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IN BRIEF - French fund ups stake in Vinh Hoan

Friday, November 23, 2012

A French investment fund part of Financiere Pinault has upped its stake in the Vietnamese pangasius producer Vinh Hoan to 18.15 per cent.

Red River Holding, which is led by Jean Eric Jacquemin, is a USD 253 million Vietnam-focused investment fund launched by Groupe Artemis, a holding group itself owned by Financiere Pinault.

Source: Under Current News


IN BRIEF - Know Your Supplier: FDA Refusing Record Amounts of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics

Friday, November 28, 2014


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently reported that in October 2014 the agency refused a total of 101 entry lines of seafood. Of these refusals, 35 of the refusals were of entry lines of shrimp due to antibiotic contamination.


Based on an analysis of FDA refusal data by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, the number of shrimp entry lines refused in October for antibiotic contamination was the largest since January of 2011. In that month, the FDA refused 42 total entry lines of shrimp contaminated by antibiotics, of which 39 were from China.

Source: Shrimp Alliance


IN BRIEF - Fish producers urge EU member states to demand more flexibility on quotas

Friday, November 28, 2014


SWATHES of Scotland's fishing industry will be bankrupted without increased flexibility on quotas, according to leaders.


The Scottish White Fish Producers' Association (SWFPA) and Shetland Fishermen's Association (SFA) support the European Union's (EU) proposed ban on discarding perfectly good fish. But they say member state governments need to wake up and assert their authority over the European Commission on the issue.

With only a marginal quota increase for haddock and potential reductions for species such as cod and ­whiting in prospect, the ­fishermen's representatives say the European ­Commission officials are apparently dismissive of serious impediments to the introduction of the discard ban for the main white fish stocks in January 2016.

Source: Herald Scotland


IN BRIEF - Improved FAD management will protect tuna and sharks

Friday, November 28, 2014


?For centuries, fishermen have known that tuna and other species form large schools under floating objects, whether natural or man-made. Industrial tuna fishing crews utilize this knowledge to construct specialized fish aggregating devices, or FADs, which make it easier to find and catch fish.


?Recent advances in technology allow fleet owners to track their FADs and even estimate the amount of tuna beneath them using sonar, transmitting the location and numbers back to their home office by satellite. These advances have come at a price. While using FADs dramatically increases fishing efficiency, it also raises the risk of overfishing an already- dwindling tuna population, as reflected in the record haul of tuna caught in association with floating objects in recent years.

Source: Solomon Star


IN BRIEF - French retail giant Carrefour sponsors producers' organisation for assessment of its sole fishery

Friday, November 28, 2014


For the first time in France, a retailer, Carrefour, is offering financial support towards a fishery’s sustainability assessment. The company will be backing the producers' organisation FROM Nord, who have entered their Eastern Channel and North Sea sole fishery for assessment to the MSC fisheries standard.

An innovative partnership for sustainability:

In France, this is the first time a retailer has offered its financial support to a fishery beginning an assessment. Thierry Missonnier, director of FROM Nord, talks about this opportunity: "For several years now, FROM Nord has been committed to the MSC program, with the certification of the North sea saithe, North East Arctic cod and haddock fisheries, and the recent evaluation begun by the Eastern Channel and North Sea herring fishery. We were thinking about beginning assessment of the sole fishery to promote its good practices when Carrefour contacted us to support our approach".


IN BRIEF - Wildcatch Fisheries SA chairman Woolford calls on Port Adelaide Enfield Council and State Government to collaborate on grand fish market

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Anglers, businesses and maritime experts are urging the State Government and Port Adelaide Enfield Council to bury the hatchet and find ways to fund a giant fish market in the heart of the Port.

Wildcatch Fisheries SA chairman Jonas Woolford said an undercover fish market would boost tourism and offer major savings for seafood consumers across Adelaide.

Mr Woolford said there was potential for up to 120 stalls to sell freshly caught seafood daily but local and state governments needed to work together to fund it.

Source: News


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Sector Gets FAO Boost

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund has extended UGX 3.9 million to four East African countries to help boost aquaculture and poultry farming.


ASTF says the aim was to address food security and build capacity of rural youth to obtain decent employment in the agricultural sector.

Four countries will benefit from the funding: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Alhaji Jallow, FAO's representative in Uganda, said Uganda's potion of the money would create decent employment opportunities for the youth, especially within the fisheries and aquaculture subsector.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Catch increase for South Australian sardine fishers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Sardines might be one of the smallest fish caught, but the industry is the largest single species commercial fishery by volume in Australia, and it's getting bigger.


The South Australian industry has launched a new management plan to keep the AUD 20 million fishery sustainable, which includes catching more fish.

Ninety-five per cent of the sardine catch is fed to Port Lincoln's southern blue fin tuna farms, but the industry wants to harness the human consumption potential by increasing demand, both domestically and in India and China.

Source: ABC Rural


IN BRIEF - Minister Molewa calls for public comments on the NEMBA, 2004 (Act No.10 of 2004) Draft Shark Biodiversity Management Plan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has published the draft Shark Biodiversity Management Plan in the Government Gazette on the 29th April 2014 for public comment in terms of sections 43(3)(a), 47(1), 99 and 100 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No. 10 of 2004). Notice is hereby given in terms of section 100(1)(b) of the Act, that the public may submit comments on the draft plan.


The primary purpose of the plan is to attain and maintain a favourable conservation status for resident and migratory sharks within the Republic, taking into account the socio-economic value of these species.

Source: Enviromental Affairs


IN BRIEF - Crab fishing in Cockburn Sound on hold until stocks recover

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Following a review of the stock status of blue swimmer crabs in Cockburn Sound, it has been decided not to reopen the area to either commercial or recreational crab fishing for the 2014/15 season to assist with the recovery of the stock.


The decision not to reopen the fishery on December of 2014 follows the early closure of the last crabbing season in Cockburn Sound on 14 May that year.

Department of Fisheries South West Bioregions Manager Tim Nicholas said the latest review of the stocks shows the fishery needs to stay closed until crab numbers rebound.

Source: Department of Fisheries


IN BRIEF - Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery earns MSC re-certification

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has achieved MSC re-certification following an independent, third-party assessment by certifier MRAG Americas. The mid-water trawl fishery first achieved MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in the fall of 2009. Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting.

MSC: Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery earns MSC re-certification


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QR code created to enhance seafood traceability
Australia Non-for-profit entity driving sustainability in the local seafood industry OceanWatch Australia has devised a unique QR code for fresh seafood in an attempt to boost traceability.
Fisheries-aquaculture cooperation issues with China agreed
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