Organización de Productores de Túnidos y Pesca Fresca (Optuna No 42), is a non-profit producers association organisation based in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Founded in 1991 by 21 pole-and-line fishery stakeholders, the organisation represents the interests of the local pole-and-line tuna fishery. Optuna No 42 aims to safeguard the future of the fishery and to improve the commercialisation of its members’ tuna catches. Its membership is predominantly comprised of six pole-and-line tuna vessels, each between 24 and 34 metres in length and carrying 12 crew. Additional support is provided by boats from Fuerteventura, La Graciosa and Puerto del Carmen (among others).
The Canary Islands fishery is very important for the local community, and has been for a very long time. Our ancestors caught tuna one-by-one in small boats with sails and paddles. We maintain the same sustainable fishing principles today through our pole-and-line fleet and want to ensure that this fishery and its resources are preserved for generations to come. The decision to join IPNLF is an important part of that strategy, and we look forward to working together to further support our policy of responsible, artisanal fishing.Don Andres Cedres Alonso (Managing Director)