA).
During the meetings in Washington, D.C., they advised Senate Foreign Relations Committee leadership, as well as other key congressional members, that Industry may not continue to operate under the 1987 Treaty due to the tuna industry’s unwillingness and/or inability to comply with the 2016 Statement of Intent between the FFA and U.S. Government.
As of December 31, 2015, all U.S. vessels operating in the Western Pacific Ocean under the South Pacific Tuna Treaty—including those owned by The Global Companies and managed by SoPacCo— are adhering to orders to halt fishing operations.
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