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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.

Source: Jeremy Alford / Houma Today


IN BRIEF - Maine Lobstermen Record Another Year of High Lobster Catch

Saturday, February 28, 2015


PORTLAND, Maine - Fishery regulators say Maine's lobster fishermen topped 120 million pounds of catch in 2014 - a year when the value of the state's signature crustacean rebounded.


State Department of Marine Resources officials say Thursday 26th of February 2015 that Maine lobstermen caught 123.7 million pounds of lobster in 2014. The catch represents a slight drop from 2013's 127.8 million pound mark. State records that go back to the 1880s say the last four years are the only years in which lobstermen have topped 100 million pounds of catch.


Source: MPBN News


IN BRIEF - The Scottish Salmon Company reports 'record' 2014 year

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Fish farmer The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) is reporting 2014 was a 'record' year, with group revenues up 53 per cent to GBP 125.9 million.


The Oslo-listed salmon farmer, which has a significant presence in Scotland, notes in a Q4 and full-year trading update salmon exports accounted for 42 per cent of total revenues last year, up from 37 per cent in 2013.

SSC said it harvested 7,373 tonnes by volume in the last quarter of 2014, up from 5271 tonnes for the same period in 2013, which helped to lift full-year harvest to 30,183 tonnes.

Source: Daily Record


IN BRIEF - Thousands of dead fish found in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic sailing waters

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Rio de Janeiro’s state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year’s Olympics.


The dead twaite shad, small whitish gray fish, were discovered Tuesday 24th of February 2015 by inspectors conducting routine water testing in Rio’s sewage and rubbish-filled Guanabara Bay.

The agency was conducting tests to determine the cause of the die-off, with results expected in a week, it said in a statement.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose radioactive water flow

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Fukushima fishermen appear to have finally run out of patience with Tokyo Electric Power Co.


They lambasted TEPCO at a meeting on Feb. 25 2015 over the utility’s failure for half a year to disclose the flow into the ocean of water contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

“This is a situation that will shake our relationship of trust with TEPCO,” Tetsu Nozaki, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, told reporters after the meeting.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun


IN BRIEF - Lobster landings skyrocket in value

Saturday, February 28, 2015


ELLSWORTH — The Department of Marine Resources announced on Thursday 26th of February 2015 that the value of Maine’s lobster landings set a new record in 2014.


According to preliminary figures compiled by DMR, Maine fishermen landed more than 120 million pounds of lobster for the third consecutive year, and for only the third time in history.

The landed value of the catch, without taking into account year-end bonuses paid by lobster cooperatives throughout the state, was USD 456,935,346. Including bonuses totaling about USD 7.5 million reported by just over half the state’s co-ops, DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher said, the total value of Maine’s 2014 lobster harvest topped USD 464 million.

Source: The Ellsworth American


IN BRIEF - Centre’s ban on shark fin not to hit seafood exports

Saturday, February 28, 2015


KOCHI - The ban on the export of shark fins by the Central Government is unlikely to deeply hurt India’s booming seafood exports, says Seafood Exporters Association of India president AJ Tharakan.


“Shark fin is a minuscule part of India’s seafood exports and hence the ban shall not cause any major impact,” Tharakan told BusinessLine. He pointed out that of the nearly INR 5 billion value of seafood exports this year, shark fin would be only around INR 3 or 4 million . He said the ban was a conservation measure to prevent the rapid depletion of the shark population in Indian waters.

Source: The Hindu Business Line


IN BRIEF - American Samoa subsidies to fisheries discussed

Friday, February 27, 2015


The United States government has been asked to consider developing Pacific Island countries when making decisions about government subsidies to fisheries.

The US Presidential Task Force on Illegal Fishing has recommended the elimination of fishery subsidies within the next five years because of overfishing and illegal fishing.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency director general James Movick says while he supports the elimination of subsidies, some countries face hurdles in developing their domestic fisheries in competition with more developed fleets.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - Label my fish campaign: Australian seafood labelling laws are 'embarrassing', says Greenpeace

Friday, February 27, 2015


Australia has fallen further behind world's best practice in seafood labelling, environmental campaigners say, with the European Union introducing tougher laws that provide shoppers with more accurate information.


In mid-December 2014, EU seafood producers and sellers began specifying catch areas, such as a sub-area of the Northeast Atlantic, and fishing gear used, such as trawls or seines, on already-detailed labels.

Source: The Sunday Morning Herald


IN BRIEF - Pacifical Applauds Call for Certified FAD-Free To Stop Fraud

Friday, February 27, 2015


Maurice Brownjohn, Director of Pacifical, applauds CEPESCA and Spanish members of the European Parliament for actively calling on independently certified FAD free tuna.


“Under these conditions (the current self-certification system), FAD-free certification by the captain himself would be presumed to be false” said Javier Garat, the Secretary General of CEPESCA and President of Europeche.

Pacifical fully agrees that FAD - Free catch should require a very stringent chain of custody (COC), as well as an independent third party certification to validate and corroborate sustainable fishing practices. The Marine Stewardship Council COC meets that requirement, and only in this way consumers can be certain that what they buy is actually what it’s claimed. Self-certification cannot deliver this with the surety demanded.

Pacifical: Pacifical Applauds Call for Certified FAD-Free To Stop Fraud


IN BRIEF - Korea hopes to be removed from EU's preliminary IUU list

Friday, February 27, 2015


Korea may be removed from the European Union's list of illegal fishing nations.

Wrapping up bilateral talks in Seoul on Wednesday 25th of February 2015, Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the EU was impressed by efforts made by Seoul to curb unauthorized fishing, and showed a positive response to taking Korea off its list.

Korea has taken a series of measures, including a revision to the law on deep sea fishing that imposes a heftier fine for illegal fishing, as well as requiring that all deep sea fishing boats be equipped with GPS tracking devices.

Source: Asia Heartbeat Airrang


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