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.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) applauds the decision by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to adopt much needed harvest control rules for skipjack tuna caught in the Indian Ocean. The agreement, reached by member states attending the IOTC annual meeting this week in La Reunion, marks a turning point in the management of tuna stocks and will support the long term sustainability of the Indian Ocean skipjack fishery.
This new measure received wide support among IOTC member states, demonstrating the collective commitment among both coastal and distant water fishing nations to maintaining healthy skipjack stocks in the Indian Ocean, and benefiting all fisheries, including the MSC certifiedMaldives pole and line fishery.
Sanford, the country's largest listed fishing group, almost doubled its first-half profit as it focused on lifting values over volumes and benefited from lower fuel costs and a weaker New Zealand dollar.
Profit jumped to NZD 18.8 million, or 20.1 cents per share, in the six months ended March 31, from NZD 9.6 million, or 10.2 cents, a year earlier, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Revenue from continuing operations edged up 1.3 percent to NZD 215.6 million even as sales volumes sank abut 20 percent as the company extracted more value from its catch.
Shares in Sanford rose 2.6 percent to a month high of $5.85.
Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, who joined the company in December 2013 with a 25-year career in the international fishing industry, is reorganising the group to focus on increasing value over volume, exiting unprofitable units and bringing the fisher closer to its customers. It sold its last Pacific Tuna vessel in the period, recognising a NZD 5 million impairment charge after deciding to quit the "unsustainable" business, and said sales were impacted by lower catches of skipjack tuna and hoki as it moves to align supply with demand.
MEP Richard Corbett, joined Grimsby MP, Melanie Onn on a tour of Grimsby's finest fishing businesses.
Mr Corbett is a member of the Europe's Fisheries Committee, which monitors and examines current European legislation and proposes changes to the Common Fisheries Policy to better serve the whole fishing industry.
He said: "It was fascinating to see the ins and outs of Grimsby's formidable seafood industry, and to see how integrated the industry is into the European market.
Indian Ocean – Activists on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza chased a controversial vessel at the heart of Thai Union’s supply chain from its moorings today, in the latest in a series of global protests against the tuna giant’s destructive fishing practices.
At 0530 local time, nine activists in inflatable boats delivered a cease and desist letter to the deck of the Explorer II, a supply vessel habitually mooring itself to an underwater seamount as part of a controversial practice linked to overfishing using high-powered lights. They then returned to use spray-paint to black out some of the array of lights ringing the decks.
Arifsyah Nasution, Ocean Campaigner at Greenpeace South-East Asia on board the Esperanza, said: “We first spotted the Explorer II when we saw it glowing from miles away at night, beaming lights directly into the water, likely intended to attract fish for other vessels to scoop up. It’s a highly contentious practice and it’s no surprise people are calling for a crackdown on it. We knew we had to address it directly.”
The Oxfam Vietnam and the International Collaborating Center for Aquaculture and Fisheries Sustainability (ICAFIS) under Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) and the European Union officially jointly launched the project.
Small and medium enterprises (SME) processors, shrimp producers and inhabitants in a number of Mekong Delta Provinces will benefit from a project.
The project worth EUR 2.5 million, funded by the European Union aims to promote sustainable economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Vietnam, through improving social and environmental impacts of shrimp value chain development.
In 2001, New Zealand’s hoki fisheries became the first large-scale whitefish fisheries to achieve MSC certification, and have since been re-certified twice in 2007 and 2012. To achieve certification, fisheries must demonstrate to a third party certifier that they: ensure the long-term sustainability of fish stocks; minimise impacts on the marine environment; and are well managed, with effective governance and enforcement systems. Certification requires robust evidence to demonstrate that requirements are met.
"The MSC’s requirements reflect latest science and best management practices for environmentally responsible and sustainable fishing. To achieve MSC certification fisheries undergo 18 months of investigation, including stakeholder consultation and scientific peer review," says MSC’s Regional Director for the Asia Pacific Region, Patrick Caleo.
The East Devon fishing industry could soon secure in excess of GBP 800,000 from the Marine Management Organisation, under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
The Marine Management Organisation licence, regulate and plan marine activities in the seas around England and Wales and the EMFF supports fisheries, inland waters, aquaculture and maritime sectors.
The Dorset Coast Forum, with the input of many organisations within the fisheries sector, submitted an application to form a Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and have been successful in the first round.
Six FLAGs in England have got through to the next stage, where they are required to write a community led local development strategy to submit in the second round.
Gander, Newfoundland-Labrador - The Ministerial Advisory Panel is holding a public consultation meeting in Gander to gather public opinion on the Last In, First Out (LIFO) policy for the Northern shrimp fishery.
Date: May 26, 2016 Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Location: Gander Hotel, Salon D, 100 Trans-Canada Highway
Paul Sprout, Chair of the Panel, will be available to media onsite at the conclusion of the meeting.
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered the return of more than USD 1 million in settlement money granted to a seafood company after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bee-aye) ruled Tuesday that Crystal Seafood Company defrauded administrators of a BP settlement fund by claiming to be an ongoing Port-Arthur, Texas-based business affected by the storm.
Court documents say the company actually stopped processing shrimp in 2009 — months before the April 2010 explosion and spill. The order calls for the return of more than USD 1 million by the company and its owners Victor and Christopher Tran — including up to USD 258,527 awarded to lawyers for the company.
HSMI evidence detected in farmed salmon Canada
A team of international researchers has diagnosed a potential heart and skeletal muscle inflammation in farmed Atlantic salmon samples collected from a BC aquaculture facility in 2013-2014.