Azores Declaration issued for one-by-one tuna fisheries
Supporters at the conference, held on Faial in the Azores, Portugal, called for action on sustainable and equitable tuna fisheries and addressing the needs of one-by-one tuna fisheries.
They called for using its collective voice to raise the profile of these fisheries with relevant decision makers, throughout supply chains, and to consumers to ensure these fisheries can thrive for generations to come; and taking action to support the one-by-one tuna fisheries and the associated communities and marine environments linked to them.
The Declaration calls for six key principles to be supported throughout all one-by-one tuna fishery supply chains.
These include sustainability to be approached in a holistic manner that acknowledges the environmental, social and economic characteristics of fisheries and the people involved; the socio-cultural heritage of one-by-one tuna fisheries to be respected and supported.
These also include the economic, social and cultural rights of women to be addressed, strengthened and protected to enable them to participate fully in, and benefit from one-by-one tuna fisheries.
The other principles proposed are for one-by-one tuna fisheries to have a valid stake in the resources that is valued and protected; one-by-one tuna fisheries to have their position represented and reflected in fisheries management at all levels; and one-by-one tuna fisheries to have a valid place in the global marketplace and their participation encouraged and not discriminated against or presented with barriers to market. ■