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IN BRIEF - They expect a good start to the octopus and lobster seasons in Yucatan

MEXICO
Thursday, June 08, 2023

The dates are approaching for these fisheries in Yucatan

MÉRIDA, Yuc.- A few months after the grouper season started, the Yucatan Secretariat of Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sepasy) reported that this fishery is going well, with catches within the estimated average.

In addition, he recalled that last year, the volume caught was close to 6,000 tons at the close of January 31.

Therefore, they hope that fishermen will do well in the upcoming lobster and octopus seasons, which start on July 1 and August 1, respectively.

Rafael Combaluzier Medina, head of Sepasy, recalled that, regarding the lobster catch, last year close to 700 tons were obtained; while octopus was 19 thousand tons, figures within normal ranges.

Source: sipse.com


IN BRIEF - Whale meat manufacturer Maruko Shoji files for bankruptcy

JAPAN
Monday, July 22, 2024

Sales of whale meat products slump in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

Maruko Shoji files for bankruptcy; sales of whale meat products slump in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi [Shimonoseki] Maruko Shoji (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, President Masaru Furuta), which manufactures and sells whale products, filed for bankruptcy on the 19th at the Shimonoseki branch of the Yamaguchi District Court. 

The company was unable to improve its debt situation and decided to give up on continuing its business. The company also entrusts the storage of its products to a refrigerated warehouse owned by the company and notified the depository in writing on the same day.[...]

Source: Minato-Yamaguchi (translated from original in Japanese)


IN BRIEF - Public Voting Opens for the MSC UK Product of the Year Award

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, July 22, 2024

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s most recognised ecolabel for sustainable seafood which can be seen on everything from tinned fish to tuna steaks, is excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the MSC UK Product of the Year Award at this year’s MSC and ASC UK Awards will be judged exclusively by a public vote.

All voters will be in with the chance of winning a paddleboard from B-Corp certified Red as a first prize, as well as either a £200 or £100 voucher for Cornish-based clothing company Finisterre, as second and third prizes.

Voting is now open until the end of the day on Friday 30st August. To participate, voters must visit https://www.msc.org/uk/awards/product-of-the-year-2024 for their chance to help crown the winner.

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation which sets globally recognised, science-based standards for sustainable fishing and assurance in the seafood supply chain. The annual MSC UK Awards are held to celebrate excellence in sustainable fishing and seafood across the United Kingdom. Up until 2024, the MSC UK Product of the Year category has been judged by an expert panel of representatives from across the seafood sector. The new public vote will directly engage consumers, highlighting the wealth and diversity of sust


IN BRIEF - TN: 29 women faint due to ammonia gas leak at private fish plant

INDIA
Monday, July 22, 2024

Thootukudi: 29 women, including five from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu and 16 female employees from Odisha State, fainted due to an alleged ammonia gas leak in a private fish processing plant on Friday.

PHOTO: newindianexpress

The private fish processing and exporting company is located in the Pudoor Pandiya Puram area of Thoothukudi where more than 500 women from different parts of Tamil Nadu and other states work.

In this case, an ammonia gas cylinder exploded due to an electrical accident in the plant, due to which ammonia gas spread throughout the fish processing plant, five women from the Kumbakonam area of Tamil Nadu and 16 women from Odisha state who were working there, fainted.

People experienced suffocation and eye irritation and fainted. Following this, more than 29 female employees were admitted to two private hospitals in Thoothukudi, namely AVM Hospital and Rajesh Tilak Hospital and Arulraj Hospital, by Nila See Put Company vehicles and ambulances.

Thalamuthu Nagar police are investigating the incident. Further details are awaited.


IN BRIEF - NOAA RECOMMENDS $18 MILLION FOR YUROK TRIBE-LED RESTORATION PROJECT

UNITED STATES
Monday, July 22, 2024

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience program announced that it is recommending $18 million in funding for a Yurok Tribe-led project to restore critically important segments of multiple upper Klamath River tributaries following the removal of four dams.

“This collaborative project seeks to complement and significantly expand upon ongoing work to rebuild Klamath salmon stocks post dam removal,” said Frankie Myers, the Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We have always said that large-scale restoration needs to accompany dam removal to bring our fish runs back from the brink. We sincerely thank NOAA for proposing this pivotal investment in the Klamath Basin.”

If funded, the four-year project will create approximately 150 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat in up to five heavily altered cold-water tributaries between Jenny Creek in California and Spencer Creek in Oregon. The Klamath tributaries slated for restoration once sustained substantial salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey populations prior to the dams. Special attention will be paid to Shovel Creek because it historically supported the largest quantity of these culturally and ecologically invaluable fish species.


IN BRIEF - Economic Watch: Air routes boost foreign trade of China's mountainous province

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Monday, July 22, 2024

GUIYANG, July 21 (Xinhua) -- With the launch of a new cargo route linking Guiyang and Moscow earlier this month, the number of international cargo routes connected to southwest China's Guizhou Province has reached four. This expansion is creating a more efficient and convenient air passage for trade.

Guizhou is known for its mountainous landscapes in China, which poses challenges for road and rail transportation, necessitating the need to develop air traffic.

Guizhou Shuanglong Airport Economic Zone, with Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport as its core, was established in 2014. Besides the newly-opened route, it also operates the other three freight lines linking the provincial capital with India's Kolkata and Delhi, as well as Karachi in Pakistan.

Loaded with Russian seafood products such as snow crabs, king crabs, and sea urchins, the IL-76 cargo plane departed Moscow for Guiyang on July 13, and returned with 40 tonnes of Chinese goods, mainly electronic products.

The route is currently customized according to the market. But the operator said that if the operation is well received, the round flights will become regular starting from September, which will drive Guizhou's annual import and export trade volume to around 3 billion yuan (about 420.7 million U.S. dollars), with a cargo throughput of around 15,000 tonnes.


OTHER MEDIA | EuropaAzul: Trawlers from Ireland and Franci participate in the bonito coast

SPAIN
Monday, July 22, 2024

Pelagic trawlers from Ireland and France are already in our seas. In fact, the activity of the vessels of the Basque inshore fleet in the albacore campaign is usually conditioned by the presence of French and Irish pelagic fish. Likewise, the quality of the downloads of this fleet is criticized, which has no resemblance to those developed by the selective Cantabrian sugarcane fleet.

The Basque arrantzales travel the waters of the Bay of Bizkaia and the Cantabrian Sea in search of schools of albacore tuna and the pelagic ones do nothing but chase the inshore fishing vessels to take advantage of their work in locating tuna.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | IndustriasPesqueras: Puertos del Estado will obtain more than 2.7 million euros to implement the European single window

SPAIN
Monday, July 22, 2024

Puertos del Estado will receive more than 2.7 million euros from the 2023 call of the Connecting Europe Mechanism (CEF), within the framework of the "Semas" project for the implementation of the maritime single window at the European level. The project has a total budget of 29.76 million euros, of which 50% will be financed by CEF funds. The coordinator of the project is the Valenciaport Foundation and its partners include the port authorities of Spain (State Ports), Portugal, Sweden, Holland, Finland, Italy and Slovenia.

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | FishFocus: Increase in cod and saithe for auction in Norway due to trial ‘obligation’ scheme

NORWAY
Monday, July 22, 2024

After a two-year trial, it is now possible to conclude that the trial scheme in Norway involving the partial auction obligation for frozen, gutted and headless cod and saithe is working.

The partial auction obligation for cod and saithe was introduced due to the low proportion of frozen whitefish being sold at auction through the two largest sales organisations for frozen whitefish in Norway, Norges Råfisklag and Sunnmøre og Romsdal Fiskesalgslag (Surofi).

Source: FishFocus | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | FishFarmingExpert: New arrival adds extra capacity for Chilean wellboat operator

CHILE
Monday, July 22, 2024

A refurbished wellboat will soon increase the Chilean salmon industry’s capacity for non- pharmacological lice treatments after making the long journey from Norway.

The Nachipa Wellboats vessel Ronia Polaris, formerly the Ronja Polaris, arrived in Valparaíso last Monday for inspection by state aquaculture agency Sernapesca in dry dock.

The ship is expected to arrive in Puerto Montt to carry out some technical tests, after which it will head to the Aysén region, where it will operate mainly in salmon farming.

Source: FishFarmingExpert | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | SeafoodSource: Colombia cuts Ecuadorian shrimp imports due to white spot virus scare

COLOMBIA
Monday, July 22, 2024

Colombia has suspended imports of shrimp, other raw crustaceans, and related byproducts from Ecuador after the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) claimed it detected white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) on frozen raw shrimp from Ecuador.

According to ICA, the move seeks to protect domestic producers and prevent the introduction of WSSV to the country’s Caribbean zone, which is currently free of the disease. That zone comprises the regions, or departments, of Atlántico, Bolívar, Sucre, and Córdoba; of those, Bolívar is responsible for 87 percent of Colombian shrimp production. 

Author: Christian Molinari / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


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