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  • Destruction order for net used in illegal elver net fishing

    On Tuesday 25 March 2014, Graham Stokes of Gloucester pleaded guilty at Gloucester Magistrates’ Court to one charge of unauthorised elver net fishing. The 49-year-old was fined £250, ordered to pay £350 in costs, along with a £25 victim surcharge. The court issued a destruction order of Mr Stokes’ elver net and banned him from applying for any authorisation for two ...

  • Sleeping while fishing with unlicensed rod nets fines

    Three anglers have been fined by Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court for fishing illegally, two with unattended rods. One was found sleeping and unable to attend to his rods should they hook a fish, an offence designed to protect the health of fish. Two of them also failed to give their addresses to officers. Environment Agency bailiffs found the men on routine patrols. All three were also ...

  • Sea turtle bycatch reduced by UV lights on fishing nets

    Every year many marine animals including seabirds, sea turtles and sharks are unintentionally caught as bycatch in commercial fishing gear. Recent research has demonstrated that illuminating fishing nets with ultraviolet (UV) lights can reduce sea turtle bycatch without significantly affecting the number of fish caught or their market value. Small-scale coastal gillnet fisheries are widespread ...

  • 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 ...

  • Elver netsman banned for illegal fishing

    A Bridgwater man has been banned from elver fishing for four years after he was caught fishing in a 'no go' area on the River Parrett. Christopher Bond was also ordered to pay £900 in fines and costs. Environment Agency bailiffs were on a routine night patrol on March 7, 2013 when they saw the defendant and a second man behaving suspiciously near the Huntspill Sluice. Mr Bond’s ...

  • Obama Budget Proposal a Big Net Plus for Environment

     Environmental Defense Fund praised President Obama's congressional budget request that would provide funding for sustainable fisheries and shift some of the $4 billion a year in subsidies for oil and gas companies to invest in clean technology in Fiscal Year 2013.  However, EDF lamented the fact that the president's budget proposes cutting funding for ...


    By Environmental Defense Fund

  • Sustainable fisheries net US$100,000 award

    A marine conservation charity that helps coastal communities sustainably manage and profit from marine life has won a US$100,000 prize for sustainable practices. Blue Ventures, a UK-based conservation organisation that works in Belize, Madagascar and Malaysia, took first place in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Tighter controls rejected on Pacific tuna fishing

    Pacific island nations and conservation groups have failed to persuade the body that oversees tuna fishing in the Pacific to introduce more stringent measures to protect tuna supply. Negotiations broke down at a meeting in Guam last month (March 26-30) of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), as Pacific island nations – backed by Australia – failed to reach ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Reducing fish discards: recommendations for successful pilot projects

    New research has shed light on the factors needed to successfully implement pilot projects designed to reduce the dumping of unwanted fish by fishermen. The analysis of 15 European projects highlights the importance of involving the fishing industry in developing and implementing pilot projects. Unwanted fish or other marine creatures which have been caught unintentionally are often discarded by ...

  • New steps toward sustainable trade in fish

    Fifty-two FAO Members attending the 11th session of FAO’s Sub-Committee on Fish Trade in Bremen, Germany have endorsed a set of technical guidelines aimed at promoting responsible international trade in fish and fishery products. The voluntary guidelines are intended to help countries ensure that “international trade in fish and fishery products do not compromise the sustainable development of ...

  • U.S. and EU Pledge Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

    Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued this statement today in response to a historic agreement between the United States and the European Union to stop illegal fishing. "Two of the three largest seafood importing markets deciding to crackdown on the illegal fishing epidemic could represent a major turning ...

  • Plastic debris in the Danube outnumbers fish larvae

    Plastic debris in the Danube outnumbers fish larvae Pieces of plastic litter outnumber fish larvae in the Austrian Danube River, new research has found. This is worrying, as some fish are likely to mistake the plastic for the prey they would normally feed on. This litter may also contribute to marine pollution; the researchers estimated that at least 4.2 tonnes of plastic debris enter the Black ...

  • World fish trade to set new records

    The booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers benefit too, FAO said today. Global fishery production from wild capture fisheries and aquaculture is expected to set a new record in 2013 at 160 million tonnes, up from 157 million tonnes the previous year, while exports will reach $136 billion, ...

  • Mediterranean Fishing Nations Adopt Conservation Measures

    ROME, Italy (ENS) - Nations whose fishing fleets work the waters of the Mediterranean Sea have agreed on a series of new measures aimed at conserving the region's dwindling fish populations. The delegates also adopted new, stricter rules for tuna fishing in the face of warnings that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is wiping out the world's tunas. The measures were ...

  • Salmon Watch: Fish crime crackdown aims to protect Solent salmon stocks

    The Environment Agency is launching a new initiative to protect Solent salmon stocks and is calling on the public and businesses to help play a major role in safeguarding their future. The new Salmon Watch campaign is part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing crackdown against fish theft and illegal angling. Since a previous anti-poaching campaign was launched across Hampshire in October ...

  • First-ever federal rules for offshore fish farming issued

    The first-ever federal regulations for large-scale fish farming in the ocean were issued Monday, opening a new frontier in the harvesting of popular seafood species such as red drum, tuna and red snapper. The new rules allow the farming of fish in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The rules - in the making for years - were announced in New ...


    By Associated Press

  • Blue Mussel Fishers of Lower Saxony Achieve MSC Certification for Sustainable Fishing

    After two years of independent scientific analysis, the blue mussel fishers of the ‘Niedersächsische Muschelfischer GbR’ are entitled to mark their catch with the internationally recognised MSC ecolabel for sustainable fishing. Certification to the MSC standard verifies that there are sufficient mussels for the future, marine ecosystems remain intact and that management rules ...

  • Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest

     The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle - it's fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi - often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky flesh - in large tanks inside a warehouse. With global consumption of seafood ...


    By Associated Press

  • Aquaculture can grow faster, raising micronutrient supply from fish

    Fish farming will likely grow more than expected in the coming decade, offering a chance for improved nutrition for millions of people, especially in Asia and Africa, according to a new report.  Increased investment in the aquaculture sector - particularly in productivity-enhancing technologies including in the areas of water use, breeding, hatchery practices and feedstuff ...

  • Cost of Putting Seafood on Dinner Tables: 650,000 Marine Mammals Killed or Hurt by Foreign Commercial Fishing Each Year

    In order to put wild-caught seafood on dinner tables, more than 650,000 marine mammals are killed or seriously injured every year in foreign fisheries after being hooked, entangled or trapped in fishing gear, and enforcement of a U.S. law to protect marine mammals could help prevent tens of thousands of these deaths, according to a ...

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