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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.
ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka - YALELO Limited will invest USD 9.5 million to increase production at the company’s cage fish farming operations in Siavonga.
Company chief executive officer Bryan McCoy said the expansion programme will enable Yalelo Limited to increase its annual fish production from 7,000 tonnes to 30,000 tonnes in the next five years.
In a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Mr McCoy said the investment will also create an additional 150 specialist full-time jobs and engage 100 non-skilled staff.
“Yalelo is extremely proud to be investing further into local production capacity. Zambia has the resources to be the leader in regional fish production, and Yalelo is ready to anchor Siavonga’s emergence as the aquaculture capital of sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.
VANCOUVER - In less than two years since publically announcing their sustainable seafood policy with SeaChoice, Buy-Low Foods has become the first North American major grocer to remove all fresh and frozen red-listed "Avoid" seafood and replace these products with seafood from more sustainable sources at its corporately-owned locations including Nesters Market.
Buy-Low Foods implemented an aggressive work plan to successfully replace red-listed "Avoid" seafood with more ocean-friendly choices, discontinuing the sale of many high demand species such as open net-pen farmed salmon, Atlantic cod and Russian king crab.
"Buy-Low Foods has worked extremely hard to find innovative solutions to many challenging seafood issues, including farmed salmon and shrimp, in an effort to meet the goals of their robust sustainable seafood policy," said Bill Wareham, SeaChoice member from the David Suzuki Foundation.
Buy-Low Foods President, Dan Bregg stated, "We are proud to be the first retailer to achieve our sustainable seafood commitment to remove all red-listed items from our stores. With our dual-focus on sourcing more responsible alternatives, we continue to have a great selection of choices that customers can feel good about feeding their families. Our stores will continue to work with SeaChoice to find new ways to support healthier oceans for today and tomorrow."
Alaska is our nation’s seafood powerhouse. With nine of our country’s top 20 fishing ports by volume, we understand the vital role our seafood industry has played, how important it is now, and how central it will become. Protecting and enhancing Alaska’s fisheries is a top priority.
That’s why we passed bipartisan legislation to help protect and enhance our fishing industry. H.R. 477, the Illegal, Unregulated and Underreported Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015, increases U.S. enforcement capabilities to combat illegal fishing off Alaska’s coast and around the world.
At issue is how IUU fishing, or “pirate” fishing, hurts our economy, fishing communities, healthy seafood stocks, and sustainable oceans.
Our country’s fishermen have long been subject to sustainable management-based rules to ensure the long-term vitality of our species; pirate fishermen are not.
These rogue vessels raid our oceans wherever, whenever and however they please. Globally, legal fishing operations lose an estimated USD 10 billion to USD 23 billion a year to pirate fishing. The Alaska king crab fishery is estimated to have lost more than USD 550 million in the past 14 years.
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) aim to create a partnership to promote sustainable fisheries, based on the best available scientific advice. In this context a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of highly qualified scientific experts needs to be established under the EU-Mauritania SFPA in order to ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific advice available.
Fishery officers finished 12 months of monitoring black market activity when they moved in and seized paua, dive gear and electronic equipment across Bay of Plenty over the past two days (24 and 25 November 2015).
The black market ring was allegedly centred around Motiti Island, off the coast of Tauranga, where divers gathered paua and kina and sold them to a network of buyers in Tauranga, Whakatane, Hamilton and Auckland.
Fishery officers and police searched houses at Motiti Island and Tauranga, and several business premises, including a powered-storage facility at Mount Maunganui, where they seized two freezers containing 116kg of paua with a commercial value of $15,000. The paua was minced and frozen in 500g and 1kg bags - 210 bags in total.
A Tauranga food business is alleged to be involved in the sale of paua and kina.
Ministry for Primary Industries District Compliance Manager Waikato/Bay of Plenty Brendon Mikkelsen said this week’s operation was the result of 12 months of investigation and analysis into black market activity.
There must be something about the coastal town of San Fabian in Pangasinan which attracts tourists, beach lovers, sea creatures and even unscrupulous fishermen.
All are welcome, Mayor Constante Agbayani said, except fishermen who come with illegal fishing gear, explosives and other destructive means to catch fish that abound in the town’s waters.
Beachgoers and tourists are lured by the calm and shallow water while sea creatures, like whale sharks (butanding), regularly come to graze whenever the Lingayen Gulf is teeming with tiny fish and shrimps.
COLUMBIA RIVER — The number of fall Chinook passing Bonneville Dam continues to mount with nearly 1,000 more fish over the dam last week, increasing the record run to 954,424, or 212 percent of the 10-year average, according to NOAA Fisheries’ Paul Wagner at Nov. 18 2015’s Technical Management Team meeting.
The previous record of 953,222 fish set in 2013 was exceeded when the count went to 953,541 fish as of Nov. 12, the most fish passing the dam since it was built 77 years ago.
Daily passage numbers are declining from 229 fish per day Saturday, to just 48 on Nov. 18 2015 (see www.fpc.org for fish passage details).
The coming years may not see the big runs of 2015, “so we could be in for a bad spell,” Wagner said. As indicators, he pointed to low spring Chinook jack salmon counts over Bonneville Dam this year as well as the expectation that poor ocean conditions bode poorly for the juvenile salmon that migrated to the ocean this year. (The number of jacks in one year is an indicator of the size of the following year’s adult run).
Nanotechnology becomes new technological tool to develop seafood Spain
Anfaco-Cecopesca, through its Technology Centre, is developing an ambitious R+D+i project aimed at the enhancement of marine resources for the production of bioactive compounds and the design of functional foods, applying nanotechnology as essential facilitating technology.
Spanish vessels may fish in Mauritania 'before Christmas' Spain
The Secretary General of Fisheries confirmed that the Spanish fleet can resume fishing activities in Mauritanian waters before Christmas, following the entry into force of the fisheries agreement between the EU and Mauritania.
Scientists reveal ocean fish camouflage secrets United States
A team of scientists from the University of Texas, Austin, has found out that certain fish use microscopic structures called platelets in their skin cells to reflect polarized light, which allows the fish to seemingly disappear from their predators.
Pew urges WCPFC to improve tuna fisheries Worldwide
The non-government organisation Pew Charitable Trusts has released its policy recommendations for the upcoming meeting of the members of the WCPFC, requesting its members to improve management of tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific.
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