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Global: World tuna day to be celebrated on 2nd May

Published in Fisheries
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 02:18

 

Commencing next year, 2nd May will be internationally recognized as World Tuna Day to highlight the vital socio-economic importance of the widely consumed fish to people around the world, the United Nations’ General Assembly has proclaimed. With this, the event initiated by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) in 2011 has now gained international ratification for the annual celebration of tuna on May 2.


The General Assembly said the terms of a World Tuna Day proposal, introduced at the UN’s New York headquarters by the representative of Palau on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States, was adopted without a vote, with the 193-member body confirming its commitment to raise global awareness of “tuna’s critical role” in the food security and economic livelihoods of many countries and of the “serious threats” facing its long-term sustainability. Peter Thomson, president of the General Assembly, said the text to be adopted declaring 2nd May annual World Tuna Day was an important step in recognizing the critical role of tuna to sustainable development and food security.


Source: seafoodsource.com, December 08, 2016

 

Marine protected areas now cover 18.5 million km2 - over 5% of the global ocean and nearly 13% of territorial waters. The recent creation and expansion of five "mega MPAs" in Chile, Palau, Hawaii, the Pitcairn Islands and St Helena's in the South Atlantic pushed the global total to 12.7 per cent. “The establishment of so many new protected areas is tremendous news and should give those fighting tirelessly to conserve the world’s oceans and seas an enormous sense of achievement,” announced Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


Source: UNEP, December 14, 2016

 

The European Union called for WTO talks on fishery subsidies to combat the depletion of fish stocks and the devastation of natural habitats. Many countries the world over subsidies their fishing activity in ways that contribute to overfishing. The EU proposal is to address the two most harmful types of subsidies:
• Subsidies that increase the capacity of fleets to catch fish that represent almost 60% of all fisheries subsidies and lead directly to overfishing;
• Subsidies granted to fishermen who engage in illegal, unregulated or unreported (IUU) fishing.


While curbing harmful subsidies, the EU proposal foresees flexibility for developing countries and takes account of the needs of fishing communities in least developed and developing countries.


Source: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/ 7 October 2016

 

 

The European Union called for WTO talks on fishery subsidies to combat the depletion of fish stocks and the devastation of natural habitats. Many countries the world over subsidies their fishing activity in ways that contribute to overfishing. The EU proposal is to address the two most harmful types of subsidies:
• Subsidies that increase the capacity of fleets to catch fish that represent almost 60% of all fisheries subsidies and lead directly to overfishing;
• Subsidies granted to fishermen who engage in illegal, unregulated or unreported (IUU) fishing.


While curbing harmful subsidies, the EU proposal foresees flexibility for developing countries and takes account of the needs of fishing communities in least developed and developing countries.


Source: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/ 7 October 2016

The Malysian government will introduce a guideline for the construction of modern fishing vessel in a bid to drive the deep sea fishing industry towards achieving the international standards. The guidelines will provide a benchmark for the construction of new fishing vessels.

The new guidelines were an initiative by the Fisheries Department, in collaboration with Transport Ministry, to help the nation’s fishing industry move forward
The guideline will be issued by the Fisheries Department and will comprise 12 standards which are in line with the International Maritime Organisation and the International Association of Classification Societies.


Source: Ministry of Transport, Malaysia

 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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