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Information: European Union recommends changes in tuna fishing opportunities that could benefit the Azores
The Regional Director for Fisheries stated in Palma de Mallorca that the seasonality of tuna fishing in the Azores represents “a permanent challenge” for the Regional Government. Luís Rodrigues stressed, accordingly, that the Azorean Government has been “raising the awareness of the European Union for the importance of ensuring the sustainability of this fishery, advocating ... more >>

Information: International conference on ocean governance in archipelagos to be held in Horta in October
The Regional Secretariat of the Sea, Science and Technology, through the Regional Directorate for Fisheries, and in partnership with the Azores Fisheries Federation and the Sea Institute will organise the international conference on “Ocean Governance in Archipelagos" in Horta between October 7 and 10. This event intents to gather more than one hundred representatives from the fisheries sect... more >>

Information: One million Euros invested every year in projects aimed at knowing the Azores Sea
The Regional Director for Fisheries stressed in Porto Formoso, São Miguel Island, that "producing information that improves decision-making is fundamental for responsible fisheries management." “How many permits can we issue to a particular type of fishing gear? What quota should be set for a specific species? What is the status of a specific population or marine habitat? These are key ... more >>

Information: Good fishing management should be carried out with quality and sustainability, says Regional Director
The Regional Director for Fisheries stated that "quality fishing and the respect for the sustainability of resources should be the basis of good management," emphasizing that value generation of fish products is "a priority" set by the Regional Government. Luís Rodrigues spoke in Lagoa, S. Miguel Island, at the end of "Fishing on the Island," an initiative held under the Sea Flavours Festival... more >>

Information: Azorean fish promoted at Seafood Expo Global 2019 in Brussels
The Regional Director for Fisheries participates this week at the Seafood Expo Global 2019 in Brussels, the world's largest fish and shellfish trade event to be attended by some 26 thousand suppliers and buyers from 140 countries. Under this event dedicated to fish trade running from May 7 to 9, Luís Rodrigues will meet with officials from the Earth Island Institute and the International Pole... more >>

Information: Regional Directorate for Fisheries to develop partnership with Vocational Training Centre for Fisheries and Sea (FOR-MAR)
The Regional Director for Fisheries stated in Oeiras that the Regional Government, in partnership with the Azores Fisheries Federation of Fisheries and the Vocational Training Centre for Fisheries and Sea (FOR-MAR) will develop short-term training courses for the regional fishing sector. Luís Rodrigues spoke on the sidelines of a meeting with the Board of FOR-MAR, which was also attended by t... more >>

Information: Administration Board of Fundopesca convened for meeting on December 14
The Regional Directorate for Fisheries has convened a meeting of the Administration Board of Fundopesca on Friday, December 14, to analyse the criteria for activating this fund, taking into consideration the monitoring of fish unloaded in fish markets. The Administration Board of Fundopesca is an advisory body made up of representatives of fishers, shipowners, Lotaçor and the Regional Secre... more >>

Information: Regional Government raises awareness of school community for importance of protecting the oceans
The Regional Director for Fisheries stated in Vila do Porto that climate change "may condition the abundance of fish" in the Azores Sea "by changing the sea currents and the distribution of resources." Luís Rodrigues spoke to about one hundred students and teachers at Santa Maria Basic Education and Secondary School during the lecture on "Climate Change - Saving the Oceans," an initiative hel... more >>

Information: Regional Government defends joint quota of albacore and bigeye tuna
The Regional Director for Fisheries stated in Bilbao, Spain, that "it is not acceptable" that tuna fishers in the Azores "are subject to the same rules applied to large seiners." Luís Rodrigues stressed that the Azores have defended a "positive discrimination" for tuna fishing using pole-and-line techniques, through "quota exemption," adding that the Region has also "demanded the creation of ... more >>

Information: Regional Director for Fisheries calls for importance of ensuring sustainable tuna fisheries
The Regional Director for Fisheries sent today a statement to fishing associations calling for "the importance" of ensuring that tuna fishing is carried out in a responsible and sustainable manner. In this document, Luís Rodrigues conveys his satisfaction with "the abundance of tuna in the Azores sea," but warns industry partners of "the need to manage tuna catches." "On the one hand, the man... more >>

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