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IN BRIEF - Chinese fishing technology extirpates Binh Dinh’s tunas
Friday, November 23, 2012
The Binh Dinh province has 2300 vehicles for offshore fishing, including 1500 ones for tuna fishing with which local fishermen have caught 9041 tons of fish so far this year.
Binh Dinh’s tuna had been favored by clients thanks to its high and stable quality-until the day a lot of ship owners stopped fishing with the traditional technology and begin fishing with imported high voltage lamp systems.
Van Cong Viet, a fisherman in Hai Cang ward of Quy Nhon City, the owner of two fishing boats, said that the tunas caught with the new technology have been refused by merchants. Reasoning the low quality, the merchants only pay 85,000 dong per kilo. Meanwhile, local fishermen previously sold at 137,000 dong.
Proposal ‘incomprehensible in environmental terms and foolish in economic terms’
FIE has written to the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, asking him to reconsider the proposal in Seafood Development Plan 2014 - 2020 to provide up to EUR 2 million in state-backed insurance for salmon farms ‘for his own self respect’.
The Minister proposes to underwrite insurance of up to EUR 2 million for operations that suffer loses of up to 30% of their annual turnover from ‘natural disasters’, ‘adverse climatic events’, and ‘diseases in aquaculture’.
Fisheries Department has taken special efforts to popularise Genetically Improved and Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) fish in in-land fish farms in Tiruchi district. Taking advantage of the farm ponds set up under the Mahtma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the department had introduced the breeding of profit-oriented and fast growing GIFT fish during last financial year, said K. Tharpagaraj, District Revenue Officer.
Inaugurating a meeting of in-land fish farmers, organised under the joint auspice of National Fisheries Development Board and the Department of Fisheries here on Thursday 16th of April 2015, he said a total of 255 farm ponds had been set up in the district in which 44 ponds had been identified for the development of GIFT fish. He urged the farmers to go in for a large area with this variety so as to earn assured revenue as part of integrated farming. While the GIFT fish was yet to be harvested, in-land fish farmers had harvested 11.56 tonnes of common varieties in other 211 farm ponds. The common fishes included catla, roh and mrigal, he said.
A multi-state regulatory commission is finished taking comments about how to manage the Gulf of Maine's shuttered shrimp fishery.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission stopped collecting public comment Wednesday 15th of April 2015 about the possibility of establishing rules for the shrimp fishery when and if the stock recovers. Regulators held prior public hearings about the shrimp season in Gloucester; Rockport and Portland in Maine; and Portsmouth, N.H.
The shrimp have been largely unavailable to consumers since regulators shut the fishery down in 2013. The northern shrimp fishery was closed this past winter for the second consecutive year because the state of the stock has fallen to its lowest level on record.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD today joined with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Brussels, along with Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, to announce the first trans-Atlantic mapping survey to take place under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
The Irish research vessel, RV Celtic Explorer will undertake a mapping expedition between St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada and Galway in Ireland in June of 2015, as scientists from the Marine Institute, Ireland will be joined by a multi-national team made up of USA, Canadian and European ocean mapping experts. This is an important step following the agreement reached at Galway in May 2013 and is an example of scientific diplomacy in action.
A Cabinet Minister of the Government of South Australia met with Scottish fishing industry leaders in Aberdeen on April 17th of 2015 to learn how Scotland’s fishermen and the oil & gas sector have benefited through mutual co-operation.
In a meeting facilitated by BP, Geoff Brock, Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, heard at first-hand how the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s (SFF) commercial division, SFF Services Ltd, has provided essential support for Scotland’s offshore energy sector. The Minister was keen to explore whether the Scottish model provides the framework for an operational system that could be applied to Australia’s rapidly developing offshore energy sector.
Established in 1986, SFF Services provides the Scottish oil & gas sector with fishing vessels and their experienced crews to provide protection for vulnerable subsea infrastructure such as pipelines under construction, wellheads and power, telecommunication and umbilical cables. The company also provides vessels for environmental surveys including passive acoustic monitoring and seismic support.
Not only has this benefited the offshore energy sector and the marine environment, but it has also helped secure the future of Scottish fishing by keeping the fleet viable during a period when fundamental restructuring of fisheries management has dramatically reduced fishing opportunities while fish stocks steadily rebuild.
Conservationists and fishermen up and down the West Coast are increasingly at odds over the disappearing sardine. The sardine fishing season has been stopped for the next 14 months. In Monterey's famous Cannery Row, the sardine industry collapsed 70 years ago. And now, history may be repeating itself.
Sal Mineo casts his nets four to five hours out from Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. But the commercial season has been declared over, two months early this season and next season as well. That goes against the 48-year-old sardine fisherman's optimistic outlook.
Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne has defended the Queensland Government's policy to introduce three net-free fishing zones and criticised opponents for making "wild accusations" about the impact the bans will have on the seafood industry.
Mr Byrne's office released a written statement from the Minister on April 16th of 2015, in which he provided data which he said debunked claims made by commercial fishers.
The three zones are near Cairns, north of Mackay and on the Capricorn coast and are designed to boost fishing-tourism in those areas, but commercial fishers are opposed to the plan saying it will reduce their catch.
The Italian navy said Friday 17th of April 2015 it boarded and took control of a Sicilian fishing boat that had been seized earlier in the day by armed men off the coast of Libya.
The operation was conducted by military personnel operating in the area on migrant rescue duty. The statement did not say whether the Italian military encountered the armed men, but a Sicilian cooperative said the seven crew members were on their way back to port.
Schouw & Co.'s wholly-owned subsidiary BioMar has signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture with Chinese company Tongwei Co. Ltd. Initially, the agreement will involve building a joint aqua feed factory in China with an annual capacity of about 100,000 metric tons, which is expected to begin operations in 2016.
China is the world's largest aquaculture market, and Tongwei is the country's leading feed producer. Tongwei Co. Ltd is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. In addition to aqua feed, its core business, the company also produces feed for chicken and livestock. Tongwei manufactures feed for a wide range of fish species, producing about 2.5 million metric tons in 2014. The joint venture will complement Tongwei's current production, focusing on high-end feed and utilising BioMar's expertise in optimising feed composition, technology and farm management.
As of close of market on April 16th of 2015, Nutreco is delisted from the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange following a takeover by SHV. Nutreco has been listed on the stock market for over 18 years under the ticker symbol NUO, with the initial public offering taking place on 3 June 1997.
Over two decades Nutreco transformed itself into a global animal nutrition and fish feed company. Divested Nutreco operations such as its compound feed activities in the Benelux, its global salmon farming operations, animal breeding activities and meat processing in the Netherlands have become part of market leaders. The company also acquired significant animal nutrition and fish feed businesses in countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Mexico and Vietnam. Nutreco today is fully focused on animal nutrition and fish feed with a global presence in over 30 countries.