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News Article | May 4, 2017

A fishery improvement project (FIP) for small pelagic fisheries in the West African nation of Mauritania has been launched by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) this week. A number of international fishing sector stakeholders, fishmeal and fish oil buyers, exporters, and processors, together with the Mauritanian fishery authority, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Seafood Expo in Brussels this week, marking the FIP’s official beginning. The organizations share a common commitment to sustainable fisheries and collaborating to publicly evaluate and improve the fishery. Although the Mauritanian small pelagic fishery does not yet have a finalized management plan, the country’s fisheries ministry said a legislative framework exists: a 2015 law establishing the code of fishing, and its decree of application and the ordinances and decrees attached to it. In addition, a Commission for Fisheries Management Support and a National Commission for Sustainable Management of Small Pelagics have been in place since 2012. “At Olvea Fish Oils we take responsible sourcing seriously and we are committed to promoting sustainable fishing wherever we are located and as our sustainable charter indicates. We have been working in Mauritania for 5 years, investing in partnerships with local enterprises and the national government to ensure we understand environmental impacts and act to minimize them. We recognized that a FIP was the most appropriate method for achieving our goals in Mauritania because of the partnership approach and method of continuous improvement,” said Antoine Dangy, Olvea Fish Oils Sustainability Manager. The FIP is working on a fishery assessment that will identify gaps in the IFFO RS standards (working toward MSC certification in the future). Workshops will take these evaluations forward to develop a FIP workplan and identify improvement actions. “We’re delighted that the FIP model is being embraced in Western Africa,” said Pedro Ferreiro, Deputy Buyer Engagement Director at SFP. “The collaborative and flexible approach to fishery sustainability a FIP brings seems to be appropriate for organizations working in these supply chains. We will also shortly be launching a Mauritanian Octopus Supplier Roundtable to promote sustainability in these fisheries.” Other stakeholders directly involved with the FIP include le Ministère de Pêches et de l’Economie Maritime (MPEM), la Fédération Nationale des Pêches (FNP), la Section Industrie des Protéine de la Mer (SIPM), l’Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Océanographique et des Pêches (IMROP), l’Office Nationale d’Inspection Sanitaire des Produits de la Pêche et de l’Aquaculture (ONISPA), Rim Fish Meal, and Olvea Group subsidiary Winterisation Mauritania. This collection of stakeholders allows for a holistic approach to improving the fishery, targeting its conservation, economic, and social objectives. The first FIP meeting will be held later this summer in Nouakchott. Updates will be posted on the Fishery Progress website .

News Article | May 4, 2017

A new agreement to allow EU tuna fishing vessels to fish in Mauritian waters for a period of 4 years was signed last week. The deal was part of the Protocol to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius, and provides for a financial contribution of €575,000 per year to the latter, as well as an increased contribution to be paid by vessel-owners. For the first time, it also includes specific provisions and financial incentives to support the development of the Ocean Economy in Mauritius as a contribution to its economic growth, thus broadening the scope of the relations between the EU and Mauritius in the field of fisheries and maritime economy. This protocol will come into force in the coming months, after the completion of adoption procedures on both sides.

News Article | May 25, 2017

Spain's largest seafood canner Jealsa Rianxeira SAU Group has teamed up with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), according to an SFP press release. Jealsa is the top seafood canner in Spain and the second largest in Europe, said SFP. SFP works to improve fisheries through fishery and aquaculture improvement projects. “In the Jealsa Rianxeira Group, we have always been very aware that our growth and consolidation as a company is due to internationalization of our business model, characterized by the integration of full respect for human rights, the sustainable exploitation of resources, environmental responsibility, constant support of renewable energy, and the social and economic development of the towns and countries in which it is present,” said Angeles Claro, the group’s sustainability manager. Along with its own brands -- Rianxeira, Escurís, MareAperto, and Robinson Crusoe -- the group also supplies canned fish and seafood for Mercadona under the brand Hacendado. The group is made up of 26 'societies' dealing in four areas of activity; food (canned fish and shellfish, meal solutions, and pet food), fishing and services, environment, and energy. The group operates tuna vessels in the Atlantic. “It is an encouraging sign for the future of sustainable seafood in Spain to see a group with the size and influence of Jealsa demonstrating such a strong commitment,” said Pedro Ferreiro, deputy director of SFP’s buyer engagement team. “SFP is thrilled to be partnering with Jealsa, and we hope this will serve as inspiration to other Spanish seafood companies.”

Jones A.C.,Bangor University | Mead A.,Plymouth Marine Laboratory | Kaiser M.J.,Bangor University | Austen M.C.V.,Plymouth Marine Laboratory | And 46 more authors.
Fish and Fisheries | Year: 2015

Aquaculture is currently the fastest expanding global animal food production sector and is a key future contributor to food security. An increase in food security will be dependent upon the development and improvement of sustainable practices. A prioritization exercise was undertaken, focusing on the future knowledge needs to underpin UK sustainable aquaculture (both domestic and imported products) using a 'task force' group of 36 'practitioners' and 12 'research scientists' who have an active interest in sustainable aquaculture. A long list of 264 knowledge needs related to sustainable aquaculture was developed in conjunction with the task force. The long list was further refined through a three stage process of voting and scoring, including discussions of each knowledge need. The top 25 knowledge needs are presented, as scored separately by 'practitioners' or 'research scientists'. There was similar agreement in priorities identified by these two groups. The priority knowledge needs will provide guidance to structure ongoing work to make science accessible to practitioners and help to prioritize future science policy needs and funding. The process of knowledge exchange, and the mechanisms by which this can be achieved, effectively emerged as the top priority for sustainable aquaculture. Viable alternatives to wild fish-based aquaculture feeds, resource constraints that will potentially limit expansion of aquaculture, sustainable offshore aquaculture and the treatment of sea lice also emerged as strong priorities. Although the exercise was focused on UK needs for sustainable aquaculture, many of the emergent issues are considered to have global application. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Gledhill D.K.,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | White M.M.,Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences | Salisbury J.,University of New Hampshire | Thomas H.,Dalhousie University | And 22 more authors.
Oceanography | Year: 2015

New England coastal and adjacent Nova Scotia shelf waters have a reduced buffering capacity because of significant freshwater input, making the region’s waters potentially more vulnerable to coastal acidification. Nutrient loading and heavy precipitation events further acidify the region’s poorly buffered coastal waters. Despite the apparent vulnerability of these waters, and fisheries’ and mariculture’s significant dependence on calcifying species, the community lacks the ability to confidently predict how the region’s ecosystems will respond to continued ocean and coastal acidification. Here, we discuss ocean and coastal acidification processes specific to New England coastal and Nova Scotia shelf waters and review current understanding of the biological consequences most relevant to the region. We also identify key research and monitoring needs to be addressed and highlight existing capacities that should be leveraged to advance a regional understanding of ocean and coastal acidification. © 2015 The Oceanography Society. All rights reserved.

Van Holt T.,Royal Swedish Academy Of Sciences | Van Holt T.,University of Stockholm | Weisman W.,Center For Social Innovation, Llc | Johnson J.C.,University of Florida | And 4 more authors.
Sustainability (Switzerland) | Year: 2016

We report on a rapid and practical method to assess social dimensions of performance in small-scale and industrial fisheries globally (SocialWellbeing in Fisheries Tool (SWIFT)). SWIFT incorporates aspects of security (fairness and stability of earnings, benefits of employment to local fishing communities, worker protection, and personal safety and health in communities associated with fisheries); flexibility (including opportunity for economic advancement); and the fishery's social viability (including whether the fishery is recruiting new harvesters and diverse age classes of workers, whether women's participation and leadership in global production networks are on an upward trajectory.). We build on resilience research by conceptualizing wellbeing in terms of security, flexibility, and viability, and assessing wellbeing at individual, community, and system levels. SWIFT makes social performance measures more broadly accessible to global production networks, incorporates an everyday understanding of wellbeing for people involved in the seafood industry, and helps put social sustainability into measurable terms that are relevant for businesses. © 2016 by the authors.

Willette D.A.,University of California at Los Angeles | Santos M.D.,National Fisheries Research and Development Institute | Leadbitter D.,Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Journal of Applied Ichthyology | Year: 2016

Genetic stock structure is atypical in tuna species, with most species demonstrating geographically-broad, panmictic populations. Here, genetic data suggest a distinct pattern for Thunnus tonggol across the Indo-Pacific region. The genetic variation in the coastal tuna T. tonggol sampled from across the South China Sea was examined using the highly variable mitochondrial DNA displacement loop (D-loop) gene region. One hundred and thirty-nine specimens were sampled from four locations in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Phylogenetic reconstruction of genetic relationships revealed no significant ΦST statistics and hence no population structure within the South China Sea. However, subsequent analysis with sequence data from coastal northwest India infers discrete genetic stocks between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. Consistent with previous genetic analyses of tuna species in the Indo-Pacific, the findings in this study infer no population structure within each basin, but rather show a significant partitioning across the wider region. Furthermore, these results have implications for the management of the commercially valuable Thunnus tonggol across national boundaries, and thus requiring collaboration among countries to ensure its sustainable use. © 2016 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

Pitcher T.J.,University of British Columbia | Lam M.E.,University of British Columbia | Ainsworth C.,University of South Florida | Martindale A.,University of British Columbia | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Fish Biology | Year: 2013

This paper reports recent developments in Rapfish, a normative, scalable and flexible rapid appraisal technique that integrates both ecological and human dimensions to evaluate the status of fisheries in reference to a norm or goal. Appraisal status targets may be sustainability, compliance with a standard (such as the UN code of conduct for responsible fisheries) or the degree of progress in meeting some other goal or target. The method combines semi-quantitative (e.g. ecological) and qualitative (e.g. social) data via multiple evaluation fields, each of which is assessed through scores assigned to six to 12 attributes or indicators: the scoring method allows user flexibility to adopt a wide range of utility relationships. For assessing sustainability, six evaluation fields have been developed: ecological, technological, economic, social, ethical and institutional. Each field can be assessed directly with a set of scored attributes, or several of the fields can be dealt with in greater detail using nested subfields that themselves comprise multidimensional Rapfish assessments (e.g. the hierarchical institutional field encompasses both governance and management, including a detailed analysis of legality). The user has the choice of including all or only some of the available sustainability fields. For the attributes themselves, there will rarely be quantitative data, but scoring allows these items to be estimated. Indeed, within a normative framework, one important advantage with Rapfish is transparency of the rigour, quality and replicability of the scores. The Rapfish technique employs a constrained multidimensional ordination that is scaled to situate data points within evaluation space. Within each evaluation field, results may be presented as a two-dimensional plot or in a one-dimensional rank order. Uncertainty is expressed through the probability distribution of Monte-Carlo simulations that use the c.l. on each original observation. Overall results of the multidisciplinary analysis may be shown using kite diagrams that compare different locations, time periods (including future projections) and management scenarios, which make policy trade-offs explicit. These enhancements are now available in the R programming language and on an open website, where users can run Rapfish analyses by downloading the software or uploading their data to a user interface. © 2013 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

Bailey M.,University of British Columbia | Flores J.,Sustainable Fisheries Partnership | Pokajam S.,National Fisheries Authority | Sumaila U.R.,University of British Columbia
Ocean and Coastal Management | Year: 2012

Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea, all part of a regional sub-group known as the Coral Triangle, have sizeable skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna fisheries. Recent figures suggest that as much as a third of tuna catch from the western and central Pacific Ocean can be attributed to the fleets of these countries. Historically, however, little attention has been paid to their fisheries and their regulations. Management of tuna fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines faces many challenges, including bycatch of juveniles, lack of effective gear restrictions, subsidized fleets, and unreported catches. Papua New Guinea has countered the challenges of tuna management with several effective measures, including implementing the vessel day scheme, a type of effort quota system, and limiting the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs). This paper compares and contrasts tuna fisheries in the three countries, as well as their management regimes and current management challenges. By highlighting some of the successes that Papua New Guinea has had, we hope that Indonesia and the Philippines may be able to more effectively manage their fleets and their fish. And this in turn may lead to better regional management of a valuable transboundary resource. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Portley N.,Sustainable Fisheries Partnership | Portley N.,Saint Hubert Research Group | Geiger H.J.,Saint Hubert Research Group
North American Journal of Fisheries Management | Year: 2014

"Limit reference points" define a state at which fishery management has reached overfishing, overfished stock status, or some other regulatory or conservation point of concern. In many Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp. fishery jurisdictions, management only uses "target reference points"-the specific numerical management objective intended to bring about some fishery benefit. There are several reasons to adopt limit reference points, and jurisdictions without previously defined limit reference points could adopt them in order to align better with the Magnuson-Stevens Act (American fisheries) or, more importantly, to facilitate cross-jurisdiction sustainability assessments, which are increasingly needed for certifications of sustainability. In actual practice, the stock size of 0.5 times a target reference point has been used as a limit reference point for some Pacific salmon fisheries, or at least as a proxy for a limit reference point. We term this point the "minimum stock size threshold," following a convention already in use, and we note that limit reference points defined this way are increasingly being accepted as a standard either because of justification based on simulation and fishery principles or for purely pragmatic reasons.Received July 2, 2013; accepted January 6, 2014. © 2014 © American Fisheries Society 2014.

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