Latest Fishing News
June 23-29, 2020
Fisheries Observer Safety A Key Focus, As FFA Wraps Up Annual Meeting

Initiatives to improve job prospects and safety at sea for fishing observers has been a key focus of the 114th Forum Fisheries Committee (FFC114) meeting.

The meeting, which was held over 5 days last week via video conference, comprised representatives of the 17 members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

Responding to COVID-19 and to climate change were also issues high on the agenda. Continue reading here (Source: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency).
Tri Marine Chief: Tuna Prices Set Low Due to High Supply., Declining Demand

The rut into which global tuna prices have slipped may have ostensibly been caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lack of food service demand, but the trends were headed that way before Coronavirus arrived, according to Phil Roberts, managing director of Tri Marine International. Read also Sapmer eyes sale of 90m seiner with tuna prices set low, bottom line in red.

Speaking on Infofish's recent webinar "Redefining the global tuna industry" which took place in lieu of the canceled Bangkok, Thailand event, Roberts said prices remained a product of supply and demand... Continue reading here (Source: Undercurrent News).
Ghana Flagged Purse Seiner (F/V Panofi Frontier) Hijacked By Pirates Returns to Tema Port

The Ghana flagged Tuna Purse Seine vessel hijacked by pirates in Benin waters on Wednesday has been located and guided to the Tema Port by the Ghana Navy.

The five Koreans, which included the captain of the vessel and one Ghanaian crew member taken captive by the pirates, were however yet to be located.

Lieutenant Commander Felix Tsekpetse, Assistant Director, Naval Operations, told the Ghana News Agency that the vessel was met by the Ghana Navy at the Ghana-Togo border and brought to the anchorage on Thursday.

Lieutenant Tsekpetse added that apart from those taken captive, all other crew members were safe adding that they were yet to get information on the captives. Continue reading here (Source: MyjoyOnline).
Boston Seafood Show Officially Cancelled for 2020

Seafood Expo North America (SENA), also known as the Boston seafood show, has been cancelled for 2020, according to Diversified Communications, the organizers of the show.

Diversified announced the cancellation in an email to exhibitors.

The show has been rescheduled for March 14-16, 2021, Diversified said.
John Connelly, president of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), praised Diversified for the move.

"[The decision] was likely a tough one but illustrates Diversified’s commitment to listen to its customers and its ability to be nimble in a time of change," he wrote. Continue reading here (Source: IntraFish).
Chinese Overfishing Threatens Development of West African Fishing Sector

The Andoni Fishing Port and Processing Zone,  under construction in a coastal region of Rivers State , is being billed as the first of its kind in West Central Africa’s Gulf of Guinea.

The new port will trade in species like mackerel, herring, tuna, and croaker, as well as crustaceans, nearly all of which will be destined for the export market. The 2,500-hectare site, incorporating a fishing port, processing facilities, warehousing zones, and ship maintenance yards – will cost between USD 1.5 billion and USD 2.5 billion (EUR 1.3 billion and EUR 2.2), depending on eventual design specifications. The complex will draw Asian investors and create jobs and wealth for the region,  according to the project promoter . Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
Cooks Tuna Fishery is a Model for the Pacific

Experts at Conservation International say this will ensure all tuna fisheries within the jurisdiction of Pacific Island countries are environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and climate adaptive.

Pablo Obregon told Conservation News their work to combine market- and policy-based strategies had proven vital in achieving seafood sustainability.

“In the Cook Islands, for example, Conservation International is collaborating with the government, the tuna seafood industry and traditional leadership groups to develop and apply rigorous standards of environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic performance, which all tuna vessels operating within the Cook Island jurisdiction must meet,” Obregon said.

One of the things this approach tried to prevent was the “spottiness” of certain certification schemes, he said. Continue reading here (Source: Cook Islands News).
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