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IN BRIEF - UNIDO changing mindsets in fishery processing enterprises

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

An expert from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), wants to see Cambodian owners of fishery processing enterprises change their mindset from following old traditional methods and to embrace new techniques to strengthen food safety.

Shetty Seetharama Thombathu, Chief Technical Advisor of the UNIDO said yesterday that “Cambodian people are kind, friendly and non-aggressive. We need to change their mindset slowly because they are used to following old traditional methods.”

“We want to change their mindset from traditional methods to embracing new techniques with high standard, to ensure their enterprises see continued growth, because their old habits stall growth,” he said.

“I believe that it can be done as they have enough manpower, but they still lack modern materials and international standard technology for food safety, which can improve their products recognition,” he said.

“We are here to help them with materials and techniques, which are needed to standardise their products for entry into the domestic and international markets,” he said.[...]

Source: Khmer Times

IN BRIEF - Southeast Asia nations hold first joint navy drills near disputed South China Sea

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations began its first joint naval exercise on Tuesday at a time when several member countries are responding more strongly to increasing Chinese assertiveness in the area.

The non-combat drills, named ASEAN Solidarity Exercise, include joint maritime patrol operations, search and rescue operations, and humanitarian and disaster relief, Indonesian military chief Adm. Yudo Margono said.

He said the five-day exercise in Indonesia’s Natuna waters aims to boost military ties among the ASEAN nations and enhance interoperability. The drills also involve civilian groups involved in humanitarian relief and disaster prevention.

ASEAN nations have taken part in naval exercises before with other countries — including both the United States and China — but this week’s drills are the first involving just the bloc and are being read by many as a signal to China.

Source: AP news

IN BRIEF - Liberia: European Union Supports Establishment of Fisheries Co-Management Association in Cape Mount County

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), in partnership with the National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), and with support from the European Union-funded Communities for Fisheries project, has conducted elections for new leaders for fishermen, fishmongers, and processors in Grand Cape Mount County.

Over the weekend, EJF and NaFAA conducted elections for new leaders for three Collaborative Management Associations (CMAs) in Grand Cape Mount County. This team of leaders will oversee the affairs of the three CMAs, covering 22 fishing communities, including Robertsport, Boime, Sowie, Kru Town, Fanti Town, Tailor, Sambehum, Torsor, Saywelor, and other surrounding communities in Grand Cape Mount County. Their induction is scheduled for September 27-29, 2023.

Mr. Augustine Fayiah, Program Officer of EJF, in a conversation with a team of journalists over the weekend in Robertsport, explained that CMAs are a partnership arrangement in which the community of local resource users (fishers), the government, other stakeholders (boat owners, fish traders, boat builders, businesspeople, etc.), and external agents share the responsibility and authority for the sustainable management of fisheries in Liberia.

Author / Source : Francis G. Boayue / FPA

IN BRIEF - EC pledges support for Vietnam in developing sustainable fisheries

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The European Commission (EC) recognised Vietnam’s efforts and progress in implementing EC's recommendations on fighting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the past time and affirmed its commitment to accompany the country in developing sustainable fisheries and realising targets on transitioning to green and circular economy, said an EC official.

Brussels (VNA) – The European Commission (EC) recognised Vietnam’s efforts and progress in implementing EC's recommendations on fighting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the past time and affirmed its commitment to accompany the country in developing sustainable fisheries and realising targets on transitioning to green and circular economy, said an EC official. 

EC Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius made the remarks at a meeting with Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan in Brussels on September 18.

The EC representative also said the EC wants to assist the Southeast Asian nation in becoming a model of sustainable fisheries development and anti-illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the world. 

Source: vietnamplus

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Marine heat waves are most intense between 50 and 250 meters and affect flora and fauna

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

"Ocean temperatures have reached their highest level on record in 2023, and the intensity, duration and frequency of marine heat waves, that is, spikes in sea water temperature that last at least five days, are forecast to continue to increase throughout the century. An investigation, published in Nature Climate Change and in which researchers from the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) participate, has discovered that the greatest intensity of marine heat waves is not found on the surface, but in the subsurface, between 50 and 250 meters deep.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | EuropaAzul: The fishing sector denounces the presence of vegan fish with confusing labeling

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The fishing sector, represented by the Spanish Fishing Confederation (CEPESCA), the National Federation of Fishermen's Guilds (FNCP), the Aquaculture Business Association of Spain (APROMAR) and ANFACO-CECOPESCA, has addressed a new letter to Bibiana Medialdea, General Director of Consumer Affairs, warning about the presence in the market of products of plant origin that have confusing labeling and presentation

They try to be assimilated to fishery products to promote their consumption, “when they are not even fish, nor do they provide the nutrients, minerals and benefits of fish products.”

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here

Other Media | SeafoodSource: Bucking global trends, China’s shrimp imports might break records this year

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Chinese shrimp imports may surpass 1 million metric tons (MT) this year, defying global purchasing trends and achieving growth that no other market has gotten close to reaching in 2023, according to Shrimp Insights Founder Willem van der Pijl.

Between the second half of 2022 and June of this year, China imported around 1 million MT of shrimp, split nearly evenly through every six months. 

Author: Toan Dao / SeafoodSource | read the full article here

Other Media | FishFocus: Blue ecolabel is key driver of sustainability in UK fishing over last 20 years

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

  • Almost 150 changes to fishing practices since 2001 – driven by Marine Stewardship Council’s ecolabel – the world leader for sustainable seafood
  • MSC urge UK government to seize once in a generation moment to ensure sustainability is embedded across all aspects of fisheries management

Consumer demand has been a key driver of sustainability in the UK fishing industry over the last 20 years, a major report reveals today.

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here

Other Media | FishFarmer: Atlantic Sapphire share issue raises $65m

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Atlantic Sapphire has successfully raised a further US $65 million (NOK 702m/ £52.7m ) with a new share issue, the Florida land-based salmon farmer has announced.

The move involves the private placement of 501,428,571 new shares, at a price per new share of NOK 1.40.

The Oslo Stock Market announcement said: “The private placement was carried out on the basis of an accelerated book building process managed by Arctic Securities AS and DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA as joint book runners after close of markets on 19 September 2023.

Author: Vince McDonagh / FishFarmer | read the full article here

IN BRIEF - Vigo receives the 39 NAFO countries to debate the new distribution of fishing quotas

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

At stake, species as important for the Galician fleet as cod or halibut

Vigo receives international delegations from all the countries that make up the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), with the aim of holding the meeting in which the fishing quotas for said fishing ground will be set. Specifically, this organization is made up of the European Union and 12 other countries –Canada, South Korea, Cuba, Denmark, the United States, France, Greenland, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Russia and Ukraine–, which will decide the distribution for the next year of species of great importance for the Galician fleet such as cod or halibut.

The Vigo meeting will be the 45th in the history of the organization and will take place behind closed doors, so its results will likely be announced on Friday. Last year, said negotiation was held in Porto (Portugal), where it was announced that in 2023 they would meet in Santiago de Compostela. Finally, the location chosen was Vigo.
Source: Faro de Vigo (translated from original in spanish)

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