IN BRIEF - WSI the new association for women in the seafood industry will be at the Icelandic Fisheries Fair
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
WSI, an international association for Women in the Seafood Industry was created in December 2016 by specialists at the cross-road between the seafood industry and gender issues. WSI’s goals are to highlight women’s contribution to the seafood industry, to raise awareness of gender issues within this industry and to promote professional equality between men and women.
The motivation to create WSI came from the growing recognition that although one in every two seafood workers is a woman, women are over-represented in lowest paid and lowest valued positions and very few at leadership positions. Women are essential contributors to this important food industry, but they remain invisible, including to policy makers. There is a need to increase awareness about their role in this industry and to recognise the value they bring.
While we acknowledge that much progress has been achieved, a lot remains to be done. Stories about women in the seafood industry are rarely told. WSI will operate as a sounding board to amplify women’s voice and help them gain visibility through practical projects..
WSI has chosen the World Seafood Congress 2017 and the Icelandic Fisheries Fair to make its first public appearance. “The choice for Iceland is two-fold: its fishing industry is very dynamic and the country is at the forefront when it comes to gender equality. At Icefair, the fisheries fair, WSI will disseminate this uncomplicated yet often untold story: women are essential workers in the seafood industry but they are often invisible.” Explains Marie Christine Monfort
Fish farming is a promising business for small scale investors in Lagos. There are many ventures and job opportunities in the industry.To increase this, the state is partnering the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) to build a resource hub for aquaculture, with focus on fish breeding and technology, DANIEL ESSIET reports.
Lagos State is home to many fish farmers whose livelihoods depend on their harvests. But a problem facing the farmers is stemming fish losses which reduce their incomes. The high percentage of fish losses is due mainly to poor infrastructure, such as inadequate processing facilities, poor fish handling and lack of storage. Although the farmers have the capability to produce more fish they also lack the capacity to manage the entire production process – from hatchery to harvesting.
To address these, the state is partnering the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) which introduced the farmers to new hatchery and fish smoking technologies at the presentation of a fish processing facility in Lagos.
Sometime in the next year or two, Nigeria will become the seventh country to reach a population of 200m or more. It is still growing considerably faster than all other nations towards the top of the list and, by 2050, the UN expects Nigeria to have the world’s third-largest population.
Keeping all those mouths fed will be a huge challenge, not least because millions of Nigerians depend on fish from the Atlantic coastline, mostly caught by small-scale artisanal fishermen. And those livelihoods are now threatened by climate change, pollution and illegal fishing.
Firstly, climate change: as oceans warm, habitats will be degraded and biodiversity will be lost. Many fish will migrate towards the poles to follow the cooler seas, making fishing at high latitudes more productive while tropical fisheries suffer. Nigeria, just above the equator, will be hit particularly hard. According to the World Bank, under a high CO2 emissions scenario there will be a 53% reduction in the country’s fish resources by 2050.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists recently found whirling disease-resistant rainbow trout thriving in the Arkansas River near Salida.
The finding offers a hopeful sign for wildlife conservation efforts aimed at overcoming whirling disease, which decimated trout populations in Colorado after its discovery in the 1980s, a CPW press release reported.
The rainbows in the Arkansas are the spawn of wild rainbows from the Gunnison River that are resistant to the deadly disease, which is caused by a parasite that leaves rainbows deformed and swimming in circles before it quickly kills the youngest fish.
This rule revises Federal regulations that currently restrict the use and configuration of bottom and midwater trawl gear for vessels fishing under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery's Trawl Rationalization Program.
The revisions implemented through this rule were developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to address restrictions that are no longer necessary because of changes to the fishery including implementation of the Trawl Rationalization Program in 2011 and improved status of a number of overfished rockfish stocks.
This action will likely increase flexibility in how vessels can use and configure gear to increase access to target stocks and efficiency of fishing practices, while still limiting the catch of target and non-target discards to meet the conservation objectives of the Trawl Rationalization Program.
CAPE TOWN - It was after nightfall when the folded sheet of paper was slipped under the door of the Mission to Seafarers building in South Africa’s Cape Town harbor.
“We are fishermen workers of the ship Fuh Sheng 11,” stated the letter written by the mostly Indonesian crew. “We have a problem in our ship.”
The letter helped to trigger an investigation which saw the Taiwanese trawler held in port in May. Over the following weeks, the crew showed photographs and video of squalid conditions on board - which they described as “hell”.
BLUE HILL - The Downeast scallop season got underway this weekend and early reports are that the fleet was active, the fishing good and the price satisfactory.
Divers got the first crack at scallops in Blue Hill Bay as their season opened on Saturday. Draggers had to wait until Monday to get out on the water. According to Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin MacDonald, plenty of them did despite less than ideal conditions.
Saturday was a good day for diving. Though the temperature was chilly, scallop buyer Joshua Buxton said divers selling to him at the South Blue Hill pier all reported that there was no wind on the bay and that the water wasn’t rough.
A University of British Columbia study says industrial fisheries who rely on bottom trawling threw 437 million tons of fish worth USD 560 billion overboard over the past 65 years.
“Industrial fisheries do not bring everything they catch to port,” said Tim Cashion, lead author of the study, and a researcher with SeaAroundUs, an initiative at UBS’s Institute for Oceans and Fisheries. “During the period we studied, they threw out over 750 million tons of fish and 60 percent of that waste was due to bottom trawlers alone,”
To reach this conclusion, Cashion said he and his colleagues identified the fishing tools used by industrial and artisanal fisheries in each maritime country and territory and paired them with millions of records in the SeaAroundUs catch database that includes reported and unreported catches by fishing country, fishing sector, year and species.
New Zealand seafood company Sanford has announced it now has an unconditional agreement to sell its Tauranga based pelagic business to local company Pelco NZ Ltd.
The assets included are three purse seine fishing vessels, processing equipment and pelagic quota in Fisheries Management Area 1.
The conditional sale was announced on November 19 and the deal has been finalised today.
A number of jobs in Tauranga are potentially affected by the transition, but Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch has confirmed that talks are already underway with Pelco about the potential for some of the impacted Sanford staff and contractors to find roles at the local Tauranga company.