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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 - Is it Fish Fraud-y? One in six cod suppers sold in chip shops is actually a cheaper type of fish, says food safety expert

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Fish and chip shops regularly source cheaper species of fish before selling them to customers as cod and haddock, according to a food safety expert.

An investigation conducted by Which? discovered that around one in six of the fish sold in UK takeaways was labelled incorrectly.

The consumer watchdog took DNA samples from 45 portions of cod or haddock bought in shops in Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

 

Seven were found to be mislabelled, with whiting - often used in fish meal and pet food - the most common substitute.

The findings follow the watchdog's larger survey into lamb takeaways, where they discovered that 40 per cent of meals they bought were either contaminated with other meats or did not contain any lamb at all.

Source: Daily Mail

 


IN BRIEF - Focus of tuna conservation turns to Eastern Pacific

JAPAN
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Japan’s science-based proposal overcame South Korea’s resistance, helping to push an international accord that aims to halve catches of immature Pacific bluefin tuna, at a meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission held in Fukuoka earlier September 2014.

 

Now, attention is focused on whether a similar agreement can be reached to protect bluefin tuna in the Eastern Pacific, which is considered necessary to help the fish stock further recover.

“There was no other choice,” said Masanori Miyahara, who chaired the meeting of a subcommittee of the WCPFC, at a press conference after the meeting. “South Korea had no choice but to accept” a numerical target to halve catches of immature bluefin tuna starting in 2015. Miyahara is special adviser to the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry.

Source: The Japan News

 


IN BRIEF - Firm to Inject USD 60 Million Into Aquaculture

NIGERIA
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Ibadan — A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Oyo State Government and a private firm, Triton Aqua Africa Ltd through which the firm would pump a whooping NGN 60m into fish production, has been signed in Ibadan.

 

The State Commissioner for Natural Resources, Fatai Abimbola hinted that the project would be executed through the development of Asejire Dam as a centre for fisheries production.

He said the project would comprise of tilapia and catfish production in cages in the water body and in ponds, stressing that it will also house a nursery for hatchery operations.

The Commissioner said the "firm is in the process of finalizing plans for a large scale hatchery for catfish as well as tilapia with an initial capacity of 10m fingerlings per year, expandable to 25m fingerlings per year.

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Faroe Islands and Turkey make Free Trade pact

FAROE ISLANDS
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

After a fifteen year negotiation, the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean have become connected through a Free Trade Agreement between the Faroe Islands and Turkey.

 

It's not just the geographical spread, but the relative size. The Faroes have a population of under 50,000, compared with Turkey's almost 75 million!

The two nations agreed in principle on the final draft of the agreement the week of September the 8th 2014.

Faroese Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen said, “Faroese trade relations are developing in many promising new directions. Turkey is a large and growing market for both salmon and pelagic fish."

He continued, "Today Faroese exports to Turkey face high custom and duty tariffs, thereby preventing these exports to develop further. The EFTA countries have free trade agreements with Turkey. Therefore, it has been difficult for Faroese exporters to compete with their counterparts from, for example, Iceland and Norway."

Source: New Europe

 


IN BRIEF - PNG govt see PMIZ as fisheries solution

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Papua New Guinea's Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister has called for a comprehensive study into the fisheries sector to determine how much revenue the country has lost.

The Post Courier reports that industry experts estimate PNG loses up to USD 808 million annually because it does not process fish caught in its waters.

Richard Maru says the biggest beneficiaries of PNG's fisheries are foreign fleets who take unprocessed catch from PNG waters to their fish factories overseas.

The Minister says the multi-million dollar Pacific Marine Industrial Zone project should minimise fisheries revenue losses.

Source: Radio New Zealand

 


IN BRIEF - Make it a Funky Fish 'Fall' with new dishes from Young's Seafood

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Six new products have been launched by Grimsby giant Young's Seafood within its fledgling Funky Fish Kitchen range.

The autumn and winter flavours have been created by development chef Serge Nollent, and are hitting Asda supermarkets now as an exclusive tie-up with the retail giant.

Described a "hit, chilled range" Funky Fish Kitchen was launched a year ago, with products debuting at Humber Seafood Summit 2013. Now the new range emerges as all eyes in the industry are once again on the Humber, with North Sea Fish, a University of Hull conference, launching on September 15th and taking place the following day, ahead of Humber Seafood Summit 2014 on September 16th and 17th.

Marina Richardson, marketing controller at Young's, said: "We're delighted by how popular the Funky Fish Kitchen is with Asda consumers and want to give them some new mouth-watering products for autumn and winter. Consumers have told us that they want to eat more fish but lack confidence and inspiration so we're giving them lots of innovative ways to funk up their meals with fish. The Funky Fish Kitchen is all about having fun and enjoying yourself when eating fish. There really is something for everyone in the range with all the flavours and fish combinations and cooking options."

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

 

 


IN BRIEF - GAA To Honor Vietnamese Seafood Champion

VIET NAM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is recognizing Vietnamese seafood champion Dr. Nguyen Huu Dzung with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its GOAL 2014 conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on October 2014.

 

Dzung will accept the award on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, the location of the four-day GOAL 2014 conference.

"For many, the face of the Vietnamese seafood industry is Dr. Dzung," said GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens. "He has tirelessly advocated for farmed shrimp and Pangasius exports to not only traditional markets, but also to new markets around the world. No country, to my knowledge, has such a devoted 'salesperson.' He is a truly special man."

Added GAA President George Chamberlain: "Dr. Dzung's passion for aquaculture and his sincere, tireless, heartfelt approach has greatly advanced the image of Vietnam and of aquaculture in general. We're thrilled to recognize Dr. Dzung with the Lifetime Achievement Award at GOAL 2014."

GAA: GAA To Honor Vietnamese Seafood Champion 

 


IN BRIEF - Scientists Found An Intact Colossal Squid For The Second Time Ever, And They Just Cut It Open

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

A team of scientists and researchers in New Zealand on Tuesday 16th of September 2014 dissected only the second intact specimen of a colossal squid hauled from the ocean.

The 350kg female was caught a couple of months ago in the Ross Sea off the coast of Antarctica by a team fishing for Patagonian toothfish.

 

Pulled from a depth somewhere between 1200m and 1800m, it weighed about 350kg and was 3.5m long from fin to tentacle.

The fisherman ceased operations immediately once they saw the beast, and slung a tarpaulin underneath it to preserve it as well as possible. It was donated to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and, until Monday, had been kept on ice.

Colossal squid are shorter than their legendary brethren, giant squid, but heavier. The largest known specimen of a colossal squid weighed about 500kg.

 

Source: Business Insider

 


IN BRIEF - Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group.

 

“For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered clear, concise and unbiased information about how each party intends to manage fisheries, if elected,” advised Adam El-Agez, campaign co-ordinator for LegaSea.

A 2013 Horizon Research poll revealed that 5.8% of adults who fish in the sea, equivalent to about 185,484 people, say fisheries policy will definitely help determine who they cast their party vote for at this election.

Source: Scoop

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood industry nets vital stock risk rating system

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

A new sustainability scoring system aimed at breaking through myths about the state of Britain’s fisheries is to be unveiled at this week’s Humber Seafood Summit in Grimsby.

 

Seafish, the industry authority, has been working on the online stock analysis tool, which Grimsby-based chief executive Dr Paul Williams said is based on “solid science,” with strong interest from the major processors.

It comes as the event as a whole, the fifth annual gathering of leading industry minds in the award-winning cluster, will be used to whet the appetite for the World Seafood Congress, a huge international coup for the town, when it arrives in 2015.

In a three-pronged launch the organisation’s latest film, The Business of Processing, will also be premiered.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph

 


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