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 SERIES

  • Common Fisheries Policy reform

    Despite several improvements after the 2002 overhaul of the common fisheries policy (CFP), there was a general consensus that the CFP urgently needed further reform, because it had failed to make fishing sustainable, as EU member states’ fleets still catch far more than marine ecosystems can replace. Today, 88% of Mediterranean stocks and 39% of Atlantic are overfished, due to surplus fleet ...


    By European Parliament

  • 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

  • Sharks Caught in the Jaws of Tuna Fisheries

    Governments will soon have a chance to help conserve populations of oceanic whitetip sharks, which have declined so much in the eastern Pacific that catch numbers have been reduced to almost zero. Tuna fisheries are primarily responsible for the drastic decrease in population of one of the most prolific and widespread shark species, the oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus). ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Gaps in traps make for sustainable fisheries

    Fitting traditional fish traps with 'escape gaps' dramatically reduces the catch of non-target fish while maintaining fishers' incomes, according to research in Kenya. Key to protecting fisheries is increasing sustainability without sacrificing the size of fishers' catches, Emmanuel Mbaru a researcher with the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

  • Changes to the Fisheries Act - The Sky is (Not) Falling

    Recent changes to the Federal Fisheries Act had been the subject of considerable speculation until the Harper Government's 2012 Omnibus Budget Bill was tabled earlier this year confirming the details of the proposed changes, some of which became law on June 29, 2012. The British Columbia Business Council's latest Environment and Energy Bulletin clarifies some of the misconceptions about the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Fishing for sustainable practices to conserve fisheries

    Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to research done by Nourishing the Planet (www.NourishingthePlanet.org) for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total fish harvest—increased 50-fold between the 1950s and 2008 and now contributes nearly ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • First Estonian prawn fishery certified sustainable

    After a year-long scientific assessment, the Estonian prawn fishery has achieved certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. Prawns from the Barents Sea fishery, sold in Scandinavia, throughout Europe, Russia, Japan and China, will now be eligible to bear the MSC ecolabel.  “This is the first Estonian fishery to achieve MSC certification and we look forward to ...

  • Greenland Arctic whitefish fisheries enter MSC assessments

    Greenland’s cod, haddock and saithe fisheries in the North East Arctic area of the Barents Sea have entered MSC assessment. If successful, and subject to traceability certification, products from the fisheries will be eligible to bear the MSC’s blue Certified Sustainable Seafood ecolabel. The fishery, representing three Greenland boats - Sisimiut, Polar Princess and Ilivileq - first ...

  • MSC certified fisheries delivering environmental improvements

    Whether buying a tin of tuna or a Michelin-starred meal, shoppers choosing MSC-labelled seafood are helping to create a wave of sustainable fishing practices around the world, according to a new report, published today by the Marine Stewardship Council. In the MSC Global Impacts Report 2013, environmental scientists Dr David Agnew and Dr ...

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