Tuna zone-based fisheries management proves effective, PNA states

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MARSHALL ISLANDS: Leaders of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) point out that zone-based management of tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific works effectively, adding that there is no interest in replacing it with a different management arrangement.
“Zone-based management works for conservation and business development,” said Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority Director Glen Joseph, who chairs the PNA.

MSC grants financial support to encourage tuna sustainable practice in India

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INDIA: The non-government organisation Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has awarded GBP 43,373 fund to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-India for promoting sustainable practices in the country’s fisheries sector.

Through the award, the MSC intends to help WWF-India to develop management plans for bait and tuna fishery with the technical support of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).

Sino Agro Food obtains lower sale revenue

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CHINA: Agricultural technology company Sino Agro Food, Inc. (SIAF) reported a 48.5 percent decline in revenue from the sale of goods, to USD 45.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, year over year.
The company stressed its results reflect the discontinuity of the aquaculture operations announced on March 2 this year.

Andalusia defends tuna catch growth in ICCAT annual meeting

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SPAIN: The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia supports bluefin tuna total allowable catch (TAC) increase, which the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment is to defend at the XXV annual ordinary meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which is held until November 21 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Director General of Fisheries and Aquaculture Margarita Pérez has traveled to the Moroccan town to defend, together with the sector, an increase in the bluefin tuna TAC, which will mean increasing the quota of Spain and, therefore, of the Andalusian operators.

Spanish fleet demands ICCAT greater involvement in tropical tuna management

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SPAIN: The Spanish tuna fleet recognizes the progress made by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in the tropical tuna fishery management but believes that it should become more actively involved and take responsibility to develop multi-year work plans that guarantee adoption, on the part of the countries that participate in this fishery, of the control of their catches, no later than 2021.

The Spanish fleet grouped in the Organization of Large Freezer Tuna Producers (OPAGAC) and the WWF conservation group have sent this recommendation, along with others that aim to achieve long-term sustainable management of this fishery, to ICCAT and to the representatives from the European administration that will participate in the next meeting of this organization in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 14 to 22.

IPNLF launches new tuna coastal fisheries project

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INDONESIA: The NGOs International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline (AP2HI) have partnered the NGO Walton Family Foundation to accelerate reform in Indonesia’s coastal tuna fisheries through improvements in the one-by-one sector.
As part of this two-year partnership, IPNLF will expedite improvements in the pole-and-line and handline fisheries to enable them to reach the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for environmental sustainability, while also ensuring international seafood markets have access to the certified products once they become available. This ambition will be further supported by IPNLF’s strategic partnership with USAID Oceans.

Benchmark develops disease-resistant shrimp for the Asian market

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UNITED KINGDOM: Benchmark Holdings has developed specific pathogen resistant (SPR) shrimp to address issues facing the Asian market and has plans to soon commence field trials in the region.

This breakthrough development, which is the result of over 20 years experience in the firm’s breeding and genetics teams in Norway and Colombia, aims at avoiding losses, valued at billions of dollars per year for the global shrimp industry, due to disease.

New technology to boost murrel farming

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INDIA: The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) has developed new technology for murrel natural breeding in controlled conditions in Odisha, which will make it possible to increase its production.

This new technological development it will be able to breed the species and to produce seeds in concrete tanks, New Indian Express reported.

More than half tuna stocks have healthy levels, according to ISSF

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WORLDWIDE: The latest report on tuna fishery status released by the organisation International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) indicates that globally, 57 percent of the tuna stocks are at a healthy level of abundance, 17 percent are overfished and 26 percent are at an intermediate level.

This document, called Status of the World Fisheries for Tuna, summarizes and rates the status and management of 23 major commercial tuna stocks, based on the most recent scientific assessments as well as management measures adopted by the Tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and Bodies (RFMOs). In addition, it ranks the status and management of these stocks using a consistent methodology in terms of three factors: Abundance, Exploitation/Management (fishing mortality) and Environmental Impact (bycatch).

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