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IN BRIEF - Black market for stolen seafood is booming

UNITED STATES
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The three men arrested in the theft of more than USD 1?million worth of barbecued frozen eels aren’t the only ones allegedly selling stolen seafood to restaurants around the city.

“Somebody will show up to the back door of a restaurant with a box of frozen shrimp and say, ‘Here, give me 50 bucks for this,’ and they’ll buy it, especially frozen shrimp and frozen crab,” said Dan Scofield, a buyer for Brooklyn seafood purveyor Pierless Fish Corp.

We Da Li, 39, Fa Deng, 36, and Sheauloon Yat, 51, were caught in Brooklyn Monday after allegedly used fraudulent paperwork to steal thousands of boxes of prepared eels on June 1 from a shipping terminal in Elizabeth, NJ.

The owner spotted his labeled boxes being sold on street corners for USD 520 per box. The three were arrested with 2,000 containers of eels worth USD 1,004,000.

Source: NY Post


IN BRIEF - Jharkhand: Dobhas to double up as ‘fisheries’, fisheries dept targets 1.2 lakh dobhas, say officials

INDIA
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The fisheries department will help setting up small fishery units in dobhas (small farm ponds) that were dug up in lakhs across the state during the summer season, following acute water crisis.

Officials said that the exercise for developing these has already begun and, currently, the target is over 1.2 lakh dobhas. “As of now, the seeding process has been completed in around 33,000 dobhas across the state. The work is going on fast and the number would increase further,” said Director (Fisheries), Rajeev Kumar.

These would be in addition of over 16,000 government ponds for fisheries and over 1.16 lakh private ponds that exist around the state, officials said.

Source: The Indian Express


IN BRIEF - Leading fish biologist calls for closure of N.L. capelin fishery

CANADA
Thursday, August 25, 2016

HALIFAX - They are tiny fish that feed the mightiest of mammals - and they're in trouble.

Capelin travel in large schools off Canada's east coast and are the preferred food of many species of whales, but these silver, smelt-like fish experienced a population crash in the early 1990s from which they have yet to recover.

A leading biologist in Newfoundland and Labrador says the recovery of capelin is so important that the province's commercial fishery for capelin roe - known as masago among sushi fans - should be stopped.

Source: CTV News


IN BRIEF - Fisheries minister urges UK Government to fill 'GBP 60m gap'

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Scottish fisheries minister has urged the UK Government to fill a GBP 60m funding gap he says will be created after Britain leaves the EU.

Fergus Ewing, who pledged to be a "champion" for the fishing industry, told a conference in St Andrews that he would explore "all options" to protect Scotland's position after Brexit.

The European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) currently provides cash to fishing businesses and coastal communities.

Mr Ewing said: "The sea fishing industries are major players in Scotland's economic powerhouse, contributing hundreds of millions to the economy and safeguarding local jobs in some of our most remote communities.

Source: STV News


IN BRIEF - Brexit on the agenda at Fisheries Innovation Scotland conference

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The opportunities – and challenges – that Brexit could deliver for the Scottish fishing industry were highlighted at a cross-sector panel discussion at 23 August 2016's Fisheries Innovation Scotland conference in St Andrews.

At the panel session, fishermen, NGOs, and representatives from the seafood supply chain discussed the implications of Brexit for the fishing industry.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “The panel session was informative and the challenges of Brexit were clearly recognised as was the really big opportunity presented in the recovery of control of our Exclusive Economic Zone and the management of some of the world’s best fishing grounds.”

Also present at the conference was Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Fisheries, who gave a speech to delegates.


IN BRIEF - MMO clarifies rules around rescue of cetaceans

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Following the death of a dolphin in Brixham the Marine Management Organisation has clarified the regulations covering attempts to rescue them.

Dolphins, porpoises and whales are protected marine species. Wildlife legislation including the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and theConservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 generally makes activity disturbing, harming or killing them an offence.

However if someone is coming to the aid of an animal classed as disabled then activities are covered by a defence in the legislation.

With regards to the recent situation in Brixham the MMO has confirmed that the activity was permissible under legislation as an ill dolphin attempting to beach itself would be considered disabled and therefore no offences were committed by rescuers.

Press Release: Gov UK


IN BRIEF - Miami To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course

UNITED STATES
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division invites new auditor candidates and returning auditors requiring refresher training to attend a BAP auditor training course in Hialeah, Florida, USA, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 3.

The course is also open to industry observers, including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders who wish to learn more about the BAP certification standards and auditing process.

Press Release: BAP


IN BRIEF - Question over central Vietnam’s seafood to be answered next week

VIET NAM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Whether or not fish from Vietnam’s central coast is safe to eat will be answered by authorities at the end of this month, an official from the Ministry of Health has said.

A scientific council has been convened and is expected to announce its findings on the quality of seafood caught in the central provinces by the end of August, Tran Viet Nga, deputy head of the Agency of Food Safety under the Ministry of Health, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

A huge number of dead fish washed ashore in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue throughout April.

Source: Tuoi Tre News


IN BRIEF - Local seafood firm expands local distribution

JAMAICA
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lolcal seafood company B&D Trawling has entered the local market through a distribution deal with several major supermarkets islandwide.

According to B&D’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roderick Francis, in November 2015, B&D Trawling embarked on a campaign to get its products into local supermarkets and has brokered a deal with Hi-Lo Supermarkets, MegaMart and Shopper’s Fair.

Less than a year later, through its SeaBest line, its products are also in the Sovereign, John R Wong, Loshusan, Family Pride Progressive Group stores and supermarkets.

Source: Jamaica Observer


IN BRIEF - Despite high demand of shrimps, exporter margins under pressure

INDIA
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

While the Indian aquaculture industry has benefitted from the slowdown in production in countries like China, Vietnam and Thailand, the major global suppliers of shrimp, high demand has also induced a rise in farmgate prices. At the same time the average international prices are more or less stable as most importers tend to hold few months inventory; and this has put the margins of Indian exporters under pressure.

As per industry estimates, margins have shrunk by about 6-7% on an average. T R Patnaik, promoter of one of the leading shrimp exporters from India, Falcon Marine Exports Ltd admitted that margins of exporters are under pressure. Patnaik, who is also the vice- president of the Seafood Exporters Association of India, however, also added that margins, however, depend on how well one manages his business.

Source: Business Standard


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