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IN BRIEF - New marine protected area plan requires 'radical rethink', says fishing group

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Leading representatives of Scotland's fishing industry have called on the Scottish Government to have a "radical rethink" on its plans to introduce new conservation zones at sea.

The newly-proposed Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), which are currently under consultation, would close at least 10% of the seas around Scotland.

It means commercial and recreational fishing would be banned in those zones.

Scotland's existing network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) already covers approximately 37% of its seas.

Scottish Government ministers insist they will conserve marine ecosystems, while continuing to provide economic and social benefits.

But the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF), which represents Scotland's fishermen's associations, said HPMAs will have a "catastrophic impact" on the industry.

Members said the current plans "lack ecological justification and were being introduced for purely political reasons".

SFF cheif executive Elspeth Macdonald said the Scottish Government's blue economy plans "have been hijacked by the Greens and will push the fishing industry into the red".

Author/Source: Katharine Hay/The Scotsman


IN BRIEF - Justice Department will appeal court order forcing Southeast Alaska troll fishery closure

UNITED STATES
Thursday, June 01, 2023

The United States Department of Justice will appeal a federal court order forcing the closure of the commercial king salmon troll fishery in Southeast Alaska.

In early May, Washington U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones upheld an earlier recommendation that the Southeast summer and winter king fisheries were catching too much of the food source of a dwindling population of Puget Sound’s Southern Resident killer whales, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Judge Jones’s order required the fishery closures and required the National Marine Fisheries Service to vacate and rewrite the rules that allow for the fisheries to happen.

The Justice Department’s notice to appeal was submitted on May 23 on behalf of the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The defendant intervenors in the case, the Alaska Trollers Association and the State of Alaska, filed motions earlier this month calling for a “partial stay” of the order, pending an appeal to allow the fisheries to proceed. The state argued that the court order had failed to account for the economic, cultural and social harm to the troll fleet and Southeast Alaska.[continues...]

Author/Source: Katherine Rose, KCAW - Sitka


IN BRIEF - Seaweed is a carbon-free source of protein and the EU seeks to boost its production

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, June 01, 2023

Aquaculture is considered key to mitigating the challenges faced by the traditional fishing sector.

Aquaculture only contributes 20% of the European Union's consumption of seafood, well below the world average of 50%, something that the European Commission and professionals in the sector hope to change.

This industry is considered key to mitigating the challenges faced by the traditional fishing industry based on the capture of wild species.

"We have to look for success stories of alternative economic uses of the sea that we can expand and share in Europe's coastal areas and create new resilient jobs," Virginijus Sinkevicius, the European Commissioner for the Environment, recently told Euronews.

Author/Source: Isabel Marques da Silva / EuroNews


IN BRIEF - Mar recalls that 80% of Galician mussels do not have PDO and that hatcheries are viable

SPAIN
Thursday, June 01, 2023

The Consellería do Mar wanted to respond to the statement signed by the Platform in Defense of Breeding regarding the obtaining of cheek in hatcherys. The department chaired by Rosa Quintana insists that the regional administration is working on different paths and that one of them is -indeed- the production of cheek in hatcheries. They stress from Mar that "it is a viable alternative that allows reducing both the dependence on the natural environment to obtain mexilla and the pressure on the stones" and that it is complemented with other options such as "capture by means of ropes or other collecting elements" . What they clarify from the department of the Xunta is that the intention has never been to cover 100% of the harvest with seed obtained artificially, but they understand that it would be a good solution for a large part of the production.

It should be remembered that from the Plataforma en Defensa da Cría they fear that the fact that the cheek is obtained in the hatchery could harm the loss of the Denomination of Orixe Protexida Mexillón de Galicia. The Ministry also responds to this, recalling that "around 80% of the mussel marketed in Galicia is not covered by the Denomination of Orixe" and that, therefore, the hatcherys would serve to provide breeding for most of the sector combining it with other methods. [continues...]

Source: Diario de Arousa


IN BRIEF - Seminar organized by Opmega

SPAIN
Thursday, June 01, 2023

Attached is the program for the conference "Towards a more sustainable miticultura" organized by Opmega, which will take place this Friday, June 2, at 09:45 am in the Edificio Mexillón de Galicia (Vilagarcía).

The act includes a tribute to two bateeiros: Benigno Yáñez and Sabino Martínez.


IN BRIEF - FOMA Japan 2023 accelerates problem solving

JAPAN
Thursday, June 01, 2023

FOOMA Special Feature: Record 953 Companies Showcase All Solutions Related to Food Manufacturing

The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturers Association (Nisshokuko) will hold "FOOMA JAPAN 2023", the world's largest comprehensive food manufacturing exhibition, from June 6 to 9 at Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall. The theme of this year's 46th event is "Accelerate FOOMA", and all food manufacturing related solutions that speed up problem solving in the food industry are available. The number of exhibitors is 953, the largest in history, and the space is 35,440 square meters (as of April 5, 874 companies last year).


Other Media | SalmonExpert: Norwegians know how Chilean salmon farming technologies operate

CHILE
Thursday, June 01, 2023

Yesterday, representatives of IncubatecUfro from the Universidad de la Frontera, from the technological programs PTECAO/Consorcio SpA for oceanic aquaculture and the PTEC-Inva of vegetable inputs for fish nutrition from Corfo made a visit to the Huelmo farming center of the salmon farming company Mowi. , ProChile and industry suppliers, on the occasion of the visit to the Los Lagos Region of Pilar Neves, Innovation Norway project manager, an activity to which Salmonexpert was invited.

Author: Loreto Appel / SalmonExpert | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: The Balfegó fleet captures the quota of 2830 tons of bluefin tuna in six days

SPAIN
Thursday, June 01, 2023

The fleet commanded by Grup Balfegó, led by "La Frau" and "Tio Gel II", has concluded the annual bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) fishing campaign and has managed to capture the assigned quota of 2830 tons, from trade agreements this year, in six days of effective fishing in the western Mediterranean. During this campaign, Grup Balfegó has generated around 300 direct jobs. The company hopes to have inspectors to move the tunas to the aquaculture facilities.

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here


Other Media | The Fish Site: Fish farmers express concerns over wild salmon protection zones

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, June 01, 2023

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has announced plans to establish wild salmon protection zones, in which sea lice numbers on farms are strictly controlled in order to protect migratory salmonids from the parasites.

Under the plans, fish farm operators in these zones would have to keep sea lice numbers to low levels and face additional monitoring to help safeguard migrating smolts from the lice. About 120 potential zones have been identified in those areas of the west coast through which wild salmon migrate. 

Source: TheFishSite | read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Japan’s record-setting Russian seafood import totals draw ire of Canadian politicians

JAPAN
Thursday, June 01, 2023

Japan’s imports of fish and fish preparations from Russia in 2022 rose to a new record value of JPY 155.2 billion (USD 1.14 billion, EUR 1.05 billion), up 12.9 percent from 2021, frustrating other nations, especially Canada, that have vowed to heavily limit or totally ban imports from the country following its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

The previous record high value of seafood imports from Russia to Japan occurred in 2018, when Japan imported JPY 140.2 billion (USD 1.03 billion, EUR 950 million) worth of seafood.

Author: Cliff White / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


Other Media | FishFocus: Gender equality and equity in the Maldives

MALDIVES
Thursday, June 01, 2023

How IPNLF Maldives helps women fish processors turn fish into money.

In the Maldives, traditional one-by-one tuna fishing is largely considered a male-dominated industry, but “women are the ones that turn the fish into money”. Despite their significant contributions to household income and the fisheries sector, women fisherfolk face several challenges in expanding their small-scale businesses and reaping the maximum economic benefits.

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here


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