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Thursday, 19 October 2017

The European Union have proposed a 3 year pause in negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement with the hope to resolve a number of contentious issues. Little progress in the Comprehensive EPA negotiations since October 2013, is in part due to a number of issues linked to the EU’s access to fisheries stock and conservation and management measures. Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, EU’s Head of Delegation Pacific explained, “At the moment, I must say negotiations have not been easy, we have quite a lot of differences in views in relation to conversation of fish stocks in the Pacific and I think until we’ve overcome some of the obstacles in the Fisheries sector, it’s going to be quite difficult to move towards the conclusion of the comprehensive agreement.” The Pacific region has the largest tuna stocks in the world.

Source: bilateral.org

Friday, 22 May 2015

Eszter Hidas, EU Policy Officer for WWF Smart Fishing Initiative’s Illegal Fishing project says that the EU has a great responsibility to demonstrate legal and sustainable seafood supply chains to its consumers. The EU should also ensure that its access to abundant seafood -  25% of the world’s seafood, almost 70% of which is imported into the EU means that the EU is the world’s largest seafood market - does not rob more vulnerable communities, of their own. IUU fish products currently cost between €9-21 billion annually, representing 11 to 26 million tonnes, or approximately 15 %, of world catches. Since EU illegal fishing regulation (IUU) entered into force in January 2010, the EU has been at the forefront of global efforts to address IUU fishing.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

A pan-Africa project was launched in Kenya last month in order to strengthen fish trade on the continent. The project will focus on sustainability to give better access to intra-regional markets in Africa. During its launch, experts found that Africa has the potential to develop fisheries and aquaculture to play a more important role in promoting food security.  Nonetheless, little has been done to promote the fisheries sector. Trade is constrained by inadequate market and trade infrastructure and poor policy implementation, complex and unaligned trade rules and poor market information. T

Ematum, the Mozambican tuna fishing company the fleet of 24 fishing boats is looking into training and recruitment of Mozambican staff to operate the fleet, in order gradually to replace the majority of foreign staff. The company with public and private capital mainly fishes tuna and other marine resources and its vessels have a capacity of 30 tons of fish and a range of ten days at sea. At a recent meeting on the business opportunities opening up within the tuna value chain, the Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, Agostinho Mondlane, explained that the government had decided to create Ematum, as part of the implementation of the 2010-2019 Fisheries Master Plan, taking into account the potential available in the coastal zone of the Indian Ocean, including Mozambique.

At the 13th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, fisheries officials underscored the importance of collectiveaction to overcome joint challenges faced by the 17 members of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism(CRFM). Milton Haughton, the Executive Director of the CRFM pointed to theregion’s declining trend in aquaculture,contrary to the global trend, which shows aquaculture is on the rise and highly competitive. He noted that “Commercial aquaculture began in the region in thelate 1970's and production steadily grew to just under 19,000 metric tons in2004/2005.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Forces of Operation Atalanta deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. EU Naval Force protects vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) delivering aid to displaced persons in Somalia and the protection of African Union Mission on Somalia (AMISOM) shipping.

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (NFA) will initiate full-scale trials of an innovative catch documentation system (eCDS) for on-board fisheries observers. The new system uses near real-time data through Android tablets and satellite transmitters shall "enhance the quality, reliability, and timeliness of critical fisheries information, and will considerably improve the management of tuna stocks”. The system includes electronic forms that can be used to cross reference and validate catch and effort, especially with respect to the vessel day scheme where vessel owners can purchase and trade days fishing at sea in places subject to Nauru Agreement (PNA).

Thursday, 02 April 2015

A new pan-African project has been launched to strengthen the continent’s great potential for increased trade in fish. Africa, despite being endowed with plentiful fish resources only accounts for 4.9% of global fish trade. It seems logical that more efficient trade could significantly improve income and nutrition for millions of Africans, particularly those 12.3 million that are directly employed in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. ‘FishTrade for a Better Future’, a European Commission funded project implemented by WorldFish, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) will strengthen value chains

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The Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (NFA) will initiate full-scale trials of an innovative catch documentation system (eCDS) for on-board fisheries observers. The new system uses near real-time data through Android tablets and satellite transmitters shall "enhance the quality, reliability, and timeliness of critical fisheries information, and will considerably improve the management of tuna stocks”. The system includes electronic forms that can be used to cross reference and validate catch and effort, especially with respect to the vessel day scheme where vessel owners can purchase and trade days fishing at sea in places subject to Nauru Agreement (PNA).

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The future management of 30 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, one of the world’s most significant fisheries zones will be under review at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia. The forum will discuss the role of communities in coastal fisheries and natural resource management, and how community-level action can contribute to national systems addressing future food security and livelihoods.The Pacific coastal fisheries catch is estimated at 155,000 tonnes per year, and is valued at US$320-500 million. European Union (EU) support for fisheries in the Pacific is on the agenda. There will be a session on achievements and lessons learned from the conclusion of the EU-funded SciCOFish Project, and consideration of a potential new EU fisheries partnership for the region.