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IN BRIEF - 70,000 tonne sandeel quota for Norway

DENMARK
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has recommended a provisional quota of 70,000 tonnes of sandeel in 2018. Following an acoustic survey, a revised recommendation will be made.

The Institute of Marine Research states that the estimated biomass is one of the highest since 2009, with a high density of sandeel in many areas. According to the Institute, exceptionally good recruitment on the 2016 year class has contributed to this currently strong biomass, which also includes a relatively high volume of four-year old animals.

The combination of these older individuals and proportion of the 2016 year class believed to have reached reproductive indicates that the spawning stock is relatively high in areas 1 to 4. According to researchers, however, there is a high level of uncertainty concerning how the stock will develop, including it being a prey species for other fish.

Source: Fisker Forum


IN BRIEF - An Giang develops giant river prawn farming area

VIET NAM
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HCM CITY - Farmers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang have bred giant river prawns on 74ha so far this year, up 40.6 per cent against the same period last year, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Most giant river prawn farming areas are in Tho?i Son, Châu Thành and Châu Phú districts, and Long Xuyên City.

The breeding of giant river prawns in An Giang has developed since 2000, mostly in ponds or under rice-shrimp rotation models in rice fields.

Source: Viet Nam News

 


IN BRIEF - Tassal expands landholdings with new Fortune deal

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Fortune Group comprises three prawn farms located at Yamba, New South Wales, Proserpine, Queensland, and Mission Beach, Queensland.

The company stated that with prawn farming being land based the deal provides Tassal with a footprint in high demand aquaculture beyond Tasmania, adding that it aims to modernise Australian prawn farming and increase yield and returns.

The acquisition price was AUD 31.9 million including inventory, with AUD 1 million deferred to support the transition of the business. The arrangement is being funded through a new AUD 75 million debt facility and will include a capital investment program over the next 2-3 years of circa AUD 34 million.

Source: Farming Ahead

 


IN BRIEF - Cage fish farming now lands in Nyeri

KENYA
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

For years now, cage fish farming has been a domain of farmers living on the shores of Lake Victoria.

This, however, is no longer the case as a group of farmers in Nyeri adopt the technology to keep fish in the county’s largest dam.

The farmers, with the help of the county government, are running the cage fish farm in Chinga Dam in Othaya.

Source: Daily News

 


IN BRIEF - Fishermen protest construction of coal jetty for Udangudi thermal power plant

INDIA
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

MADURAI - Hundreds of fishermen and women on Monday staged a protest against the construction of a coal jetty in Kallamoli coastal village (between Manapad and Tiruchendur) for bringing coal to the upcoming 1,320 MW supercritical thermal power plant at Udangudi in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu.

Hundreds of women from nearly 26 coastal villages and hamlets formed a human chain close to sea at Alanthalai. Hundreds of fishermen picketed the site where the coal jetty is under construction, with black flags tied to their boats. They raised slogans that the jetty would affect their livelihood.

Source: Times of India

 


IN BRIEF - PMCs to play crucial role in revamping fisheries management in

INDIA
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Participatory Management Councils, one of the new amendments to the Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, will play a crucial role in revamping the fisheries management system in the state, according to experts here Tuesday.

Marine scientists who spoke at a workshop on 'Scientific management of marine fisheries, Kerala,' at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here, said the councils would ensure involvement of all the stakeholders, including fishermen, in management and policy formation in the sector.

Source: Business Standard

 


IN BRIEF - US proposes maintaining VN eligibility to export catfish

VIET NAM
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HÀ N?I - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) under the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed continuing Vi?t Nam’s eligibility to export Siluriformes fish, commonly known as catfish, and fish products to the United States.

The US Federal Register has published a draft of a proposal to recognise three countries—Vi?t Nam, China and Thailand—as maintaining their eligibility to export catfish and fish products to the United States as proposed by FSIS.

In the draft recommendation, FSIS has recognised the catfish inspection system in Vi?t Nam, China and Thailand as equivalent to the US system. If this draft is approved, these three Asian countries will officially be allowed to continue exporting catfish to this market, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Source: Viet Nam News

 


IN BRIEF - Sustainability of New Zealand fisheries verifed

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seventeen New Zealand fisheries harvesting hoki, hake, ling and southern blue whiting have been re-certified against the gold standard for sustainable seafood, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

After a 12-month independent assessment process to review the science and management of these fisheries in detail, the final public consultation period closed on 12 September with no objections and no conditions (which are given when a fishery meets the standard but improvements are required).

Only 12 percent of the world’s wild-caught seafood is MSC certified and very few fisheries are MSC certified without

Source: Scoop

 


IN BRIEF - Iceland fishing revenues down

ICELAND
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Revenues from catches by Iceland’s fishing fleet fell by more than 17 per cent last year despite higher volumes, says the government body Statistics Iceland.

No explanation is given but the three month long strike by the country’s deep sea fishermen, which stretched into January and February 2017, will have had some negative impact on earnings.

Icelandic vessels hauled in catches worth 1,177,000 tonnes, 109,000 tonnes higher than in 2016. The total revenue was ISK 110 billion -GBP 795 million – 17.3 per cent down on the previous year.

In total, almost 426,000 tonnes of demersal fish were caught in 2017, which is 30,000 tonnes less than the previous year.

Source: Fish Update


IN BRIEF - Magnet fishing for guns in Midlands canals

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

 

People are being urged to stop fishing with super-strength magnets after guns and grenades were dredged from the Midlands canal network.

Magnet fishing is becoming increasingly popular, but two people died this summer after falling into a canal in Huddersfield. The Canal & River Trust is urging people to stop putting their safety at risk.

The Price family, from Rugby in Warwickshire, have recovered old guns during their fishing expeditions and have reported them to local police.

Source: BBC

 


IN BRIEF - Fishermen restart fishing on Changdang Lake after 20-month fishing ban

CHINA
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fishermen pull fishing nets on the Changdang Lake in Changzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 15, 2018. Fishermen here restarted fishing after about 20-month-long fishing ban on the Changdang Lake.

Source: English People


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