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IN BRIEF - Lobster processing plant eyed by fisheries group

CANADA
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 - New Wave of Electronic Monitoring Projects in U. S. Fisheries Highlighted at National Workshop

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The second national electronic monitoring workshop was held in Seattle, Washington late last year. Hosted by NOAA Fisheries, the goal was to bring together fisheries monitoring and management experts to share what’s working in EM implementation projects, what’s not, and to develop solutions and paths forward.

The workshop was also a celebration of significant progress taking place. Since the first national workshop held in January 2014, there has been a large scale EM regulatory program implemented in the Atlantic HMS fishery and regulations authorizing EM programs developed through Regional exempted fishing permit and cooperative research projects are scheduled for implementation in 2017 and 2018 in several different fisheries around the country.

These new programs all provide examples of one or more ‘best practices’ for EM, such as user-centered design approaches, clear goals established at the outset, and consistent collaboration among stakeholders.


IN BRIEF - 30-Day Stakeholder Comment Period Open for Alaska Salmon Fishery Draft Assessment Report

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Alaska RFM Certification Draft Assessment Report for the re-certification of the Alaska salmon fishery is now available for registered stakeholder comment. The 30-day comment period runs from January 23, 2017 through February 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific. 

Certification Body, Global Trust/SAI Global, is conducting the re-assessment for the Alaska salmon fishery. Registered stakeholders will be sent a copy of the report. Stakeholders can register to receive the report here:

Alaska Salmon Draft Assessment Report for Re-Certification


The Assessment Team appointed to the fishery assessment will review each comment submitted by stakeholders and determine if clarifications, updates or modifications to the report are necessary. The Certification Body will ultimately preside/govern over the final outcome on certification of a fishery consistent with accreditation requirements and the Certification Program's rules.


IN BRIEF - Hangzhou Fengling finishes 200 MW solar-aquaculture project

CHINA
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The panels were mounted on piles above the surface of the Changhe and Zhouxiang reservoirs in Cixi, Zhejiang province.

The Hangzhou-based company invested approximately 1.8 billion yuan ($262.6 million) in the project, which spans about 299.5 hectares.

It did not reveal the solar panel supplier.

In an online statement, the Cixi municipal authorities hailed the project as a “new model” for solar-aquaculture projects, as the PV modules were deliberately spaced far apart to allow enough sunlight to penetrate the water, which is critical for the growth of the fish beneath the surface.

Construction started in late June and wrapped up in December.

The project is expected to annually generate about 220 GWh of electricity, or enough to cater to the needs of roughly 100,000 homes.

A unit of utility State Grid built two 110 kV substations for the project.

The installation is considerably larger than a similar 120 MW project that was completed last May in Poyang county, Jiangxi province.


IN BRIEF - REVIEWING THE SUPA PROJECT, DEVELOPING THE IMAGE OF VN PANGASIUS IN THE EU

VIET NAM
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

After 4 years of implementation, ‘Sustainable Pangasius Supply Chain in Vietnam' (SUPA) project funded by the European Union (EU), chaired by Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC), jointly conducted with WWF-Vietnam, WWF-Austria and VASEP has obtained positive and specific results. Each pangasius company, which participated in deploying the support packages of the project, has saved VND2-5 billion and reduced 28.5% of water consumption, cut down 28% of wastewater into the environment, 18.6% of electricity consumption and reduced 2,000 MT of GHG discharged into the environment per year.

As a part of the SUPA project, WWF-Austria initiated and developed new ideas to promote pangasius products in the EU with 3 ideas as followed:

(1) Improve packaging and delivery information on product packaging;
(2) Develop new product groups and new customers;
(3) Promoting and building the image of the products.


IN BRIEF - Calls for project ideas for second phase of fishing gear discards reduction initiative

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Skippers, trawl makers and gear technologists are being urged to participate in the second phase of projects now being called by the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) to develop and trial innovative new types of fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

Four projects were successfully completed in the first phase, the results of which offer scope for further development into practical gear solutions for discard reduction.

Phase two will involve the industry and gear technologists coming together to develop and assess further trials with the purpose of assisting skippers maximise the potential of their ideas and meeting their responsibilities under the discard ban.

This phase will also look to work with all sectors to develop gears that will offer a choice of options and solutions over the coming years. Funding of £1.08m has been secured by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s (SFF) subsidiary company SFF Services from the Scottish Government and the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund for phase two, which will run until 31 December 2019.  Project ideas and proposals can be submitted throughout 2017.


IN BRIEF - MEKONG DELTA REGION TARGETS 9.4 PERCENT EXPORT GROWTH

VIET NAM
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Provinces in the Mekong Delta region aim to generate 15 billion USD from exports in 2017, surging 9.4 percent from the previous year, according to the Steering Committee for the Southwest Region.

To reach the goal, the provinces plan to accelerate trade and investment promotion and seek new export markets for their agricultural goods.

Top priorities will also be given to changing the structure of exports towards high-value goods, applying advanced science-technology while reducing exports of low-value farm produce, the committee said, adding that provinces will also speed up administrative reforms to better facilitate businesses and support them in fostering technical innovations to improve production capacities.

Localities with large export turnovers, such as Long An, Tien Giang, Can Tho, and Dong Thap, will hold dialogues between leaders and enterprises to solve difficulties in capital, policies and markets.

Source: VNA


IN BRIEF - WSI the new association for women in the seafood industry will be at the Icelandic Fisheries Fair

FRANCE
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WSI, an international association for Women in the Seafood Industry was created in December 2016 by specialists at the cross-road between the seafood industry and gender issues. WSI’s goals are to highlight women’s contribution to the seafood industry, to raise awareness of gender issues within this industry and to promote professional equality between men and women.

The motivation to create WSI came from the growing recognition that although one in every two seafood workers is a woman, women are over-represented in lowest paid and lowest valued positions and very few at leadership positions. Women are essential contributors to this important food industry, but they remain invisible, including to policy makers. There is a need to increase awareness about their role in this industry and to recognise the value they bring.

While we acknowledge that much progress has been achieved, a lot remains to be done. Stories about women in the seafood industry are rarely told. WSI will operate as a sounding board to amplify women’s voice and help them gain visibility through practical projects..

WSI has chosen the World Seafood Congress 2017 and the Icelandic Fisheries Fair to make its first public appearance. “The choice for Iceland is two-fold: its fishing industry is very dynamic and the country is at the forefront when it comes to gender equality. At Icefair, the fisheries fair, WSI will disseminate this uncomplicated yet often untold story: women are essential workers in the seafood industry but they are often invisible.” Explains Marie Christine Monfort


IN BRIEF - Earns a profit of Rs 1200 million by fish exports last year

SRI LANKA
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sri Lanka has earned a profit of Rs. 1200 million by exporting fish in 2016. This was revealed at a progress and performance review meeting held in the Ministry on 16th January under the chairmanship of Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera. The minister at this event also gave directives to the officials regarding the fisheries development programmes and projects for 2017.
 
According to the statistics of the Ministry, fish exports income in 2016 was reported as Rs.1200 million. Such an achievement was possible due to the high demand in the international market for Sri Lankan Crab, Shrimp, Lobster and live fish. However, we are still catering only to 1/3 of the total requirement.
 
Fish imports income in 2015 was Rs. 20,336 million and in 2016 it has become Rs. 21,539 million generating a profit of Rs. 1203 million. Even though the amount of exported fish has reduced by 2.6%, the income of fish exports has increased due to the high price.
 
With the lifting of EU fish ban fish exports have increased. However, the fish exports to European countries are not included in these statistics.


IN BRIEF - Shrimp Trawling Proposal Protested By Local Fishermen

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Commercial fishermen gathered in New Bern recently to speak out against a proposal put forward by the North Carolina Wildlife Foundation that would close much of North Carolina's waters to shrimp trawling.

The skyline of New Bern transformed early this week.  More than a dozen shrimp trawlers pulled up to the New Bern waterfront at Union Point Park.  Spectators gathered at the water’s edge to view the unusual display.  The vessels served as a visual demonstration among commercial fishermen against a proposal that would close much of North Carolina’s coastal waters to shrimp trawling.

Source: JARED BRUMBAUGH / publicradioeast.org | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Seafood Market to Grow at a CAGR Over 3% from 2016 to 2022

INDIA
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

PUNE /PRNewswire/ -- Market Research Future published a Half Cooked Research Report on the Global Seafood Market, which has been estimated to grow over 3% post 2022.

Market Highlights
Seafood is a protein rich food. It is one of the broadly consumed foods worldwide. Shrimp, tuna and crab are the most popular seafood all over the world. Shrimp has become the highest growing seafood in recent years as it is easy to cook; consumers of all age groups enjoy it because of the premium flavor and texture.

Recently there is increase in the demand for cod liver oil, as it is a nutrient-dense source of essential vitamins including vitamin D and vitamin A, as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil supplements are in demand from women going through menopausal years to maintain a proper level of estrogen and progesterone hormone.

Market Forecast
In the last few years, consumers have become aware of flash frozen seafood products, which are also nutrient rich, non-requirement of filleting and deboning. Frozen seafood products are easier to transport than the fresh seafood products. Now, in recent years there is high demand for convenience food, so ready-to-cook seafood products have created huge opportunities in the market. This factor will play a key role to grow the seafood market at CAGR of 3% between 2016 to 2022.

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