Last month in Melbourne, the second Slow Fish Australia festival brought together fishers, marine scientists, seafood industry representatives, chefs, and consumers together to talk about the state of our oceans and fisheries.
Organised by Slow Food Melbourne, Slow Fish Australia sprung up largely in response to one particular event and its subsequent impact: the Victorian state government’s 2014 decision to close down commercial net fishing. This has made it almost impossible to buy fresh, local, sustainably caught seafood in Melbourne, a city of 4 million people that is renowned for its food scene. Instead, over 80% of the city’s seafood is now imported.
Not all net fishing is created equal, and the government ban has hit small, artisan fishers the hardest. The primary species caught around Melbourne, in Port Phillip Bay, are small, schooling fish that regenerate quickly. Fishers here use sustainable, traditional net-fishing methods like purse seining and haul seining, which include sorting the fish live, by hand, while they are still in the water. Bycatch is virtually zero, and the biennial State of Australian Fish Stocks reports routinely classify the commercial fish species caught here as totally sustainable.
Illegal fishing is a huge problem in West Africa. Seven million people live along the coast and the sea is their livelihood. This source of income is in jeopardy. Industrial fishing fleets from Europe and China and are ravaging coastal fish stocks. Liberia’s government has been working with Sea Shepherd for two years to try and stop illegal fishing.
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and government of Yunnan Province, China, signed a memorandum of understanding on the export of Myanmar rice and other crops to China on April 21.
Under the agreement, Myanmar will be able to legally export crops such as rice as well as fisheries to China via the Muse border trade gate.
The MoU, which is a part of barter system, will see Myanmar importing construction materials and farming machinery manufactured in Yunnan Province in exchange for an equal amount in value of Myanmar-produced agricultural products.
BioMar is pleased to announce the appointment of David Whyte as the Managing Director of their new fish feed manufacturing plant in Tasmania. The plant, currently in its construction phase will be ready for commissioning in early 2020.
David is a marine biologist with 32 years’ experience in aquaculture production and supply companies in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. David was the first Technical Manager at BioMar’s UK plant in the late nineties and returns to BioMar to lead the start-up of the company’s first Australian mill.
The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in British Columbia as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season.
The Fisheries Department’s regional director general Rebecca Reid says urgent protection measures include the closure of a commercial fishery involving seven endangered stocks.
Reid says an independent committee of wildlife experts and scientists conducted an assessment last November and determined seven chinook populations on the Fraser River are endangered, four are threatened and one is of special concern.
One area salmon was considered not at risk while three others were not assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
H?I PHÒNG - Two coast guard ships from Region 1 High Command left the northern port city of H?i Phòng on Sunday, beginning a patrol to examine the enforcement of the Vi?t Nam-China agreement on fishery cooperation in the Gulf of Tonkin.
The trip will cover a visit to and an exchange programme on Vi?t Nam’s C?n C? Island, and communications activities to increase awareness on the agreement for fishermen at sea.
Senior Lieutenant Colonel Lê Huy, deputy political commissar of the Coast Guard Region 1, said over the past 15 years since the agreement took effect, Vi?t Nam’s competent agencies and fishermen have coordinated together to maintain production and ensure marine security on the shared fishing waters between the two nations.
Expected increases in pink and chum salmon harvests are forecast to drive Alaska’s overall commercial salmon catch way up for the 2019 season, a state forecast says.
The state is predicted to see an 84% increase in its commercial salmon harvest this year by number of fish, according to the annual forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The agency projects a harvest of about 213 million salmon, compared to the 2018 harvest of about 116 million. Fishing starts in May 2019.
2018 was a difficult one for some Alaska commercial salmon fisheries. It’s not out of the ordinary for a harvest to oscillate so much from one year to the next, said McDowell Group economist Garrett Evridge. Even by 84%.
SFP announces Target 75 progress United States
The Target 75 initiative launched by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership is halfway toward the goal of 75 percent of seafood production in key sectors classified as sustainable or improving toward sustainability by the end of 2020.