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IN BRIEF - Boosting the Philippine fisheries sector

PHILIPPINES
Friday, November 23, 2012

More government attention is being given the country’s fisheries sector. The aim is to replenish fish populations in key marine biodiversity areas nationwide.

On 17 October, 2012, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the five-year (2012-2017) Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (Ecofish) project as part of the 2012 celebration of Fish Conservation Month. The target is a 10 per cent increase in fish biomass and in the number of jobs for rural folk.

Source: Manila Bulletin

 


IN BRIEF - Crews' claims move to court

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

A NZD 17 million wage claim lodged against the owners of three foreign charter fishing vessels that sail out of Timaru is heading to the Employment Court.

 

Crews of the Sur Este 707, Pacinui and Dong Won 701 have commenced proceedings for non-payment of wages dating back to 2007. Nelson maritime lawyer Peter Dawson is acting for 500 crew members of three Sur Este vessels, three Dong Won vessels, the Pacinui and two Melilla vessels. Dawson said the matter had been transferred from the Employment Relations Authority to the Employment Court, with a preliminary hearing set for September 23 and then a main hearing date to be set.

"We think that's [Employment Court] the best place to argue an issue of this complexity and it has more compelling powers."

Sur Este 707 is chartered by Timaru company South East Resources (Serl), with claims being made on behalf of 29 crew for NZD 3.9m.

Source: Stuff

 


IN BRIEF - Explosion at Omega Protein Plant Kills Worker in Mississippi

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

MOSS POINT, Mississippi - A worker was killed and three others were injured in an explosion Monday 28 of July 2014 at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast. Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.

 

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the dead worker as Jerry Lee Taylor II, 25, of Mobile, Alabama. The three injured men were taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula where two were treated for minor injuries and one underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition. The fiancée of one of the injured men said welding was taking place at the time of the explosion. In 2012, a 24-year-old Omega Protein worker was killed in an accident that federal investigators have since said was avoidable and in May 2011, three men were killed aboard an Omega Protein fishing boat which collided with a container ship in the Gulfport ship channel.

Source: NBC News

 


IN BRIEF - Omega Protein Announces Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

HOUSTON - Omega Protein Corporation, a nutritional product company and a leading integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty protein products, will announce results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, after market close.

 

The Company will host a conference call with members of the executive management team to discuss these results with additional comments and details. The conference call is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 7, 2014. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Omega Protein's website at www.omegaprotein.com, and will be available for 30 days. In addition, listeners may dial (877) 407-3982 in North America, and international listeners may dial (201) 493-6780.

A telephonic playback will be available from 11:30 a.m. ET, August 7, 2014, through August 21, 2014. Participants can dial (877) 870-5176 in North America, and international listeners may dial (858) 384-5517. The password is 13586946.

Source: PR Newswire

 


IN BRIEF - Foreign charter rule changes

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

Rule changes demanding fishing-boat skippers and officers speak Korean are being used to keep New Zealanders out of fishing jobs, a union says.

 

The Merchant Service Guild - covering masters and officers on ships - says it has been trying to get its members on to foreign charter fishing boats working the exclusive economic zone. However, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) keeps changing the rules.

Its claims come after weekend news that a bill that would have outlawed slave fishing in New Zealand has failed to pass into law. This raises fears the country's international reputation for providing safe food is again at risk.

Prime Minister John Key pledged to end the abuse and make the foreign charter fishing boats fly New Zealand flags by 2016. But last week, nearly two years after the introduction of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy admitted it would not get through Parliament this term.

Source: Stuff

 


IN BRIEF - Explosion at Omega Protein Plant Kills Worker in Mississippi

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

MOSS POINT, Mississippi - A worker was killed and three others were injured in an explosion Monday 28 of July 2014 at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast. Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.

 

Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the dead worker as Jerry Lee Taylor II, 25, of Mobile, Alabama. The three injured men were taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula where two were treated for minor injuries and one underwent surgery and was listed in fair condition. The fiancée of one of the injured men said welding was taking place at the time of the explosion. In 2012, a 24-year-old Omega Protein worker was killed in an accident that federal investigators have since said was avoidable and in May 2011, three men were killed aboard an Omega Protein fishing boat which collided with a container ship in the Gulfport ship channel.

Source: NBC News

 


IN BRIEF - Kite systems offer a great alternative to traditional floats on fishing trawls

FRANCE
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

Most fishermen use floats on the headline of their trawls but it is worth considering using kite systems as they do offer some advantages, according to Morgère, the trawl equipment manufacturer.

Michel Dagorn, director of Morgère, says the key benefit is the reduction in drag, which in turn boosts fuel consumption. Kite systems use hydrofoil type arrangements to provide the lift, rather than traditional floats.

Michel Dagorn said: “At Morgère we have patented our own kite system called Aeroplane, which is currently used by a number of fishermen in fishing areas south of Iceland and around Norway. The concept is delightfully simple. The flexible kite, which is made from canvas and coated with tough PVC, is shaped like vents with a larger opening on the front side, which are then arranged in a series along the small meshes of the headline.

“When the trawl is pulled through the sea, the water pressure flowing through the Aeroplane system provides lift, thus opening the trawl. It works very well and fishermen using it have found that it maintains an excellent shape and overall integrity of the net.”

Positioned in the middle of the headline, sea trials have shown that Morgère’s standard Aeroplane (1.50m) does exactly the same job as 35 floats (200mm) at a towing speed of 3.5 knots, or 45 floats at four knots. But for 35 floats there is a drag of around 64kg when towing at three knots. However, by using the 1.5m Aeroplane instead, the drag is reduced to only 32kgs - or half that of the floats. This in turn, produces obvious fuel savings without compromising the effectiveness of the trawl in any way.

 


IN BRIEF - Caught off-guard by 2010’s sockeye record, processing plants have geared up for a repeat

CANADA
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

VICTORIA — B.C.’s commercial fishing industry has been building capacity to handle 2014’s forecast big sockeye run after being caught off guard by the record flood of the fish in 2010.

 

“In 2010, it was the largest sockeye run in the Fraser we’d seen since 1913, and we hadn’t anticipated it and not a lot of people were geared up to handle it,” said Rob Morley, vice-president of Vancouver-based Canfisco, Canada’s largest packer of canned salmon, which also operates commercial fishing boats.

“I think people are making plans this year and hopefully we’ll be able to.”

Commercial fishing — including seine, troll and gill netting of a variety of fish — accounted for more than CAD 345 million in revenue in 2011, the most recent year of available statistics.

Much of the emphasis is on salmon, sockeye in particular.

Salmon accounted for 11 per cent of the volume of wild caught seafood in B.C., worth CAD 74 million in 2010. Salmon processing has risen 10 per cent over the last 10 years and accounts for 30 per cent of processed wild caught seafood in the province, according to the federal government.

Source: Vancouver Sun

 


IN BRIEF - Drought, disease among factors behind shortage of Texas oysters

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

For local sellers and lovers of fresh oysters, the news is not good.

The Gulf Coast oyster industry is under siege from several directions, including drought, disease and overharvesting. The result has been a scarcity of quality bivalve mollusks of the “eastern oyster” variety (Crassostrea virginica), which is usually what you’re eating when you’re eating Gulf oysters.

Scarcity and quality were issues even before the Texas oyster season was closed on April 30 2014 for six months, an annual occurrence.

Lance Robinson, regional director of the upper coast for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Coastal Fisheries division, said disease, parasites and predators, exacerbated by drought, have stricken reefs where 90 percent of the state’s oysters are commercially and recreationally harvested — primarily Galveston, Matagorda and San Antonio bays.

Source: The Monitor

 


IN BRIEF - Products: Safeway's Sustainable Seafood

RWANDA
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

As one of the country’s largest grocers, Safeway recognizes its responsibility to protect our natural resources. Protecting our oceans is critical for maintaining the availability of seafood for future generations and the health of our planet. We set a progressive, industry-leading goal for all our fresh and frozen seafood to be responsibly caught or farmed, or from sources making credible improvements, by the end of 2015.

 

To accomplish our goal, we partnered with FishWise, a California-based nonprofit organization that works with companies to conserve marine resources through environmentally responsible business practices. Together with FishWise, we’re continually educating our staff and customers on environmental issues and collaborating with suppliers to source seafood more responsibly.

Our efforts were recently recognized by Greenpeace USA, which has named us as one of the highest-ranked national grocers for sustainable seafood for the past four years in a row.

Source: 3blmedia

 


IN BRIEF - Darden completes USD 2.1 billion sale of its Red Lobster chain

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

Red Lobster began a new era Monday28 of July 2014, as Orlando-based Darden Restaurants completed its USD 2.1 billion sale to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.

 

The chain is going "back to the basics of being not just the biggest, but the best seafood restaurant," said Kim Lopdrup, Red Lobster's new chief executive officer.

"We're going to have some really spectacular food suitable for a special occasion," Lopdrup said, and

"we're going to have more everyday food at the lower end" as well.

Red Lobster will cut back on dishes without seafood and end much of the deep discounting that took place recently under Darden. Deals such as 30 shrimp for $11.99 will go away, though longtime specials such as Endless Shrimp will remain.

For now, the new Red Lobster is keeping some of its Darden ties. Customers can still use Red Lobster gift cards used at other Darden restaurants and vice versa.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

 


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