The Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association (ASBTIA) has obtained Friend of the Sea certification after a review process indicated it meets the organization’s standards.
The association is a pioneer of global tuna farming, and represents the southern bluefin tuna industry in Australia. The group’s members represent 90 percent of Australia’s quota, including Australian Fishing Enterprises – which… Read More
The long-awaited project to build a dock for larger American Samoa fishing vessels broke ground on 7 April, and had a groundbreaking ceremony on 7 May, according to a press release from the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.
The new berthing area extends the current dock by 450 feet, and will grant the longliner fleet in the area its first dedicated space. Local longliners currently berth “opportunistically” at the… Read More
The South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA) has expressed concerns that the French seismic company CGG will be concluding its seismic survey in southeast Australia without compensating fishers that have been affected by the operation.
CGG Services covered more than 13,000 square kilometers of seabed east of Melbourne, mapping for oil and gas reserves. SETFIA said that CGG is required by the Australian government to pay… Read More
Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Huon Aquaculture Group Limited has modified its harvest program of its 2019 year-class salmon until the market begins to normalize.
In a 29 April market update, the Tasmania, Australia-based salmon company said it is expected to decrease its targeted harvest, which was initially projected to be at least 25,000 metric tons (MT), by between 5 and 10 percent.
“Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19… Read More
The Australian government has announced a new network of air freight service providers and freight forwards to bring the country's goods to foreign markets.
Fifteen airlines and 55 freight forwarders now belong to the International Air Freight Mechanism, which more than 560 Australian businesses are currently utilizing, three weeks into the program's launch, according to a press release from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. Deputy… Read More
In the next two months, 500 tons of Australian rock lobster will be exported to China courtesy of an agreement forged between the Australian Government and Western Australia’s Geraldton Fisherman’s Co-operative (GFC).
A statement jointly released by Australian Senator Simon Birmingham, the minister for trade, tourism, and investment and deputy leader of the government in the Senate, Assistant Minister for Forestry and… Read More
Tasmania, Australia-based Huon Aquaculture announced on 2 April its new underground fish transfer system successfully transported 160,000 fish from its nursery into its new wellboat, the Ronja Storm …
Photo courtesy of Huon… Read More
Australia’s seafood export trade will get some much-needed assistance in the form of an AUD 110 million (USD 67 million, EUR 61 million) package to get national seafood products to offshore markets, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) announced on Wednesday.
In a press release, the Australian government said it is waiving levies of around AUD 10 million (USD 6 million, EUR 5.6 million) for all commonwealth fishers. The… Read More
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