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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 - Novartis and GSK trade assets as pharma industry reshapes

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline agreed to trade more than USD 20 billion worth of assets on Tuesday the 22nd of Apri to bolster their best businesses and exit weaker ones as the drug industry contends with healthcare spending cuts and generic competition.

The deals, which include Novartis' purchase of GSK's cancer drugs and GSK's acquisition of Novartis' vaccines business, came just after a newspaper report that AstraZeneca Plc had turned down a USD 101 billion bid approach from Pfizer Inc, a story that sent shares up across the sector.

In addition, Novartis is selling its animal health arm to Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly for about USD 5.4 billion in cash. That would make Lilly's Elanco unit the world's second-largest animal health business when that deal closes early in 2015.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Maine Baby Lobster Decline Could End High Catches

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 

The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say.

 

A University of Maine survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations indicates that young lobsters have declined by more than half of their 2007 levels — significant since lobsters typically take about eight years to reach the legal harvesting size.

Source: Boston

 


IN BRIEF - Golden Acre acquires seafood supplier Elsinore

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UK fine foods supplier Golden Acre Dairy Foods Holdings has snapped up local seafood and delicatessen group Elsinore Foods.

Elsinore was formed in 2009 through a management buyout from Danfood Ltd and supplies UK retailers Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado. Its portfolio includes caviar, mussels, cockles, prawns, crayfish, pâté and salami.

The deal, struck for an undisclosed sum, sees Golden Acre expand its offering for major supermarkets. Golden Acre is a nationwide supplier specialising in foods such as continental meats, cheeses, yoghurts, pastry and spices.

 


IN BRIEF - Trash fishing eating up marine wealth

INDIA
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Destructive and trash fishing by some in the mechanical and traditional fishing sectors threatens to deplete marine wealth off the Kollam waters, say the district unit leaders of the Kerala Fisheries Coordination Council (KFCC).

Huge quantities of edible fish juveniles were being harvested and brought to the Neendakara-Shakthikulangara twin fishing habours and the Azheekkal fishing harbour by the boats every day, leaders of the council said at a press conference here on Monday the 21st of April 2014. Similarly, large quantities of fish that had no market value as human food were also being harvested and brought ashore.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Feeling Fyne: Iconic oyster company given royal seal of approval

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Loch Fyne Oysters have good reason to celebrate after receiving the UK's highest accolade for business success.

The company earned a Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of its achievements in international trade.

Loch Fyne Oysters was founded in 1978 with two only employees in Argyll, on the Ardkinglas Estate at Cairndow. It now employs over 130 people locally and supplies seafood to major hotel groups, airlines, and restaurants as well as its own retail customers through the Deli, Oyster Bar & Restaurant and Mail order service based at Cairndow.

Source: Herald Scotland


IN BRIEF - ‘SEALECT Tuna' Launches the Latest TVC

THAILAND
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

‘SEALECT Tuna’, Thailand's leading canned tuna brand from Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Limited (TUF), the world's number one tuna processor and a global leader in seafood, is proud to launch the latest television commercial “SEALECT Secret”. This uncovers how, for the first time in Thailand, ‘SEALECT Tuna’ creates the wonder of deep sea freshness and goodness from the freshest tuna, premium packaged by the world’s seafood expert.

The new ‘SEALECT Tuna’ TVC reveals fresh tuna from deep blue sea packed with nutrition which can be created into a variety of daily dishes anytime. Consumer can enjoy the fresh tuna as is or used as a creative ingredient for a number of exotic new dishes, but all will feature the unique fresh deep sea ‘SEALECT Tuna’ taste guaranteed free of any preservatives.

Source: TUF


IN BRIEF - Land-farmed salmon: Coming (temporarily) to a restaurant or store near you

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Still have farmed salmon crossed off your short list of eco-friendly fish? A local version that’s available for a limited time in the Washington area could temporarily rewrite your rules.

Most farmed salmon are raised in open nets or pens in the ocean, where their waste and potential to introduce parasites, diseases or non-native fish to the wild present serious environmental concerns. The Freshwater Institute, a program of the Arlington-based Conservation Fund, has been trying another way.

Source: Washington Post


IN BRIEF - Former Maine tribal official caught in elver case

CANADA
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New York Department of Environmental Conservation officers have arrested a former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to Maine's Legislature and seven other people on charges of illegally harvesting baby eels from a creek on Long Island's East End.

Frederick J. Moore III, of Perry, and others surrendered April 8 2014. Authorities charged them with lacking a foodfish permit, over the limit possession of American eels, and over the limit possession of undersized eels, all felonies.

DEC officers observed the men illegally harvesting a "large amount" of elvers on March 28, a DEC spokeswoman said. The charges are felonies because the value of the catch was more than CAD 1,500, she said. The DEC also charged the men with conspiracy to commit a crime, a misdemeanor, and using an illegal eel trap, a violation.

Source: Native Times


IN BRIEF - Danish Eel Expedition 2014: First phase successfully completed

DENMARK
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The expedition has at times battled 12-metre Atlantic swells , making it impossible to get equipment in the water. However, expedition leader Peter Munk of DTU Aqua and his research team will return from the Sargasso Sea with unique knowledge about the place where Danish eels are born.

Source: DTU Aqua


IN BRIEF - Chairman of the Board for Ocean Beauty Seafood's Talks Sockeye in Dillingham

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014's sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay was a major topic of discussion Saturday 19th of April, 2014, during the first “Business of Fish” workshop of the season. The workshop was held in Dillingham and was sponsored by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. Robin Samuelsen Junior is the Chairman of the Board. He observed that the price fishermen receive for their sockeye catch has been increasing in recent years.

“Today we are looking at between USD 1.75 and USD 2- a pound for sockeye this season.”

This past season saw the base price for sockeye increase from USD 1- a pound in 2012 up to USD 1.50-a pound. The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation is heavily invested in the commercial sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay, including owning 50-percent of Ocean Beauty Seafood’s. Samuelsen is the Chairman of the Board for Ocean Beauty, which produces about 165-million pounds of salmon products a year in Alaska.

Source: KDLG


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