A new report from Brussels reduces vulnerable marine areas in the Gulf of Cádiz, which would allow the trawl fleet to continue working
Ayamonte - In 2022, the European Commission published a Regulation that prevented bottom fishing in 87 areas of the NE Atlantic, three of them in the Gulf of Cádiz. This decision, highly criticized by the sector and by the Spanish Administration, endangered the activity of numerous ships and hundreds of jobs.
Brussels adopted this decision based on a first scientific recommendation from ICES - its advisory council on marine areas - which, as has now been proven, did not conform to reality. A new study of a longer period of time, from 2009 to 2021 compared to the previous 2009-2011, shows that the sector was not wrong in its protest since, in the worst possible scenario, it only contemplates a closure in Cádiz waters ( in 4 of the 5 plans now exposed) and would not include the area in which the fishing activity occurs.
Without a doubt, excellent news for the Andalusian fleet and for bottom fishing, which has become the target of the European Commission in recent years. And, although we will still have to wait a few weeks to know Brussels' decision, the sector is more hopeful than a few months ago.
Certifications are essential credentials for improving fisheries, reducing instances of illegal fishing, increasing the effective use of fish waste, and achieving food security, according to Libby Woodhatch, the executive chair of London, U.K.-based marine ingredient certification body MarinTrust.
During this year’s edition of IFFO – The Marine Ingredients Organization’s annual conference in Cape Town, South Africa, which took place from 23 to 25 October, Woodhatch spoke to SeafoodSource on the importance of these certifications, particularly emphasizing that the improvement of marine fisheries through certifications leads to catching fewer but higher-quality fish.
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To be recognised by the fish and chip industry as the Restaurant of the Year will soon become a reality for one UK business, as the five category finalists are named for the 2024 award.
Things are heating up for the five fish and chip restaurants in Norfolk, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Devon. Over the last couple of months, well-respected names from the fish and chip industry have challenged the businesses, with deep-dive explorations to analyse their sector knowledge, implementation of industry best practice and employer responsibilities, to name a few of the benchmarks.
Fishing operations and fishing communities along Maine’s coast are the focus of the state’s initial research solicitations related to offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine.
“As a result of extensive stakeholder engagement and collaboration with partners, we are pleased to publish a call for proposals for two key research objectives that are critical to helping us move responsible offshore wind forward,”said Dan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Energy Office, which is overseeing development of the industry, still in the nascent stage.
A request for proposals, issued Nov. 8, is based on priorities identified by the Maine Offshore Wind Research Consortium, an assembly of fisheries, wildlife and marine science and industry experts advising the state’s offshore wind research.
The priorities include pathways to coexistence between fisheries and offshore wind as well as potential social and ecological impact of offshore wind development.
Research topics identified by a board of advisors to the consortium are:
Exploring approaches to fisheries coexistence with floating offshore wind (maximum $250,000).
Inventorying baseline data on socioeconomics of Maine fishing communities to help assess potential positive and negative impacts of floating offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine (maximum $150,000).
The Judge of the Seventh District of the Judicial Branch of the Federation, José Francisco Pérez Mier, reported that he received a collective protection filed by aquaculturists from Sinaloa for the massive smuggling of shrimp from Ecuador, a country that, he clarified, is not in the Treaty of Free Trade with Central America or North America.
Pérez Mier stated that in the country there is a type of triangulation where shrimp from Ecuador is passed off as if it were from Guatemala, Honduras or the United States without traceability.
In that sense, he said that it was ordered that a verification procedure of origin be carried out at the Secretariats of Economy and the Secretariat of Agriculture and SENASICA to verify where the shrimp that enters Mexico comes from, for this he pointed out that it was also ordered the temporary closure of all borders.
"There is an oversupply, the market is flooded and because it is flooded by massive shrimp smuggling and we have to take action on the matter and we are taking them."
He explained that the introduction of Ecuadorian shrimp is flooding the national market, causing an oversupply of the product, causing the price of farmed and bay shrimp to drop significantly, causing a severe crisis in the sector.
The World Bank on Wednesday said it was interested in supporting the development of Zambia's aquaculture value chain.
Valerie Hickey, the World Bank Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, said the bank was interested in seeing that Zambia's aquaculture value chain starts flourishing.
In remarks delivered when she paid a courtesy call on Elias Mubanga, Zambia's Minister of Small and Medium Enterprise Development, the World Bank official said the bank wanted to know areas in which it could collaborate with the ministry in providing support to develop aquaculture not only for food security but as a thriving sector for creation of jobs and contributing to economic development, according to a release from the ministry.
The curtain raiser event of the Global Fisheries Conference India 2023 Union Minister Parshottam Rupala said, "The Indian Fisheries Sector has shown a growth of in fish production, export, aquaculture that is the cumulative result of efforts from Centre, States/UTs and beneficiaries in all fields particularly Inland Fisheries that makes up for more than 70 per cent of the fish production".
On the occasion of World Fisheries Day, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India will organize the Global Fisheries Conference India 2023 on 21 and 22 November 2023 at Gujarat Science City in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The curtain raiser event of the Global Fisheries Conference India 2023 Union Minister Parshottam Rupala said, "The Indian Fisheries Sector has shown a growth of in fish production, export, aquaculture that is the cumulative result of efforts from Centre, States/UTs and beneficiaries in all fields particularly Inland Fisheries that makes up for more than 70 per cent of the fish production".
He further highlighted, "the Department of Fisheries, MoFAH&D has invited foreign ministers, experts, government officials, think tanks, academia, international organisations, industry associations and other key stakeholders. Key organisations such as the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and countries have confirmed participation and we look forward to hosting them". Union Minister Rupala said, "Shrimp cultivation, fisheries infrastructure development, financial inclusion, promoting domestic fish consumption are way forward for sustainable development of fisheries". (...)
Detachment from scientific methods, lack of rigor and unhealthy conditions have been the protagonists in the first phase of research on shrimp developed by the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries in the Pacific, denounced the environmental organization Mar Viva.
With the objective of identifying fishing areas and fishing grounds, duration of hauls and minimum number of hauls necessary, Incopesca made changes in the execution of the study for shrimp fishing, by establishing a “pre-sampling pilot phase.” for the first three months, between April and June.
However, the approval of this change, as well as other substantial adjustments to the methodology, is not recorded in the agreements of the Board of Directors. The expected results of this first phase, and for which the initially approved methodology was adjusted, are also not included in the investigation report that Incopesca presented to its Board of Directors, despite the fact that said report intended to report the execution of that preparation period. sampling.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has rejected this Thursday the appeal presented by Spain against the fishing limits for European hake, red mullet and red shrimp in the areas of the Alboran Sea, the Balearic Islands, northern Spain and the Gulf of León.
Spain requested the annulment of the Council regulation establishing the fishing opportunities applicable to certain stocks and groups of fish stocks in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, claiming that the measures were "disproportionate" and "manifestly inadequate" to achieve the objective of the regulation by not respecting the requirement of scientific opinion
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