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IN BRIEF - Kenya, Belgium partner to revamp the fishing industry

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kenya is taking big steps to improve the fishing industry. "Our government is making great efforts to improve the fisheries sector to boost to our economy," the marine and coastal fisheries principal officer John Wanyoike said on 21 Nov.

The world celebrated the World Fisheries day on 22 Nov. Fisheries Ministry and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research institute said the government intends to bolster the fishing industry to make it sustainable and spur the country's economic growth.

Source: Benedict Mutuku / All Africa


IN BRIEF - Many fisheries sector development projects under 2015 budget

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry will launch a number of development projects in the fisheries sector under the 2015 budget proposals.


Heads of both Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry and Finance Ministry recently held several rounds of discussions on providing reliefs and granting finance assistance for the development projects which have already launched by the Fisheries Ministry and for their new projects. These discussions were chaired by Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundara.

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, Secretary Dr. D. M. R. B. Dissanayake, chairmen of ministry affiliated institutions and representatives of the Finance Ministry were also present at the discussions. Finance Ministry Officials are visiting ministries and discuss their future plans and finance requirements before making the 2015 Budget.

Source: Daily News


IN BRIEF - Vella: Environment, maritime affairs and fisheries a 'natural fit'

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Karmenu Vella, the Maltese Commissioner-designate for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, failed to impress MEPs during a European Parliament confirmation hearing on Monday 30th 2014.


Answering to concerns that mixing environment and fisheries is not a good idea, Vella said that merging the two portfolios was a “natural fit” and that blue and green growth were “two sides of the same coin”.

"I believe that environment, maritime affairs and fisheries are a natural fit. Green growth and blue growth are two sides of the same coin. Sustainability is the key principle in all areas of my portfolio which has economic, social and environmental dimensions. Together with you it can be achieved. If confirmed I hope I can also count on you as my partners in getting it done.” the former Maltese Minister of Public Works, Industry and Tourism said.

Source: EurActiv


IN BRIEF - StarKist CEO to retire at end of October 2014

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

StarKist Co.'s President and CEO Sam Hwi Lee will retire from the company Oct. 31 2014.

Lee, who has served on the Pittsburgh-based company's board of directors since 2008, was named to his current role in November 2012, according to the company. StarKist said he will continue to serve as a board member.

Andrew Choe, senior vice president of supply chain at StarKist, has been appointed to succeed Lee.

"I want to personally thank Mr. Lee for all of his leadership and contributions over the past two years at StarKist," Ingu Park, chairman of StarKist's Board of Directors, said in a statement. "We appreciate Mr. Lee's commitment to StarKist's success and wish him the very best in future endeavors."

Source: Biz Journal


IN BRIEF - Controversial plans to expand Tasmanian salmon industry, environmentalists accuse farms of polluting ocean

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Tasmanian salmon producers want to double the size of the industry over the next 15 years to keep up with growing demand.


But environmentalists and the rival abalone industry want the expansion stopped, accusing salmon farms of polluting Tasmania's waterways and killing off marine life.

The groups say underwater vision taken around salmon farms, and a report by a marine scientist provided exclusively to the ABC's 7.30 program, show damage is being done to Tasmania's waterways.

Tassal is the largest producer of salmon in Tasmania, with almost 8 million Atlantic salmon growing in cages that can each hold up to 40,000 fish.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Launch of South Australian co-operative marks new era for management of pipi fisheries

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

They were once only fed to fish on the end of a line, but now the humble South Australian pipi is a gourmet item.


The small mollusc is raked off the beaches of SA's Fleurieu Peninsula, and while for a long time they were only used as bait, growing Asian and Italian communities in SA saw them move from the fishing hook to the plate.

Quotas were introduced by the State Government in 2008 after concerns about overfishing.

Licence holders, representing 56 per cent of the total catch, have now joined together to form the Goolwa PipiCo, and with upgraded facilities, provided in part by State Government grants, they're aiming to promote the pipi as a gourmet seafood option, which could be easily used in place of mussels.

In seafood markets on the east coast the pipis can sell from anywhere between CAD 20 and CAD 1, 000 a kilogram.

Independent chairman Rodger Edwards says the company was launched in July 2014.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Minister outlines fisheries, forestry plans

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Enhancing and improving productivity in the Fisheries and Forestry sector will be one of the key areas the ministry is adamant to improve over the next four years, says newly-appointed Fisheries and Forestry Minister Osea Naiqamu.


He highlighted this during his official welcome ceremony on September the 29th of 2014.

"With this, the Department of Fisheries is responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies that promote best practice (equating conservation and utilisation), that will ensure a prosperous and enhanced fisheries sector," Mr Naiqamu said.

"We need to improve coordination through consultation and partnership with resource owners, communities, private sector, government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations, regional and international agencies."

Source: The Fiji Times


IN BRIEF - Some having big catches of hilsa, some still sit idle

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The delicious hilsa is being netted in plenty in the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Barguna while the fishermen in Hatiya of Noakhali still remain deprived of any big catches.

Meanwhile, the government has imposed a ban on hilsa catching in four rivers in the coast for 11 days from October 5 as every year it is considered as the breeding season.

The popular fish was netted first in mid July after two and a half months of the season was already over. Trawlers loaded with hilsa were seen returning from the Bay to Mohipur and Alipur in Patuakhali and Pathorghata under Barguna districts, reports our Patuakhali correspondent.

Fishermen and fish traders expressed happiness as plenty of hisla were still being netted at the end of the season. The four month-long hilsa season that begun on July 1 will end on October 14.

The government also imposes a ban on hilsa catching from November 1 to June 30 to increase production and quantity of the fish in the country, according to Patuakhali District Fisheries Office (DFO).

Source: The Daily Star


IN BRIEF - Genomic tools eyed to reverse kokanee fishery collapse

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New genomic tools are being developed in an attempt to halt and reverse the “invisible collapse” of B.C.’s kokanee salmon stocks.


Funding from Genome BC, the provincial government and local stakeholders will be used to identify unique regional stocks and migratory patterns, and to support hatchery programs aimed at bringing the province’s landlocked freshwater salmon back from the brink.

By surveying the whole genome of the kokanee — a string of DNA code roughly three billion characters long — researchers will be able to identify regional stocks, prioritize them for protection and management, and understand whether and how they interbreed with each other and with hatchery stock, according to project leader Michael Russello, a biologist at the University of B.C. Okanagan campus.

“Once we have these genomic tools, we can monitor their health relative to pervasive threats and also to assess the effectiveness of management — whether that is regulating the fishery or whether that is trying to assess the impact of repatriating sockeye salmon where they will overlap with kokanee stocks that have been in isolation for decades,” he said.

Source: Vancouver Sun


IN BRIEF - Moving Away From Bottom-Trawling Still Way Out For TN Fishers? – Analysis

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The much-publicised first round of the officials-level talks on resolving the India-Sri Lanka fishing issue has ended up as a non-starter. However, hopes still cannot be ruled out for a possible, if not early, solution.

Under the evolved and existing circumstances, a solution should mainly involve governments in India – those in Tamil Nadu and at the Centre — demonstrating on the ground, their medium and long-term intent to encourage southern coastal fishers to take to deep-sea fishing in a big way. In turn, both the Sri Lankan Government and the fishers in the Tamil-exclusive Northern Province will have to concede that their Indian counterparts will require reasonable time for effecting that ’conversion’ — from banned trawler fishing, to non-interventionist deep-sea fishing, and act accordingly.

Source: Eurasia Review

IN BRIEF - Protected corals could be wiped out by deep sea mining

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wellington - Mining phosphate from the seabed of the Chatham Rise would remove a protected coral species crucial to the local ecosystem, an Environmental Protection Agency hearing into a seabed mining proposal was told the morning of September the 30th 2014.

Benthic expert Professor Les Watling, a marine biologist with extensive experience – to the point of having seven new species named in his honour - was giving evidence on behalf of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), Greenpeace and Kiwis Against Seabed mining (KASM) to the hearing into Chatham Rock Phosphate’s (CRP) application to mine a 5000 sq km area of the Chatham Rise for phosphate.

The company’s sediment modelling shows that the mining waste would consist of small particles that, if pumped back into the water, would spread over a wide area. This, Professor Watling said, would create a kind of “soup” where no coral could grow.

Source: Scoop


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