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
Biomar Australia has announced it will start commissioning a USD 38 million (EUR 34.5 million) feed mill in Wesley Vale in early February, with an official opening planned for April and full production to start in the middle of 2020.
BioMar Australia Chief Executive Officer David Whyte said in a press statement that 2020 will be a “big year” for the company.
He added that the new feed mill is set to produce up to 110,000 metric… Read More
Huon Aquaculture is defending itself from a campaign launched by Environment Tasmania (ET), calling claims the NGO made about Huon’s operations “false and malicious” and lacking factual evidence.
In a press statement last week, Huon – one of the three Tasmanian farmed salmon companies rated by the ET report – said that the campaign “has been designed to damage the brand reputation of one of… Read More
Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), in late November 2019, completed the purchase of a fisheries information management system (FIMS) it says will aid in the effective management of fisheries in the region’s waters.
In 2018, the PNA said the FIMS “revolutionized management” of the tuna fishery. The PNA used the system for two years, before finally deciding to buy the system outright.
A new PNA-owned… Read More
The New Year ushered in Palau’s much-touted environmental law, creating a marine sanctuary which will close 80 percent of Palau’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to fishing and all other extractive activities such as mining, shark-finning, and transshipment – creating one of the largest marine protected areas in the world.
The marine sanctuary law, which took effect on 1 January, 2020, covers an area of about 500,000 square… Read More
New Zealand longline fishers have hailed the approval of the United Kingdom-designed Hookpod last week, a device designed to prevent sea bird bycatch.
The Hookpod is a device that has been tested to be effective in eliminating the bycatch of albatross and other sea birds, without having a negative effect on target species catch rate in the surface longline fishing industry. In a press release, Hookpod lauded New Zealand’s approval of the… Read More
The Micronesian Association for Sustainable Aquaculture (MASA) and Kiribati finalized this month a regional business development strategy that will further sustain aquaculture activities region, the Pacific Community (SPC) announced in a press statement.
The new strategy, the SPC said, is part of a regional project funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and implemented by the Pacific Community since 2017.… Read More
Despite an agreement on a resolution addressing climate change’s impact on the fisheries it regulates, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) failed to tackle several key issues at its annual meeting, which took place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, last week.
In its most notable move during the meeting, the commission adopted a climate change resolution introduced by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries (FFA) that… Read More
Pacific bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, and skipjack tuna are all reported to be in healthy condition, according to a 2018 stock assessment announced this week during the 16th Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
The Pacific Community’s (SPC) stock assessment report stated that the estimate of the total tuna catch in the WCPFC Convention Area for 2018 is 2,790,859 metric tons… Read More