IN BRIEF - Impact of East Coast fisheries still playing out
Saturday, November 24, 2012
BATON ROUGE - If you thought Louisiana's seafood industry might get a boost from the lull in commercial fishing activity where Hurricane Sandy made landfall late last month, you were wrong.
Some seafood processors in southeast Louisiana said just the opposite is happening, that sales to buyers on the East Coast are down slightly as portions of states like New York and New Jersey continue to recover.
Local residents who have been expressing dismay over odors emanating from the Trident Seafoods plant will be relieved to hear that the company is addressing the problem.
"We've had technical problems and we know that," said Rick Isaacson, PWS Operations Manager. "We're confident that we know what's happening and we're addressing it. The product doesn't smell like that and the process isn't supposed to smell like that."
Residents throughout town have been noticing the smell since early July 2015.
BANGKOK -The Minister of Labor Gen. Surasak Kanjanarat has confirmed that the Thai government has done its best to tackle human trafficking, saying Thailand will adhere to its anti-human trafficking strategy whatever the result of the U.S. 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report is.
The Thai government's rapid response to human trafficking is testament to its determination and sincerity in dealing with the problem. Many high-ranking officers allegedly complicit in human trafficking had been arrested and prosecuted over their alleged involvement, Gen. Surasak said.
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement late Monday night, expressing its disagreement to the US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2015 that maintained Thailand in Tier 3 for second consecutive year.
The statement said Thailand took note of the evaluation but the placement of Thailand in Tier 3 did not accurately reflect the efforts by the country to combat human trafficking during the past year.
The statement say:
"In reference to the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2015 that was released in Washington DC on Monday 27 July 2015, Thailand is maintained in Tier 3 for the second consecutive year.
Midsummer is usually a slow time for Kansas farmers. This year’s wheat crop is in the bins. Fall harvest and wheat planting are still several weeks away.
But farmer Brent Culver has been running nearly dawn to dark since spring, sometimes working seven days a week when the weather permits. It’s because of this year’s wet weather that he and other Kansas fish farmers are having a banner year.
“Usually we’re not this busy this time of the year, but people have water and they’re wanting fish for their ponds,” said Culver of Culver’s Fish Farm in McPherson. “It’s been pretty crazy. We’ve been taking out 20 loads some days.”
The United States has kept Thailand on the bottom Tier 3 in its new report on human trafficking.
"The Government of Thailand does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, and is not making significant efforts to do so," the report said.
"Some Thai officials are complicit in trafficking crimes and corruption continues to undermine anti-trafficking efforts."
On Monday afternoon, hours before the US report was released, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would respect the US decision. He agreed there are still many steps to take against human trafficking in Thailand, but said he felt that in recent months there had been "substantial progress".
From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship.
he trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal South East Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. Hundreds of men were freed after they were discovered there earlier this year, but 34 boats loaded with workers left for new fishing grounds before help arrived - they remain missing.
After a four-month investigation, The Associated Press has found that at least some of them ended up in a narrow, dangerous strait nearly 1,000 miles away. The proof comes from accounts from recently returned slaves, satellite beacon tracking, government records, interviews with business insiders and fishing licenses. The location is also confirmed in images from space taken by one of the world's highest resolution satellite cameras, upon the AP's request.
DA NANG - The central city has introduced a fishery logistics co-operative, the second one since last year, to boost the offshore fishing trade in the city and central region.
Le Thanh Sang, chairman and director of the Hai Nhi co-operative in Hai Chau District, said the co-operative's logistics fleet, which includes four ships with a 90CV-1,600CV capacity, will supply fuel, ice, food, fresh water and necessities for longer trips involving 60 offshore fishing trawlers in Da Nang and other central provinces.
Sang said the mother ships of the fleet could purchase 500 tonnes of seafood from fishing boats each month.
Following working visits on July 28th of 2015, local environment police caught workers red-handed at two facilities in the province's Thuan An Town pumping the shrimp full of a chemical substance using syringes. The facilities were run by local traders.
Traders in the ring bought dead shrimp from aquaculture farms and added the substance to them before providing the tainted shrimp to caterers of wedding parties in the area. The owners admitted to police that the injection of chemicals made the shrimp heavier and appear fresher.
They said the illegal activity has been underway for the last three years.
From the beginning of the year until mid-June, Vietnamese companies earned a total revenue of USD 129.6 million from pangasius exports to EU. The UK witnessed continuous growth. As of 15 June 2015, pangasius exports to the UK increased 43% y-o-y.
As the 4th biggest pangasius and catfish importing market in the EU, the UK has experienced the highest and most stable growth rates. The market started the year with a surge of 97.8% y-o-y. Four successive months from February till May, pangasius export growth rates ranged from 12% to 60.5% comparing to the same period of 2014.
According to General Customs, cephalopod exports to Germany in the first 6 months of 2015 valued USD 2.22 million, up 10% year on year.
Among European countries, Germany was the second largest cephalopod importing market of Vietnam. It was the only EU top-3 market to experience positive growth in H1/2015.
In the first months of this year, Germany reduced imports of frozen cephalopod but imports of live, fresh, chilled squid (HS 030 741) and live, fresh, chilled octopus (HS030751) increased.
Data from International Trade Centre (ITC), in Q1/2015, Germany imported 1,366 MT of frozen squid (HS 030749) from 20 countries, mostly from Spain, the Netherlands and Vietnam. Import value was US$ 5.41 million. Meanwhile, the market imported 421 MT of frozen octopus, worth USD 2.25 million.