IN BRIEF - Fishermen face big fines if caught with crabs in off season
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Betweeb November 20 - December 20 2017 recreational and commercial fishers will no longer be able to fish for spanner crabs.
The month-break marks Queensland's annual closed season, to protect the crabs during breeding season.
The break allows the species to spawn, ensuring a sustainable fishery for future generations.
Fines of AUD 504 and a maximum penalty of AUD 126,150 can apply to anyone caught with spanner crabs during the closed season.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district officer Russell Overton said spanner crabs caught during the closed season should be carefully removed from the fishing apparatus before quickly being returned to the water.
He said fishers should also remember size and possession limits applied to spanner crabs during the open season.
From Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea, Alaska halibut fishermen are gearing up to head out to sea as the 2018 halibut season opens at noon March 24. It's an annual ritual for both commercial fishermen and charter operators seeking to make their living through the pursuit of the tasty flatfish.
Out of concern for the health of the halibut stock, the 2018 Pacific halibut catch limits are lower and charter management measures are tighter compared to previous year.
PORTLAND, MAINE - Spring is in the air and baby eels are in the rivers. Or at least that's what Maine fishermen hope.
The state's big-money baby eel fishery is scheduled to get started on Thursday. Fishermen seek the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock.
The elvers are frequently worth more than USD 1,000 per pound, and this year is expected to be especially lucrative because of supply issues elsewhere in the world. Maine is the only state in the U.S. with a significant elver fishery.
Boston, MA– Certified Quality Foods (dba Seafood Analytics), announces the introduction of Fishboard, a fully integrated electronic fish-monitoring device. Fishboard allows researchers, aquaculture farms, processors, at-sea observers, fishermen, and other participants in the seafood industry to quickly and easily measure and store important electronic information about fish.
With Fishboard, users can quickly and easily assess length, weight, health, condition, and degradation status and body composition of individual fish. The device displays real-time observation and storage of all measurements. Stored values can be used for comparisons, growth trends, reports, and analysis while real-time data can be used for immediate evaluation of individual fish health and growth. GPS, pictures and other data can also be added. Fishboard is the first device to market with all of these capabilities.
The measurable benefit is a simple-to-use electronic monitoring device that can assess physiological condition, nutritional status, and body composition of fish in real-time. The user-friendly design and usage of the machine allows anyone to measure, store and send valuable fisheries data. Dr. Keith Cox developed the device while on assignment with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, with applicability ranging from fishermen to research agencies. Funding for the research and development was through the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB).
GAZA – Israeli navy Monday 19th of March 2018 opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and their fishing boats while they were sailing in al-Sudaniya sea to the northwest of the Gaza Strip.
The navy also propelled waste water at the boats forcing the fishermen to return to shore.
Despite the signed agreements between Palestinians and Israel, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles inside the Mediterranean Sea, Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost daily and does not allow them to go further than three nautical miles, which the fishermen say is not enough to catch fish.
In order to preserve its fragile ecosystem and fishing stocks, trawling in certain parts of the Øresund has been banned by law for more than 80 years.
However, after one month of concentrated surveillance, the environmental organisation Greenpeace has been able to document at least six cases of illegal fishing by trawlers based in Gilleleje Harbour, the organisation reports.
Trawling is completely illegal in some parts of the Øresund but is permitted in the northern part – except during the period from February 1 to Mach 31 2018, which is when cod are spawning.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY - As Brunswick County commissioners discuss offshore drilling at their meeting Monday night, at least one group you may not expect is not opposed to bringing it to North Carolina.
The North Carolina Fisheries Association represents the state’s commercial fishermen. In response to Governor Roy Cooper fighting to stop drilling off our coast, the group recently decided to keep their options open about offshore energy exploration.
“There’s been some comments made by the governor, how detrimental it would be to the commercial fishermen and everything, but we burn a lot of diesel and gas, so we’re not closed to the idea of looking at it,” said Doug Todd, the NCFA’s board director of District Seven, which includes Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick Counties.
HÀ N?I - Unfair and unreasonable – that’s how seafood exporters have branded a price hike in anti-dumping duty imposed by the United States on frozen fish fillets.
The levy is made when the country believes the tra fish they are being sent is priced too cheap. But here in Vi?t Nam, exporters have asked the US Department of Commerce (DOC) to reconsider the decision.
The US imposed anti-dumping duty of USD 2.39-7.74 per kilogramme on frozen tra fish fillets which were imported from Vi?t Nam between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016 following its 13th administrative review (POR 13), the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) said at its press release issued on March 2018.
Short-term pain for long-term gain. When applied to the reform of global fisheries, this strategy could yield enormous benefits. If only it were that easy.
For many countries—especially those in the developing tropics where fishery reform is needed most—the required costly short-run reductions in fish catch would be difficult to implement because of dependency on fisheries for food and livelihoods.
There is another way, according to UC Santa Barbara researchers and colleagues. In a paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, they demonstrate that for countries where illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is prevalent, addressing such activity could kick-start fishery recovery without reducing local fishing effort, catch and profit. Indonesia has proved this to be true, and this new work is the first to show that the country's policies are effective.
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and six Southern African countries has been a boost for the Western Cape, with strong gains for the wine and fishing industries since it came into effect in October 2016.
The EPA between the EU and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) member countries – South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland – plus Mozambique, allows increased market access for exports. More than half of South Africa’s fish exports are destined for the EU, with a growth rate of more than 50% since 2013, said the SADC-EU EPA Outreach Initiative. The EPA allows duty-free access to the EU for all fish products. Cape hake, which makes up 40% of South Africa’s total catch, is by far the most popular fisheries export, followed by squid. “We have been helped by the EPA which is liberalising all Cape hake lines. We are focusing on the value-add to products such as crumbed fillets and fish cakes,” said Fish SA executive director of commercial fishing Jeremy Marillier.
Private equity fund acquires Morenot majority stake Norway
FSN Capital V has acquired a majority stake in Norway based Mørenot Holding II, a world leading supplier of equipment and services to the world’s fishery- and aquaculture industries as well as marine seismic.
EU and Côte d'Ivoire renew fishing agreement European Union
The negotiations held in Abidjan have allowed the European Union and Côte d'Ivoire to agree on a new fisheries partnership protocol that gives access to Ivory Coast waters to 36 EU vessels.
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