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Snow Crab Fishery Becomes 200th Fishery to Achieve MSC Certification

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CANADA - The Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) snow crab fishery, the province’s highest value fishery and one of Canada’s most valuable fisheries, has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
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Seafood Roundup - Your Weekly Industry Newsletter - 22 April 2014

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California Bill Would Change How Seafood is Labelled | Aquaculture Directory

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A coalition of grocers and retailers and the seafood industry’s main trade association say a proposed law in California that would change the names under which seafood is sold in an effort to combat fraud is misguided and won’t achieve its objective.
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Netting success: New videos show how to get started in fish farming — OARDC Report

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Why dive into aquaculture? Demand. Within about 15 years, farms could produce some two-thirds of the world’s supply of fish for food.
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Transforming Indonesia’s Manta Fisheries

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This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fe...
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Market to decide on Chum Salmon Substitute, Hokkaido, Puget, BC Chum Salmon Fisheries - 3-Minute Market Insight

Market to decide on Chum Salmon Substitute, Hokkaido, Puget, BC Chum Salmon Fisheries - 3-Minute Market Insight | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Chum Salmon the buzz word this week for the North American market and in Japan.
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Nova Scotia fishing industry continues to be most deadly - CBC.ca

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TheChronicleHerald.ca Nova Scotia fishing industry continues to be most deadly CBC.ca Nova Scotia's fishing industry continues to be the deadliest workplace in the province because health and safety are not priorities, a legislature committee heard...
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DOLE 12, fishing industry strengthen partnership for labor laws compliance - Philippine Information Agency

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Philippine Information Agency DOLE 12, fishing industry strengthen partnership for labor laws compliance Philippine Information Agency DOLE 12, represented by Regional Director Ofelia Domingo, recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the...
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Mussel producers received 72pc of Community aid for aquaculture - FIS

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Mussel producers received 72pc of Community aid for aquaculture FIS The aid for aquaculture under the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) granted between 2009 and 2013 and managed by the Xunta de Galicia benefitted the mussel farming sector with 72.5 per...
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Groups hope MSA update won't move fish conservation 'backwards' - KCAW

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According ALFA's Linda Behnken, not all regions have placed as much emphasis on resource protection as the North Pacific. (NOAA Fisheries image).
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Chile's Super Salmon back in the black - Undercurrent News

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Chile's Super Salmon back in the black Undercurrent News Chilean group Agrosuper, which operates the salmon farming division Los Fiordos, saw its aquaculture activities gain $3 million in the first six months of 2014, up from losses of $8.57m in...
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UNITED STATES: Study finds warming Atlantic ocean temperatures could increase expansion of invasive native species

UNITED STATES: Study finds warming Atlantic ocean temperatures could increase expansion of invasive native species | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial reefs off North Carolina by researchers from NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

 

The findings, reported for the first time, were published in the September issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.

 

“The results will allow us to better understand how the fish communities might shift under different climate change scenarios and provide the type of environmental data to inform future decisions relating to the management and siting of protected areas,” said Paula Whitfield, a research ecologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and lead author of the study.

 

The North Carolina reefs lie within the temperate-tropical transition zone, where historically, both temperate and tropical species live, at their respective range limits. However, water temperatures in the zone are becoming more tropical, making it an important place to detect climate changes and its impacts.

 

The researchers first  made these discoveries during an ecological study of the marine communities on the North Carolina reefs. Findings from this earlier study showed similar shifts of climate change induced shifts in algal populations.

 

Researchers combined year-round bottom water temperature data with 2006-2010 fish community surveys in water depths from 15 to 150 feet off the coast of North Carolina. The study revealed that the fish community was primarily tropical in the deeper areas surveyed, from 122 to 150 feet, with a winter mean temperature of 21 °C (69.8 °F). However, many of these native tropical fishes, usually abundant in shallow, somewhat cooler reefs, tended to remain in the deeper, warmer water, suggesting that temperature is a main factor in controlling their distribution.

 

“Globally, fish communities are becoming more tropical as a result of warming temperatures,  as fish move to follow their optimal temperature range.,” said Whitfield. “Along the North Carolina coast, warming water temperatures may allow the expansion of tropical fish species, such as lionfish, into areas that were previously uninhabitable due to cold winter temperatures. The temperature thresholds collected in this study will allow us to detect and to estimate fish community changes related to water temperature.”

 

“This kind of monitoring data set is quite rare because it combines multi-year quantitative fish density data with continuous bottom water temperature data from the same location,” said Jonathan A. Hare, NOAA Fisheries research oceanographer and a co-author on the study.

 

Similarly, the distribution of the venomous Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans), a species new to the Atlantic since 2000, was restricted to water depths deeper than 87 feet where the average water temperature was higher than 15.2°C (approximately 59.4 °F). As the more shallow waters warm, lionfish may expand their range, since they seem to be attracted to areas with a warmer  minimum temperature. Although lionfish only arrived in North Carolina in 2000 they were the most common species observed in water depths from 122 to 150 feet in this study.

 

Since their first sighting off the Florida east coast, in the late 1980s, lionfish have spread throughout the western North Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. They are considered a major threat to Atlantic reefs by reducing reef fish recruitment and biomass, and have been implicated in cascading impacts such as decreased coral cover on coral reefs. To date, cold winter bottom temperatures are the only factor found to control their distribution on a large scale.

 

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.

 

 


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Lion fish have veracious appetites.  Their growth and expansion into other territories may cause even more havoc on an environment that is struggling to remain healthy.

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Hydrodynamic starvation: Why so many fish larvae perish after hatching

A new study has uncovered the reason why 90 percent of fish larvae are biologically doomed to die mere days after hatching. This understanding of the mechanism that kills off the majority of the world's fish larvae may help find a solution to the looming fish crisis in the world. The research suggests that "hydrodynamic starvation," or the physical inability to feed due to environmental incompatibility, is the reason so many fish larvae perish.

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CHILE: Pescanova se aleja de la Antártida

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La biomasa del krill tal vez sea la mayor de cualquier especie animal multicelular del planeta. Este crustáceo, de no más de cinco centímetros de longitud, el animal más abundante en la Tierra, se encuentra en las aguas antárticas. Se emplea en la producción de alimentos para consumo humano (rico en ácidos grasos Omega 3), pero es en la acuicultura donde más se utiliza, como pienso de alta calidad.

 

La Comisión para la Conservación de los Recursos de la Vida Marina en la Antártida (CCAMLR) es el organismo que regula su pesca. De acuerdo al listado de la CCAMLR de barcos con licencia para pescar en la región, no más de medio centenar de buques cuentan con licencia para faenar sus aguas. Uno de ellos es el Betanzos, de Pescanova.

 

La multinacional gallega es una de las pocas compañías que cuenta con permiso para pescar en las aguas antárticas, a través de su filial Lafonia. Sin embargo el grupo español, que acaba de abandonar la situación concursal en la que se encontraba, ha optado por dejar la zona. Adiós a Lafonia, a las Islas Malvinas, a las Islas Georgias, a la Antártida. Adiós al krill.

 

De acuerdo a fuentes cercanas al grupo pesquero, Pescanova ultima la venta de Lafonia (una operación que podría estar valorada entre 15 y 20 millones de euros). Lafonia cuenta con dos filiales, Polar, situada en Islas Malvinas, y Antarctic Sea Fisheries, en Chile.

 

La primera de estas filiales tiene cuota de pesca de calamar, bacalao y pez hielo en Malvinas, y cuenta con dos de los mejores barcos para pesca de arrastre que existen en España, el Sil y el New Polar. Pescanova participa en esta sociedad junto con un socio local, la firma Seaview.

 

La otra filial, Antarctic Sea Fisheries, es 100% de Lafonia. Dispone de un palangrero con permiso de pesca de bacalao en las Islas Georgias (cerca de las Malvinas), y con el arrastrero Betanzos, dedicado a la captura de krill. En 2011 la empresa invirtió 17,3 millones de euros en la remodelación del Betanzos para adaptarlo a la pesca del krill, según el plan de viabilidad elaborado por PwC para Pescanova el pasado año, al que ha accedido este diario.

 

La consultora estimaba en su informe que Lafonia, en situación concursal, podría alcanzar unas ventas estables anuales de 21,7 millones de euros. Según el mismo informe, la empresa debe 3,2 millones a Banco Sabadell; 2 millones a Bank of Western Australia, y 1,39 millones a BBVA. El combustible es el principal coste operativo del negocio antártico de Pescanova, suponiendo un gasto de 2,48 millones de euros al año.

 

De acuerdo a fuentes del sector, Pescanova ha optado por desprenderse de Lafonia para centrarse en Argenova, su filial en Argentina. Según las fuentes consultadas, el conflicto de soberanía entre Argentina y Reino Unido sobre las Malvinas y las Georgias hace que el Gobierno argentino no vea con buenos ojos a las compañías con negocios en la zona, lo que habría empujado a Pescanova a vender Lafonia.

 

Argenova, en concurso desde mayo de 2013, emplea a cerca de 1.000 personas y cuenta con 18 barcos. PwC estima en su informe que la empresa podría alcanzar una facturación superior a los 63 millones de euros. La compañía argentina debe 6,5 millones a Caixa Geral; 11,7 millones a Sabadell; 1,9 millones a Banco Patagonia, y 1,8 millones a Deutsche Bank.

 

Las fuentes del sector consultadas advierten de la arriesgada apuesta de Pescanova por Argentina. “La inestabilidad política y laboral hacen que siempre sea un caladero incierto y en Argenova lo principal es la pesca de gambón, que no tiene un futuro halagüeño por la competencia del vannamei”, dicen.

 

El grupo sigue la estrategia del krill para sobrevivir

 

Aún no está claro cómo consigue el krill sobrevivir, hasta 200 días, sin comer aparentemente en las heladas aguas antárticas. Según recientes estudios, lo más probable es que este pequeño crustáceo consuma el material orgánico de su cuerpo para satisfacer así sus necesidades metabólicas.

 

Pescanova está haciendo como el krill: se está encogiendo para sobrevivir. La multinacional (cada vez menos) gallega se ha desprendido de filiales en el extranjero en los últimos meses. En abril de 2013 vendió dos granjas de camarón en Ecuador; en diciembre vendió el 50% de su filial australiana al grupo japonés Marucha Nichiro.

 

Recientemente se ha desprendido de sus filiales en Chile, uno de sus mayores activos en el extranjero. Durante el concurso y reorganización accionarial de Pescanova se aseguró que Chile era básico para el negocio del grupo español. El negocio chileno de Pescanova –a través de las sociedades Pescachile, Acuinova y Nova Austral– figura en el informe de viabilidad elaborado por PwC como “prioritario”. Las filiales de Pescanova en Chile tienen una plantilla en total cercana a las 2.000 personas.

 

Pescachile, declarada en concurso en mayo de 2013, tiene una cuota de pesca de merluza del 46,6% en el país. Acuinova y Nova Austral están centradas en la cría y comercialización de salmón. Solamente dos barcos de Pescanova en Chile, el Diego Ramírez y el Cabo de Hornos, pescan al año 30.000 toneladas de hoki (merluza de cola), cuando en Namibia (donde está presente Pescanova) para pescar esa cantidad se necesitan 18 barcos, explican expertos del sector.

 

Pescanova informó ayer a la CNMV de que no ha recibido información oficial sobre la venta de sus participadas en Chile.

 


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Food industry must consolidate and exploit aquaculture potential | Aquaculture Directory

Food industry must consolidate and exploit aquaculture potential | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
The Irish food industry must consolidate, get out of the “commodity trap” and exploit its potential for aquaculture. That was the message from Prof David Bell and Mary Shelman of Harvard School of Business who have been working with Bord Bia and Irish food companies since 2010.
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Seafood Harvesters Respond To Rubio’s Legislative Priorities For Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization | Aquaculture Directory

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On behalf of the Seafood Harvesters of America, Vice President and Board member John Schmidt (of the Gulf Fishermen’s Association) and Board Member Jack Cox (of the South Atlantic Fishermen’s Association) issued the following joint statement on US Senator Marco Rubio’s introduction of the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act, which lays out his legislative priorities for fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic:
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Somalia Fishguard LTD Website

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The homepage of Somalia Fishguard the Somalia Government's managing agent for fisheries and marine resources licensing (RT @iamayanle: Somalia govt contracted a foreign company called "Somalia-Fishguard" to develop its fisheries
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Michigan revamping brook trout fisheries in two Upper Peninsula lakes - FishSens Magazine

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Stunted yellow perch have taken out two popular brook trout fisheries in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A plan is underway to turn the lakes around.
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EU aquaculture development goals not met so far - FIS

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EU aquaculture development goals not met so far FIS A study reveals that aquaculture measures in the period up to 2013 were not well designed and implemented at EU and Member State level and that funds were handed out without proper environmental...
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$1.1 million in relief to go to groundwater fishing industry - Seacoastonline.com

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$1.1 million in relief to go to groundwater fishing industry
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World Fishing & Aquaculture - Oz plans for aquatic animal health

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Australia is continuing its work in aquatic animal health management and has released its third national plan to ensure a sustainable future.
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Humber events blog: Only 4.6% of world aquaculture is eco-certified as EMS ... - Undercurrent News

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Humber events blog: Only 4.6% of world aquaculture is eco-certified as EMS ...
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The aim of IFFO's RS is to be a 'Russian doll' standard, packaged within certifications delivered by, for instance, the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
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Trans Nzoia Sets Aside Sh32 Million for Fish Farming - The Star

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Trans Nzoia Sets Aside Sh32 Million for Fish Farming
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Wanyonyi said the county government will buy a cooling plant to help farmers preserve fish.
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SPAIN: 21 illegally caught bluefin tuna specimens intervened

SPAIN: 21 illegally caught bluefin tuna specimens intervened | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

Under the Fisheries Act of the State, Fisheries Inspection Service personnel intervened 21 bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) specimens in the Strait of Gibraltar that had been captured illegally.

 

The Prefecture of Cadiz had the collaboration of the Protection Nature Service (SEPRONA) and the Maritime Service of the Guardia Civil.

 

The Cadiz authorities are stepping up inspections at sea and in port in order to pursue, prevent and punish illegal tuna fishing.

 

The 21 tuna specimens that have been intervened weigh 1,173 kilos and have already been delivered to the Food Bank.

 

Meanwhile, the Border Inspection Position of Algeciras strictly continues controlling all fish imports to prevent the entry of bluefin tuna that do not have the certificate to ensure that its capture was made respecting international, Community and national regulations.

 

Bluefin tuna illegal capture and sale represents a fraud to consumers and unfair competition for all professional fishermen and trap centres that respect the required quotas and regulations.

 

Nowadays, fishing for this species is subject to international recovery plan, which since its implementation has been offering good results, La Voz Digital reported.

 

In recent years, the trap fisheries in Cadiz noted an increase in the abundance of the resource, an observation that has been endorsed by the scientific reports submitted by the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

 

In 2006 this agency approved Bluefin Tuna Recovery Plan, whose launch helped recover the resource and its biomass. This plan provides that bluefin tuna can be fished exclusively by authorized vessels and that each of them, or every trap fishery, can capture only one previously allocated fishing quota.

 

In Cadiz, although the trap centre season ends in June, it is extended until the end of the year in the Strait waters for part of the recreational fleet (which has exhausted its quota) and the hand-long-line fleet of Algeciras and Tarifa, which accounts for 6.3 per cent of the Spanish quota, EFE agency reported.

 

By Analia Murias
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ΚΟΣΜΟΣ: Διεθνείς προσπάθειες για την απαγόρευση του επιστημονικού προγράμματος φαλαινοθηρίας της Ιαπωνίας

ΚΟΣΜΟΣ: Διεθνείς προσπάθειες για την απαγόρευση του επιστημονικού προγράμματος φαλαινοθηρίας της Ιαπωνίας | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

Αυστραλία και Νέα Ζηλανδία κατά Ιαπωνίας

 

Η Νέα Ζηλανδία και η Αυστραλία ηγούνται της προσπάθειας να ψηφιστεί η απόφαση απαγόρευσης του επιστημονικού προγράμματος φαλαινοθηρίας της Ιαπωνίας στο ερχόμενο συνέδριο της Διεθνούς Επιτροπής Φαλαινοθηρίας.

 

Το συνέδριο, το οποίο θα λάβει χώρα αυτή την εβδομάδα στη Σλοβενία, είναι το πρώτο μετά την απόφαση του Διεθνούς Δικαστηρίου της Χάγης τον περασμένο Μάρτιο που έκρινε πως το ετήσιο κυνήγι φαλαινών της Ιαπωνίας στα νερά της Ανταρκτικής έχει εμπορικό χαρακτήρα και όχι επιστημονικό, επομένως είναι παράνομο.

 

Οι ιαπωνικές αρχές ακύρωσαν προσωρινά το κυνήγι φαλαινών για την περίοδο 2014-2015, όμως αναμένεται να παρουσιάσουν ένα νέο σχέδιο το οποίο θα πληροί τα επιστημονικά κριτήρια της Διεθνούς Επιτροπής, ώστε να μπορέσουν να συνεχίσουν τη φαλαινοθηρία.

 

Η Νέα Ζηλανδία απεναντίας καλεί την επιτροπή να επικυρώσει την απόφαση του Διεθνούς Δικαστηρίου και να προσθέσει ακόμα πιο αυστηρές συνθήκες για μελλοντικές άδειες κυνηγιού για επιστημονικούς λόγους. Σύμφωνα με διεθνείς ανταποκριτές η Νέα Ζηλανδία έχει εξασφαλίσει μία ισχνή πλειοψηφία παρά τις ισχυρές αντιδράσεις της Ιαπωνίας.

 

Η Ιαπωνία υποστηρίζεται από τα άλλα δύο μεγάλα φαλαινοθηρικά κράτη, τη Νορβηγία και την Ισλανδία, καθώς και από ένα πυρήνα μικρών αφρικανικών και νησιωτικών κρατών της Καραϊβικής, τα οποία δέχονται κριτική για τις συμφωνίες που εξασφάλισαν προκειμένου να υποστηρίξουν τις ιαπωνικές θέσεις.

 

Το μορατόριουμ του 1986 απαγόρευσε το εμπορικό κυνήγι φαλαινών ωστόσο η Ιαπωνία, η Νορβηγία και η Ισλανδία δε σταμάτησαν πρακτικά ποτέ. Η διαφορά είναι ότι η Ιαπωνία δεν περιορίζεται στα χωρικά της ύδατα αλλά δραστηριοποιείται και στα διεθνή ύδατα κοντά στην Ανταρκτική, επικαλούμενη επιστημονικούς λόγους όπως την παρατήρηση της σεξουαλικής ωριμότητας των φαλαινών.

 

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EUROPEAN UNION: Commission cooperates with Portugal to enforce fisheries rules

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In its efforts to ensure that fisheries rules are respected across the EU, the European Commission has today adopted an action plan to help upgrade the Portuguese fisheries control system to European standards. This plan was prepared in partnership with the Portuguese authorities to ensure that Portugal complies fully with the requirements of the EU's 2009 Fisheries Control Regulation and the new Common Fisheries Policy to achieve sustainable fishing.

 

The Portuguese action plan focuses largely on the catch registration system, in order to ensure that essential data to monitor catches are complete, reliable and timely. To that end, the development of IT tools to collect, share and analyse data is essential. Catch data are reported by fishermen so control authorities can monitor their fishing quotas and thus prevent overfishing.

 

European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, said: "I have an obligation to make sure that commonly agreed rules are enforced on the ground: this is a prerequisite for sustainability. We have worked hand in hand with the Portuguese authorities on this action plan. The Commission can also assist in financing this upgrading of the Portuguese fisheries control system through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

 

Several of the measures within the action plan aim to reinforce the chain of control, and in particular the flow of catch data between mainland Portugal's fisheries authorities and those of the Portuguese offshore archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. Also included are measures which focus on Portugal's inspection activities, to support a more robust control system.

 

Action plan for effective controls

 

Effective control of European fisheries is not only essential for the sustainability of European fisheries, but also for the coastal communities, the wider economy and the marine ecosystem. It also ensures a level playing field for fishermen across Europe, so all fishermen play by the same rules.

 

Control action plans are designed to address systemic organisational issues, while other enforcement means are used to deal with more isolated issues. The Commission is working with Member States individually to determine what steps need to be taken to reach those standards. Action plans have already been adopted and put in place with Spain, Malta, Italy, France and Latvia, whilst others are in the pipeline for Bulgaria and Romania.

 

Background

 

Fisheries rules and control systems are agreed at EU level, but implemented and carried out by the national authorities and inspectors of EU Member States.

 

To enforce the EU's Common Fisheries Policy rules, a European control system is in place, designed to ensure that only the allowed quantities of fish are caught, to collect the necessary data for managing fishing opportunities, and to ensure the rules are applied to fishermen across the EU in the same manner.

 

The system is set out in the EU's Control Regulation which entered into force on 1 January 2010 and which thoroughly modernised the EU's approach to fisheries control. It provides for a series of new instruments to assist Member States in implementing the agreed rules, including system auditing and action plans such as the one unveiled today for Portugal.

 

For more information

 

The EU system for fisheries controls: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/control/index_en.htm

 


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AUSTRALIA: Research project helps improve dive safety in Tasmanian aquaculture

AUSTRALIA: Research project helps improve dive safety in Tasmanian aquaculture | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

A long-term study of dive safety in Tasmania's aquaculture industry has produced the first set of tables for so-called yo-yo diving, which have caught the eye of the Australian and US navies.

 

Divers inspecting salmon pens have to make a series of shallow-depth dives, a practice known as yo-yo diving that places them at high risk of decompression illness, otherwise known as the bends.

 

Now they can do such work in safety following the field-validated tables produced by a 20-year research project involving the Royal Hobart Hospital, local industry and Defence Research and Development Canada.

 

While advances in technology have meant fewer dives are required, some 40,000 dives are still conducted every year.

 

Feedback from the scientists has helped the industry improve safety and training.

 

Over the course of the study, the aquaculture industry boomed from 1300 tonnes of fish farmed a year to more than 40,000 tonnes yet the number of bends incidents dropped from 11 to three.

 

Research co-author David Smart, who is Medical Co-Director of the Royal Hobart Hospital Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, said the diving practices followed in Tasmanian aquaculture were first-rate.

 

"The good news is the industry has made great improvements in its safety and it now equals world's best practice with decompression illness incidents per number of dives," he said.

 

Tassal Dive superviser Damien Strong said he had seen the improvements first-hand.

 

"Through the research we've been able to ... get the diving done with less people," he said.

 

Mr Smart said both the Australian and US navies have expressed interest in the dive tables produced by the research because it would be of great help to dive teams carrying out ship, wharf and port inspections.

 

 


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