Latest Fishing News
DNA tests confirm Southern Bluefin Tuna on menu in mainland ChinaAugust 18, 2017
The Southern Bluefin Tuna market in China, a new study published today, has found Southern Bluefin Tuna is served in restaurants in mainland China, particularly Shanghai. This is a significant finding not only because of the threatened status of the tuna, but as it also provides insights into China’s role as a non-member of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT), the organization that sets annual fishing quotas for the tuna….
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New Zealand Skipjack Tuna Purse Seine Fishery Certified As SustainableAugust 18, 2017
The Talley’s New Zealand skipjack tuna purse seine fishery, operated by Talley’s Group Limited, has been certified as sustainable, tipping the scale of MSC certified seafood out of New Zealand to over 50% of its total wild-caught commercial catch. To achieve MSC certification, the New Zealand skipjack fishery has demonstrated that it meets the high bar of sustainability set by the MSC Fisheries Standard.
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Four illegal fishers netted during large scale regional crackdownAugust 17, 2017
117 fishing vessels were boarded at sea and in port during a 10-day regional operation to crack down on illegal tuna fishing. Nine patrol boats from the 10 member nations of the Forum Fisheries Agency took part in Operation Island Chief, with support from the navies of Australia, New Zealand and the United States….
Read more (radionz.co.nz)
FishNews – August 16, 2017August 16, 2017
Fishermen’s News Online – Wednesday, August 16, 2017August 16, 2017
Nations Will Start Talks to Protect Fish of the High SeasAugust 14, 2017
UNITED NATIONS — More than half of the world’s oceans belong to no one, which often makes their riches ripe for plunder.
Now, countries around the world have taken the first step to protect the precious resources of the high seas. In late July, after two years of talks, diplomats at the United Nations recommended starting treaty negotiations to create marine protected areas in waters….
Read more (nytimes.com)
FishNews – August 9, 2017August 10, 2017
Killing Dolphins: MSC Seafood Label Greenwashes Dolphin-Killing Tuna IndustryAugust 10, 2017
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is one of the foremost certification programs in the world today for sustainable fish in the marketplace. MSC conducts extensive audits of fisheries and rewards certified fisheries with their blue ecolabel, encouraging consumers to buy their fish from sustainable sources. Fishermen and fish companies are lured by promises that they can charge consumers extra to buy their fish, just as certified organic produce costs more than regular produce….
Read more (huffingtonpost.com)
Important Vessel Notifications
AAFA Vessels Covered under MSC Chain of CustodyAugust 10, 2017
Commercial Fishermen Drill Conductor TrainingJuly 25, 2017
When: Saturday August 19, 2017
Where: USCG Sector LA/LB
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