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Australia Seeks to Extend Commercial Fishing in Protected Waters

Australia plans to allow fishing across 80 percent of its protected maritime sanctuaries, the government said on Friday in a proposal that would vastly extend commercial activity in the world’s largest marine-reserves network. If the plan, backed by the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, is approved by Parliament, it would be the first time a nation has scaled back its regulations….
Read more (nytimes.com)

SAGARPA announces temporary tuna fishing ban

Starting next July 29 the temporary closure for tuna fishing will begin to govern in order to maintain abundance levels and promote the sustainable use of this fishery resource.

The measure, announced by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), applies to Mexican-flagged tuna vessels of 182 and more metric tons of carrying capacity using purse seines….
Read more (fis.com)

DHS Opens Up 15,000 More H-2B Visas in Response to Business Pressure

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers….
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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

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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)