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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.

Source: SFF - Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

IN BRIEF - More CP Prima shrimp headed for Europe

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.

Source: The Jakarta Post

IN BRIEF - SA seafood company develops machine to lengthen oyster shelf-life

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Like most seafood, shucked oysters have a short shelf life, limiting economic gains.

But one business in Adelaide is hoping to change that with the use of robotics and laser technology.

South Australian company, Simmonds Seafood Marketing Agencies, is developing a machine which seals oysters with wax, making them easier to open and longer lasting.

It has been given a AUD 236,000 federal research grant.

"We actually shave the side off the shell and put the wax on there to keep it alive in transit," company spokesman Bob Simmonds said.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - ‘More information’ required to open Arctic surf clam fishery: DFO

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.

Source: Cape Breton Post

IN BRIEF - How Brexit may affect Alaska’s economy

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.”

Source: News Miner

IN BRIEF - First commercial scale hatchery to come up in the sultanate

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.

Source: Muscat Daily

IN BRIEF - Odisha Government inks pact with WorldFish to boost fisheries

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.

Source: New Indian Express

IN BRIEF - Vietnam's Agri-Forestry-Fishery Exports Fetch USD 15 Billion

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HANOI - Vietnam's combined agriculture-forestry-fishery export turnover reached USD 15.05 billion in the first six months of 2016, up 5.4 per cent from one year ago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Agriproducts contributed USD 7.32 billion, a 5.1 per cent increase against the same period 2015 Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

In terms of rice, the country exported 2.69 million tonnes to earn USD 1.21 billion, down 9.8 per cent in volume and 5.9 per cent in value year-on-year...

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - Could climate change affect your day fishing? Ontario researcher presents findings in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Angola, Namibia Sign Documents For Co-operation In Fisheries

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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...

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - Historic New England fishing industry faces warming world

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

Source: CBS News

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Northern shrimp policy could be replaced by new regime
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US to upgrade Thailand as to human trafficking
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Invermar to increase its capital by USD 85 million
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Severe drought causes shrimp hatchery laboratory closure
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Operation Driftnet concludes successfully in the North Pacific Ocean
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WECAFC urges new RFMO for Western Central Atlantic
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Shrimp and tuna could benefit from trade agreement with EFTA
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Better tuna fishery management deemed on track, ISSF
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Modern artisanal fish landing facilities inaugurated in Atico

First ambitious ocean-cleansing project presented
Netherlands At a port in The Hague, Dutch environment minister has launched the biggest prototype clean-up boom in an attempt to clear the Pacific of its plastic debris.
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.
New fisheries database may contribute to better fishery management
Worldwide A publicly accessible fisheries database that builds on the FAO statistics has been created, covering the fisheries of all maritime countries and territories of the world, from 1950 to 2010, and being regularly updated.
Grant regulation approved for market development and seafood promotion campaigns
Spain The Cabinet has approved a proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, a Royal Decree establishing the regulatory bases for the allocation, set in a competitive basis, of subsidies to develop new markets and promotion campaigns for fishery and aquaculture products.
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