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IN BRIEF - Boosting the Philippine fisheries sector

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 - Pew and Bertarelli Praise Chile’s Creation of Easter Island Marine Park

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


VALPARAÍSO - The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Bertarelli Foundation applaud October the 5th 2015’s action by the Chilean government to create one of the world’s largest fully protected marine parks in the waters surrounding Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the South Pacific Ocean. The park was announced by Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet.

At 631,368 square kilometers (243,630 square miles), the new marine park will be the third- largest fully protected area of ocean in the world. The indigenous community of Easter Island— or Rapa Nui, as the island, its indigenous people, and their language are known—proposed the park to safeguard the biodiversity of the island’s waters, which are home to 142 endemic species, 27 of which are threatened or endangered. The park also will help the Rapa Nui continue centuries-old subsistence fishing practices within an area that extends 50 nautical miles from the shoreline.

Press Release: Pew Charitable Trusts


IN BRIEF - At annual conference, IFFO announces award-winners, new president and 2016’s conference location

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


423 delegates from 42 countries attended the 55th IFFO Annual Conference, held on 28th-30th September, 2015 in Berlin. The event is the essential meeting place for the worldwide fishmeal, fish oil and wider marine ingredients industry to network and share information.


Omega Protein and Zhonghai Ocean Science & Technology were recognised as industry-leaders, winning in the conference’s first-ever IFFO annual awards. The 2016/17 President and Vice-President were chosen. And IFFO announced the next annual conference will be 24th-26th October in Bangkok, Thailand.

Presentations and recordings from the conference will be published in October to the members area of the web.

A judges panel, drawn from the management board of IFFO, considered submissions from IFFO members who demonstrated leadership or innovation in one or more of the following areas:

- Representing the industry in lobbying and advocacy

- Setting an example to others in responsible business practice, environmental management and/or corporate governance

- Innovation in environmental, social, technical or product areas

- Any other forms of leadership that applicants may put forward

Press Release: IFFO


IN BRIEF - New trawl door design from Morgére significantly reduces seabed contact

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Morgére will for the first time be exhibiting an innovative new type of trawl door known as the ‘Jumper’ that has been designed to minimise contact with the seabed.

A model of the Jumper door will be on display on the Morgére stand at next week’s Itechmer 2015 exhibition in Lorient (14 to 16 October 2015). Rather than having continual contact with the seabed when demersal trawling, the door is designed in such a way that it only intermittently hits the bottom before jumping up again. This delivers environmental benefits by significantly reducing contact time on the sea floor.

The Jumper door has undergone a number of developmental flume tank and sea trials working in conjunction with Ifremer, the French national fisheries research and support institute. The Jumper works through design elements that makes the door roll inside, thus producing an upward hydrodynamic force, which in turn relieves pressure on the seabed.

The ‘V’ shape of the design also means that only a few heavy protective shoes are required at the lower end of the door. The project has now reached a stage where the doors are ready for commercial fishing trials, which will take place shortly.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest Canada First To Complete BAP Group Farm Pilot

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


Marine Harvest Canada has successfully completed a pilot of the Best Aquaculture Practices' (BAP) new group farm program, resulting in 11 of its salmon farm sites attaining BAP certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced today.


Located along the vast British Columbia coastline, the farm sites are the first set of sites to earn BAP certification under the group farm program.

Press Release: GAA


IN BRIEF - Who Wears the Trousers... on Ocean Plastics!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

VALPARAISO - On October the 5th 2015 at the Our Ocean Summit held in Valparaiso, Chile, José María Figueres, Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission and former President of Costa Rica, donned a suit and sunglasses made from plastic waste to help bring awareness to the harmful effects of plastics on ocean life and highlight innovative uses for plastic waste. 

Marine debris, particularly plastics, are a major source of ocean pollution and pose a serious threat to marine ecosystems. In 2010 alone, it is estimated that eight million tons of plastic trash entered the ocean from coastal countries. With plastic production and usage increasing rapidly, this number is on target to increase tenfold within the next decade. If unchecked by 2025, some estimate that there could be as much as 1kg of plastic for every 3kg of fish in the ocean.

The Global Ocean Commission’s report, From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean, was released in June 2014 and identified the drivers of ocean decline while mapping out the 8 key interventions needed to ensure the ocean’s recovery. Proposal 5 focused on the growing problem of plastic waste in the Ocean and the efforts needed to stop it from polluting marine environments. Preventing the loss of plastic waste to the ocean must be a priority for the international community, but so too must be the capacity to create innovative solutions currently littering the globe.

Press Release: Global Ocean Commission


IN BRIEF - Casinos of Winnipeg commit to serving sustainable fish

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


WINNIPEG – Building on its commitment to sustainable sourcing, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries announced on Octobet the 5th 2015 it has received Chain of Custody (CoC) certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to serve certified sustainable products at the Casinos of Winnipeg. Guests at Club Regent Casino and McPhillips Station Casino now enjoy certified sustainable Manitoba-harvested pickerel (walleye) bearing the blue MSC label. This signifies the fish is from an environmentally responsible, well-managed fishery.



The first ever casinos to enter the MSC program join 3,050 companies and 270 fisheries worldwide that are contributing to making a difference on our waters by transforming our freshwater fish and seafood market to a sustainable basis. Opened in 1993, the Casinos of Winnipeg operate five restaurants and an entertainment centre, and serve 9,000 meals each week.

Press Release: Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries


IN BRIEF - Consumer survey explores farmed, wild seafood perceptions

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


The marketplace is, at times, an unfriendly place for farmed seafood products. Consumers may look upon aquaculture with a skeptical, if not disdainful, eye if informed by negative media reports — particularly those sharing outdated or inaccurate information, of which is there is a startling amount.


When it comes right down to it, however, we know very little about how consumers truly feel about farmed seafood, either in general or in comparison to wild seafood. Price is huge, but what other factors are as well? Does production method matter? What importance do they place on sustainability — do they even know what it means? In that vein, does any environmentally friendly attribute trump the price tag in a supermarket shopper’s mind?

These are the types of questions that U.S. seafood company The Fishin’ Co. sought to answer with a survey of U.S. consumers, conducted in February. The results will be revealed at the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) GOAL conference, held in Vancouver at the Four Seasons Hotel from Oct. 26 to 29 2015. GAA co-commissioned the survey.

Source: The Advocate


IN BRIEF - Six new labs to help aqua farmers

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


VIJAYAWADA - In a major step towards ensuring disease-free aquaculture in the state, the fisheries department is introducing six mobile disease diagnosis laboratories. Even though Andhra Pradesh is the aquaculture hub of the country, lack of proper disease diagnosis laboratories has hampered the growth of aquaculture. So much so, 28 per cent of shrimp cultivation is lost due to diseases.


At present, there are eight laboratories in Nellore, Ongole, Nidubrol, Kaikaluru, Bhimavaram, Kakinada, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam. Only five labs are functional (two fully and three partially). Fisheries commissioner Ram Shankar Naik told TOI that the government will operate three out of the six labs and the remaining would be handed over to private players.

Once these mobile labs are ready, they will visit the areas of aquaculture cultivation and address the problems of the farmers. These labs will monitor the prevailing diseases and educated growers on the steps to be taken to protect their farms.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - Fishy business makes more sense with sensors

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


The slippery customers are extremely sensitive to even the smallest change in water conditions and can die quickly if the farmer doesn't sort out any problem as soon as it occurs.

And in South Korea, where there are more than 450 eel farms, dead eels mean lost profit - one tank containing two tonnes of eels can be worth more than GBP 41,500.

So local company SK Telecom has been piloting Smart Fish Farm, a hi-tech way to keep an eye on water quality in the fish tanks.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Shrimp paste to be recalled

Wednesday, October 07, 2015


KRABI - Authorities have ordered manufacturers of kapi, or shrimp paste, to recall their products from the market after they were found to have been contaminated.

Speaking after a random quality inspection at local markets in Krabi province, Panut Sophonpong, a public health official at Krabi Public Health Department, said Sunday that seven samples of shrimp paste collected from local markets in the province were contaminated with dye.

He said officials from his department inspected several markets in the province, running random quality checks on fresh products including shrimp paste -- one of the most popular Thai ingredients.

Source: The Bangkok Post


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