Waitrose and M&S sign up to ‘ghost gear’ fisheries initiative

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Some 640,000 tonnes of discarded fishing gear is added to oceans every year

Waitrose and M&S have joined Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in signing up to World Animal Protection’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative.

The campaign aims to tackle the growing problem of lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear – with some 640,000 tonnes added to oceans every year. The announcement coincided with this year’s World Oceans Day on 8 June.

As part of its commitment, M&S would invest in a host of initiatives designed to promote best practice to fight lost gear in its fisheries and improve the reporting, recovery and recycling of lost gear, said a World Animal Protection spokeswoman.

The charity highlighted the crucial role of retailers in tackling the issue of ghost gear by looking at their seafood supply chains and taking measures to reduce pollution. It added it was also in discussions with Tesco about joining its campaign.

Seafood companies urged to improve approach to ‘ghost gear’

“Our customers care about reducing plastic pollution and the health of our oceans. That’s why we’re committed to responsible sourcing, it’s why we’re supporting the Responsible Fishing Scheme and why we’ve joined the GGGI,” said Hannah Macintyre, fisheries and aquaculture manager at M&S.

“As well as funding GGGI’s vital work, we will be working with our suppliers to transform their approach managing their fishing gear and ensuring best practice when it comes to gear marking, disposing of marine litter, recycling old gear and reporting lost kit.”

Head of sustainability and responsible sourcing at Waitrose, Tor Harris, added: “Bringing organisations together to solve the issue of abandoned fishing equipment can only be a good thing for marine life. Responsible sourcing is a top priority for us so this is a positive step for the environment and the future of sustainable fishing.”

Ghost gear affected more than 800 species of marine life, according to a report released in March by World Animal Protection. It estimated between 5%-30% of the decline in some fish stocks was caused by the issue.

Discarded nets, pots and lines represented more than 70% of all the floating macroplastics in the ocean and cause the deaths of more than 100,000 whales, dolphins, seals and turtles every year through entanglement, the report said.

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Soaking up insights in fisheries sector

Image result for Soaking up insights in fisheries sectorTHE Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei yesterday conducted a technical visit to a fish farm operated by Syarikat Hajah Rosni binti Haji Kassim dan Anak-Anak at Kaingaran Island near Kampong Pengkalan Sibabau.

They were welcomed and briefed by the owner of the fish farm, Haji Bakar bin Haji Chuchu.

The business operates 117 fish cages over a one-hectare area. The different types of fish farmed there include sea bass,

grouper, red snapper, yellow-spotted trevally and green mussels. Last year, the company produced 13 metric tonnes of barramundi, grouper, and other types of fish, as well as green clams, for the local market.

The aim of the visit was to give the delegation an insight on how the different types of fish in the local industry are being farmed and produced before being made available in the local market and even for export purposes.

According to the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, the company has the potential to produce up to 536 metric tonnes of fish in a year in 2020.

The delegation was briefed and given the opportunity to witness how operations at the fish farm were conducted, giving them valuable insights and a memorable experience.

Several members said the visit gave them the opportunity to be acquainted with the development achieved by the country in the fisheries sector.

A group photo of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Brunei delegation during the visit to the fish farm operated by Syarikat Hajah Rosni binti Haji Kassim dan Anak-Anak. – IET BRUNEI

 

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