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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 - Selonda Aquaculture H1 net result turns to loss of EUR 3.1 mln

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Selonda Aquaculture SA:

H1 net loss EUR 3.1 million versus profit EUR 3.5 million in 2015,

H1 EBITDA EUR 515,239 versus EUR 11.0 million in 2015,

H1 turnover EUR 72.8 million versus EUR 57.4 million in 2015,

Net cash on June 30 2016, EUR 6.0 million versus EUR 20.6 million in 2015.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - AP to appoint experts' committee for aquaculture

Saturday, September 24, 2016

VISAKHAPATNAM - The Andhra Pradesh Government is appointing a committee of experts to study aquaculture in the State and suggest ways to improve it.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said here on Friday that the State stood first in the sector, but still there was a lot of untapped potential and scope for improvement.

"New methods should be found to check diseases and to improve yields and in that endeavour, technology should be made use of," he said.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

IN BRIEF - Senator supports fish farm boost despite environmental impact

Saturday, September 24, 2016

An Atlantic Canada senator is defending a report supporting the expansion of the Canadian aquaculture industry, while acknowledging worries about the safety of fish farms.

The Senate Fisheries and Oceans committee released an updated version of its study, An Ocean of Opportunities: Aquaculture in Canada, earlier this week. 

"It is a billion-dollar industry in Canada, and it's got great potential for growth," committee deputy chair Senator Elizabeth Hubley told CBC'sInformation Morning on Thursday 22nd of September 2016.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Jasper County ammonia leak kills 66500 fish

Saturday, September 24, 2016

After receiving a call about dead fish along Wolf Creek in Jasper County, Bill Gibbons, an environmental specialist at the Iowa Department of Natural Reserves (DNR), went to investigate. Upon his arrival, he measured the level of the fertilizer ammonia in the water and found the ammonia levels to be so high that he couldn’t get a reading.

“They’re above the capability of my kit to measure,” he said. Finishing with inspection, the DNR found the ammonia leak had killed 66,500 fish.

The DNR believes last week’s leak stemmed from a tile line coming into the creek. Tile lines are used for draining farm land of wastewater. As Gibbons inspected the creek, he noticed how there were dead fish downstream of tile and live meadow upstream.

The DNR does not know who caused the leak or where it began. Gibbons looked into farm fields near the spillage and an agriculture cooperation in Collins, where the tile line extended, but could not find any evidence of a spill. Ultimately, the leak could have come from other counties, miles away.

Source: Scarlet & Black

IN BRIEF - Bali police say 1,500 bags of ammonium nitrate was for fish-bombing

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A large quantity of ammonium nitrate smuggled into Indonesia was allegedly to be used for illegal fish-bombing, police in Bali say.

An estimated 30 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was confiscated from a boat that arrived from Malaysia last night, sparking concerns of terrorism.

The head of Customs in Bali said ammonium nitrate is a fertiliser that could be used in explosive material.

Fish-bombing is the practice of using explosives to stun or kill schools of fish.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - International Pole & Line Foundation announces new Managing Director

Saturday, September 24, 2016

LONDON - The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, is delighted to announce that Martin Purves has been appointed as Managing Director with immediate effect.

Purves joined IPNLF in July 2015 as Fisheries Development Director and has been instrumental in its expansion and development throughout the past 15 months. During an illustrious career in the fisheries sector, he has been a sea-going observer, fisheries scientist and resource manager and has conducted consultancy work on numerous international projects. Until joining the IPNLF team, Martin led the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Southern Africa Programme for seven years after establishing MSC’s first African office in 2008.

IN BRIEF - Reclaiming mangroves for shrimp production

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Surat Thani - For many years, farmer Noppadol Tawee lived with the constant fear of waking up and finding all the shrimp that were growing in his pond floating dead in the water.

"The shrimp used to get sick, and I lost all of them several times. Some years, I could make a lot of money; in others, I could lose everything," explains Noppadol, a shrimp farmer living in Kanchanadit, a district in the province of Surat Thani in Southern Thailand.

His neighbours advised him that the solution to his problem was related to a very specific kind of tree: the mangrove. Years ago, before shrimp production came to the region, mangroves had covered the coastline of the region, housing dozens of marine animals, including shrimp, small fish and crabs. 

Source: Aljazeera

IN BRIEF - Japan and Korea to invest in seafood sector in India

Saturday, September 24, 2016

VISHAKAPATTANAM - Two major forces in the seafood sector Japan and Korea have expressed interest in investing in value addition of seafood products in India, according to union commerce minister Nirmala Sitaraman. 

Speaking at the inaugural function of the 20th India International Seafood Show being held at Vishakapattanam on Friday, she invited the trade members of both the countries to visit the aquaculture farms in the country,particularly Andhra Pradesh, which is leading in aquaculture production in the country. 

She said both the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government are keen to increase the value addition of Indian seafood exports which have touched INR 30000 crore annually. "They can bring the technology and best practices from the world over and implement it here in a cost effective manner,'' she said. 

Source: Economic Times

IN BRIEF - New Zealand King Salmon IPO share price confirmed at NZD 1.12

Saturday, September 24, 2016

New Zealand King Salmon will list on the New Zealand and Australian stock markets at NZD 1.12 a share on October 2016.

The Marlborough company is seeking to raise NZD 30 million through the initial public offering to repay debt, fund future investment and for working capital.

New Zealand King Salmon has been growing and selling salmon for more than 30 years and is the world's largest producer of king salmon.

The share price gives the company a market value of NZD 154.5 million, if the offer is fully subscribed.

Source: Stuff

IN BRIEF - Federal management plan required for Alaskan salmon fishery - 9th Circuit

Friday, September 23, 2016

A federal appeals court has ruled the U.S. government must produce a management plan for an Alaskan salmon fishery open to net-fishing before it can delegate oversight to the state.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday 21st of September 2016 that a 2012 amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act incorrectly removed a part of Cook Inlet, one of the nation's most productive salmon fisheries, from a federal fishery management plan.

Source: Reuters

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National single window simplifies seafood export certification
Viet Nam The certification for fisheries exports to Korea and China will be expanded nationwide starting on October 1 under the National Single Window, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced.
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