Other Media | EuropaAzul: The Morocco agreement does not offer the expected profitability
Friday, January 22, 2021
The capture of anchovies and sardines are two fundamental fisheries for Andalusian purse seiners. For the fleet in the Gulf of Cádiz, the agreement between the European Union and Morocco is key. “Our fishing ground is looking very good and we anticipate quota increases for both species next year, but for their good health it is very important to be able to fish in Morocco and give fishermen another alternative. It is important that the periodic reviews that the EU makes of its pacts are positive and that the agreement is keep, especially for the Barbate purse seine and for the bottom longline of that locality or of Conil and Algeciras.
Congress has urged the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to evaluate wild caught fishery systems and to assess the feasibility and appropriateness of developing organic production, handling, and labeling standards for wild caught seafood.
NOP will host a virtual Town Hall listening session on Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 2:00–3:00 pm Eastern to hear from the organic community and those interested in the wild caught fish industry.
Online Meeting Details
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern
The Zoom registration link is available on the Wild Caught Fish Town Hall webpage
After you register, you will receive a meeting link with options to join the Town
Hall by video or phone.
Written comments and questions will also be accepted now through Friday,
During the webinar, participants will be able to chat in comments to provide feedback to NOP’s presentation and questions.
A record of the Town Hall typed chat, the Town Hall Slides, and a written transcript will be posted online.
Meeting materials including the agenda, Zoom link, transcript, and NOP’s Report to Congress will be added to the Wild Caught Fish Town Hall webpage linked above as they become available - Source: Laine Welch | Alaska Fish Radio
Europêche has written an open letter to the EU Fisheries Commissioner Sinkevicius criticising the spread of damaging information coming from the Commission.
In the letter, the EU wide fisheres organisation says:
Last Friday an “explanatory note” on the revision of the EU-fisheries control system  was reportedly circulated by the European Commission services to a few Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), mainly within the Committee on Environment.
Source: The Fishing Daily | Read the full articlehere
Thai Union has partnered with conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on a commitment to full transparency in its global tuna supply chains to help combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.
The company, home to the Chicken of the Sea and John West brands, will work with TNC to implement ‘on-the-water’ monitoring by 2025 through the use of cameras, GPS and sensors to automatically track onboard activities.
“Thai Union has made significant strides in making sustainability a key attribute of our company, from the creation of our global sustainability strategy, SeaChange, to partnering with leading organisations like The Nature Conservancy,” said Thiraphong Chansiri, president and chief executive of Thai Union.
Protecting 30 percent of the Mediterranean Sea in specific areas will reverse the declining fish stock trend seen in the region and support the recovery of the wider ecosystem, according to new analysis compiled by WWF scientists.
While the E.U. last year pledged to protect 30 percent of land and sea areas by 2030, currently only 9.68 percent of the Mediterranean Sea has been designated for protection, with only 1.27 percent deemed as effectively protected. In its “30 by 30: Scenarios to recover biodiversity and rebuild fish stocks in the Mediterranean” report, WWF maintains that fish stocks will continue to decline if unsustainable fishing and other industrial activities continue.
Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here
All 32 crew of Ocean Choice’s offshore scalloper Atlantic Destiny which issued a mayday reporting a fire on board late have been safely transferred from the vessel, now reported to have been lost. At the time of the incident the vessel was in the George’s Bank area.
All 32 crew members are safe and accounted for. A total of 28 crew members were safely taken via helicopter to Yarmouth where they received medical attention, food and accommodation.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
Dates have been announced for next year’s Irish Skipper Expo 2022 and Scottish Skipper Expo 2022 commercial fishing exhibitions.
Irish Skipper Expo 2022 will be held on 25 and 26 March (Friday and Saturday) at the UL Sport Arena in Limerick, while Scottish Skipper Expo 2022 will take place on 13 and 14 May (Friday and Saturday) at the P & J Live arena in Aberdeen.
Show organiser Mara Media had recently consulted exhibitors and visitors on the expos, and the consensus was that the current two-day format, held on a Friday and Saturday, was the most suitable option.
Both expos will feature virtually every type of equipment and support service available to the commercial fishing sector, with the events providing a vitally important showcase to help reinvigorate the industry.
The oceanographic vessel Miguel de Oliver set sail from Cádiz this Tuesday, in a new research campaign of the pelagic ecosystem, where sardines, bocartes (also called anchovies), horse mackerel, xardas (mackerel) or lilies (blue whiting) live. The Ministry of Fisheries joins the Pelago2 campaign with the ship. Scientific management is the responsibility of the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA). Portugal and Spain come out for the second consecutive year to the aid of their fleets, providing scientific results on the abundance of Sardina pilchardus.
Source: The Voice of Galicia | Read the full articlehere
The value of exports fell by 13%; that of imports, 14.5
The pandemic has not prevented Spanish exports from the agri-food, fisheries and forestry sectors from improving, in global terms, in 2020. The “COVID Report - Foreign Trade, situation of the agri-food and fisheries sector” puts the value of 40,997 million euros in exports registered in the period between the months of April to December 2020, compared to 39,905 million in the same period of 2019. It is 2.7% more.
However, the news for fisheries is less positive: both exports and imports have fallen.
Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here
The Digital Seafood Meeting 2021
European seafood market: Changes, challenges and innovation
Be part of the Digital Seafood Meeting gain market information and new business contacts or exchanging ideas with existing contacts. The virtual meeting gives you opportunities for networking before we will meet again in person at our trade fair fish international in 2022. The access to the Digital Seafood Meeting will be available free of charge to all the professional participants from:
Faazi Adam is research and engagement manager at FAIRR, an investor network looking at environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in the global food sector. Here she takes a look at salmon farming’s sustainability, coinciding with the publication today of Coller FAIRR’s ESG Risks and Opportunities in Aquaculture Special Report
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector globally. It currently accounts for over half of fish consumed by humans.
Author: Faazi Adam / fishfarmingexpert | Read the full articlehere