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IN BRIEF - Good outcome for Scots fishermen at EU-Norway negotiations
Friday, January 18, 2013
Scottish fishermen have broadly welcomed the outcome of negotiations between the EU and Norway to decide upon catching allocations for shared stocks in 2013.
The bilateral talks concluded this morning, and against a background of recovering stocks and the scientific advice, quota increases were agreed for a number of key stocks including North Sea haddock (15% increase), North Sea whiting (11%), North Sea plaice (15%), North Sea saithe (15%), and North Sea herring (18%). The North Sea cod quota remains unchanged at the 2011 level, with a facility for boats to increase their cod catch further if they participate in catch quota trials. There was also a 15% increase for West of Scotland saithe.
For mackerel, a catch limit was set that followed scientific advice and which will maintain the EU and Norway’s traditional share of the total allowable catch. This is an arrangement that will signal the resolve of the EU and Norway against the background of continuing failure to achieve an international management agreement for the stock with Iceland and the Faroes.
Publicly listed shrimp producer Central Proteina Prima (CP Prima) will soon export more frozen shrimp and food to Europe as it is seeing increased demand after recently receiving an international food certification.
The certificate from US-based Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), obtained last year, marks the business as living up to good environmental practices and international standards of hygiene.
“With this certificate, our products will sell better in the international market, especially in Europe,” CP Prima president director Irwan Tirtariyadi said during the firm’s public expose on Friday.
The company is planning to send its products to Italy, Cyprus and Scandinavian countries, adding to its existing markets that include UK, Holland and Germany.
SYDNEY - The decision by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to maintain the catch limit for Arctic surf clam is the topic of discussion today as government scientists meet to review how new entrants would affect the fishery.
The Liberals announced in December it would keep the total allowable catch for the 2016 season at 38,756 tonnes.
The former Conservative government had announced an increase last July to 52,655 tonnes for the offshore quota on the Banquereau Bank and Grand Bank.
A spokeswoman with Fisheries and Oceans Canada said the department “needs more information” before moving ahead with a “major change” in the management of the fishery.
FAIRBANKS - The United Kingdom plays a role in Alaska’s economy and “Brexit” will make an impact, but the future is murky.
Since the U.K. voted Thursday to leave the European Union, the British pound has fallen to USD 1.3347, a 31-year low despite a rebound on Tuesday, and the Euro has decreased in value as well. Markets fell — then rebounded — on Tuesday, but investors still worry about short- and long-term repercussions of the U.K.’s exit from the EU.
Economist Neal Fried, of the Alaska Department of Labor, said this is a big deal worldwide and it’s Alaska’s USD 52.2 billion permanent fund that will feel the “biggest immediate impact.”
“The permanent fund is heavily involved in international and U.S. securities,” Fried said. “There has been some fallout in the securities, but what will happen in the long run? The fallout could be a blip in time or it could be longer.”
Muscat - The nascent aquaculture farming sector is set to get a boost with the sultanate signing a contract of the first commercial scale finfish hatchery with a production capacity of 15mn fingerlings annually.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) and Oman Aquaculture Development Company (OADC) on Monday 27th of June 2016 signed a cooperation agreement for the establishment, operation and management of finfish hatchery in the Aquaculture Farming Centre in Al Bustan area with an annual production capacity of 15mn fingerlings.
H E Dr Fuad bin Jaafar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Eng Hassan bin Ahmad al Nabhani, chairman of Board of Directors OADC, signed the agreement. “Hatchery is one of the basic ingredients for commercial fish farming projects and its presence is important for the development of aquaculture sector in terms of fingerlings supply within the country and reduce dependence on import,” the ministry stated.
BHUBANESWAR - The State Government on Tuesday 28th of June 2016 signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with WorldFish, a global non-profit research organisation, for sustainable aquaculture operations through improved technology and farming systems.
This project will operate for a period of five years commencing July, 2016. The project cost comes around `22 crore which will be funded by the State Government.
"Odisha offers vast scope for development in fisheries sector and we look forward to an integrated development in collaboration with WorldFish," Fisheries Secretary Bishnu Sethi said after signing the MoA.
The MoA was singed between Sethi and Michael Phillips, programme leader, Aquaculture, WorldFish in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here. "We have been working in neighbouring Bangladesh for many years and have had great success in scaling up production with new technologies and training. We are honoured to be working with Odisha and look forward to bring some of that expertise to the State in the coming years," Phillips said.
A Thunder Bay researcher with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has just returned from briefing Senate staff in Washington, D.C. on the potential impacts of climate change on North America's recreational fishery.
The invitation to speak on Capitol Hill came from the United States Geological Survey, following his participation in a number of conferences and workshops on the issue, says Len Hunt, who holds a PhD in geography and environmental studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.
LUANDA - Angola and Namibia have signed four documents on co-operation in fisheries here between the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries and the Fisheries and Marine Resources Ministry of Namibia under a memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries in 2014.
The documents signed Friday 17th of June 2016 are agreements on economic co-operation, fisheries research, fisheries surveillance, fisheries management and aquaculture. In addition to the four documents, action plans for the implementation of co-operation in their respective fields were also approved.
Angola's Mminister of Fisheries, Victoria de Barros Neto, said the agreements would enable the heads of the respective sectors to follow up on the actions and control them...
SEABROOK, N.H. -- The cod isn't just a fish to David Goethel. It's his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.
"I paid for my education, my wife's education, my house, my kids' education; my slice of America was paid for on cod," said Goethel, a 30-year veteran of these waters that once teemed with New England's signature fish.
But on this chilly, windy Saturday in April, after 12 hours out in the Gulf of Maine, he has caught exactly two cod, and he feels far removed from the 1990s, when he could catch 2,000 pounds in a day.
His boat, the Ellen Diane, a 44-foot fishing trawler named for his wife, is the only vessel pulling into the Yankee Fishermen's Co-op in Seabrook. Fifteen years ago, there might have been a half-dozen. He is carrying crates of silver hake, skates and flounder - all worth less than cod.
Brexit victory causes bitter-sweet reactions United Kingdom
The result of the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU has been received with mixed feelings of 'uncertainty' for some representatives of the fishing sector and 'excitement' for Brexiting fishermen.