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IN BRIEF - Limfjord rope-grown blue shell mussel fishery propels Denmark to 100 per cent MSC certified mussel exports

DENMARK
Friday, April 27, 2012

The Vilsund Blue Limfjord rope-grown mussel fishery today secured certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The Limfjord fishery’s achievements means 100 per cent of Danish mussel exports are now eligible to carry the internationally recognized, blue MSC ecolabel.

The first Danish mussel fishery to enter the MSC program’s full assessment did so in April 2008. Since then, five Danish mussel fisheries have undergone the same rigorous and transparent process and have all succeeded in proving their activities to be sustainable and well-managed.

Minna Epps, Regional Manager for the Baltic Sea region says: “The dedication towards sustainable fishing practices demonstrated by the Danish mussel industry is truly an inspiration and a model to follow for others. We congratulate them warmly and hope their engagement will create a wave of support through customers who will choose their products”.

 


IN BRIEF - Tuna fleet setting nets on dolphins not qualified for Friend of the Sea certification

ITALY
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Friend of the Sea has received requests for certification from two major Latin America tuna shipowners whose vessels set nets on dolphins to catch tuna. Audit was not authorized because one of the requirements for Friend of the Sea certification is that the tuna company be also certified Dolphin-Safe by the Earth Island Institute.

 

“Setting nets on Dolphins is a practice which implies use of explosives or paint bombs and speedboats to harass and encircle dolphins,” explains Dr Paolo Bray. “Dolphin mortality is unfortunately still allowed by some nations as part of tuna fishing activity in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. This fishing method has lead to a decimation of dolphins populations. No dolphin-killing fleet will ever be certified Friend of the Sea sustainable.”

Source: Friend of the Sea

 


IN BRIEF - Sanford confirms closure of Chch mussel processing facility

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Sanford (NZX:SAN) is meeting with its Christchurch employees at 1.00pm on April 20th of 2015 to confirm that it is closing the company’s Christchurch mussel processing facility. Production at the mussel opening plant ended at 12:30pm that day.

 

The decision comes after a period of consultation with the 232 staff employed at the Riccarton site, who were told on 9 April 2015 that Sanford was considering the future of mussel processing in Christchurch. Recent weather patterns had impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply to a point where the Company needed to look at its South Island mussel processing capacity.

Source: Voxy

 


IN BRIEF - Trident's new fishmeal plant to go online soon in Naknek

CHINA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

The newest processing plant in Bristol Bay is about to go online this month. Trident Seafood's multi-million dollar fishmeal plant should get a test run with Togiak herring. Trident agreed to build the plant as part of a 2011 settlement over alleged EPA Clean Water Act violations, and now the company, and residents, should get to see (and smell) it if works as intended. As they're putting the finishing touches on the new plant, Trident offered KDLG's Matt Martin in inside plant tour, and he has this report.

Source: KDLG

 


IN BRIEF - China signals a crack in the ice

CHINA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

After four years of a diplomatic freeze between Norway and China, there recently have been a few signs of a possible crack in the ice. News on 13 of April 201's week that Norwegian salmon exports to China can continue came as Finance Minister Siv Jensen had a bilateral meeting with a top Chinese official in the country’s own finance ministry in Washington over the weekend. China also remains keen on gaining a foothold on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, which can give Norway more leverage.

Russia isn’t the only recently contentious country eager to boost its presence on Svalbard and in the Arctic. China has been eager to gain influence and position in the Arctic for years, with Norway recently allowing it into the cold. Chinese investors have also been among those interested in buying some of the last few privately owned land on Svalbard. That raises concerns, though, and the government has stepped in with plans to buy up the land itself.

Source: News in English

 


IN BRIEF - How Pirate Attacks Cripple Fish Trawling Business in Nigeria

NIGERIA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Foreigners have been accused of deliberately collapsing the local fish trawling business and illegally taking over the business.

 

Some operators who spoke with Vanguard explained that the fish trawling business was huge and responsible for the employment of thousands of Nigerian youths as well as contributing to the economy of the nation in the early 80's up till early 2000's.

They observed that this trend changed when foreigners became interested in that sector of the economy and began to sponsor attacks on local fish trawlers operating in the country with the intetion to hijack the business.

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Sea of dead fish clogs Olympic waterway

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Thousands of dead fish have washed up over the past week in a lagoon in Rio de Janeiro that will host rowing and canoeing events at 2016's Olympic Games.

 

The latest headache for organisers comes amid concerns for the health of participants in the Olympic sailing events, who will take to the waters of a bay where masses of dead fish have similarly washed ashore in recent months.

It was not known whether the cause in that case was an environmental problem or if fishermen had thrown the fish aside because they had no commercial value, but garbage and sewage regularly clog Rio's waterways.

Source: NZ Herald

 


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture a Headache - Esau

NAMIBIA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Despite receiving a financial injection of N$38 million during 2014, the aquaculture sector is not performing well and remains a great concern.

 

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau says that despite the huge financial injection, the sector performed below average, with a mere 740 metric tons produced last year.

"Aquaculture is a headache. I don't know why we are not getting it right. What is the magic formula for us to get the desired results?" Esau asked the fishing sector on Friday (17th of April 2015) during his annual address at Walvis Bay.

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Cell Aquaculture completes acquisition of Haikou Project, to change name

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Cell Aquaculture (ASX:CAQ) has completed the acquisition of the Haikou Project within the Haikou Integrated Free Trade Zone in China.

 

The company will be changing its name to CAQ Holdings Limited and will be reinstated under its current ASX code “CAQ”.

It is currently finalising all outstanding ASX conditions for reinstatement and will update the market once a reinstatement date has been confirmed.

Source: Proactive Investors

 


IN BRIEF - Endangered sturgeons, CITES labelling & seafood traceability

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Endangered sturgeons, CITES labelling and seafood traceability to be presented at the world’s largest seafood trade event

 

Brussels – WWF will discuss with leading seafood sellers and buyers the importance of compulsory CITES labelling for caviar, fishing vessel and seafood tracking, and the state of endangered species like sturgeons. This will happen at the world’s largest seafood trade event, the Seafood Expo Global, which is in Brussels on 21-23 April 2015.

Some 26,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood professionals from 150 countries attended the fair in 2014. More than 80% of attending companies say they are involved in or influence purchasing decisions.

Source: Scoop

 


IN BRIEF - A.P.-MPEDA pact soon for fish seed supply

INDIA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

The government will sign an agreement with the Marine Products Exports and Development Authority (MPEDA) for procurement of four varieties of fish seed by the end of April.

 

Commissioner of Fisheries Department Ram Sankar Naik said the MPEDA authorities had agreed to supply Tilapia, Red Tilapia, Asian Seabass and Wild Crab seeds through its Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture units.

The MPEDA, in return, will offer better marketing options to farmers engaged in brackish water and freshwater aquaculture.

Source: The Hindu

 


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