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IN BRIEF - Lobster processing plant eyed by fisheries group

Friday, January 18, 2013

The executive of a local fisheries group was anxiously awaiting the results of a feasibility study into a construction of a lobster processing plant owned by the community and fishermen.

In a letter to its members the 1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association wrote that the plant would be “one way we feel we can take back control over our industry.”

Once the feasibility study is complete, 1688 president James Mood said a business plan would need to be drafted and taken to government and potential investors.

Although in the beginning stages, Mood offered an ambitious hope that a new plant could be up and running in time to take part in the 2013-14 lobster season.

Source: Greg Bennett / thecoastguard.ca

IN BRIEF - Ngāti Kahungunu's new fishing net reduces undersized fish catch

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Ngati Kahungunu has committed to using a new fishing net design that will drastically reduce the number of undersize fish that get trapped in the nets.


It's technology that will aid in repopulating our oceans.

The New Zealand fisheries is a multi-billion dollar industry, but it needs to be sustainable if it's to get the thumbs up for the future.

Mike Terry says, “They are improving. Over the last three years I've seen a gradual increase but the fish that we're catching now traditionally we've caught them in closer, but we're starting to catch them in deeper water.”

Source: Maori Television


IN BRIEF - Bill to ax Alaska fish commission passes out of committee

Saturday, March 28, 2015


The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday 26th of March 2015 passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.


The unanimous vote came despite fishermen's objections that the bill upends the separation of power between the commission that oversees Alaska’s limited-entry fisheries like salmon and the agency that regulates commercial fishing.

The legislation, House Bill 112, goes next to the House Resources Committee. A referral to House Finance is expected, according to Reid Harris, aide to the fisheries committee that’s chaired by bill author Rep. Louise Stutes, a Kodiak Republican.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News


IN BRIEF - MHG - Change to Board of Directors

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Michael Parker has informed Marine Harvest ASA of his resignation from the Board of Directors. The Board wishes to thank Mr. Parker for his contribution to the Board during his service at Marine Harvest.


The nomination committee will be proposing a replacement to the Annual General Meeting, which will be held 8 June 2015.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.


IN BRIEF - Clay particles could help fish farmers tackle deadly plankton blooms

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Dumping clay into the water when there is a plankton bloom, like last month, when 600 tonnes of fish died, could be a lifeline for fish farmers in Singapore.


Clay flocculation, also known as clay spraying, involves the spraying of clay particles into the water so that they can bind to the plankton before they clump together and sink to the sea floor.

It is among the solutions the Fish Farmers Association of Singapore will be proposing to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) on April 2015.

Source: Straits Times


IN BRIEF - Thai Union Frozen cuts supplier after fishing slavery report

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Thailand's biggest seafood company said it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after determining it might be involved with forced labour and other abuses.


The statement by Thai Union Frozen Products follows a year-long investigation that linked severe abuses on Southeast Asian fishing trawlers to dinner tables in the US and around the world.

"Thai Union embraces AP's finding," the company said in a statement that calls the use of slave labour "utterly unacceptable." Thai Union said the supplier was "terminated" immediately.

Source: Bangkok Post


IN BRIEF - Louisiana shrimpers, crabbers advised on new regulations, industry updates

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Before the peak of shrimp and crab seasons, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant have been holding Louisiana Fisheries Forward meetings to help fishers learn about new regulatory and industry developments.


Thu Bui, an AgCenter and Sea Grant fisheries agent, said the meetings in part give fishers "the information so they can become more profitable."

"Once they get on the water, they don't have time to learn about new things," Bui said, in an announcement summarizing information provided at a Tuesday (March 24 2015) meeting in Delcambre. The announcement also publicized similar upcoming meetings set for April 7 in Dulac and April 22 in Larose.

Source: Nola


IN BRIEF - Thai junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry

Saturday, March 28, 2015


BANGKOK - " Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.


In comments published Friday 27th March 2015 by the English-language Bangkok Post newspaper, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha acknowledged he had seen this week's AP article and said his government was stepping up efforts to combat the scourge and prosecute those responsible.

Source: NZ Herald


IN BRIEF - Provincial government urges Ottawa to prepare fish compensation plan

Saturday, March 28, 2015


As the fishing season approaches and ice conditions continue to wreak havoc on ferries off Newfoundland and Labrador's coasts, the provincial government is urging Ottawa to prepare ice compensation for fish harvesters.


The compensation program would be used to bridge finances for fish harvesters if severe ice conditions delay the fishing season.

Fish harvesters would receive a weekly payment comparable to what they would get on employment insurance, if their benefits have expired.

Source:  CBC


IN BRIEF - Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks 'to pre-European times'

Saturday, March 28, 2015


The expansion of no-fishing zones across the Great Barrier Reef has allowed fish numbers to rebound in some places to levels not seen since European arrival in Australia, a long-term study of the ecosystem has shown.


Data taken from underwater surveys of about 40% of the reef’s marine park between 1983 and 2012 found that biomass of coral trout more than doubled in protected areas.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - South Korea Experimenting with Bluefin Tuna Farming

Saturday, March 28, 2015


SEOUL – The South Korean government is aiming to successfully develop bluefin tuna farming in Jeju, by forming a research cluster comprised of government research institutes and private fishing groups.


The National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), Jeju Ocean and Fishery Institute and Gyeongsangnam-do Fisheries Resources Research Institute reached an agreement to form a tuna farming research cluster with five private companies on March 25 2015.

Source: The Korea Bizwire


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