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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Massive fish deaths spark suspicions over the real cause Viet Nam
Vietnamese authorities have banned the sale and distribution of aquatic products from the coasts of central Vietnam due to an ongoing environmental disaster affecting this region, where huge numbers of dead fish washed ashore.