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.
ELLSWORTH — A proposal to restrict lobster fishing in certain designated spawning areas for cod is on the agenda at the New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Newport, R.I. the week of November the 17th 2014.
A groundfish subcommittee voted last week to recommend that, “due to the high bycatch of cod in the lobster fishery and potential disruption of spawning behavior,” Gulf of Maine cod spawning closures “include a restriction on fishing with or using lobster pot gear.”
Seafish, the UK industry authority on seafood, screened its Scottish premiere of its new film exploring the multi-billion pound seafood processing industry to an invited audience from the industry.
The showing of ‘The Business of Processing’ at The Scotsman Hotel theatre in Edinburgh provided aperfect opportunity for the UK seafood industry to get a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges the processing sector faces in turning the seafood, that is landed and imported into the UK, into products for public consumption in the foodservice sector and at home.
Sanford, which holds 23% of the country's fishery quota, has had a tough year but eked out a 10% gain in booking a NZD 22.3 million profit.
A decline in some fish prices and catch rates compounded to see a revenue decline from NZD 462.6 million to NZD 452.4 million and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation declined from NZD 49.2 million to NZD 46.6 million in its full-year trading to September 2014.
Forsyth Barr broker Andrew Rooney said it was an ''underwhelming'' operating result, because of commodity-price weakness and challenging catch conditions across some key species.
An increasingly global focus and new world-class facilities are behind a name change for Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)’s maritime school.
The original school, based in Nelson, was established in 1976 as the New Zealand School of Fisheries and later became known as the Nelson Maritime School. It was officially re-launched under its new name - the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand (IMINZ) at an industry event at the Nelson campus on 20 November 2014.
NMIT Chief Executive Tony Gray said maritime education and training was a specialist area for NMIT. Seafood was the country’s fifth largest export earner and the Top of the South region had the country’s largest fishing fleet as well as significant tourism and merchant shipping operations.
An American company is looking to set up an aquaculture research centre in an abandoned fish plant in Souris.
The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies, which is based in San Diego.
The Canadian operation is made up of former employees of AquaBounty, a genetically-modified salmon producer that also has its base in eastern P.E.I. CATC has its eye on the old fish plant in Souris, which shut down three years ago.
SUMMERSIDE - A Prince Edward Island farmer has been fined about CAD 72,000 after pesticide runoffs from his land resulted in a large fish kill, Environment Canada says.
Thousands of fish died in July 2011 and again about a year later in Trout River and Barclay Brook in western P.E.I.
Warren Ellis of Mount Royal was sentenced Wednesday 19th of November 2014 in Summerside provincial court after pleading guilty to two violations of the federal Fisheries Act, Environment Canada says in a news release issued the following day.
A recent news release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) outlines an estimated 2015 pink salmon harvest of 58 million fish.
“An actual harvest of 58 million pink salmon would be well above the recent 10-year average of 41 million pink salmon and a harvest of that magnitude would be in the top ten harvests since 1960,” according to the release.
The release states that the annual forecast was produce in two steps, “1) a forecast of the trend in the harvest, and 2) the forecast trend adjusted using 2014 juvenile pink salmon abundance data provided by the NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Auke Bay Laboratories.”
The Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) wants the EU to Norway to cancel the increased mackerel quota it awarded the Faroe Islands in the wake of a trawler from the island nation being detained off the Scottish archipelago for an alleged breach in fishing regulations.
The fishing protection vessel Hirta escorted the super trawler Christian l Grotinum to Lerwick on Sunday afternoon, confirmed Marine Scotland, and it is currently docked at Dales Voe.
SURAT - The district administration has started the process to remove more than 240 shrimp farms spread over 700 acres of government land, surrounding the airport here.
This is among the many steps that the authorities are taking to ensure that operations at Surat airport are not affected anymore, after the November 6 2014 incident when a buffalo hit a SpiceJet aircraft on the runway. The buffalo had strayed into the airport premises from a breach in the wall. It had put to risk the lives of 170 passengers onboard the Boeing aircraft.
Meanwhile, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has taken up the work to repair the damaged perimeter walls and the weak fencing at the airport. The district administration wants to ensure that the issue of animals straying into the airport premises and also that of bird-hit is resolved.
Horse mackerel fishing right case postponed Namibia
The case between several firms holding horse mackerel fishing rights and the minister of fisheries and marine resources has been postponed to February next year by a judge after hearing oral arguments.
Shipowners claim rule change on sharks Spain
The ban on onboard shark processing to separate bodies from fins, presented by the European Commission as a necessary measure to prevent finning has again been ignored, for the sixth time, by the ICCAT.