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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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Source: https://ec.europa.eu

 

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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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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Source: https://ec.europa.eu

 

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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Source: https://ec.europa.eu

 

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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Source: http://web.unep.org

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