“The European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture products (EUMOFA) is organising a Talk on its recently released publication “Impact of seafood imports on the EU Small-Scale Coastal Fleet”.

The panel of experts will include Griffin Carpenter and Sebastian Metz (authors of study), and Raymond Maes (European Commission-DG MARE). Valentina Sannino (COGEA/EUMOFA) will moderate the event.

The Talk will be in English. EUMOFA is an initiative of the European Commission – Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.”

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Fonte: EUMOFA, 13 de abril de 2021.

“O Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, assim como outras entidades portuguesas, participam num projeto em parceria com Espanha e França para desenvolver uma estratégia coordenada de avaliação, monitorização e mitigação de impactos da pesca em cetáceos, na sub-região do Golfo da Biscaia e da Costa Ibérica.

Ao longo de dois anos este projeto aprofundará o conhecimento científico sobre a distribuição, habitat, abundância, características demográficas, taxas de mortalidade e impacto da pesca em cetáceos no Golfo da Biscaia e Costa Ibérica e avaliará a eficácia de medidas de mitigação, no sentido de alcançar o bom estado ambienta no âmbito da Diretiva Quadro Estratégia Marinha.”

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Fonte: O Minho, 13 de abril de 2021.

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/04/13

How Did the Pandemic Affect Ocean Conservation?

How Did the Pandemic Affect Ocean Conservation?

“As we enter what’s hopefully the home stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to take stock of how it affected every aspect of our world, to consider what happened, what could be done different to avoid those problems in the future, and what’s next.
That might mean confronting some of our earlier conclusions. For example, at the start of the pandemic we were bombarded with often false stories about suddenly quiet cities and waterways experiencing animals reclaiming what was once their habitat. “Nature is healing” stories like this seem to have created an overly rosy picture of the pandemic’s impact on the natural world.”

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Fonte: EcoWatch, 12 de abril de 2021

“Until Jan 9, 2014, the Playa de Anzoras, a 2,200-ton tuna fishing vessel named for a beach in Spain, built in Spain and owned by Spaniards, sailed under the Spanish flag. On Jan. 10, it dropped the Spanish flag in favor of that of Seychelles, a small archipelagic nation in the Indian Ocean.
Neither Spain nor continental Europe share a coast with the Indian Ocean, where Playa de Anzoras operates. Yet the European Union dominates tuna fisheries here and profits the most from it. This dominance is, in part, explained by ships like the Playa de Anzoras, which is flagged to Seychelles but ultimately controlled by European companies, according to records reviewed by Mongabay.”

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Fonte: Mongabay, 8 de abril de 2021

A sea cucumber in a marine protected area in Lakshadweep.

“It’s after sunset in Jaffna when Anthony Vigrado dives into the waters of Palk Bay, scanning the seafloor to collect what seems to be prized treasure. What he comes back with are sea cucumbers – long, leathery-skinned creatures that are increasingly valuable and the source of his income for the past 12 years.
But after a 10-hour search, his harvest is only a fraction of what it used to be, as the shores of northern Sri Lanka and southern India have become a prime spot for exploitation.”

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Fonte: The Guardian, 12 de abril de 2021

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“Todos os anos, milhares de baleias, golfinhos e outros animais marinhos surgem nas praias de todo o mundo. Este fenómeno – chamado encalhamento ou arrojamento – acontece tanto com indivíduos saudáveis como com animais feridos (ou mortos) que são levados para a costa pelos ventos predominantes. Por vezes, um grupo enorme de animais marinhos encalha em conjunto, evento conhecido por arrojamento em massa, e noutras ocasiões, uma região pode testemunhar um número invulgar de arrojamentos ao longo de um período de tempo.”

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Fonte: National Geographic, 8 de abril de 2021

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Scientists successfully breed corals in the lab

Scientists successfully breed corals in the lab

“Scientists at the University of Oldenburg’s Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) have scored a success: in the aquariums at the ICBM’s Wilhelmshaven site they were able to induce sexual reproduction in stony corals for the first time ever in Germany.
The research team, led by Professor Peter Schupp from the Environmental Biochemistry group, succeeded in accurately recreating the environmental conditions of the corals’ home in the Pacific Ocean, prompting them to spawn at almost the same time as their siblings on the other side of the world. Even at the international level, this has only been achieved a handful of times to date.”

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Fonte: Phys.org, 9 de abril de 2021

“Global heating has made the ocean around the equator less rich in wildlife, with conditions likely already too hot for some species to survive, according to a new study.

Analysis of the changing locations of almost 50,000 marine species between 1955 and 2015 found a predicted impact of global heating – species moving away from the equator – can now be observed at a global scale.”

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Fonte: The Guardian, 07 Apr 2021

“Chinese fishing boats’ illegal overfishing in the South Pacific has been devastating some island economies.

According to two former U.S. officials, “illegal, unregulated fishing by Chinese vessels has become common in American Samoa and Guam and as far east as Hawaii.””

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Fonte: Radio Free Asia, 06 Apr 2021

“Effective fisheries management is necessary for the long‐term sustainability of fisheries and the economic benefits that they provide, but focusing only on ecological sustainability risks disregarding ultimate goals related to well‐being that must be achieved through broader social policy.”

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Fonte: Fish and Fisheries, 30 Mar 2021

Two jellyfish swim near a hazy layer of ocean water.

“If you’ve ever been seasick, “stable” may be the last word you associate with the ocean. But as global temperatures rise, the world’s oceans are technically becoming more stable.

When scientists talk about ocean stability, they refer to how much the different layers of the sea mix with each other. A recent study analysed over a million samples and found that, over the past five decades, the stability of the ocean increased at a rate that was six times faster than scientists were anticipating.”

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Fonte: The Conversation, 7 de abril de 2021.

“Portugal é o terceiro país europeu e o 12.º no mundo que mais captura tubarão e raia, cerca de 1,5 milhões de exemplares por ano, sendo que metade das espécies estão ameaçadas, alerta a associação ambientalista ANP/WWF.

A informação divulgada esta quarta-feira pela Associação Natureza Portugal (ANP), em Portugal associada da internacional “World Wide Fund for Nature” (WWF), surge no relatório da primeira avaliação sobre tubarões e raias da organização, com o apoio da Fundação Oceano Azul.”

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Fonte: Observador, 8 de abril de 2021.

“O Centro de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIMA) da Universidade do Algarve (UAlg) participa no projeto “JPI Oceans MiningImpact” que inclui uma expedição de seis semanas para a Zona de Fratura Clarion-Clipperton, no Pacífico, a profundidades superiores a 4000 metros e a mais de 1500 quilómetros da costa mexicana.

Esta missão oceanográfica «pretende investigar e monitorizar os impactos ambientais da mineração de nódulos polimetálicos no mar profundo durante o teste de um pré-protótipo de um veículo de recolha de nódulos», diz a UAlg.”

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Fonte: Sul Informação, 7 de abril de 2021.

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“Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Cefas have partnered to deliver the world’s largest non-intrusive underwater camera network. The network will document ocean wildlife including sharks, tuna and billfishes, to help protect marine biodiversity and the future of our oceans.

The Global Ocean Wildlife Analysis Network, launched by the UK government, covers 4 million square kilometres of ocean, and will collect important biological information across ten British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean, and the south Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and southern oceans.”

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Fonte: The University of Western Australia, 6 de abril de 2021.

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/04/07

Marine Species Flee Equator As Oceans Warm

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“The equator might already be too warm for some marine species to survive, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Marine biodiversity is responding to the warming global temperature by moving away from the equator as the oceans heat up, according to the study that examined 48,661 marine species.

The area around the equator was considered stable and ideal for life due to the density of species found there. Increasing evidence suggests that this is changing. While earlier studies have predicted such an impact, this is the first such study to quantify it at a global scale and across marine species.”

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Fonte: Forbes, 6 de abril de 2021.

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/04/07

Pradarias marinhas podem reverter acidificação do mar

“Os ecossistemas conhecidos como pradarias marinhas podem ser fundamentais para fazer recuar a acidificação dos oceanos, de acordo com um estudo conduzido ao longo de seis anos por cientistas da Universidade da Califórnia em Davis, nos Estados Unidos.

Estes habitats – compostos por extensões de leito marinho, em águas pouco profundas, coberto por plantas semelhantes às ervas terrestres, mas adaptadas à vida no mar – conseguem reduzir em cerca de 30% a acidez da água onde se encontram porque têm capacidade de absorver dióxido de carbono por fotossíntese mesmo quando não recebem luz solar.”

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Fonte: Público, 1 de abril de 2021.

Blue striped tamarin wrasse

“In January, France unveiled its new global marine conservation strategy with a goal of protecting 30% of its waters by 2022; a third of that would be shielded by “high protections” under the plan, meaning that extractive activities would not be allowed in the areas. Achieving these goals would be a major step forward for global ocean health because France has the world’s second-largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ)—covering 11,691,000 square kilometers (4,514,000 square miles)—largely because of its numerous overseas territories, including French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF)”

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Fonte: The Pew Charitable Trusts, 1 de abril de 2021

Snorkelling with blue sharks off the coast of Plymouth, UK.

“National parks should be created in the waters around the UK coast to help conserve fragile marine habitats and give people access to more of Britain’s natural heritage, a marine conservation group has said.
Blue Marine Foundation has identified 10 areas around the coast that it said could be designated national parks within the next 10 years. Designation could bring greater protections for habitats, help attract funding, and would require local authorities to make access easier for people.”

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Fonte: The Guardian, 5 de abril de 2021

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/04/06

Brands Back Call for Moratorium on Deep Seabed Mining

“Four leading global companies today announced their support for a global moratorium on deep seabed mining. Initiated by BMW Group and WWF, and signed by Samsung SDI, Google and Volvo Group, the companies join the increasing chorus of concern about the significant risks to economies and to ocean health that would arise from opening up the deep seabed to extraction of minerals.
Calls for a global moratorium on deep seabed mining are coming from diverse actors, including scientists, communities, the fishing industry, political leaders, NGOs including WWF, and now also from companies. By committing to this public statement, the signatories pledge not to source any minerals from the deep sea, and to refrain from using mineral resources from the deep sea in their supply chains and not to finance deep-sea mining activities.”

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Fonte: WWF, 31 de março de 2021

Maldives shark fishing ban

“The Maldives’ government has announced plans to discuss the legalisation of shark fishing for profit after an 11-year ban.
Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture, Zaha Waheed, spoke at the People’s Majlis (the Maldivian Parliament) Committee on Economic Affairs, saying that lifting the ban ‘presents a profitable revenue-generation strategy for the state.’
Waheed is reported to have said: “Very few countries implement shark conservation. Since it is a means to generate profit we don’t have to limit ourselves. [We can] open [shark fishing] as a manage fishery for a certain duration and fish without endangering the shark population.””

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Fonte: Oceanographic, 1 de abril de 2021

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Clownfish, blue tang and sea turtle on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

“A senior European Union official has sounded the alarm over the rapid decline of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef while backing calls for all countries to make more ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.
The EU’s commissioner for environment, oceans and fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, told Guardian Australia he was deeply concerned by the threats facing the Great Barrier Reef. “As long as we do not change our behaviours, things will not improve,” he said.
Sinkevičius hopes Australia will sign up to the 84-country Leaders’ Pledge for Nature – a document that calls for a “green and just” recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and stronger political will to act against the “crises of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and climate change”.”

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Fonte: The Guardian, 31 de março de 2021

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/04/02

Os golfinhos do Tejo

“Desde o ano passado 2020, que a família de golfinhos-comuns tem frequentado o rio Tejo. É habitual observarem-se estes cetáceos junto da barra do forte de São Julião entre o início da Primavera e o final do Verão. O que não se via há algumas décadas eram as suas procissões rio acima, até ao Parque das Nações ou mesmo até Alverca.”

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Fonte: Observador, 31 março 2021

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/04/02

How much did the COVID-19 pandemic quiet the oceans?

The Skimmer on Marine Ecosystems and Management

“Anthropogenic noise in the ocean – from ships, sonar, construction, oil wells, windfarms, seismic surveys, and other activities – harms marine animals ranging from marine mammals to fish to invertebrates. As the Skimmer is covering various way that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted marine ecosystems and communities, a likely reduction in ocean noise is one possible bright spot.”

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Fonte: Open Channels, 23 março 2021

Whale swims past boat

“Ocean mammals are at a crossroads, with some species at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, a new study by an international team of researchers shows. Understanding the threats that continue to pose threats to these majestic creatures and identifying the right conversation measures to reverse their declines is increasingly urgent as human and climate pressures mount.”

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Fonte: Duke University, 29 março de 2021

Indian fishermen sort their catch at Kollam beach in Kerala. Since 2017, about 80 tonnes of plastic has been collected from the sea there.

“For years, plastic caught by fishing communities on the Kollam coast in India’s southern state of Kerala was thrown back into the water, damaging aquatic ecosystems and killing fish.

But fishers are spearheading an innovative initiative to clean up the ocean – along with their daily hauls of fish, they pull in and collect the waste that gets enmeshed in their nets.”

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Fonte: The Guardian, 1 de abril de 2021.

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/04/01

IPMA foca-se na “pequena pesca”

IPMA foca-se na "pequena pesca"

“A intenção é conhecer a fundo a atividade da denominada “pequena pesca”, feita por embarcações com menos de 12 metros, que representam “80% da frota nacional” e da qual pouco se sabe, disse à Lusa o coordenador do projeto Montereal, Miguel Gaspar, adiantando que se trata de “informação essencial para gerir não só a frota, mas também os recursos e todo o ecossistema”.

O projeto Montereal (acrónimo para monitorização em tempo real) teve início há cerca de 10 anos e pretende colmatar a falta de informação sobre os locais onde operam as pequenas embarcações, sobre os seus principais pesqueiros e saber como se distribui em termos espaciais e temporais o esforço de pesca, com custo zero para os pescadores.”

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Fonte: Dinheiro Vivo, 17 de março de 2021.

“Estabelecer limites de captura dentro do aconselhado contribui para a resiliência do oceano”, declara Sciaena

“A atual Política Comum das Pescas (PCP) da União Europeia (UE) definiu 2020 como o “ano para colocar em vigor uma grande mudança na gestão das pescas”, nomeadamente, “taxas de exploração sustentáveis ​​em vigor para todas as unidades populacionais”. Apesar dos progressos, “a UE não atingiu este objetivo”, assinala, em comunicado, a Sciaena.

Com isto em mente, a associação organizou, esta terça-feira,  dia 30 de março, um webinar intitulado “Implementação da Política Comum das Pescas da UE: lições a tirar”, onde contou com a presença de 65 participantes.”

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Fonte: Ambiente Magazine, 31 de março de 2021.

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/03/31

Sarrajão: o atum alternativo (e sustentável)

“Embora o stock do atum-rabilho tenha melhorado nos últimos dois anos (menos no caso do atum-patudo), a realidade é que a procura por este peixe que atinge valores absurdos em Tóquio deveria reduzir a nossa gula. A popularização dos restaurantes japoneses por todo o mundo agravou o problema porque, afinal, os apreciadores não passam sem umas fatias de toro bem gordo que o rabilho ou o patudo dão. Mas como atuns há muitos, não custa nada exigir nos nossos restaurantes preferidos espécies variadas. O sarrajão é só uma delas.

Um peixe que se alimenta de lulas e camarões só poderia ser saboroso. É evidente que um conhecedor de peixe cru saberá, às cegas, identificar o que é atum-rabilho e o que é um sarrajão. Convém registar que o músculo deste último tem uma textura macia e com sabor ligeiramente mais adocicado. De resto, para os iniciados no mundo do sushi, é uma boa solução. Estranha-se menos.”

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Fonte: Público, 31 de março de 2021.

Through disturbing the sediment on the sea floor - the world's largest carbon sink - bottom trawling is thought to release a similar amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the aviation industry

“So argue researchers from the National Geographic Society, in a newly published paper, which looks into the possible advantages – from biodiversity, fisheries management and climate change mitigation perspectives – of establishing more MPAs.

The Fish Site is particularly interested by the study’s findings in terms of carbon emissions caused by bottom trawling – not least as they suggest a new way of reducing climate change and ocean acidification. The former is clearly a concern for all farmers, while the latter is a growing concern in the aquaculture sector, in particular for bivalve producers.”

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Fonte: The Fish Site, 18 de março de 2021.

PÚBLICO — Pense bem, pense Público

“Quem acompanhe notícias sobre o universo da pesca saberá que a arte do arrasto – redes descidas ao fundo oceânico e arrastadas por embarcações de grande potência – tem, a diferentes níveis, um impacto considerável na biodiversidade marinha, cuja dimensão depende das fontes de informação: demolidora para organizações não-governamentais (ONG) e alguns cientistas, manifestamente exagerada para os donos da frota. Sucede que, recentemente, vários cientistas acrescentaram um ingrediente dramático à equação: a nível mundial, a pesca de arrasto libertará para a atmosfera cerca de mil milhões de toneladas de dióxido de carbono (CO2) por ano.”

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Fonte: Público, 29 de março de 2021

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“A sustainable ocean economy will be critical to Indonesia in achieving resilient coastal livelihoods, a healthy marine environment, and a thriving national economy, according to Oceans for Prosperity: Reforms for a Blue Economy in Indonesia, a report released today by the World Bank.
Oceans are already central to Indonesia’s prosperity, with a fishery sector worth around US$27 billion, supporting 7 million jobs, and providing over 50 percent of the country’s animal-based protein needs.
But there are challenges to Indonesia’s marine and coastal ecosystems that, if not managed, could undermine the potential of the country’s ocean economy.”

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Fonte: The World Bank, 25 de março de 2021

Black carbon

“As this week’s virtual meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Pollution Prevention and Response Sub-Committee (IMO, PPR 8, 22-26 March) opens today, non-governmental organisations are calling on the IMO to seize the chance to immediately reduce climate-warming emissions of black carbon from ships currently using heavy fuel oil in the Arctic by some 44%, by switching them to cleaner distillate fuels [1,2].
“This week the IMO has the opportunity put in place rapid and effective regulations to protect the Arctic and the global climate from the warming impacts of black carbon emissions, by obliging vessels operating in the Arctic to switch to cleaner shipping fuels”, said Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, an international coalition of 21 non-profit organisations.”

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Fonte: Seas At Risk, 22 de março de 2021

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/03/29

Restorative aquaculture: seagrass

Seagrass forms a valuable habitat for species including the black goby

“Seahorses are largely to blame, explains Parry, when asked how he’s ended up running a series of projects relating to seagrass. It’s thanks to the public’s appreciation of the hippocampus genus that aquatic plants have now been the focus of his work for over seven years.
“The National Marine Aquarium [which is run by the OCT] was originally interested in a project counting the number of seahorses in the seagrass beds. They’re poor swimmers and need a canopy to hold onto and to hide in and seagrass is ideal as it grows in calm, sheltered, shallow bays,” he reflects.”

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Fonte: The Fish Site, 29 de março de 2021

Fishing boat aerial view

“As political leaders in Europe make ever more ambitious commitments to encourage green growth and a sustainable future, it’s worth looking back to see how prior large-scale sustainability initiatives turned out. Pew’s report on the “Lessons From Implementation of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)” tells the story of what happened after one such set of ambitious commitments.
When European Union institutions agreed on much-needed reforms in 2013, campaigners and the public rightly celebrated leaders’ commitments. The law required an end to overfishing, a ban on the discarding of dead fish, and other critical changes to pave the way to sustainable fishing.”

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Fonte: The Pew Charitable Trusts, 22 de março de 2021

“As younger Millennial and Gen Z consumers get older, seafood sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the marketplace.
According to survey data from GlobeScan shared during a panel at Seafood Expo North America Reconnect this week, a key trend among seafood purchasing is emerging.
Since 1999, GlobeScan CEO Chris Coulter said, the company has asked a simple question during its surveys of thousands of consumers worldwide: “Do consumers choose to reward companies that show they are responsible?””

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Fonte: Seafood Source, 18 de março de 2021

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/03/26

Fishermen Say Chinese Trawlers Cutting Fishing Nets At Sea

“Fishermen and fish dealers in Tanji have accused the Chinese of cutting their nets at sea with their trawlers, a major reason for fish shortage in the village.

Fatou Sambou a seller at the Tanji seaside said the scarcity of fish is as a result of the Chinese trawlers cutting the nets of fishermen inside the seas and which has resulted to unnecessary shortage of fish in the village and country as well.”

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Fonte: The Voice of Gambia, 22 Mar 2021

“A new study examining the destruction of ecosystems has concluded that habitat degradation could be made worse by the extinction of predators.

Researchers looked at how the changes in the tiger shark population size in Shark Bay in Western Australia might affect the size of nearby seagrass meadows.”

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Fonte: The Independent, 23 Mar 2021

“Wide-ranging connectivity patterns of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) are generally poorly known worldwide and more so within the oceanic archipelagos of Macaronesia in the North East (NE) Atlantic. This study aimed to identify long-range movements between the archipelagos of Macaronesia that lie between 500 and 1,500 km apart, and between Madeira archipelago and the Portuguese continental shelf…”

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Fonte: Aquatic Biology, 25 Mar 2021

Aves continuam a morrer perante inação das autoridades, alertam associações

“Quase um ano depois de a Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA) ter tornado públicas as imagens de aves mortas em redes de proteção de aquaculturas, a situação mantém-se um pouco por todo o país, com episódios recentes registados na zona da ria de Aveiro pelo núcleo local da Quercus. E o Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) continua a não agir.

Esta posição é defendida, em comunicado, pela SPEA, associação Milvoz, ANP-WWF Portugal, Sciaena, GEOTA (Grupo de Estudos de Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente), APECE (Associação Portuguesa para o Estudo e Conservação de Elasmobrânquios) e OMA que exigem que os Ministérios do Ambiente e do Mar abandonem a “inércia” e implementem soluções, para que a “salvaguarda das aquaculturas não seja uma ameaça às aves selvagens”.”

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Fonte: Ambiente Magazine, 25 de março de 2021.

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/03/25

EU fisheries fund moves to new agency

“The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will be managed by the new European Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) starting next month, the European Commission has confirmed.

From 1 April, CINEA will look after the EMFF, the Life Program, Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency, and part of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.”

Established by the commission, CINEA will support the implementation of the European Green Deal by managing relevant E.U. programs with a total budget of EUR 52 billion (USD 61.9 billion) over the period of 2021-2027, including parts of Horizon Europe, LIFE, EMFF, the Climate Innovation Fund, the Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism, and parts of the Connecting Europe Facility.”

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Fonte: SeafoodSource, 24 de março de 2021.

“In an alert that warmer seas helped to fuel a record Atlantic hurricane season last year, along with intense tropical cyclones in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) also underscored the long-term threat from sea level rise.

“About 40 per cent of the global population live within 100 kilometres of the coast, there is an urgent need to protect communities from coastal hazards, such as waves, storm surge and sea level rise” via “multi-hazard” warning systems and forecasting, said Professor Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General.”

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Fonte: UN News, 22 de março de 2021.

kelp

“Damaging trawl fishing has been banned in more than 100 square miles of seabed off Sussex to help once vast kelp forests recover.

A new bylaw has been approved to prohibit trawling year round over large areas along the entire Sussex coast closest to the shore, to help habitats regenerate and improve fisheries, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) said.

Wildlife groups hope that the move, which they said will protect 117 square miles (304 square kilometres) of coastal seabed, will help with “rewilding” the sea by allowing the underwater seaweed forests to regenerate.”

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Fonte: The Guardian, 22 de março de 2021.

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2021/03/24

The factories turning West Africa’s fish into powder

Woman in Gambian fish market (Credit: Getty Images)

“Gunjur, a town of some 15,000 people, sits on the Atlantic coastline of southern Gambia, the smallest country on the African continent. During the day, its white-sand beaches are full of activity. Fishermen steer long, vibrantly painted wooden canoes, known as pirogues, toward the shore, where they transfer their still-fluttering catch to women waiting at the water’s edge.

The fish are hauled off to nearby open-air markets in rusty metal wheelbarrows or in baskets balanced on heads. Small boys play soccer as tourists watch from lounge chairs. At nightfall, work ends and the beach is dotted with bonfires. There is drumming and kora lessons; men with oiled chests grapple in traditional wrestling matches.”

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Fonte: BBC, 23 de março de 2021.

Ministros da União Europeia adotam plano B de pescas em águas britânicas

“Os ministros das Pescas da União Europeia (UE) chegaram esta terça-feira a um acordo sobre o plano de contingência para as oportunidades de pesca com o Reino Unido, até 31 de julho.

“O Conselho concluiu com sucesso o objetivo de fixar totais admissíveis de capturas (TAC) e quotas provisórias até 31 julho nos ‘stocks’ partilhados com o Reino Unido”, disse o ministro do Mar, Ricardo Serrão Santos, que presidiu à reunião.”

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Fonte: TSF, 23 de março de 2021.

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Birds above fishing catch

“Overview
Under the European Union’s current Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), 2020 had been targeted as the year to achieve a major change in fisheries management: sustainable exploitation rates in place for all stocks. Despite progress, the EU did not meet this goal.
The story of the policy’s implementation begins in 2013, when, after decades of overfishing and ineffective fisheries management, the European Parliament and the EU’s then-28 member state governments agreed on far-reaching reforms to the previous CFP.1 These included setting sustainable catch limits with the objective to restore stocks, maintain healthy ecosystems and safeguard stable, profitable fisheries for the EU fleet. In 2014, the reformed CFP entered into force, with a focus on bringing fishing pressure in line with scientific advice. The policy required fisheries ministers to ensure sustainable exploitation rates “by 2015 where possible and on a progressive, incremental basis at the latest by 2020 for all stocks.””

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Fonte: The Pew Charitable Trusts, 22 de março de 2021

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ocean mining bulk cutter

“For the first time in history we must answer the question, should we mine our ocean floor?
Regulations to allow ocean mining in international waters could be approved as early as this year by the International Seabed Authority. But scientists, countries and community leaders have recently suggested this sprint to mine the ocean is irresponsible and have been aligning behind calls for a moratorium.
We are all stakeholders in this decision. The high seas region in which ocean mining is being proposed is uniquely governed as a common heritage space for humankind.”

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Fonte: China Dialogue Ocean, 3 de março de 2021

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