With one of the final votes taking place in the European Parliament today (10 December) that will lead to the new Common Fisheries Policy coming into force, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is warning that the new CFP has some fundamental flaws.
Three of the core principles of the new CFP are enhanced regional control, a ban on discards (land-all obligation) and a move towards the concept of ‘Maximum Sustainable Yield’ (the largest catch that can be taken from a stock over an indefinite period).
The Director of Fisheries has today decided to increase the cod quotas with 170 Metric Tons round weight per licence. HAVFISK holds 29.61 licences for cod and the re-allocation implies an increase in the total cod quota of 5 033 Metric Tonnes round weight. This equals an increase of approximately 10 per cent of HAVFISK's total cod quota.
A lobby group for the deepwater fishing industry says plans to mine seabed near the Chatham Islands will amount to wholesale environmental destruction.
Chatham Rock Phosphate has been given a 20-year permit to mine 820 square kilometres of seabed on the Chatham Rise.
A catch of hoki hauled into a ship in the Chatham Rise area.
It's the first permit granted by New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals under the amended Crown Minerals Act that came into force earlier this year.
The recent cancellation of the 2014 shrimp fishing season has been a devastating blow to Maine fishermen, many of whom rely heavily on the short yet profitable season. While the shrimp industry decides where to go from here, many of us find ourselves looking back and wondering: Could we have prevented this?
After studying the verdict by the European Commission, Heiploeg Group has decided to file an appeal against the EUR 27 million fine that has been announced last week.
The fine is related to an investigation into several North See shrimp traders in the period 2000 to 2009.
In addition, Heiploeg is exploring legal possibilities to claim potential damages with people that were responsible at the time.
The Alaska Pollock fishery has entered into the 2nd annual audit for the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. Both the Site Visit Plans and Assessment Team Member Confirmations can be found by clicking here.
The Alaska Flatfish fishery is currently under assessment for RFM Certification. The Assessment Team Member Confirmations can be found by clicking here.
The Japanese health ministry has provisionally fixed the maximum residue limit (MRL) of ethoxyquin in shrimp, crucial for Indian exports to that country. A committee of the ministry has approved to fix the MRL at 0.2 ppm (parts per million) in crustaceans, including the farmed shrimp.The new MRL will be notified for comments from public and in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) according to the procedure.
The final MRL announcement is expected by Feb 2014. The decision will clear the stalemate on exports and would further augment India's shrimp exports to Japan.
In the wake of Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Simon Coveney’s upcoming decision on whether or not to grant the state agency for fishing and aquaculture in Ireland,Bord Iascaigh Mhara, licenses for fish farms in Galway Bay, Slow Food International has reaffirmed its position on intensive fish farms. Slow Food does not consider open net pen fish farms an environmentally sound practice, Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, confirms. “Open net pen aquaculture is not a solution to the problem of overfishing: It damages natural ecosystems on a local and a global level, including wild stocks, habitats and water quality. Feeding carnivorous salmon in farms means other wild species must also be harvested, resulting in a larger carbon footprint - since the fish feed must be fished, processed and transported”. Slow Food acknowledges the value of traditional wild salmon and would like to see political action to help preserve this threatened species. Rather than putting further pressure on stocks with intensive farm operations, effective conservation programs should be implemented before it is too late. “If you must farm salmon, then at least reduce the local impact by using closed pens removed from the marine open environment”, Sardo adds.