Sustainable Fisheries News

  • UN aquaculture worker in plane toll

    A BRITISH woman who was among the 157 people killed in yesterday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash worked for the United Nations fisheries and aquaculture department. Joanna Toole, 36, from Devon, one of seven Britons to die in the tragedy, was heading for the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. The Boeing 737 Max 8 plane hit the ground six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on Sunday ...


    By FISHupdate

  • The Ecomondo and Key Energy Showcase Will Tackle the North African Area

    Circular economy and the development of renewable energies are two of the great changes under way in the green economy universe. Both will be featured in key showcases at Ecomondo and Key Energy, two trade shows organised by the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) at Rimini Expo Centre (Italy) from 6th to 9th November. At the 22nd edition of Ecomondo, the core focus will be on the circular economy, ...

  • Scallop war fears as talks fail

    THE threat of further clashes between British and French scallop fishermen has surfaced again after the two sides failed to reach agreement at the weekend. ...


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  • Grimsby Seafood Village for sale

    GRIMSBY Seafood Village has been put up for sale with a guide price of over £4 million. Opened in July 2012, it heralded a new era for the Grimsby seafood sector, helping to bring it into the 21st century. The project was the brainchild of three local fish merchants, Peter Dalton, Gary Cadey and Lea Kirwin who, despite formidable obstacles, brought it to a successful conclusion. ...


    By FISHupdate

  • EU yellow card hits Vietnam exports

    A CLAMPDOWN by the European Union has led to a market fall in seafood exports from Vietnam. The EU has been closely monitoring Vietnamese fishing practices in an attempt to put an end to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Late last year it became so concerned that it showed a yellow card to Vietnam, which appears to be having the desired effect. The Vietnam Association ...


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  • Skipper show will be ‘busier than ever’

    THE Scottish fishing industry will gather in Aberdeen next week for the annual Skipper Expo, which has attracted a strong international presence this year. With around 200 stands, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive showcase for the Scottish fishing industry when it opens its doors on Friday, May 25. The two-day show will see more than 30 new exhibitors this year, giving fishermen and ...


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  • Lidl joins seafood disclosure project

    THE retailer Lidl has become the first major discounter to publish a full public profile list of all the sources of its wild caught seafood on the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) website. This gives information on fishery management, catch methods, and likely environmental impact. Amali Bunter, responsible sourcing manager at Lidl UK, said: ‘We are extremely proud of our ...


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  • Northern fish stocks in good shape

    FISH stocks in the North Sea and Barents Sea, two of the most important northern hemisphere fishing areas, are in good shape, according to the latest assessment by marine scientists. But there is evidence that the seas in those areas are becoming warmer. The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research has been studying the state of several different types of fish. It has found that in the North ...


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  • UK fishing groups unite on Brexit stand

    FISHING industry groups from across the UK have united to ensure the government sticks to its word on Brexit. This new body, which includes a broad cross section and strong Scottish representation, met in Manchester to agree the elements of the campaign. It said afterwards: ‘We intend to hold government to account on Brexit commitments.’ A spokesman for ...


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  • John West owners joins ghost gear fight

    THE Thai  Union Group,  one of the world’s largest seafood companies, has joined forces with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative  in a drive to reduce the growing problem of abandoned and discarded fishing gear  worldwide. The  global ghost initiative (GGGI)  is an alliance founded by World Animal Protection, dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear ...


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  • Nancy Glen raised in Loch Fyne

    THE fishing boat Nancy Glen has been raised, according to a report in the Campbeltown Courier. The vessel, which foundered on January 18 with the loss of two Tarbert men, was raised by a crane on a recovery barge. Skipper Duncan MacDougall and crewman Przemek Krawczyk are believed to have gone down with the boat. The Scottish government pledged to cover the cost of trying to ...


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  • Fuel cost threat to fishing profits – survey

    THE UK fishing fleet earned a record £950 million last year as the volume of landings rose by 10,000 tonnes. However, the figures, compiled by Seafish, also show that higher fuel costs are starting to eat into operating profits. Seafish’s preliminary estimates reveal that skippers and vessel owners are reporting that spending on fuel is now taking up 12 ...


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  • Norwegian companies at the center of new international alliance for global sustainable seafood industry

    Norway's largest seafood companies have been key in establishing a new initiative aimed to change the international fishing industry. The initiative made up by eight of the world's largest seafood companies and called "Seafood Business Ocean Stewardship"  will clear-out IUU fisheries  and inhumane working conditions. The global seafood trade is dominated by a handful of large companies ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth

    The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among ...

  • USSEC Works with Philippines’ Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources on its Aquaculture Development Plan

    USSEC recently met with the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) in Diliman, Quezon City to learn their plans and program for the country’s aquaculture sector over the next five years. The head of the Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Division presented the newly approved “Comprehensive National Fisheries Industry ...

  • FAO puts sustainability on the menu in the world’s fastest-growing food sector: fish

    High-level delegations of fisheries ministries from more than 50 countries are gathering in Agadir for a summit with industry players to discuss emerging governance needs in a sector that provides the world with 17 percent of its animal protein and developing countries with more export revenue than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined. The globalization of the fish trade, ...

  • The gene for sexual maturation in salmon is found

    The discovery of the gene that controls sexual maturation in female and male salmon provides new effective methods of controlling sexual maturation in farmed salmon. The new knowledge will also be of great importance in the management of wild salmon stocks. Maturation in salmon reduces growth, fillet quality and activity of the immune system. This leads to poor fish welfare and downgrading of ...


    By AQUAGENICS INCORPORATED

  • Artificial fish habitats along Somali coast to benefit coastal communities

    FAO, working with the European Union, has just completed the deployment of 25 "fish magnets" along Somalia's 3,300-km coastline, a move that will boost the nation's small-scale artisanal fisheries. The Fish-Aggregating Devices (FADs) consist of a floating buoy and "habitat mat" a few metres across. Plant life quickly grows under the mat, attracting large numbers of fish -- in essence creating new ...

  • UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station receives grant to study popular spotted seatrout fishery

    he University of Florida’s new Nature Coast Biological Station will receive a grant to evaluate the spotted seatrout fishery in the Big Bend region. The grant, for $20,000, is provided by The Conservation Fund, a national organization that funds conservation projects that improve local businesses. ...

  • Canadian yellowtail flounder re-certification proof that fishery rebuilding works

    Demonstrating a continuous commitment to sustainable fishing practices, the Ocean Choice International (OCI) Grand Bank Yellowtail Flounder Fishery has been re-certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fishery Standard as being sustainable and well managed. ...

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