Vessel Shoei Maru Nº 7. (Photo: Ibama)
Japanese vessel tuna load held since 2013 requested to be sold
Monday, October 06, 2014, 01:30 (GMT + 9)
The firm Atlântico Tuna has requested authorization from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) to sell a load of about 200 tonnes of tuna that was seized in August 2013 from the Japanese-flagged ship Shoei Maru No. 7.
This boat is in Natal Naval Base and its cargo is worth more than BRL 1.2 million (USD 482,500).
The company argues that the freezers that maintain the frozen cargo in the ship can present problems to the fish preservation.
Following this request, IBAMA officials are assessing the situation, Tribuna do Norte informed.
The fishing vessel Shoei Maru No. 7 was caught with two other vessels -- Kinei Maru No. 108 and Kinsai Maru No. 58 -- during a joint operation carried out by IBAMA, the Federal Police and the Brazilian Navy between July and August last year.
In the three vessels a total of 565 tonnes of tuna was found.
To IBAMA, the ships did not meet the basic standards for the fishery under national law. Besides, there were suspicions that they have been responsible for the deaths of at least 30,000 seabirds.
Atlântico Tuna intends to take the frozen tuna the factory belonging to the firm Norte Pesca and from there they would begin to sell the cargo, explained Gabriel Calzavara, Atlântico Tuna owner.
The company, based in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, established a joint venture with Japan Tuna, which owns the ships and deep sea fishing technology.
The entrepreneur made it clear that the vessels of the company fishing for tuna comply with the standards of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
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By Analia Murias