After one year, FisheryProgress has grown to become the industry’s one-stop shop for reliable information about FIP progress worldwide, according to sustainability leaders in the seafood industry. Launched last October, FisheryProgress offers buyers consistent, verified information they need to make FIP sourcing decisions and makes it easier for FIPs to track and showcase their progress.
“FisheryProgress is an invaluable resource to research and identify fisheries that are making a genuine attempt to improve conservation,” said Henry Lovejoy from EcoFish, Inc. “Global fisheries are highly complex, and FisheryProgress as a credible and detailed resource on FIPs makes this task much easier.”
The site, a collaboration between the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions and FishChoice, gives users all the information they need to make decisions about whether FIPs meet their sourcing policy. For each FIP, users can view a progress snapshot and can easily access workplan details and supporting documentation if they need more information. The website makes it possible for FIPs of any size or scope to connect with potential buyers, making sourcing from FIPs easier than ever.
At the sidelines of the 54th Fish Conservation Week culmination at BFAR Regional Office last Friday, October 20 2017, BFAR Regional Director Fatma Idris said they are currently looking into increasing the number of tilapias in Matina Pangi River as part of the Basil project which was launched by the Department of Agriculture (DA) early in 2017.
“Basil is a program of Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol to repopulate the fresh water like rivers and lakes. We will add fish. We are currently conducting seeding by putting in tilapia, for example, or whatever are endemic species in the area,” Idris said. She added that about 5,000 tilapia seed had been dispersed in the river although they expect that not all of these are going to survive and about 10 percent are going to die because of various factors present in the river.
Despite the success of one company’s genetically modified salmon in Canada, one seafood expert does not believe that such products are a benefit to the domestic seafood sector over the long haul.
“Seafood in general as a category I think is the only food that is considered guilty before proven innocent in terms of wholesomeness and sustainability,” said Barton Seaver, author, seafood expert and former executive chef. “I’ve never once heard anybody ask, ‘Is the pork fresh?’”
Seaver said that consumers already engage in conversations about seafood items and sustainability “with trepidation and doubt,” and he believes that genetically modified options—which grow in size at a faster interval than typical salmon—will only serve to pour fuel on an already stoked fire.
A group of distinguished marine scientists, including a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), apparently think so. More than 200 scientists have signed a letteraddressed to the United States Congress opposing efforts to weaken the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the 1976 law that governs management of U.S. fisheries and is credited with preventing the collapse of fish stocks.
Conservation group Oceana released the letter on Monday, October 23 2017, the day before a Senate subcommittee holds a hearing on the Act. The scientists say proposed legislation would weaken scientific standards to allow for higher catch limits.
The proceedings before the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard is one in a series of hearings held this year to consider the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Amendments to the MSA proposed by one bill, H.R. 200, would undermine sustainable, scientifically supported fishing policies, according to opponents.
Premier Fishing and Brands’ share price dropped more than 7% on Tuesday 24th of October 2017, despite the company declaring a maiden dividend of 15c for the year to end-August.
The company, which is controlled by black economic empowerment group African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI), listed on the JSE in March.
It said in its maiden results on Tuesday that profit after tax increased 31% to R52m during the period. Revenue increased 2%, offset by an industry wide decline in the catch of pelagic fish, and a stronger rand.
Group revenue increased to R411m from R402m in the prior year. During the year under review, the number of shares in issue increased by 117-million, and due to this issue of new shares, the earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings (HEPS) per share decreased 7% and 6% respectively, the company said.
Crab fisherman Stewart McDonald is steaming mad that he may soon be prevented by the Port of Vancouver from dropping crab traps around Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, where he's fished for more than two decades.
"We fish there all the time," McDonald said from his home base in False Creek, where he has operated for the past 20 years.
McDonald says the fishing grounds, especially the water to the west of the Lions Gate Bridge are fertile crab and prawn areas, representing tens of thousands of dollars worth of harvest for him a year.
"People would be shocked by the amount of healthy sea life down there," he said.
Port strike hits Bio Bio fishing sector Chile
It is estimated that some USD 243 million has been lost by the Bio Bío Region due to the national strike that since November 7 has been carried out by port workers.