Fishing News 20230605-20230611
Fishing News 20230605-20230611: Here you can check out some international news that has something to do with fishing. Some items are very actual.
Canada is a global pioneer in combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. (Fishing News 20230605-20230611)
June 5, 2023
(source: canada.ca by Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Ottawa, ON – Today marks the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. IUU fishing poses a significant threat to fish stocks and marine ecosystems globally, endangering the livelihoods of law-abiding fish harvesters, including those in Canada.
To address this issue, Canada has made combatting IUU fishing a top priority. As part of the country’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, the Government of Canada has established the Shared Ocean Fund, allocating $84.3M over five years. This funding will be used to develop stronger international regulations against IUU fishing and employ Canada’s advanced dark vessel detection satellite technology in high-risk areas of the Indo-Pacific region. These efforts aim to enhance the detection, tracking, and interception of illegal harvesters.
Within the framework of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canadian fishery officers will be deployed to the region for patrols and training in collaboration with partner states. This initiative builds upon the successful participation of Canada in Operation North Pacific Guard, an annual enforcement operation conducted jointly with the United States and other partners. During this operation last year, Canadian fishery officers uncovered incidents of shark finning, pollution from waste disposal, and alleged violations of international fishing regulations.
Furthermore, Canada has joined forces with the U.S. and the U.K. to launch the IUU Fishing Action Alliance, which aims to intensify global efforts against this practice. Nine countries, along with the European Union, are collaborating to take action against individuals, companies, and vessels involved in or profiting from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
Canada is actively working with these nations and others to reinforce the rules-based international order by promoting stronger measures to combat IUU fishing. For instance, this year, Canada spearheaded a proposal to prohibit shark finning and the dumping of plastics from fishing vessels in the North Pacific Ocean. The member countries of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission adopted this proposal, and it will come into effect this summer.
During the meetings held in Osaka, Japan, this week, Canada will continue to lead efforts to establish a joint international inspection scheme. The objective is to enhance the effectiveness of inspections on tuna fishing vessels and related species throughout the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition, Canada will host the 7th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this summer. The workshop will bring together more than 250 international practitioners in fisheries enforcement from over seventy countries, highlighting Canada’s prominent role in combatting IUU fishing at the global level.
It is a matter of pride that Canada is recognized as a leader in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. We are committed to playing our part in preserving the health and abundance of the global ocean for present and future generations.
Experts and campaigners join forces to condemn Indonesia’s reversal of sea sand exports.
June 6, 2023
(source: mongabay.com by Basten Gokkon)
Environmental activists and marine experts have expressed criticism towards the Indonesian government’s recent decision to lift a 20-year ban on the export of sea sand. They argue that this policy will further contribute to ecological damage in exchange for foreign exchange revenue.
Implemented on May 15, the government regulation permits the sale of sea sand abroad under the condition that domestic supplies for reclamation work and infrastructure development projects are guaranteed. The regulation also stipulates that dredging activities may only occur in open-water marine areas with “natural” sedimentation, while coastal areas and small islands are designated as off-limits.
Yonvitner, the head of the coastal and marine resources research center at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), highlighted that the new regulation draws upon maritime and investment laws as its legal foundation, but overlooks any references to environmental and conservation laws.
Furthermore, he emphasized that the economic benefits derived from exporting sea sand will be outweighed by the ecological losses and subsequent restoration costs, particularly if sea sand becomes a market-driven commodity.
“In the event of sand price fluctuations, we will be at a loss, rendering economic considerations much less significant,” he stated during an online press conference held on June 1.
In June, West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend returns. (Fishing News 20230605-20230611)
June 7, 2023
(source: herald-dispatch.com by HD Media)
West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is set to make a return on June 10-11, contributing to a nationwide initiative aimed at increasing public access to fishing.
During these two days, both residents and nonresidents will be permitted to fish in West Virginia’s public lakes, streams, and rivers without the requirement of purchasing a fishing license.
In a news release, Governor Jim Justice expressed his personal experience as an angler and highlighted the joyous nature of fishing in West Virginia. He encouraged everyone to seize this opportunity to either try out fishing themselves or introduce someone they know to this beloved sport.
In conjunction with the Free Fishing Weekend, the WV Division of Natural Resources will organize its annual fishing derby for children at Little Beaver State Park on June 10. This event offers kids a chance to receive basic fishing instruction and relish the outdoors.
Attendance for the event is free, but participants are required to register on-site between 9-10:30 a.m. on the day of the fishing derby.
After inconclusive talks, fishermen maintain their protest.
June 8, 2023
(source: freepressjournal.in by Kalpesh Mhamunkar)
Mumbai: After an inconclusive meeting between the Maharashtra Fishermen Action Committee (MFAC) and the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), the committee has decided to maintain its firm stance on the planned protest scheduled for June 12. They have also reached out to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, urging his intervention in the matter.
The MFAC alleges that the institute tends to provide feasibility reports that favor upcoming government projects while disregarding their potential impact on the fishing community. In light of these concerns, a discussion took place between the MFAC and the NIO on Tuesday, but no resolution was reached. During the meeting, the issues concerning the Wadhwan port at the JNPT and the ‘Shivaji Smarak’ in the Arabian Sea were brought up. Devdendra Tandel, Chairman of MFAC, asserted that the fishing community has pointed out the “deficiencies” in the NIO reports regarding these two projects.
Destruction of fish production zones
As per the committee, the esteemed institute is committing an “injustice” against the fishing community by submitting inaccurate and false reports to the government. The government proceeds with various projects in the ocean based on these reports. Unfortunately, these activities have resulted in environmental damage and the destruction of fish production zones, emphasized the MFAC. In response, they have pledged to stage a protest in front of the NIO Office in Versova.
The decision to protest will be retracted if the government assures a review of the NIO reports and the strengthening of laws related to the issue.
Two of the country’s most famous rivers have been restricted to fishing because water temperatures have reached that of an indoor swimming pool. (Fishing News 20230605-20230611)
June 9, 2023
(source:independent.ie by Caroline O’Doherty and Ralph Riegel)
Fishing has been prohibited in two renowned rivers across the country due to rising water temperatures, which have reached levels comparable to indoor swimming pools. This decision is part of a broader response to the concerns arising from weeks of dry weather and prolonged warmth, including potential drinking water shortages, increased wildfire risks, stunted grass growth, and challenges for crop farmers.
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has implemented the measure of suspending fishing activities in the River Moy and the Salmon Weir in Galway. Water temperatures in these areas have exceeded 20 degrees, significantly surpassing the optimal range for salmon and trout. Such high temperatures can cause thermal stress and even death for these fish species.
Barry Fox, IFI’s head of operations, emphasized the importance of cold and clean water for the survival and well-being of salmon. He explained that low water volumes and elevated temperatures reduce the oxygen levels in the water, making it difficult for the fish to breathe and potentially leading to fish kills.
Mr. Fox acknowledged that it would take some time for water conditions in both locations to return to normal for the month of June. Additionally, he cautioned that other fisheries were under close monitoring and might also be subject to closure. While this news is unfortunate for anglers, particularly tourists who have made fishing holiday bookings, Mr. Fox emphasized that IFI had no alternative but to take these measures.
In Light of Cyclone ‘Biparjoy,’ the Commissioner prohibits sailing, fishing, and swimming in the sea.
June 10, 2023
(source: urdupoint.com by Mohammad Ali)
In light of the imminent cyclone ‘Biparjoy’, Commissioner Hyderabad Division, Bilal Ahmed Memon, has imposed a ban on sailing, fishing, swimming, and bathing in the sea within the Thatta, Badin, and Sujawal districts.
According to a notification issued on Saturday, the Commissioner made reference to the advisory from the Pakistan Meteorological Department regarding the approaching cyclone.
The ban is scheduled to be effective from June 11 until the storm subsides. In order to enforce compliance, the commissioner has instructed the police forces in the three districts to take action against violators under section 144 (6) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).