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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 - Sustainably farmed fish from Greek Argosaronikos achieves Friend of the Sea certification

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Greek fish farm producer Argosaronikos S.A. was audited by an independent certification body, according to Friend of the sea requirements, and it was found compliant with all the strict Friend of the sea criteria for sustainable aquaculture.

Argosaronikos fish farms produce sea-bream (Sparus aurata), sea-bass (Disentrarchus labrax) and meagre (Argyrosomus regius). The production sites are located in Salamis, the largest island of the Saronic Gulf, located in an uninhabited bay surrounded by low forest trees and bushes. The installations include 27 inland based pools for the pre-fattening of juveniles, 15 sea based cages for feeding 100 meters from the coast and packing facilities.

In order to reduce escapes of the farmed eggs, larvae and species, the inland-based pools are equipped with filters. The potential environmental impacts are managed and controlled properly, preventing impact on surrounding ecosystem and managing waste appropriately. A 100 KW photovoltaic park was installed to meet the company's energetic needs.

Friend of the Sea: Sustainably farmed fish from Greek Argosaronikos achieves  Friend of the Sea certification


IN BRIEF - Anticipation Builds as Copper River Salmon Season Approaches

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cordova - The Copper River Salmon run kicks off the wild salmon season in the Prince William Sound region of Alaska, delighting diners in top restaurants across the United States. Beginning in April 2015, fishermen begin gearing up their boats for another season on the Copper River. Renowned for its remarkable flavor and high Omega-3 content, the Copper River Sockeye run lasts from mid-May until August and continues into the fall when the Copper River Coho salmon run begins.

The Copper River Salmon season is now just a few weeks away. The fishery will likely begin May 14 and will be announced in early May by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Fishery managers utilize a variety of tools to ensure that the salmon runs in the area remain sustainable, such as a sophisticated in-river sonar, aerial surveys, and biological catch sampling. Successful fishery management means the Copper River has seen strong numbers of returning sockeye in recent years, and this season should be no exception. In fact, the 2015 sockeye salmon commercial harvest forecast of 2.2 million is the largest pre-season forecast on record.

Source: Benzinga



IN BRIEF - Fish, seafood processors ask feds for action on labour shortage

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The fishing and seafood processing industries issued a joint call Monday 27th of April to the federal government for action on labour shortages.

They also announced the formation of the Maritime Seafood Coalition to advance their cause.

“Fishermen and processors will work on the same side to get the federal government to address a chronic labour shortage that threatens our industries,” Marilyn Clark, with the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association, said that Monday.

Clark said the coalition was formed in response to what she described as the federal government’s “failure to react constructively” to a labour shortage affecting fishing and processing operations throughout the region after restrictions were imposed on employment of temporary foreign workers.

Source: The Chronicle Herald


IN BRIEF - PH, Vietnam working towards marine code

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Philippines and Vietnam have pledged to work for the adoption by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)of a legally binding Code of Conduct amid massive reclamation activities by China in the disputed territories in the South China Sea, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Monday 27th of April 2015.

Coloma issued the statement following a meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyan Tan Dung Sunday night.

The Philippines and Vietnam are just two of several countries in the ASEAN with claims on exclusive economic zones in the South China Sea that are at odds with Beijing’s nine-dash line policy, Coloma said.

Aquino and Tan Dung spoke to each other before a gala dinner hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in honor of the visiting heads of state and government for the 26th ASEAN Summit.

Source: The Standard


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Sector Hit by Cut in Kerosene Allocation

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

KOCHI - The Central Government’s decision to cut down the allocation of subsidised kerosene for Kerala will adversely affect the State’s fisheries sector, warned organisations in the sector.


With the Centre continuing the gradual reduction in kerosene allocation, the fisherfolk have put forth a demand for separate kerosene quota for fishing boats.

The Petroleum Ministry had given strict instructions to the Civil Supplies Department that subsidised kerosene from the quota meant to be distributed through the public distribution system should not be distributed for fishing-related activities.

Source: The New Indian Express


IN BRIEF - Multi-annual Plan for the Baltic

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Normally the NFFO would not be overly concerned with management measures for the Baltic. Our vessels have no fishing opportunities in the Baltic and as it is a relatively sealed sea, there are no trans- boundary issues for us. However, the general approach to a multi-annual fisheries plan recently adopted by the Council of Ministers in Luxembourg, potentially carries significant implications for our demersal fisheries in the North Sea and Western Waters. After a long delay caused by an inter-institutional dispute between the Council of ministers and the European Parliament, a new generation of management plans are emerging at European level and the Baltic is the first of these dealing with mixed fisheries. So, although nothing is absolutely set in stone for the North Sea or Western Waters by what is agreed for the Baltic, it is reasonable to assume that the management plan set for the Baltic does provide something of a template for the fisheries that follow.

Source: NFFO


IN BRIEF - Fixed bonus agreement

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

An agreement has been reached with HB Grandi's fish production staff in Reykjavík, Akranes and Vopnafjördur for fixed bonus rates.

The company's fish production staff receive a set rate for each hour's work. Prior to the agreement, this was a flat rate for everyone of ISK 356 per hour. Under the new agreement, which came into force on the 24th of April, fish production staff in their first year of employment receive an ISK 500 per hour fixed bonus. This rises to ISK 575 per hour after one year, ISK 600 after three years, ISK 625 after five years and ISK 650 after seven years. The bonus increases range from 40% to approximately 86%. This increases day rate earnings from 9.3% to 18.0%, depending on staff seniority.

Source: HB Grandi


IN BRIEF - Nova Scotia government promises stronger aquaculture oversight

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HALIFAX - The provincial government says changes introduced this week to the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act signal a more transparent and rigorous approach to regulating aquaculture.

In a news release, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell said the government is beginning to implement advice received in the recent Doelle Lahey report.

“We need stronger oversight and to release information more proactively, and this is the first step to make that a reality and build trust between the public, government and the industry.

Source: The Vanguard


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest: update in relation to volcanic eruption in Chile

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Marine Harvest would like to update the financial market on the recent Calbuco volcanic eruption. We are pleased to report that all our employees affected by the eruption are safe and we have not reported any injuries to staff. We have clearly defined emergency routines in place for such potential events, and are pleased to see that our staff has responded well in the current unfortunate circumstances.

We have two sites located within the 20 kilometre exclusion zone put in place by the national emergency office ONEMI. Rio Blanco is a fresh water hatchery handling eggs and producing fry, and Copihue is a broodstock facility. Volcanic material and landslides have affected such operations adversely. In this incident 6.8 million fry, 2.4 million eyed eggs and around 3,700 broodstock have been lost.

We are currently in close dialogue with our insurance supplier. Our preliminary assessment is that insurance proceeds related to physical assets will exceed asset net book values. In addition, we have insurance coverage of our biomass. We are in discussion with our insurance provider if the recorded value qualifies for full recovery. The outcome of such discussions is at this stage uncertain.

 Marine Harvest: update in relation to volcanic eruption in Chile

IN BRIEF - Weak ruble weighs on shrimp exports to Russia

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Only three consignments of frozen food went to the Russian market since October 2014 when RUB has devalued against USD, negatively impacting on Bangladesh exports, officials said.


In November 2014, only two consignments, valued at around USD 310,000, found their way into the Russian market, Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association executive director Abul Bashar told the Financial Express Sunday.

"There was no export for four months from December 2014 to March 2015. And this month a single shipment went to Russia," Mr Bashar said.

Source: The Financial Express


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