AHMEDABAD - Officials of the I-T department on Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 conducted raids at multiple premises of two prominent fish exporters in Veraval. As many as 17 premises of marine product exporters Gopal Sea Foods and Keshodwala Foods were raided. Tax evasion worth several lakhs has been detected and the raids will continue till Wednesday 4.
"This is the first time we are raiding fish exporters in the state. During our investigation, we found anomalies in their tax deposits. These companies have turnover of INR 2000 million INR 3000 million and are biggest exporters from the region," said an I-T official. The houses of owners of these firms Lakhan Damji Bhensala (Gopal Sea Foods) and Mohammad Nadeem Yusuf Merchant (Keshodwala Foods) were also raided.
YEREVAN - Twenty six Armenian companies have permission for exporting fish and fish products to Russia, but exports of six of them are temporarily banned because of some irregularities, Armenia's State Food Safety Service reports.
According to the press release, these companies are doing now whatever is necessary to put things right and will have the ban lifted after completion of necessary procedures. Armenian companies resumed exporting their products to Russia in 2009.
SINGAPORE - Laboratory tests of a seawater sample taken off Pasir Ris have zeroed in on the type of algae that wiped out massive quantities of farmed and wild fish in recent days.
The species of algae behind the mass fish deaths off Pasir Ris likely belongs to the Gymnodinium group. It is suspected to be Gymnodinium mikimotoi, according to the experts at DHI Water & Environment, but the exact species can only be confirmed through further genetic tests. Gymnodinium mikimotoi, also known as Karenia mikimotoi, is not toxic to humans, but has been associated with massive kills of wild and farmed fishes in Japan and Korea.
SINGAPORE - Fish harvested from local farms are largely supplied to supermarkets. With the recent mass fish deaths, some supermarkets have stopped selling fish harvested from local farms temporarily. Some are also taking measures to ensure the fish supplied are fresh.
Sheng Siong supermarket, which imports 5,000kg of live fish every month, said that quality control measures for fish harvested from local farms are the same as those for imported fish.
Senior figures from marine science, the fishing industry and conservation are set to take to the stage for a prestigious lecture in which they’ll address the question “Are there really plenty more fish in the sea?”
Professor Martin Attrill, director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University; Paul Cox, managing director of the Shark Trust; and Andrew Pillar, fleet manager of Interfish Ltd, will each provide their perspective on the extent to which the world’s oceans are being impacted by commercial fishing, climate change and pollution.
In recent days, fish farmers off the coast of Pasir Ris have seen almost all their fish stocks die off. Death of the fish stock in alarming numbers started from 16 February 2015 and have persisted since.
The fish farmers have been working furiously for the past few weeks to salvage their fish farms, but the scene at the farms remains one of devastation, with a sea of dead fishes floating in the fishnets.
Many of the fish farmers have given up. Mr Philip Lim, a fish farmer and Chairman of Singapore Marine Aquaculture Cooperative lost SGD 50,000 worth of his fish stock at his farm.
Tasmanian salmon company Tassal has defended its practises in Macquarie Harbour after a leaked email alleged the company was damaging water quality in the west coast harbour.
State Greens Leader Kim Booth tabled a leaked email from September 2014 in State Parliament in early March, about a week after receiving it, which outlined concerns from two other Tasmanian fish companies, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna.
QUANG BINH - The Quang Binh People's Procuracy has initiated legal proceedings against a man for manufacturing a large amount of fake goods.
It was the largest case of fake fish sauce processing discovered in the province so far, according to the people's procuracy.
The provincial authorities added that in January 2015, the accused Ngo Thanh Tam, who lives in Ba Don Town's Quang Long Ward, bought materials of unidentified origin to produce more than 1,800 bottles of fish sauce with fake trademarks of Nam Ngu and Second-class Nam Ngu.