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Based on an analysis carried out in close collaboration with the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), the Joint research center (JRC) and DG MARE co-authored a report ‘EU Fishing Fleet- Trends and Economic Results’, which summarizes the status and trends of the European Union’s Fishing Fleet. According to the Report, the performance of the EU fishing fleet has significantly improved in recent years, moving from a loss-making position in 2008 to record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014 – up from €500 million in 2013. Forecasts for 2016 remain positive. This trend is also confirmed by an increase in the average salaries of the EU fishing fleet employees during the period of analysis. Moreover, due to the more efficient way in which many EU fleets operate,fuel consumption and fuel use intensity decreased significantly. This positive economic development is accompanied by the observation that increasing number of fish stocks are being fished sustainably.These stocks tend to be fished at Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSYs), enabling the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea while keeping fish stocks healthy.

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As the climate changes and fisheries transform the oceans, the world's African penguins are in trouble,according to researchers reporting in Current Biology.Young penguins aren't able to take all the changes into account and are finding themselves "trapped" in parts of the sea that can no longer support them even as better options are available. According to the researchers from the University of Exeter and University of Cape Town, juvenile African penguins are stuck foraging for food in the wrong places due to fishing and climate change. When the young ones of this end angered species leave the colony for the first time, they travel long distances, searching the ocean for certain signs that should mean they have found an area with lots of plankton and plenty of the fish that feed on it. But rapid shifts caused by climate change and fishing mean these signs can now lead them to places where the sefish, the penguins' main prey, are scarce with impacts on their survival, a so-called 'ecological trap.'

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Source: Sciencedaily


The European Commission (EC) has decided to lift the‘yellow cards’ issued to Curaçao and Solomon Islands,recognizing the significant progress both countries made in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated(IUU) fishing. These countries had undertaken a series of reforms, ever since they received the yellow cards, to bring their fisheries legal and administrative frameworks in line with international law. Working closely with the European Commission, they have strengthened their sanctioning system, and have improved monitoring and control of their fleets. Under the IUU Regulation, the European Commission had warned Curaçao in November 2013 and Solomon Islands in December 2014 that they were not doing enough against IUU fishing. With this decision of EU, Curaçao and Solomon Islands join the growing list of countries (Sri Lanka, Ghana, Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Korea, the Philippines, Fiji, Belize, Panama,Togo and Vanuatu) that have reformed their fisheries governance systems following a warning by the EU.

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FAO and Norway have launched a brand new, state-ofthe-art marine studies vessel, among the most advanced of its kind and the only research ship on the globe that flies the UN flag. Its mission: To investigate some of the planet's least-explored oceans, using cutting edge technology and sophisticated equipment to help developing countries assemble scientific data critical to sustainable fisheries management and study how achanging climate is affecting our oceans. The new Dr.Fridtjof Nansen, the 3rd ship to bear that name during anon going 40-year partnership between FAO and Norway,houses seven different laboratories packed with high tech gadgetry. This includes new-generation acoustic gear for biomass assessments and ocean floor mapping, a ROV(remote underwater vehicle) control center, "mantatrawls" that collect plankton and microscopic plastic particles, and a laboratory specifically designed for climate studies - making the Dr.Fridtjof Nansen one of the world's most advanced marine research facilities. Designed at Norway and built at Spain at a cost of about US$80 million,the Dr.Fridtjof Nansen is owned by Norway's Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and operated by Institute of Marine Research IMR.

The vessel takes its name from the renowned 19th century Norwegian zoologist, explorer and Nobel Peace Prizewinner, Fridtjof Nansen, whose interests later in his career shifted to oceanography, leading him to help develop some of the first modern scientific equipment for marine studies.

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Source: FAO

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

Published in Fisheries
Friday, 21 April 2017 00:47


UN Environment launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: micro plastics in cosmetics and the excessive,wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging and redesign products;and calling on consumers to change their throw away habits– before irreversible damage is done to our seas. The #CleanSeas campaign is a global movement targeting governments, industry and consumers to urgently reduce the production and excessive use of plastic that is polluting the earth’s oceans,damaging marine life and threatening human health.Throughout the year, the #CleanSeas campaign will be announcing ambitious measures by countries and businesses to eliminate micro-plastics from personal care products, ban or tax single-use bags,and dramatically reduce other disposable plastic items.

The UN environment body aims to transform all spheres of change–habits, practices, standards and policies around the globe to dramatically reduce marine litter and the harm it causes. So far, ten countries have already joined the campaign with far-reaching pledges to turn the plastic tide: Belgium, Costa Rica, France, Grenada, Indonesia,Norway, Panama, Saint Lucia, Sierra Leone and Uruguay.

Each year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing at least $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems. Up to 80 per cent of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic. According to some estimates, at the rate we are dumping items such as plastic bottles, bag sand cups after a single use, by 2050 oceans will carry more plastic than fish and an estimated 99 per cent of seabirds will have ingested plastic.

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These proceedings report the result of a sub-regional consultation on the existence and effectiveness of environmental monitoring systems for fisheries and aquaculture in the Lower Mekong basin. The document also includes a baseline assessment of environmental monitoring systems in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and the report of a regional workshop to discuss the assessment's findings and future steps to improve an environmental monitoring and early warning system that will improve climate change adaptation in fisheries and aquaculture in the area.

Publisher: FAO


The National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (CONAPESCA) has developed a project to identify the origin of shrimp, which will make it possible to certify that the production of this crustacean meets current standards. Modification Project NOM-047-SAG / PESC-2014 establishes the procedures that distinguish the origin of the shrimp (farming, marine, lagoon - estuarine) and is mandatory for shrimp licensees, concession holders and farmers. Differentiating the origin of the shrimp favours the certification that the production has been developed in accordance with current regulations, sustainably, and it highlights certain qualities sought by the consumer in order to avoid restrictions on its marketing.


Sonapesca started a program "Eat fish and get a kilo of health per year" aimed at promoting domestic consumption of seafood by considering its nutritional contribution, as well as meeting the food needs of the population. The campaign has been initiated considering the fact that Chileans consumes on average 10 kilos of fish and seafood a year, which is low in a country with a great coastal territory that provides nutritious and delicious products.



A Brazilian woman who suffered from serious burns on her arms, neck and some parts of her face caused by an explosion was given a pioneering new treatment using tilapia skin to reduce her injuries.The innovative biological dressing has been developed by a team of researchers at the Nucleus of Research and Development of Medicines (NPDM) of the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). The tilapia skin prior to use, was put through a rigorous process that removes scales, muscle tissue, toxins and any possibility of transmitted diseases and also to get rid of the fishy smell.The skin was then stretched and laminated before being stored in refrigerated banks in strips of 10cm by 20cm for up to two years.The result was something similar to human skin, which remains flexible and easy to mould around a wound.It was then placed over the person's damaged skin for up to 11 days before being removed. Tilapia skin contains 'optimum levels of collagen type one' and high degrees of humidity, and hence takes a long time to dry out. These remarkable characteristics helps in healing burns and for providing patients with essential proteins.


USA: Fish Oil can Help Prevent Lupus

Published in North American
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 03:55


Taking fish oil supplements could help prevent lupus and other autoimmune diseases. Researchers at Michigan State University fed female mice genetically disposed to lupus with the omega-3 fatty acid, Docosa Hexaenoic Acid (DHA) In the study, DHA was found to block the activation of the disease lupus, triggered by crystalline silica- a toxic mineral also known as quartz, Lupus is a genetic disease that can be triggered by inhaling crystalline silica and by other environmental factors such as sun exposure.

Source: Pain News

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