Seychelles commends fishing industry’s efforts to save stocks


Minister Sinon addressing guests and delegates at the opening of the workshop on Saturday

The praise came from – among others – Natural Resources and Industry Minister Peter Sinon.

He commended the move by the company to commission scientists from all over the world and bringing them here to share their findings on possible ways to cut loss of tuna and other species.

Mr Sinon said the world is watching and consumers will look favourably at our products since it has been demonstrated we care for the future of fish species, the environment in general.

Eight speakers with deep and wide knowledge of fisheries, including world renowned marine scientists made their presentations in a one-day conference hosted at the Ephelia resort by the government and MWBrands under the theme, Action today for sustainable tuna tomorrow.

Mr Sinon said their goal will not only ensure there will be fish for future generations, but also that the industry thrives, “for without fish it would collapse”.

Saying here we are already well conscious of the need to conserve stocks, Mr Sinon regretted that some fishers in other oceans go for quick short-term profits without being cautious of the possible long-term effects.

MWBrands’ chief executive Adolfo Valsecchi reiterated that the processing plants the company runs all over the world cannot process anything else but tuna so preserving stocks is in their interest as well.

Guests and delegates at the opening of the workshop on Saturday

Mr Sinon said the company’s initiatives show it is a responsible partner which cares about the future of the industry.

France-based MWBrands sells tuna mainly in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland, and the Netherlands. It jointly owns IOT with government and processes 70,000 tonnes of tuna annually. Its main brands are John West, Petit Navire and Mareblu.

On Saturday the scientists unveiled new ways that will allow endangered species, premature tuna and other species to escape before nets are closed.