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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 - Sea Shepherd to spend $12m award on 'dream ship' to patrol Southern Ocean

NETHERLANDS
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The ocean conservation group Sea Shepherd has been awarded €8.3m (A$11.8m) at Amsterdam’s annual Good Money Gala, saying it will use the funds to build a new ship and more effectively fight poaching.

The gala awards organisations “working for a fairer, greener world”, according to its website. Sea Shepherd has been granted funding several times before, but the money announced on Monday is the largest donation it has received to date.

The chief executive of Sea Shepherd Global, Alex Cornelissen, said the organisation had been looking for years for a vessel that could become the Southern Ocean patrol flagship. But budget restrictions had until now made that impossible.

In December, Sea Shepherd conservationists returned to Antarctic waters to try to stop poaching of the Patagonian toothfish by illegal operators.

But the group is largely known for its anti-whaling activities, claiming to have saved hundreds of threatened, endangered and protected whales from Japanese whalers during the 2013-14 season alone.

The Dutch postcode lottery has been raising funds to support charity and activist organisations since 1989, and has dispensed more than €4bn to its beneficiaries.

Source: theguardian.com


IN BRIEF - FIMEX VN LAUNCHES A NEW PROCESSING FACTORY IN 2015

VIET NAM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In 2015, a new seafood factory of Fimex VN comes into operation, in the hope that production and sales will rise.

This factory supplies IQF products to the US and EU as target markets. After this, a refinery is projected to be built in 2015 in An Nghiep Industrial Zone in Soc Trang.

In December 2014 only, Saota Foods Joint Stock Company (Fimex VN- stock code FMC) produced 940 MT of  finished shrimps, earning US$ 10.8 million. In 2014, Fimex VN supplied 10,800 MT of processed products, up nearly 25% year on year. Sales reached US$ 136.5 million. Profit was VND 70 billion, nearly doubled from 2013.

As the Thailand lost its preferential tariffs on shrimp exports to the EU from 2014, Fimex VN expanded its operations in the market. Targeted to high-end market segments, the company developed partnership with reputed distributors. After 2 years, Fimex VN has found it firm position in the EU market. 

SourcE: VASEP


IN BRIEF - Angelini Group expands business soy in Brazil and commitment to growing North Salmon

CHILE
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Not only the extraction of anchovy in northern Chile, to make it canned or fishmeal, has occupied Corpesca, the largest fisheries  in the country, linked to Angelini group.

The company is also banking on growth in Brazil, in the business of soy protein concentrates - food component for salmon- that develop through Selecta, bankrupt company it bought in 2013, but which has already managed to stabilize. They are also promoting the cultivation of goldfish in Chile. The latter is developed through the Centre for Applied Marine Research (CIAM), a body which holds 80% (the remaining 20% is Camanchaca).

But for now it's a experimental phase in Arica has a farming center with tanks operating with water recirculation and where they have fattened two thousand specimens of this species called Yellowtail amberjack and also known as halibut, yellowtail or "salmon of the North".

Corpesca general manager, Arturo Natho said that this is a fish prized for its meat in international markets, with a price that can reach US $ 12 per kilo. He explained that raft culture at sea in the north has not had good experiences, because the conditions are changing currents and water without oxygen appear to end up killing the fish, principal of this project.

Source: Marco César Gutiérrez and Sottovia / economiaynegocios.cl

Note: basic translation from spanish


IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture looking at seaweed farms to feed future

CANADA
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The aquaculture industry in New Brunswick has been farming fish for years, but a new project in Saint John is starting to farm entire ecosystems as a new way to recycle and diversify the underwater farms of the future.

Researchers are now growing kelp, or common seaweed, alongside traditional aquaculture pens, such as those filled with salmon.

Thierry Chopin is the director of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture at the University of New Brunswick and says the two species work well together.

"So the whole idea is your salmon is releasing these nutrients and the seaweeds are recapturing some of these dissolved nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus," he said.

They're growing different crops close to each other to make aquaculture more efficient.

"There's a certain amount of fish food that is not eaten by the fish,so that breaks down," Chopin said.

The wasted, broken down, fish-food is caught by the seaweed and the nutrients from it help grow the seaweed crop.

Once harvested, it can be used to feed those same fish.

Source: CBC News - Read full article here


IN BRIEF - American Samoan job hopes as cannery opens - Radio MP3 interview

AMERICAN SAMOA
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The American Samoan economy has received a boost with the opening of a 70 million US dollar a high tech tuna cannery.

Samoa Tuna Processors is fully air conditioned and its hoped the factory will create over 1500 jobs.

Correspondent Fili Sagapolutele told Jenny Meyer about the investment by parent company Tri Marine International.

Read full article here

Listen interview here (MP3: 3' 30")


IN BRIEF - Michigan, China to work together on fisheries, aquaculture

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LANSING, Mich. -- Officials from Michigan and China plan to work together on developing advancements in fisheries and aquaculture.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development last week in Lansing hosted a delegation from the province of Jiangsu

The trip follows a visit by the department’s Director Jamie Clover Adams to China with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 that included meeting with Jiangsu officials. Last week, Clover Adams and a Chinese official signed an agreement about the partnership.

The visit was made in part for the delegation to learn more about Michigan’s aquaculture industry. Representatives of Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. were on hand for Friday’s visit.

Aquaculture includes fish farming in natural and manmade bodies of water.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com/AP


IN BRIEF - Company ordered to pay $90,000 for fishing in Ningaloo reef reserve

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The federal court has ordered a commercial fishing company to pay almost $90,000 for trawling in what is now a world heritage-listed marine park at Ningaloo reef, off the Western Australian coast.

The boat, operated by South Australian company Lucky S Fishing Pty Ltd, was spotted fishing in the Ningaloo commonwealth marine reserve by a surveillance aircraft on 2 September 2010.

Its fishing activities were later confirmed by the ship’s logs.

Fishing has been prohibited in the area since 1987, and it received a world heritage listing in June 2011.

Ningaloo is one of only three marine world heritage areas in Australia, alongside the Great Barrier Reef and Shark Bay, and is host to six endangered and vulnerable marine species, including the whale shark.

It stretches for 300km from Carnarvon to Exmouth and is the longest fringing barrier reef in Australia.

Source: Calla Wahlquist/The Guardian - Read full story here


IN BREIF - IUU Antartica - Greenpeace demands Government an explanation linking Vidal Shipowners and Grants

SPAIN
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The fishery for toothfish and other species of these waters are managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources in the Antarctic (CCAMLR). Greenpeace demands the Spanish government to make public measures taken to clarify the ownership of these boats and penalties apply.
 
According to regulations and control illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) Member States of the European Union (EU) have an obligation to ensure that its nationals are not engaged in illegal fishing activity and must take action if they do. Member States whose citizens and / or companies who may have been involved in illegal fishing activities should investigate and take appropriate sanctions if the illegality is confirmed.
 
The company Vidal Armadores SA, is known for having bonded large amounts of EU fisheries subsidies. In 2011, Greenpeace denounced the large subsidies to the company and recidivism their vessels fishing illegally. Since 1999 there have been at least 11 arrests, seven convictions, international fines totaling more than 3 million and three boats confiscated. However, despite this history, the European Union and the Spanish Government have granted between 2002 and 2009 about 16 million euros in grants to businesses in the Vidal family.
The Songhua, formerly Paloma V, was arrested for illegal fishing in 2008, and had a clear connection to Vidal Owners, recognized by the Government initiated a research in 2009. The Yongding has had eleven names and eight flags and Kunlun fifteen names eight flags since they were included in the blacklist of CCAMLR in 2004 and 2003 respectively.
 
Source: http://noticiaspress.es (basic translation from Spanish)

IN BRIEF - Louisiana shrimp landings up for 2014 as local season closes

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

As the fall Louisiana shrimp season officially ends Wednesday (Jan. 28), recently released federal fisheries estimates show the 2014 shrimp catch was the second-highest harvest in the state since 2007.

Louisiana shrimpers caught about 57.4 million pounds of shrimp in 2014 compared to the prior seven-year average of about 53 million pounds, according to the federal estimates, analyzed recently by the Southern Shrimp Alliance. The highest annual catch since 2007 was in 2013, when shrimpers brought in about 57.7 million pounds.

Just for December, local shrimpers caught about 3.7 million pounds, the third highest total recorded for the month for the last nine years, according to the alliance analysis. Still, the annual 2014 shrimp catch in Louisiana was about 4 percent less than the state's 10-year average of about 60 million pounds, according to federal estimates.

Strong landings later in the year helped buoy a slow start. Meanwhile, prices for shrimp at the dock continued to be significantly higher than previous years.

Source: Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune - Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Orkney Fish Farm Manager Received International Award from Marks & Spencer

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Orkney-based fish farm manager Richard Darbyshire, from Scottish Sea Farms, has won a prestigious international farming award from Marks & Spencer. As part of his reward Richard will head off to Cranfield University School of Management in February.

The annual M&S Farming for the Future awards were established six years ago to celebrate producers in the M&S supply chain who stand out and make a difference to their industry.  There are seven initial categories – six regional UK awards as well as an international award – and the winners of each of these categories gets put forward for the overall Champion of Champions award.

Richard is the regional production manager for Scottish Sea Farms in Orkney and won the award for the establishment and successful operation of a new Lochmuir Salmon farm on Eday.


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