Compagnie Française du Thon Océanique (CFTO) has successfully undergone Friend of the Sea audit for sustainable fisheries. CFTO is composed of 13 purse seine vessels and it is the largest tuna fleet in France.
Yellowfin, Skipjack, Bigeye and Albacore tuna from the purse seiners are thus eligible to carry the Friend of the Sea eco-label. The fleet successfully completed assessment against Friend of the Sea standards for sustainable and well managed fisheries. Part of CFTO fleet operates in the Atlantic ocean (FAO areas 34 and 47), the other part in the Indian ocean (FAO areas 51 and 57).
With an MSC certification for skipjack tuna already four years under its belt, the PNA free school purse seine fishery in the WCPO has now become the first major fishery to achieve MSC certification for yellowfin catch. The holder of the certification is the PNA office in the Marshall Islands.
The result was published by MSC just days ago, and means that yellowfin catch from MSC eligible sets qualifies for the sustainability certification from January 4th 2016 onwards.
This means that catches of purse seiners on free swimming schools of mostly mature yellowfin, that are caught FAD free, can obtain the MSC status. As well as intentionally targeted yellowfin schools, sometimes large yellowfin are found mixed in free school skipjack sets. Despite the catching method being the same until now, this species needed to be separated from the MSC eligible free school skipjack before an MSC certificate could be issued, because it did not qualify.
Authorities have threatened a USD 7.2 billion legal suit over the mine disaster in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, BHP Billiton says.
In its latest update on the dam burst and massive flood at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil, BHP Billiton said Brazilian authorities planned to sue it, joint owners Vale and the mine's operator Samarco.
Brazil is pushing for the companies to set up a USD 7.2 billion fund for environmental recovery and compensation.
BHP said it had not yet received formal notice of the planned legal action.
Last week, BHP and Vale said they would set up a non-profit fund to help authorities clean up the area and affected rivers.
Marc Allain, with the Canadian Federation of Independent Fish Harvesters, said that fishery management needs to be done by the people involved with the fishery.
He added that it should be done on a regional basis and not by people in Ottawa with little knowledge of how the fishery operates.
"It makes no sense that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is making decisions about when you open or close your fishery or what the colour of a piece of plastic on a lobster pot should be," said Allain.
"We need to get rid of this top-down decision-making by people who know nothing about the fishery".
SEOUL - "South Korea's parliament on Monday approved a free trade pact with China after opposition lawmakers secured a USD 1.4 billion relief package for farmers.
The ratification, which comes five months after the trade pact was signed, paves way for the deal with South Korea's largest export market to take effect this year. South Korea already has trade deals with the European Union and United States.
Lawmakers passed the deal after agreeing to spend KRW 1.6 trillion (USD 1.4 billion) over the next decade on tax breaks and other aid for farmers and fishermen.
The main opposition party was against ratifying a deal that would hurt agriculture and fisheries. Both industries feared greater competition from less expensive Chinese imports.
To further appease concerns about the deal's impact, lawmakers agreed to seek donations to establish a KRW 1 trillion fund for the agriculture and fishing industries over the next decade.
India has the potential to cross INR 60,000 crore seafood export turnover by 2020. Shrimp farming can contribute about 70 to 75 per cent in terms of value. Systematic introduction of Vannamei shrimps by regulatory agencies has paved the way for the ailing shrimp aquaculture sector to grow exponentially in the last few years, officials said.
Many large seafood and shrimp buyers from the U.S. and European Union are now looking at India as a stable and reliable supplier of processed shrimps, said Ramakanth V Akula, CEO, The Waterbase (promoted by the Karam Chand Thapar Group). Major investments have come in to support this by way of new farms, hatcheries, feed mills and processing factories.
KOCHI - Setting up guidelines and rules & regulations is the first and foremost thing needed for development of the cage aquaculture sector in Asian countries, where such policy frameworks do not exist, said Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute emeritus scientist Dr Gopakumar.
“A whole gamut of issues related to cage aquaculture, including site selection, traditional ‘rights’, genetic/environmental pollution, emergence of exotic species and by-catch for feeding, remain un-addressed. There is no policy framework in place to address such issues,” pointed out Dr Gopakumar while addressing the International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia (CAA5) here the other day.
He said that instead of vertically integrated large-scale industrial cage farms, fisher-owned small-scale farms that are resource/environment friendly should be encouraged. Such farms make the practice resilient and remunerative for primary producers.
The island group's largest employer, Maori-owned Aotearoa Fisheries, is putting the final touches to its NZD 3 million factory in the main centre of Waitangi.
Fishing and crayfishing are the island's top earners.
Chatham Islands Mayor Alfred Preece said it was the first major investment in fish processing facilities since the 1960s.
Mr Preece said there had been a lot of frustration about the lack of investment, so the move was very heartening.
"For quite some time there's been a great deal of frustration, certainly I've vented that myself, personally, in the past, about the lack of reinvestment in the Island," Mr Preece said. "It's been a fishbank for generations here and to see this reinvestment's very heartening, I'm sure fellow Islanders feel the same."
The President of Ufuoma United Fish Farmers Association in Delta, Mr Fischer Ogwugwu, has appealed to the state government to create a conducive environment that will enable the association to export fish.
Ogwugwu made the appeal in Asaba on Sunday 29th of November 2015.
According to him, the association, which has more than 1,000 members, has the largest cat fish farm in West Africa.
and which is based Ekpan, Uwvie Local Government Area of the state,
He said that the major challenge facing the association was the inability to process fish for export.
He said that the farm, based in Ekpan, in Uwvie Local Government Area of the state, produced more than 10 tons of fish on a daily basis all year round.
Where is ‘El Niño'? Peru
In an interesting article published by the Institute of Aquatic Resources of Peru under the title En Busca del Niño Perdido (In Search of the Lost Child), the organization notes that "El Niño phenomenon will not take place in the Peruvian coast."
Court appoints liquidators for China Fishery Hong Kong
The High Court of Hong Kong has appointed provisional liquidators for China Fishery Group following a winding up request filed by HSBC bank, a lender of the Chinese group.