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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.

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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.

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Source: http://www.fao.org/americas/noti-cias/ver/es/c/1040414/

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.

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Source: http://nationalpost.com

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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Source: http://focustaiwan.tw

LIVE Camera

Published in Equipment & Supplies
Friday, 27 October 2017 02:14

The LIVE Camera transmits footage from the trawl, live and wirelessly, to a computer on the bridge. The transmission is received via two modem receivers attached to the hull of the ship, one on each side. The product enables real-time observation and facilitates real-time decision-making. The user has a live link to the actions in or around the trawl and can, for example, see if the desired catch is in the trawl, in the desired quantities. Several hours can be saved on a hauling cycle. The LIVE camera provides the user with a set of subsea eyes and brings the seabed to the bridge—a necessity in modern day trawling. It is designed to be a firm fixture on the trawl, and is only detached for recharging, maintenance or to be placed on another position of the trawl. The battery recharge time is eight hours at the most.

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Source: J T Electric

The 11thIndian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (11thIFAF) will be hosted by the ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT), at Cochin, Kerala during 21-24 November, 2017. Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (IFAF), organized every three years in different parts of the country by The Asian Fisheries Society – Indian Branch (AFSIB), has been providing a platform for discussion at the national level on issues related to research, development,

education and policies in the field of fisheries and aquaculture. The 11th edition of the event themed at “Fostering Innovations in Fisheries and Aquaculture- Focus on Sustainability and Safety” would have a comprehensive look for the Fisheries and Aquaculture sectors, for achieving greater synergy among the stakeholders and planning strategies for capture fisheries and aqua farming to build higher levels of sustainability and profitability in line with Blue Growth Initiative. The highlights of the event are technical sessions, a few parallel international events, fishers/ farmers meet, exhibition and post forum tours.

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Source: www.11ifaf.in

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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Source: https://www.seafoodsource.com

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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Source: http://www.iuufishing.noaa.gov

Global landings of small pelagics are expected to grow by 7 per cent this year, compared to 2016, mainly due to the increased catch expected for Peruvian anchovy. An increase in Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic herring landings is also estimated, although not as much as that of anchovy, according to an FAO report.

The increase in herring and mackerel landings in 2017 would be about 4 per cent compared to 2016. This could exercise certain pressure on prices, but as the increase is relatively moderate, there are no drastic changes in prices. However, currency exchange rates may play a greater role in price formation.

The FAO report, which analyzes the market situation in 2016 and for the period from January to March 2017, indicates that the outlook for the anchovy fishery in South America during 2017 is positive. And it adds that a significant increase in landings is expected, despite reports that the stocks are not in good condition.

Peru closed the second anchovy season in 2016 in January, with an accumulated landing of 1.73 million tonnes out of a total quota of 2 million tonnes. At the end of last year, Peru captured 68 per cent of the anchovy quota. In the northern-central region of the country 1.36 million tonnes were landed.

Regarding horse mackerel, the FAO report notes that the Peruvian Ministry of Productionhas set the horse mackerel quota for 2017 at 100,000 tonnes, 7.5 per cent higher than that of 2016. And Chile also increased its horse mackerel quota by 1 per cent, to 300,000 tonnes. In Peru, most of the horse mackerel caught is destined for direct human consumption, while in Chile part is processed and frozen, and a large quantity is processed into fishmeal.

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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Source: fis.com

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