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Italy: Port state measures agreement signed by 91 countries
Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Port state measure are steps taken by coastal states at their fishing ports to identify illegal fishers. The FAO reports that ninety-one countries have agreed to implement port state measures in a bid to combat illegal fishing. These measures, if effectively implemented, are widely considered one of the most effective ways of combating illegal fishing. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing contributes to overfishing and the destruction of stocks harming thereby the interests of legitimate fishers. The FAO-brokered agreement is the first global agreement to focus on the issue of illegal fishing and is meant to block IUU fish from entering the market thereby removing the main incentive for fishers to fish illegally. Measures under the agreement will apply to vessels not flying the flag of the port state though signatories can also apply them to their own fleets. Some of the measures under the agreement include obliging vessels to prenotify a specially designated port supplying information on the catch on board; the establishment up an information-sharing network to let countries share information on suspect vessels; and regular inspections set to a certain standard of vessels, documents, catches, and gear.

 
Denmark: Successful trials of on-board electronic monitoring scheme
Thursday, 22 October 2009 00:00

A Danish proposal is using a system of carrots and sticks to bring down the level of discards by fishermen. The stick is, that not just landings, but any discards too, will count against quotas, while the carrot is an increase in quota allocations. To join the scheme fishers have to agree to provide complete and reliable documentation of all catches including discards. To meet this requirement a pilot electronic system based on closed circuit television cameras, a GPS receiver, a hydraulic pressure sensor, and a gear rotation sensor was installed on seven vessels by the National Institute for Aquatic Resources at the Technical University of Denmark. An analysis of ten months of video and sensor data revealed that the position and the time that the vessel was fishing could be identified with a high degreee of accuracy. In addition video footage of the catch generated a reliable estimate of its volume and composition particularly if the discarded fish was cod. Large volumes of discard were not as accurately recorded unless they were handled in a special way, but in general the quality of the images was good enough to give an accurate picture of the volume and composition of catch and discards. With only an hour spent on analysing the data for one fishing event, the system is significantly cheaper than having an observer on board. The trials also showed that fishers would try and avoid discards, by changing fishing ground or altering the gear, showing that the scheme was achieving its objective. The electronic monitoring system was also popular with the fishers themselves and can be successfully used on all types of fishing vessels, providing a new tool for the sustainable exploitation of resources.

 
Turkey: New Skretting feed plant opens
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 00:00

A new fish feed plant was opened by Skretting in Güllük in the Bodrum area in western Turkey. The plant will manufacture feeds for the freshwater trout industry as well as for marine species such as seabass and sea bream. Most of the production is intended for the domestic market though some will be exported. The plant starts with one extruder line, but its modular design enables the rapid addition of additional lines when production needs to be expanded. The raw materials for the feeds both marine and vegetable will be procured locally as well as from abroad through Skretting’s international network. Micro ingredients will be sourced from a sister company Trouw Nutrition Turkey.

 
Germany: Useful information on fish and seafood at SlowFisch
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 00:00

Visitors to the second SlowFisch at the Bremen Exhibition Centre can gain useful knowledge about fish and seafood. The event takes place from Friday 6 November to Sunday 8 November 2009 and will offer a range of activities including lectures, a market place and food tasting sessions. Under the guidance of experts visitors can learn to experience and perceive more intimately the different foods and their unique qualities. Both quality and sustainability will be addressed in the lectures, as well as down-to-earth information about buying, storing and preparing fish. The health benefits of fish will be the topic of other lectures while information about new species and their markets will also be presented. In addition to fish and seafood SlowFisch will also feature side-dishes, spices, mustards and sauces, confectionery, as well as wine, beer and coffee. For more information please visit www.slowfisch-bremen.de.

 
USA: Comments sought by 31 October on new BAP feed mill standards
Monday, 19 October 2009 00:00

Drafts of the new Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards for feed mills, developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance, are now posted for public comment at www.gaalliance.org/comment5.html. Comments can be posted until 31 October.  In addition to social and environmental responsibility, the new feed mill standards encompass food safety and traceability. Audit questions address potential chemical and other safety hazards, and require certified feed plants to comply with regulations regarding feed ingredients. The feed mills must also obtain marine meals and oils from sustainable sources and provide information on the levels of these products used in feeds. The Best Aquaculture Practices program is a rigorous certification program for aquaculture — including farms, hatcheries and processing plants. BAP standards cover the environment, social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability.

 
Denmark: All fisheries to be MSC certified by 2012
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 00:00

The Danish Fishermens Association has announced that all Danish fisheries that can be certified will be certified before 2012. The first three fisheries to enter the certification process are North Sea plaice, saithe and Eastern Baltic cod. The world’s fifth largest exporter by value of fish and seafood the Danish industry is characterised by very fresh high quality products sold to demanding customers in European markets. Going in for a sustainability certification was the natural way to protect and enhance this reputation among these customers. The first three fisheries should be certified twelve months from now and will mean certification of the first cod stock in the EU. The accredited certifier carrying out the audits is Food Certification International based in Scotland.

 
Check out the new viewer
Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

The new online version of the EUROFISH Magazine makes skimming the magazine and getting an overview a breeze. Simply click trough the pages by clicking just right of the magazine to turn the pages and click on the main page to zoom in. Have a go at the publication below.


 
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