FishNews – July 12, 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

Celebrating Habitat Month – Turtles Released on Restored Louisiana Barrier Island

NOAA Fisheries Continues Commitment to Saltwater Recreational Fisheries

Seismic Testing Interaction with Marine Mammals – Extended Comment Period 

Regulatory Review Executive Orders – Open for Public Comment

NOAA’s Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database

Reminder: Seafood Import Monitoring Roundtables

Read more (noaa.gov)

Thai Union commits to more sustainable, socially-responsible seafood – Greenpeace campaign leads to positive change for seafood industry

Bangkok, 11 July 2017 – Thai Union Group PCL has committed to measures that will tackle illegal fishing and overfishing, as well as improve the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the company’s supply chains.
Thai Union’s new commitments build upon its sustainability strategy SeaChange®, including efforts to support best practice fisheries….
Read more (greenpeace.org)

Sustainability Is Focus of New Seafood Initiative

Informing the public and the restaurant industry about seafood sustainability has been a decades-long mission of a number of groups, including Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now chefs associated with the James Beard Foundation have joined the effort with Smart Catch, a program created in Seattle by Paul G. Allen, a founder of Microsoft. Its goal is for at least 80 percent of a restaurant’s seafood to be sustainable.
Read more (nytimes.com)

Pacific ministers analyze tuna fishery future in Australia

The sustainable management of fisheries in the Pacific, particularly tuna fisheries, has been scheduled as one of the central issues to be discussed at the 14th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial Meeting.

The plan was released by ​Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, who informed that in 2015 the global tuna catch was valued at around USD 4.8 billion and almost half of this was caught in the waters of Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) member nations including Australia…
Read more (fis.com)

FishNews – July 5, 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

Celebrating Habitat Month at NOAA Fisheries

Law Enforcement Priorities Document – Open for Public Comment

Seafood Import Monitoring Program Roundtables 

Endangered Species Recovery Guidelines – Extended Comment Period

Alaska

Pollock Fare Better than Expected in Warm Water

Traditional Fishing Practices in Alaska

 West Coast
North Pacific Right Whale Status Review

Pacific Islands

International Partnership for Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

June’s Monk Seal of the Month

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Strong Thai currency stops canned tuna export growth

Everything seems to indicate that Thai canned tuna exports will not be able to hit the goal of THB 80 billion (USD 2.3 billion) due to the stronger local currency against the American dollar, forecasts the Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA) chairperson Chanintr Chalisarapong.
The TTIA leader explained that this issue has led to make similar products from other countries more attractive alternatives for customers, the Bangkok Post reported….
Read more (fis.com)

Pacific fisheries ministers touch down in Australia to talk tuna

FISHERIES ministers from across the Pacific have converged on Mooloolaba, Queensland today to meet about the future of critical tuna fisheries.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said the 14th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial Meeting would discuss the sustainable management of fisheries in the Pacific, particularly tuna fisheries. “In 2015 the global tuna catch was valued at around US$4.8 billion ….
Read more (bnbfishing.com)

Albacore season begins with optimistic outlook for Basque fishermen

The Basque coastline fleet, which consists of about 80 vessels employing 850 fishermen, will start the ​albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) season.

This fishery, which represents one of the main sources of income for the sector, takes over from the anchovy season, which has closed with catches of 14,485 tonnes until June, implying a significant increase compared to the 12,181 registered in the same period of 2016….
Read more (fis.com)