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Weekly Overview: Improved Fishing Practices Implemented A Year After Typhoon Haiyan

Lucy Towers
11 November 2014, at 12:00am

ANALYSIS - It has been a year since typhoon Haiyan destroyed fishing and aquaculture operations in the Philippines, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

Since then, the FAO and local authorities have been providing $40 million worth of support to 150,000 farming and fishing families.

The FAO is restoring fisheries-related livelihoods whilst also paving the way for more sustainable development.

"The rehabilitation process of the fisheries sector, presents the opportunity to introduce improved practices and help small-scale traders and fish processors add more value to their production," said FAO Representative to the Philippines José Luis Fernandez. 

Sustainably fished clams are now available in India after the country's Ashtamudi’s commercial fishery is the first fishery in India to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The artisanal fishery is not only leading the way for other fisheries in India, but also across the developing world, as it is only the third fishery in Asia to achieve MSC certification. 

Norwegian research company SINTEF has created a "proof-of-concept" system for making automatic catch weight estimates on board fishing vessels.

The system will enable fishermen to classify catches on board with high levels of accuracy – saving time and money. 

From November 2014, McDonald’s Brazilian restaurants will now serve boxes of McFish which have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

McDonald’s customers in Brazil will join those in Canada, Europe and the USA already enjoying seafood sourced from fisheries which have been independently certified as maintaining healthy fish stocks and marine ecosystems.