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30 March-5 April 2021
ISSF Tuna Stock Status Report Shows Increase in Catch, Little Change in Sustainability

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) “Status of the Stocks” report covering the status of the world’s tuna fisheries has found that most catch continues to be sourced from stocks at “healthy” levels of abundance.

The twice-yearly report by the ISSF – a cooperative program involving scientists, the tuna industry, and the World Wildlife Fund – breaks down the status of the world’s tuna stocks. The latest report represents the second since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic first started impacting the work of regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs). Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil Consider Regional Fix for IUU Fishing

The Southwest Atlantic Ocean attracts fishing fleets from all over the world due to rich marine life that swims beyond national waters. But despite concerns of overfishing, the region lacks the kind of fishing management organization or governance system present in many other regions of the world.

Uruguay, with a new government since last year, is seeking to change this.

Fishing fleets from China, Taiwan, South Korea and Spain concentrate in waters near the outer limit of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. They are in search of squid and other species and will often stop at the Uruguayan port of Montevideo. Continue reading here (Source: The Maritime Executive).
Costa Rica Delays Fishing Law Reforms Affecting Tuna Purse-Seiners

Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly has instituted a six-month delay on a bill that would have pushed Costa Rica’s tuna purse-seiners out to beyond 100 miles from its coast.

Costa Rica has no nationally-flagged tuna-fishing vessels, but allows vessels from Venezuela and Nicaragua to fish up to 9,000 metric tons (MT) of yellowfin tuna in its territorial waters, with the requirement that it all be processed at a canning facility in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

The proposed legislation would have prohibited foreign-flagged tuna purse-seiners from fishing within 100 miles of Costa Rica’s coastline. It received initial approval in the Legislative Assembly in December 2020, but in March, it was pulled prior to a second vote, which would have sent it to Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Quesada for his signature or veto. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
The Global Network of Ports "Supporting" High Seas Fishing

As a fisherman you have a natural interest in ports… they mean coming home or getting to new country, furthermore, they imply unloading (i.e. getting paid) or that we will start fishing soon (will start making money). Post fishing and from my work in MCS, PSM and transhipment in port controls I see them as unique opportunities to gather data and extend compliance (hence my personal interest in better managing transhipment at sea).

A while ago I wrote the decision-making factors that skippers use to “choose a transhipment port” in the WCPO.

So when I so this paper “The global network of ports supporting high seas fishing” (by Spanish and Basque researchers) came out a few weeks ago I was interested in their methodology, but also their choice of words… particularly since I’m not a native English speaker… I guess supporting comes into my head as ”I’m a supporter of” a rugby team for example… i.e. I get the t-shirts, provides money, actively support their action, positions and so on… Continue reading here (Source: Francisco Blaha).
Cutter Deployments Point to Bigger US Military Role in Western Pacific

The Coast Guard's five newest cutters in Honolulu -- including two of the service's most capable 418-foot vessels -- continue to reach farther across the Pacific to combat illegal fishing and counter the growing influence of China.

Recent deployments of the national security cutter Kimball and the smaller fast-response cutter Joseph Gerczak are representative of growing national security responsibilities as greater Coast Guard integration with the Navy and Marine Corps is sought. Continue reading here (Source: Military.com).
Saving Coastal Fisheries in the Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of healthy coastal fisheries for the cultural, social, and economic wellbeing of Pacific Islanders. Protecting coastal fisheries is critical for the security of people’s food, sources of income and livelihoods, and sustaining the natural environment of Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Following through on this responsibility depends on political commitment, human capability, and data.

Our oceans face a number of challenges. Climate change is affecting the interactions between the ocean, land, and atmosphere, whilst also influencing the health and productivity of the biosphere, society, and the economy. Increasing ocean acidity and rising sea levels are damaging marine ecosystems that sustain healthy marine environments and coastal fisheries. Continue reading here (Source: Asia & the Pacific Policy Society).
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