The requirement to have 100 percent observer coverage on all purse-seiners fishing in Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) member waters has been temporarily suspended to avoid disrupting fishing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a circular letter on 27 March, PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru notified all purse-seine vessel owners and fishing companies operating in PNA waters that the decision to allow fishing without observers is in response… Read More
Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) is seeking government assistance to help it through the crisis resulting from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a statement on Monday, 23 March, SIA CEO Jane Lovell said the organization would need the government’s assistance “to keep the industry afloat.” She said the assistance could be in the form of removing all fees and charges on the agriculture and seafood… Read More
Seafood New Zealand announced last week that Jeremy Helson will take over as the company’s new chief executive.
In a press statement, Seafood New Zealand Executive Chairman Craig Ellison said Helson, who currently serves as the chief executive of Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, was a “natural choice for the position.”
“Jeremy has years of experience in the seafood sector in both a government and private sector capacity.… Read More
The COVID-19 outbreak is resulting in growing demand for canned tuna as consumers prepare against the impact of the global pandemic, but the ongoing outbreak is also putting a dent in the United States tuna industry’s ability to stay in business …
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New Zealand’s national government is planning to build and operate a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) yellowtail farm with an expected cost of NZD 19.8 million (USD 12.5 million, EUR 11 million) ...
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The coronavirus is having an impact in an important local industry in New Zealand – rock lobster.
Rock lobster fishing and fisheries officials, including Fisheries New Zealand, are considering a carry-forward provision to allow uncaught quota in 2020 to be used in the new fishing season amid coronavirus fears. The changes, if approved, will take effect in April.
Fisheries New Zealand is soliciting feedback about the provision, with a… Read More
Slow production and multiple weather events resulted in the decline of Tasmania-based Huon Aquaculture Group Limited’s net profit after tax, which fell to AUD 22 million (USD 14.5 million, EUR 13.3 million) for the six months ending on 31 December. Comparatively, the firm earned AUD 26 million (USD 17.1 million, EUR 15.7 million) during the six months prior, according to its first-half fiscal year (FY) 2020 financial report.
Huon said… Read More
Researchers from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) are utilizing albatrosses to patrol the seas for illegal fishing.
CNRS researchers fitted 169 albatrosses with loggers that include radar detectors, a GPS antenna, a processor, and memory, but with the addition of an Argos antenna for real-time data transmission. The study took place over six months between November 2018 and March 2019, and covered the southwestern Indian… Read More
Bushfires that continue to ravage Australia may also present a longer-term threat to the natural habitat of native fish populations, according to Australia’s Department of Primary Industries.
According to its report early this month, extensive bushfires across New South Wales pose “additional risk for native fish populations coastal and inland catchments.”
“Fish can be directly impacted during fires through extremely high… Read More