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IN BRIEf - Fish in hot water as climate change

Friday, January 18, 2013

The east coast of Australia is now considered one of the fastest warming areas in the region.

The CSIRO says fish are moving south in search of cooler waters, and marine heatwaves like the recent one off Western Australia are likely to cause major damage to corals and fisheries.

Scientists also warn climate change is now considered the single greatest threat to the long-term survival of the Great Barrier Reef.

Every month for the past 70 years, the ocean temperature has been recorded at the Port Hacking station off New South Wales.

It is one of a network of sites set up around Australia observing coastal conditions including salinity and ocean temperatures.

While it creates new fisheries, there are also downsides.

One was recorded off Western Australia, with ocean temperatures 5 degrees above average over two weeks.

The Commonwealth says there were no records of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef before 1979

ABC - Full Story Here

IN BRIEF - American Samoa subsidies to fisheries discussed

Friday, February 27, 2015


The United States government has been asked to consider developing Pacific Island countries when making decisions about government subsidies to fisheries.

The US Presidential Task Force on Illegal Fishing has recommended the elimination of fishery subsidies within the next five years because of overfishing and illegal fishing.

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency director general James Movick says while he supports the elimination of subsidies, some countries face hurdles in developing their domestic fisheries in competition with more developed fleets.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - Label my fish campaign: Australian seafood labelling laws are 'embarrassing', says Greenpeace

Friday, February 27, 2015


Australia has fallen further behind world's best practice in seafood labelling, environmental campaigners say, with the European Union introducing tougher laws that provide shoppers with more accurate information.


In mid-December 2014, EU seafood producers and sellers began specifying catch areas, such as a sub-area of the Northeast Atlantic, and fishing gear used, such as trawls or seines, on already-detailed labels.

Source: The Sunday Morning Herald


IN BRIEF - Pacifical Applauds Call for Certified FAD-Free To Stop Fraud

Friday, February 27, 2015


Maurice Brownjohn, Director of Pacifical, applauds CEPESCA and Spanish members of the European Parliament for actively calling on independently certified FAD free tuna.


“Under these conditions (the current self-certification system), FAD-free certification by the captain himself would be presumed to be false” said Javier Garat, the Secretary General of CEPESCA and President of Europeche.

Pacifical fully agrees that FAD - Free catch should require a very stringent chain of custody (COC), as well as an independent third party certification to validate and corroborate sustainable fishing practices. The Marine Stewardship Council COC meets that requirement, and only in this way consumers can be certain that what they buy is actually what it’s claimed. Self-certification cannot deliver this with the surety demanded.

Pacifical: Pacifical Applauds Call for Certified FAD-Free To Stop Fraud


IN BRIEF - Korea hopes to be removed from EU's preliminary IUU list

Friday, February 27, 2015


Korea may be removed from the European Union's list of illegal fishing nations.

Wrapping up bilateral talks in Seoul on Wednesday 25th of February 2015, Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the EU was impressed by efforts made by Seoul to curb unauthorized fishing, and showed a positive response to taking Korea off its list.

Korea has taken a series of measures, including a revision to the law on deep sea fishing that imposes a heftier fine for illegal fishing, as well as requiring that all deep sea fishing boats be equipped with GPS tracking devices.

Source: Asia Heartbeat Airrang


IN BRIEF - Eastern Pacific Ocean coastal states work on how to improve tuna management

Friday, February 27, 2015


The partners of the Common Oceans Tuna Project, including the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), WWF and the International Sustainability Seafood Organisation (ISSF) welcome the engagement of Eastern Pacific Ocean developing coastal states towards ensuring effective management of the shared tuna stocks. Better tuna management can provide in many of these countries long term benefits for fishers and the millions of people who derive a livelihood from the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Representatives from Eastern Pacific Ocean countries that are members of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission gathered in Panama for a discussion on aspects of sustainable tuna fisheries management with world experts in tuna fisheries. As it is happening in similar regional fisheries management organizations around the world, IATTC members have started a new process to implement the precautionary approach through the adoption of harvest strategies, which provide a clear pre-agreed decision framework about what actions to take the if stocks are declining or need rebuilding or if fishing mortality is excessive. The ideas presented during the workshop will assist coastal states representatives to become more familiar with the principles behind harvest strategies and, therefore, will empower coastal states representatives to meaningfully engage in the process of development of the strategies for key stocks under IATTC management.

Source: WWF


IN BRIEF - Clearwater reports record fourth quarter results

Friday, February 27, 2015


On February 25th of 2015 Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated reported its fourth quarter and annual results for the period ended December 31, 2014:


Record annual sales of CAD 445 million and record adjusted EBITDA of CAD 87 million versus 2013 comparative figures of CAD 389 million and CAD 79 million reflecting growth of 14% and 10% in sales and adjusted EBITDA, respectively

Annual free cash flow growth of 18% to CAD 31 million driven by improvements in adjusted EBITDA and working capital

Fourth quarter 2014 sales of $119 million and adjusted EBITDA of CAD 26 million reflecting growth of 8% and 16%, respectively
Announces 33% increase in dividend - Declares quarterly dividend of CAD 0.04 per share payable on March 24, 2015to shareholders of record as of March 10, 2015

Clearwater: Clearwater reports record fourth quarter results


IN BRIEF - Scottish Water fined after fish killed by chemical leak

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Scottish Water has been fined after it accidentally polluted a river, killing nearly 5,000 fish.


The body admitted polluting several kilometres of the River Farg with aluminium sulphate after an employee left a valve open at a water treatment facility in Perthshire.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that virtually all the trout and salmon in the vicinity at the time were killed.

The corporation, which is owned by the Scottish government, was fined GBP 8,000.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Eimskip finalizes contracts for a 10,000 ton cold storage in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland

Thursday, February 26, 2015


?Eimskip has reached an agreement with VHE, Kælismidjan Frost ehf. and Sudurverk hf. of building a 10,000 ton cold storage facility on the harbor site in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland, the company said in its press release.

The new cold storage is designed by the architect Anna Margrét Hauksdóttir at AVH Architects, together with consultants and designers at VSB, EFLA and VSÓ consulting.

Considerable recent increases in the fishing and processing of pelagic fish, call for increased cold storage space and services. In addition, there is growing demand for warehouse services for frozen consumer goods. Since 1970, Eimskip has had its operations in Hafnarfjörður and operates, among other, extensive services for the fishing industry. Fjardarfrost, Eimskip’s current cold storage in Hafnarfjördur, has capacity of approximately 3,000 tons.

Source: Port News


IN BRIEF - Legality of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement questioned

Thursday, February 26, 2015


A respected international lawyer has published an article, claiming that the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco is illegal, as it doesn’t contain a specific reference to the fishing zone off the coast of Western Sahara, and that the UN Security Council (UNSC) should examine the issue.


Hans Corell, Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, writes in the International Judicial Monitor that UNSC should examine the legality of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.

Corell, who, at the request of the UNSC delivered in 2002 a legal opinion relating to the Western Sahara, says that in the meantime, he has followed developments from a distance.

Source: Euractive


IN BRIEF - HB Grandi: Debt financing of two pelagic vessels completed

Thursday, February 26, 2015


HB Grandi has previously announced its contracts with the Turkish shipyard Celiktrans Deniz Insaat Ltd. for the construction of two pelagic vessels, expected to be delivered in 2015. The first vessel will replace two 55-year-old pelagic vessels: Víkingur AK 100, which has already been sold, and Lundey NS 14. The new vessels will be called Venus NS 150 and Víkingur AK 100. Once this transaction is completed, the average age of the company’s fleet will decrease from 33 to 23 years.


The company has completed debt financing for the vessels, as well as the refinancing of older long-term loans, with Arion banki hf. and DNB Bank ASA. The total amount is EUR 77,000,000, to be drawn down in three tranches, with the term of each drawdown being 5 years. 

Source: HB Grandi


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