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Illegal, Unreported, and Unidentified freezer ship unloads in Taiwan
26 Jan 2011

Taiwanese Lungsoon Group, owners of Lung Yuin, has a fleet of thirteen tuna long-line fishing vessels, and frequently delivers frozen tuna to Japan's lucrative sashimi market. It also provides albacore tuna to the US tinned tuna brands Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea and Starkist.

Who's to say that the long-line vessels that unload to this reefer ship are not driftnet vessels? After all, they are IUU vessels and are Unidentified. Out of 370 fishing vessels coming from Taiwan, only around 150 vessels are actually registered. This is in direct violation of compliance with the WCPFC, and therefore sanctions should be taken against such countries.

Instead, Tuna from Taiwan is sold throughout US stores such as Costco and Walmart.

John Harder