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Other Media | SeafoodSource: US extends deadline for Russia-origin seafood to enter country

Friday, February 23, 2024

U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on 22 December expanding a U.S. ban on Russian seafood to include imports of Russia-origin seafood products that were processed in third countries. The Biden administration later issued more guidance adding several harmonized tariff schedule (HTS) codes to its original ban, tightening loopholes that would have allowed certain Russia-origin seafood products to still enter the country.

Author: Chris Chase / SeafoodSource | read the full article here

IN BRIEF - Nigeria’s aquaculture has $296bn annual revenue potential – WAS

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The World Aquaculture Society (WAS), African chapter, in the West African region, says Nigeria’s aquaculture sector has the potential to generate an annual revenue of 296 billion dollars.

Mr Lanre Badmus, Director, West African Region, WAS , said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

Badmus, who lauded President Bola Tinubu’s administration for creating the Ministry of Blue economy and Marine, noted that if well harnessed the sector would increase income generation for the country.

He explained that the opportunities in the maritime sector if well tapped had the potential of generating resources in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

“The untapped potential of Nigeria’s blue economy can be worth 296 billion dollars, significantly boosting the overall GDP of the country.

“Knowledge, capacity and operational capability should be explored across five primary innovative themes, which include but not limited to technology, scientific, social, political and governance, physical and economic growth,” he said.

IN BRIEF - Russia threatens UK’s cod and haddock supply as Putin pulls out of decades-old fishing deal

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Moscow says deal has been struck after UK imposes more sanctions on Russia

Russia is pulling out from a landmark fishing deal struck with Britain in 1956 as a response to further sanctions imposed by the UK.

The deal allowed British vessels into the rich fishing grounds of the Barents Sea, the coast of the Kola Peninsula and along the coast of Kolguyev Island.

The agreement was made in London by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in May 1956 at a turning point in the Cold War.

In the same year, he denounced Josef Stalin, proposed peaceful co-existence with the West and even visited Britain in April.

Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma lower house of parliament, said in a statement: “When Nikita Khrushchev accepted this deal in 1956, it is difficult to say what guided him but it was definitely not national interest.

“The British need to study some proverbs: ‘Russians harness the horse slowly, but ride it fast’.”

It comes as Britain on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six individuals in charge of the Arctic penal colony where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died last week.

Since the invasion began, Britain has repeatedly placed sanctions on Russia with increasing severity. The sanctions were declared as economic war by Duma, despite the country’s economy growing by 3.6 per cent last year.

Author/source: Maryam Zakir-Hussain/Independent

Other Media | SalmonExpert: China's land-based salmon producer prepares for first harvest

Thursday, February 22, 2024

A land-based salmon farm in eastern China experienced good operational performance in the fourth quarter with the completion of Phase 1 construction work according to plan and budget, its Norwegian owner said.

Nordic Aqua Partners has just carried out a test catch of fish with a live weight of 5 kg and rated the quality as "excellent". The fish destined for its first commercial harvest weighed 4.6 kilos in mid-February and will be harvested at the end of March.

Source: SalmonExpert | Read the full article here

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Peru encourages nearly 5,000 fishermen to request the approved bonds to mitigate the economic impact on the sector

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Ministry of Production (Produce) of Peru calls on potential beneficiaries of the Artisanal Fisherman's Bonus to go to the offices of the Banco de la Nación to receive the subsidy approved by the Peruvian Government with the aim of mitigating the economic impacts as a result of the El Niño Phenomenon and anomalous waves. The deadline to collect this aid ends on February 28.

So far, 29,596,000 Peruvian soles, more than 7,173,600 euros, have been distributed to benefit more than 42,280 on-board and non-board artisanal fishermen, within the framework of the economic recovery plan “Con Punch Peru”.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | EuropaAzul: Collaboration with fishermen improves the selectivity of EU fisheries

Thursday, February 22, 2024

A study commissioned by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee takes stock of existing selectivity practices in EU fisheries, identifying progress made and avenues to be explored to achieve better results. "Since 2013, a lot of work has been done and progress has been made on selectivity measures in the EU," they say from the European Parliament.

The study by the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of the Azores (Portugal), presented in the European Parliament on February 19, analyzed the progress made in terms of selectivity in European fisheries since 2013.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here

Other Media | FishFarmer: Subsea awards recognise underwater expertise

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Aberdeenshire firm J+S Subsea was one of the big winners at last night’s Subsea Expo Awards in Aberdeen, picking up two accolades.

The Kintore-based firm collected the Company of the Year Award – under 50 employees, which was sponsored by Ocean Installer, reflecting its strong growth in recent years.  A second award came in the Rising Star category where J+S Subsea’s environmental and sustainability adviser Kairvee Tyagi won the award in a strong field of nominees.

Source: FishFarmer | read the full article here

Other Media | SeafoodSource: Bakkafrost banking on better biological performance in 2024 after challenging year

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Glyvrar, Faroe Islands-based Bakkafrost Group delayed harvests planned for last year in both the Faroes and Scotland until early 2024, and the company said it hopes improved biological performance elicits a solid – albeit delayed – harvest and turns around what was a disappointing end to 2023.

For FY 2023, the company’s revenues amounted to DKK 7.14 billion (USD 1 billion, EUR 957.8 million), and its operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) totaled DKK 1.5 billion (USD 217.3 million, EUR 201.2 million). Harvests, meanwhile, amounted to 73,006 metric tons (MT) gutted weight.

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | read the full article here

IN RIEF - Shifting pollock spawning complicates fisheries management in Gulf of Alaska

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Right about now, millions of walleye pollock are gathering in the Shelikof Strait, near Kodiak Island. They mass there every year towards the end of winter to prepare for spawning. 

And soon, scientists will follow them to do their annual winter trawl survey. 

“It’s timed to be there and survey the pollock just prior to the peak of spawning,” said fisheries biologist Lauren Rogers, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “So that timing of when pollock are going to be migrating to the spawning grounds or away from the spawning grounds is then going to be particularly important for that survey.”

Fisheries biologist Lauren Rogers (NOAA)

But the timing of pollock spawning is becoming more unreliable, as human-caused climate change warms the ocean. That means the scientific surveys that are used for fisheries management could become unreliable too.

Between 2017 and 2019, surveys done by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center across the Gulf of Alaska produced wildly different estimates of pollock biomass. Summer surveys across the feeding grounds showed near-record lows, while the winter survey in Shelikof Strait showed record highs.[...]

Author/source: Anna Canny, KTOO

IN BRIEF - Fisheries eyeing China as an ideal market: MD

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) sees China as an ideal market for Papua New Guinea to take advantage of and open.

Managing director Justin Ilakini said trade with the Chinese market would favorably impact the development of PNG's non-tuna sector.

Ilakini said that while the European Union remains a key market in terms of value and quantity, greater returns are being seen in the tuna industry.

However, 98 percent of the people who participated were engaged in other fishing activities, such as fishing coastal and continental or aquaculture.

Ilakini also noted some stagnation in investment in the country's tuna industry over the past eight years for reasons beyond his control.

He said there has been a slow but strong indication of investment interest, especially with the return of ships.

He attributed this positive step to the government addressing policy and regulatory constraints.

"Those are positive signs, but when it comes to investing, it takes time to slowly build trust," he said.

"Currently, we have about 200 fishing companies at various levels and various sectors; and bringing aquaculture in terms of farmers, there are thousands."

Ilakini said the fishing sector is currently valued at around K5 billion in terms of money generated.

Source: The National

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