The transshipment of catch, which enables fresh fish to get to market sooner, is a significant but largely hidden part of the global commercial fishing industry. Transshipment regards hundreds of refrigerated cargo vessels, or carrier vessels, roaming the oceans, taking in catch from thousands of fishing vessels and transporting it to shore for processing.
The crew of US Coast Guard Cutter ‘Mellon’, including two Canadian fishery officers, returned to their homeport of Seattle Sunday after an 80-day patrol detecting and deterring illegal fishing activity in the Pacific Ocean. The boarding teams detected a total of 68 potential violations.
During its meeting in Portland, Oregon, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Northern Committee discussed two proposals to increase catch limits on Pacific bluefin. The Committee focused on changes to the Pacific bluefin management measure that will lead to an increase in catch for 2020.
Inmarsat working with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, its Department of Fisheries, the UK Space Agency and other partners marked the successful closure of a three-year fisheries innovation project. Using solar-powered satellite technology on smaller fishing vessels, the project aimed to improve safety, efficiency, ship to shore contact and offer possible fish stock sustainability improvements.
The Sea Shepherd has partnered with the government of Gambia to tackle and halt illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in West Africa. The partners arrested in late August two illegal fishing vessels for fishery violations.
Ending overfishing constitutes a significant climate emergency action, according to a report published by Our Fish. The paper underlines that overfishing and climate change are two of the biggest stressors on ocean health, including to marine ecosystems, biodiversity and fisheries.
Turnover of the UK fishing fleet was close to £1 billion in 2018, a very similar figure to 2017, according to a new report by the Seafish Industry Authority. A 4% decrease was reported in the total operating profit with £268 million, mainly due to an increase in fuel prices.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has gathered industry experts from South East Asia countries in Cape Town this week, to share knowledge in the development of safety and security for fishermen onboard fishing vessels.
The Ghanaian Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development has urged for complete eradication of the harmful, illegal practice of saiko. ‘Saiko’ is a form of illegal fishing, where trawlers target the staple catch of canoe fishers and sell this fish back to local communities at a profit.
AMSA released ‘Fishing for Safety: Creating a Safety Management System’, a 16-minute video showing easy to understand steps, real-world stories and experiences of why an effective safety management system (SMS) is essential when working in the fishing industry.
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