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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.
An inspection of Supervalu’s facility in August found 21 instances where seafood was stored at too high a temperature, according to the letter. FDA also found fault with Supervalu’s monitoring procedures and corrective action plan, as well as gaps in the loading bay doors of receiving and distribution areas. As a result, FDA deemed Supervalu’s products at the seafood facility to be adulterated.
The letter states that Supervalu responded to the inspection observations in early September 2016, but FDA found that response to be inadequate.
Vietnamese investors, currently on a one-week working visit to Ghana, are seeking to establish joint ventures with Ghanaian partners in the production of tilapia, cashew and rice.
At a Ghana-Vietnam Business Forum held in Accra, on Tuesday, Dao Manh Duc, who is the second Head of Trade, Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Nigeria, said the team is looking for opportunities in production, processing, and marketing of the said products.
The visit, facilitated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ghana-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was initiated for both parties to strengthen the existing trade relations.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in American history — and more than six years later, scientists are still investigating how much damage it actually caused. Now, a new study suggests the spill may have permanently marred one of the Gulf shore's most important ecosystems.
The study, published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports, finds the oil spill caused widespread erosion in the salt marshes along the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. And the researchers say there's a chance these marshes might never completely grow back.
Marshes "provide a variety of important services," said lead study author Brian Silliman , a marine conservation biologist at Duke University. "They benefit humans, including acting as pollution filters, absorbing nutrients as they run off from the land before they get into the estuary, helping to suppress harmful algal blooms. They also act as breakwaters and buffer the shoreline from erosion."
The future of Tasmania’s fish farming industry lies offshore, Huon Aquaculture says.
The company has released a document detailing plans to focus on high energy offshore sites in Storm Bay for future expansions.
The state’s salmon industry has been in the spotlight with Huon’s rival Tassal proposing to install 28 new inshore pens holding 800,000 fish at Okehampton Bay near Triabunna.
Huon Aquaculture co-founder Frances Bender told an ABC radio program yesterday that offshore farming was better for the environment, the fish, and the community, and that it should become the standard for fish farms in Tasmania.
Mrs Bender said Tassal’s inshore development at Okehampton Bay was not good for the industry’s reputation.
China has pledged a donation of equipment worth USD 82,000 to support marine surveillance in the Cook Islands.
Cook Island News reported a delegation from the Cook Islands was in China last week to discuss cooperation between the Guangzhou and Zhuhai government on agriculture, fisheries, culture, tourism and health.
The donation will include equipment and transportation facilities.
An agriculture and fishery training project was also agreed upon and will start on October 2016.
Sweden's push to list live American lobsters as an invasive species and ban their import by the full European Union is "an excessive and unscientific response" that jeopardizes its USD 125 million lobster trade with Massachusetts, according to Rep. Seth Moulton, Sen. Edward J. Markey and the remainder of the state's congressional delegation.
In a letter sent Wednesday to the EU's directorate-general for the environment that listed Moulton and Markey as the lead signatories, the Bay State delegation picked up where many North American scientists and fisheries regulators have left off in the escalating international trade tiff.
"Isolated reports of individual American lobsters found in European waters do not constitute the invasion of an alien species," the delegation wrote to Daniel Calleja Crespo. "This possible designation is not merited because, as indicated in the data provided to the (EU) Scientific Forum by the United States and Canada, there is no evidence that American lobster can reproduce in waters as warm as those of coastal Europe."
A shortage of raw materials has struck the local fish-processing industry as it reels from the impact of an expansive crackdown on illegal fishing. The Jakarta Post’s Rendi A. Witular recently talked to the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s acting director general of fishing, Zulficar Mochtar, on the ministry’s response to the problem. The following are excerpts from the interview:
Question: The processing industry, particularly in Bitung, North Sulawesi, and Muara Baru in Jakarta, has lodged complaints over raw material shortages. How do you respond to this?
Answer: The ministry has conducted an analysis and evaluation of 1,132 nationalized foreign vessels [known locally as ex-asing and formerly operated as joint ventures with local companies]. Because all have violated the regulations, minor and major ones, the ministry has terminated their operations. Many of these vessels used to operate in Bitung, Ambon and Tual in Maluku and Merauke in Papua. These locations are notorious for illegal, unreported and unregulated [IUU] fishing activities. In the past, many fish processing units [UPIs] received their raw materials from these vessels.
With the vessels no longer operational, the supply of raw materials to the UPIs has been cut. At the same time, we have seen a more than twofold jump in the volume of fish caught by small fishermen in Bitung after the illegal fishing crackdown. The problem in raw material shortages is because there has been a disconnection between supply from the fishermen to the industry.
SWAKOPMUND - Namibian oysters and mussels declared unfit for human consumption because of biotoxins, can be consumed later when laboratory results indicate a lower level of the harmful substances, Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA) reported.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in the second week of September issued a media statement warning the public and business community not to harvest and consume oysters and mussels from Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, after regularly conducted tests showed positive results of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP).
Amsterdam - At its SUMMIT 2016 in Amsterdam, celebrating 20 years of global partnership and 15 years of good agricultural practices certification, GLOBALG.A.P. set the course to prepare itself for future challenges.
The bi-annual SUMMIT, which took place in Amsterdam on 27-28 September 2016, looked back on what has been achieved so far and set the course for the challenges that lie ahead due to the digital transformation of the agribusiness and food sector, and the need for more transparency for consumers and governments.
First 'marine monument' created in the Atlantic United States
The United States Government has created the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument, saying that the new protected area was a needed response to risky climate changes, ocean dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices.
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