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IN BRIEF - Good outcome for Scots fishermen at EU-Norway negotiations

UNITED KINGDOM
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 - Japanese fisheries giant casts net in Urk

JAPAN
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Japanese-based fisheries multinational Maruha Nichiro has strengthened its position in the Dutch fish market with the purchase of Weerstand Foods, one of the biggest fish processors in the country and based on the island of Urk in the IJsselmeer.

Maruha Nichiro, the biggest fisheries concern in the world, bought Weerstand through its Dutch subsidiary Seafood Connection, the Financieele Dagblad has reported. Financial details were not disclosed.

The new Dutch combine Seafood Weerstand will have annual revenues of EUR 215m. The Urk firm was set up by the Weerstand family 30 years ago. It has a payroll of 112 and annual sales of EUR 30m. 

Source: Dutch News


IN BRIEF - Fisheries dept. cancels registration, licence of gillnet boat

INDIA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In an official statement, the authorities said the boat, owned by Kanyakumari Thuthoor native P. Naziyan, was blacklisted by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.

The Indian Navy had issued a lookout notice against it. The boat was seized on October 9 from the Thoppumpady fishing harbour when it was about to set sail after filling ice.

According to Fisheries Department Deputy Director S. Mahesh, the Tuna Commission had blacklisted the vessel for adopting banned fishing methods on the maritime border without licence.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Lobster wars

CANADA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thousands of pounds of lobsters dumped in the forest, fishing boats stolen and set on fire and protests that have fishers divided largely along racial lines. These are just some of the signs of flaring tensions in southwestern Nova Scotia, the most lucrative part of Atlantic Canada's lobster fishing industry, The Globe's Jessica Leeder reports

Burned out fishing boats, thousands of pounds of dumped, dead lobsters and allegations of a booming black market for the popular crustacean have drawn federal investigators to Nova Scotia's most lucrative fishing grounds in the lead-up to lobster season.

Tensions have been running high in recent weeks along the small wharves in the communities that dot St. Mary's Bay, a well-known breeding ground for lobsters during the summer. While conservation laws prevent lobster fishers from harvesting the shellfish during breeding season in order to safeguard stocks, stunned locals watched thousands of pounds of lobsters that appeared to be commercial loads pass over their docks though the summer months.

Source: The Globe and Mail


IN BRIEF - Fall P.E.I. lobster landings believed to be on par with 2016 records

CANADA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SKINNERS POND, P.E.I. - The president of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association says his members are hoping for a significant price adjustment once lobster buyers and processors move their inventories.

Lee Knox said Friday landings for the fall season, which ended on Monday, are believed to be on par with record landings in 2016. What’s different this year, though, is the price is nearly 
CAD 2 less per pound.

Knox said fishermen received CAD 6.15 per pound for canners and CAD 6.50 per pound for markets, after adjustments, last year. Fishermen received CAD 4 a pound for canners and CAD 4.50 for markets this fall, but Knox said there are indications from buyers of a 25-cent per pound adjustment later on.

Buyers have blamed the lower prices in the fall, in part, on the value of Canadian dollar in relation to the U.S. currency and a shift in market demand. At most, Knox said, that might account for a one dollar a pound drop.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - Food Recall Warning - Yummy Market brand Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper recalled

CANADA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What you should do:

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking or including slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness.

Symptoms of foodborne botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis. In all cases, botulism does not cause a fever. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency


IN BRIEF - 30-Day Comment Period Open for Alaska Pollock Fishery Draft Assessment Report for RFM Re-Certification

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Alaska RFM Certification Draft Assessment Report for the re-certification of the Alaska pollock fishery is now available for registered stakeholder comment. The 30-day comment period runs from October 16, 2017 through November 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific. 

Certification Body, DNV GL, is conducting the re-assessment for the Alaska pollock fishery. All registered stakeholders will be sent a copy of the report. Stakeholders who have not registered, but would like to receive a copy of the report, should first register by providing the following details below to Anna Kiseleva at [email protected] or +47 993 18 529:

1. Name and company, together with contact information;
2. Your association with the fishery.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Minh Phu due for a comeback: What will the “King of Shrimp” bring to the table?

VIET NAM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Founded in 1992, Minh Phu Seafood Company is not only known as “the King of Shrimp” in Vietnam but also among the leading shrimp exporters in the world.

The period of 2009-2014 was MPC’s golden age, with unceasing growth in business activities. In particular, 2014 was considered the peak when the company reported VND15,094 billion (USD 664.93) in revenue, VND921 billion (USD 40.57) in after-tax profit, plus USD 729 million in export value, accounting for 18.8 per cent of the national shrimp export turnover, 4.24 per cent of US shrimp imports, and 5.6 per cent of Japanese shrimp imports.

Amid positive business prospects, the 2015 business plan set the ambitious target of VND19,333 billion (USD 851.64 million) of revenue and VND1,452 billion (USD 63.96 million) of after-tax profit. At the end of March 2015, MPC officially delisted from HoSE, following a decision approved by all shareholders a year earlier. The reason given by MPC was that the market value of MPC’s stock did not reflect the true value of the corporation and MPC left the stock exchange to seek strategic partners to restructure the company and secure capital sources for further development.

 

Source: Vietnam Net


IN BRIEF - B.C. VIEWS: Salmon farm smear campaign sinks

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

After more than a decade of U.S.-funded attacks targeted exclusively on B.C.’s salmon farm industry, the tide is finally turning. The fake-news tactics of hired protesters have become so obvious that even some news media aren’t biting any more.

Noted marine biologist Pamela Anderson wasn’t able to assist this summer’s second season of the Sea Shepherd Society’s unreality show in the Broughton Archipelago. That’s the island group between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland.

This year Sea Shepherd was reduced to begging for “embedded” “journalists” to join them aboard the MV Martin Sheen, a floating vanity mirror for another faded celebrity. They hoped their first season of propaganda visuals and guerrilla visits to B.C. salmon farms would be featured on National Geographic TV, but producers checked it out and passed.

This season, two Marine Harvest farms have been occupied since late August by local aboriginal people, organized and publicized via Sea Shepherd. This B.C. campaign was launched and supported by Tides Canada, the middle-man for U.S. charitable foundations that funded the Great Bear Rainforest campaign.

Source: Surrey Now Leader


IN BRIEF - Solving the mystery of mercury in Norwegian cod

NORWAY
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) has been monitoring the mercury levels in Oslofjord cod since 1984.

It noticed that as the size of the cod caught in the fjord south of the capital increased, so too did the amount of mercury in their bodies. The concentration has nearly doubled since records began, from around 0.15mg/kg to just less than 0.3mg/kg. Both of these are well below the levels deemed unsafe for human consumption.

The size increase has been linked to global warming, but hasn’t been as straight forward as the increase in mercury concentration. In the 1980s, the average North Sea cod measured 70cm when it reached sexual maturity at four years old. By 2000, the length had dropped by 29 per cent to 50cm, but they were reaching sexual maturity at 2.5 years old. Nowadays, the length has returned to 1980s levels and the species has retained its early maturation.

Source: New Food Magazine


IN BRIEF - Company to grow lettuce in Virginia using fish waste

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

RICHMOND, VA. - A company that uses fish waste to grow organic baby lettuce and arugula plans to create 21 new jobs in Northern Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Friday that Kappa Farms will invest USD 865,000 to open a new "aquaponics" operation in Loudoun County.

McAuliffe approved a USD 40,000 grant from the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which Loudoun will match with local funds.

Source: The News Tribune


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