MUMBAI - In June 2019, the Indian government created its first ministry for fisheries. Although it clubs fishing together rather oddly with animal husbandry and dairy, the move fulfills a long-standing demand of the country’s fishing community and becomes the latest, and potentially the most important, of India’s slowly growing efforts to better regulate and manage its fisheries.
Fishing has transformed over the decades from a small-scale artisanal practice into an increasingly industrialized sector. The widespread adoption of mechanized boats helped hike India’s fish catch from an estimated 0.53 million metric tons in 1950 to 3.83 million metric tons in 2017.
Until recently, this growth was largely unregulated, leading to over-capacity of fishing boats, inter-state conflict, and overfishing of some species. But as yields have slowed in the past decade, including an unexpected crash in the sardine catch, India’s coastal states have begun to take measures to make fishing more sustainable. Some are also pressing for better national regulation.
KANGAR - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized 10 ‘Bubu Naga’ (Bubu Kambang) fish traps, which have been banned, in Kuala Perlis yesterday.
Kuala Perlis Maritime Zone MMEA director Commander Nurulazme Zakariah in a statement said the trap, the use of which violates the Fisheries Department's regulations because the size of the net is very small and could damage the marine ecosystem, were left by the fishermen about 0.4 nautical miles off the west coast of Kurong Tengar.
BÌNH THU?N - The south-central province of Bình Thu?n has caught and bred more than 100,000 tonnes of fish and other aquatic species in the first half of the year, up 2.02 per cent against the same period 2018.
Favourable weather and the appearance of a large quantity of pelagic fish in waters offshore contributed to the increase.
Fishermen in the province, one of the country's largest fishing grounds, caught 93,000 tonnes of aquatic species in the period, up 2 per cent against the same period last year.
Nguyen Ngoc Oai, Acting Director of the General Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made the statement at a conference held in Hanoi on July 4 to review the performance of the sector in the first half of the year and deploy tasks for the second half of 2019.
Over the last few months the fisheries sector has set a number of key targets including export revenue recording over USD 10.5 billion; and the GDP growth rate and production value growth rate reaching 4.65% and 4.69%, respectively, Oai said, adding that the sector will also focus on devising measures to overcome the European Commission’s yellow card on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Some delegates at the conference proposed that in order to improve the quality of seafood exports, businesses should focus on building brands for high-quality products while promoting the processing of products with high added value and reduce the amount of waste created in the process.
Chances are the locally caught fish you bought down by the wharf was spawned thousands of miles away, migrating on ocean currents, a new study has found.
An estimated 90 percent of marine catches are caught within 200 miles, or 320 kilometers, of countries’ shores, but they most likely originated in spawning grounds under the jurisdiction of a different country, according to the study published June 21 in the journal Science.
Analyzing data of catch and known spawning grounds of more than 700 fish species, coupled with ocean current data, the paper’s researchers developed a computer model to show where the various species tended to be born and caught.
Sir Mark Boleat, former chairman of the City of London Policy Committee, Jersey Development Committee and the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities, was in the Island for the International Banking Forum, Future of Wealth conference.
Speaking to delegates, Sir Mark said that financial services firms have already moved from the City of London and will stay moved, whatever the outcome of the Brexit situation.
He praised Jersey for its handling of the situation, but said it could be influenced by the damage to London and the UK, and one of the dangers is France using the Island as a bargaining tool or pressure point.
According to a study from the University of California in Santa Barbara released earlier this year, the Caribbean region has the potential to produce over 34 million metric tons of seafood per annum, more than twice the magnitude of its current seafood production, through offshore or open ocean aquaculture— an emerging approach in mariculture where fish farms are located some distance offshore and are placed in deeper water.
Using cobia fish as the model species for its estimates, the study predicts production of 40 million metric tons of seafood in less than 1.5% of the regions’ exclusive economic zones, representing approximately half of the current global wild fisheries catch.
Pole and Line Tuna FIP officially launched Senegal
Alliance-driven initiative has been developed with support from WWF-UK to meet criteria for credible FIPs.
The Pole and Line Tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in Senegal has been officially la...