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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
CHINA: Aquaculture feed producer Aller Aqua Group has opened a new factory, its sixth, this time in Qingdao, China. This opening follows that of the plant opened in Zambia a month ago.
“We have had a few busy years leading up to the inaugurations and now we are finally ready. I am proud of what we have achieved,” pointed out Hans ErikBylling, Group President for Aller Aqua Group.
13-14 September, 2017
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
The 6th INFOFISH Pacific Tuna Forum was convened at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea against the backdrop of high tuna prices, low catches globally and a concerted attack by a grouping of NGOs and academics on the MSC certification of the PNA’s free school skipjack.