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.
A mayor in the Somalia’s autonomous state of Puntland has issued a strong warning against illegal foreign fishing vessels plundering the waters off the coast of the region.
Saeed Aden Ali, the mayor of Bandar Beyla coastal town along the Indian Ocean vowed that they will not tolerate on the illegal fishing activities carried out by the trawlers.
‘’They are costing the lives of fishermen who have many families relying on them. We cannot just allow them to continue this and if they don’t stop, we will take harsh actions against them,’’ he threatened.
The country's fish import has been on a rise in recent years while a significant volume of the same, according to officials, has been found 'substandard and harmful' putting public health at great risk.
The existing import-export policy has allowed import of white fish as no test on presence of heavy metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and copper is required except for contamination of formalin, officials and sources said.
According to them, inflow of such substandard fish is causing serious health hazards against the backdrop of loopholes in the existing import policy, they added.
HONOLULU - Bigeye tuna caught by Hawaii's longline industry is in short supply right now as the fleet dodges Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena. Some longline vessels that headed out, turned around without catching anything to avoid the powerful storms.
Nico's Pier 38 and Nico's Fish Market are known for fresh fish. Customers consume 600 to 700 pounds of bigeye tuna fillets daily. Ahi prices are going up at the auction, but the restaurant isn't planning to pass the higher cost along to patrons.
"It's something I've been doing for the past 11 years now. I do average price for the year. I'm not going to make any money this month maybe. I don't know how long it's going to last," said owner Nico Chaize
SeaDragon, New Zealand’s largest refiner and blender of high-quality, internationally-certified concentrated fish oils and fractions, is delighted to announce that its Chairman Colin Groves, its Chief Executive Officer Richard Alderton and its Chief Financial Officer Stephen Bayley have agreed to make a significant investment in the company.
Mr Groves, Mr Alderton and Mr Bayley advise they have agreed to subscribe for a combined stake of NZD 250,000 to NZD 300,000 as part of the company’s ongoing 3-for-5 renounceable rights offer and shortfall book build. Independent of one another, they will take up rights to shares granted to them for nil consideration by the company’s 42.3% shareholder Mersea Holdings.
SeaDragon last month launched a rights offer and shortfall book build to raise a maximum of NZD 9.009 million in new equity capital. Proceeds from the capital raising will be used to fund the ongoing construction of the company’s new Omega-3 plant in Nelson, add a fractionation plant to the facility (leading to a higher value, higher quality product), upgrade its existing Omega-2 plant, pay the costs of the rights offer and meet working capital requirements.
KETCHIKAN - Officials have reduced the estimate for Southeast Alaska’s pink salmon harvest by almost 30 million fish as the summer fishery wraps up its season.
Monday 31’st of August 2015's purse seine opening will likely be the last of the summer, according to the Ketchikan Daily News.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Ketchikan area management biologist Scott Walker said pink salmon catches in Southeast Alaska are just more than 28 million fish this year, about half of what the state projected for 2015.
“We maybe will make 29 million,” Walker said, “and with all of the gillnet catch and what little troll catch (we have), it will be somewhere around 30 million.”
The politics of the Faroe Islands is unlikely to pique your interest, but how about an 800 percent return on your investment?
While the rest of Europe has seen its trade relations suffer through Russian sanctions, the Faroe Islands - part of the Kingdom of Denmark - has enjoyed a boom thanks to its decision to stay out of the European Union.
The islands’ biggest marine produce company, Bakkafrost, has seen its stock surge about 100 percent over 2014, including re-invested dividends. If you are lucky enough to have held Bakkafrost shares over two years, you’ve earned a 260 percent return. Fish exports, which made up 98 percent of Faroese sales abroad in the second quarter, grew 12 percent in the year through June 2015.
Eating fish is a good way to get quality protein in your diet, but state officials have a new report which gives you guidance about how much fish you can safely eat.
Choose Wisely: A Health Guide for Eating Fish In Wisconsin is available on the DNR website. Toxicologist Candy Schrank says the guide targets specific waters and also how many fish you can eat safely. "Check the advisories and in most cases people can just follow the statewide general advisory. In addition, we have exceptions for 146 waters where we have more stringent advice for some species of fish".
In some waters, the level of same consumption is zero. Many of the more urbanized rivers have had pcb contamination, while many other waters have been contaminated by mercury.
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers moved in on illegal fishing operations on the 2nd of September 2015 at Hastings, Napier and Mahia where recreational and commercial fishers are suspected of illegally selling paua and crayfish.
Operation River involves:
Executing search warrants on 22 dwellings
Inspecting commercial fishing premises in Hastings and Napier
Interviewing 31 people
Seizing one commercial fishing vessel, three recreational fishing vessels, one tractor, 11 vehicles that were connected with black market catch and sales
Uncovering illegal trading of 1.8 tonnes of paua (shell on) and 600 crayfish.
MPI Compliance Director Dean Baigent says Operation River has been gathering information on black market fishing and trading in Hawkes Bay since March 2014.
During this time an MPI special duties officer became involved in the black market activities. The officer uncovered illegal trading of paua and crayfish which had been gathered by recreational fishers, some of whom disguised their activities through the use of customary authorisations.
TEHRAN - Iran’s seafood exports value is forecast to hit IRR 350 million by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 19, 2016), according to Hassan Salehi, the head of Iran’s Fisheries Organization.
The country’s seafood exports is planned to rise 15 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, Salehi said, adding that the exports will increase when the sanctions are lifted against the country.
“We are seeking to find new markets for our fishery products in East and South East Asia, Middle East and Caucasus,” the official said.
Also Russia has opened its doors for imports of Iran’s fishery products. Iranian private sector is projected to export 5,000 tons of shrimp to Russia in the current calendar year, Salehi noted.
Sanford gets rid of its tuna fleet New Zealand
Fishing company Sanford has sold one of its Pacific tuna vessels and intends to sell its other purse seiner and quit its Pacific tuna business due to certain challenges in the sector.
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