fisheries News

  • Americas region fishery update

    Since our last newsletter in September, one fishery was certified, one was re-certified and three entered full assessment in the Americas region. The U.S. Atlantic sea scallop fishery, the highest landed value fishery in the United States, achieved MSC certification in ...

  • World fisheries near collapse

    According to a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) commercial fish stocks around the world could collapse within decades. The report, In Dead Water, states that 2.6 billion people rely on these stocks for protein, which could be destroyed through a combination of climate change, overfishing and pollution. At least three quarters of ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nutreco FeedTech Challenge offers the ultimate test for breakthrough innovations

    In its continuous quest for innovation in animal nutrition and aqua feed, Nutreco is launching a new way to kick-start breakthrough solutions with the Nutreco FeedTech Challenge. Centred around the question ‘What is your breakthrough innovation – that CANNOT wait?’ Nutreco calls for the brightest minds to help realise sustainable food production for a growing world population. ...


    By Skretting - Nutreco Group

  • Fisheries Reform: Time to Draw in the Net

    Achieving healthy fish stocks globally was a key challenge flowing from Rio+20 and will be a central litmus test for realizing an inclusive Green economy. So it is good news that Europe recently reached an historic agreement to reform its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) that promises to reverse decades of excessive overfishing by European fleets. The agreement covers the rebuilding of fish stocks ...

  • Fisheries certification update: November 2013

    Collectively, the fisheries certified since our last newsletter bring an estimated additional 880,000 tonnes of fish into the market with the potential to carry the MSC label. They include whitefish, shellfish, herring form several fisheries and toothfish. Whitefish certifications welcomed by buyers The ...

  • New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform

    Operating rules for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen to comply with new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. EMFF aid will help fishermen to observe the discard ban, e.g. by buying more selective fishing gear, but will also be used to improve safety and working conditions, data collection and port infrastructure. All ...


    By European Parliament

  • East Lyn fishery to remain closed

    The Watersmeet and Glenthorne fishery on Exmoor's River Lyn is to remain closed until the end of the 2013 season to safeguard salmon and sea trout stocks. The Environment Agency closed the fishery on July 12 following a higher than normal number of fish deaths due to disease. The action was taken to reduce stress on remaining fish and ensure as many as possible successfully spawn later this year. ...

  • Improving fisheries and aquaculture sector Turkey

    The twinning project aims to contribute to the improvement of the performance of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Turkey. Its goal is to foster a dynamic fishing industry that ensures a fair standard of living for fishing communities, but recognises the impact of human activity on all components of the ecosystem. As such ...

  • Dams a potential `catastrophe` for Mekong fisheries

    A new study has warned that if 78 hydropower dams scheduled for construction along tributaries of the Mekong River go ahead, they will permanently block critical fish migration routes, with "catastrophic" implications for the world's biggest inland ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Fisheries certification update: July 2013

    In the period since March, new fisheries of all sizes from around the globe have been newly certified to the MSC standard for sustainability. Spanish cooperative's artisanal shellfish fisheries certified Fisheries managed by the 400 member ...

  • World’s largest fishery angles for sustainability

    Peruvian anchovy fishers – who pull in 10 percent of the total fish catch in the world – for the first time will be independently monitored, ensuring the sustainability of stocks. Peruvian anchovy (Engraulis ringens) is a major Peruvian export, reaching more than U.S. $ 1.7 billion in 2008, equivalent to 70 percent of national fish exports for the entire country. Although the government in past ...


    By WWF International

  • Scientists question fisheries health test

    The findings – published this week in Nature – followed an examination of  whether changes in fishery catches reflect changes in the structure of marine food webs, and therefore are a suitable guide to assess the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystem health. CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship scientist, Dr Beth Fulton, and Dr Sean Tracey from the Tasmanian Aquaculture and ...

  • Improving fisheries and aquaculture sector Turkey

    The twinning project aims to contribute to the improvement of the performance of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Turkey. Its goal is to foster a dynamic fishing industry that ensures a fair standard of living for fishing communities, but recognises the impact of human activity on all components of the ecosystem. As such ...

  • Indonesia, FAO to strengthen fisheries and aquaculture cooperation

    Indonesia and FAO will strengthen cooperation in the field of marine affairs, fisheries and aquaculture under an agreement signed here today. The three-year Memorandum of Agreement, which sets up a framework for future joint activities in those sectors, was signed by Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Sharif C. Sutardjo and by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, ...

  • NIWA scientists survey blue cod fishery

    The survey, which took place from late September until early November, was carried out on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to assess the status of blue cod stocks in the region. It included the Queen Charlotte Sound, Pelorus Sound, D'Urville Island and Point Underwood to the northern tip of Arapawa Island, including the Brothers Islands. For the first time NIWA fishery ...

  • MSC certificate suspended for Faroese herring fishery

    The MSC certificate for the Faroese Pelagic Organisation (FPO) Atlanto-Scandian herring fishery has been suspended today by certifier Det Norske Veritas (DNV). In an expedited audit, DNV concluded that the Faroese allocation of an independent quota for Atlanto-Scandian herring three times larger than last year’s quota meant that the fishery is now operating under a ‘controversial, ...

  • Climate change talks mustn`t forget fisheries

    Saying that vulnerable fishing and coastal communities around the world will bear the brunt of climate change's impacts, a group of 16 international organizations today have urged climate negotiators to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture are not neglected in ongoing discussions regarding a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. In a policy brief issued today in advance of UNFCC talks in Bonn, ...

  • Objection Filed to Proposed Certification of Alaska Salmon Fishery

    An objection has been submitted over the Final Determination Report by Intertek Moody Marine (IMM) that concluded 13 of 14 units of certification in the independent, third party assessment of the Alaska salmon fishery meet the Marine Stewardship Council standard for a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The final report notes the Prince William Sound unit of certification remains in assessment. ...

  • Alaska Salmon Fishery Earns MSC Re-certification

    Global seafood markets can continue to source MSC certified Alaska salmon and apply the MSC ecolabel, after a scientific, stakeholder-engaged, third-party assessment by Intertek Moody Marine (IMM) determined that 13 units of certification meet the MSC Standard as a sustainable ...

  • Marine reserves may increase fishery profits

    New research suggests that establishing moderate areas of marine reserves along coastlines could benefit fisheries by providing greater profits and more flexible management policies. Previous research on reserve-based management, where protected areas are permanently closed to fishing, has suggested that fishery yield will increase through intensive fishing in the areas between the reserves. ...

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