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IN BRIEF - EU fish discard ban 'cannot be enforced without harming industry'

Monday, February 11, 2019

An EU ban on throwing dead fish back into the sea cannot be enforced without causing the industry significant harm, a House of Lords report has said. The inquiry concluded that the UK and Scottish governments had not introduced sufficient tools to enforce the ban on discards.

It was banned after a campaign by the chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. He said it was a "huge derogation of duty to protect our vulnerable oceans and sustainably manage our fisheries".

X¡Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Can aquaculture meet East Africa’s hunger for fish?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Driving along the shores of Lake Victoria near Entebbe in Uganda, local leader Matia Lwanga Bwanika asked his driver to stop. Getting out of the car, he walked slowly into the swamplands by the lake and shook his head disapprovingly at the sight in front of him.

Fish farmers had dug up a big area of the once marshy papyrus wetland, turning it into a series of tightly packed rectangular ponds.

“This is wrong,” said Bwanika, who is the district chairperson for Wakiso and has made a name for himself as a protector of forests and wetlands. “They are literally destroying the entire wetland.”

The wetlands surround Lake Victoria, which at 68,800 square kilometres is Africa’s largest body of freshwater and drains into the Nile River. They are a natural filter for waste and chemicals, giving them an essential role in maintaining the lake as a functioning ecosystem.

Source: China Dialogue Ocean

IN BRIEF - Fish stock threat is real – Minister warns

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ghana’s fishing stock is fast-depleting and likely to collapse in the near-future if measures are not put in place, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Naa Afoley Quaye, has revealed.

She said there has not been a bumper harvest since the late 90s; a situation which she said might collapse the country’s fishing industry if proper measures are not taken to reverse the situation.

The minister disclosed this when she officially declared an end to the closed-season of the Densu Estuary for oyster pickers in the Ga South Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region.

Source: Ghana Web

IN BRIEF - Multi-agency task force to check intrusion by foreign fishermen - Muhyiddin

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

PUTRAJAYA - A multi-agency task force will be set up soon to check the increasing incidence of encroachment by foreign fishermen, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

The task force will be led by the Home Ministry, with members from the Defence Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Immigration Department, Fisheries Department, Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), he said.

"They will conduct special operations soon, and it is hoped that this action will put an end to encroachment by foreign fishermen,” he told a media conference at his ministry here.

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - Scotland's wild salmon stocks 'at lowest ever level'

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wild salmon catches in Scotland are at their lowest level since records began, government figures have revealed.

Fisheries Management Scotland said new data highlighted that stocks of the fish are at "crisis point".

The total reported catch through rod fishing was 37,196 for 2018, which was just 67% of the previous five-year average total.

The vast majority of these, 93%, were caught and then released back into the water.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Illegal fishing and Liberia's battle to save the sea

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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.

Soure: DW

IN BRIEF - MoU on rice exports signed with Yunnan govt

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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.

Source: MMTimes

IN BRIEF - Slow Fish Australia Keeps the Conversation about Sustainable Seafood Going

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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.

Source: Slow Food

BioMar appoints Managing Director in Australia

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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.

IN BRIEF - Fisheries Department announces chinook fishing restrictions in B.C.

Monday, April 22, 2019

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.

Source: BC Local News

IN BRIEF - Anti-pollution booms deployed as fishing boat sinks at Oban

Monday, April 22, 2019

A fishing boat has sunk in Oban harbour just a short distance from the town's lifeboat station.

An RNLI boat with seven crew was sent at 05:23 to the Railway Pier but was unable to save the vessel. There was no one onboard.

A second fishing vessel tied alongside the sunken boat was moved to save it from damage.

Coastguards teams used anti-pollution booms to minimise the impact of diesel and oil leaking into the water.

Source: BBC

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