Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean.
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, meeting in Hobart, Australia, said the Ross Sea marine park would be protected from commercial fishing for 35 years.
The Ross Sea is seen as one of the world's most ecologically important oceans.
The sanctuary will cover more than 12 percent of the Southern Ocean, which is home to more than 10,000 species including most of the world's penguins, whales, seabirds, colossal squid and Antarctic tooth fish.
The European commission has proposed closures on commercial fishing for sea bass in the Atlantic and whiting in the waters west of Scotland from next year, in order to prevent a collapse in fish stocks.
The total allowable catch (TAC) for cod in the Celtic Sea will also be cut by 68% under the plan, while sole quotas in the Irish Sea will be trimmed by a hefty 82%.
The move, to cut sea bass catches from 570 tonnes a year to zero, follows what the EU calls “very alarming” advice from fisheries scientists, who found that numbers had fallen below “safe biological limits”.
The same was true for Celtic cod, although cod from the North Sea which makes up a much higher percentage of British catches is in a healthier state and will be unaffected.
U.S. fisheries managers have unveiled a plan seeking to restore dwindling runs of salmon and trout that migrate 900 miles up the Snake River from the Pacific to spawning grounds in Idaho while leaving intact their greatest barrier - four hydropower dams.
The recovery plan, proposed on Thursday, calls for a myriad of measures to ease the increasingly treacherous passage of spring-summer Chinook salmon and steelhead trout through the Snake, a major tributary of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
The proposal hinges on a combination of efforts that include improving stream habitat, enhancing water quality and installing structural dam modifications along the Snake River system.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, welcomed the Aquaculture 2030 report by the Vision 2030 group:
“On behalf of the members of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), I welcome this report which brings an additional voice to the growing demands to see aquaculture fully recognised as a strategic part of the Scottish economy.
“The report not only endorses a positive future for the sector, but also highlights the key challenges to growth which SSPO and the industry have been struggling to overcome during the past decades.
Two workshops were held in Cox's Bazar recently to discuss about the future of shrimps sector in Bangladesh and various challenges of and approaches to introducing e-Traceability in the sector and adopted a number of resolutions for increasing production and ensuring quality processing of fish resources.
The first workshop titled “Future of Shrimps: Market, Technologies and Diseases with Particular Reference to Containing Possible Emergence of Pathogen in Shrimp Sector of Bangladesh” focused on the ground reality relating to the present production and processing of shrimps products. Emphasis was laid on significant potential for production and income gain from the sector in Bangladesh.
The second workshop titled “Introduction of e-Traceability System in Shrimp Sector of Bangladesh: Challenges and Approaches” discussed about how Bangladesh can go about introducing e-Traceability in the sector which is increasingly being emphasized as a prerequisite for ensuring product quality and compliance with relevant international norms and standards.
Hobart - The Antarctic Ocean Alliance applauds the momentous agreement by Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) tosafeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean, 1.12 million km2 of which is fully protected.
“CCAMLR made history today by declaring the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, protecting penguins, seals, whales and countless other creatures,” said Andrea Kavanagh, who directs The Pew Charitable Trusts Antarctic and Southern Ocean work. “This decision shows that CCAMLR takes its role as protector of Antarctic waters seriously.”
Mike Walker, Project Director of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, said the deal was an important milestone for ocean conservation, but urged countries to go further.
Russia removed the import duties on fish products, in order to stimulate the imports and meet the increased demand for fishery products. The decision was taken on the last meeting of General Directorate of Federal Customs Revenues and Tariff Regulation, adopted for two years and aims to stimulate the foreign trade. The zero import custom duties are affecting the products falling under code 150 of HS EAEC. The application of the new import duties takes effect from the date of acceptance and expected to make Russian market more attractive for fishery products, but also to stimulate the development of fish processing plants.
“Due to saturation of the domestic market and meeting the demand of fishery products, as well as increasing of the load of fish processing plants, was considered appropriate to zero the import duties for marine fish production”, said the official statement of the Ministry of Economic Development.
Shrimp exports maintain a growing trend Viet Nam
Vietnamese shrimp exports maintained a growing trend thanks to the stable demand from major markets and to the global shrimp price also on the rise amid the decline in the global supply of the resource.
Thai Union nominated for 2016 'Stop Slavery Award' Thailand
Thai Union has been nominated for Thomson Reuters Foundation's inaugural Stop Slavery Award in recognition to its efforts to ensure that those working in the industry at large are also protected.
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