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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 - Fishing deal settles “goof up” over discard ban

Monday, February 02, 2015

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.

Source: Keith Findlay/Aberdeen Journals Ltd - Read full story here

IN BRIEF - Whole Foods sets sustainable standards for farmed mollusks

Monday, February 02, 2015

Whole Foods Market announced all farmed mollusks, including oysters, mussels, clams and scallops, will be subject to new sustainability standards that will be verified by a third party.

Mollusk farms will not be allowed to use pesticides and must ensure water quality, sediment health and protection of coastal environments while providing traceability from farm to store.

Products will now carry a “Responsibly Farmed” logo.

The mollusk standards were developed in collaboration with scientists and farmers.

The retailer said oyster sales have grown 10% in the past two years.

Whole Foods already has sustainability standards for farm-raised salmon, finfish and shrimp.

Source: supermarketnews.com - Read full story here

IN BRIEF - Thai Union Frozen Products (TUF) family reached an agreement to acquire Sheffield football club in England

Monday, February 02, 2015

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.

Source: nationmultimedia.com

IN BRIEF - High Liner Foods Upgraded to “Buy” by Cormark (HLF)

Monday, February 02, 2015

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.

Source: Robert Jamerson/sleekmoney.com - Read full story here

IN BRIEF - BFAR to stop issuing commercial licenses due to overfishing

Friday, January 30, 2015

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.

Source: Mindanao News

IN BRIEF - Scottish Fisheries Secretary sets out fisheries priorities ahead of visit to Shetland

Friday, January 30, 2015

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.

Source: http://scottishgovernment.presscentre.com

IN BRIEF - Bundaberg seafood business aiming for export market

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fishers Greg and Sue Rogers returned to the industry, after a 15 year break, by buying a closed down seafood processing plant at the Port of Bundaberg.

During the Australian Day floods of 2013 many fishers could not unload their catch.

The Rogers hope their new facility, called Australian Seafood.com, will provide a flood proof option as it is on higher ground.

Assistant manager Barry Ehrke said the facility re-opened in late November for commercial fishers unloading and transporting their catch and for refuelling.

Source: David Sparkes/ABC - Audio here

IN BRIEF - Missing trawler rescue teams find bodies in English Channel

Friday, January 30, 2015

England , Kent --Rescuers searching for a Belgian trawler missing in the English Channel with four people on board have recovered two bodies from the sea.

The search for the fishing boat began on Wednesday afternoon when it vanished in rough seas and gale force winds.

The RNLI said the bodies, which were found in the sea off Boulogne, had been recovered back to the French port.

A lifejacket and wooden debris were spotted by a French fixed-wing aircraft north-west of Boulogne earlier.

Those on board the Z85 Morgenster are believed to be Dutch, Portuguese and Belgian.

A coastguard helicopter, two Kent lifeboats and a French search and rescue helicopter carried out the first search for the trawler, which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.

A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels have also been in the area looking for any signs of the missing vessel.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the search was now in French territorial waters.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - New Company to Develop Innovative, Open-Ocean Products

Friday, January 30, 2015

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.

For more information please visit InnovaSea Systems, Inc.,

IN BRIEF - Fish landing obligation: provisional agreement between EU institutions

Friday, January 30, 2015

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.

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