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IN BRIEF - Seafood leaders set out bold commitments to safeguard our oceans

Friday, October 06, 2017

MALTA – Companies and organisations from across the seafood supply chain have shared a raft of commitments in support of the Our Ocean conference, hosted by the European Union and opening in Malta on October the 5th 2017. The 2-day meeting aims to inspire joint solutions and ambitious commitments in managing our oceans sustainably.  The 2020 Leaders for a Living Ocean, an initiative from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), brings together 27 companies from around the world who are committed to increasing supply, trade and availability of certified, traceable, sustainable seafood. The alliance builds on the groundswell of more than 300 fishing operations and 3,000 supply chain businesses, including 80 major retailers, committed to producing and selling seafood certified to the MSC standards.

“Business leadership and engagement is fundamental to addressing the global challenges of unsustainable and illegal fishing. Transforming the global fishing industry and delivering healthy, productive marine ecosystems relies on business innovation and responsible stewardship,” saidRupert Howes, Chief Executive of the Marine Stewardship Council. “As these impressive commitments show, sustainability is at the heart of these forward-thinking businesses. These leaders share our vision for healthy oceans, clearly recognise the importance of environmental performance to their companies, and our planet, and are ready to act.”

Press Release: MSC

IN BRIEF - Joseph Robertson publishes 2018 disclosure profile

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce that Scottish seafood supplier Joseph Robertson has agreed to participate for a third year in the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP).

In 2016, Joseph Robertson became the first UK seafood supplier to voluntarily disclose its seafood sourcing information through the ODP. Since then, the supplier has published an ODP profile on an annual basis. The profile includes a list of the fisheries used within the company’s seafood department to source wild seafood, along with information on management, catch method, environmental impacts, certifications, and participation in fishery improvement projects.

Joseph Robertson is the first participant to update its sourcing profile in 2018. Other ODP participants expect to update their profiles over the course of 2018.

SFP started the ODP in 2015 to provide a valuable information resource for responsible investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood. To date, 13 companies from North America and Europe have participated, ranging from retailers to suppliers and aquaculture feed manufacturers.

Other ODP participants include UK retailers Asda, Co-op Food, and Morrisons, along with French food service company Davigel, and aquaculture feed manufacturers Biomar, Cargill/EWOS, and Skretting. In North America, US retailers Publix Supermarkets, Walmart, and Giant Eagle, and seafood supplier North Atlantic Inc. are also participants, while Albion Farms & Fisheries became the first Canadian participant in 2018.

IN BRIEF - ZimParks embark on ambitious command fisheries programme

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has introduced 100 000 kapenta fish in the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam under the government’s ambitious command fisheries programme that will see the decentralisation of the pelagic and non-migratory sardine-like fish from Kariba Dam.

Zimparks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said the introduction of the kapenta in the country’s largest inland dam in Masvingo on Monday marks the beginning of the wildlife management authority’s effort to decentralise kapenta fishing and take it to the country’s 10 provinces.

“The project will be monitored by ecologists and if it succeeds, it will cascade to other dams in the country’s 10 provinces,” he said.

Kapenta, the freshwater, pelagic and non-migratory sardine-like fish flourishes in waters with a depth ranging from 20 to 40 metres under tropical temperatures between temperature of 21°C and 29°C and Farawo said the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam offers such conditions.

Source: News Day

EN BREVE - FJD 20m aquaculture bill

Saturday, March 24, 2018

FIJI spends more than FJD 20 million on the importation of aquaculture products.

Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said they were currently working on securing 200 hectares of land at Korovatu in Macuata for brackish water aquaculture farming to reduce import expenses.

Mr Koroilavesau said aquaculture was a new interest for the ministry, adding that they had been identifying sites for the project.

"With the rising sea level, most of the land, about 200 hectares of land in Korovatu has been inundated by sea water," he said.

"The implementation of aquaculture in areas like this will ensure that farmers who lose out on agriculture farming have a substitute form of livelihood.

Source: Fiji Times

IN BRIEF - Peruvian company Pesquera Centinela obtains Friend of the Sea certification for fish meal and fish oil

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Peruvian seafood company Pesquera Centinela S.A. achieves Friend of the Sea's certification for fish meal and fish oil from Engraulis ringens fished in the South East Pacific Ocean (FAO Area 87) only by Friend of the Sea approved purse seine fleets. 

Friend of the Sea's standard for sustainable fish feed, fish meal, fish oil and Omega-3certifies that the oil originates only from fisheries that are compliant with Friend of the Sea’ssustainable fishing requirements (including good fishery management, selective fishing gears and social responsibility) and that a full chain of custody is in place throughout the supply and production chain.

Pesquera Centinela S.A. operates as a subsidiary of The Romeo Group. The two audited processing plants are located at Tambo de Mora and Chancay, North of Lima. 58% of the raw material used for fish meal and fish oil comes from the company’s own fleet, whereas 41% from a third party fishing fleet, which is monitored by the Peruvian Government. 

Press Release: Friend of the Sea

IN BRIEF - Tasmanian EPA flags reducing salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour to 2012 levels

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tasmania's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has flagged a dramatic reduction of allowable salmon stocks in Macquarie Harbour to levels not seen for five years.

One third of the harbour on Tasmania's west coast is inside the World Heritage Area and has seen a series of mass fish deaths and stock reductions over the past two years.

The revelation about an official reduction emerged in the Federal Court on Thursday in a case brought by Huon Aquaculture against the Commonwealth and commercial rivals Tassal and Petuna.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - Groups seek ban on Mexican seafood from Gulf of California

Friday, March 23, 2018

MEXICO CITY - A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of International Trade, seeking a ban on Mexican seafood from the upper Gulf of California.

The groups say shrimp and fish imported from the Gulf endanger the vaquita porpoise, which are critically endangered.

Vaquitas have been decimated by nets et for the totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China and commands high prices. Some nets set for shrimp and other fish may also endanger the species.

The Center for Biological Diversity and others said Wednesday the U.S. government has failed to ban seafood that endangers marine mammals, despite a petition and lawsuit filed in 2017.

Source: Fox 2 News

IN BRIEF - Scallop fishermen near end of season

Friday, March 23, 2018

PEMBROKE - The Maine scallop fishing season opened during the first week of December 2017 and now, with two weeks or less remaining, reports on how good a season it has been are decidedly mixed.

On the good side of the ledger, there seemed to be plenty of scallops, often in places where none have been seen for years, Melissa Smith, who coordinates scallop management for the Department of Marine Resources, said last week.

With the season ending for draggers on March 29 2018 along the Downeast coast (divers get six more days between March 30 and April 14), Smith said, only one of the seven rotational management zones that were open to fishing at the start of the season has been fully closed to fishing. Last year as the season ran down, only two of the seven rotational areas open at the season’s start remained fully open at its end.

Source: The Ellesworth American

IN BRIEF - Alaska Salmon Completes Audit #2

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Re-certified in March 2017, the objective of the annual audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. For a copy of the audit report, click here - Salmon Report.

IN BRIEF - Alaska halibut fishermen gear up for March 24 2018 season opener

Thursday, March 22, 2018

From Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea, Alaska halibut fishermen are gearing up to head out to sea as the 2018 halibut season opens at noon March 24. It's an annual ritual for both commercial fishermen and charter operators seeking to make their living through the pursuit of the tasty flatfish.

Out of concern for the health of the halibut stock, the 2018 Pacific halibut catch limits are lower and charter management measures are tighter compared to previous year.

Source: Sit News

IN BRIEF - Baby eel fishermen hopeful to get started this week

Thursday, March 22, 2018

PORTLAND, MAINE - Spring is in the air and baby eels are in the rivers. Or at least that's what Maine fishermen hope.

The state's big-money baby eel fishery is scheduled to get started on Thursday. Fishermen seek the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock.

The elvers are frequently worth more than USD 1,000 per pound, and this year is expected to be especially lucrative because of supply issues elsewhere in the world. Maine is the only state in the U.S. with a significant elver fishery.

Source: News Observer

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Canada The Marine Stewardship Ccouncil certificate for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab trap fishery in Canada has been suspended by certifier SAI Global.
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