Latest Fishing News
9-16 February 2021
WCPFC Extends Observer Suspension Through 15 May

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) has extended the suspension of total fisheries observer coverage in the region until 15 May.

The organization has cited the dangers surrounding the continuing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the extension. The decision comes after WCPFC had already extended the suspension to February 2021.

The suspension of 100 percent of fisheries observer coverage was initiated last March as the pandemic escalated, preventing observers from getting on the vessels. Continue reading here (Source: Seafood Source).
Breakthrough Commitment To Sustainability From Asda Welcomed by Marine Wildlife Charities

Three leading marine conservation charities today welcomed a breakthrough commitment by supermarket giant Asda to protect endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) marine species such as sharks, turtles, seabirds and dolphins from being accidentally killed in the fisheries that supply Asda with seafood.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, BirdLife International and Whale and Dolphin Conservation have been working with Asda to reduce the number of deaths of these vulnerable species caused through “bycatch” (the incidental capture of animals in fishing). In particular, Asda has committed to address the problems of bycatch in tuna fisheries and avoid the sale of seafood caught in gillnets where possible. Continue reading here (Source: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership).
Seafood Giant Thai Union Secures $400M in First Sustainability Loan

Thai Union Group, the world's biggest canned tuna producer, has secured its first sustainability-linked loan of $400 million from a group of financial institutions, Nikkei Asia has learned. If the company achieves set targets such as strengthening the traceability of its seafood, the interest rate will be lowered by the lenders.

Thai Union, which engages in the canned tuna, frozen seafood and other businesses, makes about 70% of its overall revenue in the U.S. and Europe, where awareness of environmental, social and corporate governance, or ESG, factors is strong among retailers and consumers.

That is why Thai Union has so far addressed challenges such as preventing the overexploitation of fishery resources and protecting workers' human rights in the manufacturing process. Continue reading here (Source: Nikkei Asia).
COVID-19 Operating Protocols for the Fishing Sector in the Pacific

The following protocols have been developed to assist and guide the fishing sector, flag States, coastal and island State governments manage the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the fishing industry in the Pacific islands region. These protocols seek to guide practices that prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on and between fishing vessels and at port, and offer protection for both the ships’ crew and local populations at port.

These protocols are drawn from guidance provided by international organisations, including recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), The Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Islands Forum. Continue reading here (Source: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency).
Action Needed on Pelagic Drift Net Fishing

The tuna fishing industry represented by Europêche is calling on the EU and Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) parties to take action on large-scale pelagic drift net fishing during the next IOTC meeting.

Europêche said that large-scale pelagic drift net fishing is still being carried out on a significant scale in the Indian Ocean. This is despite a 1991 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) moratorium on all large-scale pelagic drift net fishing and concerns expressed by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in 2012 about wide usage in both high seas and coastal waters of the Indian Ocean, which led to the IOTC adopting a resolution that year and another in 2017 setting the prohibition to use large-scale driftnets in the whole IOTC Area. Continue reading here (Source: World Fishing & Aquaculture).
The Bumble Bee Seafood Company Announces SVP of Global Corporate Responsibility

The Bumble Bee Seafood Company today announced the addition of Dr. Leslie Hushka to its senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Responsibility for the 120-year-old iconic seafood company. Hushka will be responsible for leading the company in its efforts to protect and restore the health of the world’s oceans as Bumble Bee continues its commitment to work to close gaps on some of the industry’s biggest sustainability challenges.

Hushka is a seasoned sustainability professional having spent 23 years in research, government affairs and sustainability positions at ExxonMobil where she was charged with advancing priorities on a wide array of societal issues. Her work included leading the company’s plastic waste solutions programs and external sustainability collaborations. Continue reading here (Source: Fish Information & Services).
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