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IN BRIEF - Catfish skin: a promising export

Thursday, June 14, 2018

HCM CITY - Catfish is one of Vi?t Nam’s major seafood exports with a turnover of USD 1.8 billion, and its skin, a waste product, is also being exported starting recently.

Research is increasingly indicating that catfish skin has many nutritious substances that are good for health like collagen and gelatin.

While processing, a plant produces five to eight tonnes of catfish skin daily. In the domestic market, it is sold at VNÐ10,000 per kilogramme for making animal feed, but since 2017 C? May Enterprise in Mekong Delta province of Ð?ng Tháp has started exporting it to Singapore for VNÐ22,000 – 24,000.

Source: Viet Nam News

IN BRIEF - Fishermen get green signal for venturing into the sea

Friday, July 20, 2018

Rameswaram fishermen, who could not get fishing permits to set out to sea due to a warning issued by Meteorological department in the past few days, secured the green signal for venturing into the sea after their leaders met Minister for Fisheries D. Jayakumar in Chennai on Tuesday and told him that denial of fishing permits crippled their livelihood.

The warning applied only to those who set out for multi-day deep sea fishing and not to other mechanised boat fishermen, who set out for fishing in the Palk Bay thrice a week, they claimed.

Wind with a velocity of 35 to 45 km per hour in the region during July–August was normal and the wind condition never affected their single-day fishing. Last year also similar weather conditions prevailed but they were never denied fishing permits, they said.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - 'Destructive' fishing practices blamed for decline of tarakihi fishery

Friday, July 20, 2018

The decline of one of New Zealanders' favourite fish has been blamed on "destructive" commercial fishing practices.

Lobby group LegaSea on Thursday claimed the decline of tarakihi on the east coast was due to techniques "like trawling and netting in fish nursery areas".

"Here's another fishery that's fallen below the soft limit of 20 per cent," spokesman Richard Baker said. "Ideally fisheries should be managed at 40 per cent plus, that's a world recognised standard. But here we have one that's just been left to drift."

Source: Stuff

IN BRIEF - Marine Science and Conservation Experts Join ISSF Committees

Friday, July 20, 2018

Three Seafood Conservation Advocates Round out Environmental Stakeholder Committee; Tuna RFMOScientist Joins Scientific Advisory Committee.

ISSF is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC) and one addition to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Global Fisheries Coordinator Jim Humphreys, FishWise Project Director Kathleen Mullen-Ley, and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Global Tuna Director Tom Pickerell will contribute their experience to the ISSF ESC. Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Senior Scientist-Investigator Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva will join the SAC.

Source: ISSF Foundation

IN BRIEF - Seafood analyst: Trump's proposed tariffs hurt Alaska

Friday, July 20, 2018

Alaska's seafood industry should brace for another setback in the growing trade war with China, according to an industry analyst.

After a round of Chinese tariffs targeted American products, including Alaska seafood, earlier this month, President Donald Trump is preparing to strike back.

John Sackton, publisher of Seafood News, says a preliminary list of proposed sanctions includes a 10 percent tariff on USD 200 million worth of products coming into the U.S. from China.

Source: KTVA

IN BRIEF - Alison Austin OBE appointed to lead Seafood 2040 strategy

Friday, July 20, 2018

The seafood supply chain in England is working to create a sustainable and thriving future through an ambitious plan. 

Seafood 2040 - A Strategic Framework for England (SF2040) identifies actions for how the industry can grow to the recommended consumption level of two servings of fish per person per week, while ensuring continued sustainability of supply in both the wild caught and aquaculture sectors.

A Seafood Industry Leadership Group is to be set up to lead on delivery of the plan which is to be chaired by independent Seafish Board member Alison Austin. The group will bring all sectors of the seafood industry together to lead and support the work set out in the Seafood 2040 strategy and to hold all partners to account for its delivery.

Source: SeaFish

IN BRIEF - North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson named federal minister of fisheries, oceans and coast guard

Friday, July 20, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle on Wednesday saw a number of MPs receiving significant portfolio boosts — one of whom was North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson.

As the new federal Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard — replacing New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc — Wilkinson is the first B.C. MP appointed to the post since 1999. Six of the last seven have been representatives from ridings in Atlantic Canada.

The position is usually handed to members of caucus in coastal ridings, who are thought to have a better connection to a constituency that is more closely affected by the decisions of that minister.

Source: Vancouver Sun

EN BREVE - What’s at Stake for the Billion Dollar Atlantic Bigeye Tuna

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Atlantic bigeye tuna is one of the most valuable tuna species on the planet—yet little attention has historically paid to the rampant overfishing that is quickly depleting the population. Prized for its size, Atlantic bigeye is used not only in canned tuna markets, but to feed the high-end demand for quality sushi and sashimi. It is worth hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fishers, and nearly USD 1 billion by the final point of sale.

After a 2015 stock assessment, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) - the international body which oversees the management of Atlantic bigeye - acknowledged that the species is in serious decline. Despite this, ICCAT’s adopted “recovery plan” has just a 49 percent chance of rebuilding the species by 2028. These odds are so poor that a 2016 independent performance review of ICCAT questioned ICCAT’s decision-making when it comes to bigeye.

Two meetings could change this trajectory: From 16-20 July, ICCAT scientists are meeting in Bilbao, Spain for a new stock assessment for bigeye tuna, followed immediately from 23-25 July by a meeting of the government managers responsible for recommending new management measures for bigeye to the entire Commission.

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IN BRIEF - Ukraine ombudsperson asks Poroshenko to swap Ukrainian fishermen for Russian Nord crew

Friday, July 20, 2018

Denisova says the condition of the fishermen's is extremely unsatisfactory and they are under psychological pressure by the Russian FSB.

Ukrainian Ombudsperson Liudmyla Denisova has asked Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to consider the possibility of swapping the crew members of the Russian Nord fishing vessel detained by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine for the crew of the Ukrainian YAMK-0041 fishing vessel detained by the Russian security services.

The families of the Ukrainian YAMK-0041 fishing vessel's crew asked Denisova for help to return the sailors to mainland Ukraine, the ombudsperson's press service said. 

Source: Unian

IN BRIEF - Goa Bans Fish Imports From States Till Month End After Formalin Scare

Thursday, July 19, 2018

PANAJI - The Goa government has banned the import of fish from neighbouring states until July end in the wake of a controversy over the use of formalin in fish consignments, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday.

"A formal notification will be issued by evening. The decision has been taken as a measure of abundant caution," Mr Parrikar told a press conference.

Mr Parrikar said that once the annual ban on fishing in Goa ends on July 31 2018, and fishing officially resumes on August 1, there will be no issue of fish shortage in the state.

Source: NDTV

IN BRIEF - Crackdown on shellfish poaching

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A call is being made for more to be done about the illegal collection of seafood at Maunganui Bluff, according to one community member who would like to see multilingual signs placed at the entrance to the beach.

The Ministry of Primary Industries confirms that toheroa, prohibited from public gathering, have been collected, with the ministry taking action against poaching.

“A lot of people are taking advantage of the abundance of tuatua on Ripiro beach, but unfortunately there has been an increase in the illegal take of toheroa, the latter being a prohibited species,” says spokesman, Stephen Rudsdale.

Source: Newsie

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