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Weekly Overview: Fishermen Helped with Groundfish Quota Cuts

16 July 2013

ANALYSIS - In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has decided that it will open previously closed areas to help fishermen, who have been hit by the groundfish quota cut. Thirty three per cent of areas that have been closed for around 20 years will now be reopened.

The proposal also includes protections to ensure that habitat, vulnerable groundfish stocks and other species, such as whales and harbor porpoise, are not put at risk. 

“This action is another step in our overall effort to help transition fishing effort to healthy, more abundant fish stocks, while we work to rebuild cod and other stocks in poor condition and protect important habitats that are crucial for the overall health of our marine ecosystems,” said John Bullard, NOAA Fisheries northeast regional administrator. 

NOAA has also predicted that there will be a significant Harmful Algal Bloom in western Lake Erie during the normal HAB season.

Vegetables are being promoted as a way forward for the Australian aquaculture sector. Research has shown that vegetables can be used to feed insects for the production of high protein fish food. At present, 25 per cent of Australian vegetables are being wasted. 

“Insects are a high quality, high yield and sustainable alternative to fish-meal, which is currently used to feed farmed fish. 2.2kg of vegetables can produce 1kg of insects such as Black Soldier Flies, which are around 42 per cent high quality protein and a viable alternative to fish-meal,” said AUSVEG spokesperson, Mr Kurt Hermann. 

The European Council has now confirmed the political agreement with the European Parliament on the two final compromise texts on the Common Fisheries Policy reform.

The texts deal with the challenges of discards, maximum sustainable yield and providing investment in fragile coastal communities. 

Lucy Towers

Lucy Towers
News Team - Editor

After graduating from The University of Sheffield, Lucy joined 5M in 2011 as part of the News Desk team. In 2012, she was promoted to editor of TheFishSite. With previous farming experience and a love for the great outdoors, Lucy has a passion for wildlife and the environment.

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