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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 - First SPAR supermarket opens in Oman

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Muscat: People of Oman have a new place to visit for quality shopping as SPAR, one of the world's largest food store retailer, has opened its first supermarket in Oman. 

Khimji Ramdas, a leading business conglomerate in Oman with diversified interests in trading, distribution, retailing, restaurants and manufacturing, will be the partner for SPAR in Oman. 

The worldwide SPAR organisation comprises 12,500 stores in 40 countries, across 4 continents and meets the needs of over 11 million consumers every day. 

SPAR was founded in the Netherlands in 1932, and has grown to be the largest voluntary retail chain worldwide.

Source: timesofoman.com

IN BRIEF - Holy mackerel! Belfast warned not to eat free fish

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) " This fish tale might be a wee bit hard to stomach.

Belfast City Council is advising its citizens: Don't eat fish found lying on the roadside. They're too fishy.

Tuesday's health warning follows the accidental dumping of thousands of mackerel on to the busy Ravenhill Road, apparently by a delivery truck with a loose back door. Locals grabbed bags to haul in their catch before passing cars could turn the stranded school to pulp.

The council says Bardsley and other opportunists don't know microbiology, because they don't know where the fish came from, and they could be contaminated by automotive pollutants.

Source: AP

IN BRIEF - Century Pacific Food eyes 10-15% annual growth

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FOOD manufacturer Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) is seen to grow business by 10-15 percent each year in the next five years, outpacing the country’s economic expansion.

Citing some key takeaways from a no-deal roadshow in Kuala Lumpur in December, a joint research by DBS Vickers and First Metro Securities noted that management was looking to grow revenues by 10-15 percent per annum in the next five years, excluding any major acquisitions.

Asked about such growth trajectory, CNPF president and chief executive officer Christopher Co said in a text message: “We don’t really give official guidance but we’re aiming to grow around that rate or approximately two times GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the next five years.”

“Lack of liquidity and low public float remain overhangs to the company’s share price. However, we stay positive on CNPF’s business outlook in the near to medium term,” the joint research said, noting that the company was on track to meet the P1.5 billion 2014 full-year net income guidance.

Source: Doris C. Dumlao/Philippine Daily Inquirer

IN BRIEF - SI seafood businesses stand chance to grow from Fish 2.0

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Solomon Islands entrepreneurs working within the seafood sector from boat to plate could exponentially expand their businesses through the Fish 2.0 competition launched globally early this month.

Fish 2.0 is a business competition that connects investors with seafood businesses giving them an opportunity to win over $180,000 in prizes, gain international visibility, find strategic partners and ultimately garner new investments for their businesses.

Fish 2.0 is backed by a broad range of over 19 foundations, private investors and corporates. 

Fish 2.0 and WWF-Pacific will be holding a workshop for interested businesses from March 10-12 in Fiji, to share information and answer any queries participants from Solomon Islands may have about the Fish 2.0 competition.

At the end of the workshop participants will have learned how to prepare a short business pitch and understand what investors are looking for. 

Larger companies will have a chance to understand the business development opportunity offered by Fish 2.0. 

This workshop will also provide support for those participants interested to enter the broader Fish 2.0 competition. Application forms to attend the Fish 2.0 Fiji Workshop can be downloaded at this link HERE

IN BRIEF - Canary calls on the EU to increase the quota for bluefin tuna

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary -- The PP MEP Gabriel Mato asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, the claim of canaries fishermen to attend at least 100 tons quota increase bluefin tuna this year in the archipelago.
Mato, in a statement, indicating that the meeting, which was held today in Brussels and which was also attended by Secretary General of Fisheries, Andrés Hermida, the minister has shown aware that quotas are insufficient to few percent which has risen and is committed to be a significant increase in bluefin tuna quota for the Canaries for this coming year.
Source EFE - Basic transation from English

IN BRIEF - SMA updated salmon monitor with 10 sanction processes

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Despite being a small sector compared to other like mining or energy, fisheries and aquaculture are taking a strong presence in environmental control.
In the last five months, the Superintendent of the Environment has opened about ten punitive to linked to aquaculture, the result of updating in the body audits conducted between 2013 and 2014 companies processes, but had not resulted in indictments. To the authorities who took on the body almost a year ago to take forward this work has been a priority, which is why the industry is discussed would not be surprising that in the coming weeks and months new companies join those who have open files.
To execute this SMA strengthened management team in charge of these issues and recruited an expert who will conduct the process in the best way, given its specificity.
Among the companies that have opened their punitive processes, is Nova Austral, Pesquera Cape Spencer, AquaChile, Antarfood and Acuinova, among others.
Source: Andres B. Pozo / Diario Financiero -Traduccion basica del Ingles

IN BRIEF - Preserving Order in Japan’s EEZ: Toward a New Paradigm of Maritime Security

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Japanese people were shocked by the incursion of some 200 Chinese poaching vessels into protected waters around the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands last fall, and dismayed by Japan’s limited ability to enforce the law within its own exclusive economic zone. Koda Yoji, a retired vice admiral of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, explores the implications for Japanese maritime security and calls for new modes of cooperation between the Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Self-Defense Force.

program conducted jointly by the Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Self-Defense Force as part of their permanent mission would be an effective way of beefing up Japan’s warning and surveillance of foreign vessels operating in our vast EEZ. (The Senkakus would be excluded due to overt tensions existing in waters around the islands from the presence of both Japanese and Chinese Coast Guard vessels. The exceedingly sensitive nature of this situation makes the deployment of the JMSDF, even for enforcing maritime law, impossible.) It would contribute greatly to the policing of the EEZ at a time when the Japan Coast Guard is stretched thin owing to the necessity of concentrating its patrol vessels and aircraft around the Senkaku Islands. This would constitute an important contribution to the preservation of the international maritime order.

Source: Admiral Koda Yoji /nippon.com - Read full story here (Originally published in Japanese)

IN BRIEF - Scientific model for planning biological stop for Yellowfin tuna

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To avoid a collapse in the size of tuna populations inhabiting the Pacific Ocean, the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) of Mexico, applied first year a new Fisheries Management Plan Yellowfin Tuna in the which capture dates andbaqn tuna scientific information sent by the National Fisheries Institute (Inapesca) and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) was established.

The new rules for the sustainable use of tuna stocks require working with the Satellite Tracking System VMS ships and the number of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) boats. It is intended to protect, at least 62 days per year, the tuna to enable recovery.

In Mexico studies stocks of commercial interest in Inapesca, supported by research boat BiPo are made but also contribute to population studies Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE); the Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR); Regional Center for Fisheries Research (CRIP); the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS), among other institutions that collaborated in drafting the new Fisheries Management Program Yellow Fin Tuna.

Source: Agency ID (basic translation from English)

IN BRIEF - Acuinova: Former workers of the Pescanova subsidiary in Chile claims 1.3 million

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Workers of former Acuinova, located in Chile, yesterday staged a loud protest in the Aysen region to demand payment of severance after the company went into bankruptcy. The disbursement of the releases corresponds to the receivers, or síndico-, but within the settlement plan does not pay about 1,000 million pesos (1.3 million euros), which according to lawyers, corresponds to the workers. For this reason the former staff want to file a lawsuit against the Galician multinational "in Spain or Chile," explained Chilean legal sources, in order to take charge of these payments.

Most of the fired employees -around 90%, according to this lawyer have been "rehired" by Marine Harvest, the Norwegian multinational won all goods of Acuinova Chile at auction.

Source: Faro de Vigo (basic translation from English)


IN BRIEF - Chilean and Peruvian Fishermen make negative statements about The Hague decision

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On both sides of the border, fishermen make negative statements about the consequences left by the verdict of the International Court of Justice.
A year ago, the The Hague Court ruled that the maritime boundary between Chile and Peru started in Milestone 1 and not in the Concordia Point postulated by Lima, but that the parallel line would be projected only up to 80 nautical miles, what Chile meant for the loss of about 22,000 km2 of EEZ, since from the last point equidistant line would extend to 200 miles.
According to an article in El Mercurio Online, the veredict generated mixed reactions: moderation between the Chilean authorities, relative satisfaction among Peruvian, and fear and benefit in the case of artisanal fishermen in the area, respectively.
In Peru things are no different. In contrast, artisanal fishermen are not happy because they expected the failure of benefit, as their authorities assured when the opinion was known, "but nothing happened."
Source: gestion.pe (basic translation from English)

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NGOs applaud suspension of fish imports from Sri Lanka
European Union Fisheries Ministers of the EU agreed in Brussels to punish Sri Lanka for not fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, imposing trade restrictions upon it.
BC company buys 700,000lb of sea cucumber for Chinese market
Canada British Columbia- based aquaculture company Gourmet Ocean Products Inc. announced that it has recently bought about 400,000 pounds of mature sea cucumber.
Pangasius exporters to pay higher tariffs in the US
Viet Nam The Vietnamese tra fish exporters will face higher tariffs for their products to enter the US market.
Dutch Fund announces two 'crucial' investments in aquaculture industry
Worldwide Aqua-Spark investment fund will allocate USD 4 million for "cucial nvestments" in two new business aimed at a more sustainable, clean and healthy way of farming seafood.
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Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

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