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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 - Combating Illegal Pirate Fishing and Modern-Day Slavery in Thailand

THAILAND
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) hosted an event in Brussels the night of March the 4th 2015 examining the relationship between Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) or ‘pirate’ fishing, overfishing and trafficked, forced and bonded labour in Thailand’s seafood industry. The event drew on the EU's achievements in the fight against pirate fishing since the EU IUU Regulation came into force in 2010 and considered the EU's role in global initiatives to address pirate fishing and its devastating effects on the environment and human rights.

Six expert speakers gave presentations covering the EU IUU Regulation with respect to IUU in Thailand; the EU IUU Regulation on the global stage including the significance of the carding process and success stories so far; Thailand's efforts to combat IUU among vessels operating within and beyond Thailand's waters; the EU's global role in combating labour trafficking; Thailand's efforts to date to combat trafficked, forced and bonded labour in the Thai fishing industry; the need for overfishing, pirate fishing and human trafficking to be tackled as interconnected problems and the need for a multi-stakeholder, multi-track approach.

EJF: Combating Illegal Pirate Fishing and Modern-Day Slavery in Thailand

 


IN BRIEF - Fish farms may move from Changi after mass deaths

SINGAPORE
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

After a plankton bloom at the weekend wiped out almost all their stocks of fish, some farmers in Changi are looking at moving to sites with stronger tide conditions.

Others told The Straits Times they planned to invest in more costly closed containment systems that would be protected from such blooms, which can suffocate marine life.

Source: Asia One

 


IN BRIEF - Income tax raids on fish exporters in Veraval

INDIA
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

AHMEDABAD - Officials of the I-T department on Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 conducted raids at multiple premises of two prominent fish exporters in Veraval. As many as 17 premises of marine product exporters Gopal Sea Foods and Keshodwala Foods were raided. Tax evasion worth several lakhs has been detected and the raids will continue till Wednesday 4.

 

"This is the first time we are raiding fish exporters in the state. During our investigation, we found anomalies in their tax deposits. These companies have turnover of INR 2000 million INR 3000 million and are biggest exporters from the region," said an I-T official. The houses of owners of these firms Lakhan Damji Bhensala (Gopal Sea Foods) and Mohammad Nadeem Yusuf Merchant (Keshodwala Foods) were also raided.

Source: Times of India

 


IN BRIEF - State agency: 26 Armenian companies have permission for exporting fish to Russia

ARMENIA
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

YEREVAN - Twenty six Armenian companies have permission for exporting fish and fish products to Russia, but exports of six of them are temporarily banned because of some irregularities, Armenia's State Food Safety Service reports.

 

According to the press release, these companies are doing now whatever is necessary to put things right and will have the ban lifted after completion of necessary procedures. Armenian companies resumed exporting their products to Russia in 2009.

Source: ARKA

 


IN BRIEF - Mass fish deaths: Lab test sheds further light on algal bloom

SINGAPORE
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

SINGAPORE - Laboratory tests of a seawater sample taken off Pasir Ris have zeroed in on the type of algae that wiped out massive quantities of farmed and wild fish in recent days.

 

The species of algae behind the mass fish deaths off Pasir Ris likely belongs to the Gymnodinium group. It is suspected to be Gymnodinium mikimotoi, according to the experts at DHI Water & Environment, but the exact species can only be confirmed through further genetic tests. Gymnodinium mikimotoi, also known as Karenia mikimotoi, is not toxic to humans, but has been associated with massive kills of wild and farmed fishes in Japan and Korea.

Source: Channel News Asia

 


IN BRIEF - Mass fish deaths: Supermarkets take measures to ensure safety of supply

SINGAPORE
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

SINGAPORE - Fish harvested from local farms are largely supplied to supermarkets. With the recent mass fish deaths, some supermarkets have stopped selling fish harvested from local farms temporarily. Some are also taking measures to ensure the fish supplied are fresh.

 

Sheng Siong supermarket, which imports 5,000kg of live fish every month, said that quality control measures for fish harvested from local farms are the same as those for imported fish.

Source: Channel News Asia

 


IN BRIEF - Plymouth marine science experts ask: Are there really plenty more fish in the sea?

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

Senior figures from marine science, the fishing industry and conservation are set to take to the stage for a prestigious lecture in which they’ll address the question “Are there really plenty more fish in the sea?”

 

Professor Martin Attrill, director of the Marine Institute at Plymouth University; Paul Cox, managing director of the Shark Trust; and Andrew Pillar, fleet manager of Interfish Ltd, will each provide their perspective on the extent to which the world’s oceans are being impacted by commercial fishing, climate change and pollution.

Source: Plymouth Herald

 


IN BRIEF - Lack of action by AVA to prevent losses of fish farmers

SINGAPORE
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

In recent days, fish farmers off the coast of Pasir Ris have seen almost all their fish stocks die off. Death of the fish stock in alarming numbers started from 16 February 2015 and have persisted since.

 

The fish farmers have been working furiously for the past few weeks to salvage their fish farms, but the scene at the farms remains one of devastation, with a sea of dead fishes floating in the fishnets.

Many of the fish farmers have given up. Mr Philip Lim, a fish farmer and Chairman of Singapore Marine Aquaculture Cooperative lost SGD 50,000 worth of his fish stock at his farm.

Source: The Online Citizen

 


IN BRIEF - Fish fight brewing as Queensland fishers demand consultation over commercial net-fishing ban

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

Commercial fishermen are demanding the new State Labor Government consult them over a pre-election promise to ban net-fishing in specific areas off the Queensland coast.

 

Labor promised to establish the net-free zones at Cairns, north of Mackay and on the Capricorn Coast, with AUD 10 million set aside to fund buyouts.

Source: ABC

 


IN BRIEF - Tasmanian salmon company Tassal defends its farming practices after leaked emails alleged it was damaging the environment

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, March 05, 2015

 

Tasmanian salmon company Tassal has defended its practises in Macquarie Harbour after a leaked email alleged the company was damaging water quality in the west coast harbour.

 

State Greens Leader Kim Booth tabled a leaked email from September 2014 in State Parliament in early March, about a week after receiving it, which outlined concerns from two other Tasmanian fish companies, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna.

Source: ABC

 


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