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IN BRIEF - Fishing company says commercial fishing needs to be cheaper

TONGA
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.

Source: Radio New Zealand International


IN BRIEF - Industry warns discard ban could bankrupt fleet

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

The Scottish fishing industry is in peril from the discard ban unless governments act urgently, fishermen’s associations are warning.
Large swathes of the industry face bankruptcy unless member state governments can assert their authority over the European Commission to prevent the discard ban.

Stoking the pressure behind the so-called “landings obligation” are organisations like the Pew Trusts, which ignore the economic carnage that will follow from the ill-conceived conservation measure.

Source: Shetland Times

 


IN BRIEF - Ministry promises stern actions for illegal fishing

PHILIPPINES
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

After only a month in the job, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has unveiled her office’s findings on illegal, unreported and undocumented (IUU) fishing operations along the country’s sea borders.

 

Susi said the ministry’s use of radar technology was successful in identifying illegal fishing operations by foreign parties in Indonesian waters.

“We know what they’re up to. They think we don’t [know]. Let them know that we see everything at sea, even the size of the ships,” she said on Friday 21st 2014.

Source: The Jakarta Post

 


IN BRIEF - US waters create potential for shellfish farming

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

By the time the sun rose on a chilly November morning, Matthew Moretti and his two-man crew had steamed into Casco Bay, tying up alongside three square rafts bobbing in calm waters. Clambering onto the planks, they began hauling 35-foot ropes from the deep, each laden with hundreds of pounds of slate-gray mussels.

 

“Demand is huge for rope-grown mussel,” said Moretti, co-owner of Wild Ocean Aquaculture, which grows and sells the branded Bangs Island Mussels. “It’s way bigger than we have been able to fill.”


Source: Boston Globe

 


IN BRIEF - Highest illegal exports of turbot: Bulgaria’s Association of Fish Products Producers official

BULGARIA
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

SOFIA - "Highest illegal exports are of turbot,” said Yordan Gospodinov, executive director of the Association of Fish Products Producers, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.

He stated turbot catch was very limited because of the quota imposed on it.

”When fish catch is limited or a fish is found in small quantities on the market, interest in it increases,” Gospodinov explained.

In his words, the main turbot market is in Turkey.

Source: Focus

 


IN BRIEF - Black-striped mussel a biosecurity ‘megashock’ threat to SA fishing and tourism industries

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A new biosecurity “megashock” threatens to devastate fishing and tourism in the Spencer and St Vincent gulfs.

 

Fighting the black-striped mussel cost the US more than AUD 5 billion in the 1990s and, according to CSIRO scientists, South Australia’s pristine coastline is now under threat due to the heating of local seas due to climate change.

The Australia’s Biosecurity Future report identified the major biosecurity trends and risks that face Australia over the next 20-30 years and highlights 12 “megashocks” that could have profound impacts on economy and environment.

Source: Herald Sun

 


IN BRIEF - Fisherman call on home state to take up NT seafood labelling laws

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Queensland fisherman want the origin of seafood labelled before it hits your dinner table.

 

The Northern Territory is the only state in Australia where restaurants and fish and chip shops have to tell you if its fish or seafood is imported before they serve it up.

Prior to this, vendors selling raw seafood were the only group required to label the origin of their products.

A senate inquiry heard evidence of the legislation's effect on the Northern Territory this month.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Northland paua busts and illegal oysters

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

Northland paua busts and illegal oysters

 

Rogue paua gatherers continue to risk big fines and losing vehicles by flouting the recreational fishing regulations on the Northland coast.

Ministry for Primary Industry Compliance Officers have been busy this Spring reminding people of the rules for taking paua and other fish species, and in several cases confiscating catches and seizing vehicles.

Two instances involved paua gathering in the Whananaki area. One involve d two men who were found with 164 paua, all less than the minimum length. Recreational gatherers can take 10 paua per person per day. The minimum length is 125mm.

Source: Scoop

 


IN BRIEF - Caged Fish Entrepreneurs In Dungun Lose MYR 500,000 After Fish Die Of Poisoning

MALAYSIA
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

DUNGUN - Five breeders of caged siakap fish in Kampung Tebing Tembah Paka here lost almost MYR 500,000 after their fish died from suspected poisoning.

 

They claimed the incident from Nov 16 2014 caused all their fish to die, believed to be from disposal of waste from a nearby factory.

Jamilah Yahaya, 37, who has run this fish breeding business with her husband, Mohd Zawawi Sidik, 43, for nine years, said the incident had caused her a huge loss.

Source: Bernama

 


IN BRIEF - Boko Haram militants kill 48 fish traders in Nigeria attack

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

Nearly 50 people have been killed in Nigeria in an attack by militant Islamist group Boko Haram on a group of fish traders, a union leader says.

 

The head of the fish traders association said the incident happened in Nigeria's restive Borno State.

"Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday 20TH of November 2014 and killed a group of 48 fish traders on their way to Chad to buy fish," Abubakar Gamandi said.

Source: ABC

 


IN BRIEF - Russia asked to ease seafood restrictions

VIET NAM
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

HA NOI — The National Agro-Forestry Fisheries Quality Assurance (Nafiqad) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked Russia to ease restrictions on Vietnamese seafood exports to the Eurasian Economic Community.

 

Russia now only allows Vietnamese seafood enterprises with existing contracts to export to the market. This means only 64 of the 102 enterprises that meet food safety standards are allowed to export to Russia because the others have no valid contracts.

Source: Viet Nam News

 


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