Latest Fishing News
13-20 October 2020
WTO: EU Can Impose Billions of Dollars in Tariffs on US Goods, Including Seafood

The European Union can impose tariffs of up to USD 4 billion (EUR 3.4 billion) on imported products from the United States as a countermeasure for illegal subsidies given to American aircraft-maker Boeing, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled.

The decision, made on 13 October, builds upon the WTO’s earlier finding that recognized the Boeing subsidies were illegal.

In a statement, E.U. Executive Vice President for an Economy that Works for People and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis confirmed the “long-awaited decision” allows the E.U. to impose tariffs on American products entering Europe. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
How the Pacific Islands are Balancing COVID-19 Survival Demands on Coastal Fisheries with Sustainable Management

Coastal fisheries in the Pacific Islands have become a food and livelihood lifeline to many people who have lost jobs, especially in urban centres and tourism, following COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures. Now governments and development organisations are trying to meet the crisis-driven survival needs of here and now, while also considering the long-term consequences on near shore marine resources and habitats.

“In Vanuatu, we don’t have any cases of COVID-19. But around us the world is in lockdown and the incomes indigenous people usually get from tourism have all gone, they have completely come to a halt,” Leias Cullwick, Executive Director of the Vanuatu National Council of Women in Port Vila, told IPS. Tourism accounts for an estimated 40 percent of Vanuatu’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Continue reading here (Source: IPS News).
Tri Marine Hires Christa Svensson as Sustainability Manager

Tuna giant Tri Marine has hired Christa Svensson as its new sustainability program manager.

Svensson said on LinkedIn her role encompasses environmental sustainability, with a significant focus on social programs that work toward ending unfair labor practices in fisheries globally.

"I am impressed and inspired by Tri Marine's long-term commitment to advancing best practices for the environment and with regard to human rights," she said.

"They're a founding member of the International Sustainable Seafood Foundation (ISSF) and leader of the Seafood Task Force’s (STF) work on tuna. I look forward to working with the team on implementing best practices for the environment and for protecting workers' rights for everyone associated with our company." Continue reading here (Source: IntraFish).
Japanese Seafood Industry Taps Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Fish Selection

Japanese fish industries are starting to use artificial intelligence to select high-quality fish at markets and find good fishing grounds, areas where they have traditionally relied largely on experience and intuition.

AI tools are drawing attention because they can easily replicate proficient skills, including those needed to evaluate tuna quality and determine good spots to catch saury.

When judging the quality of fish, buyers look at how fresh and firm the meat is and how much fat it puts on.
“You need over 10 years of experience” to acquire an excellent eye, a fish market worker said. Continue reading here (Source: The Japan Times).
2020 Pacific Tuna Tagging a Success

The Pacific Community (SPC) has just completed a critical expedition to monitor the health of the world's largest tuna fishery in the Western and Central Pacific. The success of the expedition was largely due to increased support provided by the fishing industry and technology sectors.

After 50 days in the waters of Kiribati and the high seas, the expedition tagged 6387 tuna, a record for the number of tags deployed on an SPC tagging cruise in the Central Pacific since the tagging programme began in 2006. The expedition also collected biological samples from over 500 fish and genetic samples from 800 specimens.

With most international tourism shut down due to Covid-19, many Pacific island countries and territories are more dependent than ever on revenue from the US$6bn tuna fishing industry. Pamela Maru, Secretary of the Cook Islands', Ministry of Marine Resources, commented "Continued investment and work through the tuna tagging programme is critical for the Pacific region so we can then learn how to approach our fisheries management strategies and provide information to our industry about how they might have to organise their operations." Continue reading here (Source: EMTV).
WTO Deal on Fishing Subsidies Could Transform Global Seafood Trade

China’s distant-water fishing industry has “glorious achievements” to be proud of, according to the head of the state-sponsored lobby group representing the sector.

Speaking at the China International Fishery Cooperation Summit in Guangzhou recently, China Distant-Water Fishing Association Secretary General Huang Bao Shan said the development of the sector “has been orderly” and that it has invested in equipment upgrades that have modernized the fleet.

Huang has been seeking to influence China’s 14th Five-Year Plan so that further encouragement is given to the distant-water sector. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
Evolution of the Fleet: A Closer Look at the Chinese Fishing Vessels off the Galapagos

A flurry of news stories in late July 2020 reported on the “discovery” of a “massive” fleet of Chinese fishing vessels in the waters off the Galapagos, which fluctuated to over 350 before the fleet finally left by mid-October to fish farther south. Yet the presence of the Chinese distant water fishing fleet in the area has been expanding for several years. Concerns over the fleet’s illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing have also grown, spurred by the August 2017 arrest of the FU YUAN YU LENG 999, a Chinese-flagged refrigerated vessel found in the Galapagos with roughly 3,000 tons of rare, near extinct or endangered species onboard, including 600 sharks.

Using data and insight from Windward, a predictive maritime intelligence platform, our analysis examines how this fishing phenomenon has evolved over time and who is behind this increasingly intensive fishing effort. We argue that this fishing activity is the outcome of China’s global fisheries strategy, including the generous subsidies provided to the industry. We examine the extent to which China may be engaging in IUU fishing, arguing that although the Chinese government has moved to curtail IUU fishing activities, several challenges remain. While the fleet appears to largely be operating legally, some behavior indicates exceptions. Furthermore, despite any seemingly technical compliance with existing laws and regulations, some of Chinese fishing activity falls into the “unreported” and “unregulated” categories and deserves careful consideration in terms of the sustainability of such operations. Continue reading here (Source: Center for International Maritime Security).
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