Legislative Changes & Security News

Published on
October 17, 2017

The EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands reached an agreement on next year’s Northeast Atlantic mackerel fishery.

Based on a long-term strategy for the management of the fishery for the period up to 2021, the parties agreed on a total allowable catch (TAC) of...

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Published on
October 13, 2017

Next year’s total allowable catches (TACs) and national quotas for the 10 most commercially important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea have been set by the European Council.

In line with the European Commission proposals based on scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the agreement includes a rollover for Western cod (5,597 metric tons) and an increase in catches for central herring ( (up 20 per… Read More

Published on
September 27, 2017
Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, president of Iceland

Technological advances have progressed the seafood industry dramatically in recent times but the sector should not dilute its focus on maintaining quality or ensuring that pollutants have minimal impact on marine ecosystems, cautioned Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, president of Iceland.

“At sea and on land, the fishing industry has changed tremendously. Technological advances mean that fewer hands are needed to process the product… Read More

Published on
September 27, 2017
Vietnam fish landings

Fifty-two marine product enterprises in Vietnam have joined a new program that aims to help the country combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. 

Through the agreement, these companies agree to only purchase marine raw materials sourced from legal fishing vessels with clear traceability and to only import legally caught seafood. Additionally, they promise not to buy catches sourced from illegal fishing vessels, which include… Read More

Published on
September 21, 2017
Vietnamese boats

Seafood processors, importers and exporters in Vietnam have been urged to participate in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing or risk being prohibited from exporting to key markets such as the EU. 

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has warned its seafood sector that Vietnam could be given a so-called "yellow card" from the EU if it does not promptly and fully adhere to the bloc&… Read More

Published on
September 5, 2017
Canada fishing

A CAD 400 million (USD 322.2 million, EUR 270.8 million) federal fund to foster innovation in Atlantic Canada’s seafood sector is now accepting applications.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) will focus on growing opportunities and increasing the market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality seafood products from Atlantic Canada. 

Investments flowing from the fund will position the fish and seafood … Read More

Published on
August 31, 2017
Oman flag

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Oman has a range of seafood and aquaculture projects worth in excess of USD 2 billion (EUR 1.7 billion) under consideration as part of its broader strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on its oil and gas sector. 

Implementation of these projects and others focused on the fishing sector is expected to double the Sultanate's fish harvest over five years, to 500,000 metric tons (MT) per a… Read More

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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. 

VASEP… Read More

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

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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