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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 - Ross salmon farm hit by 'challenging' sea lice problem

Friday, October 31, 2014


A salmon farming company has pledged to take further action over"challenging" levels of sea lice at one of its Ross-shire locations.


Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest said it was "extremely disappointed" with the problem it faces at Loch Duich.

Managing director Alan Sutherland said: “We have been extremely disappointed with the sea lice situation at Loch Duich.

"We have worked very hard in challenging circumstances to reduce the sea lice numbers which, at their peak, were averaging 41.7 lice per fish in this particular loch."

Sea lice are a concern in salmon aquaculture where the health and quality of the fish can be affected. Concerns have also been voiced about the possible impact on wild salmon stocks.

Source: Ross-Shire Journal


IN BRIEF - Japan to build tuna processing plant in Binh Dinh

Friday, October 31, 2014


Japanese companies committed to build a processing plant for canned tuna in Binh Dinh, and support to improve the quality of tuna for direct export to Japan, promoting tuna brand for Binh Dinh - Vietnam in Japan.

According to Mr. Le Huu Loc, chairman of People's Committee of Binh Dinh provincial, who recently returned from a trip to Japan for trade promotion, said: “ We negociated and agreed with Hokugan (Japanese company) to build a processing plant in Binh Dinh”.

Accordingly, Hokugan will build its plant on an area of ??5 hectares, to produce canned tuna.

Source: VASEP


IN BRIEF - Big Pacific tuna surveillance operation nabs record number of culprits

Friday, October 31, 2014


The Pacific's biggest ever fisheries surveillance operation has just finished with a record number of boats found to be in potential breach of their licences.


Over ten days 114 fishing vessels were boarded during Operation Kurukuru and 12 are subject to further investigation.

Finding the boats in the vast expanse of the Pacific took seven surveillance aircraft working alongside 15 patrol boats.

Source: Radio Australia


IN BRIEF - Paragon Launches Fish Products

Friday, October 31, 2014

The venture will include a fishing distribution chain with vendors selling horse mackerel products from freezers provided by the company. The products will be sold under the brand 'Tjao Fish.'

Paragon Seafood Products was established in 2011 and got its first quota in 2012 together with four other companies under the joint venture named Mack Fishing.


In 2012, Mack was awarded a horse mackerel quota of 12 000 metric tonnes, 10 000 metric tonnes in 2013 and 9 100 metric tonnes in 2014.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Esau Justifies Horse Mackerel Shake-Up

Friday, October 31, 2014


MINISTER of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, has defended his recent shake-up of the horse mackerel industry saying the sector needed competition through the introduction of more players.


A storm has been brewing recently with old established companies accusing the minister of unexpectedly cutting their quotas and giving them to new companies, which they say led to the closure of factories resulting in job losses.

At the height of the storm in September, a publication called Oshili Nashi Popiwe said some companies had received horse mackerel quotas when they were not right-holders.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - John West owner MW Brands partners with WWF in drive to protect fish stocks

Friday, October 31, 2014

John West owner MW Brands has joined forces with conservation charity WWF to form a long-term sustainable food partnership.

Under the arrangement, all MW Brands products sold in Europe will now be sourced from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified fisheries or farms, or from those engaged in fishery improvment or conservation projects designed to bring them up to MSC/ASC standards. 

Source: The Grocer

IN BRIEF - Indonesia suffers huge losses due to fish theft

Friday, October 31, 2014


Newly elected Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said on Friday 31st of October 2014 that losses from rampant fish theft in Indonesian waters were estimated to be in the trillions of rupiah.


"The losses could reach about INR 11 trillion," Susi said in Jakarta as quoted by Antara news agency.

According to Susi, the figures were calculated from 5,329 large-scale fishing ships of over 30 gross tonnage applying for their licensing to the government.

For the licensing of the total number of ships, the government's subsidies for the fishing industry were estimated to reach about INR 11.5 trillion per year.

Source: The Jakarta Post


IN BRIEF - Annual Fish Catch Reaches 350,000 Tons

Friday, October 31, 2014


Luanda — Angola, with a coastline of 600,000 kilometres and a variety of fish has an annual catch of about 350,000 tons, 30 percent of which from artisanal fishing.


This was said on Thursday 30th of October 2014 in Luanda by the minister of fisheries, Victoria de Barros Neto.

According to the minister, who was speaking at the opening of the workshop on planning and integrated management of coast zones, including marine areas and scientific research, has a relevant importance in identifying protected marine areas.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Marine Enforcement Wing Intensifies Drive to Curb Sale of Small Fish

Friday, October 31, 2014


KOCHI - In the wake of reports on fishing boats netting small and endemic fish for preparing poultry feed, the Marine Enforcement Wing under the Fisheries Department conducted checking and seized three boats from Munambam in the wee hours of Thursday 30th of October 2014.


The seized boats are Infant Jesus, St Malachy and Friend owned by persons in Munambam.

The checking was conducted by a team under K M Sajeevan, Circle Inspector, Marine Enforcement Wing, following the direction given by P V Parameswaran, Joint Director of Fisheries Department. The officials with the Marine Enforcement Wing said that around six boxes of small fish were found from these boats.

Source: New Indian Express


IN BRIEF - 40,000 Metric Tonnes Of Frozen Fish Expected At Lagos Ports – NPA

Friday, October 31, 2014


About 40, 000 metric tonnes of frozen fish are scheduled to arrive in Lagos ports as 55 ships are expected to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Thursday 30th of October 2014 in Lagos.


This is contained in its daily publication — the Shipping Position – a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

According to the NPA, the 55 ships are to sail into various port terminals from Oct. 30 to Nov. 30.

A breakdown shows that 28 of the ships are to arrive at the ports with containers, while 11 will come in with assorted food items.

Source: Leadership


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