Latest Fishing News
2-7 June 2021
Bolton Food Commits to Responsible Tuna Fishing in the Indian Ocean

Bolton Food, the Food Business Unit of the Bolton Group, has pledged to take action to combat the overfishing of tuna and other unregulated practices that threaten the health of the Indian Ocean, winning praise from environmental NGO WWF.

According to the new "Bolton Food Tuna Sourcing Policy", the European leader in the production of canned tuna will gradually reduce in its use of yellowfin tuna caught in the Indian Ocean in a big way, cutting it by at least 20% in 2024 compared to its average for the 2017-2019 period.

Bolton Food, whose brands include the Rio Mare range of tuna products, has also said it will source yellowfin tuna caught in the Indian Ocean exclusively from vessels whose flag State commits to implementing the catch limits decided at the next Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) meeting in June. Continue reading here (Source: ANSA Business).
IOTC Pressed to Take Urgent Action to End Overfishing of Yellowfin Tuna

The 25th Session of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission begins Monday, 7 June, and  several stakeholders are demanding immediate action from the regional fisheries management organization to put an end to overfishing of yellowfin tuna in the region.

Several non-governmental organizations issued statements in advance of the meeting, saying the IOTC can no longer ignore its responsibility of putting in place an agreement that will save the tuna stock, which has been deemed to be overfished.

Glen Holmes, an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ international fisheries project who leads the organization’s engagement with three of the world’s five regional fisheries management organizations overseeing tuna fishing, including the IOTC, said the RFMO “has allowed overfishing to continue, despite yellowfin being overfished since 2015 and the IOTC’s adoption of its first rebuilding plan for the stock in 2016." Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
Climate Forecast Worrying to Pacific Fisheries

The World Meteorological Organisation says there is a 90 percent chance that next five years will be the warmest on record.

In its latest climate predictions, released last week, the organisation also said that the annual average global temperature could reach 1.5 degrees above the pre-industrial level within the same period.

The head of the oceanic fisheries program at the Pacific Community or SPC, Graham Pilling, says this has huge implications for the Pacific tuna fishery. Continue reading here (Source: Radio New Zealand).
UN Highlights Illegal Fishing With "Fight IUU Day"

The United Nations uses June 5 every year as an opportunity to draw public attention to the negative impacts of IUU, which undermine its sustainable development goals to ensure fisheries can provide food and jobs. This year, questions over sustainability and the consumption of seafood have found their way into mainstream debate following a controversial Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy.

More than a third of the world’s fish stocks are overfished, meaning taken at a rate where they cannot replenish themselves. Illegal activity adds even more pressure, degrading the marine environment, making it harder to determine fish numbers, and harming the prospects of legal fishers and people in the poorest parts of the world.
Continue reading here (Source: The Maritime Executive).
Fisheries Operation Celebrates 20 Years of Protecting Pacific Waters
   
Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Director of Fisheries Operations, Allan Rahari reflected that recognising the contribution of Operation Tui Moana to the protection of over six million sq kms of ocean is particularly relevant as the world celebrates UN International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (June 5).

“In my own experience of working on Tui Moana over the last 13 years I’ve seen a real evolution in how we respond to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” said Mr Rahari.

“We see less “dark”, or unlicensed, vessels but are responding to more issues around licensed vessels contravening their conditions, especially though misreporting and under-reporting their catches and through unauthorised transhipment. 
Continue reading here (Source: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency).
Canada Continues Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
   
June 5th is the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing poses a serious risk to our global oceans and economy. It threatens the livelihoods of law-abiding fish harvesters and it damages our marine ecosystems, and the countless lifeforms they sustain.

Ottawa, ON – June 5th is the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing poses a serious risk to our global oceans and economy. It threatens the livelihoods of law-abiding fish harvesters and it damages our marine ecosystems, and the countless lifeforms they sustain. Continue reading here (Source: Mirage.News).
Chinese Boats Suspected to be Conducting Illegal Fishing in Argentina's Waters
   
Hundreds of boats, most of them Chinese, have hidden their movements close to Argentinian waters in the past three years, media reports said.

The boats are believed to be potentially fishing illegally in one of the world’s most lucrative fishing grounds, according to a US conservation group.

About 800 vessels, over half of them from China, logged nearly 900,000 hours of visible fishing activity via the Automatic Identification System (AIS) within 20 nautical miles of Argentina’s waters between January 2018 and April 2021, according to Oceana’s report, published on Wednesday, it reported. Continue reading here (Source: India Blooms).
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