Over 1,500 tonnes of albacore have so far been landed in Basque ports
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Campaign to promote northern albacore with Eusko Label to convey freshness and sustainable traditional fishing meth

Campaign to promote northern albacore with Eusko Label to convey freshness and sustainable traditional fishing methods. (Photo: Takekit.es)


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Friday, August 04, 2017, 22:50 (GMT + 9)


Since the beginning of the current northern albacore season, the landings of this fish in Basque ports have already surpassed the barrier of 1,500 tonnes.

The average price in fish markets rose 13.4 per cent over last year, and 85 per cent of these catches, that is to say, more than 1,200 tonnes, was certified with the Eusko Label, which certifies the quality and origin of the product.

According to the Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures of the Basque Country, these figures confirm the good evolution of this fishery, which is vital for the Basque coastal fleet.

As a sign of support from the Basque Government, the Secretary of Economic Development and Infrastructure, Arantxa Tapia, accompanied by the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy, Bittor Oroz, and Fisheries Director Leandro Azkue attended yesterday the landing and auction of albacore in the port and the market of Getaria.

Of the 1,524.5 tonnes of northern albacore unloaded to date, 1,172.8 tonnes have been received by ports in Gipuzkoa (675.8 tonnes in Getaria; 473.5 tonnes in Hondarribia and 23.5 tonnes in Pasaia), and the remainder in the ports of Bizkaia (141 tonnes in Ondarroa and 210.7 tonnes in Bermeo). Average prices range from EUR 4.12 to EUR 4.49.

In general, the catches recorded so far have confirmed the moderately optimistic forecasts made by the autonomous Executive at the beginning of the season, on the basis that those of 2015 and 2016 showed a clear upward trend. In fact, last year closed with the best data of the last years, with catches close to 6,000 tonnes, an increase that is around 20 per cent year-on-year.

The prices in markets also represent an improvement over the ones of 2016, year in which an average of EUR 3.79/kilo, 36 cents more than in 2015, was recorded.


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