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IN BRIEF - Cyclone batters fishing hub but veers away from Indian coast

INDIA
Thursday, June 13, 2019

VERAVAL - A cyclone in the Arabian Sea battered an Indian fishing hub with heavy wind, wave and rain Thursday and was forecast to still bring dangerous weather even as it veered away from the western coast.

The India Meteorological Department says Cyclone Vayu, the season's second major storm and named after the Hindi word for wind, has jogged west, skirting the coast of the western state of Gujarat and unlikely to hit it head on as previously forecast. Pakistan warned of rough seas and dangerous heat, though the cyclone wasn't expected to directly hit the port city of Karachi.

In anticipation of the storm, rescue workers evacuated nearly 300,000 people, taking a cue from Cyclone Fani, which came ashore on India's eastern coast in May, killing 34 people in India and 15 in neighboring Bangladesh.

Source: The Publics Radio


IN BRIEF - Group says DFO’s predicted herring return ‘extremely inaccurate’

CANADA
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A B.C. conservation group says the number of herring in the Strait of Georgia fell way short of DFO estimates.

“Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has tallied the numbers and discovered that they far over-predicted the number of herring in the Strait of Georgia in 2019,” Pacific Wild said in a Facebook post.

“On January 28th, Jonathan Wilkinson, our federal Fisheries Minister stood up in the House of Commons and justified the commercial herring roe fishery ‘based on the abundance of the stock…’ Now, we’ve learned that this abundance estimate was extremely inaccurate.”

Source: My Powell River Now


IN BRIEF - US exports worth GBP 200 million a year at risk if salmon farmers don’t stop using lethal means or acoustic deterrent devices

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

U.S. enforcement of the prohibition against importing fish grown or caught in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act is slated to begin on Jan 1, 2022.

Scottish salmon worth GBP 200 million a year could be banned as early as January 2022 if producers don’t stop shooting or using acoustic deterrent devices, reports the Sunday Times.

The US has banned such acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) and is set to outlaw any imports from producers that use them, it wrote.

Third-party countries have been handed a deadline of March 2021 to prove that their laws match up to the American Marine Mammal Protection Act. (MMPA).

Source: Salmon Bussines


IN BRIEF - Clean Oceans Initiative invests more than EUR 700m in its first year

EUROPEAN UNION
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Clean Oceans Initiative, which commits financial bodies to provide long term investment in combating marine pollution, has exceeded targets in its first year.

Participants in the Clean Oceans Initiative, including the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and KfW Group on behalf of the German Federal Government, welcomed the entry into the initiative of the Spanish Promotional Bank (ICO) and reported on the progress of the initiative’s first year. Having set a target of financing €2bn in public and private sector projects aimed at reducing levels of waste and litter in the world’s oceans, the initiative has already resulting in the deployment of €700m in investment: around a third of its five-year goal.

EIB President Dr Werner Hoyer said: “We will not solve the global climate and environment crisis without protecting and cleaning up the world’s oceans. To achieve this, partnership is key. That is why we are working with KfW and AFD, as well as governments, cities and the private sector, to finance projects that support the health of our oceans. We are very pleased with the progress achieved during the first year of the Clean Oceans Initiative and welcome the commitment from the National Promotional Bank of Spain, ICO, to join the initiative. This is a real success story and sends the strong message that European development finance institutions are working effectively together to address global challenges and to strengthen Europe’s leadership on climate action around the world”.

Source: Government Europa


IN BRIEF - Iceland’s largest aquaculture centre opens

ICELAND
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A huge new aquaculture breeding and hatchery centre has opened for business in the west of Iceland, on a remote fjord more than 250 miles from the capital Reykjavik.

The GBP 25 million (ISK 4 billion) Arctic Fish owned facility covers 10,000 square metres near the small fishing harbour of Tálknafjörður, where the company is currently engaged in a major expansion of its salmon farming operations.

It is also Iceland’s largest aquaculture centre and has been built with further expansion in mind.

It will bring dozens of new jobs to an area of the country that has lost much of its traditional fishing activities.

Source: Fish Farmer Magazine


IN BRIEF - Egyptian vessel fined for illegal fishing in Cyprus’ EEZ

CYPRUS
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A fishing vessel from Egypt has been fined EUR 8,500 after it was found fishing illegally in Cyprus’ EEZ waters on September 30 2019, authorities said on Tuesday.

The equipment found on the boat has been confiscated, along with 1,290 kilos of fishing catch worth EUR 25,000.

On September 30, the radar had picked up a vessel 20 nautical miles south of Zygi, in the Larnaca district. An operation was carried out by coastguard which found the boat fishing illegally.

The case was handled by the fisheries department of the agriculture ministry.

Source: Cyprus Mail


IN BRIEF - Vietnam targets 65 percent growth in marine aquaculture industry

VIET NAM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The country’s marine aquaculture sector has been growing by 20 percent every year since 2010 and produced 431,600 tonnes of fish and shellfish, from an area of 258,000 hectares, in 2018.

Despite this rapid growth the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has drafted a marine aquaculture strategy for the period up to 2030.

According to the Vietnam Plus website, the ministry aims to increase annual marine aquaculture production to 710,000 tonnes by 2020 – an increase of 65 percent compared to 2018 levels.

Source: The Fish Site

 


IN BRIEF - Fish Factor: Fisheries board to get update on impacts of climate change

UNITED STATES
Monday, October 21, 2019

Hundreds of fishery stakeholders and scientists will gather in Anchorage next week as the state Board of Fisheries begins its annual meeting cycle with a two-day work session.

The seven-member BOF sets the rules for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport and personal use fisheries. It meets four to six times each year in various communities on a three-year rotation; this year the focus is on Kodiak and Cook Inlet.

The fish board and the public also will learn the latest on how a changing climate and off-kilter ocean chemistry are affecting some of Alaska’s most popular seafood items at an Oct. 23 2019 “talk and Q&A” on ocean acidification (OA) in Alaska.

Source: The Cordova Times


IN BRIEF - RFNS Kikau returns from fisheries surveillance

FIJI
Monday, October 21, 2019

RFNS Kikau recently returned from a Fisheries surveillance patrol as part of the regional operation Kurukuru 2019.

Kikau was delayed by several days due to other commitments, however, it managed to sight and board 6 offshore vessels during the six days of the patrol.

In harbor boardings and inspections were also conducted and a surveillance aircraft also conducted aerial surveillance of Fiji’s waters during the regional operation Kurukuru.

The Republic of the Fiji Navy will continue to work with relevant stakeholders in protecting our fishing ground from illegal fishing and ensuring that all Fijians are safe.

Source: FBC News


IN BRIEF - Bakkafrost wraps up SSC purchase

FAROE ISLANDS
Monday, October 21, 2019

At an extraordinary general meeting in the Faroe Islands, shareholders authorised approval for the board to issue six million new shares to settle the outstanding debt.

The vote was overwhelming with 99.1 per cent in favour and just 0.9 per cent against the proposal.

Bakkafrost had earlier paid GBP 336.7 million to Northern Link, SSC’s parent, 70 per cent towards the (GBP 517 million) cost of buying 68.6 per cent of SSC.

The meeting at the weekend means the remaining 30 per cent will now be paid for in shares.

Source: Fish Farmer Magazine


IN BRIEF - Abalone industry under threat if quota cuts aren't made

AUSTRALIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

There are calls for the commercial abalone fishing quota in Tasmania to be cut by over a third to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.

Stocks are struggling in all Australian abalone fisheries, in WA, SA, Vic, NSW and TAS, because of warmer waters and over-fishing.

Source: ABC


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