Scotland -- Euro MPs and European Union member states have finally agreed a simple set of rules for the new fish discard ban.
Scottish fishing chiefs hope it will end a spell of uncertainty for the industry since the ban’s introduction for the pelagic fleet from January 1.
Last month, they warned of havoc in the industry unless EU fisheries ministers acted swiftly to resolve a “goof-up” caused by bureaucrats in Brussels not amending existing rules in readiness for the new “landings obligation”.
The fear was that skippers abiding by the new rules would be in breach of existing legislation preventing them from landing all their catch.
Announcing yesterday’s agreement between the European Parliament and Council, EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said: “It brings legal clarity for our fishing community.
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Dejphon Chansiri, a member of the family that controls Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF), reached an agreement to acquire the 100 per cent ownership of a British football club, Sheffield.
The football club, who plays in the Championship - the second tier of the English leagues, announced the agreement on its website. The agreement was signed with chairman Milan Mandaric on behalf of UKFI Ltd.
According to the football club, the deal is still subject to ratification by the Football League and during that process Dejphon and his team will become involved in the operation of the club to ensure a smooth handover upon completion. The new owner has pledged to outline his vision for Sheffield Wednesday when appropriate once the formal requirements are concluded and the club asks its supporters for patience until that time.
Cormark upgraded shares of High Liner Foods (TSE:HLF) from a market perform rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Thursday morning.
Shares of High Liner Foods (TSE:HLF) traded up 11.33% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $22.60. The stock had a trading volume of 123,078 shares. High Liner Foods has a 52 week low of $19.10 and a 52 week high of $25.47. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $21.85 and a 200-day moving average of $22.11. The company has a market cap of $693.7 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.12.
Separately, analysts at Scotiabank set a C$27.00 price target on shares of High Liner Foods and gave the company an outperform rating in a research note on Monday, January 12th.
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DAVAO CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said it will stop issuing commercial fishing licenses starting June this year due over exploitation of all the country’s fishing grounds.
In an interview Wednesday, BFAR regulation division chief Jose Villanueva said a memorandum has been sent out by the Department of Agriculture in October last year.
The BFAR official said the time since the release of BFAR administrative circular No. 254 series of 2014 was spent by the bureau to inform the commercial fishing industry that no more licenses will be given out by June.
According to a copy of the memorandum, several studies stretching back to 1987 have showed a steady decline in the amount of fish in Philippine fishing grounds as well as a disturbing increase in the exploitation rate from illegal fishers.
The recent one was a study by the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) that showed that the exploitation rate in nine major fishing bays and gulfs in the country attributed to unabated fishing pressure and destructive fishing activities.
According to the National Stock Assessment Program of the NFRDI, exploitation levels of most if not all commercial pelagic species for the last five years have exceeded estimates of potential yield.
Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead has outlined his main priorities for supporting a successful fishing industry ahead of his visit to Shetland.
Fisheries is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s three overarching aims of creating more, better paid jobs in a strong sustainable economy, building a fairer Scotland by tackling inequalities and passing power to people and communities.
Top of the agenda for the fishing industry is the landing obligation or ‘discard ban’, the ongoing review of quota management, and continuing work on the inshore fisheries strategy.
On January 1, 2015, Ocean Farm Technologies and OceanSpar merged to form InnovaSea Systems, Inc., a new company committed to developing the next wave of innovative, open-ocean products and services to support the growing mariculture industry.
The newly merged company champions, among other things, environmental and financial sustainability and innovation. Its commitment to producing innovative products and services is reflected in the significant investment InnovaSea is making in an accelerated research and development program.
InnovaSea’s strong foundation comes from the expertise of two respected companies in the mariculture industry. Founded in 2005, Ocean Farm Technologies developed the Aquapod, a unique containment system that handles rugged ocean conditions and a variety of species. OceanSpar has produced quality products, like the SeaStation and AquaSpar Fish Pens, since 1988. They share an excellent reputation for producing cost-effective goods and services, and a commitment to supporting sustainable fish farming in the open ocean.
The Council and the European Parliament reached on 29 January 2015 a provisional political agreement on the implementation of the landing obligation for fisheries or "omnibus regulation" at a second informal trilogue meeting on the issue.
The Permanent Representatives Committee - Coreper - will be debriefed in the coming days. Once the final text will be available, the regulation will be in the agenda of the European Parliament and of the Council for approval, before its final adoption.
A central objective of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the progressive elimination of discards in all EU fisheries through the introduction of an obligation to land all catches. The "omnibus" regulation contains a package of amendments to existing control and technical measures regulations to implement the landing obligation agreed under the reformed CFP.
The Council and the European Parliament agreed in particular on a number of points aimed at simplifying the provisions and reducing administrative burden for fishermen and control administrations:
An annual report on the implementation of the landing obligation will be prepared by the Commission on the basis of information from Advisory Councils and other sources transmitted by the member states
The principle that the development of parallel markets for undersized fish should be prevented is confirmed
A pragmatic solution for the storage of fish on board fishing vessels.
Aquaculture handbook to help develop the sector Pakistan
Pakistani scientists together with the US Department of Agriculture and American Soybean Association launched a handbook aimed at improving aquaculture practices in the Asian country.
Vulnerable marine ecosystems in African coast sought Spain
Researchers from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and the University of Vigo, belonging to the science team EcoAfrik project, are participating in an offshore oceanographic campaign, off the coast of South Africa and Namibia, looking for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems that require protection.
Geoduck exporters complicated by Hong Kong Canada
B.C. geoduck exporters were forced to stop their daily shipments to Hong Kong due to a ban issued by Chinese authorities citing unacceptable levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning.
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