DUBLIN - China has become a new growth market for Ireland's seafood exports, revealed a report obtained by Xinhua on Sunday.
The report, prepared by BIM (Irish Sea Fisheries Board in English), a state agency responsible for developing the Irish marine fishing and aquaculture industries, showed that Ireland exported a total of EUR 47 million (about USD 53 million) worth of seafood products to China in 2018, up by 68 percent compared with a year ago.
The growth in the Chinese market stood in sharp contrast with the performance of the other major export markets for the Irish seafood products.
A few years ago, a lot on the water side of North Douglas Highway was overgrown and mostly forgotten, and became a spot for abandoned cars and drug use.
On Saturday 12ve of May 2019, that lot was full of children, kites and cookies. The property, about 2.7 miles north of the roundabout, is now the Marjory and Edgar Huizer Fishing Access Site, allowing anglers and hunters to access the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge easily from Douglas Island.
Allison Gillum, executive director of Southeast Alaska Land Trust — which bought and renovated the property — said the area is night and day from how it used to be.
A petition has been launched against plans for fish farms at Ardentinny and three other sites on the Firth of Clyde.
Dawn Fresh want to farm Rainbow Trout in Loch Long and off Bute, Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae.
Now Elaine Allan has launched Against Fish Farming (AFF) the Firth of Clyde, saying: “Caged farming on land or water is innately cruel and severely damaging to our environment and the natural habitat of other species.
Indonesia’s efforts to protect its fisheries, an important food source for the world’s fourth most populous country, by seizing and blowing up foreign poaching vessels has become well known globally and is paying off.
But, poaching is not the only problem the country’s intensively fished seas face. From the moment seafood are caught by local Indonesian fishers to being served on our plates, almost 40 per cent of them are lost and wasted due to poor fishery management. That’s worth around USD 7.28 billion worth of fish products annually.
PUTRAJAYA - The Department of Fisheries (DOF) has never issued or leased any deep-sea fishing licence to foreigners, said its director-general, Datuk Munir Mohd Nawi.
"The licence issued by the DOF is only for individuals or local companies," he said in a statement released today in response to media reports on the encroachment of Vietnamese fishing vessels in Malaysian waters and the invasion of the area by local fishing trawlers.
Since 2017 to date, 341 foreign vessel arrests were carried out involving 285 Vietnamese vessel cases; 44 cases of Indonesian vessels; six Thai vessels and six vessels from other countries such as China, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, with a total seizure of RM682 million, he said.
KUCHING - The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has detained a foreign fishing boat in Sarawak waters, 60 nautical miles north of Kuching during a routine patrol.
According to the statement by RMN, the boat with 31 crewmen including the skipper were arrested by RMN KD Todak on Sunday the 5th of May's morning.
“The Commanding Officer of KD Todak Lt Cdr Ahmad Zaki Ismail said that the foreign boat was found encroaching Malaysian waters and is believed to conduct an illegal and uncontrolled fishing activities.
An ocean researcher is questioning why the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has set a spring herring quota in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence that is double what was caught in 2018.
DFO says the spring herring stock has been in the critical zone since 2004, and there is a rebuilding plan in the works. Last year, 600 tonnes of this fish was caught in the region. DFO set a total allowable catch this year of 1,250 tonnes.
That was surprising to Katie Schleit, a senior fisheries advisor with Oceans North.
"We're also facing increasing threats from climate change, particularly in the gulf," said Schleit.
Throwing light into the unhealthy financial practices prevailing in Kerala’s fisheries sector, a study by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has found that financial inclusion in the sector is dismal with the credit transactions being dominated by informal money lenders.
Despite the presence of prominent co-operative financial institutions, fishermen are forced to borrow money from private financial players to go fishing. Borrowing from informal sources are preferred as it involves easy procedures compared to institutional sources and enables flexible repayment options based on fish catch. As a result, the fisher folk are bound to repay the loan with high interest rates.
Generally, fishermen take loan for their investment requirements from multiple sources including informal players such as auctioneer-middlemen, third-party shareholders, and private money lenders; and formal sources such as Matsyafed societies, co-operative banks, commercial banks, and non-banking financial entities.
KOCHI - Shrimp production in the country, after showing a consistent growth in the last decade, is likely to drop by 10 to 15% this year as low prices and fear of spread of diseases among shrimps have forced aquaculture farmers to cut production in the farms.
The stocking in the farms in south Andhra Pradesh is down by half while in north and central parts of the state, the situation is better with 80% of the farms well stocked, said D Ramraj, president of All India Shrimp Hatcheries Ass,