Aquaculture in brackish water proves more rewarding than in freshwater

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MALAYSIA : Small-scale fish farmers in Malaysia earn 2.5 times more farming aquaculture in brackish-water, compared to freshwater, according to a study published in the Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities.
The study, led by Roslina Kamaruddin, a researcher from University Utara Malaysia, was intended to understand why some fish farmers are more successful than others.

Odisha progresses in mapping for coastal aquaculture

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INDIA : Odisha Government has geared up to complete the mapping of coastal areas in the state for identification of suitable land feasible for control and management of coastal aquaculture.
As it was informed by The New Indian Express, at a recent meeting of the technical committee for Geographic Information System (GIS)-based coastal area mapping, it has been decided to go for demarcation up to village and plot level within two km from high tide lines of the 480 km-long coastline in the State.

Fishing companies lose millions of dollars due to inefficient fishing practices

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WORLDWIDE: New research suggests that fishing companies operating worldwide are leaving between USD 51 billion and USD 83 billion in unrealized net economic benefits on the table every year due to the overexploitation and underperformance of fish stocks.

The analysis was carried by the Sea Around Us initiative, the Institute for the Oceans and Fishers at the University of British Columbia, the Fish Tracker initiative and the Sea Around Us - Indian Ocean project.

Parties to the Nauru Agreement: Rights-based management works in the Pacific

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MARSHALL ISLANDS: Majuro — With next month’s annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) facing numerous challenges and opportunities to improve fisheries management, the head of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) said the foundation of success in the region is “rights-based management” that has been implemented by Pacific islands.

Luxury holiday resort operator supports one-by-one tuna fisheries by joining IPNLF

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MALDIVES : Luxurious resort Soneva Jani has become the latest member of non-profit association International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) through its new Responsible Tourism Initiative.

This initiative connects hotels and resorts with local sustainable fisheries for the benefit of guests and staff, local fishing communities and the marine environment, explains IPNLF. It is specifically aimed at improving sustainability in the supply chain in hospitality establishments and enhancing the understanding of one-by-one tuna fisheries.

Permira buys 50 pct of aquafeed producer Grobest

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TAIWAN : A company backed by global investment Permira funds is to acquire 50 per cent of aquatic feed producer Grobest shares through a new joint venture company that will become its sole corporate shareholder.
Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Taiwan, Grobest has operations in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia. In addition to this broad presence across Asia, the world’s largest aquaculture market, it is a pioneer and technological leader in an array of innovative and differentiated functional feed products, focused on preventing and combating diseases as well as increasing yields.

SFP, Conservation International, and UCSB release new best practices for aquaculture management guide

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INDONESIA : A new aquaculture management guide from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), Conservation International, and the University of California Santa Barbara’s Sustainable Fisheries Group provides zonal management best practices for seafood farmers seeking the most environmentally sustainable operations. The guide – Best Practices for Aquaculture Management: guidance for implementing the ecosystem approach in Indonesia and beyond – was released today and is available online.

86pct of worldwide tuna catches come from healthy stocks, ISSF report

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WORLDWIDE: Of the total tuna catch worldwide, 86 per cent comes from stocks at “healthy” levels, an 8 per cent increased share of the total catch compared to previous reports, according to a report published by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF).
In its latest report on the status of the tuna stocks worldwide, the ISSF points out that skipjack tuna stocks — at healthy levels in all ocean regions — still comprise more than one-half of the total catch.

Spanish fleet expressed concern about socioeconomic impact of bigeye tuna measure

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The Spanish tuna fleet has expressed its concern over the adoption of a new measure to manage the resources of bigeye tuna in the Atlantic Ocean by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
In this regard, it warns of the high impact that the reduction of catches of this species can have on others, such as yellowfin and skipjack, which are also targets of the fleet, due to the fact that in most of the fishing sets the three species are caught.

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