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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 - Huge Chinese fish farm on French Polynesian atoll delayed

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The planned launch of a huge Chinese fish farm on Hao atoll in French Polynesia has been delayed because of a legal dispute.

Radio 1 said the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods has been taken to court by the construction company Coco Group Engineering over alleged payment delays.

After years of negotiations and months of preparations, the USD 1.5 billion project was due to be started this month.

Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods has acknowledged the delays but said the project was unchanged and would be completed.

The mayor of Hao suspects that the setback has been masterminded by the political opposition.

Source: Radio NZ

IN BRIEF - National programme in place to monitor aquaculture diseases

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

KOCHI - There is huge potential for aquaculture in India and plans are afoot to promote multi-species cultivation unlike smaller countries that bank on a few species.

"It has become important for India, as a signatory to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), to introduce a surveillance programme to monitor aquatic diseases, said JK Jena, deputy director general, fisheries, Delhi. Jena is also the national coordinator, National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD).

"We are talking about giving regional importance. A person in West Bengal loves a different fish than the one in Gujarat or Kerala. The present freshwater aquaculture figure is around six million tonnes while it is about 0.5 million tonnes in brackish water which is mainly shrimp export.

Source: The Times of India

IN BRIEF - Young´s Seafood owners eye potential sale

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The private equity owners of Young’s, one of Britain’s biggest seafood brands, is understood to be exploring a multi-million pound sale.

The Press Association understands that Lion Capital, Bain Capital and HPS Investment Partners (UK) are working with boutique investment house Stamford Partners on a potential exit.

Grimsby-based Young’s Seafood, which has a history dating back 200 years, recorded turnover of GBP 496.5 million last year and booked earnings of GBP 21.2 million, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

Source: Daily Mail

IN BRIEF - VN to halt illegal fishing by 2025

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The National Assembly has passed a revised law on fisheries as Vi?t Nam prepares a national plan to prevent, minimise and eliminate illegal fishing by 2025. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vu Van Tám, talks with the Tin T?c (News) newspaper about the issue

Could you explain the regulations on licensing fishing, catch quotas, and fishing capacity in the newly-adopted revised Law on Fisheries?

The revised law progresses from the Law on Fisheries issued in 2003 and now complies with international laws on protection of aquaculture resources.

The regulation on fishing licensing is a form of management applied in many countries.

Granting quotas would be based on evaluation of aquaculture reserves to ensure sustainable exploitation.

Source: Vietnam News

IN BRIEF - Call for closure of fish farms after 'catastrophic' drop in salmon numbers

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A “CATASTROPHIC” failure of the salmon run in Argyll’s largest and most closely monitored river has prompted demands for the closure of some fish farms and a review of the expansion of the industry.

This year’s run of salmon in the River Awe is by far the lowest since records began in 1964, according to figures released today. The annual salmon count for 2017 has been confirmed as 480, which compares with 807 in 2016 and a five-year average of 1400. The previous lowest total was 781 in 1998.

“This year’s salmon count on the River Awe is incontrovertible evidence that the decline in wild fish in salmon farming’s southern heartland has become critical,” said Roger Brook, chair of Argyll District Salmon Fishery Board.

“We call upon the Scottish Government to take action on all issues within its regulatory control. Specifically, we ask for a review of the policy to facilitate the continued expansion of the salmon aquaculture industry without first addressing the negative impacts. Expansion of aquaculture without greater regulatory control is sounding the death knell for viable wild salmon populations in most of the West Highlands and Islands.”

Source: The National

IN BRIEF - Protests persist as over 600 fishermen yet to be traced

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The whereabouts of as many as 623 fishermen from Kanniyakumari district, who got caught in Cyclone Ockhi, were yet to be traced, said Collector Sajjan Singh R. Chavan here on Sunday. His comments came even as fisherfolk in the coastal district continued to protest, demanding that the government expedite its efforts to locate and bring the missing fishermen to safety.

Mr. Chavan told The Hindu that search and rescue operations were under way to trace the 588 fishermen who had set sail on 54 mechanised boats, as well as 35 other fishermen on 13 country boats (vallam) from Kanniyakumari district.

Currently, 117 fishermen are on safe shores in States such as Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep Islands. Two fishermen have officially been declared dead so far. Besides, six fishermen, who had sustained injuries, have been provided solatium of INR 50,000 each.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - Research vessels join search operations for missing fishermen

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A vessel each from research institutions Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), under the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, have joined the search operations for fishermen who are reported missing after Cyclone Ockhi.

The research vessels joined the operations on the request of the Fisheries Department, sources said. The vessels left the Kochi shore on Sunday morning. According to CMFRI sources, Silver Pompano has two fishermen from Pozhiyoor on board along with personnel from the Fisheries Department as well as crew from CMFRI.

Matsyakumari II of CIFT also left Kochi on Sunday morning. There are 10 CIFT crew members as well as two sea guards and fishermen each on board the vessel. The vessels are reportedly in waters off the Alappuzha coast.

According to CMFRI sources, Silver Pompano has moved away between 30 and 50 nautical miles. The CIFT vessel too has moved into deep waters.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest: Norway regulator again rejects 'Donut' fish farm volume plan

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Marine Harvest Asa:

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has again turned down fish farmer Marine Harvest’s application for farming volumes related to its experimental “Marine Donut” concept

So-called development licenses are an effort to spur long-term growth in the Norwegian salmon business and prevent the spread of sea lice, a parasite, which today hampers growth

The regulator only wants to allow a volume of 1,100 tonnes for the Donut concept, while the company had applied for a permit to farm 5,140 tonnes

The company’s complaint will now move to the Ministry of Industry and Fisheries for further processing, the regulator added.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Nanovaccine works swimmingly for fish

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The traditional way of protecting fish against disease is to inject them individually with a vaccine.

But this can be time-consuming and manpower-intensive.

Singapore researchers have come up with a way around this - using a tiny nano material.

They have found a way to package a vaccine for a common bacterium in tropical waters, tenacibaculum maritimum, into a material 100,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. The bacterium causes the scales of infected fish to fall off and their mouths to disintegrate.

The new method will allow fish farmers to vaccinate their fish stocks by immersing them in a container of water containing the "nanovaccine". It then enters the fish through their gills and skin.

"There is no need for skilled workers, and fewer workers are needed... making it cheaper," said Dr Jeffrey Seng, a senior lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Chemical and Life Sciences. He led the development of the nanovaccine.

Source: Straits Times

IN BRIEF - Chinese investors to sink KES 1.2 billion to revive struggling fish industry in Kisumu

Saturday, December 09, 2017

A group of Chinese investors is set to pump KES 1.2 billion (USD120 million) in Kisumu's struggling fish industry.

The foreign investors unveiled the mega project on Thursday, December 8 2017, while visiting Kisumu county's Deputy Governor Ochieng' Owili at his office.

The giant project is expected to create job opportunities for at least 500 households whose main economic activities include fishing A delegation of Chinese investors is set to inject KES 1.2 billion (USD120 million) in the struggling fish industry in Kisumu county. According to a Facebook post shared by Kisumu County Governor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o on Thursday, December 8, the investors unveiled the mega project while visiting the county's Deputy Governor Ochieng' Owili at his office.

Source: TUKO

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IN BRIEF - Huge Chinese fish farm on French Polynesian atoll delayed
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IN BRIEF - Nanovaccine works swimmingly for fish
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IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest: Norway regulator again rejects 'Donut' fish farm volume plan
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IN BRIEF - Research vessels join search operations for missing fishermen
Dec 12, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Protests persist as over 600 fishermen yet to be traced
United Kingdom
Dec 12, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Call for closure of fish farms after 'catastrophic' drop in salmon numbers
Viet Nam
Dec 12, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - VN to halt illegal fishing by 2025
United Kingdom
Dec 12, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Young´s Seafood owners eye potential sale
Dec 12, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - National programme in place to monitor aquaculture diseases
Dec 12, 02:40 (GMT + 9):
Norway Royal Salmon and Aker’s proposal to grow more salmon in the Arctic receives green light
Dec 12, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
Omani firm plans to new aquaculture projects
United Kingdom
Dec 12, 01:30 (GMT + 9):
Scottish fishermen request 'smooth' Brexit transition
Republic of Ireland
Dec 12, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
Migrant crew exploitation on Irish vessels continues, according to a report
Dec 12, 00:40 (GMT + 9):
Galicia assesses possible shellfish bank harm due to ash trawl
Dec 11, 23:50 (GMT + 9):
Kerala takes measures to control aquatic diseases

Workshop: Fish health vital for profitable farming
Zimbabwe The Zimbabwe Fish Producers’ Association, supported by the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society, invites stakeholders in the fish industry and all fish producers to a Workshop and Fish Information Day ...
ANFACO-CECOPESCA participates in WTO XI Ministerial Conference
Spain ANFACO-CECOPESCA Secretary General will once again represent the interests of the sector in this XI Ministerial Conference of the WTO, which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from December 10 to 13.
Legal instruments to protect biodiversity in high seas advanced
European Union The progress achieved on legally-binding instruments for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the high seas was welcomed by the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Parliamentarians and MSC discussed PNA fishery recertification
United Kingdom Compartmentalisation of fisheries and the re-certification of the controversial Parties to the Nauru Agreement fishery in the western Pacific were discussed this week at the British Parliament.
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