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    Climbing the €500-million dead fish mountain


    Michel Barnier gathers together his ministerial colleagues in Annecy France as Europe heads towards the autumn stock and quota battle. CREDIT: ©Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries France, Pascal XiclunaPeter O'Neill pulls in the lines from around Europe to gauge whether anything will really change in the ritual, autumn examination of ...

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    US$50 billion lost by marine fishing each year


    Economic losses in marine fisheries resulting from poor management, inefficiencies, and overfishing add up to a staggering US$50 billion per year, according to a new World Bank-FAO report. Taken over the last three decades, these losses total over $US2 trillion, a figure roughly equivalent to the GDP of Italy.But The ...

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    Is the aquaculture boom starting to fade?


    In 2006, the world consumed 110.4 million tonnes of fish, with 51.7 million tonnes of that originating from aquaculture.Production by traditional capture fisheries has reached a plateau, so to meet the projected demand for fish of an expanded world population, in 2030 aquaculture will need to produce an additional 28.8 ...

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    Crayfish and mixed grill with carp bycatch


    Happy, repeat client hunters using special safety mats before returning catch to Orellana reservoir - more than 120km2 fed by the Guadiana river Credit: TW:EEC PhotosFrom the air, Extremadura looked arid and brown, yet miles of shimmering lakes and reservoirs reflected back blue. Tourists may be few in this little ...

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    Japan's tuna fleet suspends fishing to conserve stocks


    According to Japan Tuna Fisheries Cooperative Association (Japan Tuna), Japan's largest association of deep sea tuna fishermen, 233 of its pelagic longline tuna boat operators will each suspend fishing operations for two to three month periods sometime from the start of August 2008 to the end of July 2010 in ...

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    SADC countries to tighten up on illegal fishing


    The Hon. Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo and his Mozambican counterpart, Hon. Minister Cadmiel MutembaThe countries - the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mauritius and Madagascar - signed a Statement of Commitment to Stop Illegal Fishing at a July meeting of SADC Marine Fisheries Ministers ...

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    'Micronauts' to the rescue!


    Live Chinese mitten crabs waiting for customers at deluxe hotel fish restaurant in Zibo city, Shandong Province, China. Credit: TW:EEC PhotosToday, writes Peter O’Neill, we all rely on microbiologists and pathologists who stick their swabs into the nooks and crannies of cold storage warehouses and chill cabinets. These Micronauts travel ...

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    Conservation vital for tuna


    Cheap tuna is a thing of the past, the conference was told. Stocks are declining in all oceans and tuna is becoming more expensive to catch. Rising fuel prices and environmental pressures are taking their toll; climate change with increased water temperatures and rising sea levels is having a serious ...

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    Closing the gap between fresh and frozen seafood


    Lars Nannerup, CEO of Aqualife Logistics"The shellfish industry worldwide is growing dramatically. The whole aquaculture industry is now the fastest growing industry in the world and shellfish in particular is undergoing great developments," says Mr Nannerup."For enzymatic reasons, shellfish will deteriorate quite quickly after it is dead. Our objective is ...

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    Omega Protein gains certification


    Friend of the Sea used the following guidelines to certify applicants for sustainability: Target stocks cannot be considered overexploited The applicant's fishing methods cannot impact the seabed There must be a generation of less than average (8%) discards"This is a great result for Friend of the Sea, which would have ...

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    IFFO CORP for fishmeal and fish oil


    The Code will enable fishmeal and fish oil producers to show that they are offering traceable, high quality marine products which are manufactured safely using fish from responsibly managed fisheries.CORP was announced at IFFO's recent members' meeting in Brussels and in mid-May the cross-industry Technical Advisory Committee, which will help ...

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    The Adriatic - where mountains meet sea


    From the 1960s to the 1980s this seafood paradise attracted tens of millions of summer tourists and now both Italian and the Eastern coasts are clawing back their clientele. Peter O’Neill finds governments talking more about serious collaboration on fish, trade and tourism, but there are some tricky whirlpools to ...

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    Nor-Fishing 2008 Preview


    “This year the Nor-Fishing Foundation is organising the 22nd international fishery trade show since 1960, and we are pleased to see that many of the previous years’ exhibitors are returning to this year’s exhibition. In fact, most of the exhibition area was fully booked in the early spring of this ...

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    Secret Albania


    The difficult relationship between fishermen and politicians and bureaucrats is well documented. At its heart has been the disagreement over the value and validity of the data on which so many political decisions have been based in the past.Were the politicians and bureaucrats such as himself listening to the Albanian ...

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    IUU – On the pirate trail


    Gunnar Album, Friends of the Earth Norway, Barents Sea Office, on the fish trail. TW : EEC PhotosAfter the third London conference on Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in 2007 there was a tough reaction against NGO allegations that certain fish markets were laundering illegal catch. Chris Leftwich, The Chief ...

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    The fishmonger, the coley and common sense


    "When you already know you are a good fishmonger - you don't need this!" Charlie Caisey MBE on certification. TW:EEC PhotosThe route from catch to plate can be fiendishly complex. However, at bottom, it should simply mean how can a fisherman or fishfarmer earn a decent living by husbanding ...

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    “Tho’ nature, red in tooth and claw….”


    This was long before we saw on TV killer whales ripping apart seals, sharks savaging tuna, or grizzlies gorging on bloody salmon. As Tennyson and Charles Darwin spelt out, we, and the animal kingdom kill to survive, and survival of the fittest reaches out from our daily food tragically into ...

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    Tuna market trends 2006/2007


    EuropeYellowfin catches have been disappointing around the Eastern Indian and Western Pacific fishing grounds over the past year. Prices of yellowfin went up substantially in the course of 2006. Skipjack prices weakened in the course of 2006 to US$885 per tonne, however in the opening months of 2007, lower landings ...

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    Pirates, poachers or global crime syndicates?


    Impacts of IUU fishing: economic lossesFirst the bad news, from the 3rd Update and Stakeholder Consultation on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) organised in London by the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Stakeholders conspicuous by their absence were fishermen, with not one attending. The agenda and meeting was dominated ...

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    EU seafood sector report


    The report shows that the total seafood supply of the EU-27 countries in 2005 was 7.1 million tonnes, of which 5.8 million tonnes were derived from capture.The largest fishing nation is Denmark, representing 16% of total capture of the EU-27, followed by Spain (15%), the UK (12%) and France (11%).Seafood ...