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World Fisheries

The Maritime Executive

A group of international labor, environmental and human rights organizations, including Human Rights at Sea, has sent a letter to Karmenu Vella, the E.U. Commissioner for fisheries, maritime affairs and environment urging the Commission to to maintain pressure on Thailand on human rights abuses in the nation’s fishing industry.

The aim is to convince Thailand to build upon positive reforms that have recently been made to its fishing industry, to ensure that the reforms have longevity and to address the structural problems that facilitate both illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and human rights abuses.

The letter asks the Committee to take human rights into account when assessing Thailand’s seafood sector. It also says that to demonstrate sufficient progress, Thailand should implement a time-bound action plan focused on effective enforcement to ensure substantial, measurable progress toward a legal, sustainable and ethical seafood industry.

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JAKARTA — Indonesia sank 27 impounded foreign boats on Monday, a minister said, as the world’s largest archipelago nation stepped up a campaign against illegal fishing in its waters.
The empty vessels from the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar were blown up or scuttled at five separate locations across the country, said Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti.
The boats had been all caught fishing illegally in the archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. Four Indonesian boats were also sunk after they were caught fishing without proper documentation.

“The government is taking stronger and firmer action to enforce regulations to keep our waters safe,” Pudjiastuti, a key figure in the campaign against illegal fishing, told journalists.

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Sci Dev Net

Up to 30 per cent of all fish caught globally could be missing from official figures because of unreliable data on illegal fishing and small, local fisheries, researchers believe.

They estimate that around 109 million tonnes of fish are caught each year, compared with an official total of 77 million tonnes reported in 2010 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (see graphic).

Fish catch weight also fell by 16 per cent from the mid-1990s through overfishing despite global efforts to control fisheries and manage fish stocks sustainably, say the authors of the study, which was published in Nature Communications on 19 January.

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VietNam Net Bridge

Eight ocean tuna caught by fishermen from the central province of Binh Dinh, Vietnam, were recently auctioned in Japan. A 39kg tuna sold for the highest price of 1,600 yen/kg, earning nearly $600.

Mr. Tran Van Phuc, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Dinh, said the average price for 1kg of tuna in Japan was 1,240 yen (over $10).

Phuc said the tuna fish were carefully selected by Japanese experts before they were brought to Japan for the auction.

Japanese fisheries experts said that the quality of tuna fish caught by Vietnamese fishermen is quite similar to the same products available in the Japanese market. If the fishing and maintenance process is adjusted, the quality would be much better and the price higher.

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Vietnam Net Bridge

On January 15, a restaurant in District 7 in HCM City, bought a giant grouper weighing up to 160 kilos from fishermen in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

Reportedly, this was the biggest-ever giant grouper caught in Vietnam.

The giant fish of more than 2 meters long was transported from Khanh Hoa to HCM City on a refrigerator truck on the same day.

The restaurant did not reveal the price of the fish.

The biggest giant grouper recorded in the world was in 1961, with a weight of up to 209kg. It was caught in Fernandina, Florida in the US.

The giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) is the largest bony fish found in coral reefs. It is found from near the surface to depths of 100 m at reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region, with the exception of the Persian Gulf. It reaches up to 2.7 m in length and 400 kg in weight.

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