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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.

World’s conference commits support to one-by-one tuna fisheries

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WORLDWIDE: The world’s first one-by-one tuna conference, held in the Azores Islands, concluded with the definitive commitment to ensure a sustainable and equitable future for fisheries as well as to prioritise the needs of associated communities and cultures.
The conference, hosted by the Government of the Azores’ Regional Secretariat for the Sea, Science and Technology and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), has concluded with participants issuing the Azores Declaration in Support of One-by-One Tuna Fisheries.

South Pacific RFMO highlights improved horse mackerel biomass

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CHILE: The Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) described the announcement of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) on the horse mackerel status as good news.
The scientific committee of this international organization, at its fifth meeting, held in Shanghai, China, determined a significant improvement in the condition of the horse mackerel stock, with biomass in 2017 on maximum sustainable yield (MSY). It, therefore, recommended increasing the catch quota by 2018, setting 576,000 tonnes as the maximum level.

Pacifical's agreement with Philippine firm to increase sustainable tuna supply to the EU

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NETHERLANDS: Tuna trader firm Pacifical has signed a memorandum of understanding with Philippine group RD Corporation, a deal that will contribute to increasing tuna availability from the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) with Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification at competitive prices.
As part of the deal, the Philippine-based group has now committed to catching MSC certified free-school skipjack and yellowfin tuna and to creating more jobs and income for PNA island people, by further increasing its processing within Papua New Guinea.
With an annual purse seine tuna catch of around 90,000 tons, RD Corporation is a major player in the global tuna market; the main canner in PNG with its RD Tuna plant in Madang, and its Philbest operation in General Santos, Philippines. Both origins have the possibility for zero percent import duty when a product is imported into the EU.

Spanish fleet not allowed to capture more albacore, after exhausting quota

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SPAIN: From this Friday the Spanish fleet will not be able to fish more albacore (Thunnus alalunga) in the Atlantic Ocean due to exhaustion of its fishing quota.
The General Direction of Fisheries Management estimated that by October 13 the fleet will have exhausted 100 per cent of the estimated albacore quota for the set of Spanish ships: 14,196,452 kilos.
For the Basque fishermen, the albacore campaign closes "with a satisfactory statement", according to the secretary of the Federation of Associations of Gipuzkoa, Miren Garmendia, because of the good catch of the purse seine and trolling line fleets, and the good quotation price, at an average of EUR 4 per kilo.

National waters sector opened for shrimp fishing

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ARGENTINA: The fishing authorities finally decided to open a sector for shrimp fishing in national waters, within the Permanent Hake Ban Zone, following the migration of the resource to the North.

The National Fisheries Coordination Office ordered the opening of a strip between the parallels 42° 30' to 43' South latitude and meridians 62° and 62° 30' west longitude.

Airline reports fish transport strong growth to EU

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SRI LANKA: The airline Emirates SkyCargo has reported an increase in exported fish volumes being transported from Sri Lanka to the European Union (EU) after a ban on the Asian country seafood export was lifted by Brussels last year.

The export of Sri Lankan fishery products to the European Union resumed in June 2016 after a ban was introduced in January 2015 because of a failure to comply with international rules and shortcomings in the introduction of control measures, Air Cargo News reported.

New Zealander tuna association joins IPNLF

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NEW ZEALAND: The Tuna Management Association of New Zealand (TMA) has become the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) in an attempt to improve management and recognition for responsible tuna fisheries.

Founded in 2001, TMA supports a fleet of owner-operated domestic vessels by providing up-to-date information on fishery management issues and ensuring that the fleet remains aware of and compliant with local safety and management system requirements.

Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna recovery still uncertain

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WORLDWIDE: A new stock assessment of eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna conducted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concludes that it is too early to determine this once severely depleted population has been fully rebuilt.

The NGO Pew Charitable Trusts states that ICCAT’s determination comes as many groups had expected to be celebrating a full recovery of the stock, which had improved after less than a decade of science-based fishery management policies.

Fisheries Ministry to establish an insurance scheme for fisher community

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SRI LANKA: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Dilip Wedaarachchi, said he expects to introduce a new insurance scheme soon for the fishermen that will benefit their families as well.

Pledging to uplift the fisheries industry in coming years in collaboration with the National Fisheries Federation, State Minister Wedaarachchi said he has initiated the program of Blue Economy for the development of the Sri Lanka's fisheries Industry.

Chinese official promises Fiji processing jobs, training for fisheries access

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China’s top fisheries official has promised Fiji major investments in processing and training in return for access to its waters.

Speaking to officials at Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries in Navu, Yu Kangzhen told his hosts, “We have huge potential for cooperation,” and promised China would create employment locally in processing, warehousing, and research facilities.

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