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.”
U.S. Senator Mark Begich praised members of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA) for their donation of 40,000 pounds of seafood to the residents of St. Lawrence Island who are facing a severe food shortage this year due to unusual ice conditions that stymied this year’s walrus hunt.
“I have just learned the seafood industry has provided a full container load of salmon for food relief its residents,” said Begich in a letter sent today to the PSPA. “Alaskans have long extended a helping hand to their neighbors when in need. The response by the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, its member companies, and logistics partners to assist the residents of St. Lawrence Island follows in the best of that tradition. Thank you for stepping up to the plate during this holiday season to help those affected by this unique disaster.” Trident Seafoods, Peter Pan Seafoods, Alaska General Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods and Icicle Seafoods provided equal amounts of salmon to fill the 40-foot container. Salmon Terminals donated the labeling, packaging, and costs associated with loading and delivering the container, and Horizon donated the transportation of the container from Tacoma to Kodiak. The container is scheduled to depart on December 4th and arrive on St. Lawrence Island by mid-December.
Source: Begich Press Release
‘Protective’ marine worm discovered Spain
A team of researchers discovered a nemertean worm in Antarctic waters with an exceptional feature: it incubates its eggs and defends them from external threats.
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.
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