IN BRIEF - Fishing company says commercial fishing needs to be cheaper
Friday, January 18, 2013
A fishing company says the government needs to make commercial fishing cheaper for local companies in order to attract more domestic fleets.
Alatini Fisheries has held meetings with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries this week to discuss ways of attracting more fishing vessels to operate in Tonga’s waters and how to revive the industry.
The Managing Director of Alatini Fisheries, Tricia Emberson, says in the last five years there have only been two local fishing fleets licensed to operate and is recommending the government make some key changes.
“One of the big things is the consumption tax, that it be abolished. Because it’s created a huge problem since its inception. We’d look at government revising some financial incentives to perhaps attract joint venture companies. We’d also look at their charges being made on the domestic fleet be revised because they’re amongst some of the highest compared to other countries around the region.”
Tricia Emberson says has also suggested the government devise a clear, strategic license framework within a year.
Toxic runoff from highways, parking lots and other developed surfaces is killing many of the adult coho salmon in urban streams along the West Coast, according to a new NOAA study that for the first time documents the fatal connection between urban stormwater and salmon survival.
The good news is that the same study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology also found that inexpensive filtration of urban runoff through simple columns of sand and soil can completely prevent the toxic effects on fish.
"Untreated urban runoff is very bad for salmon health," said Julann Spromberg, a research scientist at NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. "Our goal with this research is to find practical and inexpensive ways to improve water quality. The salmon are telling us if they work."
Scientists have studied the impacts of urban stormwater on salmon most extensively around Puget Sound in Washington, where more than half of the coho returning to stormwater-dominated streams every year die before they can spawn.
Twenty years after its birth, FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries shared a moment in the limelight with ministers, researchers and leaders in the fisheries industry at the first International Fisheries Stakeholders Forum in Vigo, Spain.
"The Code of Conduct has been an unmitigated success, because it captures both the essence of nature conservation and the need for developing countries to grow and prosper," said Arni Mathiesen, FAO Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture speaking at the opening session.
“Many of the fish stocks that are unsustainable today became that way before adoption of the Code in 1995,” he added.
“And while actions by the international community since then have halted a further deterioration, I’m convinced we can do more to rebuild our stocks, and must work together on these objectives over the next two decades of the Code.”
When is Alaska pollock not really Alaska pollock? When it is listed as such by the Food and Drug Administration, which governs what every seafood product will be called in U.S. commerce.
For pollock, one of the most widely eaten seafoods in the U.S., the FDA applies the “Alaska” moniker to all fish of that species on its market list, regardless of where it is caught.
“So if the fish is caught in Korea or Japan or Russia, it still can be sold as Alaska pollock in the United States. And that’s not the case with Alaska salmon or halibut or Alaska crab,” said Pat Shanahan, Program Director for the trade group Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers.
“That’s why we are called the Genuine Alaska Pollock producers,” she quipped. “It’s not enough to say we’re just the Alaska pollock producers, because we could be from Russia.
The FDA’s Seafood List guidelines discourage use of ‘geographic descriptors’ in market names, but for more than 30 years that standard has not been applied to Alaska pollock. No one is quite sure how that came to be, but it likely stemmed from the boom in the Bering Sea pollock fishery that began in the early 1980’s, and the flood of new fish was simply tagged “Alaska” by federal bureaucrats.
Interest is growing in the potential benefits of using insects in food and animal feed, but what would be the risks from production, processing and consumption of this alternative source of protein?
EFSA has addressed this question with a risk profile that identifies the potential biological and chemical hazards as well as allergenicity and environmental hazards associated with the use of farmed insects as food and feed.
The Scientific Opinion also compares these potential hazards with those associated with mainstream sources of animal protein.
The possible presence of biological and chemical hazards in food and feed products derived from insects would depend on the production methods, what the insects are fed on (substrate), the lifecycle stage at which the insects are harvested, the insect species, as well as the methods used for further processing, EFSA’s scientific experts say.
EFSA concludes that when non-processed insects are fed with currently permitted feed materials, the potential occurrence of microbiological hazards is expected to be similar to that associated with other non-processed sources of protein.
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) launched its Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certification schemes . GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool is the first collective and non-competitive approach, which provides clarity on seafood certification worldwide. This milestone has now been achieved thanks to the strong support and commitment of partner companies, NGOs, experts, governmental organizations and FAO.
GSSI will publicly recognize seafood certification schemes that meet GSSI Components grounded in the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for seafood certification and ecolabelling. GSSI’s Tool also outlines the status of existing practices in seafood certification. This will help to make purchasing decisions more efficient by offering greater choice and driving down costs, while promoting environmental sustainability.
As strong supporters of GSSI, the below retailers, brand manufacturers, traders and food service companies, commit to include the outcomes of the GSSI Benchmark Tool in their daily operations by recognizing all GSSI recognized certification schemes as acceptable when sourcing certified seafood. We encourage companies across the seafood sector worldwide to join our commitment.
Losses of shrimp growers and processors are piling up in the face of sluggish global demand for black tiger bagda of Bangladesh amid ample supply of the vannamei variety and weak currencies of major export destinations against the dollar.
“We are going through a rough time,” said Atiar Rahman, a shrimp farmer from Rampal in the southwestern district of Bagerhat.
Rahman is one of the 8.33 lakh farmers who culture shrimp on 2.75 lakh hectares of land in the coastal regions and help the country earn more than half a billion dollars in export receipts every year.
“Almost all of us are making losses for weak prices and mortality,” said Rahman, who managed to recover only one-fifth of his investment last year.
When the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) Participating Companies agreed to follow the Foundation’s list of Conservation Measures, they knew that independent compliance auditing would be necessary to independently assess conformance and also to track performance over time. With the level of detail in this year’s audit, it has become even more obvious that the independent audit is an indispensable part of the process. Not only does it keep things in check, it has proven to be the most effective way to track detailed progress and reveal gaps that need additional work. During MRAG Americas’ recent audit of the Participating Companies to assess conformance with the 2014 conservation measures and commitments, we took things further than in year’s past. We shared our preliminary findings with all of the individual companies and a dialogue period allowed all parties to discuss the information submitted and to provide additional information to assist us in reaching accurate and well-supported conclusions. The final audit results were based, then, on a more thorough review of all relevant information, resulting in the most clarity in ISSF auditing results MRAG Americas has ever been able to report, as well as the ability for ISSF to track continuous improvement. Not only does this serve the primary audit and compliance purposes, but perhaps more importantly, it gives a clear picture of where everyone is, and helps chart a course for where they need to be.
Companies participating in ISSF commit to follow 21 separate measures designed to facilitate real and continuous improvement across global tuna stocks. These measures represent science-driven best practices, approved by the ISSF Board, that have measurable positive impacts on tuna stocks. Conservation measures include a policy for prohibition of shark finning, ability to trace tuna from capture to plate, and other policies designed to improve the long-term sustainability of tuna and to provide transparency to purchasers and the public at large.
Without an auditing protocol and program, conformance with these voluntary commitments would be dfficult to measure and tracking the progress of each company’s conformance over time would be next to impossible. That’s where MRAG Americas comes in. ISSF engaged MRAG Americas in 2014 to review and improve ISSF’s audit process, as well as to conduct an audit of the performance of the Participating Companies against the measures in-force in 2014. As a result, for 2014, ISSF is delivering an additional level of clarity to provide interested stakeholders with greater definition and explanation of conformance by individual measure.
Thai frozen food business operators have denied allegations by the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry that they have been illegally importing fresh shrimp from Indonesia.
The ministry told media lastweek that members of the Thai Frozen Foods Association (TFFA) have solved their raw material shortage by importing shrimp from Indonesia even though the government ban the import because of the outbreak of early mortality syndrome (EMS) in some countries. "Our members did not import shrimp from Indonesia despite the shortage.
The government allows chilled shrimp imports, so we still have a source ofmaterial for shrimp processing," said Poj Aramwattananont, president of TFFA. The government used ministerial regulations announced in 2010 to temporarily prohibit the import of fresh shrimp during an EMS outbreak, but will allow imports during normal conditions.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella has travelled to Europe's biggest fishing port in Vigo, Spain, this week to mark two important anniversaries on the fisheries calendar: the tenth anniversary of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the 20th anniversary of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Mr Vella used his visit to recognise both organisations' achievements in promoting and enforcing sustainable fisheries.
In particular, Mr Vella praised the FAO Code as a source of "major inspiration" for the reform of the EU's common fisheries policy, which is now aligned with the Code's key principles: precaution, science and an ecosystem approach. Stressing the FAO's and the EU's shared vision of the need to manage the world's oceans sustainably, he called for a joint push to build on the Code's foundation and work towards sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and better international ocean governance.Commissioner Karmenu Vella has travelled to Europe's biggest fishing port in Vigo, Spain, this week to mark two important anniversaries on the fisheries calendar: the tenth anniversary of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the 20th anniversary of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Mr Vella used his visit to recognise both organisations' achievements in promoting and enforcing sustainable fisheries.
In particular, Mr Vella praised the FAO Code as a source of "major inspiration" for the reform of the EU's common fisheries policy, which is now aligned with the Code's key principles: precaution, science and an ecosystem approach. Stressing the FAO's and the EU's shared vision of the need to manage the world's oceans sustainably, he called for a joint push to build on the Code's foundation and work towards sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and better international ocean governance.
The exit route for Kiliç Deniz remains unclear at this stage. NBK could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
NBK orginally acquired a 20% stake in the business in 2010. The investment was made through NBK Capital Equity Partners Fund I, representing the GP's fifth deal in Turkey at the time. This is the fund's sixth realisation, with two portfolio companies remaining.
At the time of the original investment, Kiliç Deniz was generating TRY 140m in revenues. Financial details at the time of the exit where not disclosed.
Headquartered in Bodrum, Turkey, Kiliç Deniz is an aquaculture company operating in the Mediterranean region and focusing on sea-water and fresh-water fish production. The company is active in all aspects of fish farming, including incubation, harvesting, processing and fish-feed production.
NOAA declares global coral bleaching event United States
The third global coral bleaching event ever on record was confirmed by NOAA scientists after observing that record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii and expand to the Caribbean.
Sustainable fisheries becomes focus of summit in Vigo Spain
More than 40 fishing ministers, deputy ministers and CEOs met in Vigo, convened by deputy director general of FAO Fisheries, aware that with fisheries and aquaculture as the core, the oceans can be a source of wealth provided that their exploitation is performed sustainably.