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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.

Source: Vietnam Net


IN BRIEF - First U.N. World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is now available for review

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) is now available for review until 6 February 2015 at review.globalchange.gov.

As reported by the WOC in 2013, the inaugural U.N. WOA is the first of a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects.

The WOA includes more than fifty subjects grouped within four main themes:

  • ? Marine environment and understanding the ocean’s role in the global integrated Earth system
  • ? Food security and food safety
  • ? Marine biological diversity
  • ? Human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean

It is important for the WOA to include input from the ocean business community, especially in relation to the assessment themes on human activities.

The first WOA report will include a technical summary showing interdisciplinary linkages between human impacts, ecosystem services, species, and habitats. The WOA report does not appraise marine policy and governance.

To participate in the review process, visit review.globalchange.gov, register for an account (or log-in if you already have one), read the "Guidance for Contributors," then choose the chapter(s) you are interested in and submit your review(s) according to the instructions. Chapters are approximately 15 pages long.

The WOA review is open to the international community. Members of the international community are welcomed and encouraged to review and submit comments on the WOA chapters using the U.S. process outlined above – especially if their governments are not running a domestic process.

Contact Kelly Kryc at krycka@state.gov with any questions.

IN BRIEF - Jellyfish 'can sense ocean currents' - BBC Video

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jellyfish can sense the ocean current and actively swim against it, according to a study that involved tagging and tracking the creatures.

The research, by an international team, could help scientists work out how jellyfish form "blooms".

These blooms may comprise between hundreds and millions of jellyfish, and can persist in a given area for months.

It remains unclear just how the jellyfish sense changes in water, the paper in Current Biology journal says.

The scientists, including researchers from Swansea University and Deakin University in Warnambool, Australia, tagged 18 large barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma octopus) in the Bay of Biscay, off the coast of France.

The team caught the jellyfish and fitted them with loggers that measured acceleration and body orientation.

Lead researcher Prof Graeme Hays from Deakin University said it was "really easy" to attach the tags. "We loop a cable tie around the peduncle that joins the swimming bell to the trailing arms," he explained.

"It takes seconds, and the tag stays on indefinitely."

At the same time, the researchers used floating sensors to monitor and measure the ocean currents.

Source: Victoria Gill/Science reporter, BBC News - Full story here

IN BRIEF - States Battle it out over Historic Agreement

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New York -- On the final morning of a UN Meeting striving to achieve historic protection for the high seas, environmental organizations applauded the vast majority of States working hard to bring about a positive outcome.

Members of the High Seas Alliance attending the negotiations said they were encouraged by initial calls to convene an intergovernmental conference to develop a new, legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.  Although the final text is still under negotiation, the expressions of support from the majority of states to move forward is encouraging. 

Lacking, however, is a clear agreement on a timeframe for the intergovernmental conference. Despite the urgency called for by heads of state at the Rio+20 conference, a small number of states remain reluctant to commit to a deadline. The HSA is advocating for an ambitious time-bound process, beginning in 2016, which reflects the perilous state and urgent need of the ocean itself.  

Speaking on behalf of the HSA, Lisa Speer of member organization Natural Resource Defense Council said “we are encouraged by how strongly the majority of states have fought to protect the high seas.  That gives us the greatest hope that, ultimately, we will achieve something historic.”

Sofia Tsenikli of Greenpeace said “ the UN negotiators have the public on their side. We ask them to keep in mind the urgency of the deepening ocean crisis.  Scientists warn there is simply no time to waste if we are to avoid irreversible damage.”


IN BRIEF - Fish oil rules reviewed as study reveals consumers are being hoodwinked

Friday, January 23, 2015

Of 32 brands of supplements of examined, three contained quantities of omega-3 fatty acids near levels stated – and many were potentially contaminated.

Australia’s drug regulator is reviewing its guidelines for fish oil supplements after a study found consumers were being deceived into buying potentially contaminated products containing much lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids than advertised.

Of 32 brands of fish oil supplements examined, only three contained quantities of omega-3 fatty acids at or near the levels stated on the label, the research published in the Nature journal,Scientific Reports, found.

The research also found markers that the fats had oxidised – or were going off – exceeded international recommendations in 92% of the supplements studied.

While there are many health benefits said to be associated with the essential fatty acids, the evidence is strongest for the role of omega-3 in protecting against heart disease and possibly stroke. But the study suggests people may be getting a much lower dose than they believe.

All the products tested were within their best-before date, and price and country-of-origin were not indicators of quality. The majority of products were made in Australia or New Zealand.

Source: Melissa Davey/theguardian.com - Read full story here

IN BRIEF - Anti-Clean Water Act Legislation Threatens Bristol Bay Fishing Economy, Helps Pebble Mine

Friday, January 23, 2015

DILLINGHAM, AK – In a move that prioritizes the Pebble Mine over the world’s largest and most valuable sockeye salmon fishery, a bill was released today to severely curtail the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) authority to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining within the region. Released by senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and David Vitter (R-LA), the bill alters the 43-year old Clean Water Act by limiting the window when EPA can restrict a project that would have "unacceptable adverse effects" on surrounding wetlands and waterways. 

During this summer’s 60-day public comment period on EPA’s proposed 404(c) determination, the Bristol Bay driftnet fleet – supported by the entire region and a huge majority of Alaskans – all commented in favor of protective action. In total, over 650,000 comments were written in support of the EPA’s proposed determination, with 99% in support of the proposed protections.

IN BRIEF - G'day: One e-mail cost Pespasa company to Nissui?

Friday, January 23, 2015

In an interview given to the local media Nuestromar the former operation manager of Pesantar, Juan Benegas, denounced a maneuver that allowed the Japanese business group permission to operate in the South Atlantic inside Argentina limits and also with Falkland authorization, which is expressly prohibits under Argentinean fishing legislation. The complaint challenges the real will of the Argentine government to assert its rights over the Malvinas fishing area.

A copy of an email sent by Nissui Chile to their Argentina affiliate Pesantar was attached in the article:



Keep taking with care to talk to any Argentinean Colleagues regarding for the underwritten matters.


After her departure from Punta Arenas at 3rd of November, she had navigated off the 200 miles of Argentinean Line, then reached to the Port Stanley of the Falklands Islands at day 7. After receiving her fishing license, start to searching….

Best regards

Satoshi Kaneda | Gerente General | kaneda@nissui.cl 

Mob. +56 9 7958 5616 - Fax +56 2 2414 3620 - ph. +56 2 2424 3600

 Av. Providencia 2635 Edificio Forum 1501, Santiago, Chile

emdepes@nissui.cl - www.emdepes.cl 


After this "affair" it is assumed that companies and colleagues paid greater attention to the use of e-mail to discuss confidential matters.

Source: Nuestromar / FIS


IN BRIEF - Lobster Industry Invited to Discuss, Provide Input

Friday, January 23, 2015

Nova Scotia -- Members of the lobster fishing industry are invited to discuss a proposed two-cent per pound fee to help promote and market the lobster industry.

Consultations led by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture will begin Jan. 27. 

These discussions are an opportunity for members of the lobster fishing industry to share their views on the proposed fee, talk about what the money could be used for, and how the fund could be collected and administered. Last March, Nova Scotia hosted a Canadian Lobster Value Recovery Summit where participants endorsed a Maritime levy of one cent from harvesters and one cent from buyers.

"Hearing from lobster fishermen is important in ensuring this is an industry-led initiative. We have a top-quality product in Nova Scotia. We know it, and I believe it's time for the world to know it too," said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. "As the number one supplier of cold-water lobster, a marketing campaign will help us capitalize on the Canadian brand that's already recognized for quality."

There will be 16 face-to-face meetings west of Halifax, and consultations with fishing associations east of Halifax from Jan. 27 to Feb. 18. French language services will be available at five of the meetings.

Information on the meetings and consultation process is available at www.novascotia.ca/fish

IN BRIEF - State to get 22 modern fish landing centres soon

Friday, January 23, 2015

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala will soon get 22 modern fish landing centres, worth Rs 19.46 crore, fisheries minister K Babu said here on Wednesday. Of these, eight will come up in the district at a cost of Rs 8.75 crore. 

Babu was speaking after inaugurating the modern fish landing centres at Anchuthengu and Puthukurichy. He also inaugurated a new block of the primary health centre at Puthukurichy. 

The projects are being implemented by the state coastal area development corporation (KSCADC) under the rural infrastructure development fund of Nabard. The minister said the fisheries department was implementing projects worth Rs 530 crore under the KSCADC.

The inaugural function was attended by KSCADC managing director K Ampady, general manager K M Lethy, director board member Veli Varghese, fisheries deputy director M Sreekantan and civic body representatives.

IN BRIEF - Marel further optimizes its manufacturing footprint

Friday, January 23, 2015

Marel is taking two significant steps towards a more streamlined and cost effective future manufacturing footprint in line with Marel’s ongoing Simpler, Smarter, Faster refocusing program.  

• Marel is refocusing its product portfolio to concentrate on areas of competitive advantage and to strengthen its market position.  As a result, Marel is ceasing its production of freezers in Singapore and is entering into partnership to continue to provide freezing solutions for integrated solutions its customers. The wind-down of manufacturing activities in Singapore has begun and is expected to be finished before mid-year 2015.   The costs associated with the closure were booked as one-off costs in Q4 2014. The closure of the manufacturing operation in Singapore will increase operational profit during the second half of 2015 and onwards.

• Marel is merging its Des Moines, Iowa manufacturing operation to an existing facility in Gainesville, Georgia. The aim is to capture synergies and increase Marel’s competitiveness by consolidating its manufacturing platform into few multi-industrial manufacturing sites.   The transition process will begin in January 2015, with completion before year-end 2015. The costs associated with the transfer will be booked as one-off costs in Q1 2015 and the benefits will take effect in 2016 and onwards.

•  In addition, Marel is announcing an investment in a new innovation center in Des Moines with a focus on the meat and further processing industries.  The new innovation center will replace the existing facility and at the same time Marel will sell current land and premises.  

These two steps will result in the reduction of approximately 150 employees.  

Marel will provide support to the employees affected throughout the transition.

Source: NASDAQ/globenewswire.com

IN BRIEF - Wave of bankruptcy of seafood producers

Friday, January 23, 2015

Many seafood processing companies in southwestern provinces of Vietnam have gone bankrupt, resulting in the instability of the largest aquaculture area of the country.

In late 2014, many more bosses of seafood processing firms in the region were arrested for investigations of "swindling appropriate assets".

The first case was Mr. Tran Tan Hai, former director of the Viet Hai - Ca Mau Company.

Viet Hai was established in 2008 with charter capital of VND15 billion ($750,000). Taking advantage of preferential policies and good relations with some bank officials, Hai borrowed up to VND120 billion ($6 million). The unpaid interest money was close to VND50 billion ($2.5 million) on the day he was arrested.

The police also detained Ms. Dang Thi Ngoi, director of Ngoc Sinh Company and Mr. Phan Minh Nhat, deputy director of Minh Chau Company, both in Ca Mau province, for similar acts, with a total appropriation of more than VND700 billion ($35 million).

Before these cases, the police had arrested many people involved in the insolvency case of Phuong Nam Seafood Processing Company. This firm’s boss - Lam Ngoc Khuong – committed swindling and fled to America, leaving VND1.6 trillion ($800 million) in debt. Up to 25 officials of five banks were prosecuted last December for violating regulations on loans.

Earlier, the famous businesswoman Dieu Hien also went bankrupt. Her house was surrounded by hundreds of fish breeders, while her banking debt reached hundreds of millions of USD.

Many other famous seafood processors like Thien Ma, Dong Nam, Viet An, An Khang and others also went bankrupt or are about to go bankrupt.

According to the Association of Seafood Processors and Exporters of Ca Mau Province, about a third of the seafood processing companies have gone bankrupt.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge - Read full story here

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