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IN BRIEF - Fish exports reach 1,112 MTs during first nine months

SRI LANKA
Friday, November 23, 2012

Sri Lanka exported 1,112 metric tons of fish during the first nine months of this year and earned LKR 20,195 million through fish exports, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said on 22 Nov.

“We have sold 626,013 ornamental fish from January to September and we have reduced importing several varieties of fish products, including canned fish, Maldives fish and dry fish with the aim of encouraging Sri Lankan fishermen, “he said.

Source: Ridma Dissanayake / Daily News

 


IN BRIEF - Scottish Fishermen’s Federation publishes independence referendum analysis

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has published a ‘balance-of-risk analysis’ of the replies it received from the Scottish and UK fisheries ministers on questions it raised on the implications for fishing should there be independence, or if the status quo is retained.

In the letters written in April 2014 to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead, and UK Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, the Federation underlined that as an organisation it is apolitical and cannot take a view on independence - but it has been charged by its members to ask questions so as to provide more clarity that will enable individual fishermen to make their own minds up.

The letters written to the two ministers were exactly the same and grouped under three headings: ‘The European Journey; ‘Fisheries Management in an Independent Scotland; and ‘The Business Environment’.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: “We are delighted that the two ministers took the opportunity to provide detailed replies as they provide important input into the independence debate. It gives our members a valuable opportunity to look at the key issues involved and help them reach a decision on how to vote.”

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IN BRIEF - Major anchovy die-off stinks up Seaside, Ore.

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

SEASIDE, Ore. - Tourists visiting Seaside were getting quite a sight - and smell - on August 2014.

 

Millions of anchovies have died trying to swim up the Necanicum River at Seaside. They come in with the incoming tide, get stranded and die.

Most float back into the ocean, while others are eaten by birds. But the massive amount that remained the week of August the 18th of 2014 was quite a sight.

There were too many fish and too little oxygen in the small stream, according to Oregon Coast Aquarium spokeswoman Tiffany Boothe. She added that anchovy die-offs aren't unusual, although this one did seem to have especially big numbers.

It's going to smell for a couple of days probably, she said.

Experts said this odd phenomenon happens about every 10 years in the Seaside area.

Source: King 5

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood exports increase 5.68 percent in July 2014

PAKISTAN
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

ISLAMABAD - The exports of fish and fish preparations increased by 5.68 percent during the first month of fiscal year 2014-15 as compared to the same month of t]he previous year.

According to the latest data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the fish exports during July 2014-15 were recorded at PKR 21.246 million against the exports of PKR 20.104 million in July 2013-14.

In terms of quantity, the seafood exports in July 2014 were recorded at 10,463 metric tons compared to the exports of 8,397 million in July 2013, showing increase of 24.60 percent.

Meanwhile, on month-on-month basis, the seafood exports, however, decreased by 33.03 percent in July 2014 when compared to the exports of PKR 31.726 million in June 2014.

Source: Business Recorder

 


IN BRIEF - Israel fish research to help aquaponics and fish farming?

ISRAEL
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

Zoology researchers Roi Holzman and Victor China at Tel Aviv University weren’t the first to notice that more than 90 percent of fish larvae die in the wild, and that more than 99 percent of fish won’t live to reach maturity. They are the first however, they believe, to explain why this is happening –– and their research could help conservationists and fish farmers give fish a fighting chance on fish farms and in the wild.

 

The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Combining biology with physics, the two researchers uncovered a process called hydrodynamic starvation. Their studies show that most baby fish are destined to die because they are unable to feed from their environment due to a process limited by the physics of water.

“Unlike mammals, most fish release eggs and sperm externally in the water. There is almost no maternal care. The fertilized eggs drift to the ocean where the larvae hatch,” Holzman tells ISRAEL21c. “In the beginning they have no mouth and feed off their yolk sac. Once they start feeding, most of them start dying. Within two weeks, over 90% of the larvae have died. This phenomenon has been known for over a century.

Multiple hypotheses over the years have speculated that the problem stems from pollution, drifting, unsuitable habitats, lack of food, predation or disease, he explains.

Source: Green Prophet

 


IN BRIEF - Anchovies top the foods we love to hate

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

A survey of British attitudes to food by BirdsEye has revealed a nation of fussy eaters and deeply polite friends. In a poll of the ten least popular foods the anchovy took the top spot. The oily fish was among the most hated foods of 44 per cent of the people surveyed. Chicken liver came second with 41 per cent, olives a close third with 39 per cent, tied with black pudding, the native delicacy of congealed pig blood and oatmeal.

 

Canned and bottled anchovies get their distinctive spoonful-of-salt-washed-down-with-olive-oil taste from long curing process, where they can sit for months in salt or oil.

But how do people respond when they find an unpleasant surprise on their plates? 78 per cent of women will politely choke-down offensive food to avoid upsetting their host. Men tend to be less concerned with social decorum, with only 57 per cent prepared to eat dreaded foods just to save the feelings of their host.

Source: Independent

 


IN BRIEF - China Fishery Accepting Anchovies for Cash Faces Bond Hurdle

CHINA
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

China Fishery Group Ltd. (CFG), the anchovy seller accepting fish in lieu of cash from a supplier, faces a second deadline on August the 21st of 2014 as it seeks bondholder approval to let its unit in Peru guarantee as much as CNY 1.2 billion of debt.

 

The Singapore-listed group is pushing for Corporacion Pesquera Inca SAC, its Lima-based unit known as Copeinca, to back obligations including CNY 650 million of credit lines from five lenders, CNY 300 million of its July 2019 bonds and future borrowings, company filings show. That would require a majority of holders of Copeinca’s CNY 250 million notes due February 2017 agreeing to relax the bonds’ covenants, according to a July 17 2014 consent solicitation document.

“It’s very negative for bondholders to consent to this because Copeinca is now going to represent basically the vast majority of China Fishery’s earnings and it has the least amount of debt,” Mariela Anguiano, an analyst at BCP Securities LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut said by phone Aug. 20 2014. “If you make a simple calculation, it doesn’t make sense from a bondholder perspective.”

Source: Bloomberg

 


IN BRIEF - Opportunities for boosting seafood exports to Australia

VIET NAM
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

More and more Australian seafood importers consider Vietnam as a seafood supplier of high quality and sustainability.

 

Vietnam is now one of the three major seafood suppliers for the Australia, after New Zealand and China. In recent years, Vietnam seafood, especially pangasius, is increasingly favored in the country. This is owing to efforts from government agencies such as the Embassy of Vietnam in Australia, Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), and Australian seafood importers represented by the Seafood Importers Association of Australia.

Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition -VIETFISH held by VASEP in Ho Chi Minh City is an important occasion for seafood importers around the world to understand more and more on fish production and processing capacity as well as seafood products of Vietnam. In the framework of VIETFISH 2014 (6 - 8 August 2014), a field trip was organized from 3rd to 10th August 2014 by Vietnam Trade Office in Australia collaborating with VASEP. Sydney Fish Market (SFM) Board of Management and Seafood Importers Association of Australia (SIAA) took the field trip and observed aquacultural activities in some provinces such as An Giang, Can Tho, Nha Trang.

Source: Pangasius

 


IN BRIEF - Fish oil refiner seeks local supply

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

The head of a Nelson fish oil refinery firm wants the New Zealand fishing industry to lift its quality management game so it can supply much-needed demand for top grade fish oil.

 

SeaDragon chief executive Ross Keeley said New Zealand could supply the fish oil needed to satisfy expected growth in demand and to create a premium New Zealand product if the fishing industry was prepared to improve quality management systems on its factory trawlers in particular.

Talley's Group Nelson general manager Tony Hazlett said while it was the next logical progression in extracting high-value oils, which Talley's already did, the capital costs of upgrading infrastructure to meet the strict standards would be "significant".

SeaDragon is a specialised manufacturer of high-quality, refined or concentrated omega-3 and shark liver oils, which has embarked upon a costly expansion phase.

Source: Stuff

 


IN BRIEF - N.S. clams up about lobster project site

CANADA
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

Nova Scotia’s fisheries and aquaculture minister still won’t reveal the location of a pilot project focusing on lobster quality.

 

“You’ll have to wait and see when we make the announcement,” Keith Colwell said Wednesday 20th of August 2014.

The minister’s lips may be shut tighter than a lobster’s grip, but multiple people involved with the industry said the project is happening on the Eastern Shore around lobster fishing area 32.

Colwell said the group involved met Wednesday morning with department officials, and he’s hoping a memorandum of understanding will be signed soon.

“The legal staff is drafting it now with co-operation with the organizations that are going to be involved with it.”

The project will see a three-cent levy placed on each pound of lobster caught in the area. Colwell said a formula for who will pay what is still being finalized, but it will be totally voluntary and involve fishermen, processors and buyers in the area. Each cent collected will go back into the industry.

“That’s going to be laid out in the contracts we do with each one,” he said.

There will be individual contracts for all participants so everyone is clear on their roles and responsibilities, said Colwell.

Source: The Chronicle Herald

 


IN BRIEF - Surimi exports grow strongly

VIET NAM
Friday, August 22, 2014

 

Although import markets of Vietnam surimi downsized, total surimi exports in the first 6 months of 2014 reached USD 123.7 million, increased by nearly 29% year on year.

 

Vietnam surimi was exported to 31 markets. Eight major markets accounted for more than 98% of total Vietnam surimi exports.This period witnessed good growth for Vietnam surimi exports in all main markets, except for the United States.

Surimi exports to South Korea found its recover after the decline in Q1/2014. In 1H of this year, the value of Vietnam surimi exported to South Korea reached USD 38.3 million, up 0.4% year on year. Nonetheless, this fell in early July 2014, comparing to the the same period in 2013.

The ASEAN continued to be the 2nd largest import market of Vietnam surimi, after South Korea. In 1H, the value of Vietnam surimi exported to ASEAN countries reached USD 31.4 million, increasing nearly 57% year on year. Current growth rates coupled with reducing trend of exports to South Korea are signs for the surpass of ASEAN over South Korea, to be largest import market of Vietnam surimi.

Source: Vasep

 

 


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