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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Switzerland has announced that a new legislation will prohibit imports from countries who conduct illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Swiss Confederation shall put in place a procedure which requires the presentation of a catch certificate, accompanying documents and fees of additional customs. This legislation will align Swiss and European Union (EU) approaches to IUU fishing. Currently,  IUU costs West Africa alone approximately $ 1.3 billion each year, according to Greenpeace.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The European Commission’s regulation on the implementation of the EU's international obligations under the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries came into effecton 24 January. This regulation will provide legal clarity on rules that apply for EU fishermen when they fish under the purview of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and catch fish which falls under the new EU's landing obligation.

This report is an ex-ante evaluation which shall inform EU policy makers on their decision on whether to give a mandate to the European Commission to begin negotiations of a Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) and protocol. Following discussions which began in 2013, the evaluation includes a regional analysis of tuna fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). While Kenya’s northern maritime border with Somali remains a ‘maritime dispute’, production levels are comparably high compared to the rest of the region.

 

This report is An ex-post evaluation of the Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Kiribati. The current Protocol is due to expire in 2015, and the report also provides an evaluation for the potential negotiation and implementation of a new report. The economy of Kiribati is highly dependent on income from fishing license fees, remittances and donor assistance. Revenues from license fees represent 70% on average of total Government revenues.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced that a new fisheries legislation aiming to ensure proper management of the country’s fisheries shall be heard in the country’s Parliament. The EU recently warned the Solomon Islands Government to improve its management of the fishery sector or risk losing access to the EU market. Prime Minister Sogavare said that the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources has been directed to take whatever steps are necessary to correct the problems. The EU is SolTuna’s most important export market totaling $266 million per annum by value.

Chicoa, the Mozambican tilapia fish farm company that farms has secured funding of US$4 million from Aqua-Spark, a Dutch investment company. Chicoa was selected to receive funding from Aqua-Spark “for their good practices and available potential for future expansion in sub-Saharan Africa.” Aqua-Spark, established in 2013, hopes to tackle an annual deficit of protein of 1.6 million tons in Africa. It is the first global investment fund exclusively dedicated to the promotion of aquaculture.

Thursday, 05 February 2015

The EU has included Angola on a list ofcountries authorised to export all fishery products to the European Union(EU).the minister said in Luanda. According to the Angolan Minister ofFisheries, Victoria de Barros Neto, following “various stages of refurbishmentof chemistry and microbiology laboratories, staff training and audits” Angolahas since been authorised to export their fisheries products. In 2014, thecountry recorded a total of 396,000 tons of fish, including artisanal,semi-industrial, industrial, marine and continental fishing. “There are 253licensed fishing vessels that contribute to this success, along with theinvolvement of 108 national companies,” said Barros Neto.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The bilateral joint committee established by the Guinea-Bissau and the European Union (EU) fisheries partnership agreement met for the first time since 2011. The Committee reviewed the current regulatory environment, changes that are being implemented, and the EU’s funding programme for the sector. Currently, European support amounts to around 3 million euros per year, added to another 6 million euros in annual financial compensation, according to the EU delegation in Guinea-Bissau. The issue of illegal fishing has also been of  high concern for stakeholders in this area.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The annual summit of the Central and Western Pacific Fisheries Commission closed on Saturday in  Samoa with resounding failure, similarly to the Copenhagen summit’s loss on the fight against climate change, according to Radio Australia. The NGOs have expressed a lot of bitterness. Some Pacific countries, such as Samoa and Palau are also very disappointed. Both countries have attempted to obtain a limitation of ‘big eye’ catch, which is a favorite in sushi restaurants. Big eye tuna stocks are at their lowest - only 16% of the population is currently recorded in comparison to the 1950s records. However, no agreement has been reached on quotas for bigeye, no more than albacore tuna and yellowfin tuna .

According to the latest report from the International Maritime Bureau (IBM), covering the first nine months of 2014, the Gulf of Guinea remains the region most affected by maritime piracy. Although attacks there have declined slightly, from 47 last year to 33, the pirates have established new homes in the area. For example, Ghana, which had not recorded an attack in 2013, has already reached its fourth act of piracy and armed robbery. In addition, since the beginning of October, attacks in Nigerian waters suggest that piracy could be used to fund political activities.