Commissioner Damanaki will receive the Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands, Mr Jacob Vestergaard, in Athens on Friday 29 August 2014 to discuss the common interests between the European Union and Faroe Islands in the sustainable management of pelagic stocks in the North-East Atlantic.
The meeting follows the recent political understanding between the EU and the Faroe Islands to end their dispute on the management of Atlanto-Scandian herring in the North-East Atlantic.
Salmon and sea trout netsman Rex Harrison has been funded by international fisheries research project, GAP2, to travel to the Puget Sound, near Seattle, alongside RSPB’s Rory Crawford. Their mission is to, together, share knowledge and develop new ideas on how to implement bird-friendly net fishing techniques, reducing bycatch in net fisheries.
Every year, around 400,000 seabirds die after becoming entangled in gillnets – a type of fishing net used commonly in the Filey Bay area, hung vertically in the water column to catch fish by their gills.
This unintentional ‘seabird bycatch’ occurs globally, particularly affecting diving birds and, until now, little has been done to investigate ways of fishing which could help reduce this kind of bird mortality.
Ross Dougal has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its Annual General Meeting. Previously the Vice President of the SFF and the Chairman of the Fishing Vessel Agents & Owners Association (Scotland) Ltd, Mr Dougal comes from a well-known Eyemouth fishing family and has worked in a wide variety of senior positions in the vessel management and fish selling sectors. He succeeds Alan Coghill who has been President since 2010.
Mr Dougal said: “I’m delighted to have been elected as President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and would like to thank my predecessor Alan Coghill for his hard work in representing our fishermen during some incredibly challenging periods.
“Of course, many challenges still remain – most notably the forthcoming discards ban which could prove devastating for our industry if it is implemented without careful thought and flexibility. I am determined to work hard on behalf of our members to help ensure a prosperous future for our industry.”
More than 100 researchers and three dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007.
The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed, five-year, USD 30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative that includes 12 major river systems from Southeast Alaska to the Yukon. And while it will be years before the project yields definitive data, the scientists have pinned down some early findings.
“It’s not the fresh water production of the juvenile Chinook that is the reason this decline is occurring, it’s being driven by poor marine survival,” said Ed Jones, the lead for the Initiative and Sport Fish Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “We don’t know why, but once these juvenile Chinook salmon are entering the ocean, they are not surviving at the rates they once did.”
At each river system, the Chinook team is estimating how many young fish are going to the ocean, refining estimates of how many older fish are returning to spawn, and tracking the marine catches.
The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 13.4% lower in July 2014 than in July 2013. When 12 month periods are compared between years we see a 32% decrease in pelagic catch between August 2013 and July 2014 when compared to the same period one year earlier. For the same 12 month periods there was a decrease of 5.3% in fish catch at constant price when compared to the same period one year earlier while the fixed price rate within July dropped by 17.3% between 2013 and 2014.
The eel fishing season has started on Prince Edward Island and representatives from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans have met with fishermen to help prevent any trouble.
Higher eel prices and a decline in other fishing industries have encouraged people to harvest eels.
George Dowdle has been fishing eel for 14 years and says more fishermen mean new problems.
"There's things being said and threats being made,” he says. “It got really ugly and the wife was kind of scared to even go in her own boat at the end of it. Nets being tampered with and cut up and moved."
To prevent gear conflicts, DFO met with the Eel Advisory Committee before the season started last week. At the meeting, fishermen were advised on how the government would handle gear conflicts if they did happen.
Fisheries Officer Kent MacRae says before the season starts, ground rules were in place.
The aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays continues to grow and modernize.
This trend is very important as the industry continues to produce sustainable high-quality products that have to compete with other aquaculture producing areas in the world.
In order to help continue the modernization on the industry the provincial government recently provided about CAD 80,000 to implement a software-based Sea Lice Decision Support System within the province.
This Internet-based software monitoring system is another important tool in the management of sea lice.
It means the industry will now have a far greater capacity to monitor and mitigate the impact of sea lice as this powerful tool will be used to monitor their prevalence and in evaluating control programs.
Major Indian seafood exporters ready to fill the gap. After the separatist violence in Eastern Ukraine set the stage for Russian invasion and the US blaming Russia for Malaysian Airlines Passenger Flight MH17 crash recently, Russia has imposed embargo on food imports from US, Canada, Australia and European Union.
The ban imposed by Russia on marine produce imports from United States, Australia, European Union and Canada may create opportunities for Indian producers to increase exports to Russia.
The Indo-Russia consultants and export firms have become active and are contacting major Indian seafood exporters to fill the gap and book more consignments to Russia.
After the separatist violence in Eastern Ukraine set the stage for Russian invasion and the US blaming Russia for Malaysian Airlines Passenger Flight MH17 crash recently, Russia has imposed embargo on food imports from US, Canada, Australia and European Union. The banned items are diary products, meat, fish, shell fish, fruits and vegetables from those countries.
Ruud believes that as much as 50-60 percent of the 1100 tons of king crab Norway will catch in 2014, will be sold abroad alive. Live sea food is trendy, it has a long tradition in Asia and the Middle East, and it brings a higher market value than processed crab.
King crab exporters, fishers, scientists and policy makers were gathered in Kirkenes on Monday 25 of August 2014 for the annual King Crab Conference.
Norway King Crab exports live crab to places like Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Paris and – until Russia imposed a ban on import of sea food from Norway – to Moscow.
Russia stood for 16 percent of the market for Ruud, but the import ban has not had any serious consequences for his company. He has even sold more crab than before the ban. “The market can’t seem to get enough king crab right now,” Ruud says. “Of course it is sad to suddenly lose 16 percent of the market, but it is not drastic for us.”