IN BRIEF - Fish Cheaper in 2019, Thanks to Imports
Monday, April 15, 2019
Israelis will eat 700 tons of carp, 550 tons of tilapia, 300 tons of tuna, and 150 tons of bass this Pesach season, the Israel Fish Growers Association said. No shortages are expected this year, even though Israeli carp production was down about 500 tons for the 2019.
That’s because imports have more than made up for the lack of Israeli production. Carp import limits were raised over the past year, and the duty on imported carp was slashed. As a result, there is more carp on the market, and the price is below what it was last year. The same phenomenon applies to other fish, but on a smaller scale. As a result, there has been a 300-percent increase in carp sales so far in the pre-Pesach season this year compared to last year. Tilapia sales are up 25 percent over last year, as are mullet (60 percent) and bass (30 percent).
Eli Sherir, chairman of the Israel Fish Growers Association, said that “as we do each year before Pesach, we’ve seen this year an increase in fish sales, and especially of fresh fish. The reduction in duty on imported fish has helped bring down the price of fish that Israeli growers can get for their fish substantially, but much of those savings have not been passed on to the consumer. As happen often, the extra profit has remained in the pockets of importers and heads of the large markets.”
BioMar is pleased to announce the appointment of David Whyte as the Managing Director of their new fish feed manufacturing plant in Tasmania. The plant, currently in its construction phase will be ready for commissioning in early 2020.
David is a marine biologist with 32 years’ experience in aquaculture production and supply companies in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. David was the first Technical Manager at BioMar’s UK plant in the late nineties and returns to BioMar to lead the start-up of the company’s first Australian mill.
The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in British Columbia as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season.
The Fisheries Department’s regional director general Rebecca Reid says urgent protection measures include the closure of a commercial fishery involving seven endangered stocks.
Reid says an independent committee of wildlife experts and scientists conducted an assessment last November and determined seven chinook populations on the Fraser River are endangered, four are threatened and one is of special concern.
One area salmon was considered not at risk while three others were not assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
H?I PHÒNG - Two coast guard ships from Region 1 High Command left the northern port city of H?i Phòng on Sunday, beginning a patrol to examine the enforcement of the Vi?t Nam-China agreement on fishery cooperation in the Gulf of Tonkin.
The trip will cover a visit to and an exchange programme on Vi?t Nam’s C?n C? Island, and communications activities to increase awareness on the agreement for fishermen at sea.
Senior Lieutenant Colonel Lê Huy, deputy political commissar of the Coast Guard Region 1, said over the past 15 years since the agreement took effect, Vi?t Nam’s competent agencies and fishermen have coordinated together to maintain production and ensure marine security on the shared fishing waters between the two nations.
Expected increases in pink and chum salmon harvests are forecast to drive Alaska’s overall commercial salmon catch way up for the 2019 season, a state forecast says.
The state is predicted to see an 84% increase in its commercial salmon harvest this year by number of fish, according to the annual forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The agency projects a harvest of about 213 million salmon, compared to the 2018 harvest of about 116 million. Fishing starts in May 2019.
2018 was a difficult one for some Alaska commercial salmon fisheries. It’s not out of the ordinary for a harvest to oscillate so much from one year to the next, said McDowell Group economist Garrett Evridge. Even by 84%.
571 against 60: with an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament adopted on 16 April the Trilogue agreement concluded on 13 February 2019 on the ‘Technical Measures’ Regulation, which includes electric fishing. The prohibition of this destructive method will become effective from 1 July 2021.
Between the publication of the regulation in the Official Journal in a few weeks and 1 July 2021, the number of trawlers authorized to conduct electric fishing will be drastically reduced from 84 to around a dozen Dutch trawlers. Furthermore, each Member State may also decide to prohibit electric fishing in its 12-nautical-mile coastal strip, i.e. 22.2 km. In France, a draft law was tabled to this effect by 126 Members of Parliament fromm all political groups. In Belgium, MEP Tom Vandenkendelaere (EPP) also wants a ban on electric fishing in Belgian waters. In the Netherlands, small-scale fishers from C-LIFE are fighting for this to be also applied, but their government is unfortunately clearly in favour of electric fishers.
Tasmania's major salmon farmers have paid just a few thousand dollars in fines since the State Government introduced a "zero tolerance" approach to marine debris.
Since July last year when "zero tolerance" was introduced, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE) has issued eight infringement notices for marine debris or marine farming equipment located outside marine farming lease areas.
Information provided to the Greens by Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett at the end of last month revealed there had been seven fines issued by that time, to a total of $4075.
SFP announces Target 75 progress United States
The Target 75 initiative launched by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership is halfway toward the goal of 75 percent of seafood production in key sectors classified as sustainable or improving toward sustainability by the end of 2020.