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Saturday, 22 July 2017

The world’s largest conservation congress kicked off last Friday in Hawaii and the Pacific Community has joined over 8,000 global leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous groups, business and academia, to garner support for stronger action towards a sustainable future. The Pacific Community director general Dr. Colin Tukuitonga attended the Pacific Ocean Summit at the start of the IUCN Congress and moderated a session on Action on Climate Change-reducing emissions, increasing renewable energy, which included addresses from the President of the Republic of Marshall Islands, H.E. Dr Hilda Heine, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon. Enele Sopoaga.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016

The St Kitts-Nevis government says it is working diligently to ensure that the twin island Federation becomes compliant with the European Union rules and regulations on fishing by December 31, this year. “They feel that a lot of people are fishing in other people’s waters and that there is illegal fishing going on. They want to know where the fish are caught because there may be instances of poisoning,” said Agriculture Minister Eugene Hamilton. He said that as a result there is much pressure on the Federation to comply, hinting at other reasons for Europe doing so.

Thursday, 01 September 2016

Marine fisheries catches have been drastically under-reported in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, threatening the marine environment and livelihoods of the local community, reveals a recent study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Marine Science. Actual catches on the islands were an alarming 2.8 times, or 86% higher than that reported to the FAO, and this has very troubling implications. Lead researcher Aylin Ulman, recently based at the Sea Around Us, and her team call for urgent action from policy-makers to ensure the future sustainability of the fishing industry in this archipelago nation.

The coast of West Africa is home to some of the most abundant fishing grounds on the planet. Historically, these rich waters teem with some of the world’s most sought after fish, such as mackerel, marlin, shrimp, sardines, barracuda and more. For thousands of years, coastal West Africans have relied on this plentiful bounty for both sustenance and livelihood. Today illegal fishing has put this ancient relationship in jeopardy and the fate of West Africa’s fishing future now lies in the balance.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

At a time when countries across the Caribbean are faced with economic challenges, innovation in one of its prime sectors – the fisheries and aquaculture sector – can spur the kind of growth needed to help buttress the regional economy. But this kind of change won’t come overnight. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is working with Member States from around the region, as they prepare to take the first steps in converting fish waste to fish wealth – a change which could multiply earnings from the sector.

Thursday, 04 August 2016

In 2001 and 2008 the Asian Development Bank undertook studies to quantify benefits from the fisheries sectors of Pacific Island countries. Summaries of those studies are provided in Appendix 1 of the present book. In February 2014 discussions between the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) resulted in an agreement to sponsor an update of the earlier publications. A consultant was retained and the fieldwork to collect information began in early August 2014, and was completed in early November.

At a time when countries across the Caribbean region are faced with economic challenges, innovation in one of its prime sectors—the fisheries and aquaculture sector—can spur the kind of growth needed to help buttress the regional economy. However, this kind of change won’t come overnight. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is working with Member States from around the region, as they prepare to take the first steps in converting fish waste to fish wealth—a change which could multiply earnings from the sector.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016

Ghana and Italy have agreed to promote and create fisheries clusters in the country. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to that effect in Accra between the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Mazara del Vallo-Cosvop of Italy. Sector Minister Sherry Ayittey initialed for Ghana while Giovanni Tumbioli, President of the Fish District of Italy signed for his country. Madam Ayittey revealed that a fish health policy to monitor the quality of fish sold to consumers will be launched at the end of this month.

The European Union lifted a ban on fish exports from Guinea on Wednesday, after finding that the Western African country had successfully taken action against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish are caught illegally each year around the world, corresponding to at least 15 per cent of world catches or a value of around 10 billion euros (11.1 billion dollars) annually, according to the European Commission. As the world‘s biggest importer of fisheries products, the EU has been cracking down on the issue, which depletes fish stocks.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A “ground-breaking” international treaty to combat fishing pirates took effect Sunday, becoming legally binding in 29 countries that so far have adhered to it, the UN’s food agency said. Under it, countries are legally required to inspect trawlers when they enter their ports for signs of illicit catches. “This is a great day in the continuing effort to build sustainable fisheries that can help feed the world,” said Graziano da Silva, director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). We hail those countries that have already signed on to the agreement and who will begin implementing it as of today.