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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 - Collaboration To Benefit Small-Scale Shrimp Farmers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


In collaboration with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), National Fish & Seafood in late July of 2014 announced that is launching a project to bring small-scale shrimp farmers closer to Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

With the support of GAA, National Fish & Seafood will pilot the first four groups of shrimp farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia and India. These four groups will be tapped to launch the first Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs) through SFP to document improvements in practices being made at the farm and zonal levels.


IN BRIEF - Cermaq ASA : Correction - Cermaq Q2 report

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reason for the correction is that the CEO signature was missing in responsibility statement of the report.

(From the report) Highlights for the quarter: 

- EBIT Group NOK 123 million pre fair value

- Sales volume 6 thousand tonnes lower than estimated due to market timing. Full year estimate at same level

- Continued high ex-cage cost for Atlantics in Chile. Target of USD 3.8 per kilogram in 2015 reiterated

- First ASC certification in Chile achieved

- One green license in category C awarded

- Sale of grain silo completed with NOK 44 million gain, not included in EBIT pre fair value

For more information you can find the report here.

IN BRIEF - Take Our Pledge to Support Global Sustainability of Tuna Fisheries!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


At the 2014's May INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition in Bangkok, Executive Director David Phillips admitted that Earth Island's dolphin-safe label does not guarantee that no dolphins were injured or killed in the capture of the tuna. Then their fraudulent label was called out in a study by the National Resources Defense Council as causing harm to both dolphins and marine ecosystems.

As the summer progresses and seafood fills more plates, we need to put an end to Earth Island's tactics of intimidation and deception once and for all!

With that in mind we are launching our Pledge to Support Global Sustainability of Tuna Fisheries. By taking our pledge to support transparent, scientifically verifiable eco-labels, you can tell Earth Island and Big Tuna that consumers demand meaningful labels and will no longer tolerate bullying and deceit.

You can take the pledge by clicking here.

Please spread the word and encourage your colleagues, neighbors, friends and family to take our pledge. With your help we can get tuna companies to adopt an eco-system friendly certification system that is transparent and verifiable, truly protects dolphins and other marine species, reduces unintended bycatch and preserves our marine ecosystems for future generations.


IN BRIEF - Illegal fishing battle heats up

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


When authorities in Kampong Chhnang province on Friday the 18th of July 2014 encountered and pursued the boat of alleged illegal fisherman Chieb Ou, they couldn’t have expected to find themselves being chased instead.


But that’s precisely what happened when, rather than surrendering, the 42-year-old suspect turned his boat towards the pursuing officers and attempted to ram their vessel, deputy provincial fisheries chief Seng Bun Chhern said.

The authorities were forced to flee to safety, eventually returning with 12 men in five boats to take Ou into custody for allegedly fishing with banned electric equipment.

“We never go to crack down alone, because it is dangerous on the river or lake when we meet illegal fishing groups,” Chhern said. “They seem crueller than in the past, and they dare to fight back against us, so we have to come in a group for safety.”

According to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) obtained, arrests for illegal fishing are up to 1,100 in the first six months of 2014, a 50 per cent increase from the 732 cases in the same period in 2013.

Source: Phnomen Post


IN BRIEF - Rare orange lobster caught off Maine coast

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


NAPLES, florida - New England fishermen had a rare catch for a southwest Florida chef: four colorful lobsters.


Three orange lobsters and a yellow, blue and brown lobster were caught recently off Maine for Bill Sarro, owner of Bill's Steak and Seafood in Naples.

Sarro tells the Naples Daily News that he thought the lobsters had been cooked when saw pictures of them, but his son assured him the lobsters were still alive.

The lobsters won't be cooked. One orange lobster has been named Martha and will be displayed at Sarro's Naples restaurant. The calico-colored lobster will be displayed at Sarro's seafood market in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Another orange lobster will be displayed at Sarro's restaurant in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and the third will be donated to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Source: WXVB


IN BRIEF - American Samoa warn against Bumble Bee

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


American Samoa's governor has warned that a deal between the Samoan government and a United States company to set up a fish loin plant in Apia will cast economic uncertainty over the territory.

Lolo Matalasi Moliga says while there are bright hopes for the territory's economy with the tuna industry and fisheries doing well, the MOU signed between Bumble Bee and the Samoan Government is a threat.

He also says bold investments in fisheries development by China and European countries threaten the competitive advantage of American Samoa's canneries and place them on an unstable footing

He says mandatory minimum wage hikes that apply to American Samoa need to be halted as a safeguard to the viability of the fisheries in the territory.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - Call to Declare State’s Coastal Waters as Fisheries Management Area

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


KOCHI - The coastal waters off Kerala, up to the jurisdictional limit, should be declared Kerala Coastal Fisheries Management Area, recommends the expert committee which studied the trawling ban along Kerala coast.


‘’In the case of specific characteristic and unique fisheries, such as calm fisheries in an estuarine system or the artisanal fisheries off Thiruvananthapuram coast, specific management areas need to be set,’’ the committee suggested.

The committee also recommended that the state and Central governments should take necessary steps to correct the lack of rules and regulations in the area of sea from 12 to 200 nautical miles.

“Steps should be taken by the Government of Kerala to put pressure the Union Ministry of Agriculture and the Union Government to stop operation of LOP (foreign fishing vessels) in Indian waters. The apprehension of fishermen in the state over operation of LOP vessels should be communicated to the Union Government and fisheries resources in the ares of 12 to 200 nautical miles should be managed by the state government,’’ experts suggested.

Source: New Indian Express


IN BRIEF - New Regulations on Rice and Tra Fish Exported to Mexico

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


All plant, animal and fish-based products imported into Mexico must comply with new quarantine regulations from July 29, 2014.

Accordingly, all packaged goods for import must be in containers and secured on export pallets (Article 15, Section 4).

At present, a number of Vietnamese businesses are exporting rice (stored in polypropylene package) and tra fish (stored in polyethylene package) to Mexico, which have been placed in containers without pallets.

The Trade Office of the Embassy of Vietnam in Mexico requests Vietnamese exporters follow Mexico’s new regulations and recalculate export prices owing to additional pallet costs.

Source: Viet Nam Business Forum


IN BRIEF - Report on massive loss of farmed salmon is held over by the Minister for the Marine Mr Simon Coveney

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Following the loss of 230,000 farmed salmon in Bantry Bay on February of 2014 as a result of a cage breaking loose from its mooring and upending itself into another cage at Gerahies, the Minister for Marine, Simon Coveney, has declined to release the Department’s report on the loss, according to Save Bantry Bay (SBB) and Friends of the Earth (FIE).

The Minister’s decision asserts that the work is not completed and that the public interest would not be served by the disclosure of the report.
In March, Alex O’Donovan of SBB said they understood after the official count in February that the farm had been “virtually wiped out”. The minister later confirmed the loss of 230,000 salmon.

Despite repeated requests, FIE and SBB have been refused the report, breaking the Minister’s previous precedent of releasing such documents regarding salmon farm escapes, they said.

Source: Irish Times


IN BRIEF - Bristol Bay sockeye surge through tail end of season

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


The estimated total run of sockeye into Bristol Bay waters stood just under 39 million fish, well beyond the Department of Fish and Game preseason forecast of 26.5 million. The run appeared to peak twice, and seems to be on the waning end of an impressive tail that provided substantial harvest opportunity for commercial fishermen around the bay.

The July 12 2014 interpretation done of catches at the Port Moller Test Fishery through July 10 that year upped the estimated size of the 2014 forecast further. "It seems unlikely that the run will not break 40 million, and more likely it will come in between 40 and 45 million," wrote Scott Raborn of the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute.

The lion's share of this year's run, and much of the later season opportunity, was to be had in the Naknek-Kvichak district. The meager 190,000 sockeye caught Monday pushed the season's total harvest towards 14 million. With another 5.7 million fish counted as escapement, the total run in the district is poised to easily top 20 million sockeye.

"We're definitely slowing down now," said Area Manager Travis Elison, speaking Tuesday, "but it's been a heck of a run so far."

Source: The Bristol Bay Times

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Concern over US tuna fleet losing access to Pacific fisheries
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Squid skin protein can boost bioelectronics
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