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IN BRIEF - Good outcome for Scots fishermen at EU-Norway negotiations

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, January 18, 2013

Scottish fishermen have broadly welcomed the outcome of negotiations between the EU and Norway to decide upon catching allocations for shared stocks in 2013.

The bilateral talks concluded this morning, and against a background of recovering stocks and the scientific advice, quota increases were agreed for a number of key stocks including North Sea haddock (15% increase), North Sea whiting (11%), North Sea plaice (15%), North Sea saithe (15%), and North Sea herring (18%). The North Sea cod quota remains unchanged at the 2011 level, with a facility for boats to increase their cod catch further if they participate in catch quota trials. There was also a 15% increase for West of Scotland saithe.

For mackerel, a catch limit was set that followed scientific advice and which will maintain the EU and Norway’s traditional share of the total allowable catch. This is an arrangement that will signal the resolve of the EU and Norway against the background of continuing failure to achieve an international management agreement for the stock with Iceland and the Faroes.

Source: SFF - Scottish Fishermen’s Federation


IN BRIEF - No progress on US-Pacific fisheries treaty after week of negotiations

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Regional fishing interests held a week of negotiations in Fiji last week, aimed at shoring up the US-Pacific fisheries treaty for the long term.

The long-standing agreement has been in doubt since the Americans defaulted on their payments, and then threatened to pull out of the deal altogether.

The US wants to cut the number of fishing days it purchases each year, while the Pacific nations are anxious to hang on to the USD 90 million in revenue that the treaty generates for the region.

Now back in Honiara, the director-general of the Forum Fisheries Agency, James Movick, says despite a week of talks, there is no clear path forward yet.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Inland fisheries’ importance underrated, study says

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Inland fisheries and aquaculture account for more than 40 percent of the world’s reported fish production but their harvest is frequently under-reported and ignored in the Great Lakes region and elsewhere, a new study says.

“The central role of inland fish in aquatic ecosystems makes them good indicators of ecosystem change,” said the study by scientists at Michigan State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, Carleton University in Canada and the University of Hull in the United Kingdom.

Ecosystem change includes threats from agriculture, hydropower projects and deforestation, as well as overfishing and invasive species.

Source: Great Lakes Echo


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Flare-up: Fishermen support patrols near atoll

TAIWAN
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Taiwanese fishermen said on May the 1st of 2016 they support the government in sending patrol ships to international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwanese fishing boats operating there.

“Yes, [the government] should be this tough. This is what we call protecting fishermen,” said Tsai Tien-yu (???), a fishing boat owner and former chief of Pingtung County’s Liouciou Township (??).

Tsai criticized Japan’s detention of the Liouciou-registered fishing boat Tung Sheng Chi No. 16 in waters close to the Okinotori atoll on Monday last week.

Tsai said the case has not just caused financial losses, but that the boat’s captain also had to undergo a strip search.

Source: Taipei Times


IN BRIEF - Lobster fishermen optimistic about catch, worried about price as season begins

CANADA
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

As lobster fishing season begins in parts of the Maritimes, many fishermen are expressing both optimism and worry.

The season is now open in lobster fishing areas 23, 24 and 26 A and B, which cover northern New Brunswick, the north coast of Prince Edward Island and the eastern portion of the Northumberland Strait, including western Cape Breton Island.

Fishermen set their pots Saturday 30th of April 2016 and will begin hauling them Monday.

While they are confident the lobsters are plentiful, they’re not certain whether they will get a fair price for their catch. If they don’t, they say their boats could remain tied up at the wharf.

Source: CTV News


IN BRIEF - Fishermen catch endangered smalltooth sawfish measuring an incredible 9ft long

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

These fishermen were in for quite a shock when they pulled in a huge 9ft-long, endangered sawfish.

This video shows the moment they realised they'd hooked the monster catch at a beach in Naples, Florida.

The camera follows the huge shadow of the animal as they reel it in towards the shore.

It then shows the vast size of the beast as it is pulled up onto the sand.

The creature thrashes and lashes out at the men, who were trying to remove the hook from its mouth.

Source: Mirror


IN BRIEF - Aussie fishermen use drone to catch massive tuna

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Forget sitting idly for hours with an empty hook at the end of your line.

A pair of WA fishermen have come up with an “ingenious” and remarkably efficient way to nab a catch – all with the help of a drone.

In a video uploaded to YouTube late last week Jaiden MacClean from Dunsborough and his mate Byron Leal load their drone up with a baited hook.

At the other end of the line Mr Leal is waiting on shore with a fishing rod.

Once a school of tuna is spotted, the drone drops the line in with pinpoint accuracy.

Within seconds an enormous tuna takes the bait and Mr Leal reels in the prize catch.

The video has been viewed more than 300,000 times in the past three days, with many praising the pair’s use of new technology.

Source: 9 News


IN BRIEF - Lake Huron’s 9 Aquaculture Farms Drawn Into Michigan Legislative Furor

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Beneath the waters of North Channel, a slice of Lake Huron squeezed between mainland Ontario and Manitoulin Island, grids of underwater nets at nine facilities grow 8,000 metric tons of rainbow trout each year. These net-pens are the only commercial fish farms operating in the open waters of the Great Lakes. They are drawing increased public scrutiny as a legislative battle over aquaculture develops across the border in Michigan.

A series of eight bills, six in favor of aquaculture in the Great Lakes and two opposed, were introduced in the Michigan legislature over the past eight months. The flurry of lawmaking was touched off by two proposals to farm fish in the Michigan waters of the Great Lakes, a notion that a state task force recommended the state not pursueearlier this year. Currently, no aquaculture facilities are licensed in the U.S. waters of the lakes, and they are illegal according to Michigan law. The bills, all of which are pending in committee, could change that.

Strong public opposition, however, has hindered industry expansion in the Great Lakes on both sides of the border. Most centers on concerns about pollution from the farms, such as excessive phosphorus discharges that could cause algal blooms, and fears that raising so many fish in tight quarters could spread disease to wild populations. Michigan legislation in favor of growing the aquaculture industry, however, argues that these risks can be mitigated with careful regulation, monitoring, and a conservative pace of development.If the Great Lakes restriction is loosened, it could pave the way for a robust Michigan aquaculture industry, one that could eventually generate $US 1 billion annually, and employ as many as 17,200 people according to a 2014 strategic plan released by researchers at Michigan State University and the Michigan Aquaculture Association. Reaching that goal would mean producing approximately 225,000 metric tons of seafood annually, according to the report. While the plan envisions a variety of land and water-based aquaculture systems, net-pen operations in the Great Lakes, using underwater nets to contain thousands of fish, would be a crucial component.

Source: Cicle of Blue


IN BRIEF - Pew Commends Broad Global Support for Proposed Shark and Ray Protections

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented global call to action, more than 50 countries have agreed to co-sponsor one or more of the proposals to nominate all species of thresher shark, the silky shark, and all species of mobula ray for protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

April 27th 2016 marked the deadline for countries to add their names in support of Appendix II listing proposals submitted earlier this year. Those listings would require that all continuing trade in these species be sustainable.  Co-sponsors include a wide range of countries in Africa, the host region for this year's CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17) meeting, along with the European Union and its 28 member nations, and many other countries from all around the world.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund launches in Romania

EUROPEAN UNION
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Romania has officially kick-started funding under the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the period up to 2020. The launch of the Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Operational Programme 2014-2020 (POPAM) took place on 21 April 2016 in the city of Tulcea in the Danube delta.

The event was organised by the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with the support of the Tulcea City Council. It was attended by government officials, including the head of the POPAM Management Authority, as well as potential beneficiaries and local authorities.

The EMFF supports fishermen in the transition towards sustainable fishing, helps coastal communities to diversify their economies, and finances projects that create jobs and improve quality of life along European coasts.

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - Seafood Harvesters Of America Executive Director Stepping Down

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Brett Veerhusen will step down as executive director of Seafood Harvesters of America, a trade association that represents the commercial fishing industry, on Saturday, he announced in an email Wednesday 27th of April 2016.

Scott Coughlin, a veteran commercial fisherman involved in the founding of the group, will serve as the interim executive director until an executive search is completed.

“The organization will continue to be very active on alternative safety compliance, vessel incidental discharge, [the] Magnuson-Stevens [Act] and other issues that affect commercial fishermen coast-to-coast,” Veerhusen assured in his email.

Source: Perishable News


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