Archive for tag: fisheries
Posted by Phil MacMullen, Head of Environmental Responsibility on 25 October 2012
At the recent Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum meeting on CFP reform the Devil was clearly in the detail!
Speaker after speaker - from Franz Lamplmair, Bertie Armstrong, Barrie Deas, John Robb, and yours truly - noted that, particularly in Europe, fine intentions are often difficult to translate into workable change. That soundbites just don't cut the mustard, to mix metaphors.
Franz Lamplmair from DG MARE pointed out the power s...more
Posted by Phil MacMullen, Head of Environmental Responsibility on 03 October 2012
I've been mulling over my observations from this year's Seaweb seafood summit in Hong Kong, seeing what stories there are to tell. I was there running a panel on the advantages of having better, industry-generated data throughout the supply chain. I managed to find four excellent speakers and the event went very well with- but that's another story.
My first narrative starts with a workshop run by Peter Hajipieris but then brings in strands fr...more
Posted by Libby Woodhatch, Head of Advocacy on 19 September 2012
The Oceans of Potential Conference in Plymouth this week was my first outing as Head of Advocacy at Seafish, and I thought it may be a lively start with the main draw a panel session to discuss, "Sustainable fisheries in a changing world". A marquee crammed with scientists, conservationists and industry was recipe for good verbal fisticuffs at the very least surely?
Chaired by conservationist Monty Halls, fresh from his experiences as a...more
Posted by Mike Montgomerie, Gear Technologist on 09 August 2012
Seafish have just completed a cod selectivity project in the Irish Sea nephrops fishery. The project, funded by Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) through the European Fisheries Fund, was led by Gear Technologist Mike Montgomerie. The aim of this project was to develop a gear modification that would reduce catches of cod in nephrops trawls to below 1.5% of the total catch. This modified gear also had to be safe and practica...more
Posted by Gus Caslake, Fishing Technologist on 19 July 2012
My latest trip was to be onboard the Barentszee a 30 metre beam trawler from Brixham. I was joining Shaun Gibbs and crew to carry out sea trials looking at a replacing a standard rubber hoppered ground gear with a concept rollerball system. The roller ball system had been designed by Darren 'Ed' Edwards and Alan Porter in conjunction with some of the Brixham skippers from the successful 50% discards project.
The concept had been tested during a <...more
Posted by Bill Lart Sustainability and Data Advisor on 15 June 2012
Assessing sustainability has become increasingly important for governments, and industry. At the recent World Fisheries Congress, representatives from all sides considered stock assessments as the key basis for action. Fish sourced from non-assessed stocks risks losing its market, yet full assessments are expensive to conduct and they can't all be done overnight.
What we need is a road map that helps us work towards rational assessment plans: ...more
Posted by Karen Green, Industry Environmental Communications on 28 May 2012
The spectacular Fishmongers' Hall was once again the venue for the Shellfish Association of Great Britain's very well attended annual conference. The SAGB twitter feed is full of congratulations about the content of the presentations, the passion of some of the speakers and the truly delicious seafood dinner served on the Tuesday night. And this praise is very well deserved.
As a first-time attendee...more
Posted by Mike Mitchell, Quality and CSR Director, Young’s Seafood on 22 May 2012
This is the keynote speech given by Mike Mitchell at the opening session of the Sixth World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh on 8th May 2012. (Annotated and reproduced with permission).
For those of you who have travelled a long way to be here and may not have heard of Young's, it may interest you to know...more
Posted by Michel Kaiser, Bangor University on 16 May 2012
Guest blog by Professor Michel Kaiser, Bangor Univerity
Unless your name is Lord Coe, there aren't many of us that spend four years planning an event on the scale of the World Fisheries Congress.
We finally saw the fruits of our labours unfold in Edinburgh last week and judging by the extensive media coverage the event was a huge success both for the delegates and messages that it conveyed. As one of the lead organisers I...more
Posted by Karen Green, Secretary, Aquaculture Common Issues Group on 26 March 2012
Current issues affecting the aquaculture industry were once more at the fore as the Seafish-facilitated Aquaculture Common Issues Group (ACIG) met in London on 15 March. This is an excellent forum for exchange of information, bringing together bodies from across the fish farming supply chain.
The future of the UK aquaculture ...more