Bernadette Carreon is a Palau-based journalist who has covered the Pacific for more than 15 years. She was born in the Philippines but has made Palau her home since 2001. A journalist for almost two decades, Bernadette has been selected to attend numerous trainings in covering and writing about Pacific fisheries. She has written for Agence France Presse, Marianas Business Journal, Radio Australia, Island Times and Pacific Media Network. She is also a co-founder of the Palau-based online news organization Pacific Note.
For two years, starting on 11 September, New Zealand’s east Coromandel scallop fishery is closed after concerns were raised about the sustainability of the stock …
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Australia’s aquaculture sector is now the largest segment of the country’s seafood industry. It grew 10 percent in 2019 to 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the country's latest fisheries and aquaculture statistics.
Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) said the growth recorded by the sector despite the hardships brought about by the pandemic is a cause for celebration.
“It’s no secret it’s… Read More
The Fishing Industry Association of Papua New Guinea (FIA-PNG) has urged the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to implement harvest strategies for tuna or risk losing Marine Stewardship Council certification.
In a statement on Wednesday, 1 September, FIA-PNG President and Chairman Sylvester Pokajam said it's important for his organization to maintain its MSC certification and urged the WCPFC to get serious about… Read More
Leaders of Pacific island nations are encouraging the region’s governments to prioritize the vaccination of fishing crews and seafarers in their national vaccination programs.
In a communique released by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders last week, 18 member countries and territories stated that vaccination will facilitate the transit and return of fishing crew and seafarers to their countries. The leaders have… Read More
Three companies conducting tuna purse-seine fishing in the Federated States of Micronesia have obtained Marine Stewardship Council certification.
Liancheng Overseas Fishery (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd (SZLC); Caroline Fisheries Corporation, Inc.; and DaYang Seafoods Ltd. – backed by the Federated States of Micronesia National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) –completed a 12-month independent assessment by MSC assessment body… Read More
Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) said it is advocating for truth in labeling of seafood products as it lauded an Australian senate inquiry into the labeling of alternative protein products.
SIA CEO Veronica Papacosta said the inquiry should encourage the definition of seafood to be protected, and that the term should be “only applied to true, aquatic seafood species.”
“Misleading origin statements and the… Read More
Australia's northern prawn fishery tiger prawn season opened on Sunday, 1 August, with 52 trawlers and crews already setting sail to catch tiger prawns.
The country's tiger prawn fishing season runs from August to the end of November.
According to the Australian Fishery Management Authority (AFMA), tiger prawn season is one of the key contributors to the prawn fishery's position as one of Australia's most-valuable, with… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) is warning that its certification of 22 tuna fisheries in the Western Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) could be suspended if regional fisheries management organizations fail to act on measures to keep the fisheries harvested at sustainable levels.
According to an MSC press release, the tuna fisheries are facing suspension if there is no agreement to update management measures by June 2023.… Read More
Seafood Industry Australia received an AUD 888,000 (USD 649,000, EUR 550,336) grant from the country’s government to develop and expand Australian seafood exports into new markets.
In a statement, Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam said the grant would help explore new export channels in overseas markets and deliver the industry’s… Read More