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.
“Tilapia pond-aquaculture farmers are alarmed at the recurrent decline in farm productivity; mass mortality and fish kill brought about by prolonged dry season; increasing air and water temperatures; critical dry spell and drought; frequency of strong thunderstorms; and heavy rainfalls which induce flooding and overflows of aquaculture farms,” the report stated.
A new coalition is pushing for changes to the provincial aquaculture industry.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform (NL-CAR) is launching on March 28th 2017 in St. John’s.
The group consists of members from more than 20 organizations from conservation and environment to academia and science.
Vice President of the Salmonid Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, Leo White, says if aquaculture is going to take off in the province then Newfoundland and Labrador needs to change its policies.
“The main goal is regulatory reform,” he says. “We’re not against aquaculture, our position is that if there’s going to be an aquaculture industry, and it looks like there will be, then we want the best regulations we can get and right now we don’t have them.”
The union representing fish harvesters and processors in Newfoundland and Labrador is calling for "significant" increases in the quota of northern cod, but scientific experts want a cautious approach as the stock continues to rebuild.
"It's absolutely critical that we have increases in the quota," David Decker, secretary-treasurer of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union, said Monday 27th March 2017.
Decker made the comment following an update on the stock from the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Biologist Karen Dwyer told reporters the overall biomass of northern cod in division 2J3KL — a large area of ocean off Newfoundland and Labrador's east coast — grew by seven per cent from 2015 to 2016.
HB Grandi aims to cease its groundfish processing operations in Akranes and has entered into talks with union representatives regarding this and the impact it may have for employees.
The plan is to merge the Akranes groundfish processing operations with those in Reykjavík.
Approximately 270 employees are currently employed by HB Grandi in Akranes, whereof 93 are in groundfish processing.
HB Grandi's operations in Akranes include, in addition to the groundfish processing plant, a vessel repair workshop, a fish meal plant and a capelin processing plant, as well as the subsidiaries Norðanfiskur and Vignir G Jónsson. The company intends to further develop these aspects and to strengthen their operation in Akranes.
The suspicion of pathogenic ISA-virus at farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður has now been confirmed. The farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður has been under increased surveillance since July 2016, when a routine surveillance test resulted in suspicion of fish being infected by pathogenic ISA-virus. Reference is made to market announcement on 14 July 2016, 21 July 2016, 20 January 2017 and 16 March 2017.
In March 2017, Bakkafrost decided to harvest the remaining fish at farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður. The accelerated harvest is expected to be finished medio April 2017, and Bakkafrost maintains expected harvest volumes for 2017 to be 53,500 tonnes gutted weight, unchanged from the market announcement on 16 March 2017.
The confirmation of pathogenic ISA-virus at farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður results in a prolonged fallowing period of minimum 6 months for farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður, after the farming site is emptied for fish.
As of March, Tra Vinh had over 7,000 households raising nearly 600 million black tiger shrimp and 2,240 households raising 524 million white leg shrimp.
Changeable weather causes diseases, mostly hepathopathy in black tiger shrimp and white spots, to spread. As of now, over 987 households already lost 44 million black tiger shrimp and 75 million white leg shrimp.
Nguyen Van Tuoi, a farmer in Long Hanh Hamlet, said, "I raised over 100,000 shrimps in four ponds and they all died. I haven't dared to continue raising shrimp. I'm afraid that they will continue dying."
Duong Van Dom, head of Cau Ngang District Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said asides from changeable weather, pollution caused by human had also been killing the shrimp.
Normally, the water in the shrimp ponds must be dealt with before being discharged into the environment but many farmers don't do this.
Friend of the Sea has signed a collaboration agreement with the Italian Aquaculture Producers Association (API). The two organizations commit to collaborate actively mitigating aquaculture potential impacts on the environment and promoting sustainable aquaculture procedures in Italy.
The agreement had been signed in the presence of Giuseppe Castiglione, the State Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies (see picture above).
Friend of the Sea will develop guidelines and it will provide technical support including training courses to promote sustainable aquaculture.
API received Friend of the Sea 2017 Award, in recognition of API’s commitment to the promotion of sustainable aquaculture in Italy.
GEORGETOWN - Guyana has refused entry of 2,000 cartons of tuna imported from China saying the action was prompted by an Inspector’s report on samples taken from a container on March 9 2017.
The Government Analyst- Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) said it was advising consumers and the general public that the exact address of the manufacturer in the country of origin of the tuna labelled “BUIWICK” instead of “BRUNSWICK" was not stated.
The authorities have since advised consumers “to always take a second look at labels/brands and to ensure the country of origin and the exact name and address of manufacturers are stated on the label".
Tilapia sausages reach Oxaca market Mexico
To directly benefit the regional productive sector, through the University of Papaloapan, the State University System of Oaxaca supported a project that involves tilapia conservation techniques to obtain derived products.