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IN BRIEF - Fish exports reach 1,112 MTs during first nine months
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.
In the wake of Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Simon Coveney’s upcoming decision on whether or not to grant the state agency for fishing and aquaculture in Ireland,Bord Iascaigh Mhara, licenses for fish farms in Galway Bay, Slow Food International has reaffirmed its position on intensive fish farms. Slow Food does not consider open net pen fish farms an environmentally sound practice, Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, confirms. “Open net pen aquaculture is not a solution to the problem of overfishing: It damages natural ecosystems on a local and a global level, including wild stocks, habitats and water quality. Feeding carnivorous salmon in farms means other wild species must also be harvested, resulting in a larger carbon footprint - since the fish feed must be fished, processed and transported”. Slow Food acknowledges the value of traditional wild salmon and would like to see political action to help preserve this threatened species. Rather than putting further pressure on stocks with intensive farm operations, effective conservation programs should be implemented before it is too late. “If you must farm salmon, then at least reduce the local impact by using closed pens removed from the marine open environment”, Sardo adds.
By all accounts, there appear to be lots of halibut in Alaska waters, but their unusually slow growth rates have forced a downward press on catches for nearly a decade. The Alaska catch total this year was about GBP 22 million.
Also up for review — 22 fishermen from remote communities in the mid-Aleutians (Area 4A on the IPHC map) are requesting an increase in their halibut catch to about GBP 500,000. From the same region is a proposal to allow retention of halibut taken as bycatch in sablefish pot gear. Another proposal asks for mandatory length requirements for all halibut caught by sport charters.
As India capitalises on the shortage of farmed shrimps in the global market during the peak season, seafood traders in Gurgaon are facing the heat from dwindling supply of quality shrimps in the local market. "Last two months have seen a sudden plunge in the supply of fresh and cultured sea-shrimps variety like vannamei, black tiger prawns and campy prawns.
Critics of the fish-farming industry will try to dissuade shoppers from buying farmed salmon in Edinburgh today and deliver a letter to the First Minister.
Signed by more than 100 people including some of the country's top angling writers, it will call for an immediate moratorium on the expansion of salmon farming, which it claims damages wild salmon stocks.
Move over, boring, traditional burgers. High Liner Foods, Inc. today introduced the Ultimate Salmon Burger(TM), taking salmon burgers to the next level for the foodservice industry under High Liner's FPI(R) brand portfolio. It's the latest in a long line of seafood innovations introduced in High Liner Foods' FPI brand.
The Ultimate Salmon Burger offers moist, juicy and flavorful salmon delicately seasoned for a tasty and satisfying eating experience. They are made from a premium blend of Atlantic and Wild Pacific Salmon with no fillers or additives. These salmon burgers are carefully crafted to present a made-from-scratch, hand-smashed appearance. Available in 2, 4 and 6 ounce sizes, they're perfectly portioned for slider, sandwich and entree applications. The Ultimate Salmon Burgers are flash frozen, fully prepared and ready to flat grill, pan fry, bake or char grill.
According to VASEP, Vietnam exported some USD 462 million worth of seafood products to China during the period, an increase of 37 percent year-on-year, of which shrimp exports were up nearly 50 percent to USD 310 million, accounting for 67 percent of Vietnam's seafood exports to China.
Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (Nasdaq: PME),("Pingtan," or the "Company") an integrated marine services company in the People's Republic of China (PRC), today announced the closing of the previously announced sale of its 100% owned dredging subsidiary, China Dredging Group ("CDGC") and its PRC operating subsidiaries, Fujian Xing Gang Port Service Co., Ltd. business and operating assets to an affiliate of the Company's Chairman, CEO and majority shareholder Mr. Xinrong Zhuo.
Terms and Background of the Transaction
As part of its diligence in evaluating the potential transaction, the Board received a fairness opinion from its independent financial advisor and investment banking firm, Duff and Phelps, LLC, and appraisal reports from BMI for the respective operating rights and licenses to conduct fishing services using the 20 new vessels. The Company had previously announced on October 28, 2013 that its Board, excluding Chairman and CEO Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, and the Company's Senior Officer, Mr. Bin Lin, would evaluate any potential alternative proposals received during a 30 day period.
Under the terms of the proposed transaction, the consideration to be received by the Company consists of:
(i) forgiveness of the Company's current CNY 155.2 million 4% promissory note due on June 19, 2015; and
(ii) the transfer to the Company of the 25-year exclusive operating rights for 20 new fishing vessels, with such rights appraised at $216.1 million by BMI Appraisals Limited ("BMI").
(iii) forgiveness of current consolidated accounts due from Pingtan to CDGC in the amount of CNY 172.1 million.
After receiving no alternative proposals, on December 3, 2013, the Board, excluding Chairman and CEO Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, and the Company's Senior Officer, Mr. Bin Lin, unanimously approved moving forward with the transaction and executed and closed the Share Purchase Agreement.
Source: PR News Wire
A man has pleaded guilty to using an illegal fishing net after he posted a video of himself in the act on YouTube. Benjamin Cook, 31, of Patchins Road, Poole, Dorset pleaded guilty to using an unlicensed net to catch salmon and sea trout on the River Sherford. He was ordered to pay GBP 475 in fines at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court. The Environment Agency said the case was the first time it had successfully secured a conviction using evidence from social media. The clip called 'Poachin in Poole' - which is still visible - was posted online in 2010 and spotted by a fisheries officer who recognised Cook.'In the blood' In it, Cook can be seen removing a large sea trout from a fixed monofilament net near Kings Bridge, Dorset. He was arrested at his home in February of 2013. The court heard that the Environment Agency had spent GBP 25,000 in 2012 on improvements to help salmon and sea trout migrate up the River Sherford to their spawning grounds. The river flows into Poole Harbour where netting is strictly controlled to protect fish stocks.
Commenting on the announcement by the UK Government today november 4th of 2013, that it will cut support for onshore wind power, but will give more subsidies for offshore wind energy projects, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “We look at this news with considerable anxiety, indicating as it does that offshore wind development is now regarded as the preferred option. It may be in inshore areas where significant parts of this new wind development will in the end be placed, which creates the very real likelihood of displacing local fishing activity.
“This applies also to planned developments further offshore and if the cumulative effect is considered, then this impact could be very considerable indeed and will have the potential to affect the livelihoods of many across the industry and its infrastructure. Balance in the future planning process will be essential if sustainable harvesting of another renewable resource – seafood – is to be properly maintained.
“We have given a robust response during the Scottish Government’s consultation process for their Marine Energy Sectoral Plan, and have pointed out that the Marine Act (Scotland) that governs such issues states that there should be prevention of interference with legitimate users of the sea – such as our hardworking fishermen.”
The moon influences loggerhead turtle bycatch Spain
The brightness of the moon affects the bycatch of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in night sets during albacore tuna fishing in the western Mediterranean Sea, according to a study by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.