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.
GLOUCESTER - National Fish & Seafood (NFS), a U.S.-based division of Pacific Andes Group, is celebrating the company's forward momentum, and responding to new opportunities. The company is expanding its product offerings, personnel and promotional efforts to serve its major retailer, distributor, institutional food service and restaurant chain partners located across the United States. It is also taking a growing leadership role to establish and expand new globally recognizable certification programs to help ensure seafood is caught, harvested and processed using sustainable, socially responsible practices.
With the appointment of James (Jim) Faro to helm National Fish & Seafood's sales efforts as Director of Sales and R&D, the company experienced a record breaking Q1 2015, also earning new listings with grocery retailers Albertson's and Safeway. Under his leadership, and with the implementation of a refreshed team-based sales approach and new initiatives underway in Seattle, Washington, Ohio, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the company has refocused its seafood product offerings into six unique categories - bagged shrimp, bagged fillets, breaded shrimp, breaded fish, specialty, and stuffed.
EASTON — U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., made a push in a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, April 29 2015 to the homeland security secretary to conduct an immediate audit of the nation’s non-immigrant H-2B visas.
According to a letter Mikulski delivered to Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security, more than 40 percent of Maryland’s seafood processors have been unable to get the workers needed for the 2015 crab season.
The lack of available temporary foreign workers has “caused chaos among businesses in (Maryland) that depend on the H-2B program,” the letter from Mikulski reads.
Sysco Corp. ’s takeover of US Foods Inc. may turn on the outcome of a rare courtroom battle for the Federal Trade Commission.
The U.S. has asked a federal judge to block the food distributor’s USD 3.5 billion deal. Regulators contend the merger would give Sysco an oversized share in an industry it already dominates, raising prices for restaurants, hotels and schools.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington is hearing arguments over the agency’s claim that the takeover is anticompetitive. A win by the FTC would give it time to pursue a permanent halt.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is prohibiting directed fishing for groundfish, other than pollock, by non-Rockfish Program catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), May 3, 2015, through 2400 hours, A.l.t., December 31, 2015, according to James Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS.
This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit for non-Rockfish Program catcher vessels directed fishing for groundfish, other than pollock, using trawl gear in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA. This action is issued pursuant to 50 CFR 679.21(i)(7).
KOCHI - The state government seems to be on a confrontation course with the Centre over the proposed ban on fishing by all fishing vessels in the Indian exclusive economic zone beyond territorial waters.
The ban, from 12 to 200 nautical miles, is for a period of 61 days on the west coast starting from June 1 and ending on July 31 2015. The state fisheries minister K Babu has made it clear that the government is opposed to the move and that the ban would not be enforced in Kerala's territorial waters. A trawling ban already exists in Kerala during the monsoon months from June 15 to July 31. However, even during this period, traditional fishermen who operate on motorised country boats are allowed to operate. When the central government order becomes effective, no fishing vessel would be able to operate during the ban period.
Jakarta - The Indonesian government will issue a presidential regulation on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, similar to the one implemented in the United States, Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Resources Susi Pudjiastuti said.
"There will be a presidential regulation on IUU fishing, like in the U. S.," the minister affirmed on Jakarta on Monday the 4th of May 2015.
Pudjiastuti added that the regulation will integrate officials and related institutions, such as law enforcement agencies and customs offices.
A question and answer session with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead on the implications of the landing obligation for Scottish skippers will be held at the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015.
Hosted by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), the open-floor discussion session will enable skippers to hear at first-hand how the new management regime for the landing obligation (discard ban) is developing and the main issues of concern that remain.
The landing obligation has already been introduced for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishers and is due to be phased-in for the demersal fleet from 1 January 2016.