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Friday, 18 August 2017

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the European Union have had a consultative meeting with PRECON Food Management on how far has the consultancy agreement to secure the European Union Export Market Certification for Sierra Leone’s Fisheries and Marine exports to EU markets have gone. PRECON Food Management is a Netherlands-based Consultancy Firm. Giving an overview on the said agreement, the Senior Director of the Strategy and Policy Unit in the Office of the President, Professor Victor Strasser King said the meeting was also geared towards the urgent need to accomplishing the certification exercise and to engender broadened technical support and to also collaborate with development partners in the fishing sector. He said the Ministry contracted PRECON to ensure they obtained transparency in the country’s fishing industry.

Despite concerns over acceptance of African agricultural produce in the European Union (EU), a study on Tuesday revealed that the adoption of food safety regulations will promote inter-regional trade of agriculture commodities to the EU. ‎The study, titled “Food Safety Regulations and Export Responses of Developing Nations: Lessons from South Africa and Namibia’s Fresh and Frozen Fish Exports to the EU”, was presented by Shingirirai Mashura, a Certified Economist from the University of Zimbabwe.

Pacific islands rejected a proposal made by Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) at the annual meeting in Fiji, which would have given distant water fishing fleets an unfair competitive advantage in negotiating fishing access agreements. The proposal was submitted by the European Union (EU) as a “conservation and management measure on fisheries access agreements information” to increase transparency of fisheries access agreements. It would have required the filing with the WCPFC of detailed access agreement information by all Commission members that allow foreign-flagged fishing fleets to fish in their waters for species managed by the Commission.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

For the Council to authorise the European Commission to make a deal on behalf of the EU for a new agreement with Guinea-Bissau, before the expiry of the current protocol, which has been in force since 2014, an independent ex-post assessment (covering the first two years of application of the agreement) and ex-ante assessment has been carried out. According to the final report, outlining the results of this assessment, the protocol in force since 2015 has allowed for catches of 16,042 tonnes of demersal fish and 2,194 tonnes of tuna, 1,407 tonnes of which from the joint management zone (64 per cent of catches of tuna vessels). The contribution of this protocol to the EU market for tuna has been 1 per cent. Meanwhile, in terms of work, the Protocol has helped to create an estimated 497 direct and 240 indirect jobs over the period, divided between the EU and ACP countries.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

The EU and the Cook Islands have agreed on all the elements of their brand-new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, giving the go ahead to fishing operations for EU vessels. On 29 November, the first Joint Committee in the framework of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Cook Islands came to a successful end. The parties defined the financial support to be granted by the EU for the development of the Cook Islands’ fisheries sector and discussed fisheries matters to allow for the start of fishing operations.

Monday, 05 December 2016

Mozambique annually loses the equivalent of US$57 million due to illegal fishing and other harmful practices, in the absence of effective maritime surveillance along nearly 2,800 kilometres of coastline, said the director of Operations of the Ministry of the Sea, Interior Waters and Fisheries. Leonid Chimarizene also told weekly newspaper Domingo that Mozambique differs from most coastal countries because it allows ships to moor at any port, “which means that we must have inspectors all along the coast.”

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Pacific Islands’ fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing has gone up another notch with the successful completion of a five-day training in Fiji of fisheries officers of 10 island nations. With the leadership of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), headquartered in Honiara, the fisheries officers have returned to their respective offices to spearhead the efficient capturing and analyzing of data on tuna catches and tuna fleet that are fishing in Pacific waters. “The five day RIMF training has been very productive and participants now return to work armed with the new knowledge on how they can capture data better,” said Kenneth Katafono, FFA’s Manager IT and lead trainer of the RIMF workshop.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Further six trawlers from the Community fleet will be allowed to operate in Mauritanian waters in the framework of the Partnership Agreement in the fishery sector between the European Community and Mauritania. The decision was taken at the extraordinary Joint Committee held in in Nouakchott, where it wasl also analysed the way in which the EU will support the Mauritanian fisheries sector and the MACAPEL investment project was discussed.

An extraordinary Joint Committee, held at the initiative of the EU, took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 15-16 November in the framework of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Mauritania. The Parties reviewed the implementation of EU support for the Mauritanian fisheries sector, introduced new fishing opportunities for EU trawlers, and discussed the MACAPEL investment project. The Parties noted with satisfaction the progress made in implementing the sectoral support funds and agreed to earmark 6 million euros to support infrastructure works in the artisanal fishing port of Tanit.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Technicians from the Technological Centre of Marine Affairs (Cetmar) are travelling to Mozambique to train staff from scientific institutes in cephalopod stock assessment and in sampling for mollusk farming. Contributing to the fight against poverty and living condition boost and food security in rural and coastal communities in the province of Cabo Delgado is the general objective of the actions being carried out by Cetmar Foundation in Mozambique together with the National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (IDEPA) and of the National Institute of Fisheries Research (IIP).