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Hundred Times More Jobs In Tuna Fishing – Less Fuel Consumption – A Feasible Model?

Transforming the tuna industry to consist of smaller-scale fisheries has the potential to provide over one hundred times more jobs while dramatically cutting costs in areas like fuel consumption: says Greenpeace. 
The Greenpeace report ‘Transferring Tuna Fisheries in Pacific Island Countries: An Alternative Model of Development,’ highlights the positive consequences the tuna industry could benefit from in developing smaller, locally owned tuna fisheries that will not only create masses of local jobs, but also maximize economic returns and protect future tuna stocks.
This industry development has the potential to provide up to 4,000 jobs compared to up to 30 for the same financial investment, while annual fuel consumption could see a drop of a huge 85 percent. Despite such a saving in oil cost for the industry, the report has revealed that small scale fisheries are recorded to provide only 36 percent less marine fish catch than larger, industrial companies.
The report outlines that this is due to considerably large differences in the tonnage of tuna caught per ton of fuel consumed by the fisheries vessels. For every ton of fuel used by a large industrial fishery only 2-5 tons of tuna is caught, compared to a huge 10-20 tons of tuna catch possible from the same amount of fuel in artisanal fisheries. 
A study undertaken in 2010 revealed that fishing fleets in the Pacific Ocean with huge purse seiners have one of the highest impacts on global warming due to the combination of high fuel consumption rates and long-post harvest transport distance. Greenpeace believe the production of smaller, local fisheries would have a positive impact in reducing this.
Figures of around 2.5 million tons of the major commercial tuna species are caught in the Pacific Ocean each year, which with the use of large, industrial vessels would account for huge fuel consumption.
The economic, environmental and employment benefits that would arise from transforming the tuna industry into one dominated by artisanal fisheries have been a driving force in Greenpeace’s push to make this vision a reality.