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World’s first one-by-one tuna conference

Published in Workshop/Training
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 07:06

The world’s first one-by-one tuna conference was held on the island of Faial in the Azores from 16-17 October 2017. Hosted by the Government of the Azores’ Regional Secretariat for the Sea, Science and Technology and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the conference was attended by 200 one-by-one fishery stakeholders including fishing associations, commercial fishing industry representatives, processors, suppliers, brands, retailers, governments, researchers and NGOs. Attendees shared information about the status of all of the world’s leading one-by-one fisheries; the social-economic and environmental dimensions of these fisheries and ways to enhance traceability; and how to better tell the story of one-by-one tuna products and the communities responsible for them. The conference concluded with participants issuing ‘The Azores Declaration’ which calls for six key principles to be supported throughout all one-by-one tuna fishery supply chains.

Source: INFOFISH International, 1/2018

Social benefits of One-by-One tuna fisheries

Published in Publication
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 07:03

Authored by Miller AM, (2017)

IPNLF’s first Social Dimensions report examines the social benefits derived from one-by-one fisheries and the resulting impacts on the communities dependent on them. The evidence was collated through a literature review and preliminary research to introduce the key social aspects of one-by-one tuna fisheries- encompassing both the material benefits(including employment, income, and food availability) and cultural and community benefits (including identity, human rights and gender parity).

This document can be downloaded from the IPNLF website.

Published by the International Pole an Line Foundation (IPNLF) 3028

S-Band Radar

Published in Equipment & Supplies
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 07:01

The product features high resolution imaging that grounds fishing vessels with long-distance seabird and under water fish school detection, which can improve fishing efficiency, as well as safety of fishermen at sea.

The radar system consist of an antenna, color LED display, processor and control unit; BlackBox radar is available if different monitor preferred.

Anchang Brothers Co., Ltd, Japan

Simrad SU90 fish finding sonar

Published in Equipment & Supplies
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 07:00

The Simrad SU90 is the ultimate long range, low frequency fish finding sonar. Key features include 360 degrees omnidirectional, 90 degrees vertical tip, an operational frequency adjustable from 20 to 30kHz, increased source level (3 dB higher than SX90), stabilised beams, narrow beams (opening angle4, 9 degrees at 30 kHz). The narrow beams increase the sonar’s range and resolution, and offer a vertical view with additional details and a clearer picture.

Simrad, Norway

Satellite data to map mangroves in India

Published in Research
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 06:59

India's Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) would utilize the satellite data for a spatial mapping of marine fisheries and mangroves in the country, said CMFRI director.

As part of the marine fisheries management, the CMFRI has already launched a research project to analyze the productivity of the sea waters utilizing the data. The study is aimed at correlating the data on the presence of chlorophyll in the water bodies collected physically with the data generated from the satellites. Also, CMFRI has inked a pact with the national remote sensing centre (NRSC), Hyderabad, of the Indian space research organisation (ISRO), to conduct a collaborative study to assess the blue carbon emissions and its sequestration," he said during an interaction with participants of the Winter School organized by the CMFRI to train young researchers in using satellite remote sensing data. The data would also be used be for locating suitable sites for cage fish farming in sea waters. "Selection of ideal sites is important for expanding the cage farming ventures systematically by ensuring a better yield, and at the same time site selection is also crucial for not disrupting the environmental equilibrium of coastal ecosystem," he said.

Organized with an aim to strengthen research network for the utilization of satellite technology for the favour of India's marine fisheries sector, the Winter School, which began on 1 December 2017, was attended by 22 participants from various research institutes, agricultural universities and colleges from across the country.

Source: TNN, December 24, 2017

New limits are being placed on vessels fishing skipjack tuna in 2018 after the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) implemented harvest control rules on the species. As sustainability is a great concern in the tuna industries, the new limits will help safeguard the sustainable use of fish stocks.

Currently, there is no catch limit set by the Commission on any of the 16 species that fall under their mandate. As the population of skipjack is considered healthy, the Commission sees it as being in a better position “to implement management measures to meet the Commission’s objective on sustainability and yield.” Focusing on sustainability, the Commission said in an IOTC news release “that tuna production in the Indian Ocean cannot continue to expand in the same fashion as they have done in the past. ” The same communique stated that “the skipjack fishery in the Indian Ocean is one of the largest tuna fisheries in the world, with annual total catches of 400,000 to 600,000 MT over the past decade”, “Seychelles-flagged purse seiners caught over 60,000 MT of skipjack in 2016, nearly twice as much as the catch in 2014.”

According to Resolution 16/02 on harvest control rules for skipjack tuna, adopted at the twentieth session of the IOTC in May 2016, the skipjack tuna stock assessment shall be conducted every three years.The quota will be calculated every year based on the change in the stock status. An assessment was completed in October 2017. The result will be used in the calculation of catch limit that will apply for the next three years starting 2018. The following year, the Commission will review the measures.

Since 2011 the Commission has been evaluating strategies to manage key tuna species. Last year, yellowfin tuna catch was reduced by 15% as a conservation measure against overfishing. The intergovernmental organisation responsible for the management of tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean wrote that the harvest control rules are not expected to be permanent.

Source: AllAfrica, November 25, 2017

Scientists from the Balearic Oceanographic Centre of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), in collaboration with fishermen from the Balearic Islands and Cataluña, have evaluated different measures to reduce the direct and indirect impact of trawling in ecosystems. The results of their studies, published recently show that the new technological improvements and innovative management measures analyzed make it possible to reduce the impact of trawling gear on the seabed, improve its selectivity and reduce fuel consumption. As a measure of innovative management, a change was made in the work routine in the trawling fishery that is carried out in the Gulf of León, which consisted of moving from a daily activity, between 12 and 16 hours during the five working days of the week to a continuous activity for 48 hours per week. The technological improvements, which were carried out in trawlers from Mallorca and Menorca, consisted of the use of smaller hydrodynamic doors or doors that do not contact the seabed, shorter warps and wider-mesh nets in its previous part, to increase its filtration capacity. In addition, the cod end mesh shape was also changed, from a diamond one of 40 millimetres to a square one of 40 millimeter, the mesh in force since 2010. Changing the cod end mesh shape and use of hydrodynamic doors did not result in any change in the composition of land catches or a reduction in commercial yields. The change in the work routine allows to decrease sailing and even the effective fishing time. This leads to a lower fuel consumption, which is also achieved with the boards that do not contact the seabed and the lighter gear having mesh that is larger in size, which also results in a reduction in operating costs and, therefore, contributes to maintain the yields.

 Publish at : FTD Issue 99

Source: Journal of Marine Policy

Peru has become the thirteenth country in Latin America and the Caribbean to ratify the Agreement on Port State Measures, striving to put an end to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. With this formalized ratification before the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

(FAO), the Peruvian state has committed, before the international community, to implementing practical surveillance, monitoring and control measures in order to ensure the legal province of fishing products entering Peruvian ports. The idea is to contribute to the sustainability of these resources, which are the sustenance of over 200 million people around the world.

Publish at : FTD Issue 99


Malaysian Maritime Authorities publicly set fire to a foreign fishing boat for the first time in a move to deter illegal fishing. This new method has been adopted by The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency as its previous efforts to quietly sink 285 foreign fishing boats nationwide to create artificial reefs, failed to attract attention and curb illegal fishing. The boat was set ablaze at sea before being sunk off northern Kelantan state. “The disposal by burning method is aimed at sending a clear message to the domestic and international community that the Malaysian government is serious in battling the incursion of foreign fishermen in our waters, said the agency’s Deputy Director-General of Operations. Authorities have described illegal fishing by foreign vessels as a serious issue that has depleted resources in Malaysian waters and cost the government an estimated MYR 6 billion (USD 1.4 billion) in revenue annually.

Publish at : FTD Issue 99


Taiwan confident EU will lift' yellow card'

Published in National News
Friday, 27 October 2017 02:19

Taiwanese Fisheries Authorities are confident that the yellow card imposed by EU during 2015, on grounds of being identified as uncooperative in the fight against illegal fishing would soon be lifted. According to the Taiwanese fisheries authorities, the country has made major achievements over the past years in the fight against IUU and has been working to ensure that Taiwanese deep sea fishing boats are operating in accordance with EU fishery regulations. The measures included amendments last year to the Act for Distant Water Fisheries, the Act to Govern Investment in the Operation of Foreign Flag Fishing Vessels, and the Fisheries Act, in addition to drafting another 15 amendments.

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