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PNG is one of the countries in the Pacific that has a robust national plan of action on illegal, unreported and under-reporting of fishing activities, says Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources. The Government has made meaningful investments in fisheries management tools such as the fisheries information management system, vessel monitoring systems, observer programme, catch documentation scheme and audit and certification. He said the integrated fishery information and management system is one of the most elaborate fishery-based data collection system which uses live web-based electronic gadgets to impute data from fishing vessels to the database in real time.

The Government is working within the Parties to the Nauru Agreement to develop policies that encourage cross-border investments, labour mobility and build on its comparative advantage.

Source: The National, 5 June 2018

Singapore: Firm to invest US$220M for fish farming

Published in National News
Thursday, 16 August 2018 02:02

Barramundi Asia, a Singaporean fish farming firm, will invest BND300 million to rear barramundi, or sea bass, in large cages in Brunei’s open seas. The company will build an offshore cage farm to grow kuhlbarra barramundi (selungsong) using technology adopted from salmon farming in Norway.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalised the intention of Barramundi Asia to invest and develop an area of 6,613 hectares at Nankivell Offshore Aquaculture Site, establish a hatchery and a fish nursery capable of supplying high-quality sea bass juveniles to offshore fish cages, as well as establish a processing plant. For the landbased operation, the company would be allocated an area of 21 hectares located at Sungai Mangsalut in Kampong Tanah Jambu.

The project is expected to produce 40,000 MT of barramundi valued at BND300million(US$220 million) per year which will be exported to Singapore, Australia and Europe.

Source: Borneo Bulletin, 14 May 2018

Fishermen in the country are encouraged to register with the Awareness, Safety, Maritime Community 2.0 (K3M 2.0) application developed by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to help curb the encroachment of foreign fishermen into Malaysian waters.

Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority Chairman said registering with the mobile phone application would enable local fishermen to channel information on encroachment of Malaysian waters by foreign fishermen to RMN for immediate action. The application was launched last week at the Defence Services Asia exhibition 2018. The K3M 2.0 is an upgrade version of the K3M application launched in March last year, which aimed at providing a platform for the maritime community in the country to work closely with the RMN.

The K3M 2.0 application introduced new features such as web-based Sea Alert equipped with satellite facilities which enabled fishermen and large vessels to channel information to the RMN.

Source: Malaysia Digest, 23 April 2018

The University of Rhode Island says it will use a $25 million federal grant to help improve the Philippines' struggling fishing industry. The Coastal Resources Center at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography will implement the five-year project to increase fish stocks by improving fisheries management and building the resilience of fishing communities. It's expected to benefit up to 2 million people.

Source: Fox Business, 24 April, 2018

The Fisheries Department passed a requirement for fishing vessels with permission to catch fish and crustaceans to have an identification code painted on their sides before the end of May. Fisheries Department Director-General said that the requirement came into effect on 1st April when it was published in the Royal Gazette. The move is to solve issues related to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU). It will also help identify boats that could be involved with human trafficking and allow anyone on a coded boat to be able to report to others which vessel they are on. The codes, which must be visible on the side of the vessel, consist of four sets of letters and numbers.

For example, the letter ‘T’ of the code ‘T-M-245-B’ indicates that the boat should be operating in the Gulf of Thailand while the second letter ‘M’ means that the vessel weighs at least 30 but less than 60 gross tons. The number ‘245’ is the registration number and the letter ‘B’ is used to indicate that the particular boat is equipped with an seine net. All legal fishing vessels must now have such a code painted on the side.

Source: Coconuts Bangkok, 20 April, 2018

Indonesia: Seine fishing ban eased

Published in National News
Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:48

The full enforcement of a ban on fishing using a controversial type of dragnet known as a seine has eased, following protests by fishermen. On 17 January, the Fisheries Minister announced that the transition period would be extended indefinitely in the Pantura region in Java, in effect, putting the ban on hold. The announcement followed a meeting with Presiden Joko Widodo who struck an agreement with the Pantura protestors in extending the transition period and helping more fishermen gain access to the financial aid programme.

Under a 2015 regulation from the country’s Fisheries Ministry, the use of a particular type of seine known locally as cantrang was deemed destructive, and fishermen nationwide were given until the start of 2018 to switch to alternative methods of fishing with reduced bycatch and less risk of damaging seabed ecosystems. The government also promised financial aid to helpthe fishermen swap their equipment but despite the promides subsidy and the transition period of nearly three years, seine fishing remains widespread. Less than a third of the owners of the more than 7 200 seine-fishing vessels smaller than 10 gross tonnage (GT) – most of which operate off the northern coast of Java – received financial aid to transition to new equipment, according to the Fisheries Ministry data from last September. This year alone, meanwhile, there are already 3 900 applications for financial aid from owners of fishing boats this size.

Source: INFOFISH International 3/2018

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Circular No 1159. Authored by Enrique Alonso-Población and Susana V. Siar, and published by FAO (2018).

The increased recognition of the multiplicity of roles played by women in, and their crucial contributions to, the fisheries sector exists in stark contrast with the low presence of women in fisherfolk organisations around the globe, and the lack of access to decision-making positions in many formal fisheries-related organisations.

This paper summarises analyses of a global literature review on women in fisherfolk organisations. The aim of the study was to identify positive examples and lessons learned by pointing to the drivers – as well as the enablers and entities identified in the literature – that have a key role in fostering increased women’s participation and leadership in collective action in fisheries. State institutions, social movements and civil society organisations, development and conservation projects, religious movements, academia, endogenous mobilisation, charismatic individuals and coincidences have been identified as the key enablers of women’s participation in collective action.

Dwindling resources and the need to secure management roles, modernisation, the allocation of fishing rights, economic changes, family welfare and women’s rights, are the main drivers identified by the authors as catalysers of women’s engagement in collective action. Finally, the paper identifies some of the barriers faced by women to gain equal access to organisations and decision-making. Although more research on the topic is required, there seems to be consensus on the positive effects for women arising from their engagement in modes of collective action.

Radio beacons for safety at sea

Published in Equipment & Supplies
Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:34

From January 2019, commercial fisheries in New Zealand must carry safety beacons onboard. The regulations require the installation of float-free EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) on fishing boats between 7.4m and 24m operating outside enclosed waters.

The new requirement is one of five changes to the maritime rules made recently by the Minister of Transport, triggered by the death of 24 people over the last 11 years inshore fishing boats sank and the crews were unable to activate their manual EPIRBs. Currently, fishing boats operating more than 200nm from New Zealand’s coast must have EPIRBs that automatically ‘float-free’ of a sinking vessel and activate while fishing boats operating within 200nm must have either float-free or manually-activated EPIRBs.

ACR Electonics and Ocean Signal are working with commercial fishing operators to help them comply with the new safety beacon regulations. Automatically deployed and activated when submerged in water, the ACR Electronics GlobalFIX V4 and GlobalFIX pro and Ocean Signal SafeSea 100G float-free EPIRBs feature Category 1 hudrostatic release brackets or housing options.

ACR Electronics; Ocean Signal

New Zealand approves innovative trawl technology

Published in Research
Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:31

Fisheries New Zealand approved the use of an innovative trawl technology for commercial operations in some deepwater fisheries, called the Precision Seafood Harvesting Modular Harvest System (MHS). The MHS is the first innovative trawl technology to be approved under amendments to the commercial fishing regulations introduced last year, director of fisheries management at Fisheries New Zealand, said in a statement.

The regulations were amended to support innovations in trawl gear that provide opportunities to achieve better quality of catch, add value across the sector, and ensure the sustainable use of fisheries resources, he said.The performance of the MHS was tested in trials over the last six years in deep water and middle-depth fisheries, he said.

Fisheries New Zealand will monitor the use of the MHS to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions, and to ensure environmental impacts from the MHS are no more than from traditional commercial trawling, he added.

Source: Xinhua, 11 June 2018

TUNA 2018 BANGKOK

Published in Workshop/Training
Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:29

The 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition kicked off on 28th May in Bangkok at the Shangri-La hotel. Close to 600 participants, including a stellar list of speakers, seemed like almost all of the industry from all corners of the globe was represented, from harvesting through processing and marketing of tuna, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of equipment.

Acting Director of INFOFISH welcomed dignitaries and participants to the event and presented an overview of the theme (“Braving Challenges: Towards a Traceable and Sustainable Tuna Industry”) and the topics in the sessions ahead. Thanking participants for their presence, and the co-organising partners and sponsors for their support in making this important Conference a reality, she said that INFOFISH has the honour to provide a platform for the industry and that “this Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition belongs to you, the industry”.

Dr Transform Aqorau, the Conference Chair, presented a Special Address; he noted that he was honoured to be the first Pacific Islander to chair a Conference of this scale and level of prestige. He said that it was only appropriate that the Conference is themed “Braving the Challenges”, one of which is stock management and traceability, developments in communications not with standing.

He stressed that the industry has a big role to play in sustainability and social responsibility of the industry, certification, eco-labelling, IUU fishing and we need to work with each other to find common solutions to common challenges.

The Opening Address was delivered by Dr Juadee Pongmaneerat, the Chief of Inspector General, Ministry of Agricuture and Cooperatives Thailand, acknowledging that although the Thai tuna industry is among the world’s top tuna exporters, there are challenges that the government is committed to addressing such as the need to ensure that tuna and tuna products are of high quality and meet international standards; the need to comply with IUU regulations; and enhancing traceability.She said that in terms of IUU fishing, the government has issued and implemented the Royal Ordinance on Fisheries BE 2558 and BE 2017 to enhance sustainable fisheries management. Thailand has also formally acceded to the FAO’s Port State Measures Agreement and the Convention of the Law of the Sea (1982). She hoped that through the conference, a common understanding can be created towards sustainable development of the global tuna industry.

Also present in the Opening Ceremony were H E Ana Katuska Drouet Salcedo, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ecuador, H E Patrick Basa, Minister of Fisheries, Papua New Guinea and H E Semi Koroilevesau, Minister of Fisheries, Fiji.

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