High-seas illegal fishing thwarted by catch documentation schemes

The latest technical paper on catch documentation schemes from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), discusses how such schemes benefit, or could benefit, deep-sea fisheries by protecting them from illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The paper’s author, Giles Hosch, found in his research that catch documentation schemes….Read more (seafoodsource.com)

Clipper Oil: Latest Fishing News – Pacific Islands Fisheries Leaders Happy with Outcomes at the WCPFC Meeting

Latest Fishing News
Pacific Happy With Outcomes at Tuna Commission Meeting
Pacific Fisheries Leaders Highlight Tuna Commission Action
Pacific Nations Call for Tighter Controls on Transshipping
Hard Sell for US Proposal to Increase Fishing Days
Plans to Transition Starkist Ops From CA to American Samoa Hit a Snag
Mexico Loses 10-year WTO Battle Over U.S. Tuna Labeling

Modern Fish Act passes House: Industry wonders what happened to Magnuson?

The U.S. House voted to pass the Modern Fish Act on Wednesday, just two days after the Senate approved it unanimously, swiftly sending the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature. The “Modernizing Recreational Fishing Management Act,” or S.1520, has been the subject of debate and compromise among lawmakers, commercial and recreational fishing interests, and environmentalists for months….
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Attention shoppers: “Pole and line” is today’s eco-friendliest label for canned tuna

Canned tuna is a staple in my pantry, and probably in yours. Americans and Europeans buy more of the squat little cans than anyone else, importing almost a million tons in 2018. Supermarkets carry at least 20 brands. Yet, the fish we buy for $1.50 also dominates headlines as a creature in crisis because some tunas are badly overfished. It’s natural to wonder if any canned option is a sustainable choice….
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Declining albacore numbers a worry for Tuna Commission

The environmental group, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, hopes to see changes when the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, meets next week in Honolulu. The tuna programme manager for the environmental group, Bubba Cook, says they have concerns about FADs or fish aggregation devices and transhipping. But Mr Cook told Don Wiseman a key priority they want to see put in place is the ‘albacare tuna target reference point’…. Read more (radionz.co.nz)