Latest Fishing News
13-19 July 2021
No Separate Treatment for Fishing in Disputed Waters, WTO Urged

“HARMFUL” fishing subsidies should be banned everywhere, with no carve-outs for special cases like fishing in disputed waters, food advocacy group Tugon Kabuhayan said.

Tugon Kabuhayan said at a virtual briefing Monday that the World Trade Organization (WTO) should continue hearing cases of harmful subsidies whether fishing operations occur in disputed waters or not.

“Harmful subsidies should be prohibited in all waters, disputed or not. Otherwise, all a country needs to do is to create a ‘dispute’ to get out of the coverage of the prohibition,” it said. Continue reading here (Source: BusinessWorld).
CFTO Receives MSC Certification for Indian Ocean Skipjack

French tuna purse-seiner operator Compagnie Française du Thon Océanique (CFTO) has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its Indian Ocean skipjack tuna catches.

The certification covers an eight-vessel operation based in the Seychelles and fishing in the EEZs of Seychelles, Mauritius, Mayotte, the French Southern Antarctic Territories (TAAF), and in international waters. The total annual catch for the fishery is roughly 30,000 tons.

“This certification highlights the changes driven by the company, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, NGOs, and scientists to improve management of skipjack tuna fishing in this area. This is a strong positive signal for securing sustainable skipjack,” MSC France Director Margaux Favret said. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
Pirate Attacks on Fishing Vessels Hampering Ghana's Tuna Industry

The Ghana Tuna Association has raised concerns over the rising spate of pirate attacks on the country's territorial waters.

The call comes after reports suggest Ghana has since 2020 up until date recorded about 10 pirate attacks on deep-sea fishing vessels on territorial waters.

But the association however believes such attacks, if not quickly addressed, will potentially ward off investors and stakeholders interested in the tuna value chain which will impact negatively on their businesses. Continue reading here (Source: GhanaWeb).
Meeting Discusses Ways to Strengthen IUU Fishing Prevention, Control Measures

The National Steering Committee on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Prevention and Control on July 13 held an online meeting with representatives of 28 coastal localities to discuss measures to continue to combat IUU fishing.

Addressing the meeting, the fifth held by the committee since it was set up in 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, head of the committee, underlined the determination to step by step moving towards the removal of the “yellow card,” imposed by the European Commission on Vietnam, thus boosting the development of fisheries sector.

He noted that over the years, Vietnam has concentrated on building a legal system on fisheries to meet the requirements of integration and sustainable development of the sector, which has resulted in improvement of fishermen’s compliance to the law. Continue reading here (Source: Vietnam+).
France, US and South Pacific Allies Target 'Predatory Logic' with Combined Coastguard Network, Without Directly Naming China
France’s president has spoken of the creation of a new South Pacific coastguard network to counter “predatory” behavior, aimed primarily at preventing illegal fishing, without naming China specifically.

Speaking on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said partners, including the US, France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand would step up their activities in the South Pacific amid increasing Chinese assertiveness. 

Without mentioning China, Macron said that a South Pacific coastguard network would be launched “to better cope with the predatory logic we are all victims of.” He said that the group would be launched around three main objectives: “information sharing, operational cooperation and training.” Continue reading here (Source: RT News).
Oman, Indonesia Submit Official Objections to IOTC Yellowfin Rebuilding Plan
Oman and Indonesia have officially notified the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) of their objections to a measure that would reduce the total allowable catch for yellowfin tuna in the Indian Ocean.

The formal objection will mean that Oman and Indonesia will not have to implement the conservation measure.

Abdulaziz Al-Marzouqi, director-general of Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Wealth, Development, made the country's protest official in a letter to the IOTC. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
Philippines Wants Disputed Waters Included in WTO Fisheries Subsidies
Food security advocacy group Tugon Kabuhayan emphasized the need to include disputed waters in the agreement currently being negotiated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the prohibition of harmful fishery subsidies, saying the exclusion of these areas would further affect the livelihood of Filipino fishermen.

In a virtual press briefing yesterday, Tugon Kabuhayan convenor Asis Perez expressed the group’s support for the country’s position in calling for the immediate conclusion of WTO negotiations in eliminating subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, overfished stocks, and overcapacity and overfishing.
Continue reading here (Source: Philstar).
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