Legislative Changes & Security News

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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Published on
March 23, 2017

Up to VND 164.8 billion (USD 7.2 million, EUR 6.7 million) worth of funding will be given to technology that supports the restructuring of Vietnam’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors for the period 2017-2020 under a new scheme approved by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The overall plan targets promoting technological transfer and application in aquaculture as well as in fishing and fish preservation onboa… Read More

Published on
February 28, 2017

Japan’s Fisheries Agency is preparing to introduce penalties for violations of planned restrictions on Pacific bluefin tuna fishing by local fishermen in 2018.

The Japan News reports that in response to international calls for stronger management of tuna stocks, the agency aims to enhance the effectiveness of tuna fishing controls by establishing a system for punishments such as fines and imprisonment for violators.

The decision was announced a… Read More

Published on
February 2, 2017

Although the EU’s Landing Obligation is still in a transitional period, the European Commission (EC) has reminded fishing fleets that bans on discarding fish and shellfish now exist in all EU waters and for many different fisheries.

In 2015, the landing obligation began to cover small and large pelagic species, industrial fisheries and the main fisheries in the Baltic. A year later, it was extended to demersal fisheries for the North Sea and th… Read More

Published on
January 30, 2017

The Ministry of Primary Industries in New Zealand has issued a proposal to relocate six king salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

The proposal is about making better use of existing aquaculture space; there is no proposed increase in the total surface structure area used for salmon farming in the Marlborough Sounds, said Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

Last year, a working group of community, iwi, officials and industry representatives… Read More

Published on
January 24, 2017

Scottish shellfish are to be given additional protection through new conservation measures announced by Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing.

Following a consultation, the Scottish government will introduce landing controls intended to improve the sustainability and management of the country’s crab and lobster fisheries.

The minimum landing sizes for crab and lobster will be increased as follows:

  • Brown crab from 130/140 mm to 150 mm (excluding She
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Published on
January 4, 2017

The Sultanate of Oman has begun developing eight fishing harbors of varying sizes as part of a comprehensive plan to strengthen the country’s fisheries sector and create additional employment opportunities.

Depending on the availability of funds, Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) expects up to 30 fishing harbors to be operational by 2020, up from 20 currently, reported the Times of Oman.

The Barka fishing harbor was recently… Read More

Published on
December 16, 2016

The Cook Islands has become the first Pacific Island nation to adopt a quota management system (QMS) for its longline fishery to control catches of albacore and bigeye tuna.

The country’s Ministry of Marine Resources’ (MMR) Large Pelagic Longline Fishery and Quota Management System Regulations 2016, approved by Cabinet and Executive Council, are a significant step forward in allowing the Cook Islands to commit to a catch limit agreed to among… Read More

Published on
December 1, 2016

The Director of Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Wes Ford, has written to salmon lease holders in Macquarie Harbour advising them of his intention to reduce the biomass limit following an assessment of the most recently available scientific data.

Ford’s decision follows consideration of the current dissolved oxygen levels in the deeper waters of Macquarie Harbour, and the extent of the presence of Beggiatoa species in the ha… Read More