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President of the SNI Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre (Photo: Stock File)

Peruvian tuna industry invested USD 60 million in two years

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 02:40 (GMT + 9)

The Peruvian tuna industry has invested more than USD 60 million in the last two years, which has allowed it to now have the capacity to receive up to 90,000 tonnes of tuna per year.

This was pointed out by the president of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Committee of the National Society of Industries (SNI), Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre, at the 2nd Tuna of the Americas Conference that took place in Panama City, on Thursday and Friday last week.

Miranda also expressed confidence that the Peruvian government "continues to bet on the development of this industry that gives thousands of jobs and can reactivate the canning industry," Andina news agency reported.

In the framework of the international meeting, the representative of the SIN also highlighted that Peru was the tuna power of America until the 1970s and that "it will be again in the short and medium term."

The meeting held in Panama brought together more than 150 personalities linked to the tuna industry from different latitudes, scientific researchers, NGOs and technology leaders.

In this framework, the deputy head in the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety of the European Union (DG SANTE), Paolo Caricato, spoke about the rules for importation from third countries, with emphasis on the denomination of fresh fish, the restrictions that it is given to the use of additives such as nitrites and nitrates, and other requirements for the control of parasites.

On his part, the global coordinator of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Jim Humphreys, said that while the MSC program has expanded throughout the world, other problems have arisen, such as bycatch and forced labor in some industries. In this regard, he stressed that the MSC works to ensure that its standards reflect the practices of true sustainable fisheries.

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