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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A major new study has revealed that the global seafood catch is much larger and declining much faster than previously known. The study, by the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, reconstructed the global catch between 1950 and 2010 and found that it was 30 per cent higher than what countries have been reporting to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome since 1950. In the Caribbean islands, the catch was more than twice as large as previously reported and declining at a rate 60 per cent faster than the official rate, the Canadian study found.

The Government of Seychelles plans to launch this year the so called "blue bonds" with the purpose of raising funds to implement a transforming management programme for demersal fisheries in the Pacific island nation. As part of a strategy aiming at a sustainable Blue Economy, this latest initiative involves the issuing ten-year sovereign bonds guaranteed by Government and supported by international financial institutions, with the fund implementation being specifically defined to save energy, curb pollution and recycle resources.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016

A study published in Nature Communications indicates that the quantities of fish caught throughout the world are largely underestimated and could even be 30% higher than official estimates. "They give an estimate of possible fishing levels taking account only of industrial catches, whereas they should also include the by-catches and waste from industrial fishing and all the small fish around", explains Frédéric Le Manach, Scientific Director of the association BLOOM, which campaigns for the protection of marine ecosystems.

Thursday, 04 February 2016

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment participated in the third meeting of the EU - Republic of Gabon Joint Committee, which analyzed the use of the Partnership Agreement on fisheries during 2015. The meeting was attended by officials from the European Commission, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Gabon and representatives of Spain and France. The Joint Committee discussed the operation of the tuna fleet in these waters, which are one of the most important fishing grounds of the Atlantic, and both parties have defined the catch payment, which during the 2015 season exceeded the reference tonnage, with a historic record surpassing 32,000 tonnes.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Deputy Director-General of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Wez Norris has described the dispute between FFA member countries and the cancellation of 37 US Fishing vessel licenses to stop fishing in the Pacific waters as an ‘unfortunate situation’. In an exclusive interview with SIBC News today Mr Norris says this will have a range of impacts on Solomon Islands and other Pacific Nations who are FFA members. “Noe this obviously has a range of impacts to the Pacific Island Countries themselves including the Solomon Islands because we made that arrangement in 2015 in good faith.

On 3-4 February 2016, the Maldives will host an important workshop to further advance the understanding of Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs), with the overriding aim to agree an appropriate harvest control rule (HCR) for tuna stocks under the jurisdiction of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). This HCR recommendation will be an integral component of a proposed resolution at the 20th Session of the IOTC, being held in La Réunion in May.

Three Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs): the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM); the Organization of the Central American Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (OSPESCA); and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations - Western Central Atlantic Fisheries Commission (FAO-WECAFC) on Wednesday 27 January signed  a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate, support and strengthen the coordination of actions among the three RFBs to increase the sustainability of fisheries.  This initiative to improve coordination for sustainable fisheries is supported through the UNDP/GEF-Catalysing Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of shared Living Marine Resources in the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+) Project.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has signed a $500,000 technical cooperation agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on strengthening routine fisheries data collection in the West African sub-region. The move is also to support the efforts of fisheries committees of the West, Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) to enhance evidence-based decision making in the management, planning and development of the fisheries sector through a reliable statistical information system.

A program funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) has enabled a significant modernisation of agriculture and fisheries in São Tomé and Príncipe, the bank said in a document published on its website. The document on four years of implementation of the Recovery Programme of Infrastructure to Support Food Security (PRIASA), 2012-2016, said roads had been rebuilt and irrigation channels built for farmland, along with fish storage centres and various other structures and training sessions for farmers, fishermen and technical personnel.

The Chinese authorities and companies from China are launching new projects in Guinea-Bissau and Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), in areas such as fisheries, tourism and the media, which promise closer relations with the Portuguese-speaking countries of West Africa. The Guinean Prime Minister, Carlos Correia, last week held an audience with the Ambassador of China, Wang Hua, and both discussed a Chinese project to invest over US$300 million, in addition to establishing a free trade zone in the southern Biombo region.