Management

Trawl fishery management costs down 24%13th January 2014

AFMA sets a budget in each fishery each year. SETFIA is involved in process for the South East Trawl Fishery (SETF). AFMA's budgetary year is the financial year (end June to 1 July). However, the first (of three) levy notice arrived in January. The delay in sending the first levy notice means that if the previous year's budget has been over/under spent or over/under recovered that this net amou...

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FAO fish price index at all time high3rd January 2014

Until recently, the FAO's food price index failed to incorporate seafood, a key contributor to the global food system. The omission of seafood was surprising because fishing dates back at least 40,000 years and seafood now contributes 15% of average animal protein consumption to three billion people worldwide. Moreover, fisheries and aquaculture directly employed 44.9 million people in 2008, with ...

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Tragedy of the commons7th June 2013

In the 1800s a story emerged of English cow herders sharing a common tract of land. Individual herders added cow after cow and the land's productivity began to decline. The herders knew that too many cows would make the land useless but all assumed that there was no way to avoid this so all continued to add cows before it was too late. This became known as the tragedy of the commons. It is a term ...

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New Zealand company purchases survey technology4th June 2013

The Sealord Group, New Zealand's largest seafood company, has announced it has purchased a NZ$750,000 acoustic optical system (AOS) to conduct research on New Zealand fish stocks. An AOS is a device that emits multiple frequency signals to calculate the amount of fish present. It is particularly effective in assessing aggregations of deep-sea fish and has been used in Australasia to assess blue gr...

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