Legislative Changes & Security News

Published on
August 18, 2017

Vietnam’s pangasius exports to the United States recovered in the second-quarter of this year with an 8.4 percent increase in trade, thanks to rising demand and an increase in the raw material supply. However, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has expressed its concern about the potential impact that the new U.S. Catfish Inspection program that came into effect this month could have on the trade. 

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Published on
August 8, 2017
New Zealand sea lions

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand is seeking public feedback on new management settings for the squid fishery around the Auckland Islands to better manage interactions with sea lions.

The islands, which are more than 300 miles south of South Island, are home to the largest breeding colony of New Zealand sea lions. With a population of only 10,000, these mammals are classified as “Nationally Critical.”

"The comme… Read More

Published on
August 2, 2017

Forty grants totaling more than USD 15.7 million (EUR 13.2 million) for agricultural research on the production of beef, dairy, poultry, pork and fish that people consume every day, have been announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“To ensure a healthy and safe food supply, we need innovations,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA investments help foster t… Read More


Gao Fu Mao

Published on
July 17, 2017

China’s government has announced the creation of national fishing bases in East Timor, Indonesia, Guinea Bissau, and Liberia by 2020... … Read More

Published on
July 5, 2017
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The government of Russia has again extended the ban on food imports from the EU, this time through 2018. The embargo was first implemented in August 2014 in response to economic sanctions against Moscow over the Ukrainian conflict. 

The Kremlin’s move follows a six-month extension of the EU’s sanctions against Russia, with EU leaders saying that the restrictions will remain in place until the implementation of the Minsk 2 peace a… Read More

Published on
June 14, 2017
Jose Miguel Burgos (SERNAPESCA) and Ernesto Bustamante (SANIPES)

The Chilean and Peruvian governments have signed an agreement that establishes a stronger cooperation between the two Pacific coast countries on issues relating to fisheries, aquaculture and by-product research and traceability, as well as the exchange of information on the health and safety of marine resources, food safety and innovation.

Signed in Chile by Jose Miguel Burgos, director of the country’s National Service of Fisheries and Aqu… Read More

Published on
June 2, 2017
IUU fishing

The Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing provides "all the instruments necessary” to achieve the goal of stopping rogue fishing practices, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the inaugural meeting of the PSMA parties.

The one-year-old treaty restricts port access to fishing vesse… Read More

Published on
May 1, 2017
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Young fishermen and fish farmers in the EU’s outermost regions (ORs) are in urgent need of financial help and incentives, including money for new boats, European Parliament has said. 

A non-legislative resolution was passed on Thursday 27 April by 428 votes to 64, with 118 abstentions, while an amendment to allow EU and national funding to renew the OR fleet was passed by 358 votes to 240, with 16 abstentions.

The renewal funding amend… Read More

Published on
April 19, 2017

New measures to protect the sustainability of shellfish stocks have come into effect in Scotland, imposing daily limits on a number of species for fishermen operating without a license. 

The new restrictions are:

One lobster

10 nephrops

Five crabs (edible, green, spider and velvet) either of one of the named species or a combination<…… Read More

Published on
March 30, 2017

The fourth round of international negotiations seeking binding measures to prevent unregulated fisheries in the Arctic high sea, which took place 15-18 March 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland, made good headway toward implementing a first governance agreement, confirmed the European Commission (EC)...

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