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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.

Source: Radio New Zealand International

IN BRIEF - It’s Fish Versus Herpes In Australian Invasive Species Showdown

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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.

Source: Good

IN BRIEF - Indonesia to export more fish to control price

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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.

Source: Shangai Daily

IN BRIEF - Ribbon fish mistaken for juveniles identified

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - Vietnam protest over mystery fish deaths

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Hundreds of people have held a rare protest in Vietnam against the unexplained mass death of fish on the country's central coast.

Vast numbers of dead fish have appeared across some 200km (125 miles) of coastline since early April 2016.

A government investigation has so far found no links to a steel plant owned by Taiwanese firm Formosa Plastics.

But many of the demonstrators in Hanoi blamed the company, and carried placards saying "Formosa Out".

Other signs read "Formosa destroying the environment is a crime" and "Who poisoned the central region's waters?".

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Profits trump sustainability in Tasmania's troubled abalone industry, say divers

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Tasmania's abalone fishery is being run by powerbrokers who put profits ahead of sustainability, divers claim.

The world's largest wild abalone fishery is in the worst state it has ever been according to those who have spent decades scouring the seabed for the valuable shellfish.

More than a dozen veteran divers told the ABC that overfishing had devastated abalone stocks around much of Tasmania's 5,000 kilometre coastline.

Not only that, they said, the structural set-up of the industry allowed a conflict of interest between commerce and conservation to thrive.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - Scientists are warning of the growing threat of ocean acidification to marine ecosystems, industries and food security

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

A meeting of 350 scientists in Hobart this week is looking at ways to predict future changes and the regions most likely to be affected by ocean acidification.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - El Nino Phenomenon Hurting Agriculture And Fishing Sectors In Perlis

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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.

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - P.E.I. lobster fishermen optimistic as season gets underway

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Lumpfish Season Off to Great Start in Northeast

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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.”

Source: Iceland Review

IN BRIEF - PM orders investigation of causes of fish deaths

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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.

Source: Viet Nam News

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IN BRIEF - Scientists are warning of the growing threat of ocean acidification to marine ecosystems, industries and food security
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