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Monday, 29 May 2017

A strong will to increase its export market base and achieve the coveted international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification led to the formation of the Belize Shrimp cluster and it is now reaping the benefits of accomplishing both goals. Challenged by an unforeseen viral disease which severely impacted the Belize shrimp industry, the cluster still managed to successfully supply UK based multinational retailer Marks and Spencer as well as the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, Sainbury’s, with 1.1 million pounds of shrimp in 2015.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The representatives of the European diplomatic missions met the General Secretariat of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) on 20 January 2016. Having worked in partnership for more than 30 years, the two bodies talked and confirmed their commitment to regional stability, an important development factor in the countries of this region. "The European Union recognises the role of the IOC as an organisation for proximity regional cooperation and remains the first technical partner and financial backer of the organisation", says a communiqué of the Indian Ocean Commission. The achievements of the IOC through projects financed under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), in particular in fishing, maritime security and sustainable management of natural resources and pioneering initiatives conducted in the field of connectivity (digital, air and maritime), were discussed.

The second Steering Committee of the programme of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) - regional / Indian Ocean strand met at the premises of the Conseil Départemental, Mayotte. In our region, the actions of this programme financed by the European Union focus on sustainable management of the natural assets of Mayotte and the îles Eparses, and are the fruit of a partnership between the Conseil Départemental de Mayotte, the regional authority of the Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises (TAAF) and the French Development Agency (FDA).

Friday, 12 February 2016

The governments of Galicia and Cape Verde have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a permanent collaboration in areas such as fishing, tourism, environment and education, among others. The agreement was signed by the Vice President of the Xunta, Alfonso Rueda, and the Minister of Tourism, Investment and Business Development of the Republic of Cape Verde, Leonesa Fuertes, within the framework of an intense institutional agenda of the Vice President of the Xunta and the Head of Foreign Affairs and the EU, Jesus Gamallo, in the African archipelago.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A major new study has revealed that the global seafood catch is much larger and declining much faster than previously known. The study, by the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, reconstructed the global catch between 1950 and 2010 and found that it was 30 per cent higher than what countries have been reporting to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome since 1950. In the Caribbean islands, the catch was more than twice as large as previously reported and declining at a rate 60 per cent faster than the official rate, the Canadian study found.

The Government of Seychelles plans to launch this year the so called "blue bonds" with the purpose of raising funds to implement a transforming management programme for demersal fisheries in the Pacific island nation. As part of a strategy aiming at a sustainable Blue Economy, this latest initiative involves the issuing ten-year sovereign bonds guaranteed by Government and supported by international financial institutions, with the fund implementation being specifically defined to save energy, curb pollution and recycle resources.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016

A study published in Nature Communications indicates that the quantities of fish caught throughout the world are largely underestimated and could even be 30% higher than official estimates. "They give an estimate of possible fishing levels taking account only of industrial catches, whereas they should also include the by-catches and waste from industrial fishing and all the small fish around", explains Frédéric Le Manach, Scientific Director of the association BLOOM, which campaigns for the protection of marine ecosystems.

Thursday, 04 February 2016

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment participated in the third meeting of the EU - Republic of Gabon Joint Committee, which analyzed the use of the Partnership Agreement on fisheries during 2015. The meeting was attended by officials from the European Commission, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Gabon and representatives of Spain and France. The Joint Committee discussed the operation of the tuna fleet in these waters, which are one of the most important fishing grounds of the Atlantic, and both parties have defined the catch payment, which during the 2015 season exceeded the reference tonnage, with a historic record surpassing 32,000 tonnes.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Deputy Director-General of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Wez Norris has described the dispute between FFA member countries and the cancellation of 37 US Fishing vessel licenses to stop fishing in the Pacific waters as an ‘unfortunate situation’. In an exclusive interview with SIBC News today Mr Norris says this will have a range of impacts on Solomon Islands and other Pacific Nations who are FFA members. “Noe this obviously has a range of impacts to the Pacific Island Countries themselves including the Solomon Islands because we made that arrangement in 2015 in good faith.

On 3-4 February 2016, the Maldives will host an important workshop to further advance the understanding of Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs), with the overriding aim to agree an appropriate harvest control rule (HCR) for tuna stocks under the jurisdiction of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). This HCR recommendation will be an integral component of a proposed resolution at the 20th Session of the IOTC, being held in La Réunion in May.