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.
The great circle of life pits Earth’s creatures against each other in a constant battle of indomitable will and instinct. A lion brings down a swift-footed gazelle on an African plain. A tenacious mongoose and writhing cobra face off in a fight to the death. And now, courtesy of the Australian government, we can finally see the epic battle of natural forces we’ve all been waiting for: herpes versus carp.
On May the 2nd of 2016, the Guardian reported that Australia’s new federal budget includes AUD 15 million (USD 11.4 million) for a national carp control plan that will unleash a version of the herpes virus on the unsuspecting fish population. Those behind the plan hope to curb the feral carp, which scientists say are heavily degrading the country’s fresh waterways, crowding out other wildlife, and disrupting carefully balanced ecosystems.
According to Mashable, the proposal caused a massive spike in interest for the oily ichthys on Monday 2nd with, #carp trending heavily on Australian Twitter, and users turning out in droves to crack wise on the subject.
JAKARTA - The Indonesian government will ship more fish overseas to rise price at domestic market as output increases significantly due to decline of illegal fishing.
Indonesian Coordinator Minister for Maritime Rizal Ramli said on Tuesday evening that the government plans to add the number of sea port facilitating fish export across the country, which is expected to make the export become more effective and efficient.
"We decided to open new sea ports (for fish export) so that fish export will rise," Ramli said.
Indonesia has a large territory, but only three sea ports facilitating fish exports so that the cost of transport to the export gates is high and the period of shipment is also long, according to him.
Researchers at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) have identified a species of ribbonfish, which grows only up to 35 cm, as the ones being mistaken for fish juveniles by conservation activists and fishermen for the commercially important trichiurus lepturus, commonly called the largehead hairtail, which can grow up to a size of 235 cm.
The large volume of the catch of the smaller ribbon fish trichiurus auriga, called pearly hairtail, was reported off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram at a depth of 285 metres, the CMFRI report said. Around 10 tonnes of the smaller ribbon fish variety was caught in an expedition by ‘Sagar Sampada’ of the CMFRI in early December 2014.
Juvenile fishing is at the centre of a debate in Kerala, where dwindling fish resources off the State’s coast has united arch rivals, traditional fishermen and mechanised boat owners, over the issue of self-regulation and restraint from growth overfishing. Recruitment overfishing and growth overfishing have been identified as serious causes for resource depletion.
KANGAR - The El Nino phenomenon hitting the country since last December is adversely affecting the agriculture and fishing sectors in Perlis, besides testing the country's preparedness in facing a long drought.
Farmers who have been dependent on rain have no choice but to postpone their padi planting. Most affected is the northern part of Perlis while small coastal fishermen are also feeling the effects of the El Nino phenomenon.
Harum manis mango orchard owners, meanwhile, are forced to work overtime to get water supply for their mango trees while the yields this season have dropped by almost 50 per cent.
The latest report that Malaysia is expected to experience water supply shortage due to the hot and dry weather that has been forecasted to continue until June is worrying them even more.
Lobster fishermen are on the water today, many pulling in their first catches of the season.
"It was beautiful coming out here this morning, about 20 minutes after 5 a.m., the sun was coming up and it was a beautiful day," Craig Avery, the head of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association, told Island Morning from the helm of his boat.
Setting day was on Saturday 30th of April 2016, and a number of fishermen take Sunday off.
Avery said it was a great to start the season — on time after last year's opening day was delayed by bad weather.
With traps in the water, Avery said talk has turned to catches and price.
Lumpsucker, or lumpfish, yields off northeast Iceland have rarely been better than right now; though fishing elsewhere off the Icelandic coast is not quite so good.
Fisherman Sigurður Kristjánsson, from Húsavík, who has been fishing lumpfish for 25 years, says he has never experienced such good fishing before, RÚV reports.
Lumpfish boats are docking in Húsavík one after another—all overflowing with fish. Nets are cast out in Skjálfandi bay and some boats are already docking for the second time today and the lumpfish season has never started off better, according to Húsavík fishermen.
Sigurður says that indications of good fishing started this winter when tons of the fish started being caught in cod nets. Húsavík lumpfish fishermen are landing up to 30 tons of fish each per day. “I landed this morning from yesterday’s tour. Then went out at 08.00 to sea and was back again by 15.00, having hauled 22 nets, with around two tons each.”
HA NOI - Specific measures must be deployed to deal with the consequences of massive fish deaths, and to avoid similar environmental disasters, Prime Minister Nguy?n Xuân Phúc said on the afternoon of May the 1st 2016 in central Hà Tinh Province.
The Prime Minister made his comments while chairing a meeting with local authorities from those provinces affected by the fish deaths.
Deputy Prime Ministers Tr?nh Ðình Dung, Vu Ð?c Ðam and leaders of ministries and State agencies were among the attendees.
The Prime Minister urged ministers to seek solutions so that fishermen can continue fishing as usual, while assigning the Ministry of Science and Technology to work with relevant ministries and sectors to probe the causes of the fish deaths and called for help from foreign experts, if necessary.