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IN BRIEF- INIDEP monitors the reproductive status of toothfish in the northern area aboard a commercial vessel

ARGENTINA
Thursday, June 08, 2023

The National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) launched a campaign on Saturday June 3 to assess the reproductive status of toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) in the slope area between 37° and 41° latitude south on the commercial fishing vessel Argenova XIV and with the collaboration of a fisheries research assistant from Tierra del Fuego.

Within the framework of the study of the population structure of toothfish around the southern cone of America, initiated in the Institute's Southern and Subantarctic Demersal Fish Fisheries Program, muscle and otolith samples of the species will also be taken for isotope analysis. stable.

It should be noted that INIDEP personnel approached the Port of Rosales, Bahía Blanca, to provide the necessary material to the fisheries research assistant and also train him in taking and preserving gonad and muscle samples.

Source: Gob.ar/INIDEP


IN BRIEF - Statement on the resignation of Commissioner Vălean and Commissioner Sinkevičius from the Commission

EUROPEAN UNION
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Commissioner Valean and Commissioner Sinkevicius have informed President von der Leyen that they have decided to resign from the Commission, in order to take up their seat at the European Parliament, to which they have been elected.

Commissioner Valean and Commissioner Sinkevicius have resigned with effect on 15 and 16 July respectively.

In order to ensure the continuity of work of the Commission, the President has decided to temporarily assign the responsibilities for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries to Executive Vice-President Šefcovic, in addition to his current portfolio.

For the same reason, the President has also decided to temporarily assign the responsibilities for Transport to Commissioner Hoekstra, in addition to his current portfolio.

The President has also informed the European Parliament and the Council about these temporary changes.

Source: ec.europa.eu


IN BRIEF - Frozen Sardine Imports Drop 99% by June 2024

SOUTH KOREA
Monday, July 15, 2024

As of June 2024, the import volume of frozen sardines into South Korea has plummeted by 99% compared to the same period last year. No frozen sardines were imported in June 2024, a stark contrast to the 1,519 tons imported in June 2023.

The cumulative import volume for the first half of 2024 stands at 68 tons, representing a 98% decrease from the 11,299 tons imported during the same period in 2023.

This accounts for a mere 0.02% of the total seafood imports, which amounted to 445,418 tons.

Analyzing the import sources, all 68 tons of frozen sardines imported by June 2024 came exclusively from Russia.

In contrast, during the same period last year, South Korea imported 11,285 tons from Russia and 14 tons from Mexico.

This significant decrease is attributed to a combination of factors, including changes in the international seafood market, stricter import regulations, and supply chain issues.

There is now heightened interest in whether the import volume of frozen sardines will recover and how the seafood market will evolve in the coming months.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.


IN BRIEF - Pelagic fishing season 2024: sardine and mackerel fisheries continue to grow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Monday, July 15, 2024

The progress of the pelagic fishing season was discussed at a meeting of the headquarters at the Federal Agency for Fisheries.

Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Vasily Sokolov noted that catches are currently 2 times higher than the level of the previous year.

According to the industry monitoring system of the Federal Agency for Fisheries (Federal Fisheries Monitoring System), by July 10, the total catch of sardine, mackerel and saury by Russian fishermen totaled more than 117 thousand tons.

The main share of the catch is Iwashi sardine - 115.3 thousand tons, including in the Russian EEZ - 100.5 thousand tons, mackerel catch - 1.9 thousand tons.

In the period from 1 to 7 July 2024, pelagic fish species were fished by 17 Russian fishing vessels (16 vessels in the Russian EEZ).

According to industry scientists, in the near future the hydrometeorological conditions will be favorable for a stable catch of Iwashi sardine.

Following the results of the headquarters, Vasily Sokolov instructed to work with users on continuing the fishery in July-August, taking into account the favorable scientific forecast.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries 


IN BRIEF - Japan to Provide Fisheries Research Vessels to 4 Pacific Island Nations

JAPAN
Monday, July 15, 2024

The government plans to provide one fisheries research vessel free of charge to each of the four Pacific island nations of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, it has been learned.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will formally announce the plan during the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, a summit-level meeting that Japan will host in Tokyo from Tuesday through Thursday.

The aim of the plan is to help the four island nations carry out surveys on fisheries resources and the marine environment on their own in order to dispel concerns over the discharge of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.

In addition, Japan plans to provide a patrol boat free of charge to the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to assist the country in cracking down on illegal fishing. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other crimes at sea are also reportedly rampant in Nauru’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Through the provision of a patrol boat, Japan intends to help Nauru boost surveillance and maritime law enforcement capabilities at sea.

Source: The Japan News


IN BRIEF - Australia opens market to shrimp from Brazil

AUSTRALIA
Monday, July 15, 2024

In 5 months, exports of Brazilian agricultural products to the Australian market exceed US$ 100 million

After opening its market to Brazilian fish in February this year, Australia announced its health approval for Brazil to also export shrimp and shrimp meat to the country. The health authorization was celebrated by the Brazilian government this Thursday, the 11th.

According to a joint statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this opening will contribute to increasing trade flow between the two countries, reflecting international confidence in the Brazilian health control system.

In the first five months of 2024, exports of agricultural products to the Australian market exceeded US$ 111 million, according to Mapa.

With the announcement of this new product, Brazil reaches its 78th market opening in 2024, totaling 156 openings in 53 countries since the beginning of 2023.

Fonte: agro.estadao.com.br


IN BRIEF - Guinea-Bissau-China-Cooperation-Fishery Industry

GUINEA-BISSAU
Monday, July 15, 2024

Local residents and dealers purchase aquatic products at a Chinese-built aquatic products processing and storage complex in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, on July 8, 2024.

Chinese companies have been working closely with their counterparts in Guinea-Bissau over the recent years, in an effort to develop fishery infrastructure in this country on the west coast of Africa which is renowned for its rich fishery resources.

In May 2023, the Bandim Fishing Port constructed with Chinese assistance was handed over to the local operator. An aquatic products processing and storage complex nearby, also completed in 2023, has been put into operation. Covering approximately 4,000 square meters, it is currently the largest modern aquatic products processing facility in Guinea-Bissau. (Xinhua/Han Xu)


OTHER MEDIA | SeafoodSource: US Government Accountability Office report finds NFMS bycatch monitoring doesn’t meet standards

UNITED STATES
Monday, July 15, 2024

Anew report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is not measuring up to bycatch-monitoring standards. 

In its 60-page report, GAO outlined a number of ways in which NFMS has failed to adequately tackle bycatch issues and harm to marine mammals and other species. According to the report, a central failing from the NMFS was a lack of observer coverage of fisheries.

Author: Chris Chase / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | FishFarmingExpert: Mowi harvested more fish but made less money in Q2

NORWAY
Monday, July 15, 2024

The world’s biggest salmon farmer, Mowi, harvested 110,500 gutted weight tonnes of fish in the second quarter of this year, 3,000 gwt more than in the same period last year, it said in a trading update.

Operational EBIT (operating profit) for the group in Q2 was approximately €230 million (£193m), down from the record-breaking €299.5m made in the same period last year.

Source: Fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | FishFocus: Eating small fish whole can prolong life expectancy

JAPAN
Monday, July 15, 2024

Eating small fish whole can prolong life expectancy, a Japanese study finds. “Previous studies have revealed the protective effect of fish intake on health outcomes, including mortality risks. However, few studies have focused on the effect of the intake of small fish specifically on health outcomes,” said the lead researcher, Dr. Kasahara. “I was interested in this topic because I have had the habit of eating small fish since childhood. I now feed my children these foods.”

The research team investigated the association between the intake of small fish and mortality risk among Japanese people. The study included 80,802 participants (34,555 men and 46,247 women) aged 35 to 69 years nationwide in Japan.

Source: FishFocus| Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | EuropaAzul: Danish Fishers PO joins Europêche

EUROPEAN UNION
Monday, July 15, 2024

Danish Fishers PO has decided to join Europêche in order to promote cooperation and united action, key to addressing global challenges and promoting sustainable development. This is particularly true for the fishing industry, where collaboration between different actors can ensure not only environmental sustainability, but also the economic prosperity of coastal communities. With this in mind, Europêche, the main representative body of the fishing industry in Europe, recently enthusiastically welcomed the Danish Fishers PO (DFPO) as its new member.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


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