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IN BRIEF - Fishing company says commercial fishing needs to be cheaper

TONGA
Friday, January 18, 2013

A fishing company says the government needs to make commercial fishing cheaper for local companies in order to attract more domestic fleets.

Alatini Fisheries has held meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries this week to discuss ways of attracting more fishing vessels to operate in Tonga’s waters and how to revive the industry.

The Managing Director of Alatini Fisheries, Tricia Emberson, says in the last five years there have only been two local fishing fleets licensed to operate and is recommending the government make some key changes.

“One of the big things is the consumption tax, that it be abolished. Because it’s created a huge problem since its inception. We’d look at government revising some financial incentives to perhaps attract joint venture companies. We’d also look at their charges being made on the domestic fleet be revised because they’re amongst some of the highest compared to other countries around the region.”

Tricia Emberson says has also suggested the government devise a clear, strategic license framework within a year.

Source: Radio New Zealand International


IN BRIEF - Shark exclusion: Project Aims to Catch Clean Royal Red Prawns

AUSTRALIA
Monday, April 21, 2014

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.


IN BRIEF - Dolphin-Safe Monitoring Program's Annual Report

UNITED STATES
Saturday, April 19, 2014

 

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.

 


IN BRIEF - European Parliament agrees to Fisheries Partnership Agreements with Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, April 17, 2014

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.

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - Fishing vessel Taurus joins the Russian fleet

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, April 17, 2014

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.

Source: Port News


IN BRIEF - New regulations for Louisiana’s oyster industry

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.

Source: Gambit

 


IN BRIEF - 'Focus must now go on' fishing industry jobs for NZ workers

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, April 16, 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.

Source: Voxy
 


IN BRIEF - Fishing ban sends seafood prices soaring

INDIA
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seafood prices in the city have begun shooting up with the imposition of the 45-day ban on mechanised fishing boats. Die-hard fans of fish may have no option but to curb their craving.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Mozambican Tuna company due to start operating in 2014

MOZAMBIQUE
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.

Source: Macahub


IN BRIEF - Tribunal confirms commission’s ruling on Oceana-Foodcorp deal

SOUTH AFRICA
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.

Source: BD Live


IN BRIEF - Indonesia promotes ecolabelling of fish products in developing countries

INDONESIA
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.

Source: ECO Business

 


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