IN BRIEF - Halibut fishery certified as sustainable
Friday, February 17, 2017
Alaska’s halibut fishery has been awarded continued certification to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program, according to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Association.
The Alaska halibut fishery was first certified to the RFM certification program in April 2011 and in early 2016 began the process of reassessment, with the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association serving as the client for the fishery.
ASMI chose its responsible fisheries management model based on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations code and guidelines, which meets the highest benchmarks for credible certification.
The Alaska RFM program is a voluntary and internationally accredited certification assessment of whether an Alaska fishery is responsibly managed based on strict criteria, including fisheries standards and chain of custody standards.
Southland's plans for aquaculture could be scuppered by sea lions looking for love.
The critically endangered sea lions are on the verge of establishing a breeding colony on Stewart Island in an area that has been earmarked for aquaculture development.
It's the first time in 200 years that a breeding colony will have been established on mainland New Zealand.
Department of Conservation science advisor Laura Boren said rangers started monitoring the population in 2011 after receiving several reports from hunters and fishermen who had been in Port Pegasus on Stewart Island.
In March 2011, rangers started tagging whatever pups they could find to track the population, Boren said.
The company wrote to EPA chairman Warren Jones yesterday to request the EPA director’s impending biomass decision be reviewed by the board “to ensure jobs and salmon at Huon’s operations are not put at risk.”
The EPA director has flagged plans to reduce the biomass cap to 12,000 tonnes, but allow Tassal to farm additional salmon, potentially taking the total biomass in the harbour to 18,000 tonnes.
Norway moved closer to resuming its exports of farmed salmon to China on Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 after the two countries signed an agreement on the topic, Norway's Fisheries Ministry said that Tuesday.
The exports have largely been blocked since the 2010 award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. A deal had been expected after the two countries late last year resumed full diplomatic relations.
"I have hopes that this agreement will allow the resumption of salmon exports to China," Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg said.
TEHRAN – Secretary General of Iran's Fisheries Union Ali Akbar Khodaei estimated that approximately 30 thousand tons of shrimp will be produced in the current year (began March 21 2017).
The official made the remarks recalling that in the previous Iranian calendar year, a total of 21 thousand tons of shrimp had been produced 14 thousand tons of which had been deployed to international markets.
Khodaei, while estimating that the country will produce about 30,000 tons of the product, said shrimp harvest will kick off in one month’s time in Hormozgan Province.
He went on to estimate that, unlike the last year’s export figure which stood at 14 thousand tons, around 21 thousand tons of shrimp will be exported in 2017.
Madurai - The state government on Tuesday issued a government order for the implementation of a scheme to convert trawl boats operating from Palk Bay into deep sea fishing vessels at a cost of INR 80 lakh each. A joint project of the Union and state governments, the plan is to convert 500 trawlers to enable deep sea fishing (tuna liner and gill netter) in 2017 - 18, another 500 in 2018 - 19 and 1,000 more trawlers by 2019 - 20.
The order comes in the backdrop of the simmering dispute between Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen over fishing in traditional fishing grounds for over three decades. This was also a major bone of contention between the two sides during the recent fishermen talks with the Indians accused of resorting to destructive trawl fishing destroying the sea bed and marine wealth. During the talks, Indian fishermen appealed for a period of three years to move to deep sea fishing and sought the assistance of state and Union governments in this regard.
Based on this demand, Commissioner of Fisheries had written to the Union Government seeking financial assistance. The plan was to convert 2,000 large size trawlers from the Indian side at Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts and move these deep sea fishing vessels out of Palk Bay. Government of India responded promptly providing the administrative sanction for replacing 750 trawler boats from Palk Bay in the first phase and released a sum of INR 200 crores. Union ministries of finance and agriculture released the sum in two installments of Rs 100 crores each.
A Vietnamese coast guard vessel on Sunday 21st of MAy 2017 reportedly intercepted an Indonesian maritime security patrol craft that was escorting five Vietnamese fishing boats that had been caught poaching earlier in the day.
Indonesia's Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries said yesterday that the Vietnamese fishing boats were stopped in Indonesian waters near the Natuna Islands in the South China Sea.
But Vietnam claims the fishermen were in its own waters during the incident.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Comoros have been identified as non-cooperating third countries under the EU's regulation to fight and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, while Liberia has been pre-identified.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, commented: "We are showing our commitment to fight illegal fishing globally. The EU's actions in the past years created an incentive for states to take their responsibilities seriously, and implement reforms to their fisheries sector.
"We do not like to impose sanctions on third countries, but sometimes clear action is needed," he said.
"We invite the Comoros and Saint Vincent and Grenadines to seriously step up their fight against illegal fishing so that we can reverse this decision quickly. Following today's warning to Liberia we hope their authorities choose to act quickly and correct their wrongdoings."
Government has inaugurated the Elmina Processing Plant in Elmina in the Central region.
The USD 7.48m project, according to the minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, is intended to bring lasting relieve to the fishing communities in the area.
She indicated that government is indeed committed to improving the fishing business so that the fisher folks can have improved livelihood.
“To strengthen the capacity of our fishermen, the government has designed a number of developmental projects for the fishing sector; notably, the development of fishing harbours, cold storage facilities and landing sites, the Anomabo Fisheries College, the Turnkey Fish Processing Plant which have been programmed for implementation. The government will continue with these development projects that will enhance development of the sector,” she stated.
Cumulative-biases in fisheries big-data mapping models have a domino effect that inevitably culminates in independent innovative and worthy technological projects failing to deliver the scientific rigour that is expected of them. Worse still, they open up such projects to the charge that the over or under-reporting in their findings and the lack of rigour in their statistical analysis is down to politically biased vigilantism, skewed more towards media environmental activism rather than a true reflection of the situation at sea. Moving from public-facing awareness-raising tools to credible independent Monitoring Control & Surveillance (MCS) systems that help bring rogue fishing industry to order, such is the challenge facing the independent fisheries MCS intelligence community.
Certification Body, Global Trust Certification, is conducting stakeholder registration for the assessment and re-assessment for full certification of the following Alaska crab fisheries to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program:
Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus) and Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio)] (re-assessments) The Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi), Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab (Lithodes aequispinus) (initial assessments)
Interested stakeholders can register their interest in receiving a copy of the Draft Assessment Report(s) for these fisheries. Once available, the Draft Assessment Reports will then be sent directly to the registered stakeholders' e-mail address. Alternatively, the Reports will be available via http://www.gtcert.com/alaskarfm/
Export rejection rate by the EU drops India
European Union rejections on Indian seafood exports have gone down consistently in the last five years, according to the Marine Products Export Development Authority.
Fishcor horse mackerel plant progresses as planned Namibia
The National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) onshore horse mackerel processing plant being set up at Walvis Bay is progressing according to plans, as it was reported by the firm’s chief executive officer.
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