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Countries Worldwide Aim to Manage Fisheries and Environment More Effectively

Lucy Towers
04 December 2012, at 12:00am

ANALYSIS - In this week's news, many countries around the world are making plans to manage and protect fish stocks and the environment.

In Jamaica, concerns over overfishing and the effects of climate change have led to the government working towards a more sustainable approach to managing the fisheries sector.

We have been working towards the completion of a modern fisheries legislation that provides a contemporary framework for the regulation of the fisheries and aquaculture sub-sectors. Integral to this is the development and refinement of a National Fisheries Policy for Cabinet submission, which embraces the principles and tenets of the Common Fisheries Policy, including the ecosystems approach to fisheries and aquaculture development and management, said the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Roger Clarke.

The C-FISH initiative has also been set up to help work being done by fish sanctuaries in the country.

A new report released this week in Scotland demonstrates how creating a network of Scottish marine protected areas (MPAs) will benefit the economy and boost fisheries.

The report comes after recent recognition that much of Scotland's marine environment is in a state of decline or concern.

Earlier this week, the European Commission adopted a maritime strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas that will boost smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the region.

The strategy hopes to create a stronger blue economy, a healthier marine environment, a safer maritime space and develop responsible fishing activities.

Further helping Australia's strong and successful fisheries management, the government has announced the release of a report which assesses the current state of fisheries science. The new data will help the government and industry to improve further its fisheries and environmental management in the future.