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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.

Source: Radio New Zealand International

IN BRIEF - Seafood exports reached nearly 3 billion, down 16%

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Through June 2015, seafood export turnover reached USD 2.97 billion, down 16% over 2014. Seafood export value of Vietnam in June 2015 reached the record low level in the last 3 months.

As reported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, seafood exports of Vietnam in this month estimated to gain USD 527 million, down 20.9% from the same period last year. The US remains the leading import market of Vietnam fish, accounting for 19.3% of total export value. In the first 5 months of 2015, seafood exports to this market reached 473 million, down 29.1% from the same period in 2014.


Exports to Japan and South Korea, the second and third largest markets also dropped at respectively 11.9% and 5% to USD 365.6 million and USD 214.5 million. While fish sales to Thailand and UK were up 16.9% and 43%.

Source: VASEP


IN BRIEF - Feds investigating Casey's Seafood on mixing Atlantic blue crab with imports

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Federal investigators are looking into whether a Newport News seafood company falsely labeled crab meat from foreign waters as Atlantic blue crab and a "Product of the USA."


New court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk indicate that federal investigators believe that Casey's Seafood Inc. mislabeled crab meat at its processing facility in the Newport News Small Boat Harbor — then passed it on to Farm Fresh, Harris Teeter and other retailers in Virginia and out of state.

A federal search warrant was executed on June 17 at Casey's, located at 807 Jefferson Ave., in a search led by Special Agent Christopher McCarron, an investigator with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Source: Daily Press


IN BRIEF - B.C. fish farms wait for regulatory tide to turn

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Tucked in a sheltered bay at Hardwicke Island in the Discovery Island chain is a series of 10 enclosures that look like a bunch of small swimming pools stitched together.

The Hardwicke Island salmon farm is one of 55 owned by Norway’s Marine Harvest, the biggest fish farm operator in B.C.

The 10 pens, going to a depth of 20 metres, contain around 600,000 Atlantic salmon. It’s one of 70 salmon farms in B.C. operating at any given time that annually produce a landed value of CAD 428 million, CAD 114 million in processing and support roughly 5,000 jobs in B.C. But at what cost?

Source: Business in Vancouver


IN BRIEF - TGR extends salmon supply agreement

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Tassal Group will continue supplying fresh salmon to Woolworths for another three years when the current agreement expires on October 1 2015.


The extended agreement will see Tassal supply directly to Woolworths in Queensland and New South Wales through De Costi Seafoods.

Tassal has also agreed to start supplying fresh salmon to Aldi supermarkets for an initial 12 month period replacing the supply of imported salmon.

Chief Executive Mark Ryan says they are continuing to focus on improving supply to retailers, underpinned by the growing appetite for salmon across Australia.

Source: Sky News



IN BRIEF - The truth about tuna: 59% of the fish sold at U.S. restaurants and grocery stores is NOT tuna

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Nearly two-thirds of tuna sold at restaurants and stores in the US is a completely different type of fish, a study has revealed.

The findings were made by Oceana, a non-profit organisation that campaigns for the protection and restoration of the world's oceans.

During a lengthy investigation of fish being sold across America, the group found that 59 per cent of 'tuna' was not tuna at all.

Source: Mail Online




IN BRIEF - Seafish launches annual economic fleet survey 2015

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Seafish has on Monday 29th June 2015 launched its 11th annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet.


Over the summer months Seafish researchers will visit ports across the UK to speak to vessel owners and skippers from all sectors of the industry to collect data on fishing and vessel costs. By gathering this information Seafish economists will then be able to build a current and insight-led picture of the UK fleet's economic performance.

During the first week (29th June - 3rd July) the researchers will be in Scotland's north east covering Aberdeen, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

Source: SeaFish


IN BRIEF - Rises in key fish stocks welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


The prospect of higher quotas for several key Scottish fish stocks in 2016 has been welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

The latest scientific assessments from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicates that North Sea haddock, cod and plaice stocks are all rising, as is megrim and Rockall haddock on the West coast.

Although this is only the first stage in the overall process of setting quotas for 2016, it would seem that these stocks will be in line for catch allocation increases in 2016. However, according to the ICES advice, quotas for some other stocks – such as North Sea prawns (langoustines) and whiting – will fall in 2016.


IN BRIEF - Kinki University, IATTC, and Panama Report World-First Transfer of Early-Juvenile Yellowfin Tuna to Sea Cage

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Kinki University, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), and the Autoridad de los Recursos Acuáticos de Panamá (ARAP) are reporting important results from comparative studies of the early life history and reproductive biology of yellowfin and Pacific bluefin tuna. Scientists have conducted the joint research at the IATTC’s Achotines Laboratory, located in the Republic of Panama, and the Fisheries Laboratories of Kinki University in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

The latest research milestone reported for the project is the successful transfer of juvenile yellowfin tuna from laboratory tanks to a sea cage located near the Achotines Laboratory. This activity represents the first successful transfer worldwide of yellowfin early-juveniles to sea cages. The juveniles stocked in the sea cage, raised from larvae hatched from eggs spawned by captive yellowfin tuna broodstock, were 52 days old and ranged in length from 9 to 13 cm. Kinki University scientists and ARAP staff, supported by scientists and staff of the IATTC, conducted the juvenile rearing at the Achotines Laboratory, where IATTC scientists have previously reared yellowfin juveniles to 100 days of age in laboratory tanks on an experimental basis. The recent rearing and sea cage transfer of yellowfin juveniles by Kinki University and ARAP expands upon the earlier IATTC rearing studies, by utilizing Kinki University’s large-scale juvenile rearing practices developed in Japan and adapting them to yellowfin rearing.

Press Release: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission


IN BRIEF - Associated Seafoods shortlisted for food awards

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


Associated Seafoods Ltd (ASL) has been shortlisted in the Export and Young Shining Star categories of the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards.

The awards celebrate excellence and achievement in the food and drink sector of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland. In the export category, Buckie-based ASL was shortlisted because of its success in developing new markets and products for premium Scottish smoked salmon and crab, including in the USA, China and Australia. ASL now exports seafood to five continents around the world.
In the Young Shining Star Award category, Tammy Rendall, a 20-year-old technical manager at ASL, was selected as finalist because of her outstanding achievements in setting up a new high-care crab processing department. She has also developed and implemented procedures and policies to enable ASL to secure prestigious BRC certification.

Henry Angus, commercial director for ASL, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as finalist in these two categories. Exports form a major element of our operation and we are continually seeking new markets and developing products to serve their requirements.


IN BRIEF - Salmon Certificate - ASPA withdraws from binding arbitration talks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In an ongoing dispute over who gets covered with a Marine Stewardship Council certificate for Alaska salmon, the Alaska Salmon Processors Association on June 26 2015 reportedly withdrew from the binding arbitration process.

According to Stefanie Moreland, of Trident Seafoods, one of several processors of Alaska salmon who want to rejoin the certificate, ASPA's rationale is that only three companies were willing to take the risk of participating in the arbitration while they expected the entire industry to participate.

Efforts to reach ASPA for comment were not immediately successful.

The companies seeking MSC certificate coverage want the issue resolved because many of them have business dealings with wholesalers in Europe who want to purchase only MSC certified seafood. Many of these companies have sustainability certification from other certification firms with similar criteria for issuing such certificates.

Source: The Cordova Times


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Peru The Ministry of Production established the July 2015 - June 2016 provisional regime for hake (Merluccius gayi peruanus) catch, in the framework under which the catch of this resource is authorized from 1 July to 30 June 2016.
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Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
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AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
National Geographic Society
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