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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:40

CGGI Ghost Gear Reporter App

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The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (CGGI) has developed a Ghost Gear Reporter app on the Google Play and Apple and Apple App stores worldwide. CGGI encourages the use of the app in any ghost gear related work, beach clean ups, etc. It’s simple, intuitive and easy to use and all data gets fed into the CGGI global data portal, helping to establish a global baseline of data on ghost gear around the world. The app allows for as much or as little data as you have to be uploaded, as well as photographs and geo-locations of the gear via mobile devices.

Fishers are also encouraged to use the app and report when they either lose gear themselves or find previously lost gear while out fishing. Data collected from the app will be used to build evidence of ghost gear around the world and will help to inform ongoing solutions work in the future.

INFOFISH International 5/2018

Ecuador and Peru launched the Coastal Fisheries Initiative - Latin America (CFI) in Manta, which includes integrated actions for the management and use of coastal fisheries in an inclusive manner, in artisanal and small-scale fisheries scale. The initiative was structured by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the non-governmental organization Conservation International (CI).

The two organizations signed the respective agreements for the technical and financial implementation of the project, which is valid for 48 months and aims to demonstrate holistic, ecosystem-based management to improve the governance of coastal fisheries in the Southeast Pacific.

In order to consolidate the project in both countries, it will be necessary to implement the following strategies: creation of practice communities with fishers, stakeholders and authorities of both countries, implementation of specific practical tests for seven fisheries and two sites, registration and exchange of experience and lessons learned, between both countries and between IPC participants and the implementation of lessons to improve the existing schemes of fisheries governance or to implement new ones.

The Coastal Fisheries Initiative is an association of six organizations that has been developed and funded within the framework of the GEF to safeguard the world's oceans and the marine environment.

Source: FIS, 28 July 2018

An international ocean conservation and advocacy organization has called on the government to issue guidelines to protect the country’s major fishing grounds, to curb overfishing and illegal fishing activities in municipal waters and ensure the livelihood of small fishers. “The policy, as among those provided for under the amended Fisheries Code, pertains to the designation of Fisheries Management Areas, or FMAs, in the country. It is envisioned that a comprehensive science-based fisheries management plan will be enforced on these areas to ensure sustained productivity and protect them from overfishing, illegal fishing, and destructive fishing practices that destroy critical marine habitats,” said environment lawyer and vice president of Oceana Philippines. She added that the designation of FMAs is needed to rebuild and restore the abundance of the country’s fishing grounds, two-thirds of which are considered "overfished."

The Department of the Interior and Local Government recently issued a memorandum circular for coastal local government units to regulate and monitor fishery activities in their municipal waters. It likewise rolled out nationwide a scorecard for local government units (LGUs) to fill up, as a self-validating transparency and monitoring tool in assessing its compliance with the amended Fisheries Code.

Source: Philippines News Agency, 27 September 2018

Argentina and Spain have signed a fisheries and aquaculture bilateral cooperation Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU was stamped in Buenos Aires during the recent G20 Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries ministerial meeting by Argentina's Luis Miguel Etchevehere and Spain's Luis Planas.

The MoU establishes a framework of cooperation to reinforce the bases for an improved maritime sector potential exploitation and ensure conservation and a sustainable management of straddling species.

It will also coordinate efforts to combat illegal, undeclared, unreported fishing and collaboration in scientific research in the area adjacent to Argentina's Exclusive Economic Zone. Cooperation will also be extensive to technological exchange on production and marketing, with training and formation programs.

The two countries will exchange information on fisheries, scientific knowledge in fisheries research and related activities. Argentina and Spain will share information and technology in the fields of catches, aquaculture breeding, transformation, distribution and related activities, are some of the outstanding points of the MoU.

Source: MercoPress, 1 August 2018

At the first-ever St Helena Conference 2018: Diverse Island Environments, the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPNLF) made the point that ocean conservation and profitable fisheries can work handin-hand.

While launching the Foundation’s new film,’St Helena Tuna- The one-by-one philosophy’, Director of Policy & Outreach Adam Baske also spoke about the groundbreaking project launched by the IPNLF, the St Helena Government and the St Helena Government and the St Helena Fisheries Corporation, with support from the local fishermen, which prohibits all types of destructive fishing gear in a vast ocean area surrounding the island nation. The project aims to establish best-practice traceability, transparency and data recording systems whle also working to deliver better returns through quality improvements and market gateways.

Source: INFOFISH International 3/2018

Ecuador's Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries and the conservation organization WWF have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the sustainable management of fisheries and the competitiveness of the fishing sector. The agreement, signed in Manta, ratifies the government's commitment to ensure the responsible capture of fishery resources and includes WWF's support in the process of designing and implementing improvement projects as well as the conservation and management of the species.

The parties highlighted the importance of fishery resources for the Ecuadorian economy and society as well as the need to promote fisheries management and the competitiveness of the fishing sector, with an ecosystem approach to ensure that these resources continue to be used in a sustainable manner. The cooperation agreement, which will be valid for four years, also seeks to deepen the economic and environmental benefits of the fishing activity, which represented revenues in foreign currency of the country for US$ 1,559.3 million in 2017.

Source: FIS, 4 April 2018

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published the first list of foreign fisheries, detailing the risks that commercial fishing around the world pose to marine mammals. It offers us a better understanding of the impacts of marine mammal bycatch, an improvement of tools and scientific approaches to mitigating those impacts, and establishes a new level of international cooperation in achieving these objectives.

The register is a step toward meeting specific requirements in the Marine Mammal Protection Act on the sources of fish imported into the US. It includes nearly 4,000 fisheries across some 135 countries. These fisheries have until 2022 to demonstrate that the methods they use to catch fish, as well as other marine animals such as coral, crabs, lobsters and shellfish, either aren’t much of a danger to marine mammals, or they employ comparable methods and mitigation measures to similar operations in the United States.

Source: Mongabay, 2 April 2018

Efforts to combat illegal fishing in the Asia Pacific Region have received a welcome shot in the arm through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Australia and Vietnam.

The agreement was signed by Australia’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Senator Anne Ruston, and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meeting on food security and sustainable agriculture, held in Can Tho, Vietnam.

Australia and Vietnam have a long-standing commitment to tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, acknowledged Ruston. 

“We have worked together successfully for over 10 years under the Southeast Asian Regional Plan of Action to Promote Responsible Fishing Practices Including Combating IUU Fishing,” she said.

Tuan said the MOU would deepen cooperation and lay the foundation for ongoing partnership between the two governments as they address Australian and Vietnamese flag-carrying vessels engaged in IUU fishing.

“Signing of the MOU demonstrates Vietnam’s commitment to work with other countries in the region to combat IUU fishing,” Tuan said. “The associated public information campaign will also assist regional fishers to better understand international fishing rules and Vietnam will work with Australia to implement this campaign as soon as possible.”

As part of the visit, Ruston and Tuan also welcomed the start of an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) country study on regional fisheries policies and regulations.

Ruston said the study would help grow fisheries and the aquaculture sector to benefit local communities, while still taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the global economy.

“Fisheries and aquaculture are an important part of the Vietnamese economy, particularly to the wellbeing of local communities, and so Australia is glad to support the project with a financial contribution of AUD 257,000 (USD 204,838, EUR 171,422),” she said.

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The Seafood Import Monitoring Program establishes for imports of certain seafood products, the reporting and recordkeeping requirements needed to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)-caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce, thereby providing additional protections for our national economy, global food security and the sustainability of our shared ocean resources. NOAA Fisheries published the final rule establishing the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) on December 9, 2016.   This is the first-phase of a risk-based traceability program—requiring the importer of record to provide and report key data—from the point of harvest to the point of entry into U.S. commerce—on an initial list of imported fish and fish products identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and/or seafood fraud.  January 1, 2018 is the mandatory compliance date for this rule.


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A new regulation adopted by EU will make updates to the European Union's fleet register available in real time. The regulation makes it easier for EU member states to update the fleet register, while giving the Commission the necessary tools to crosscheck the data that member states submit. The EU Fleet Register database, managed by the European Commission is necessary tool to manage the balance between fishing capacity and opportunities in line with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which aims for sustainable levels of fishing for all stocks by 2020. Under the new regulation, when member states introduce a change(entry or exit of a vessel, change of a data) in their national fishing fleet register, they must also submit it to the Commission on the same day. In addition the Commission may, at any time, request a 'snapshot' –an overview of changes – from any member state. This replaces the previous system, whereby member states had to transmit such snapshots four times a year. If the content of the snapshot is unreadable, incomplete,inaccurate or unreliable, the Commission rejects the snapshot and notifies the member state in question.The member state then has three working days to make the necessary changes in the national register. The new regulation enters into force on 1 February 2018,and applies to all commercial fishing vessels, except aquaculture vessels and blue fin tuna traps.

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