The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas, has concluded its Annual Meeting in Marrakesh on 14 – 21 November.
The meeting was dominated by discussions surrounding Bluefin tuna, in particular for the Eastern and Mediterranean stock. Based on scientific advice, ICCAT agreed to a gradual increase in the total allowed catches (TAC) reaching a maximum of 36,000 ton in 2020 (28,200t in 2018 and 32,240t in 2019). This increase reflects a widely recognised improvement in the overall situation for Atlantic tuna stocks, compared to a decade ago. Whilst the proposal for the increase was not tabled by the EU, the general improvement of the stock reflects the outcome of action led by the European Union and the sustained efforts by fishermen and the fishing industry, in the last decade.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: "Our experience of recent years is that concerted efforts by all parties can secure rapid progress towards more sustainable fisheries. We now need to continue our work towards a long-term management regime for Eastern Bluefin tuna as proposed by the European Commission."
Malta’s tuna fishing quota has been increased by 48 tonnes - from 271 to 319 tonnes, Fisheries Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri said.
He said the increase was achieved following the adoption of several recommendations aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the breed during the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, which ended yesterday in Morocco.
The recommendation which directly affected Malta was that the quota for blue fin tuna catches could be increased as scientific studies were showing that the population was recovering.
Frozen foods are one of the trending categories under convenience foods. The consumption of which has gained momentum during the last few years due to hectic lifestyles and work schedules. Frozen foods are foods kept in cold storage to avoid decaying, which increases the shelf life of foods. It offers the convenience of having different seasonal types of foods, fish, fruits, and vegetables year-round.
The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) has been warning against consumption of mussels from Hvalfjörður fjord, West Iceland, for the past two years due to excessive levels of DSP algae, Skessuhorn reports. The algea causes Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning, a non-lethal form of food poisoning.
The authority analysed mussels from the area, harvested by Fossá river, at the beginning of this month. No toxic algae was detected in the nearby seawater, and algae levels detected in the mussels were within a safe range. MAST has therefore deemed it safe to gather and consume mussels from the area.
Kaohsiung - A European Union (EU) delegation visited Chienchen Fishing Port in Kaohsiung (????) Friday on an inspection tour of the facilities and the management of the Fisheries Agency (FA).
The delegation was accompanied by Huang Chao-chin (???), head of the Kaohsiung Fishermen’s Association, Huang Teng-fu (???), deputy chief of Kaohsiung’s Marine Bureau, and various FA officials.
The visit is part of a 10-day inspection tour of Taiwan that began Oct. 16 to evaluate the effectiveness of the country’s measures to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
Taiwan was given a “yellow card” by the European Commission in October 2015 and was warned that the country risked being identified as uncooperative in the fight against IUU.
Chienchen Fishing Port is one of Taiwan’s most important deep-sea fishing bases, with catches of tuna and squid coming in from the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, the South Atlantic and the North Pacific.
Coveted Maine shrimp are likely off the menu again in 2018.
For the sixth straight year, federal scientists are recommending a moratorium on commercial fishing of northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine. The small, sweet-tasting invertebrates’ numbers and biomass in the gulf have been dropping steadily, reaching their lowest recorded level in 2017, according to Max Appelman, who coordinates the fishery’s management for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
“We haven’t seen consecutive low values like this in the history of this fishery. So, somewhat unprecedented, where we are right now,” he says.
The species is highly sensitive to water temperatures, and Appelman says the steady warming of the gulf could lead to its extirpation off New England. He adds, however, that the species remains abundant farther north.
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – A group of Chinese businessmen is expected to arrive here this week to check on the possibility of investing in aquaculture, particularly in the rearing of high-value export commodity fish.
The businessmen are expected to arrive on November 23 to check on the five mariculture parks in the province for the possibility of establishing hatcheries for high-value species of groupers such as leopard coral trout or red suno, green grouper or loba, and tiger grouper or lapung-baboy, said Roberto Abrera of the Regional Fisheries Research and Development Center of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Tuesday 21st of November 2017.
The proposed sites are located in barangays Sta. Lucia and Binduyan in Puerto Princesa, the towns of Coron and San Vicente in northern Palawan, and Narra and Quezon in the south.
The first AQUAEXCEL2020 industry brokerage event “FROM RESEARCH INNOVATION TO INDUSTRY APPLICATION” brought together researchers and aquaculture industry representatives during the Aquaculture Europe 2017 conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on 19 October 2017. This forum for engagement and exchange was hosted by the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform and AquaTT, both partners in AQUAEXCEL2020, an EU-funded project focusing on excellence in European fish research. AQUAEXCEL2020 project coordinator, Dr Marc Vandeputte (INRA, France), reflected on this “fantastic opportunity to discuss some of the important research achievements of the project as well as its precursor, the EU FP7-funded AQUAEXCEL project, and share those knowledge outputs with their end-users, the aquaculture industry stakeholders. Assuring effective and constructive contact between research and industry is a key component of AQUAEXCEL2020, to facilitate real uptake of the research innovations by the aquaculture industry”.
Central to the brokerage event were pitches of three knowledge outputs of high potential for the European aquaculture industry, selected by the AQUAEXCEL2020 Industry and Research Advisory Panel (IRAP). These outputs resulted from projects conducted within the AQUAEXCEL2020 Transnational Access (TNA) programme so far, which funds access to 39 aquaculture research facilities across Europe, offering researchers the possibility to undertake experimental trials on commercially important aquaculture fish species and system types.
Luanda - The deputy minister for European Integration of the of Ukraine's Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, Olga Trofimtsey, is since Sunday in Luanda to set up a partnership with Angola in the sectors of fisheries, sea, agriculture and forest.
According to a press note from the Foreign Ministry that reached Angop on Sunday, the Ukrainian official is due to hold meetings with Angolan government officials.
She is expected to meet with the CEO of the Angolan Agency of Investment and Exports Promotion (APIEX), Belarmino Van-Dúnem, and the secretary general of the Angolan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, António Tiago Gomes.