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 The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), through a new decree, ordered the elimination of anchovy discard practice in the sea in order to strengthen the control and monitoring of the that resource capture activity. The regulation (Supreme Decree No. 024-2016-PRODUCE) establishes measures for anchovy conservation and sustainable use, within the framework of the fisheries sector regulation promoted by the Ministry. In addition, it seeks to obtain timely information provided by fishing permit holders and the progressive introduction of automated control and monitoring means for the capture activity.


The provisions set out in this decree are mandatory and applicable to all fishing permit holders that carry out anchovy capture activities, regardless of the destination of said resource. One of the obligations is to register and communicate the Ministry of Production the information about the anchovy capture through the Electronic Logbook or other means implemented by PRODUCE. The decree will make it possible to obtain better information on anchovy juvenile population in order to adopt timely and conservation measures. For example, establishing the closure of fishing zones as well as honesty during the anchovy catch process.


Source: PRODUCE, November, 2016

Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds

Published in Fisheries
Monday, 20 March 2017 01:58

 

 

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is currently developing a Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds. Minimising interactions with seabirds during fishing operations is a priority for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). AFMA works with scientists and seabird experts, conservation groups, government agencies and both the recreational and commercial fishing sectors to develop and implement seabird mitigation measures for Commonwealth commercial fisheries. A Seabird By catch Mitigation Workshop was conducted by AFMA on 24-25 October 2016 in Hobart as part of its initiative to develop a Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds. Over the two days, conservation, government, science and commercial fishing participants, gave presentations to help inform others at the meeting about seabird protection from their individual perspectives.


A second seabird workshop is scheduled for the first half of 2017 to review AFMA’s draft Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds. This will also provide an opportunity to ensure consistency with the anticipated draft National Plan of Action for Seabirds, being led by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Source: AFMA. 3 November 2016

 

 

The Council of the EU has adopted a proposal of the Commission which transposes a social partners’ agreement regarding the implementation of ILO Convention No. 188 into EU law. “This represents an important contribution to the global efforts aimed at improving the working conditions of fishers - both men and women”, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said. The Work in Fishing Convention includes a comprehensive set of labour standards covering such issues as medical care at sea, written work agreements, mandatory crew lists, safety, health, food, accommodation, rest time and repatriation. Its provisions help prevent unacceptable forms of work in the sector, including forced labour, child labour and abuses in the recruitment and placement process. Working on board fishing vessels has been recognized by the ILO as one of the most hazardous occupations.


Source: ILO, December 19, 2016

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