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Friday, 20 July 2018

FAO and its partners are working together in training Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) training in the Pacific. Fisheries enforcement and compliance is critical for the management of the regions tuna and oceanic resources. Members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have called for greater recognition of MCS and effective fisheries management. It was identified that this aim could be achieved by an MCS practitioners’ introductory training programme. The Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Training for Pacific Region Heading Towards Certificate IV Qualifications was held in October 2015 in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

It seems Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna may be bowing to public pressure against the proposed $4.5 million fishing deal with the European Union. Puna has apparently upped the level of oversight of the proposed controversial fishing deal, which could allow four Spanish purse seiners to fish in Cook Islands waters over the next four years. The Prime Minister has tasked a core committee to apply a “thorough assessment of the draft agreement and be involved in dealing with arising issues.” In addition to the Ministry of Marine Resources, Cabinet directed officials from Foreign Affairs, Crown Law and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management to review the draft last Friday.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The European Commission reached a significant decision this month -- motivated in part by clear evidence of European vessels illegally fishing in Liberia -- to adopt more stringent regulations that will bring transparency to the murky business of flagged vessels fishing in distant waters. “The industrial fishing community is smaller than you might think,” said Stephen Akester, fisheries management adviser to the Bank’s West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP).

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Fijianoperators are uncertain whether a recent proposal by the Forum Fisheries Agency to reduce Southern Pacific Albacore Tuna fishing by 40 per cent will actually happen. Pacific fishing countries want the reduction in order to maintain Albacore stocks at 45 per cent of pre-fishing levels. This is what scientists generally agree is the required level to keep the species sustainable. At the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission 12th Regular session in Bali, FFA members made the proposal which has been rejected in the past by the United States, Japan and China.

The first tilapia farm in Belize has become ASC certified. The Fein Catch tilapia farm is the first of its kind in Belize to gain certification against the ASC Tilapia Standard for responsible aquaculture after independent assessment by certifier Control Union Peru. "I would like to congratulate Fein Catch on their certification. This is a great example of the diversity of the farms engaged in our programme," said Chris Ninnes, ASC's CEO.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The European Union has allocated EUR 43 million to programmes aiming to reinforce Maritime Security in the Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean region (MASE) and Critical Maritime Routes in the Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO). Experts from the maritime security programmes in the Eastern and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean region (MASE) and Critical Maritime Routes in the Indian Ocean (CRIMARIO) participated in this meeting, which was co-chaired by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the European Union Delegation represented by Jean-Pierre Bardoul.

Friday, 08 January 2016

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the International Ocean Institute (IOI) this month signed a new 5-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend their longstanding cooperation towards building the capacity of Caribbean fisheries and marine resource management professionals in ocean governance. The partnership between the CRFM and IOI started in 2004 and it has provided nearly 40 Caribbean nationals access to high-level, specialized training and capacity-building support at IOI-Dalhousie University every year since then.

Thursday, 07 January 2016

The European Union (EU) in November made the second annual payment of 6.2 million euros to Guinea-Bissau for the fisheries agreement renewed in 2014, said Monday in Bissau the EU delegation in Guinea-Bissau. The delegation also announced the approval of a programme to support the fishing sector of Guinea-Bissau amounting to 3 million euros to boost maritime inspection and surveillance, scientific research and staff training, among other objectives. In addition to the financial compensation and support for specific programmes, Guinea-Bissau also benefits from the fees European shipowners have to pay for fishing licenses, whose value depends on the types of ships and fish capturing capacities.

Friday, 18 December 2015

The contribution of the fishing and aquaculture industries to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to increase over the next three years. The Ministry of Finance noted an increase in these industries from a provisional figure of $114.5million in 2013 to a $118.8m forecast for this year. The ministry also forecast an increase to $120.6m for 2016 and $122.5m in 2017.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Jimmi Jones and wife Sandra Lee’s fish farm in Belize City is unique. His fish tanks supply water and nutrients for his vegetable garden needs and the plants filter the water that is recycled back to the tanks. Jones has been showing off the “JimSan Aquaponics” style of organic farming in meetings across the Caribbean to support efforts by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in promoting aquaculture as a food security option in combatting global climate change. As global warming increases sea temperatures, wild catch fishery could decline by as much as 50 per cent, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned.