IN BRIEF - Some Countries Defy China’s Ban on South China Sea Fishing
Saturday, June 17, 2017
China is enforcing new limits on fishing in the South China Sea, despite protests from countries with fishing operations in the disputed waterway.
The Chinese government said it began a new fishing moratorium last month to protect fishing stocks. The moratorium lasts for three months, 30 days longer than in previous years. It also covers more fishing operations than previous moratoriums.
Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all claim control over waters within the area covered by the moratorium. Some fishing boat operators in those countries are defying the moratorium.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) is expected to launch the Aquaculture for Food and Jobs Programme this year as part of moves to make fish farming a viable industry in Ghana.
The Deputy Minister of MoFAD, Mr Francis Ato Cudjoe who made this known Thursday at a stakeholders’ workshop to disseminate results of Zonation of the Volta Lake for Aquaculture Study said the Ministry was collaborating with identifiable institutions interested in undertaking fish farming to boost the country’s demand for fish.
The Zonation of the Volta Lake for Aquaculture study was carried out under the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project and coordinated by the Fisheries Commission between 205 and 2016.
Last year, despite a mountain of challenges like natural disasters, tax barriers such as high anti-dumping duties on frozen shrimp and tra fish, illegal, the fight against unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing to the "yellow card" warning of the European Union, more regular quarantine inspections, distorted information, and competition pressures, overseas shipment of Vietnamese aquaculture exports fetched US$ 8.3 billion, representing a year-on-year surge of 18.7%.
The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) attributed the good outcome to the robust growth of key exports especially shrimp which grew 21% and earned US$ 3.8 billion in export turnover or up 46% of the total.
The cabinet minister responsible for overseeing Nova Scotia's aquaculture industry has dismissed the concerns of one of the harshest critics of the industry and Cooke Aquaculture, one of the province's key players.
Earlier this month, South Shore lobster fisherman Ricky Hallett told CBC News it appeared the company's operations in Jordan Bay had been severely damaged by high winds and heavy seas.
"Seventeen out of 20 of the pens have the tops off them and most of them have the sides smashed down," Hallett said. "I live just adjacent to the site and I can look right out on it."
"There's no significant damage," he told reporters. "A couple of the cages were damaged. No fish escaped"...
By Jean Laroche · CBC News | Read full article here
WUHAN (Xinhua) -- Central China's Hubei Province will permanently ban fishing in 83 nature reserves in the Yangtze basin this year to restore the ecosystem of the river.
The ban has already been implemented on 10 aquatic nature reserves as of Jan. 1, and the others will be added by the end of 2018, according to provincial fisheries department.
The department has set up inspection teams to oversee the implementation of the ban.
The wildlife population in the Yangtze river has declined in recent years, leaving many species on the verge of extinction.
The stock of Yangtze's four species of domestic carp has plunged by 97 percent since the 1950s. The annual fish catch in the river has dropped to less than 100,000 tonnes from more than 400,000 tonnes some 60 years ago.
In 2003, China started imposing an annual three-month fishing ban on the Yangtze and extended the period to four months in 2015.
JAKARTA (Xinhua) -- Indonesian navy starts to build a military base in Anggrek sub-district of Gorontalo province, to strengthen security in waters off central Indonesia where illegal fishing has been rampant, Antara state's news agency quoted an official as saying on Thursday.
The province has 317 km coast line with 52 islands, and the waters are vulnerable on illegal fishing activity as it borders with waters of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, local official Indra Yasin said.
Illegal fishing has triggered a huge financial loss for Indonesia, an archipelagic nation with over 17,500 islands.
Last year the Indonesia maritime and fishery ministry sank at least 217 foreign boats for intruding the country's waters and stealing fish.
Most of the boats in the illegal activity were from Vietnam, followed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and other nations, according to Maritime and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is pleased to announce two new Alaska crab fisheries have been certified to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Standard and the three original RFM certified Alaska crab fisheries have earned continued certification.
Alaska Crab Fisheries Newly Certified to Alaska RFM: - Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi)
- Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab (Lithodes aequispinus)
Alaska Crab Fisheries Re-Certified to Alaska RFM:
- Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus)
- St. Matthew Island Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus)
- Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio)
The European parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a ban on pulse fishing, a decision which it will use in negotiations with the European Commission and which will have a major impact on the Dutch fishing industry, if implemented.
Opponents of the system say it is a cruel and unnecessary method of fishing. It involves sending a current of electricity through sections of the sea bed, partially stunning sole and plaice and forcing some into the net. Its supporters, however, say pulse fishing is less destructive than beam trawling, which involves dragging a heavy metal bar across the sea bed.
Dutch fishermen have invested millions of euros in specialized equipment since the ban on pulse fishing was lifted several years ago under a scheme to allow ‘innovative methods’ in the name of research.
The Netherlands has at least 84 pulse fishing vessels – more than any other EU country. However, the Guardian says that other vessels, officially registered elsewhere in Europe, may also be financed and operated by Dutch owners.
Health authorities in the Japanese city of Gamagori were forced to activate an emergency warning system on Monday after a local supermarket accidentally sold five packages of potentially deadly pufferfish to customers.
The fish, called fugu in Japan, is prized as a delicacy, but has also been dubbed the 'Russian roulette' of dining because it contains a dangerous poison called tetrodotoxin, the consumption of which can be fatal to humans.
In fact, at least 10 Japanese people have died since 2006 from eating the toxic fish, and it used to be far worse – fugu's death toll peaked in 1958 with a stunning 176 victims, when awareness of the dangers was lower.
Since then, fugu chefs have to undergo a rigorous three-year apprenticeship in order to get a licence to serve the notorious seafood, with the training ensuring they know how to safely prepare the fish for diners.
By PETER DOCKRILL/.sciencealert.com | Read more here
Spain and Portugal defend recovery plan for Iberian sardine Spain
Fisheries authorities from Spain and Portugal participated in a technical meeting with the services of the European Commission, to explain in detail the proposal of a multi-year management plan for the recovery of Iberian sardine prepared by both countries.