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‘There are huge amounts of golden redfish on the Hali grounds and that needs to be kept in mind this close to the end of the quota year. We had two unexpectedly large hauls of redfish, and that almost finished the trip for us,’ said Eiríkur Jónsson, skipper of Brim’s fresher trawler Akurey, which docked in Reykjavík before the weekend, before heading back to fishing grounds off the west of Iceland. He said that the trip began on the Hali grounds. The bulk of the catch was cod, with some saithe. The result of these big redfish hauls was that… [...]

The latest Atlantic menhaden stock assessment accepted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has concluded that Atlantic menhaden is healthy, not overfished, and that overfishing is not occurring. Significantly, this assessment was completed using new ecological reference points, standards that account for the needs of predator species when determining menhaden’s sustainable status. In the past, single-species stock assessments that found menhaden to be healthy and not overfished were criticised by some for not taking into account interdependencies between species. The ASMFC’s ecosystem-based reference points were developed over years, with support from industry, recreational fishermen, and environmental groups, to… [...]

In a strongly-worded warning ahead of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) upcoming WCPFC Science-Manager Dialogue (SMD) meeting, due to take place this month, the Global Tuna Alliance has issued a reminder that a significant group of companies are determined to keep tuna stocks in the ‘green zone.’ ‘We appreciate that the major tuna stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean are currently ‘in the green1’ – with no overfished stocks or overfishing occurring,’ said Dr Tom Pickerell, Executive Director of the Global Tuna Alliance. ‘But to ensure this continues, we are calling on the Western and… [...]

The UK Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) has awarded a further £1.29 million to new projects in its most recent round of funding. The fund, which has supported a total of 94 projects since its inception, supports innovative proposals designed to advance resilience and sustainability in the UK seafood sector.  More than £1.29 million is awarded in the latest round of funding from the UK government programme, split across 28 feasibility studies. Projects have been awarded between £13,600 and £50,000 to support ideas designed to improve the sustainability and resilience of the UK fishing, aquaculture, and seafood sectors. ‘SIF has enabled… [...]

Exports of seafood from Norway are continuing a record-breaking streak, and this year has seen some of the best results ever for the Norwegian seafood industry. ‘After a record-breaking first half of the year, July follows on as the best July month ever for Norwegian seafood exports,’ said Børge Grønbech, Acting CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council. ‘Since records began, July was also the strongest single month for salmon and trout. Despite the strong growth in the value of seafood exports so far this year, challenging times can still impact development.’ Seafood valued at NoK11.60 billion was exported during July,… [...]

In a strongly-worded warning ahead of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) upcoming WCPFC Science-Manager Dialogue (SMD) meeting, due to take place this month, the Global Tuna Alliance has issued a reminder that a significant group of companies are determined to keep tuna stocks in the ‘green zone.’ ‘We appreciate that the major tuna stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean are currently ‘in the green1’ – with no overfished stocks or overfishing occurring,’ said Dr Tom Pickerell, Executive Director of the Global Tuna Alliance. ‘But to ensure this continues, we are calling on the Western and… [...]

Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, has welcomed the State Aid approval to facilitate the implementation of the voluntary decommissioning scheme for the whitefish fishing fleet recommended by the Report of the Seafood Task Force – Navigating Change. ‘The Seafood Task Force, which included representatives of the five fisheries producer organisations and the four main fisheries co-operatives, recommended in its October 2021 report that a voluntary decommissioning scheme should be implemented to help restore balance between fishing fleet capacity and available quotas, following the reductions in quotas for stocks arising from the EU/UK Trade and Cooperation… [...]

The purse seine fishery for skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna in Nauru waters has been awarded MSC certification following an certification process that began in March 2021 and a decision by third-party certifier SCS Global Services. The certification is the result of a year of evaluation and assessments, and is held jointly by the Nauru Fisheries and Marine Resources Authority (NFMRA) and Taiwanese fishing company FSF. This is FSF’s second tuna purse seine fishery to achieve MSC accreditation. This fishery is carried out by 20 Nauru-flagged vessels that fish for skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna within the Western & Central… [...]

The UK Seafood Fund has pledged support for initiatives to minimise the impact of lost fishing gears and to develop trawl gears to reduce by-catch levels. The Fisheries Industry Science Partnerships (FISP) scheme – part of the £100m UK Seafood Fund – brings together industry and researchers to deliver pioneering projects which promote the sustainable management of the UK’s fisheries and help equip the fishing industry for the future. More that £4 million has so far been made available by the UK Government to fund projects under the scheme. From today, a new funding round for the FISP is opening,… [...]

France’s Secretary of State for the Sea Hervé Berville has announced the extension of the fuel aid mechanism for the fishing industry. This was originally implemented in March, compensating fishermen with €0.35 per litre of diesel, and the plan was expected to expire on 31st July. France’s Secretary of State for the Sea Hervé Berville ‘Since taking office, my priority has been to provide concrete solutions to fishermen and wholesalers who have been strongly affected by the increase in the price of diesel,’ he said. ‘On my proposal, the Prime Minister therefore decided to extend the fuel aid which was… [...]