Fiji joins international treaty against IUU fishing

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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.

Friend of the Sea praises Sri Lanka’s tuna processor for yellowfin tuna conservation efforts

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SRI LANKA :Non-government organisation Friend of the Sea awarded a Sri Lanka’s tuna processor for its commitment towards yellowfin tuna conservation in the Indian Ocean.
A proof of this commitment is the project recently launched by the Negombo-based company Tropic Sri Lanka, named“FCP@SEA” and intended to improve recruitment rates through assisted reproductive technology, thereby allowing a second generation of yellowfin tuna to return back to the ocean.

'Conjunctural factors' reduced Andalusian aquaculture production in 2017

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SPAIN : The production of the aquaculture sector of Andalusia fell in 2017, with respect to the previous year, due to circumstantial reasons, reported the Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia.
According to this agency, the decrease was mainly due to the decline in seabass production, given that one of the largest companies did not have production as a result of the transfer of its facilities to another area of the Andalusian coast. Mollusk production also decreased due to closures on account of the presence of biotoxins.

Trade and investment ties with Brazil strengthened

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Việtnamese government considers Brazil offers an important trade and investment potential for bilateral cooperation.
The announcement was made by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ on a visit to the South American country, where a forum with the participation of representatives of about 100 enterprises from both countries took place, VietNam News reported.

Public consultation opens on new fisheries management measures

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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.

Wide support given to agreement between Govt and IPNLF to promote tuna fisheries certification

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INDONESIA : The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) have ratified a joint agreement backing MSC certification of Indonesian one-by-one tuna fisheries.
The deal ratification took place at this year’s 3rd Bali Tuna Conference (BTC) and 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum (ICTBF).

S. Korea to begins sales of farmed bluefin tuna

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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.

Maldives fish exports up nearly 80 percent

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The value of fish exports rose to MVR368 million (US$24 million) in April, up from MVR208 million in the same period last year, statistics from the Maldives Customs Service show. Thailand was the top exporting country, representing half of total exports during the month. Other major destinations included Germany, England, United States of America and France.

More than 300,000 tons of fish harvested illegally in Pacific region

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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).

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