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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.
Leena Nair, MPEDA chairperson, and AP Fisheries principal secretary Dr Manmohan Singh jointly announced on Thursday that they would work together to promote fish production, particularly Tilapia, through more State seed production centres. The State government has set the target of increasing fish and prawn production from INR 20,000 crore to INR 65,000 crore in five years.
The 2015 federal budget bill Congress passed last week contained some good funding news for the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, but supporters’ celebration at a Wednesday meeting was tempered by some harsh comments from citizens concerned about a recent unfavorable economic review of the USD 4 billion plan.
The recently completed cost-benefit analysis for each aspect of the 30 year plan — new and improved reservoirs, fish ladders, water conservation and habitat restoration — found that the benefits will fall far short of earlier estimates by the Bureau of Reclamation.
The French have laid claim to the name 'champagne'. Now there's a push back. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon wants to reserve the name 'barramundi' for fish caught or farmed in Australia. Senator Xenophon will be introducing legislation next year requiring restaurants and take-away shops to label seafood as local or imported. He says preserving the barramundi name could boost the local industry.
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) aim to create a partnership to promote sustainable fisheries, based on the best available scientific advice. Therefore, a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of highly qualified scientific experts needs to be established in each SFPA, assuring that management measures are based on the best scientific advice available.
Ambitious plans to create a Coromandel-based caged finfish farming industry in the First of Thames appear to be dead in the water.
Despite active promotion by the Ministry for Primary Industry with backing from Waikato Regional Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council, the project has failed to progress past the early planning phase.
Internal WRC documents indicate that efforts to attract industry investors stalled in late 2013 with virtually no further progress toward tenders and consents being made since that time.
A Senate review of seafood labelling laws has called for takeaway shops and restaurants to be required to state which countries fish comes from.
The rural and regional affairs and transport references committee recommended that the hospitality industry have 12 months until the “mandated extension of seafood country-of-origin labelling would be enforced”.
The committee’s report said the adoption of such labelling would “not be onerous” to the industry, citing the existing regime in the Northern Territory which requires prepared seafood be labelled “imported” if it is from another country.
SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday 18th of December 2014 said it plans to come up with updated water quality standards for Washington partly tied to how much fish people eat — in case the state doesn't do it by 2015.
The federal process will run parallel to the state's own, which is currently underway, and ensures the EPA can propose a rule in a timely manner should it be necessary, EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran wrote in a letter to Department of Ecology head Maia Bellon.
"We still hope that Washington will deliver us a water quality standards package that is approvable," McLerran said in an interview Thursday. "It's our preference to have states do their own, but again they need to be done timely."
The label, which indicates a product meets the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards of sustainability, will initially be added to 280 products. This will rise to 400 within a year, across 16 markets, including the UK, Germany, Franceand Italy. Igo claimed it would eventually use label on more products than any other food manufacturer in Europe.