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IN BRIEF - Bad immigration decision leads to shrimp shortage

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 14, 2017

Texas shrimp will be harder to find and cost more because of an ignorant immigration decision designed to appease conservative voters misinformed about our economy's reliance on foreign labor.

This will create a windfall for foreign shrimpers, who will gladly take market share from local boats and damage the Texas economy.

The Gulf Coast brown shrimp season opens Saturday, but 20 percent of the Brownsville-Port Isabel fleet will not leave port because of a crew shortage, according to Andrea Hance, executive director of the Texas Shrimp Association. Almost every boat along the coast will be short-staffed.

Source: Houston Chronicle


IN BRIEF - Fishermen to receive digital gadgets to gather evidence on illegal fishing activities

GHANA
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Anomabo - The “Far Ban Bo” project will support fishermen to gather real evidence on illegal activities at sea through training and provision of relevant technologies such as cameras and mobile phones.

Mr Kyei Yamoah, Project Manager of Friends of the Nation (FoN), a nongovernmental organisation concerned with natural resources management and an implementing partner of the project has disclosed.

The project is funded by the European Union and being implemented by Friends of the Nation (FoN), CARE and Oxfam for the next four years as a step to protect fishing livelihood in five communities across Ghana.

Mr Yamoah explained that the idea was due to the difficulty of getting enough evidence to prosecute illegal activities of fishermen, especially saiko fishers.

Source: Ghana News Agency


IN BRIEF - PNA: Zone-based fisheries management works

MARSHALL ISLANDS
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Majuro - Zone-based management of tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific works effectively and there is in no interest in replacing it with a different management arrangement, leaders of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) said this week.

“Zone-based management works for conservation and business development,” said Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority Director Glen Joseph, who chairs the PNA.

In addition, PNA Chief Executive Officer Ludwig Kumoru said: “PNA’s Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) is contributing to sustaining tuna stocks and is providing improved quality of data on fish stocks and harvests.” The VDS is the management mechanism adopted by PNA members to manage fishing in their exclusive economic zones. The VDS sets a “hard limit” on the number of fishing days allowed by purse seine fishing vessels in the region, and related measures enforced by PNA require all purse seine fishing vessels to have an independent fisheries observer on board to record catch data, an annual three-month moratorium on the use of fish aggregating devices, in-port transshipment for further monitoring, and other conservation measures.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Tanzania Imports 2,000 Tonnes of Mackerel Fish Annually, Says Deputy Minister

TANZANIA
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tanzania imports 2,000 tonnes of mackerel fish annually, according to deputy minister of Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega.

Speaking during the commemoration of World Fisheries Day in Mafia on November 21, 2017, he said it was a disgrace to a country like Tanzania to import fish, while there were plenty of fish species that could meet fish demand in the country.

"Illegal fishing does not only affect the fisheries sector, but also the tourism sector on which the island banked. Fisheries statistics show that the number of fishermen and of fishing vessels has been increasing, while fish catches are decreasing," he said.

Giving an example, he said in 2012 there were 180,000 fishermen, who were using 56 fishing vessels and managed to catch 369,000 tonnes of fish. "But last year, there were 200,000 registered fishermen, using 60 fishing vessels, but fish catches dropped to 362,00 tonnes of fish only."

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Import of several varieties of live fish to be exempt from customs duties in Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Import of a number of varieties of live fish will be exempt from customs duties in Azerbaijan in 2018, according to the “Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activity, Rates of Import and Export Customs Duties” approved by the decision of the country’s Cabinet of Ministers.

In particular, import of varieties of trout, lamprey, carp, tuna and other fish will be exempt from customs duties. Currently, customs duty rates of 0.5 percent are applied in Azerbaijan for the import of live fish.

It was earlier reported that Azerbaijan will switch to a new system of customs duties in 2018.

In other words, customs duty rates of 0, 5 and 15 percent on raw materials and goods imported to Azerbaijan will be applied in the country in 2018.

Source: Azer News


IN BRIEF - Tech helps aquaculture face climate change

VIET NAM
Saturday, November 25, 2017

C?N THO - Applying advanced technologies in aquaculture is critical for the sector to cope with impacts of climate change and improve competitiveness, experts said.

Ðinh Xuân L?p, deputy director of the International Collaborating Centre for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability, said at a conference held in C?n Tho City on Wednesday that the application of technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution was being hastened in agriculture and aquaculture sectors in a number of countries and territories such as Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, as well as European countries.

The advanced technologies created significant production value, such as labour liberalisation, minimising risks and reducing costs while enabling product traceability and adaptation to climate change impact, L?p said.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - State to spend KES 16 billion to develop aquaculture in Kwale

KENYA
Friday, November 24, 2017

The Government has pledged Sh16 billion to improve fisheries through aquaculture in Kwale and other parts of the coastal strip. Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the funding would be done through a partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Speaking at Shimoni in Lungalunga Sub-County, Kwale County, during the marking of International Fisheries Day, Bett said the project would target training and creating awareness on caged fish production. “The awareness will also help increase the rate at which people in the country consume fish," he said. 

Source: Standard Media


IN BRIEF - Fraud leaves New Bedford fishing permits on ice

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 24, 2017

BOSTON - South Coast officials and seafood industry interests were stunned by Monday’s federal decision to shut down a sector with ties to disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael, a decision they say will cut into the livelihoods of fishermen during the holiday season and beyond.

“The ruling itself was unexpected,” said Andrew Saunders, a New Bedford attorney retained two months ago by Northeast Fishery Sector 9, one of 19 nonprofit entities set up to manage fishing industry operations in the face of strict catch limits imposed by the federal government.

The decision stems from the fraud perpetrated by fishing magnate Carlos Rafael, but New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell says there’s collateral damage involved for people in the New Bedford area whose jobs are tethered to the harvesting of groundfish such as cod, flounder and haddock.

“The tying up of these vessels will deprive crew members opportunities to earn a living and it will eat into the revenue of shoreside businesses that support the industry,” Mitchell told the News Service, citing impacts on fuel and ice suppliers, net menders and settlement houses.

Source: Telegram


IN BRIEF - Minister puts prawn industry in charge of the fishing

AUSTRALIA
Friday, November 24, 2017

In an Australian-first for wild-­capture fisheries, the South ­Australian government has handed over management of a sensitive prawn fishery to industry.

The move means that determining where and when to fish, which previously required authorisation from the relevant minister, will now be made by fishers.

The “delegated co-management regime” arrangement for the Spencer Gulf prawn fishery comes after industry spent 50 years establishing successful management plans and harvest strategies.

Under the radical changes, ­industry will now for the first time lead real-time operational at-sea decision-making based on research and annual monitoring.

Source: The Australian


IN BRIEF - Shellfish Committee Eyes Cape Pogue Expansion

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 24, 2017

The Edgartown shellfish committee has delayed a formal decision on a plan to open up Cape Pogue Pond for oyster farms, following a public hearing this week that saw tension over protecting one of the most pristine ponds on the Vineyard and competing interests among commercial shellfishermen and a new breed of oyster farmers.

In September, Edgartown resident Noah Scheffer applied for a one-acre oyster lease in the south end of Cape Pogue Pond, a vast saltwater embayment that lies off the extreme northeastern end of Edgartown. After discussion with selectmen, the shellfish committee decided to create a broader plan for eight one-acre lots to bring to a public hearing process. The new lease area would have to be approved by the shellfish committee, selectmen and the state.

About 30 people gathered at the Edgartown library this week for a hearing about the proposal.

Source: The Vineyard Gazette


IN BRIEF - Commission proposes sustainable fishing opportunities in the Black Sea for 2018

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ahead of the December Fisheries Council, where EU Member States will agree fishing quotas for 2018, the Commission has tabled its proposal on catch limits and quotas for the Black Sea, following adoption of the first-ever multiannual management plan for the region.

The Commission today has tabled its proposal on catch limits and quotas for the Black Sea ahead of the December Fisheries Council, where EU Member States will agree fishing quotas for 2018.

The proposal, which concerns Bulgaria and Romania, takes into account the best available scientific advice and is the outcome of this year's General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Annual Session, which approved the first-ever multiannual management plan for the Black Sea.

For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain a catch limit of 11,475 tonnes; 70% is allocated to Bulgaria and 30% to Romania.

Source: European Commission


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