World Fishing News October 2022 – proving sustainable fishing isn’t overfishing, a tool to solve ghost fishing and more

Although commercial fishing industry regulations, tools, and events are often regionally focused, many national and international developments impact people in all regions, countries, and regions. ecosystems. With our new “World Fishing News” updates, our aim is not only to highlight these developments, but also to convey a sense of connection to these events that fishing stakeholders on all coasts can see and understand.

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The EU fishing sector against the unenforceable EU taxonomy

In 2020, the European Commission set up expert groups to produce criteria for categorizing environmentally sustainable economic activities for each sector. However, the fisheries expert group did not include any stakeholders from the fishing industry, only NGO representatives. As a result, the group produced unrealistic recommendations to the European Commission.

Today, the EU fisheries sector denounces the lack of transparency and expertise in the development of EU taxonomy standards for fisheries, noting that “this unbalanced situation has led to significant gaps in the platform’s knowledge and expertise on the realities of fishing” and adds that “as a result, the vast majority of the EU fishing industry will not be able to align with the criteria, especially small-scale artisanal vessels”.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Protects Ocean Abundance

As part of the Bloomberg Ocean Initiative, Bloomberg announced an investment of $204 million to protect the ocean, coastal communities and marine ecosystems. The Bloomberg Ocean Initiative will invest $204 million to leverage data-driven solutions, policy solutions, and community engagement to protect coral reefs, stop illegal fishing, and safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity that are threatened by increasing impacts of climate change.

“The more international partners and funders we can bring together, the faster we can achieve the ambitious goal of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030 – and the faster we can strengthen the communities that depend on the ocean. daily.” said Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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A virtual reality simulator for maritime emergencies

Aware that most fatal accidents on board fishing vessels are due to a lack of knowledge of emergency devices and procedures, and failure to carry out periodic training and simulation exercises, a consortium of EU fishing experts have pooled their expertise to launch a new learning tool to better prepare crews for maritime emergencies, through Virtual Reality.

The 3D training, Virtual Reality Simulator for Maritime Emergencies, is now available to the public to better deal with maritime emergencies on board, reduce accidents and fatalities at sea and digitize the sector. This training tool and program is the result of a successful collaboration between industry, security specialist, training providers and IT experts.

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Seabirds: the new “Sentinels of the Sea”

The Peruvian booby (Sula variegata), the most populous seabird species on the Peruvian coast, is helping scientists with an innovative research project. Since November 2020, the team has attached small GPS devices and video cameras to around 300 birds, helping to determine that on average 20% of boobies interact directly with Peru’s largest fishing fleet.

Thanks to these images, Peruvian scientists obtain valuable information that will be an essential tool for proposing new policies for the sustainable management of anchovy fishing activity. Birds have become an unexpected ally in fisheries surveillance, helping to define the incidence of juveniles in catches and helping to monitor fishing vessels, flagging vessels in unauthorized areas.

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New research finds sustainable fishing doesn’t overfish

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has revealed that, according to a new study, fish stocks are more abundant when targeted by fisheries that are certified as sustainable. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Marine Science, offers the most comprehensive analysis to date comparing fish stocks targeted by fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and those not certified by the MSC.

The research compared publicly available data on the abundance of 80 fish stocks targeted by MSC-certified fisheries with data on more than 90 stocks where the fisheries are not MSC-certified. The research backs up the MSC’s claim that blue tick-carrying seafood comes from well-managed fisheries with stocks that are not overfished. The analysis covered a wide range of species, including tuna, small pelagics and whitefish, as well as geographic areas of the east and west coasts of Canada, Japan, the Pacific Ocean, Africa south, the east coast of the United States and the Atlantic Ocean.

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The state of world fisheries and aquaculture

The 2022 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) is available for download. The 266-page document is the biennial flagship report of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Division that analyzes the state of global stocks as well as trends in fisheries and aquaculture at global and regional levels. SOFIA is an essential reference for governments, policymakers, academics, civil society and all actors working in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

The release of this issue coincides with the launch of the Decade of Action to Achieve the Global Goals, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Decade of Restoring Ecosystems and How Those These are embedded in and supported by blue transformation, a priority area of ​​FAO’s new Strategic Framework 2022-2031 designed to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in food and agriculture.

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Canada announces plan to protect the oceans

Canada has made a historic investment to protect the health of the oceans, including funding $976.8 million over five years to achieve ambitious marine conservation goals. The Government of Canada is committed to conserving 25% of our oceans by 2025 and 30% by 2030. According to the United Nations, the project, with a start date of September 16, “will not only our important habitats, species and ecosystems a chance to survive and thrive, it will also help support the livelihoods of Canadians by ensuring that our oceans continue to provide lasting benefits to our economy for generations to come, as part of a blue economy.

To achieve its goals, Canada will build on and maintain meaningful partnerships with provincial, territorial, Inuit and Indigenous governments, industry and local communities to advance effective oceans planning and conservation activities. .

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UK’s biggest retailer Tesco buys Cornish fishing

Available in all 767 Tesco stores, the new canned product, Tesco’s Finest Cornish Sardines in a Rich Tomato, Olive & Caper Sauce, is supplied by a small sustainable sardine fishery in Cornwall which has secured the backing of the UK’s largest retailer. United. One of the fishermen, Tom Pascoe, said: “It’s fantastic to have this new Tesco product in store and the support of a major retailer.

According to the Business Cornwall website, this is the first time Cornish sardines have been canned in the UK for sale in the domestic market. The website adds that “The Cornish sardine fishery is made up of 15 vessels under 15 meters in length, usually manned by a skipper and two crew. The vessels, which use spinning nets, depart from Newlyn, Mevagissey, Falmouth and Plymouth from the start of the season in July until February.

ECOFIVE, a total concept for a factory trawler

Winner of an innovation award at the Nor-Fishing show, the ECOFIVE trawler from BlueWild, Norway is a complete fish processing plant in a trawler. The trawler is designed to deliver durability, quality and efficiency at all levels. From new propeller technology and revolutionary trawl handling, to environmentally friendly catch pumping and innovative production facilities, the new trawler is set to revolutionize onboard processing with its ECOFIVE concept. .

Skaginn 3X has worked closely with the Bluewild team over the past two years to provide a complete fish processing plant on board the company’s innovative new trawler. In fact, an important part of the innovation of the project lies in the reception and handling of the newly developed catches from the trawl.

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PingMe: no more loss of fishing gear

Nominated for the Innovation Award at the Nor-Fishing show, PingMe is a smart and modern solution that solves the problem of ghost fishing and makes vessels more efficient and profitable by giving the skipper essential fishing information. It is also designed to withstand harsh and harsh conditions on a fishing boat.

With PingMe, Ocean Space Acoustics AS (OSAC) combines two important ideas: sustainable and future-oriented fishing and better profitability for anglers. By tagging fishing gear with transponders, lost gear can be retrieved quickly. This reduces the amount of plastic in the ocean and the cost of fishing gear. The solution consists of a data platform, a transmitter/receiver service (on board) and a transponder with a unique identifier. Transponder position is estimated and displayed on chartplotters, along with transponder ID and depth.

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