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Friday, 20 July 2018

Fisheries play a role in ensuring food security and income. What trade-related support is needed to help secure similar positive outcomes in the face of future pressures on stocks? One of the aims of the Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000 was to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger by 2015. Disappointingly, however, persistent hunger and malnutrition continue to be a very significant problem for the international community. An average of 842 million people around the world fight hunger every day and approximately two billion face micronutrient deficiencies. More than 200 million children under five years old are victims of malnutrition. The prevalence of hunger is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where one in every four Africans or 218 million people are undernourished, while 35 percent of the population lives are projected to live in poverty in 2015

Monday, 14 December 2015

In a bid to ensure the production of canned tuna in the region meets the required standard, specialised training has been organised in Levuka by the European Union-supported Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific Project (DevFish2). The 18 participants include cannery and fish inspectors from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands who are part of the thermal processing and regulatory audit training. DevFish2 is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and DevFish officer Jonathan Manieva said the training was timely and critical as the tuna processing industry in the Pacific region experienced growth.

The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Dr Yohana Budeba, has asked the public to use sea food, such as sardines, to fight malnutrition. The PS was speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday (27 November) at the opening of Fish for Trade Awards - Commending Friendly Fishing in Tanzania. Organized by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Smartfish Programme with support from the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund, the phase II project brought together various participants from across the country.

Thursday, 03 December 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron has set aside £5.6 million (US$8.4 million) of its overseas aid budget to go towards improving fishing in the Caribbean and other small island states. Among the 25 Commonwealth small island nations set to benefit are: Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago. Cameron said the money will be provided from next year to target developing maritime economy plans, with additional funding on offer for future years to help these countries implement their plans.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Post- Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica’s fisherfolk and representatives from the Fisheries Division and Cooperative Division pledged to improve collaboration to strengthen the capacity of fisherfolk cooperatives on the island to advocate for inclusion in the rebuilding efforts. This was one of the messages emanating from the just concluded national fisherfolk workshop. Fisherfolk called for better collaboration with the government agencies so that fisherfolk cooperatives can improve their involvement in decision and policy-making. “It is time for us to start making decisions for ourselves,” said one impassioned participant.

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Council will have an exchange of views on the state of play of the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  Ministers will be briefed by the Commission on the state of play on international agricultural trade issues. The Council will also take stock of the implementation of the package of measures addressing the difficult situation of several agricultural sectors.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The European Commission presented its annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen in the Atlantic and North Sea from the main commercial fish stocks for 2016. The Commission proposed to maintain or increase the fish quotas for 35 stocks, and reduce catches for 28 stocks on the basis of the scientific advice received. The proposal also includes an increase in fishing opportunities to help fishermen in the transition to the new obligation to land all catches. This is the first time the Commission proposes so-called quota "top ups" for all the fisheries under the landing obligation as of 2016.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The EU has supported turning fish waste into value-added locally produced organic fertilizer in Fiji. Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Fiji Organic Association (FOA) Donald Pickering received technical and financial support via the EU Agricultural Commodity Trade (EUACT) programme.Mr. pickering said that the unrefined fish waste soil enhancer “can help overcome serious soil deficiency issue (…) As well as delivering the desired results, farmers find our liquid product easier to apply than traditional fertilizers."

Thursday, 05 November 2015

Four Spanish purse seiners shall be allowed to fish in the Cook Islands waters for the next four years in compliance with the Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) signed by the European Union (EU) and the Cook Islands. This gives the EU access to the world's most important tuna fishing grounds providing more than half of the global tuna catch in the western and central Pacific Ocean. In exchange to the access to catch 7,000 tonnes of tuna, the EU will pay Cook Islands a financial contribution amounting to EUR 2.8 million, of which EUR 350,000 is destined to supporting the fishing sector.

The Court of Auditors has found that the has EU paid up to six times too much for fish under its flagship ‘fishing partnership agreements’. Furthermore, the auditor’s report has also pointed to the lack of reliable data pertaining to EU programmes that aim to boost sustainable fisheries in developing country waters. The court did not mention any cases of fraud, but did note that “the real cost paid was frequently higher than the price negotiated". For example, the EU paid six times too much for tuna in its partnership with Mozambique, due to over-optimistic calculations about the likely haul.