Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment at the blue whiting catch arrangements for 2017 finalised at the EU-Norway talks for shared stocks which concluded in Bergen tonight (2 December).
The agreement, which the Scottish negotiating team voted against, will see an increased access arrangement for Norway, which will enable them to catch 68% of their blue whiting catch allocation to the west of British Isles (compared to 61% before). On top of that, there will be an additional transfer of 110,000 tonnes of EU blue whiting to Norway in comparison to the previous 75,000 tonnes figure.
Increasing levels of microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic – in marine environments is of great concern to scientists, particularly in terms of how these pollutants accumulate in the food chain and their impact on fish behaviour. However, a new study from Macquarie University has found that while pollutant-coated microplastics can accumulate in fish, the ingestion of these pollutants does not appear to influence the personalities of these animals.
"Animals often first respond to pollution by changing their behaviour. When we fed contaminated crustaceans – which were fed microplastics soaked in polluted Sydney Harbour water – to gobies, a small coastal fish species, for an extended period they didn't show any changes in personality compared to gobies that were fed on microplastic-free crustaceans," explained lead-author Louise Tosetto.
"There have been no previous studies that have examined the transfer of polluting microplastics through the food chain in an ecologically relevant setting, making this the first study to investigate the effect of this type of pollutant on how an animal functions in its natural environment," she added.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) scooped a prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award for its work in enabling the fishing fleet to diversify into the offshore wind sector.
The SFF and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were jointly nominated by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd for the ‘Contribution to Skills’ award in recognition of their efforts in enabling active participation in the offshore wind sector in the Moray Firth.
This was achieved through the adaptation of support services originally developed for the oil & gas industry for use in the offshore wind sector. Aided by SDS, this included the upskilling and training of fishermen to participate in such work.
Commenting on the award, John Watt Operations Director/Industry Advisor for the SFF, said: “Winning this award in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland is a tremendous achievement that reflects the ability of our fishing fleet to adapt their skills-base to meet the support requirements of the offshore energy sector.”
The winners of the Scottish Renewables Scottish Green Energy Awards were announced at a glittering event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night (1 December 2016).
NADI, Fiji - The Pacific bluefin tuna has been overfished for decades and has seen population declines of 97 percent, but a management proposal to be considered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) would not improve the status quo and must be rejected by member governments, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.
The WCPFC, which oversees the tuna fisheries of the western Pacific Ocean, meets here Dec. 5-9 2016 to discuss management measures for Pacific bluefin. Management of the stock has long been directed by the Northern Committee, a WCPFC subcommittee; in past years, the committee's recommendations have been approved by the full Commission with little review or discussion, much to the detriment of Pacific bluefin.
COMMUNITY groups and individuals from Arran are setting sail to oppose what they consider a short-sighted and unsustainable proposal from the Scottish Salmon Company to expand their salmon fish farm production by 62 per cent in Lamlash Bay.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Roseanna Cunningham will consider calling in this expansion and her department has stated they “will aim to make this decision by December 7, 2016”.
Arran’s Community Council rejects this proposal, as does Stuart Turner of the Lamlash Improvements Association.
The Best Fish Guide published by Forest and Bird Society lists very few species of fish that we can eat with a clear conscience but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
All commonly eaten species are part of New Zealand’s Quota Management System which uses independent scientific data to manage fish stocks. If stocks are depleted the total allowable catch is reduced, sometimes to zero if that’s necessary. Where fish stocks are not where they should be, management plans are in place.
While Moana New Zealand are respectful of different perspectives and understand that the role of the Forest and Bird Society in raising awareness, they do not agree with their analysis because it is not based on science.
King crab season extended exceptionally Chile
The fishermen of Magallanes will be able to continue catching king crab until December 10, as it was informed by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Pingtan adds two new jiggers to its fleet China
Global fishing company Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. has completed construction on its two squid jigging vessels, which are ready to depart for their fishing designation.
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