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Cuba And Venezuela Launch ALBA Tuna Fishing Company

The Industrial Fishing Company of the Bolivarian Alternative for our America (ALBA), belonging to Cuba and Venezuela, started operations with two tuna ships, according to reports from in Caracas.

Venezuela’s Ministry of Agriculture and Lands announced this Tuesday that this new entity is part of the food programs created by ALBA, which is made up of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The first two ships have a storage capacity of 80 and 85 tons respectively and have state-of-the-art technology, reported Prensa Latina news agency.

The vessels are the advance party of a plan to achieve food sovereignty, one of the goals of President Hugo Chavez government.

The ALBA Fishing Industry plans to export in the future to low income countries, besides supplying 25 percent of the Venezuelan market with a 31-vessel fleet of deep and shallow draft.

This week, fishers and aquiculture workers return to Venezuela after receiving an intensive training course in Cuba on fishery management, environment and company management.

This action is part of the comprehensive collaboration plans between Cuba and the South American country, with are consolidated year after year.