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IN BRIEF - Fisheries - Disposal of Seized Prohibited Fishing Equipment

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Fisheries Protection Service proceeded on October the 11th 2017 at Mare Chicose Landfill with the annual disposal of seized prohibited articles related to illegal fishing activities. Most of the equipment were seized in the northern region of the country. The disposal exercise was carried out in presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo.

In a statement to the press at the Fisheries Post in Mahebourg where the seized prohibited articles were stocked, Minister Koonjoo highlighted that eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is at the core of Government's agenda to conserve and use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The Minister highlighted that the seized prohibited articles included 10 100 metres of fishing net, 15 shotguns and 150 underwater equipment, valued at Rs 10.5 million. He added that there has been an increase of 3.3 % in the amount of seized items, which indicates that illicit fishing activities and the use of prohibited equipment are on the rise. According to him, this also reflects the relentless efforts of the 15 Fisheries Protection Service Posts and the five Flying Squads to help free the country's lagoon from unregulated fishing by ensuring efficient control, strict surveillance and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act of 2007.

Source: All Africa

IN BRIEF - MPs demand probe into illegal fishing gear

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Legislators from fishing communities have demanded that government investigates importers of illegal fishing gear that finds its way to the lakeside instead of continuously torturing people found using them.

The MPs told journalists at Parliament that the continued mistreatment of fishermen and fish mongers by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) is uncalled for, since all the country borders are guarded by enforcement officers whose responsibilities among others is to oversee whatever enters into the country.

MPs including Robert Migadde (Buvuma Islands), David Mutebi (Buikwe South), Aidah Nabayega (Kalangala Woman), Hope Mukisa (Namayingo Woman), Janepher Nantume Egunyu (Buvuma Woman), Muyanja Ssenyonga (Mukono South), George Abott Ouma (Bukooli Islands) and Kusasira Peace Kanyesigye Mubiru (Mukono Woman) argue that unless, government acts by ordering all those in-charge take up their responsibilities, their constituents would continue dying and having their properties destroyed at the hands of the UPDF whom they accuse of acting outside the Fisheries Act.

Source: The Observer

IN BRIEF - Shrimp target in doubt after flood trouble

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thai shrimp production is expected to miss its target by 50,000 tonnes this year after heavy rains and flooding in many areas disrupted the sector, notably in the South, which accounts for 56% of production.

According to Somsak Paneetatyasai, president of the Thai Shrimp Association, the country's shrimp production is estimated at 300,000 tonnes this year, unchanged from last year's actual figure, with exports making up 200,000 tonnes, rising 4% from 2016.

Export value is estimated at 600 billion baht, which would be close to 2016's performance.

"Thailand has succeeded in tackling early mortality syndrome in shrimp this year, after three years of efforts, and the situation seems to have returned to normal, but heavy rains and flooding in many areas in the South have reduced shrimp production that was earlier forecast to be 350,000 tonnes," Mr Somsak said.

Source: Bangkok Post

IN BRIEF - Grieg Aquaculture project in court amid protests

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Protesters on both sides of an aquaculture project proposed for Placentia Bay are outside the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal in St. John's.

Inside the courthouse, a panel of judges is hearing an appeal of the decision to require the province to complete a comprehensive environmental assessment before allowing the project to begin.

Grieg NL has proposed a salmon farm for the Placentia Bay area, with 11 sea cage sites. The province approved it without a comprehensive environmental assessment; a decision that was struck down by Supreme Court Justice Gillian Butler.

The province is appealing Butler's ruling, saying she failed to see it was reasonable to release the proposal from further assessment, since provincial and Fisheries and Oceans Canada legislation would prevent the project from causing environmental damage.

Source: Southern Gazette

IN BRIEF - China to become second largest importer of Vietnam shrimp

Friday, December 15, 2017

Exports to China obtained an impressive growth of 60.5% with an estimated value of USD 629.26 million, accounting for 18.1% of Vietnam’s total shrimp export value. Meanwhile China’s shrimp imports are on a strong upward trend to meet rising consumer demands for year-end festivals, especially the Lunar New Year. 

The trend also pushes shrimp raw material prices up in some neighbouring countries, including Vietnam. With the move, China is likely to surpass Japan to become the second largest consumer of Vietnamese shrimp in the first quarter of next year.

However, Vietnam just ranks eighth among biggest suppliers of shrimp products to China, trailed by Ecuador, Canada, India, Greenland, Thailand, Argentina and Indonesia.

Fuente: Vietnam Net

IN BRIEF - New research suggests wild salmon exposed to fish farms have 'much higher' rate of viral infection

Friday, December 15, 2017

Wild salmon exposed to open-net fish farms are much more likely to be infected with piscine reovirus (PRV) than those that don't have that contact, a new study has concluded.

The data also show that the virus makes it more difficult for wild salmon to swim upstream to their spawning grounds, which has major implications for the sustainability of the populations.

"The government has to remove this industry from the key salmon migration routes or we risk the complete loss of wild salmon in this province," said Alexandra Morton, lead author on the report and an outspoken advocate for wild salmon.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Use modern tech to boost shrimp farming: experts

Friday, December 15, 2017

Bangladesh lags behind most other countries in adoption of modern technologies for shrimp farming and utilisation of economic potential, experts said.

The coastal districts of Bagerhat, Cox's Bazar, Khulna and Satkhira have the potential to become the wealthiest areas of Bangladesh if the opportunities in shrimp and prawn aquaculture are properly explored, they said.

A collaboration of the government, investors, financial institutions and technical specialists is needed to make this happen, they said in a three-day seminar in Cox's Bazar that ended on Sunday 11th of Decemeber 2017.

The United States Department of Agriculture -Safe Aqua Farming for Economic and Trade Improvement project of the Winrock International with the assistance of the WorldFish and the Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation organised the event.

The programme was organised for bagda hatchery owners and technicians to inform them of the recent international developments in shrimp hatchery technologies.

Source: The Daily Star

IN BRIEF - Significant optimism over end to fishing subsidies

Friday, December 15, 2017

New Zealand’s efforts to ban harmful fishing subsidies are to be praised, writes Mark Peart.

The public and political furore over the now discarded Trans Pacific Partnership (of which New Zealand was a founding proponent) masked the true extent to which regional and multilateral trade liberalisation can be a force for good.

The revised TPP now goes by the much clunkier moniker of Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The revised deal has been lauded by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker as an improvement on the old TPP, because it contains much greater benefits for New Zealand, particularly improved agricultural market access.

The intent of this piece, however, is not to try to analyse the new agreement in its entirety, but instead focus on one unheralded, yet important element on which government trade negotiators have spent the past 20 years trying to achieve regional and multilateral agreement.

Source: Daily Times

IN BRIEF - Scheme to boost seafood safety in Europe gets under way

Friday, December 15, 2017

A three-year project geared at developing sustainable solutions to improve seafood safety and dietary properties has been launched.

SEAFOODTOMORROW, a EUR 7m European Union Horizon 2020-funded project, brings together 35 partners from across Europe. It aims to connect them with up-to-date technology and market-orientated expertise to meet challenges likely to develop over the next 30 years.

It was launched at the Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA) in Lisbon at the end of November, with all partners meeting for the kick-off event.

Source: New Food Magazine

IN BRIEF - Salmon sold in CT recalled for possible listeria

Friday, December 15, 2017

Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, Mass.is recalling its 1lb. packages of Prescliced Nova Salmon because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The recalled packages were distributed to customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut through retail stores.

The product comes in a 1lb, clear plastic package marked with lot # 42173 on the back of the package and with an expiration date of 12/22/17. UPC 811907018018.

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Source: NH Register

IN BRIEF - Sustainable fishing nets quota increases for UK fishermen

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fishermen across the country are set for a boost as the UK government’s commitment to sustainable fishing secured significant quota increases for key stocks at this year’s annual negotiations. This included an increase in quotas of North Sea Cod, Haddock and Monkfish. Importantly, stocks of both cod and haddock are now accredited as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Challenges remain in some parts of the country where the latest scientific evidence means further restraint is needed, for example in the Celtic Sea to revive stocks of haddock and megrim. However, there were increased quotas such as Western Skates and Rays (+15%), Bristol Channel Plaice (+49%), Sole (+9%) and Celtic Sea Cod (+11%). Crucially, a further package of measures has been agreed on sea bass in an attempt to reverse the decline around the English coast.

Total fishing opportunities worth more than GBP 750 million were agreed at this year’s negotiations, including increased quotas for:

North Sea: Cod +10%, Haddock +23% and Monkfish +20%.
Irish Sea: Cod +377% and Haddock +55%.
Eastern Channel: Sole +25% and Skates and Rays +20%
Bristol Channel: Plaice +49% and Sole +9%

Source: Gov UK

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EU fishing quota deal deemed satisfactory to British fishermen
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Foreign boats allowed to fish in Australian waters, expert warns
Australia A leading fisheries expert and conservationists have expressed concern about changes in the law related to marine protections from remote waters off the Australian coast.
DFO seeks to apply fines instead of charges for minor fisheries violations
Canada As part of its enforcement approach, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is currently seeking the public’s opinion on its plans to expand the use of tickets for minor fishing violations.
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