Latest Fishing News
Top retailers demanded to stop selling ‘unsustainable tuna’September 18, 2017
Major retailers Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have been accused of “misleading consumers” by selling “unsustainable tuna” sourced from two Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Products such as Princes tuna and Tesco’s own brand label are sourced from fisheries which run widespread unsustainable fishing practices that leads to dangerous bycatch levels, insist campaigners….
Read more (edie.net)
FishNews – September 13, 2017September 14, 2017
Fishermen’s News Online – Wednesday, September 6, 2017September 8, 2017
FishNews – September 6, 2017September 8, 2017
NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast, Preparation, Response
NOAA, with the nation, has been focused on responding to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and preparing for Hurricane Irma.
Fishermen and Scientists Collaborate at Sea
Thousands of Citizens Help Count Steller Sea Lions
Final Amendment on Essential Fish Habitat for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species
Seafood Import Monitoring Program Roundtable
Major Canned-Tuna Producers Hit With More Price-Fix SuitsSeptember 5, 2017
A trio of new suits piled onto the country’s three biggest and long-beleaguered producers of canned tuna, alleging they colluded for more than a decade to raise prices and restrict supply in violation of federal antitrust laws. Privately held Bumble Bee Foods LLC, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, which does business as Chicken of the Sea, and StarKist Co. illegally colluded to repeatedly raise the prices of their canned tuna products….
Read more (law360.com)
Consumers ‘betrayed’ over sustainability of world’s biggest tuna fisherySeptember 5, 2017
The vast Western and Central Pacific fishery provides about half of the world’s skipjack tuna, the type most commonly found in cans on supermarket shelves. Some is certified as sustainably caught by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and carries the group’s “blue tick” logo. But the same boats can also use, at other times, unsustainable methods to catch uncertified fish, a contradiction seen as unacceptable by the new On The Hook coalition….
Read more (theguardian.com)
“On the Hook” advocacy group formed to challenge MSC tuna certificationSeptember 5, 2017
A group of nonprofits, food retailers, Members of Parliament, and marine conservation activists have formed a new advocacy group in the United Kingdom to challenge the Marine Stewardship Council’s certification of the world’s largest tuna fishery.The group is led by celebrity chef and environmental activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and includes retailers American Tuna, Migros, World Wise Foods, Ocean Harvesters Operative….
Read more (seafoodsource.com)
Chinese fishermen jailed for massive illegal fish and shark haul in the Galapagos IslandsSeptember 5, 2017
A group of Chinese fishermen have been jailed and fined a whopping $7.5 million just weeks after shocking photos emerged of their ship’s hull filled with endangered sharks.
Twenty Chinese fisherman were sentenced to between three and four years jail time in Ecuador after authorities found 272 tonnes of frozen marine animals apparently from the Galapagos Marine Reserve….
Read more (news.com.au)
Important Vessel Notifications
AAFA Vessels Covered under MSC Chain of CustodyAugust 10, 2017
AAFA 2017 RosterJuly 24, 2017
AAFA in ActionJuly 20, 2017
NOAA Fisheries announce $100 million in FFP funds are now availableJanuary 24, 2017
NOAA Fisheries announced that $100 million in FFP funds are now available for FY2017. Please see the attached brochure for details and spread the word on our excellent financing program that can be used for quota share, shore-side facilities, or vessels!
Clarification of Mandatory Safety Exams for Commercial Fishing VesselsOctober 27, 2015
This bulletin provides clarification about the five-year mandatory dockside safety exam that applies to many commercial fishing vessels (CFVs).
Marine safety alert: When fatigue catches upSeptember 2, 2015
This safely alert addresses a recent increase in the number of groundings on Alaskan shorelines involving uninspected commercial fishing vessels….
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National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident BriefAugust 20, 2015
Good morning, I hope this email finds you safe and successful in whichever fishery you participate in. In addition to the below link identifying the importance of maintaining a proper lookout at all times, I want to remind everyone of the scheduled Safety Decal requirement on October 15, 2015. You can call or reply this…http://americanalbacore.com/national-transportation-safety-board-marine-accident-brief
Proposed Federal Rule re Revision to Prohibited Species RegulationsJune 5, 2015
This proposed rule was published in today’s federal register which will allow HMS permitted fishermen (incl Albacore fishermen) to retain Salmon and Pacific halibut, if all of the necessary regulations for those respective fisheries are followed (ie – permits, season is open, using proper gear and not in a closed area or in an area…http://americanalbacore.com/proposed-federal-rule-re-revision-to-prohibited-species-regulations