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.
Cooke Aquaculture is partnering with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Dalhousie University and to create the new Cooke Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Aquaculture.
Faxi RE is now on its way to Reykjavík after three days of searching for herring in Breidafjördur. According to skipper Albert Sveinsson, there was nothing to be seen and they didn’t shoot the gear once.
The Mozambican government intends to renegotiate its fishing agreement with the European Union, particularly with regard to tuna fishing.
Fisheries Minister Vitor Borges told reporters on 28 November of 2013 that a team of Mozambican officials had gone to Brussels to tell the EU fisheries authorities of the Mozambican government's plans to ensure that tuna fishing in Mozambique's Exclusive Economic Zone should be undertaken mostly by Mozambican vessels.
With reference to notification released 3 July 2013, HAVFISK informed that a Letter of Intent was signed regarding the sale of a vessel and quotas. Today, December the 12th of 2013, a new agreement is signed with the same buyer. The new agreement replaces the former Letter of Intent. The new agreement implies an increase in the number of quota units that are sold. The total agreed purchase amount for vessel and quotas are NOK 113.6 million, where the vessel is valued to NOK 1.6 million.
Marel, the leading global provider of advanced food processing equipment, has sold over one thousand Innova systems.
The Innova software was launched in 2008 and Marel is now, Dicember the 11th of 2013, selling and installing more than one Innova system every working day of the year.
If prehistoric warm periods are anything to go by, then sea temperatures off the eastern South Island may warm up by as much as 2 degrees Celsius in the next century, a consortium of New Zealand scientists said today.
The balmier seas will come on the back of more energetic wind patterns in the South Pacific which will sweep subtropical ocean currents further south.
The Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, says Australia is working with other countries to catch illegal fishers and prevent them from operating in the Southern Ocean, but says he will not discuss "operational matters", including the activities of the Ocean Protector.