Electronic monitoring deadline for fishermen is Nov. 1
KMXT by Maggie Wall - October 29, 2018
Thursday, Nov. 1 is the deadline for pot cod and longline vessel skippers fishing in federal waters to decide whether they want to sign up for electronic monitoring for 2019.
Columbia River commercial fishery could hinge on century-old method
The Daily News by Tom Paulu - October 26, 2018
CATHLAMET — A series of nets strung between pilings just off the Columbia River shore may offer a glimpse of the future of commercial fishing in the river, even though it harkens back to the fishing practices of a century ago.
Marine Stewardship Council Announces £1 Million Fund For Sustainable Fishing
SEAFOODNEWS.COM - October 29, 2018
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has created a £1 million Ocean Stewardship Fund for sustainable fishing. The organization made the announcement on Monday.
According to a press release, the fund will support small scale fisheries, as well as “those in the Global South on their pathway to sustainability.” In addition, the fund will also “help create a more sustainable seafood market through research to overcome data and information gaps in fisheries management.”
“The MSC’s new Ocean Stewardship Fund builds on the experience and success of our earlier Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund which invested in small scale fishery improvements in a diverse range of eco-systems from the Coral Triangle to the oceans around Madagascar and Suriname,” MSC Chief Executive Rupert Howes said in a statement. “We have substantially increased the scale of the fund and will target investment to those fisheries engaged in a formal transition programme that will deliver measurable improvements in performance.”
More details on the planning of the governance and application arrangements for the fund will be made available in early 2019. The fund will continue to grow over time with contributions.
Russia Introduces New Strategy to Double Fish Export Revenue by 2024
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Eugene Gerden - October 29, 2018
Russia plans to double its revenue from the exports of fish products by 2024 - up to U.S. $8 billion, according to recent statements of the head of the Russian Fishery Agency (Rosrybolovstvo), Ilya Shestakov.
The increase will be primarily achieved through increased development of processing.
According to Shestakov, thanks to stable production, Rosrybolovstvo plans to focus on changing the structure of its exports by increasing the supply of value-added products to the global market.
Some of the plans include an increase of the degree of processing of fish and the introduction of non-waste technologies in virtually all types of fishing. The implementation of these strategies will also be incorporated into the existing state program that involves the construction of 18 fish processing plants, and 33 new trawlers in Russia that are equipped with modern fish processing facilities.
Shestakov said that in particular, the governments hopes to see the increase of production of fillets (mostly from pollock), as well as minced meat and other finished products. The transition to the production of high-quality fillet and minced meat will increase the returns from seafood resources from the current $1,100 to 1,200 per ton much higher: to $ 1,400 and up to $3,500 for surimi, fish sticks and other similar, value-added products.
Particular attention will be paid to the increase in the production of sardines and mackerel, as well as the resumption of the Antarctic krill fishery and some mesopelagic and deep-water species.
At the same time, in order to promote Russian fish and seafood in the global market, a non-profit organization will be established.
2019 Alaska Food Festival set for March 8-9
Cordova Times - October 28, 2018
Presentation proposals for the 2019 Alaska Food Festival and Conference are being sought by the co-hosts, the Alaska Food Policy Council and the Alaska Farmers Market Association.
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