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ISSF: World tuna purse seiner fleet expanding

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The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) — a coalition of scientists, the tuna industry and World Wildlife Fund for Nature — says there has been a 3% increase in the number of purse seine vessels worldwide since 2017. ISSF has issued a ‘snapshot’ of the world’s tuna purse seine fleet, which shows there were at least 1,871 purse seiners fishing for tuna worldwide as of June 2018, up from 1,815 in 2017….
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Tuna catches in the Eastern Pacific Ocean fall

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Estimated tuna catches by purse seine and pole-and-line vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean remained below last year’s level between January and the start of June, according to the latest available figures from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). Catches between January and June 3 totaled 290,302 metric tons, down 8%….
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Saildrones set out to monitor fish stock along West Coast

Two little orange robot ships sailed out on the tide from Neah Bay, Wash., on Tuesday on a mission to monitor fish stocks along the West Coast. The project will gather data on fish populations managed jointly between Canada and the U.S. to see if the robot vessels, called Saildrones, can potentially replace larger, manned research ships. “This is the quintessential figuring out how many fish there are in the sea, so we can set fishing levels that are sustainable in the long term,” ….
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US Commerce Department appoints Regional Fishery Management Council members

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The U.S. Commerce Department announced on 27 June that it has made 30 appointments to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration to manage fish stocks. The councils, established by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, help prepare fishery management plans for each of the eight regions: New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Western Pacific, Pacific, and North Pacific….
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Trump administration considering National Marine Fisheries Service and Fish and Wildlife Services merger

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The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is looking to make changes to the U.S. government, and one of the recommendations it is considering would impact the seafood industry. Earlier this month, the White House released a 128-page report, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” detailing steps it’s considering to streamline governmental functions….
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