FIJI: The Fiji government has agreed to sign up to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) treaty aiming to prevent, deter and stop illegal fishing by implementing efficient port state measures.
From Fisheries Ministry it is explained that the goal of this commitment is to ensure a substantial amount of revenue is not lost and the livelihood of Fijians in coastal areas are unaffected.
NEW ZEALAND:Fisheries Department of New Zealand has started a consultation period on proposed changes to catch limits and other management settings for the new fishing year beginning on October 1, 2018.
These parameters are reviewed twice yearly by Fisheries New Zealand in order to ensure the sustainable use of fisheries resources, which requires an investment of more than NZD 20 million (USD 13.5 million ) in fisheries science per year.
Sushi lovers in South Korea will be able to taste a new breed of tuna in local restaurants and gourmet shops as farm-bred bluefin tuna is coming to the market this year, the fisheries ministry told.
Local fishermen have tried to cultivate bluefin, one of the most popular fish with its rich red meat, to meet the high demand, but their efforts were fraught with challenges like typhoons and cold winters.
About 306,440 tons of fish were harvested illegally in the Pacific region with an estimated cost of 616.11 million U.S. dollars from 2010 to 2015, a Fijian government official said here Thursday.
While presenting the Ministry of Defence submission on the Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and unregulated Fishing, Fiji's Deputy Secretary of Defence Ilai Moceica said that this was stated by a report from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PIFFA).