A pioneering study by French, Scottish and Canadian researchers has found that industrial fisheries are competing with seabirds for seafood resources, and that a corresponding decline in available food may be a contributing factor in the birds' plummeting population numbers.
The new report was published in the latest edition of Cell Press' Current Biology, and it finds that seabird fish consuption decreased by nearly 20 percent between two twenty-year periods, from 1970-89 and 1990-2010. Between the same time periods, global catch doubled; in the fisheries competing geographically with seabirds, it rose by 10 percent.
The team found enhanced competition between birds and fishing boats in half of all studied areas, notably the Southern Ocean, Asian littorals, Mediterranean Sea,
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and Humane Society International (HSI) have called on the Australian Government to urgently act to protect dolphins in southern Australia.
In the first nine months of 2018, 47 dolphins were drowned in fishing nets off southern Australia. This follows the drowning deaths of 64 dolphins in 2017 in the same fishery.
Tooni Mahto, Campaign Manager at AMCS said, “The government has known for some time that dolphins are dying in fishing nets. Last year 64 were killed, and the fishery is on track to beat that number by the end of 2018.
I’ve been typing and talking about the epic expansion of fisheries in North Dakota since the current wet cycle began in the early 1990s.
Since this fortuitous natural phenomenon began 25 years ago, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists have stocked millions of walleyes into more than 50 prairie fisheries that now cover more than 61,000 acres. Many of these waters had no fish when the wet cycle first started.
And just when it might seem like all the waters that could possibly have potential have already been tapped, the November 2018 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine tells us this amazing run might not be finished yet.
Japanese major electronics manufacturer Hitachi and Seiyo Food-Compass Group recently introduced shrimp and pangasius from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities to employee cafeterias in Hitachi’s Ikebukuro, Japan, service center, the first time that BAP seafood has been marketed as such in Japan.
As part of its commitment to align its food sourcing policies with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hitachi is working with its food service provider, Seiyo Food-Compass Group, to source seafood originating from BAP-certified processing plants and farms. Hitachi is committed to serve BAP seafood at its employee cafeterias once a month. Seiyo Food is one of Japan’s largest foodservice providers.
“The importance of sustainable seafood sourcing policies is rapidly progressing in Japan. That’s why we are excited to make this the first official launch of BAP in the Japanese market,” said GAA VP Steve Hart, who is leading GAA’s marketing efforts in Asia. “Through strong cooperation with Seafood Legacy, Hitachi and Seiyo Food, we were able to offer sustainably produced pangasius and shrimp to Hitachi employees in their cafeteria. Forward thinking companies like Hitachi and Seiyo-Food recognize the importance of strong partnerships with sustainability organizations and the assurances offered by independent certification programs like BAP. We look forward to a long relationship growing sustainability acceptance in Japan with these partners.”
It is estimated that 240,000 Atlantic salmon returned to Irish shores last year, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland.
The enduring Atlantic salmon populations in Irish waters were being highlighted at the launch of the International Year of the Salmon (IYS), which takes place in 2019. Sean Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, marked the launch by unveiling one of a new fleet of 12 RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) to highlight the importance of fisheries protection especially during migration along the coasts.
Atlantic salmon populations are widely distributed throughout Irish freshwaters with over 140 such systems designated as salmon rivers. While 240,000 Atlantic salmon returned to Ireland from the sea as part of the natural migration last year, representing the healthy condition of Irish river stocks, the numbers returning to Irish shores has decreased by over 70 per cent in recent decades. In the 1970s, the number of Atlantic salmon returning peaked at 1,800,000.
This year was tough for fishermen in northwest B.C., and while the stewards of the fishing industry hope that 2019 will bring improvements, they understand there are still many challenges to overcome.
“We’re hopeful that we won’t necessarily see the same kind of crisis-like conditions as this year, but we’re still looking at a grim situation for the coming year,” said Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) North Coast area director Colin Masson. “It might not be as bad as last year, but it’s still going to be difficult and these discussions are really important for moving forward.”
Masson presented at DFO’s annual post-season review on Dec. 6 and 7 2018. The review is a gathering of all parties with a stake or interest in how key decisions were made regarding fish stock in the northwest over the past year.
Bangkok – Fishing operators have called on the Thai government to reconsider its decision to ratify a key international convention protecting workers’ rights, saying it hinders the Thai fishing industry.
200 fishing entrepreneurs from 22 provinces submitted a petition to the Ministry of Labor this past week, asking the administration to overturn its decision to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Convention on Work in Fishing (No. 188), citing the government’s failure to hold public hearings before the ratification, while raising a question as to why only 10 states out of 100 fish producing countries in the world adopted the agreement.
According to Permanent Secretary for Labor Jarin Chakkaphark, the petition contains three requests: 1) the government reconsiders the ratification, 2) a center and a committee be established to foster understanding of the issue, and 3) the government take into consideration people’s needs and problems and offer solutions accordingly.
I’m continually amazed by the way Michael Gove captures the headlines with big promises and frequently gets away with delivering absolutely nothing. Ever since the EU referendum, he has fed the UK’s fishing community a constant diet of grand promises for starters but measly portions of betrayal and delay for the main course. His Fisheries Bill offers more of the same, and it’s time we called it out for what it is.
As Labour’s shadow fisheries minister, it’s my job along with our excellent Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman, to hold Gove to account and seek to improve the laws he is haphazardly dragging through parliament.
Fishing and Brexit are interwoven, with the industry being the poster-child of the leave campaign. The industry’s very valid grievances with the Common Fisheries Policy chimed with those who believed we could take back control of our waters in the referendum. It’s a growing industry supporting thousands of jobs in fish handling and processing, but also with a knock-on effect on the economic health of coastal communities up and down the country.
SFP releases 2018 shelf-stable tuna sector report Worldwide
Nearly half of the world’s shelf-stable tuna products are already being sourced in a sustainable or improving manner, with the potential for much more than that, according to the latest sector report from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
West coast inshore fisheries survey ends New Zealand
An inshore trawl survey covering the area from Mana Island through to 90 Mile Beach in the far North identified 76 species of fish and measured 19,000 fish.
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