Tuna activity rebounds a bit

In this file photo, the Marshalls 201 purse seiner transships tuna from its hold to a carrier vessel for onward transport to an offshore tuna processing facility. Photo: Giff Johnson.

Tuna transshipment in Majuro during June saw a big rebound from May, but the numbers remained low by the standards of the past two years.

A total of 11 tuna transshipments by purse seiners to carrier vessels in the lagoon and unloadings (tuna off-loaded at the dock for local processing or shipment via freezer container) happened in June, according to the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority. That is more than double the five that took place in May — one of the lowest monthly totals in a decade.

The six-month transshipment total for 2020 is 90, an average of 15 per month. This is 60 percent below the monthly average of 37 for 2018 and 2019.
Transshipment has been heavily impacted by port quarantine regulations imposed as part of Covid-19 prevention.

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