Fisheries & Aquaculture

Map of areas closed to fishing, Western Pacific

IUCN welcomes fishing closures in Pacific high seas pockets

IUCN welcomes the decision by Western Pacific island nations to close an area three times the size of California to fishing activity, effectively creating the world's largest no-take zone.  The decision was reached in order to protect one of the world's last great tuna stocks. The fishing effort in the economic exclusion zones (EEZs) around the islands, mainly carried out by foreign fleets that pay the island states for the right to fish, will continue at a unsustainable rate, however, according to IUCN. …  

07 Jun 2009 | News story

Tuna Longliners in the Cook Islands

Longline fishermen quizzed by IUCN

IUCN Oceania’s marine programme is currently collecting information from longline fishermen about the fish they catch at seamounts, underwater mountains. …  

15 May 2009 | News story

Proceedings of the Technical Workshop on Mitigating Sea Turtle Bycatch in Coastal Net Fisheries

New report sets out roadmap for reducing sea turtle bycatch in coastal net fisheries

Sea turtles are adversely affected by a range of factors, some natural and others caused by human activities, such as fishing operations. …  

21 Apr 2009 | News story

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

World fisheries: in stable but critical condition

The 2009 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report released last week in Rome produced very much the same findings as the previous report released in 2007. The document, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), reported that global trends in marine fish stocks have continued to deteriorate slightly. …  

10 Mar 2009 | News story
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Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Quarter of northeast Atlantic sharks and rays threatened with extinction

The release of the first ever IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ assessment of northeast Atlantic sharks, rays and chimaeras reveals that 26 percent are threatened with extinction and another 20 percent are in the Near Threatened category. …  

10 Nov 2008 | International news release

White capped Albatross, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Getting seabirds off the hook

The Hawaiian longline tuna fishery has managed to reduce seabird bycatch by 67% since 2001 by making alterations to their fishing gear and methods, a new scientific study shows.  A combination of new bait technologies and fishing techniques have dramatically reduced seabird bycatch.  More birdlife could be saved, however, if the rules were applied in a larger area and fishing effort reduced in certain seasons.   …  

03 Nov 2008 | News story

Desarrollo Sostenible de la Acuicultura Mediterránea

Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture

Interactions between Aquaculture and the Environment …   | Spanish

28 Oct 2008 | Fact sheet

Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture - Aquaculture site selection and site management

Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture

Aquaculture site selection and site management …   | Spanish

28 Oct 2008 | Fact sheet

Ecosystem Approach for Mediterranean Aquaculture

Ecosystem Approach for Mediterranean Aquaculture

Two cases studies in Egypt and in Algeria …   | Spanish

28 Oct 2008 | Fact sheet

Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture - Responsible Aquaculture Practices and Certification

Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture

Responsible Aquaculture Practices and Certification …   | Spanish

20 Oct 2008 | Fact sheet

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