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A new regulation published in Chile’s official gazette requires industrial and artisanal fishing vessels of15 meters or more in length to use image recording devices to detect and probe discarding and by-catch activities. This requirement has been introduced with the intention to open the possibility for Chilean fishery products to enter the increasingly demanding global markets in matters of sustainability, in which European markets stand out for the total ban on the discard of species regulated with catch quotas. Industrial ships will have six months, from the publication of the regulation, to comply with the mandatory cameras,while artisanal vessels will have a term of three years.The devices must be activated at the time of departure and deactivated at the end of the landing, and must be approved and certified by Sernapesca. The vessels that have not implemented the regulation or that alter the information are exposed to a fine of 20 to 300 monthly tax units (UTM), and the master of ship to a sanction of 3 to 30 UTM.

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The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has decided to invest in technology to strengthen the fight against illegal and trawling fishing within the first five miles of the Peruvian sea, through the use of drones and monitors. Use of drones will allow to make an accurate evaluation of what is happening in the Peruvian sea for the corresponding actions. The Ministry is also considering acquisition of vessels to strengthen supervision tasks, especially to prevent foreign ships from invading Peruvian territory. These actions will be implemented in coordination with the Peruvian Navy, as of the second half of this year in the north of the country.

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Source: Produce


The officials from Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) along with the trainers from Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and New Zealand delivered training to aspiring fisheries officer sin Fiji. This was part of the AFMA’s ongoing work with the Pacific counterparts to build capacity in good practice global fisheries management. A wide range of fisheries topics were covered, including occupational health and safety; social accountability in monitoring,control and surveillance (MCS) activities; roles and responsibilities within MCS; and risk management processes. The officers also facilitated a practical activity involving boarding and inspecting fishing vessels. Eight students hailing from Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands participated in the accredited course. Upon successful completion,participants received a competency-based Certificate IV in Fisheries Enforcement and Compliance from the University of the South Pacific.

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Source: AFMA


The report on the study for the European Commission compiles data and information on fisheries subsidies within six of the world's major fishing countries:Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Russia and the United States. The purpose of the study is to collate and standardise, to the extent possible, information on the value and scope of subsidies to the catching,aquaculture, and marketing and seafood processing sub sectors in six of the major fishing nations beyond the EU - Japan, South Korea, China, the Russian Federation, Taiwan and the United States. This information is intended to provide a current ‘state of play’ regarding key fisheries subsidies in each country.The study finds that subsidies for capture fisheries play a significant role in China, Taiwan, Japan, the US and South Korea, while aquaculture subsidies are the highest in Russia and China. The biggest subsidies go towards research, infrastructure, fuel (China) and insurance (Japan). The European Union is pushing to ban harmful fisheries subsidies that contribute to unsustainable fishing, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 14, which calls on the world to conserve and sustainably use the oceans. The two most damaging types of subsidies are those that increase the fish-catching capacity of fleets and those for fishermen who engage in illegal fishing activities.



A new method of fishing for Pacific swordfish off the West Coast of USA is proving its value to both fishermen and protected species. The new design by Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER)uses heavy weights to lower baited hooks to depths of more than 1,000 feet during the day, avoiding unmarketable or federally protected species that reside in shallower waters. The method is showing promise as another way to operate sustainable fisheries that minimize by catch and interactions with protected species, such as marine mammals and sea turtles. Deep-set buoy fishing takes advantage of the fact that different marine species feed at different depths at certain times of the day. Sea turtles, whales,and many fish are most commonly found in warm surface waters known as the upper mixed layer. Other fish, such as swordfish, opah, and big eye thresher sharks, pursue food resources in deeper waters. The deep-set buoy system uses heavy weights to rapidly lower baited hooks to target swordfish between 1,000and 1,500 feet. The buoy gear’s strike detection system alerts fishermen when a fish is on the line and allows for its quick retrieval once hooked. It also preserves the quality and freshness of the catch and allows for the live release of any unwanted catch. The rapid processing of the catch and high quality of the landed product brings a premium price at market. This helps compensate fishermen for the additional time and effort involved in buoy fishing. To assure that buyers are getting what they pay for, PIER has designed a unique tagging program that links the deep-set-buoy-caught fish with the plate of the consumer. A tag one very fish allows consumers to track the fish from vessel to plate. Consumers can use a project webpage on PIER’s website to verify that their product came from one of the deep-set buoy vessels.


The OMEGA Mesh Gauge®

Published in Equipment & Supplies
Friday, 21 April 2017 01:35


The OMEGA Mesh Gauge® is an electrically driven instrument that measures the exact sizes of the meshes of fishing nets. The Omega mesh gauge applies a preset longitudinal force to the mesh to be measured.Once this force is reached, the exact opening of the gauge is measured automatically. Mesh opening and measuring force are shown on a digital display. A series of measurements can be performed and the readings are stored in an integral memory. At the end of the sequence the number of measurements made and the average mesh size are displayed. The OMEGA MeshGauge® is suitable for diamond, square, and 90°turned meshes in active fishing.

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A new regulation adopted by EU will make updates to the European Union's fleet register available in real time. The regulation makes it easier for EU member states to update the fleet register, while giving the Commission the necessary tools to crosscheck the data that member states submit. The EU Fleet Register database, managed by the European Commission is necessary tool to manage the balance between fishing capacity and opportunities in line with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which aims for sustainable levels of fishing for all stocks by 2020. Under the new regulation, when member states introduce a change(entry or exit of a vessel, change of a data) in their national fishing fleet register, they must also submit it to the Commission on the same day. In addition the Commission may, at any time, request a 'snapshot' –an overview of changes – from any member state. This replaces the previous system, whereby member states had to transmit such snapshots four times a year. If the content of the snapshot is unreadable, incomplete,inaccurate or unreliable, the Commission rejects the snapshot and notifies the member state in question.The member state then has three working days to make the necessary changes in the national register. The new regulation enters into force on 1 February 2018,and applies to all commercial fishing vessels, except aquaculture vessels and blue fin tuna traps.

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Fiji's Ministry of Fisheries has launched an inter-sector campaign intended to discourage the trade of fish not reaching the allowable size. The campaign, called ‘Set Size’, will target consumers and fishermen, starting with direct outreach at the community level, led by the ministry, community leaders and church leaders.A broad coalition of partners will be working with the ministry to create awareness among Fijians about the sizes fish need to reach to ensure they are breeding and replenishing fish stocks year on year. A billboard featuring Set Size champion Waisale Serevi is already up at the Nausori fish market, appealing to sellers and consumers with the slogan: "Don't Eat Fiji's Future"by buying undersized fish. This new campaign has been designed as the next step for the 4FJ campaign,which focused on grouper, which are some of the most vulnerable fish in Fiji.

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Source: Fiji Times


Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, has launched a new certification standard for sustainability in the Irish fishing sector,certifying fishing vessels that adhere to strict criteria regarding care of the catch, trace ability and provenance,training, welfare and social sustainability. According to BIM, with 7 fishing vessels already certified under the updated responsibly sourced seafood standard and with a target of 40 by year end, this standard will provide an independently certified raw material source that links in with the sector’s sustainability charter,Origin Green.

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Source: BIM

New device reduces 35 pc shrimp by catch

Published in Fisheries
Friday, 21 April 2017 01:13


A new by catch device has delivered impressive results that will improve the sustainability of fishing operations of wild catch prawns in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery. The trial results indicated a statistically significant reduction in by catch of approximately35%. The new device, called Kons Covered Fish eye, isa modification of a by catch reduction device already approved by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), called a ‘fish-eye’. The results have been confirmed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

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