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.
British supermarket giant Tesco plunged deeper into crisis on Friday 29 of August 2014 after issuing yet another profits warning, cutting both its dividend and capital expenditure, and rushing in its new chief executive.
In reaction to the dire trading update, Tesco shares plunged by more than 8.0 percent in early morning deals on the London stock market to strike an 11-year low point.
The company is Britain's biggest retailer and describes itself as "one of the world's largest retailers", with activities notably in China, India and eastern Europe.
Streamlined operations seeking to boost the efficiency and profitability of Taiwan’s ornamental fish sector are being implemented at Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park’s new aquaculture center in southern Taiwan.
One of the nation’s eight designated Free Economic Pilot Zones, PABP is working to transform procedures related to breeding, customs, inspection and quarantine, logistics, R&D and technical consultation. This is taking place under the auspices of the Council of Agriculture and tailored policies for FEPZs.
“Our Asia-Pacific Operation Center for Aquaculture will eventually lead the way in centralizing processes and implementing optimal integration,” a PABP official said.
Covering 5.5 hectares, the center is divided into two zones: logistics and R&D, as well as production and distribution. The COA has invested TWD 1.2 billion (USD 40 million) since 2011 in building the logistics base and 18 plant units.
It’s getting easier to find out where your fish oil capsules come from.
Nature Made, Nature’s Bounty and Wal-Mart’s Spring Valley, major brands of dietary supplements, are listing the country that is the source of their fish oil. Nature Made is also disclosing where it is tested and injected into capsules.
The move to more disclosure has been quietly rolled out and has even surprised some dietary-supplement trade groups.
Fish oil capsules — which contain omega-3 fatty acids — are among the country’s most popular supplements because of heart-healthy claims. According to Nutrition Business Journal, USD 1.2 billion of fish oil was sold last year in the U.S. to tens of millions of consumers.
But except for smaller premium brands that have been amenable to more disclosure, consumers have had to buy fish oil capsules without knowing where they came from.
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has revealed that it is currently promoting a nationwide counseling program to develop fish farming across the nation.
Suseno Sukoyono, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s human resources development agency head, said recently that the increased number of fish farming counselors would help the fisheries sector to ensure food security.
“The fisheries sectors should be mostly composed of small farmers in rural areas, and providing these small farmers with advice on how to run their business is a good step toward that,” Suseno said at the fish farmers and government representatives meeting, known as Kelompencapir, in Nila village, Klaten regency, Central Java.
Kelompencapir is a meeting of the government with rural farmers to equip them with knowledge. The meetings were initiated by former president Soeharto in the New Order era.
The following is an extraxt from an open letter to Global Aquaculture Alliance stakeholders regarding the Vietnam Pangasius Association.
Dear GAA stakeholder,
In early August, the Global Aquaculture Alliance exhibited at the Vietnam Fisheries International Exhibition (Vietfish 2014) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with much success. The details were outlined in the September-October 2014 edition of the Global Aquaculture Advocate magazine and in the Aug. 19 edition of GAA’s eUpdate newsletter.
A team from GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division — Peter Redmond, Carson Roper, Jane Bi, Ken Corpron and Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh — actively participated in the opening ceremony and conference program and met individually with a number of key industry leaders, in an effort to advance the organization’s mission of responsible aquaculture and build momentum in Vietnam leading up to GAA’s GOAL 2014 conference in Ho Chi Minh City from Oct. 7 to 10.
Thuan Phuoc Seafood & Trading Group is the fourth Vietnamese company and the eighth overall to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status, denoting that the company’s shrimp processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills are BAP certified, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late August 2014.
C.P. Vietnam Corp.’s Bau Xeo feed mill, from which Thuan Phuoc sources its feed, earned BAP certification in early August. The company’s Thuan Phuoc Seafood and Trading Corp. processing plant, Truong Son Joint Stock Company farm and Minh Phu Aquatic Larvae Company Ltd. hatchery had already attained BAP certification. The addition of feed mill allows Thuan Phuoc to offer four-star shrimp.
Cook Inlet stakeholders are asking the state Board of Fisheries to consider more changes to area fisheries this winter.
Fishery participants have submitted nine agenda change requests, or ACRs, which would open up certain aspects of Cook Inlet management plans during the 2014-2015 meeting year, rather than waiting until the next regularly scheduled Cook Inlet meetings in 2016-2017.
The majority were proposed by setnetters, who are asking the board to change fishery regulations in part based on how major management plan changes passed at the February 2014 Upper Cook Inlet meeting have played out this summer, although one would also limit participation and harvest in the personal use fishery.
The Board of Fisheries sets the management plans for fisheries throughout the state on a three-year cycle. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, is charged with carrying out those plans using the tools provided by the board.
The board will decide at its October 2014 work session in Juneau whether or not to add each ACR to its agenda for the year. They would likely be discussed in March, which is when the board’s schedule calls for supplemental issues.
A side event at the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa focused on the role of aquaculture and small-scale fisheries in SIDS. The event, titled ‘Inclusive value chains for livelihoods, trade and food security: the case of small-scale fisheries and the aquaculture industry in small island developing states’, was co-sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and took place on Monday 1 September 2014.
Moses Amos, Director of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division, represented SPC at the side event as a panellist. His presentation focused on value chains in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in the Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), emphasising the importance of coastal fisheries resources. He explained that coastal fisheries enhance economic growth in rural and isolated communities, often representing almost the only local source of livelihood. This helps reduce urban drift. They are also often the biggest source of non-imported nutrition for coastal communities, providing 50%–90% of protein intake. Coastal fisheries can thus strengthen food security and help reduce non-communicable diseases, which are associated with consumption of imported food.
A large amount of fisheries legislation has been inherited by the Welsh Ministers over recent years. As a result, a large scale review is taking place, as set out in the Wales Marine and Fisheries Strategic Action Plan.
The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with GBP 3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012. Given the importance of the crustacean fishery, this is one of the first fisheries to be considered, and a review of management provisions is currently taking place.
A consultation was held earlier in the year and I have given serious consideration to the wide range of issues raised in those responses. I have decided to proceed to amend the legislation for managing the Welsh crustacean fishery.
In recognition of concerns expressed by the industry, I intend to phase in the increase in minimum size for lobsters to minimise the impact on the industry in North Wales where a significantly lower minimum size currently applies. Further, I have decided to delay the ‘berried hen’ prohibition to allow for further work on this issue to be undertaken and allow for further consideration of the issues raised.