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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 - Know Your Supplier: FDA Refusing Record Amounts of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 28, 2014

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently reported that in October 2014 the agency refused a total of 101 entry lines of seafood. Of these refusals, 35 of the refusals were of entry lines of shrimp due to antibiotic contamination.

 

Based on an analysis of FDA refusal data by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, the number of shrimp entry lines refused in October for antibiotic contamination was the largest since January of 2011. In that month, the FDA refused 42 total entry lines of shrimp contaminated by antibiotics, of which 39 were from China.

Source: Shrimp Alliance

 


IN BRIEF - Fish producers urge EU member states to demand more flexibility on quotas

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, November 28, 2014

 

SWATHES of Scotland's fishing industry will be bankrupted without increased flexibility on quotas, according to leaders.

 

The Scottish White Fish Producers' Association (SWFPA) and Shetland Fishermen's Association (SFA) support the European Union's (EU) proposed ban on discarding perfectly good fish. But they say member state governments need to wake up and assert their authority over the European Commission on the issue.

With only a marginal quota increase for haddock and potential reductions for species such as cod and ­whiting in prospect, the ­fishermen's representatives say the European ­Commission officials are apparently dismissive of serious impediments to the introduction of the discard ban for the main white fish stocks in January 2016.

Source: Herald Scotland

 


IN BRIEF - Improved FAD management will protect tuna and sharks


SOLOMON ISLANDS
Friday, November 28, 2014

 

?For centuries, fishermen have known that tuna and other species form large schools under floating objects, whether natural or man-made. Industrial tuna fishing crews utilize this knowledge to construct specialized fish aggregating devices, or FADs, which make it easier to find and catch fish.

 

?Recent advances in technology allow fleet owners to track their FADs and even estimate the amount of tuna beneath them using sonar, transmitting the location and numbers back to their home office by satellite. These advances have come at a price. While using FADs dramatically increases fishing efficiency, it also raises the risk of overfishing an already- dwindling tuna population, as reflected in the record haul of tuna caught in association with floating objects in recent years.

Source: Solomon Star

 


IN BRIEF - French retail giant Carrefour sponsors producers' organisation for assessment of its sole fishery

FRANCE
Friday, November 28, 2014

 

For the first time in France, a retailer, Carrefour, is offering financial support towards a fishery’s sustainability assessment. The company will be backing the producers' organisation FROM Nord, who have entered their Eastern Channel and North Sea sole fishery for assessment to the MSC fisheries standard.

An innovative partnership for sustainability:

In France, this is the first time a retailer has offered its financial support to a fishery beginning an assessment. Thierry Missonnier, director of FROM Nord, talks about this opportunity: "For several years now, FROM Nord has been committed to the MSC program, with the certification of the North sea saithe, North East Arctic cod and haddock fisheries, and the recent evaluation begun by the Eastern Channel and North Sea herring fishery. We were thinking about beginning assessment of the sole fishery to promote its good practices when Carrefour contacted us to support our approach".

 


IN BRIEF - Wildcatch Fisheries SA chairman Woolford calls on Port Adelaide Enfield Council and State Government to collaborate on grand fish market

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Anglers, businesses and maritime experts are urging the State Government and Port Adelaide Enfield Council to bury the hatchet and find ways to fund a giant fish market in the heart of the Port.

Wildcatch Fisheries SA chairman Jonas Woolford said an undercover fish market would boost tourism and offer major savings for seafood consumers across Adelaide.

Mr Woolford said there was potential for up to 120 stalls to sell freshly caught seafood daily but local and state governments needed to work together to fund it.

Source: News

 


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Sector Gets FAO Boost

UGANDA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund has extended UGX 3.9 million to four East African countries to help boost aquaculture and poultry farming.

 

ASTF says the aim was to address food security and build capacity of rural youth to obtain decent employment in the agricultural sector.

Four countries will benefit from the funding: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Alhaji Jallow, FAO's representative in Uganda, said Uganda's potion of the money would create decent employment opportunities for the youth, especially within the fisheries and aquaculture subsector.

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Catch increase for South Australian sardine fishers

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

Sardines might be one of the smallest fish caught, but the industry is the largest single species commercial fishery by volume in Australia, and it's getting bigger.

 

The South Australian industry has launched a new management plan to keep the AUD 20 million fishery sustainable, which includes catching more fish.

Ninety-five per cent of the sardine catch is fed to Port Lincoln's southern blue fin tuna farms, but the industry wants to harness the human consumption potential by increasing demand, both domestically and in India and China.

Source: ABC Rural

 


IN BRIEF - Minister Molewa calls for public comments on the NEMBA, 2004 (Act No.10 of 2004) Draft Shark Biodiversity Management Plan

SOUTH AFRICA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has published the draft Shark Biodiversity Management Plan in the Government Gazette on the 29th April 2014 for public comment in terms of sections 43(3)(a), 47(1), 99 and 100 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No. 10 of 2004). Notice is hereby given in terms of section 100(1)(b) of the Act, that the public may submit comments on the draft plan.

 

The primary purpose of the plan is to attain and maintain a favourable conservation status for resident and migratory sharks within the Republic, taking into account the socio-economic value of these species.

Source: Enviromental Affairs

 


IN BRIEF - Crab fishing in Cockburn Sound on hold until stocks recover

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

Following a review of the stock status of blue swimmer crabs in Cockburn Sound, it has been decided not to reopen the area to either commercial or recreational crab fishing for the 2014/15 season to assist with the recovery of the stock.

 

The decision not to reopen the fishery on December of 2014 follows the early closure of the last crabbing season in Cockburn Sound on 14 May that year.

Department of Fisheries South West Bioregions Manager Tim Nicholas said the latest review of the stocks shows the fishery needs to stay closed until crab numbers rebound.

Source: Department of Fisheries

 


IN BRIEF - Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery earns MSC re-certification

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has achieved MSC re-certification following an independent, third-party assessment by certifier MRAG Americas. The mid-water trawl fishery first achieved MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in the fall of 2009. Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting.

MSC: Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery earns MSC re-certification

 


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