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IN BRIEF - Province agrees to third-party review of fish management

Thursday, July 12, 2018

After hearing the concerns of organizations across the province, the provincial government has agreed to a third-party science review of fish management in Alberta.

Alberta Environment and Parks has been receiving backlash from the angling population since they announced proposed changes to fishing regulations.

Volunteer fisheries biologist Ray Makowecki is part of the Next Step Team (NST), a local group made-up of concerned anglers about fish management in Alberta. He attended a meeting on fish management, along with members of the volunteer biologist group.

Source: Bonyville Noubelle

IN BRIEF - How climate change could derail fish farmers

Friday, September 21, 2018

The study explores how climate change could affect marine aquaculture production, specifically of finfish and bivalves (such as oysters), around the world. The findings reveal that climate change is not only a threat to global production in the future, but affects producers today.

“Climate change is impacting marine aquatic farmers now, and it’s likely to get worse for most of the world if we don’t take mitigating measures,” says Halley Froehlich, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara and lead author of the paper, which appears in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

The new analysis reports an important and previously missing piece of the puzzle in understanding how climate change will affect the future of global food security and provides an essential first step toward helping ocean farmers and coastal countries prepare for the coming changes to ensure sustainable seafood production worldwide.

Source: Futurity

IN BRIEF - EU and Sweden pledge funds for fish fraud fight

Friday, September 21, 2018

The EU and Sweden have agreed to contribute EUR 45m (USD 52m) to a project that aims to  help protect marine biodiversity in the Pacific – and crack down on illegal activities such as fish ‘laundering’.

The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP) – backed with EUR 35m from the EU and EUR 10m from Sweden’s government – will try to help regional organisations tackle issues like unsustainable fishing, the impact of climate change and exploitation of people working in the sector.

It’s also planning to crack down on fraudulent behaviour like laundering. That involves a process called transhipment, in which large cargo ships with legitimate fishing permits taken catches from smaller, illegal fishing vessels to bypass controls, according to a report from the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Source: Securing Industry

IN BRIEF - Cornwall crab pots 'deliberately' damaged by French trawlers

Friday, September 21, 2018

A fresh fishing row has broken out after claims that British crab pots are being damaged "deliberately" by French trawlers.

The alleged incidents occurred between the six and 12-mile limit off the Cornwall coast.

The latest tensions come days after a deal was struck to end the scallops wars in the English Channel.

The Cornish Fish Producers Organisation is discussing the issue with French fishermen in Plymouth.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Fish fight: Russian billionaire fails to keep USD 350m worldwide freezing order secret in dispute with former business partner

Friday, September 21, 2018

Russian billionaire Vitaly Orlov has lost an attempt to keep a USD 350m (GBP 270m) worldwide freezing order (WFO) against him secret amid an ongoing dispute with his former business partner over a stake in Russia's largest fishing company.

Fellow billionaire Alexander Tugushev is locked in a dispute with Orlov over claims he refuses to recognise his one-third ownership of Norebo, which is valued and more than GBP 1.5bn and made Orlov rich.

Orlov has disputed the existence of an agreement between the pair.

Source: Citya M

IN BRIEF - Portuguese police seize half tonne of fish unfit for consumption

Friday, September 21, 2018

LISBON - Portuguese police said on Wednesday that they have seized more than half a tonne of fish unfit for consumption at a warehouse on Mira beach in Aveiro, in the north of the country.

In a statement, the GNR Aveiro Coastal Control Sub-station said that the seizure occurred during an inspection over the street sale of fresh fish on Tuesday 18th of September 2018.

According to the police, the military approached a 55-year-old man who was selling fish and tried to find out where the fish came from.

Source: Xinhua Net

IN BRIEF - Angling for Irish start-ups changing Ireland's fishing sector

Friday, September 21, 2018

We may like to imagine the fish we eat comes from free-flowing rivers or the open seas but in reality, this is often not so. Over half of all fish consumed globally is harvested from farms.

Aquaculture, or fish farming as it is more commonly known, is one of the fastest-growing areas of food production internationally and Ireland could be the epicentre of the boom. Or so says Wayne Murphy, who is running Hatch, the world’s first dedicated aquaculture accelerator programme.

“Ireland as an island nation has huge potential to be a centre for innovation in aquaculture. Between our technological and marine talent, there is a real chance for the country to be a major player in this space,” says Murphy.

Source: Irish Times

IN BRIEF - Fisheries department announces new fishery closures, openings in bid to protect Right Whales

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Canada’s fisheries department has announced a new series of fishery closures while opening previously closed areas as the result of the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales.

The dynamic closures are part of measures the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced in April which are designed to protect the endangered species of whales — 18 of which were killed in Canadian and U.S. waters in 2017.

The closures, which are meant to respond to sightings of the whales, will shut down the zones until further notice.

Source: Global News Canada 


IN BRIEF - Leading fish farm watchdog joins fish farm industry

Thursday, September 20, 2018

One of Scotland’s most senior fish farm watchdogs has quit to join the fish farming industry, prompting concerns about the effectiveness of environmental regulation.

The Ferret can reveal that Anne Anderson has resigned as GBP 80,000-a-year chief officer for compliance at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), where she oversaw the GBP 2 billion fish farming industry. She is going to become director of sustainability at the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), which represents multinational fish farming companies.

Her surprise move has sparked a chorus of criticism from environmental groups, who accuse Sepa of lacking “bark or bite”. They are calling on Scottish ministers to ensure that “revolving doors” between regulators and industry do not result in independent regulation falling prey to “industry creep”.

Source: The Ferret 


IN BRIEF - Fisheries bureau, PNP to form anti-illegal fishing team

Thursday, September 20, 2018

TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will form a joint task force to strengthen the government’s fight against illegal fishing in Eastern Visayas.

BFAR Regional Director Juan Albaladejo and PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos will sign a deal on Friday creating the “Joint Task Force: Bantay Kadagatan”, with a mandate to strictly enforce existing fishery laws.

The team will focus its patrol in municipal waters, where production has been depleted by unregulated fishing and massive operation of commercial vessels. Municipal waters are within the 15-kilometer area from the shoreline.

Source: PNA


IN BRIEF - New trade group goes fishing for aquaculture

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The industry collective Stronger America Through Seafood will press for policies that support aquaculture, or the farming of fish and other sea creatures. The goal? To increase seafood production in the U.S., which is lagging behind other countries.

You may never have heard of aquaculture, but a new coalition of major players in the seafood industry want to boost its profile, especially among policymakers.

Aquaculture is the farming of fish or other sea creatures for food. With growing evidence that domestic seafood production isn’t meeting consumer demand, a new advocacy group called Stronger America Through Seafood is aiming to increase the industry’s production capacity through the use of aquaculture techniques. The group—which includes Cargill, Red Lobster, Sysco, and Pacific Seafood, among others—says those techniques been around for decades but aren’t being used to their full advantage in the U.S.

Source: Asossiation Now


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British retailer to sell bycatch to support fishery sustainability
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European Union
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IN BRIEF - Fish fight: Russian billionaire fails to keep USD 350m worldwide freezing order secret in dispute with former business partner
United Kingdom
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IN BRIEF - Cornwall crab pots 'deliberately' damaged by French trawlers
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IN BRIEF - EU and Sweden pledge funds for fish fraud fight
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IN BRIEF - How climate change could derail fish farmers

Trade war with China could force Maine lobster industry to change its strategy
United States Maine lobster may use Canada as a “grey-market” conduit to China after President Donald Trump’s trade war with the Asian country, as some experts believe.
New catch limits set for 32 fish stocks
New Zealand The commercial tarakihi (Nemadactylus macropterus) catch in the fisheries areas off the east coast of the North and South Islands is to be reduced by 20 per cent in an effort to rebuild the depleted stock.
British retailer to sell bycatch to support fishery sustainability
United Kingdom Unwanted seafood varieties rejected by other supermarkets, such as megrim, grey gurnard, whiting and pouting, which would be thrown back into the sea either dead or slowly dying, will no longer go to waste thanks to retailer Iceland Foods.
Coalition to train Pacific Islands new fisheries leaders
Fiji A new generation of fisheries leaders across the Pacific Islands region is to be trained by a consortium of educators and international policy experts.
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