Harrissons Dogfish and Southern Dogfish are part of a group of sharks called Upper-Slope Dogfish or Gulper Sharks. Over a number of years — in line with the objectives of the Fisheries Management Act — AFMA has put a series of closures in place to protect Gulper Shark. These closures are equivalent in area to about 25% of total Gulper Shark habitat available in the fishery.
SETFIA has applied for a scientific permit and research allowance to enable a vessel from the Commonwealth Trawl Sector to enter a Gulper Shark closure off Sydney to target Royal Red Prawns, using a bycatch reduction in the trawl that excludes Gulper Sharks from the net but allows Royal Red Prawns to be caught. Research scientists have called the device a Gulper Shark exclusion device or GED for short. A GED is an angled aluminium grid in the net that will deflect Gulper Sharks and other large fish up and out of the net unharmed, while the smaller Royal Red Prawns pass through to be caught. Underwater cameras will be used to understand how Gulper Sharks are ejected from the trawl net.
The project is partially funded by AFMA, but Sydney fisherman Vince Bagnato will provide his vessel the Francesca free of charge for the study. SETFIA Director and net-maker David Guillot will assist with the setup and fine tuning for the GED. The project is collaboration between SETFIA, Fishwell Consulting and AFMA staff.
Trials will take place between April and October this year during Royal Red Prawns season, and results will be reported and distributed towards the end of the year.
Earth Island Institute’s International Monitoring Program has released its 2013 Annual Report of the Dolphin Safe Monitoring Program. The program which started in the early 90s, encompasses now more than 508 tuna companies, brokers, fishermen, and retail outlets in 70 countries. All Dolphin-Safe companies commit to tuna fishing practices which to not encircle dolphins and reduce bycatch of turtles, albatross and sharks. Dolphins mortality in the Eastern Tropical Pacific has consequently decreased by 98% since the launching of the program.
Tuna companies have to be Dolphin-Safe approved by the EII in order to apply for Friend of the Sea certification. 20 tuna fisheries and fleets have been approved Friend of the Sea and over 60 companies have products certified. 375 tuna vessels have been approved friend of the Sea worldwide.
For decades, the EII and Friend of the Sea have made companies aware of the issues related to unsustainable fishing practices and they have lead producers to reduce their environmental impact on marine mammals and the marine ecosystem in general.
The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s Fisheries Partnership Agreements with Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles.
In Fisheries Partnership Agreements, the EU gives financial and technical support in exchange for fishing rights. All three agreements will allow EU vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal, France and Italy to fish in the waters of Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles and are part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.
Up-to-date fishing vessel Taurus has entered service under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The ship was built to the dual RS/DNV class and registered under the flag of the Russian Federation. The ordering customer and shipowner is ZAO TAURUS of Murmansk, RS said in its press release.
House Bill 1046 from state Rep. Chris Leopold, R-Belle Chasse, and the Louisiana Legislature's Oyster Task Force creates new regulations for the state's oyster industry in an effort to protect and preserve reefs. The measure — developed in part by a coalition of Gulf Coast oyster fishermen in the Gulf Oyster Industry Council — passed the Louisiana House 94-0 on April 10 2014.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the progress of the "slave ships" Bill in the New Zealand Parliament is good news - but much work remains to be done.
The Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill completed its second reading on a voice vote in the New Zealand Parliament on Tuesday 15 April 2014 with support from all sides of the house.
Mozambican company Empresa Moçambicana de Atum (EMATUM), set up by the government for tuna fishing, is due to start operating in 2014, the Fishing Minister, Victor Borges said in Sofala, cited by Mozambican newspaper O País.
Fishing company Oceana and Foodcorp have been ordered to sell Foodcorp’s fishing rights along with its Glenryck brand, as a condition for approval of a transaction whereby Oceana takes over the fishing business of Foodcorp.
The Indonesian government is facilitating a marine and fisheries product certification program for developing countries through the world fisheries conference held by The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday the 15th of April, 2014.
Easter recess Japan
In observance of Easter, FIS.com will not be publishing articles in its World News section on 17-18 April.
Shrimp firms lay off over 400 workers Ecuador
Two processing and exporting shrimp firms from Costa Rica have been forced to lay off 412 employees since October last year, following a sharp drop in production.
Haiku records strong decrease in profits China
Chinese seafood processors, Haikui Seafood’s revenue decreased by 39.7 per cent compared to 2012 as a result of the challenging market environment affecting the industry in the country.
Salmon price status at week 16 Norway
Fresh salmon export volumes for week 15 are up 2,409 tonnes compared to week 14 and up 6,172 tonnes compared to week 15, 2013, reports Fish Pool ASA.
Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved. DISCLAIMER