Waste Management In The Fisheries Industry

I think that everyone would agree with me on one thing, rotting fish stinks. Waste management in the fishing industry is a vital component to its harmonious existence with environment and neighbours. Living next door to a fish processing unit would, I think, take some getting used to. What are the requirements for the management of waste in a fish processing factory? In some countries the solid fish waste is recycled at plants into fish meal; and this goes into animal feeds and other non-human uses. The liquid waste is, then, usually disposed of via the municipal sewage system or into a body of nearby water.

Ecological assessments are made by the appropriate environmental protection agency as to the chemical makeup of the liquid waste and whether it can be naturally broken down by the environment. Primary and secondary treatments can be made upon this waste matter if it adjudged to be necessary. These can include the removal of floating and settling solids within the liquid matter. Biological and physiochemical treatments can be added to help the natural environment to process the waste matter, if required.

Generally, the fishing industry has a good historical record of utilising as much of the fish as possible in the processing of fish. Fish by-products have been valuable things to humans over millennia; fish was used as a glue by the ancients in many civilisations. If you have ever spent any time cleaning fish waste you will know that it sets like glue and is bloody hard to clean off. Fish meal goes into plant fertilisers, and feeds other fish in aquaculture, and feeds livestock in other situations. Fish waste is an issue in overcrowded fish factory farming and the use of chemicals and antibiotics to deal with this has been roundly criticised by concerned environmentalists.

Waste management in the fisheries industry is a waste management and recycling issue like every other industry. There are positives and there are negatives in various manifestations of the fishing industry. Eco warriors see ocean based fish farming as a serious threat to wild stocks of fish because of the risks of contamination from run-offs in bad weather. If these pesticides, antibiotics and hormones reach stocks of wild fish they may permanently damage their eco systems. Greater government scrutiny of this industry is needed to make sure that these things do not happen. Aquaculture has a bright future but it must be controlled and guided toward positive outcomes.

Fishing Getting Digital: Technology for the Future Fisher

Fishing for the average Joe is a peaceful pursuit involving a rod, a line and a body of water. The ancient mariner has become an archetypal character, thanks to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his Rime of the Ancient Mariner poem. Hemingway gave us his Old Man and the Sea; another meditation on man’s relationship to the ocean. When I think about fishing I think of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on their raft on the river; the Mississippi I imagine. What I am alluding to here is that fishing’s iconography is, in my mind, caught up with raw humanity in its primitive form. Things are changing in the real world however.

Readers of my first paragraph, who fish regularly, can probably tell that I don’t get out much and actually fish these days: perhaps I never did. My fishing experiences are way too literary, when the reality is a lot of swearing and tangled lines; for the rank amateur angler anyway. The thing is that fishing is like everything else and the digital age is finally catching up with fishing. Fishing getting digital: technology for the future fisher is already here. Fishing is big on social media for recreational anglers to brag and show off their catches. The FishBrain app allows fishing enthusiasts to share pictures of their catch without giving away their location. Secret fishing spots are the most lucrative in terms of size of catch. Social media marketing management can probably aid these app developers in promoting their products to the recreational fishing base market. Microsoft Dynamics CRM can allow recreational fishing businesses to service their customers through better relationships. Digital technology is improving fishing efficiency across the board.

Most digital technologies in fishing have impacted on the fishing boats; enabling sonar and maps to be read in 3D. Digital map data has been revolutionised by software, now capable of making it easily readable and therefore very useful to the angler. Sonar and sounders can locate and identify fish schools, making life much easier for the fisherman. Of course, as is the situation with hunters who track deer, elk and other wild animals with high tech devices and weapons, it is manifestly unfair. Fishermen are marine hunters and they have caught up with their land based comrades in shooting fish out of a barrel. No more is it just dangling a line over a bridge with a wriggling worm on your hook.

Fish Farming: The Adult Chat We Need To Have About Eco and Human Health

Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, was hailed as a solution to the rapidly declining fish stocks around the globe. So many of us love to eat fish and enjoy its health benefits, as well as yummy taste. However, it seemed that fishing was a pursuit suitable to a bygone era and not one able to satisfy a world with a population of seven billion people. Fishing by capture was, and still is, wiping out fish stocks in return for short term profits. Fish farming was seen to be the answer to that problem.

Fish farming: the adult chat we need to have about eco and human health sees a few bumps in the road ahead. Fish farms are great for business, profits and efficiency – but are they good for human health and the environment? There have been repeated issues involving contamination, massive uses of antibiotics, pesticides and hormones in the aquaculture business. Fish, let’s face it, were not designed to be farmed; and crowding fish together creates stress and lots of shit. Fish farmers deal with this by adding chemicals to the mix and so there are numerous health issues with farmed fish. The more antibiotics we put into the food chain, the more problems we have with drug resistant bacteria in our health system.

Environmentalists are, generally, heavily against aquaculture because of its potential affect on wild fish stocks through contamination and its use of potentially toxic chemical in the eco system. They, of course, would have us all eating tofu and other soy products; which have health risks of their own. I see, fish farming going through a learning and development phase; as all types of farming have over the centuries. Industries need time to evolve and innovate toward best practice; but in the meantime aquaculture must be closely monitored by government agencies to protect human health and the environment. The vegan vegetarians cannot have it all their own way, we need to feed the planet and we need to manage sustainable fishing around the globe. Aquaculture has its place in the bigger scheme of things; it needs time to innovate and improve.

Environmentalists, ultimately, want to control and reduce the world’s population, so that they can enjoy their solitary fantasy of a bit of whale watching on a lonely shore. The reality is that the world is a teeming place full of hungry human beings; and watching wildlife in contemplation is not going to get the job done.

12 Fisheries Agencies around the World

Government fishery agencies around the world are charged with the stewardship and management of their nation’s marine resources and habitats. These bodies are all that really stand between an economic rapaciousness, which would invariably deplete fish stocks and destroy fisheries within the territorial waters of that country, and the precarious balance that we have now. Unfortunately the international agencies responsible for international waters are pretty much toothless tigers that can’t swim; to chop up a metaphor like a sushi salad. Here are 12 fishery agencies around the world:

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the United States federal agency responsible for the living marine resources and their habitats. Better known as NOAA Fisheries, because it is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, this government body makes sure that fishery regulations are complied with and monitors fish stocks.


In the United Kingdom, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), under the auspices of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, looks after fisheries, biodiversity and the aquatic environment.


In Canberra, Australia, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) manages marine resources on behalf of its citizens. It looks after commercial fisheries, monitoring fish stocks and their habitats.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department states that their mission is to “strengthen global governance and the managerial and technical capacities of members” in regard to the utilisation and conservation of aquatic resources.


In Europe, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries agency looks after the maritime economy and sustainable fisheries.


In Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the responsible body for maritime resources and sustainable fisheries.


In India, one of the world’s most populous nations, the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries controls the fishing industry.


In Japan, the marine resources are under the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


The Russian government has a Federal Agency for Fishery which manages this industry.


Iceland has a number of government bodies involved in the vitally important fishing industry, one of them is the Directorate of Fisheries, which monitors fisheries.


In Norway, the Directorate of Fisheries is responsible for the management of fish stocks and habitats.


In New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries is responsible for that country’s fisheries.


These are 12 fishery agencies around the world that are responsible for managing sustainable fishing industries in their nations or member states.


Fish Depletion a Toxic Undercurrent for the Fishing Industry

Overfishing by large commercial fleets is killing the industry; and fish may soon become an unknown delicacy for many of our children. Already, buying quality local fish in the store is an expensive mealtime option. I refuse to purchase the cheap fish in my supermarket that is imported from around the world, because, I think, it supports unsustainable fishing practices. I love eating fish, but it seems that we cannot be trusted to manage this resource with any fair minded sense. It is all about making money today and there is no thought for tomorrow.

I have always said that capitalism cannot be trusted to be the determining factor in the food and health industries. By this I mean that the profit motive will not ensure lasting stocks of fish, will not guarantee the sale of healthy food and will not look after the best interests of both rich and poor when it comes to their health. That is why we have governments and their agencies to protect the interests of the powerless and the silent. Fish need to be protected from rapacious commercial fishing outfits. Fish populations are declining in many of the world’s fisheries. A debt collection agency will not be able to return this valuable resource to humanity’s future generations.

Over half of the globe’s fisheries are being fully exploited, and a third are, either, overexploited, declining in stocks or recovering from depletion. Overfishing is the result of destructive commercial fishing practices, poor management by fishery bodies, subsidised fishing industries and foreign fishing fleets overfishing in the waters of developing nations due to exploitative fishery partnership agreements. Fish species such as the orange roughy, blue ling, monkfish and Patagonian toothfish have had their populations depleted to dangerous levels. Deep water fishing by trawlers are destroying valuable fish stocks in record amounts.

Aquaculture, fish farming, is producing 41.9 million tonnes of fish, compared with the 92.4 million tonnes garnered through marine capture, according to statistics provided by the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report in 2010. Fish depletion a toxic undercurrent for the fishing industry is right on the money; and the effects on biocultures and communities dependent on fishing are going to be huge. If we as a collective species do not intervene we will fish out the oceans and what a sad day that will be for future generations. Manage the industry properly now and we may have a chance to rectify this situation. Sustainable fishing practices must be enforced across the globe.