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IN BRIEF - BAN wants govt. to continue monitoring chemically treated fish

INDIA
Friday, October 12, 2018

Dimapur - The Business Association of Nagas (BAN) is insisting that the authorities continue to monitor fish and fish products for the chemical formalin, in Nagaland. The organisation issued a press release to the media on Thursday stating that an enforcement and check system was required as said marine produce are being imported mostly from outside the state. 

The BAN, which is an organisation of Naga businesspersons, issued a press release on Wednesday. The group is appreciative of the state’s government prohibiting the sale of fish treated with harmful preservatives like formalin in the local market.

Source: Eastern Mirror


IN BRIEF - ‘Inland fisheries suffered massive losses in floods’

INDIA
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A workshop organised by the School of Industrial Fisheries and Industrial Fisheries Students Association, Cochin University of Science and Technology, here on Monday took stock of the fisheries sector in the State, especially against the backdrop of the mid-August floods that caused massive losses to marine and inland fisheries sectors.

Leela Edwin, senior scientist at the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), who made a presentation on the impact of the floods, said that a team of CIFT scientists had made a rapid assessment of the fisheries sector. She said a report had been submitted to the Union government in this regard.

Inland fisheries, where fishermen are less organised than in the marine sector, had suffered massive losses. Fishing equipment and implements were lost, she said.

Source: The Hindu News


IN BRIEF - Consultation open on fisheries sustainability measures

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Fisheries New Zealand starts consultation today on proposed changes to commercial catch settings for 4 fish stocks for the new fishing year beginning 1 April 2019.

Director of fisheries management, Stuart Anderson says reviewing catch limits and other management measures is one way Fisheries New Zealand ensures long-term sustainable fisheries for the future.

"Twice yearly we check and adjust catch limits to fish stocks to help keep our fisheries sustainable," says Mr Anderson.

"We use the best available scientific information to tell us what's happening with our fish stocks and to identify which stocks need changes.

Source: Fisheries New Zealand


IN BRIEF - Thai junta takes the stench off troubled fisheries industry

THAILAND
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

If all goes according to plan, Thailand will become the first Asian nation to ratify the International Labor Organization’s Convention on Work in Fishing ahead of general elections and the restoration of democracy on February 24 2018.

“There is a timeline to ratify it by January,” said Busadee Santipitaks, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Information Department. “We would like to set an example for the region.”

The ratification will mark the culmination of four years of tackling endemic problems in the nation’s fisheries sector, an industry plagued for years by widespread human rights abuses, trafficking in migrant laborers and unsustainable practices that have contributed to the depletion of the region’s fish stock.

Source: Asia Times


IN BRIEF - Vietnam moves to develop responsible fishery industry

VIET NAM
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hanoi – Considerable efforts have been made by the entire political system, sectors and localities to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as required by the European Commission. 

The European Commission (EC)’s "yellow card" warning for IUU fishing on October 23, 2017 changed the perception of all sector and local authorities, fishermen and enterprises on marine economic development in line with international practices.

Vietnam has achieved great strides in the work and all relevant recommendations of the EC have been legalised through the adoption of the amended Law on Fisheries.

Source: Vietnam Plus


IN BRIEF - Illegal fishing clampdown

THAILAND
Monday, December 17, 2018

Among the many pressing issues accorded priority by the Thai Government, the problem of IUU fishing is at the forefront. Over the past three years, the Government has spared no effort in its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand, with the battle being waged on many fronts simultaneously. It is worth highlighting some of them.

A strong legal framework is an essential foundation for the Government’s endeavours and, in this regard, a new law was passed in 2015 governing the entire fisheries sector. Furthermore, necessary amendments to existing legislation have been made and over 100 new implementing regulations have been enacted. This comprehensive legal reform of the fishing industry has enabled the Government to gain complete oversight over fishing activities, while also providing the tools to punish violators of the law.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Half the fish at Wester Ross salmon farm wiped out

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, December 17, 2018

More than half of the fish at a Scottish salmon farm has been lost due to severe plankton.

Wester Ross Fisheries confirmed that 52.8% of its salmon at one site in Ardessie Farm in Little Loch Broom was wiped out in August.

Managing director Gilpin Bradley said the "catastrophic event" was "soul destroying for all our farmers".

He said rising sea temperatures led to reduced oxygen and more plankton which caused irreparable damage to the gills.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Prohibiting fish, shrimp export to ensure domestic supply

MALAYSIA
Monday, December 17, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR - The government will prohibit the export of four species of wild-caught fish and shrimp to meet the shortage in the market during the monsoon and festive seasons, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said on December 17th of 2018.

He said the ‘kembung’ (mackerel), ‘selar’ (trevally), ‘pelaling’ (Indian mackerel) and ‘bawal’ (Pomfret) fish and shrimp will be prohibited from export from Jan 1 to Feb 28, 2019.

Three associations – National Fishermen’s Association (NEKMAT), Kedah Fishermen’s Association (NEKAD) and Besut Area Fishermen’s Association (PNK BESUT) – will be entrusted with the storage of frozen fish and moving the supply throughout the country, he told a press conference at Parliament House.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Indonesia to send fisherman home following two kidnapping incidents

INDONESIA
Monday, December 17, 2018

SANDAKAN - A total of 15 kidnapping incidents and six attempts have been carried out by militant groups in southern Philippines involving Indonesian nationals in the waters of the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) from 2003 to Dec 2018.

Indonesian Consul-General in Kota Kinabalu Krishna Djelani said a total of 36 Indonesian citizens had been abducted and while three others were wounded in a kidnapping attempt.

“Thankfully, most of the kidnapped victims have been released, though there are three more victims – one from the incident in Bodgaya Island, Semporna and two others in Pegasus Reef, Kinabatangan – are still held captive by the kidnappers,” he told reporters after meeting Indonesian fishermen here, today.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - WCPFC Ends with Positive Steps on Tropical Tunas and Fighting Illegal Fishing

WORLDWIDE
Monday, December 17, 2018

The 15th annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) ended on Saturday with important decisions on sustainably managing bigeye tuna, compliance measures, increasing transparency in transshipment, and its efforts to fight illegal fishing. However, Pacific bluefin tuna and sharks are still in need of stronger management efforts.

Pew experts issued the following comments:

Dave Gershman, officer, global tuna conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts: “Pew is pleased that the Commission took a positive step toward ensuring the health of bigeye tuna by agreeing not to weaken its conservation measures. With several provisions of the tropical tuna management measure due to expire this year, WCPFC members agreed to continue the current length of fish aggregating device (FAD) closures and schedule of longline bigeye catch limits, and to keep these in place through 2020. We encourage the Commission to use this time to develop its long-term harvest strategy for bigeye.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Brexit: MPs 'disappointed' with response to inquiry into future of fishing in NI

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, December 14, 2018

MPs have said they are disappointed with the government's response to an inquiry into the future of the fishing industry in Northern Ireland.

In a letter to the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, members of the NI Affairs Committee said they believed it lacked the detail they had sought.

The committee carried out an inquiry into challenges facing the industry here after Brexit. These included "crushing manpower shortages".

The suspension of fishing rights for the Northern Ireland fleet in the inshore waters of the Republic of Ireland is also a concern.

Source: BBC


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