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Weekly Overview: Sustainable Management Plan Discussion for UK/France Scallop Fishery

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ANALYSIS - In this week's news, French and British Channel scallop fishers are coming together 14-16 April, for the first time, to explore a sustainable regional management plan for the scallop fishery, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

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The GAP2 event hopes to create a sustainable, profitable and collaborative future for the valuable fishery.

Sustainable management measures will be vital to the future of Britain's third most valuable fishery and one which has suffered violent clashes over its stocks during the infamous ”scallop wars”.

"I'm really looking forward to having the opportunity to discuss the future of the scallop fishery in person with French fishers. I look forward to welcoming everyone to Brixham: a wonderful location for the workshop, a really thriving fishing town. The neutrality provided by the facilitators should underpin some fruitful talks," said Nick Prust, South West Inshore Fishermen’s Association.

Seafood exports from India have crossed the 1 million tonne mark for the first time, whilst earnings crossed $4.5 billion during 2013-14, according to provisional estimates of the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).

An increase of $1 billion was recorded in just 12 months as exports were $3.5 billion during 2011-12 and 2012-13, a 30 per cent rise. MPEDA is now targeting earnings of $10 billion by 2020, according to India's Stocks Market.

The Peruvian national fishing fleet could face complications, as fisheries are expected to halve due to the effects of the El Nino phenomenon which is expected to reach the coast of Peru in the coming weeks.

Production Minister, Piero Ghezzi, said that there will be a moderate phenomenon and sea temperatures could rise by 0.5 degrees, a scenario that would lead to marine species migrating further south, but within the Peruvian jurisdiction, reported Andina.