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IN BRIEF - Good outcome for Scots fishermen at EU-Norway negotiations

UNITED KINGDOM
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.

Source: SFF - Scottish Fishermen’s Federation


IN BRIEF - NFFO Chairman, Tony Delahunty discusses the future of quota management in the under-10m Pool

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Whilst this approach will help remove some of the quota pinch points that have arisen in some specific under-10 fisheries, through better targeted and adaptive quota management, we are clear that for most under-10m vessels this will not be the preferred option. The primary reason for this is that the flexibility to alter target species to adapt to the changing availability of different stocks is of central importance to most inshore fishing vessels; and that this is best met through the retention of the pool approach to quota management. This is exactly the position that I find myself as the operator of an under-10m vessel on the south coast. We mainly target crab and lobster but at certain times of the year it makes sense to target some of the quota species that become available within our area. This is when the flexibility of the pool is invaluable.

 

In the event that there is significant uptake of the voluntary option to accept and manage under-10 FQAs, it will be important to safeguard fishing opportunities within the remaining pool. With fewer high catching vessels fishing against the pool the uptake of the pool quotas should be less too, all other things being equal. But it will be equally important to tailor quota management to the under-10s which remain under the pool arrangement.

Source: NFFO

 


IN BREIF - Value of tuna, shrimp exports fall; profits up

THAILAND
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 The export value of Thai tuna and shrimp during the first seven months of 2014 fell 2 per cent from the same period the previous year, but profit margin rose by 7-10 per cent due to lower raw-material prices.

Exports to new markets helped offset problems with the European Union market.

More shrimp totalling about 40,000 tonnes must be imported, as the Thai supply for the whole year is likely to be only 200,000 tonnes.

Chanintr Chalisarapong, president of the Thai Tuna Industry Association, said yesterday that the export value of Thai tuna and shrimp in the first seven months had dropped 2 per cent to about THB 50 billion.

However, in terms of quantity, there was a year-on-year increase of 8-10 per cent which, when coupled with a 30-per-cent fall in raw-material prices, resulted in a rise of 7-10 per cent in profit margin, which was good for the Thai tuna industry.

Source: Nation Multimedia

 


IN BRIEF - Agribank: loans for fisheries development

VIET NAM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Agribank offer loans for borrowers who purchase, construct or upgrade offshore fishing vessels, fisheries logistics and working capital loans for fishers and logistics service providers for offshore fishing.

 

Specifically, interest rate of 7% annum is offered for construction and upgrades of fishing vessels and also offered to for borrowers who order, construct offshore fishing vessels with 400CV engine or upgrade the existing vessel 400CV in order to fish offshore. If there is any change in basic interest rates, Agribank will report to the State Bank to adjust accordingly.

Source: Pangasius

 

 


IN BRIEF - Managing pangasius farms by codes

VIET NAM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Accordingly, the farms will be given codes. These codes serve as identification numbers, used for farming registration, contracts with producers of raw materials and exports. This would help improve traceability.

By 2016, farming area in the Mekong Delta is expected to be 5,300-5,400 hectare, with production of 1.25 to 1.3 million MT, added value products accounted for 8-10%, exports reaching USD 2-2.3 billion.

By 2020, farming area in the Mekong Delta is expected to be 7,600-7,800 hectare, with production of 1.8-1.9 million MT, added value products of accounted for 15%-20%, exports reaching USD 2.6-3 billion.

Source: Pangasius

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood labelling to identify imported prawns and barramundi

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Prawn farmers believe their industry could massively expand if key issues holding back investment were resolved.

They want red tape removed, imports identified at point of sale and substitution rackets eradicated.

Prawns and barramundi are farmed across Australia, primarily in the north of New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Currently Australia produces about 4,000 tonnes of prawns in ponds, 22,000 tonnes are caught wild and 46,000 tonnes are imported each year.

Helen Jenkins from the Australian Prawn Farmers Association says sellers are substituting cheaper imported product and labelling it as Australian.

"It's rife. It's fraudulent.

Source: ABC

 


IN BRIEF - Young’s Launches Restaurant Inspired Gastro Meals for One

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Following the success of the Gastro range of restaurant quality fish dishes,Young’s Seafood are now launching Gastro Meals for One. Two years on from the launch of the range, the new fish dishes will bring the Gastro restaurant experience to ready meals. The Gastro range is already one of the most successful New Product Development launches in frozen food achieving 10.8% household penetration and a repeat rate of 45%, while 42% of sales are incremental to frozen fish attracting new shoppers to the frozen aisles. The Gastro brand is now worth GBP 20.9 million and is one of the fastest growing frozen brands. The move into ready meals follows consumer research, by fish specialists Young’s, which highlighted strong demand for premium frozen ready meal options and great tasting fish.

Commenting on the launch of Gastro Meals for One, Yvonne Adam, Marketing Director of Young’s Seafood Limited, said: “Gastro was originally launched to provide restaurant quality fish dishes for two, reflecting the trend towards couples eating in rather than going out, and the range is now enjoyed by over 2.5 million households. The full Gastro range includes a wide range of fish fillets and dishes and continues to attract a lot of new shoppers to the frozen aisles. Extending Gastro into Meals for One was the natural next move for the range. We listened to consumers who told us they also wanted a treat to enjoy on their own, which reflects the growing interest in premium frozen ready meals. Our new Gastro Meals for One offer the very best tasting fish dishes, whenever you fancy. Simply oven bake or microwave, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy a restaurant quality fish dish in the comfort of your own home.”

 Lodetone Comunications: Young’s Launches Restaurant Inspired Gastro Meals for One


IN BRIEF - Progress on buyback programme Nutreco shares

NETHERLANDS
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Further to the share buyback programme announced on 24 July 2014, Nutreco announces that during the period from 22 September 2014 up to and including 26 September 2014, Nutreco purchased 194,667 of its ordinary shares at an average price of EUR 29.11 per share. The total number of shares repurchased under this programme to date is 963,445 ordinary shares for a total consideration of EUR 28.5 million.

 

This programme will ultimately end on 31 January 2015, unless Nutreco shares for the overall maximum amount of EUR 100 million have been repurchased prior to that date. In that case the programme will end on the date on which this maximum is reached.

 


IN BRIEF - 5pc cash incentive on frozen fish export

BANGLADESH
Friday, September 26, 2014

 

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) announced on Thursday 25th of September, 2014, a cash incentive of 5.0 per cent for export of frozen fish.

In a circular the central bank said exporters of frozen fish, inculding shrimp, would get the incentive against their shipments. The BB issued the circular in line with the government's decision of giving the 5.0 per cent incentive agains all the shipment of frozen fish during the period from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The central bank also asked all authorised dealers to follow it accordingly. The BB so far offered cash incentives to 14 sectors covering over 150 goods and products against their export volume so that they can enjoy an additional competitive edge in the global market.

Source: The Financial Express

 


IN BRIEF - China Tuna suspends IPO

CHINA
Friday, September 26, 2014

 

A large Chinese fishing company wanting to vastly increase its Pacific tuna operations has suspended a share float following revelations it under-stated risks.

 

China Tuna Industry Group, with the help of Frankfurt headquartered Deutsche Bank AG, last month launched a USD 100 million to USD 200 million (NZD 120 million to NZD 240 million) IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to fund a massive and sophisticated expansion of South Pacific tuna fishing.

Fairfax Media earlier this month reported that China Tuna was significantly understating the risks it faced chasing bigeye tuna and that it was telling investors that international quotas were unlikely to have any affect on its operations.

Source: Stuff

 


IN BRIEF - Smoked Fish Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 26, 2014

 

Star Gold Smoked Fish of Brooklyn, New York is recalling cold smoked steelhead fish because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product, but listeriosis, the illness caused by this bacteria, can take up to 70 days to appear.

RecallThe recalled product is Cold Smoked Steelhead in Vacuum Pack with blue and gold label. It is packaged in a clear plastic vacuum bag for food service distribution. It has a white label with a code 244 on the back of the bag. The UPC number is 021 143140026. It was sold in New York state, New Jersey, and Florida as a food service item to be weighed at the point of sale.

Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin

 


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