Fishing News 20231218-20231224
Fishing News 20231218-20231224 – Here you can check out some international news that has something to do with fishing. Some items are very actual.
Additional Summertime Restrictions for Longline Fishing (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
December 18, 2023
(source: sunlive.co.nz by Ayla Yeoman)
As the summer season approaches, the Tauranga City Council has implemented additional restrictions for longline and kontiki fishing devices along the city’s beaches. These regulations aim to safeguard beachgoers from potential hazards associated with fishing activities.
Restricted Hours and Designated Areas
During the peak summer period, from December 15 to February 15, longline fishing is prohibited between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. This restriction applies regardless of the fishing method employed. Additionally, fishing is prohibited within 300 meters of any flagged lifeguard area.
Ensuring Public Safety
These restrictions are designed to protect beachgoers from the risk of injuries caused by fishing hooks or equipment. As the beach population increases, particularly in the Papamoa area, the need for stricter safety measures becomes more crucial.
Responsible Fishing Practices (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
Any individuals who engage in reckless fishing behavior, such as launching a kontiki in a crowded area, could face personal liability in case of injuries. The Tauranga City Council has the authority to seize fishing equipment and initiate prosecution under the Local Government Act.
Educational Approach and Community Awareness
To date, the Council has adopted an educational approach, with most fishermen adhering to the restrictions and maintaining respectful conduct towards fellow beach users. The Council encourages all beachgoers to familiarize themselves with the bylaws and report any violations to Stuart Goodman at 07 577 7000.
Prioritizing Safety and Shared Enjoyment
The primary objective of these restrictions is to safeguard beachgoers from potential fishing-related hazards while allowing responsible anglers to continue their activities. By working together, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable summer experience for all.
European Union Grant Empowers Migori Fishing Community (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
December 19, 2023
(source: kenyanews.go.ke by Belinda Oyanda and Geoffrey Makokha)
The European Union (EU) has provided a significant grant of Sh6 million to the Migori County fishing community, marking a pivotal step towards enhancing the livelihoods of local fishers and fostering sustainable aquaculture practices.
Grant Boosts Fishing Activities and Economic Growth
Speaking at the grant’s official launch, Migori County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Agriculture Lucas Mosenda highlighted the project’s potential to transform the local economy. The grant, implemented by the Blue Cross Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), aims to revolutionize fishing practices by introducing modern aquaculture techniques, such as cage farming, alongside traditional fishing methods.
Enhancing Fish Production and Capacity Building (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
The grant will be instrumental in expanding fish caging operations, providing training for fishers, acquiring boats, and procuring essential fishing equipment. Additionally, it will strengthen the capacity of Beach Management Units (BMUs), the local governance bodies responsible for managing the Lake Victoria fishing grounds.
Sustainable Practices and Community-Centric Approach
Mosenda emphasized the project’s alignment with the county’s manifesto, which emphasizes the development of the fishing sector. The grant will promote sustainable fishing practices, ensuring a consistent supply of high-quality fish while supporting BMUs with fish cages, feeds, and fingerlings.
County Government and Stakeholder Collaboration
The Blue Cross NGO will collaborate closely with the county government, stakeholders, BMU officials, and local authorities to ensure the project’s success and sustainability. The NGO’s Director, Erick Omondi, envisioned the project as a community-driven initiative, empowering local fishers to take ownership of the project after the initial 24-month implementation period.
Impact and Community Empowerment (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
Eunice Atieno, a beneficiary of the project and member of the Tii Gi Wiyi Women’s Group, expressed gratitude for the EU’s support, acknowledging the project’s potential to transform the fishing community’s livelihoods. She emphasized the need for continued government assistance in providing affordable fish feeds and fingerlings to reduce production costs and enhance economic well-being. Atieno also encouraged other external partners to emulate the EU’s efforts in uplifting the lives of local communities.
A Promising Future for Migori Fishing Community
The EU’s grant to the Migori County fishing community marks a significant step towards revitalizing the fishing sector and empowering local fishers through sustainable practices and capacity building. The partnership between the EU, the county government, and the Blue Cross NGO will undoubtedly pave the way for a brighter future for the Migori fishing community.
Plane Breaks Through Thin Ice on Minnesota Ice Fishing Lake (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
December 20, 2023
(source: apnews.com by U.S. NEWS)
In a harrowing incident, a light plane carrying ice anglers broke through thin ice on Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota, just two days after rescue crews had to save dozens of anglers who were stranded on an ice floe.
Pilot Struggles to Slow Down
The Cessna 172 was attempting to land on the lake when the pilot encountered thin ice and the plane’s nose broke through, sending water into the cabin. Fortunately, the plane remained afloat, but both anglers on board got soaked from the waist down. They were quickly taken to a nearby resort for dry clothes.
Recent Warmth and Rain Contribute to Thin Ice (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office attributed the incident to the unseasonably warm weather and recent rain, which have made the ice on Upper Red Lake inconsistent and dangerous. The Sheriff’s Office strongly advised ice anglers to exercise extreme caution and only venture onto ice that is at least four inches thick.
Rescue Crews Respond to Stranded Anglers
Just two days earlier, emergency responders had to deploy an airboat to rescue 35 ice anglers who were stranded on a piece of ice that had broken away from shore due to strong winds. The rescue operation was challenging, as the gap between the ice floe and the main ice sheet widened to 100 yards. However, all 35 anglers were safely rescued within four hours, and there were no injuries reported.
Recurring Incidents of Shifting Ice
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that shifting ice has stranded people on Upper Red Lake. Last winter, crews had to rescue over 200 people in a similar incident. The Sheriff’s Office reiterated its warning to ice anglers to heed the safety guidelines and avoid venturing onto thin ice.
Important Safety Recommendations for Ice Fishing (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
In light of these recent incidents, it is crucial for ice anglers to exercise extreme caution and adhere to safety guidelines to prevent similar mishaps. Here are some key recommendations:
- Check Ice Conditions: Before venturing onto the ice, always check the ice thickness using a reliable ice auger or ice depth gauge. Aim for at least four inches of clear, new ice.
- Travel in Groups: Never ice fish alone. Always go with a group of friends or companions who can help you in case of an emergency.
- Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date on local ice conditions and weather forecasts. Follow the advice of experienced ice anglers and officials.
- Carry Safety Equipment: Always carry essential safety equipment, such as a personal flotation device (PFD), rope, and a whistle.
- Be Mindful of Weather and Wind Conditions: Strong winds can cause ice to break apart or weaken, making it unsafe for travel. Be aware of weather forecasts and adjust your plans accordingly.
- Avoid Unfamiliar Areas: Stick to familiar ice fishing areas and avoid venturing into unfamiliar territory, where ice conditions may be unpredictable.
- Respect the Ice: Treat the ice with respect and exercise caution at all times. Avoid activities that could put excessive stress on the ice surface.
By following these safety guidelines, ice anglers can minimize their risks and enjoy the sport safely.
Inland Fisheries Ireland Launches €30,000 Sponsorship Programme for 2024 (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
December 21, 2023
(source: fisheriesireland.ie by Inland Fisheries Ireland)
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has announced the launch of its €30,000 Sponsorship Programme for 2024, which aims to promote sustainable angling tourism in rural areas and support novice angler initiatives.
Sustainable Angling Tourism and Novice Angler Initiatives Top Priorities
The programme will focus on supporting initiatives that promote sustainable angling tourism in rural areas, while also targeting initiatives aimed at beginners and young anglers.
IFI Invests in 71 Initiatives in 2023
In 2023, IFI invested in 71 angling events and initiatives across Ireland, including national or international competitions and festivals, coaching and juvenile outreach events, public awareness events, and supporting international teams competing overseas.
Calling for Applications for Sponsorship Funding (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
Angling clubs, groups, and associations nationwide are invited to apply for sponsorship funding before the January 19th, 2024 application deadline. Requests for equipment, staff support, and biosecurity assistance can be made to IFI throughout the year.
Examples of Supported Initiatives in 2023
In 2023, IFI sponsored a variety of initiatives, including:
- The National Junior Boat Fishing Competition, hosted by Newport Sea Angling Club in Mayo
- Lough Ree ‘King of the Lake’ International Pike Festival
- The World Club Feeder Championships at Lough Muckno, Co. Monaghan
- Development days and coaching programmes held by fishing clubs nationwide
- The Rosslare Small Boats Festival in Wexford
- Irish youth international teams competing at Home Nations and World Championships in the Netherlands, Wales, and Portugal
High Demand for Angling in Ireland
Over 327,000 adults in Ireland participate in angling, while 18% of adults in Ireland that had never been fishing before expressed an interest in trying the sport in the future.
Application Details (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
Application details for the IFI Sponsorship Programme can be found on the IFI website.
Unveiling a Solution: Transforming the Invasive Pufferfish into Aquaculture Feed (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
December 22, 2023
(source: oceans-and-fisheries.ec.europa.eu by Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)
150 years ago, the opening of the Suez Canal ushered in a new era of travel and trade. However, it inadvertently paved the way for the influx of invasive marine species from the Indo-Pacific region into the Mediterranean Sea, causing significant harm to biodiversity. Among these invaders, the pufferfish, originating from the Red Sea, has emerged as one of the most detrimental species in the Mediterranean. The EU-funded LagoMeal project undertook the ambitious task of not only addressing the ecological threat posed by the pufferfish but also turning it into a valuable resource for aquaculture.
In a collaborative effort, experts from various national institutions and the private sector joined forces under the umbrella of the LagoMeal project. Leveraging the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), they devised a process to neutralize the potent nerve toxin found in the pufferfish and subsequently convert it into high-quality fishmeal. This initiative marked a significant breakthrough in the fight against invasive species, demonstrating the potential to transform an environmental threat into a sustainable solution for the aquaculture industry.
The Pufferfish Predicament: A Menace to Environment and Fisheries
The pufferfish, scientifically known as Lagocephalus sceleratus, shares kinship with the notorious fugu of Japan. Deemed highly poisonous, this invasive species poses a considerable threat to the environment and fisheries. Its rapid population growth and predatory behavior wreak havoc on fishing gear, causing substantial financial losses for Greek fishers. With claims of net damage costing over €5,000 annually per fisher, the economic impact is significant.
Simultaneously, the expansion of aquaculture has intensified the demand for aquafeed, placing strain on fishmeal supplies. Traditional sources are being over-exploited, necessitating the search for alternative protein sources. In Greece alone, where aquaculture is a vital industry, the need to import 50,000 tons of fishmeal annually at a cost of €70 million underscores the urgency for sustainable solutions.
A Win-Win Proposition: Converting Adversity into Opportunity (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
Dr. I. Negas, the scientific lead of the project, emphasized the value of creating incentives to combat invasive species: “The best way to control an inevitable invasion of an unwanted aquatic population is to create a value for it.” By employing heat treatment to eliminate the deadly toxin, the LagoMeal project aimed to establish a profitable market for the pufferfish. Local fishers would gain a new revenue stream, aquaculturists would benefit from reduced feed prices, and the pufferfish population would see a decline.
Trials indicated that cooking pufferfish at 160°C deactivates the toxin to safe levels for human consumption, while at 200°C, it disappears entirely. Feeding trials with European sea bass demonstrated positive growth when pufferfish fishmeal replaced up to 30% of conventional fishmeal in their diets. The project’s business plan projected a small-scale plant processing 1500 tons/year of pufferfish, producing 250 tons/year of fishmeal and 100 tons/year of fish oil, with an estimated annual return on investment of 15-25% over ten years.
Charting the Course Forward: EU Funding and Future Collaborations
EU funding played a pivotal role in kickstarting the LagoMeal project, enabling the exploration of alternative protein sources for fishmeal production. The project’s success also facilitated the establishment of connections between the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) and coastal fishers, fostering trust for future collaborations and research programs. Armed with newfound knowledge, expertise, and fishmeal production equipment, the HCMR is poised to engage in further EU, national, and industrial research and innovation projects, contributing to the ongoing sustainability of aquaculture.
A Family Fishing Shack in Jamaica Bay (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
December 23, 2023
(source: curbed.com by Adriane Quinlan, an Emmy Award–winning Curbed writer )
(The Hughes family started renting a former fishing shack (right) in Broad Channel in the 1930s. They eventually bought the place, then the house next door (left), and joined them with a wide deck. Photo: Allyson Lubow Photography)
Bill Nimmo’s grandparents, Scottish immigrants, bought a fishing shack on a spit of land called Broad Channel in New York City in the late 1930s for $400. The shack became a summer haven for the Hughes family, where Bill and his siblings spent their summers fishing, swimming, and exploring.
Mary Hughes, the matriarch of the family, was the heart of the shack. She insisted on a wide, south-facing deck with lots of sun and bay views. The family always needed upkeep, and for a while Nimmo’s uncle Tommy had been in charge. But after 1963, when Nimmo graduated from college with a degree in engineering, he inherited the duties.
Nimmo inherited the house in 1993 and continued the tradition of family gatherings at the shack. As the next generation of Hughes kids grew up, Nimmo planned an informal family reunion to get to know them, hosted on the back deck. The event grew so big and so formalized that, when a next-door neighbor considered selling, Nimmo made an offer: He needed the space to house reunion visitors.
In 1992, Nimmo bought No. 14, modernized it, and joined the homes at the deck where Mary had once sat to keep an eye on the kids. He is now selling the houses for the simple reason that it isn’t easy to keep up the houses from afar, and the fifth generation of Mary Hughes’s descendants have flown away.
Despite selling the houses, Nimmo is committed to continuing the family tradition of family gatherings. He has a new job for his broker: Find an August rental big enough to hold everyone. The reunions will go on, and they have the houses to thank for those, Nimmo said: “It kept us connected.”
Pollution Devastates Antalya’s Fishing Industry (Fishing News 20231218-20231224)
December 24, 2023
(source: dailysabah.com by Daily Sabah with DHA)
The once-thriving fishing industry in Antalya’s Gulf is facing a severe crisis due to escalating pollution. Decades of unchecked pollution, coupled with the presence of invasive species, is decimating fish populations and making it increasingly difficult for fishermen to make a living.
A decade ago, fishermen were able to haul in catches of up to 30 kilograms per day. However, in recent years, this has dwindled to just 3-5 kilograms, with some returning empty-handed. The decline in fish populations is attributed to pollution from both solid and chemical waste, as well as the proliferation of invasive species like puffer fish.
Professor Mehmet Gökoğlu from Akdeniz University Faculty of Fisheries has been monitoring the water quality in the Gulf for years. He has found that the levels of pollution are alarmingly high, particularly near water sources flowing into the bay and along the shorelines. Gökoğlu blames the hotels for much of the pollution, as they often dispose of waste directly into the sea.
Cemal Talas, president of the Antalya Fishing Shelter New Port Fisheries Cooperative, echoed Gökoğlu’s concerns. He stated that the pollution is affecting not only fish populations but also the overall ecological balance of the Gulf. Talas urged for stricter penalties to be imposed on those who pollute the waters.
Lutfi Evgin, a fisherman who has witnessed the decline in fish populations over the past decade, emphasized the importance of clean water for fish populations to thrive. He stressed that the sea may appear clean, but it is no longer suitable for sustaining fish life due to pollution.
Mehmet Özdemir, another fisherman, shared his concerns about the challenges they face in making a living from fishing. He cited adverse weather conditions, costly equipment, and the ongoing struggle to earn a living from fishing, but he also highlighted the detrimental impact of pollution on their livelihoods.
Yalcín Kubatlar, a local fisherman, recalled the time when they used to catch a minimum of 20 kilograms of fish per day. However, he lamented that recent fishing trips have been futile, returning empty-handed or with significantly reduced catches.
Gökoğlu, who has been sampling sea and river water in collaboration with Akdeniz University and Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, urged for a more proactive approach to addressing the pollution crisis in the Gulf. He advocated for stricter enforcement of environmental regulations and for the development of sustainable fishing practices to protect the livelihoods of fishermen and the health of the marine ecosystem.