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.
In August 2014 the value of catch by Icelandic vessels was 7.1%% higher than in August 2013. The value of demersal catch increased by 27%.
Yearly value of catch of Icelandic vessels decreased by 9.7% from September 2013 to August 2014 compared to the same period one year before. During this time period there was an increase by 9.1% in value of cod catch and an increase of 4.4% in value of haddock.
SURAT - Teams of Surat district collector office had to face stiff opposition from the shrimp farmers in Bhimpore when they started the drive to remove the farms areas surrounding the airport on Wednesday 26 th of November 2014. District collector Dr Rajender Kumar has ordered clearing of over 400 shrimp farms constructed on the 700 acre of land near the airport to prevent the bird-hit incidents. Teams from the collector office and the mamlatdar had gone to Bhimpore village with the excavators and the earthmovers that Wednesday.
Over 1,000 people, mainly shrimp farm owners and their workers, prevented the officials from demolishing the shrimp farm and registered their strong protest. Kumar told TOI, "I have demanded police bandobast from the city police and our teams will again visit the farms on Thursday again." Meanwhile, the leaders of Bhimpore Samudayik Sahkari Mandali moved the Supreme Court urging they should be allowed to carry out the aquaculture activity for another two to three years as they have incurred huge losses in the last two years due to white spot disease in the shrimps.
Sabah has been under scrutiny for the past few years for all the wrong reasons.
Despite being home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world, Sabah’s poverty levels have led to the state being among the poorest the poorest in Malaysia.
Parts of its shores also face the threat posed by militants and pirates based in neighbouring regions. Following an incursion by Sulu gunmen in 2013, the Eastern Sabah Security Command and Eastern Sabah Security Zone was set up to specifically address the security issues,.
In the 1970s, Sabah was ranked second behind Selangor (including Kuala Lumpur) as the richest state in Malaysia.
Trinidad’s Ministry of Food Production has launched a new tilapia project.
The Tilapia Floating Raft Cage Culture Project in Ste Madeline, South Trinidad at a cost of around USD 34,910.
According to Minister Devant Maharaj, the project could generate around 27,000 pounds of tilapia every year.
“Locally, tilapia is also more competitive than other types of fish. For example king fish at USD 45 per pound, carite retails at USD 30, red fish at USD 25 and tilapia at between USD 15 and USD 20,” he said.
Trinidad has also been implementing other projects to ramp up tilapia production, including an Aquaculture Demonstration Centre at Bamboo and the reestablishment of a Tilapia Commodity Task Force.
The efforts of the Management Team and the employees of NIREUS improved the operating performance of the Group, achieving an increase in operating results (EBITDA) to EUR 10.5 mi.
Correspondingly, losses after tax and after the effect of biological adjustment were reduced to EUR 16.6 mi.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR NINE MONTHS 2014
NIREUS continued to increase exports, despite the economic slowdown, benefitting from resilient demand for its products. In 9M 2014, sales outside Greece amounted to EUR 120.33 mi. (up 2%) and correspond to 80% of total sales.
Total group total sales amounted to EUR 150.22 mi., posting a slight decline of 1.1% versus the comparable period of 2013, due to reduced feed and juveniles sales from the adoption of stricter credit controls to mitigate the risk from the challenging domestic economic environment. Fish sales, representing 84% of total sales, posted a 2% growth in value.
Nireus: Nireus press release results for the nine months 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently reported that in October 2014 the agency refused a total of 101 entry lines of seafood. Of these refusals, 35 of the refusals were of entry lines of shrimp due to antibiotic contamination.
Based on an analysis of FDA refusal data by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, the number of shrimp entry lines refused in October for antibiotic contamination was the largest since January of 2011. In that month, the FDA refused 42 total entry lines of shrimp contaminated by antibiotics, of which 39 were from China.
With only a marginal quota increase for haddock and potential reductions for species such as cod and whiting in prospect, the fishermen's representatives say the European Commission officials are apparently dismissive of serious impediments to the introduction of the discard ban for the main white fish stocks in January 2016.
?For centuries, fishermen have known that tuna and other species form large schools under floating objects, whether natural or man-made. Industrial tuna fishing crews utilize this knowledge to construct specialized fish aggregating devices, or FADs, which make it easier to find and catch fish.
?Recent advances in technology allow fleet owners to track their FADs and even estimate the amount of tuna beneath them using sonar, transmitting the location and numbers back to their home office by satellite. These advances have come at a price. While using FADs dramatically increases fishing efficiency, it also raises the risk of overfishing an already- dwindling tuna population, as reflected in the record haul of tuna caught in association with floating objects in recent years.
For the first time in France, a retailer, Carrefour, is offering financial support towards a fishery’s sustainability assessment. The company will be backing the producers' organisation FROM Nord, who have entered their Eastern Channel and North Sea sole fishery for assessment to the MSC fisheries standard.
An innovative partnership for sustainability:
In France, this is the first time a retailer has offered its financial support to a fishery beginning an assessment. Thierry Missonnier, director of FROM Nord, talks about this opportunity: "For several years now, FROM Nord has been committed to the MSC program, with the certification of the North sea saithe, North East Arctic cod and haddock fisheries, and the recent evaluation begun by the Eastern Channel and North Sea herring fishery. We were thinking about beginning assessment of the sole fishery to promote its good practices when Carrefour contacted us to support our approach".
Bluefin tuna trade fraud warned Spain
Bluefin tuna is involved in the biggest fraud occurring in Spain concerning fisheries resources, since about 25 per cent sold actually corresponds to other cheaper tuna species.
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