IN BRIEF - Fishing bans should accompany compensatory measures
Monday, September 16, 2019
We applaud the government for its successful endeavours to increase fish production in the country—efforts that have resulted in Bangladesh ranking third in producing fish from inland water bodies, according to a report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2018’. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Bangladesh produced a total of 41,34,000 metric tonnes of fish, including a first-time surplus of 84,000 tonnes. One of the ways this has been possible is by prioritising conservation of jatka (small hilsa) and other species through periodic bans on catching, transporting and selling fish from natural water bodies like the rivers and the sea. This ensures safe breeding and spawning of fish and helps to protect their fries. The bans, however, while significantly increasing fish production, have a detrimental effect on the fisher communities as their survival depends on the amount of fish they can catch and sell each day. During the bans, the fisherfolk are essentially jobless and fall into financial hardship.
At a recent seminar, discussants highlighted the need to help out the fishermen during these lean times when they cannot fish. Long-term planning is needed for this which would ensure alternative livelihoods and also provide adequate allowances to the fishermen and their families, most of whom are poor and lead miserable days during the ban periods. The government should start registering fishermen so that they can be properly monitored and assisted. The state minister for fisheries and livestock gave his assurance at the seminar that the irregularities in distribution of food during the ban periods have been reduced significantly in recent times which we hope is something that will be sustained.
Hundreds of fishery stakeholders and scientists will gather in Anchorage next week as the state Board of Fisheries begins its annual meeting cycle with a two-day work session.
The seven-member BOF sets the rules for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport and personal use fisheries. It meets four to six times each year in various communities on a three-year rotation; this year the focus is on Kodiak and Cook Inlet.
The fish board and the public also will learn the latest on how a changing climate and off-kilter ocean chemistry are affecting some of Alaska’s most popular seafood items at an Oct. 23 2019 “talk and Q&A” on ocean acidification (OA) in Alaska.
KUALA LUMPUR - The government plans to strengthen the nation’s maritime enforcement assets in an effort to curb encroachment by foreign fishing boats which resulted in Malaysia losing up to RM5 billion in fisheries revenue every year, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub said the ministry would submit the proposal to the Cabinet, which includes a suggestion to purchase a mother ship to facilitate enforcement operation at sea.
“Prior to this, the government has taken firm action by carrying out an operation dubbed ‘Ops Naga’ and will continue doing so with the commitment from three ministries, namely my ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry and Defence Ministry.
KUALA TERENGGANU - The fish stock in the country's territorial waters is now getting less and the size is getting smaller due to human greed.
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) Fisheries Gear Technology and Fisheries Ecology senior lecturer Dr. Mohd Fazrul Hisam Abd Aziz said fishermen were able to get mega-sized fish easily 15 years ago compared to the present situation and it was one of the signs of the level of pressure on the country's fisheries stock.
One of the reasons for stock loss was illegal fishing, unreported and uncontrolled (Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)) fishing.
PONTIAN - The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA) has asked the Fisheries Research Institute to conduct a feasibility study on a new location for the caged fish breeding industry in Kukup near here.
Its deputy minister Sim Tze Tzin said the study which will cover several criteria including the depth of sea water, the oxygen content and the quality of water, is a long-term effort to help revive the sector.
This follows a recent incident in August when 44 fish breeders lost RM5 million after thousands of their stock died due to water pollution which occurred after the Lekima typhoon struck.
Gustav Witzøe will take over as CEO of SalMar effective 21 October 2019. From this date the current CEO, Olav Andreas Ervik, will become managing director of the new subsidiary SalMar Ocean AS and responsible for the company’s ventures in ocean-based fish farming.
SalMar’s initiatives in ocean-based fish farming has to date been organised as a business area within SalMar and headed by Gustav Witzøe. These activities will now be transferred to a subsidiary which Ervik wanted to lead.
Both Witzøe and Ervik emphasise that this change will ensure continuity in management and that it is a logical consequence of SalMar’s ambition to lead in the development of ocean-based fish farming.
The following piece on the Falklands and Brexit was distributed by the French news agency, AFP, both in English and Spanish. - It may be a remote archipelago 13,000km from mainland Britain but the Falkland Islands' incredible biodiversity, as well as fishing and meat exports, are under threat from Brexit.
While Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government and the European Union squabble over Brexit, conservationists in the Falklands - a British overseas territory of 3,400 inhabitants - are anxiously following events as they run the risk of losing significant EU funding.
Esther Bertram, who leads the Falklands Conservation NGO, says Britain must take responsibility for the wildlife in its overseas territories.
Brexit agreement is gateway to UK’s exit from CFP United Kingdom
The SFF today welcomed the agreement reached between the UK and European Union to secure the UK’s exit from the EU.
Three years since the referendum, this agreement provides the gateway to the ...