As reported in an earlier blog posting, BTA are engaged in a public/private consortium with representatives from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and The Crown Estate (TCE) as part of a project team to explore the possibility of marine trout farming in the South of England.
Meriden Animal Health has recently appointed Kat Konstanti to the role of International Technical Support Specialist. Kat's main focus will be to support the drive and growth of Meriden's products in the Aquaculture industry through her technical knowledge and understanding of the market.
New US aquaculture body pleased with progress in DC Undercurrent News Since announcing its formation six months ago at the Aquaculture Americas Conference in Seattle, the Coalition of US Seafood Production (CUSP) has found that there is certainly...
Feed Machinery Aquaculture park proposed for Albany, Indiana Feed Machinery A central Indiana county is working on plans for a 60-acre aquaculture park in hopes of attracting more business connected with fish production.
SCOTLAND, UK - Scottish fishermen will highlight key issues of concern for the catching sector when they meet with UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice in the ports of Peterhead and Fraserburgh this Thursday (24 July).
In the coming weeks, members of the charter fishing industry as well as the public will have an opportunity to provide comments to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on a new proposal that could lead to better management of the...
The Australian Government is providing Aus$3.85 (€2.7) million to support the Tassal Group to construct a new fish by-product processing facility in Triabunna, Tasmania. As a result of the dismantling of the Forestry industry by the Labour and Greens Government, perhaps no town was impacted more severely than Triabunna.
Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal has been benchmarked as the world’s top salmon farming company in corporate, social and environmental reporting. Tassal’s CEO Mark Ryan said the company had improved one place from last year after being ranked second against the same international benchmarks by seafoodintelligence.com, an independent international seafood market intelligence news and information service.
Reference is made to our release on 31 March 2014 in respect of the EU Commission's review of the Morpol acquisition process. Marine Harvest has today been advised that the Commission has decided to impose a fine on it in the amount of €20 (US$26.94) million as a consequence of an alleged breach of the provisions of the European Merger Control Rules.
MSUToday Empowering the next generation of fisheries professionals MSUToday Taylor, the University Distinguished Professor in Global Fisheries Systems in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and member of the MSU Center for Systems Integration...
As part of his special programme, Out and About with the PM, Douglas visited the Old Road Fisheries Complex, where about 15 fishermen frequent the facilities built in 2006 with the aid of the Japanese government.
Chinese researchers have developed an assay using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to detect bacterial infections that cause economically devastating losses in fish farming (PCR points to the bacteria in fish farming - XXPress PCR
Aquaponic system combines lettuce, fish Capital Press MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. — Fish and lettuce share the same circulating water in an aquaponics system recently developed by Jim and Jami Brown. The result is a commercial venture.
he EU's General Affairs Council has adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.
Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki welcomed the Council's green light: "We want to make the growth of maritime sectors both smart and sustainable. The Directive reconciles the diverse uses of the sea and will make access to maritime space more predictable. This will help avoid potential conflicts between users, so that businesses can enjoy a more stable and assured environment, and so that we can better manage the impact of human activities on the marine environment." Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik added: "This is a good example of how economic development and safeguarding the environment can go hand in hand. Good planning means a win on both counts."
The Directive is a cornerstone in the EU's Blue Growth strategy, allowing more efficient implementation of EU legislation for both economic and environmental gain. With Maritime Spatial Planning, operators and developers will have greater certainty about their investments and should also see a reduction in red tape.
Each relevant EU Member State must now transpose the Directive into their national legislation and to nominate a Competent Authority in charge of its implementation by September 2016.
Although national maritime spatial plans must comply with a number of minimum requirements set by the Directive, countries are free to tailor the content of the plans to their specific economic, social and environmental priorities, as well as to their cultural traditions and legal context.
After the European Commission had warned three countries - Curaçao, Ghana and Korea - that they were not doing enough to fight illegal fishing in November 2013, it will now grant each country an extra six months to improve the situation. The Commission will review their progress made at the end of this period.
The Commission had found a number of specific problems in the countries’ legislative set up, which came short of efficient control or deterring sanctions. The warning issued in November 2013 (IP/13/1162) did not entail any direct trade measures, but each nation was proposed a tailored action plan and six months to redress the situation. They were warned that should they fail to do so, the EU might resort to banning all fisheries imports from the countries. A similar measure was taken earlier this year for Guinea, Belize and Cambodia (IP/14/304).
Today the Commission considers that Curaçao, Ghana and Korea have all made credible progress towards complying with their obligations as flag, coastal, port or market States. They are updating their legal framework to include the fight against illegal fishing, improving their control and monitoring systems and taking a proactive role vis-à-vis international law and rules of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. Clearly, however, the adoption and implementation of new rules take time.
This extension is the result of collaborative work between the Commission and the countries in question. Since the warning the Commission has kept the dialogue open, offered assistance and performed thorough analysis. This is part and parcel of the EU’s relentless effort to eradicate illegal fishing worldwide.
The fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is an essential component of the EU’s policy for sound ocean management. As the world's biggest fish importer, the EU has been closing off its markets to illegally caught fish.
The key instrument to do so is the 'IUU Regulation', which entered into force in 2010 and which allows access into the EU market only if fisheries products are certified as legal by the flag State of origin. The Regulation also foresees a systematic approach with third countries to improve the sustainability of fishing activities at global level, as per the EU's new Common Fisheries Policy.
Another five countries had received formal warnings in 2012: Fiji, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu (IP/12/1215). Most of these countries have since been cooperating constructively with the Commission and making significant progress in their fisheries management systems. They too obtained an extension in 2013, while the Commission assesses their performance and reserves to take action in the future in line with the provisions of the IUU Regulation.
By contrast, last March the EU adopted trade measures against Belize, Cambodia and Guinea for their lack of commitment to tackling the problem of illegal fishing (IP/14/304). Fisheries products caught by vessels from these countries can no longer be imported into the EU.
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage, and weakens coastal communities, particularly in developing countries.
The estimated global value of IUU fishing is approximately 10 billion euro per year. Between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish are caught illegally every year, which corresponds to at least 15% of world catches.