Latest Fishing News
21-26 October 2020
The US Might Send More Coastguard Ships to Counter Illegal Fishing in Indo-Pacific

The United States is weighing expanding its maritime patrol presence in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s “illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing” and its “harassment” of other countries’ vessels, a top national security official said on Friday.

Following the recent deployment of new-generation US Coast Guard (USCG) patrol ships to Guam, the US will next year begin formally evaluating the feasibility of homeporting more vessels to American Samoa, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement.

Located about 40 miles east of the island nation of Samoa, American Samoa is an unincorporated US territory whose residents are considered nationals, but not citizens, of the US. Continue reading here (Source: South China Morning Post).
FFA Thanks Solomon Islands Government for Its Support During Pandemic

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency has expressed its gratitude to the Solomon Islands Government for its assistance throughout the COVID-19 period, during a visit by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Mr Collin Beck, to FFA Headquarters.

Speaking at FFA, Mr Beck said: “The Solomon Islands Government, through our Ministry, is committed to supporting FFA to respond to the pandemic. As a host country, we will do all we can to ensure the work of FFA is able to continue during this difficult period.”

Solomon Islands Government’s assistance will include repatriating overseas staff to Honiara and measures to ensure critical activities can continue in the event of a lockdown. Continue reading here (Source: Solomon Times).
PAFCO, The Golden Egg of Levuka

Staff of Pacific Fishing Company Pte Limited (PAFCO) in Levuka consider themselves lucky.

Why? Because they still have jobs and PAFCO a modern tuna cannery is churning the economy of not only Levuka but the Lomaiviti Group.

While some parts of Fiji are feeling the brunt of COVID-19, PAFCO’s operations are in full swing, 24/7. The economic benefits are felt throughout Levuka as people are going about their daily activities.

Under the leadership of PAFCO board chairman Ikbal Jannif, board members Bupen Khatri, Tui Levuka, Ratu Etonia Seru, newly appointed board members Fay Yee and Mahmood Khan, things have turned around and look positive. Continue reading here (Source: Fiji Sun).
Vietnamese Tuna Export to Italy Soar

This staggering increase transformed Italy into Vietnam's largest tuna market in the EU in the first nine months of this year.

The figures were announced by the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) last week.

Canned tuna was still the only export product group to post growth over the same period, up 22 percent. Meanwhile, Vietnam's exports of fresh and frozen tuna decreased by 30 percent.

Vietnam's tuna exports to the EU market had high growth last month, a year-on-year increase of 51 percent, after two months the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) took effect.

The EU's abolition of tax on fresh and frozen tuna products right after the agreement came into effect has made these Vietnamese products more attractive for EU countries. Continue reading here (Source: SGGP).
Move to Set Sea Borders Helps Cooks Fight Illegal Fishing

The Cook Islands is expecting a formal declaration of its sea borders to help in the battle against illegal fishing.

The far-flung island nation, which includes 2,000,000 square kilometres of ocean, has been working for several years to establish its maritime boundaries and that work was finally completed this month.

The director of treaties and oceans at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Josh Mitchell, said it had been difficult to bring illegal fishers to justice in the past ''because they will argue 'well we didn't quite know where the line was'".

The geographic coordinates were being passed on to the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea at the United Nations. Continue reading here (Source: Radio New Zealand).
Vietnam Lauded for Efforts to Combat Illegal Fishing

It’s been less than a year since the signing of the new European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Vietnamese government’s efforts to implement the deal are drawing international attention. Among these are Hanoi’s initiatives to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, following dialogue with the European Commission (EC) on the issue.

Media in the country report that Vietnam has taken key steps to promote sustainable and traceable tuna, building value chains and combating IUU fishing in order to export tuna to the EU. On October 10, Vice Chairman of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam Rubén Saornil Mínguez said at a conference in Khanh Hoa province that the country had made significant improvements on the issue in recent years.

Rubén noted that as part of its reforms, Vietnam has raised standards throughout the fishing industry to comply with regulations for EU export under the EVFTA, according to the government. Continue reading here (Source: ASEAN Today).
New Fish Import Rules Will Undermine the EU Fleet, Fishing Leaders Warn

European Union fishermen’s representative body Europêche and the European Association of Fish Producers Organisations (EAPO) have urged the E.U. Council of Ministers to reduce the amount of duty-free fish imported into the bloc, insisting that the increasing volumes arriving in the market from foreign fleets are exerting heavy pressure on domestic producers.

Their warning comes as the E.U. Council is about to approve the new regulation setting autonomous tariff quotas (ATQs) for certain fishery products for the years 2021-2023. This rule covers species such as tuna, Alaska pollock, cod, flatfish, and shrimp for which a relatively high volume can be imported from non-E.U. countries at a reduced or zero-duty tariff.

However, Europêche and EAPO said they believe in many cases, the ATQs are being used with the sole purpose of getting access to “cheap and low-standard fish” from foreign fleets, and this in turn is putting pressure on E.U. producers’ prices and employment. They have calculated that an additional 60,000 metric tons (MT) of imported fish could benefit from the latest ATQ regulation annually.
Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
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