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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.
While the Indian aquaculture industry has benefitted from the slowdown in production in countries like China, Vietnam and Thailand, the major global suppliers of shrimp, high demand has also induced a rise in farmgate prices. At the same time the average international prices are more or less stable as most importers tend to hold few months inventory; and this has put the margins of Indian exporters under pressure.
As per industry estimates, margins have shrunk by about 6-7% on an average. T R Patnaik, promoter of one of the leading shrimp exporters from India, Falcon Marine Exports Ltd admitted that margins of exporters are under pressure. Patnaik, who is also the vice- president of the Seafood Exporters Association of India, however, also added that margins, however, depend on how well one manages his business.
On Aug. 21 2016, Qingdao Customs announced that a group of smugglers responsible forbringing over 5,000 tons of seafood into China over the past two years had beenapprehended. The total value involved in this case is 230 million yuan.
In a survey administered early in 2016, customs inspectors found that some upscaleseafood was being sold for cheaper prices than declared, which stood out as unusual.Customs officer Song Zhening explained that a large quantity of scallops, king crabs andfish was imported by vans licensed in Southwest China's Guangxi.
"The seafood originated in Japan, Russia and the U.S., so why did it come in vans fromGuangxi?" Song mused. "It was strange."
Fishermen in Vietnam’s central provinces continue to struggle as there has still not been a conclusive response from authorities over whether fish sourced from the coastline is edible.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with relevant institutions, organized a conference in the north-central province of Quang Tri on Monday 22nd of August 2016 to report on the maritime environment in central provinces, four months after the region was embroiled in the mass fish death controversy.
A large number of dead fish were washed ashore in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue in early April.
Vasep said that tilapia export might record revenues of USD 45 million for the full year, rising by 32 per cent over 2015, and added that the trend would continue in the coming years.
Import markets of Vietnamese tilapia expanded significantly during the past decade, from just five in 2005 to 68, including the United States (US), Colombia and the European Union (EU) being the three largest importers.
Around 23 per cent of exported Vietnamese tilapia was shipped to the US, its largest importer. Vi?t Nam was currently the third largest exporter of tilapia to the US with a share of 10 per cent, coming after mainland China and Taiwan.
Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years by a long shot, and the outlook is bleak for all other salmon catches except sockeyes.
“Boy, sockeye is really going to have to carry the load in terms of the fishery’s value because there’s a lot of misses elsewhere,” said Andy Wink, a fisheries economist with the Juneau-based McDowell Group.
The historical peaks of the various salmon runs have already passed and the pink salmon catch so far has yet to break 35 million on a forecast of 90 million. That compares to a harvest of 190 million pinks in 2015.
Weekly tracking through August 15 shows the pace of the Chinook salmon harvest (341,000) is down 42 percent versus last year in net fisheries, cohos (under 2 million) are down 20 percent, and the chum catch (12 million) is down 25 percent.
The results of a study released Monday show that Vietnam’s central coast is again safe for swimming and aquaculture, four months after toxic effluents discharged by Taiwan-owned Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp caused mass fish deaths.
Prof Mai Trong Nhuan of the Hanoi National University, who headed the study commissioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said that coastal areas in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces have been recovering gradually.
The presence of the toxic substance has reduced by 90 percent in samples taken in July and August and coral reefs are recovering, he said at a conference held in Quang Tri by the environment ministry and the Vietnam Institute for Science and Technology.
Russia and China to sign deal on fisheries Russia Fed.
Russian Far Eastern Auction Fish House and China’s Liaoning Runzeng Industrial Co., Ltd. will sign an agreement on exchange transactions in fisheries sphere at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.