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Canada’s Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray has announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has launched a third call for proposals under the Ghost Gear Fund. The Department will provide up to $10 million in funding under this latest call for proposals, and at least 10% of the funding will go towards projects that are led by Indigenous organisations and communities. ‘Through Budget 2022, the Government of Canada is investing an additional $10 million into the Ghost Gear Fund, so we can continue doing great work with industry and partners to clean our oceans. Ghost… [...]

A partnership between marine scientists and fishermen in England’s South West has resulted in a new environmentally friendly method for fishing scallops using innovative illuminated pots which have been dubbed ‘scallop discos’. Most commercial scallop harvesting is carried out using dredges, seen as a high-impact method. This new approach paves the way for a new low-impact inshore fishery which could reduce the effects of scallop dredges. Scientists from bycatch prevention technology specialist Fishtek Marine developed this while trialling PotLights which are small underwater lights used to attract crab and lobster to pots. These were invented by the Devon-based company to… [...]

A report by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims that migrant fishermen working on UK vessels are vulnerable to systematic labour exploitation as the Government refuses close loopholes in its immigration rules – while the Scottish Fishermen’ Federation states that it ‘contains much that fishing industry representatives do not recognise.’ According to the ITF, vessel operators are able to use the Seafarers’ Transit Visa to bring migrant workers from outside Europe to the UK, enabling some to exploit fishermen’s fears over their immigration status to make them work long hours for as little as £3 an hour – significantly… [...]

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between salmon producer Arnarlax and the Vesturbyggð municipality in western Iceland for the construction of a 10,000 square metre, 80,000-tonne capacity salmon processing plant. This would be a high-tech facility, planned for Vatnseyri in Patreksfjörður, and the plant is expected to generate around a hundred jobs in the region. ‘I’m very satisfied with this breakthrough agreement with Vesturbyggð,’ commented Arnarlax CEO Bjorn Hembre. ‘This first step enables us to initiate formal licensing applications and the design and preparation work for a high-tech processing facility in Patreksfjörður that will generate many valuable jobs. This… [...]

Responding to a a campaign by activists to ban all fishing on undersea pinnacles, New Zealand fishing company Sealord is proposing that 89% of known seamounts inside the country’s EEZ be placed into conservation. Sealord Chief Executive Doug Paulin describes the proposal as a breakthrough, and stated that the Seamounts Count plan would place at least 127 of 142 known seamounts within a conservation envelope. ‘It is possible to achieve a balance; to conserve the marine environment and continue fishing a very small number of seamounts. This breakthrough proposal strikes a balance heavily in favour of conserving seamounts, which support… [...]

Norwegian fishing industry organisation Fiskebåt has expressed its concern over Russian military exercises that began at the weekend and which will continue into this week. The activity is within the Norwegian EEZ in the north-east area of the Barents Sea. ‘The Russians do not have the authority to close the area, and they are responsible for carrying out the exercise in such a way that safety is maintained,’ said Fiskebåt’s Sturla Roald, commenting that some individual vessels must decide whether they will comply with the order to leave the area or not. ‘Considering how the Russians behave in other areas,… [...]

A team of Scottish researchers has discovered that green LEDs could hold the key to extracting a valuable ingredient for natural health and wellbeing supplements from microalgae. The feasibility study, funded by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) with support from Algae-UK, was led by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and Xanthella, an Oban-based company specialising in photobioreactors – a type of technology that uses light to accelerate the growth of various microorganisms, including algae. By exposing microalgae to a range of different colours of light, the project team found that green light, in particular, could enhance the… [...]

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has published a position statement ahead of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC) annual meeting this week, with a request for urgent and immediate steps to reduce catch of the yellowfin tuna in line with scientific advice. ‘Although the IOTC ultimately agreed on a new rebuilding measure for yellowfin tuna in 2021, the effectiveness of that measure is uncertain given the number of Commission members that objected to it,’ said ISSF President Susan Jackson. ‘The situation is as just as urgent this year as it was in 2021. The yellowfin stock remains overfished, and catches continue to increase despite the rebuilding plan and catch reductions by some fleets under previous measures.’ ISSF’s proposals… [...]

Seven more companies have pledged their support to the Global Tuna Alliance (GTA). The accession of Frabelle, RD processing PNG, South Seas Tuna Canning SSTC, Nambawan, International Food Corporation (IFC), Philbest and Majestic Seafoods, to the supply chain coalition is designed too send a clear message to tuna Regional Fishery Management Organisations (tRFMOs). Slow progress on improving tuna management is prompting the marketplace to unite and speak out on a global scale, according to the Global Tuna Alliance. The seven new GTA members from the Fishing Industry Association Papua New Guinea (FIA PNG) brings the total number of members in… [...]

MEPs have stressed the importance of fisheries in the blue economy, calling for more funds and more ambitious environmental measures in a vote in the European Parliament, while noting that there is a lack of direction for fisheries and aquaculture. The European Parliament urged the Commission and the Member States to boost investment possibilities for modern and sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices. MEPs underlined the urgent need to invest in new vessels and port infrastructure as well as in diversifying the economies of coastal, remote and overseas communities. They listed numerous possible sources of EU investment, such as, European Maritime,… [...]