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IN BRIEF - 352 GenSan fishers remain missing after ‘Pablo’

Saturday, January 19, 2013

DAVAO CITY—The overall commander of the search operations for people missing 44 days after Typhoon Pablo struck the eastern part of Mindanao has called off the search.

Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) announced the decision in a statement on Wednesday but assured relatives of the missing that he has still placed on standby all the military assets used in combing the affected areas

For the meantime, he said, the personnel involved in the search would be shifted to the ongoing relief distribution for the affected villagers and the rehabilitation of the damaged rural areas and flattened towns.

Among the missing were 352 fishermen from General Santos City, who left days or weeks earlier before the typhoon struck on Dec. 4 last year. They were aboard 47 fishing vessels that also continued to be unaccounted for.

The last incident of a survivor rescued was on Jan. 12, he said, while the last retrieved body, all at sea, was on Jan. 10.

Source: http://businessmirror.com.ph

IN BRIEF - Crucial talks on fish catching opportunity for 2017 set to get underway

Friday, December 09, 2016

Negotiations to finalise fish catching opportunities for 2017 will begin at the annual EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (12 December).

The negotiations are especially significant for the UK as this will be the first end-of-the-year  EU Council meeting to decide upon annual quotas since the Brexit vote.

Many quota shares have already been finalised at the recent negotiations between the EU and Norway for shared stocks. This means that increases for North Sea cod and saithe (coley) are on the cards for next year, although the North Sea haddock quota is in line for a significant drop due to a readjustment that needs to be made to accommodate a previous error in the scientific assessment. A small 7% drop in North Sea herring is anticipated.

The European Fisheries Council will also decide upon a range of other stocks, including North Sea and West coast prawns (nephrops), and West coast haddock, herring and northern monkfish.

Next year will also see additional fish species brought into the phased introduction of the landing obligation regime (discard ban). Mackerel, herring, haddock and prawns are already included in the regime, with whiting and cod being added for 2017. For those species included in the discard ban, additional quota top-ups will help fishermen meet the very real challenges it presents.

IN BRIEF - Bill to ban open net salmon farming fails to pass

Friday, December 09, 2016

The MP for Nanaimo Ladysmith says she’s very disappointed the government voted down a private member’s bill to move away from open net salmon farming.

Sheila Malcolmson says there were a few Liberal MPs from BC who did the right thing and voted for the Bill, but the majority of the Liberals and Conservatives opposed it.

Malcolmson says transitioning BC away from open-net pen salmon farms towards closed-containment farms would have protected the health of wild salmon and encouraged the development of good green aquaculture jobs.

She says it’s a major missed opportunity for the coast, and a sad day for wild salmon.

Source: My Coast Now

IN BRIEF - Australia's aquaculture industry confident white spot prawn disease has not spread to wild stock

Friday, December 09, 2016

Authorities do not know how a devastating prawn disease got to aquaculture farms in Queensland, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) says.

However the corporation said white spot disease has not yet been detected in any wild prawn populations in Australia.

"There is no clear idea of where it came from," the FRDC's Peter Horvat said.

"[At this point in time] investigating the vector or pathogen's pathway into Australia isn't the priority, the clear focus is to contain and eradicate the white spot virus."

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture research centre with international contracts now operating on P.E.I.

Friday, December 09, 2016


An aquaculture research centre that does contracts for companies around the world is now in operation in Souris, P.E.I., in a former fish plant that has been closed for years. 

The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada (CATC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Centre for Aquaculture Technologies, which is based in San Diego.

The centre researches new fish feed products for farmed fish and other fish health products for use in the aquaculture industry. That can be anything from fin fish, like salmon, to shellfish, like oysters or mussels.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Orkla Foods Sweden now carrying MSC Certified Pacifical Tuna fully traceable from sea to shelf

Friday, December 09, 2016


Orkla Foods Sweden and Pacifical are proud to announce their cooperation to supply sustainable MSC certified skipjack tuna from the PNA waters through the Swedish brand Abba; 100 percent wild tuna, certified as sustainably caught and fully traceable to all consumers from sea to shelf.

Orkla Foods Sweden’s bold step is a reflection of the company’s leadership towards seafood sustainability, marine ecosystem conservation and economic development in regions mostly dependent on tuna. This announcement is in line with a solid commitment made by Orkla Foods Sweden to have all their fish products MSC-certified and/or ASC-certified by the end of 2020.

“We are proud that we now can offer consumers full knowledge and traceability for all of our canned tuna, from store shelves back to the actual captain on the fishing boat. For us it is important to work for increased transparency in the value chain and help consumers to make sustainable choices easy in everyday life”, says Cecilia Sajland, Marketing Director at Orkla Foods Sweden.

Press Release: Pacifical


Thursday, December 08, 2016

The international environmental NGO Greenpeace applauded SUBWAY®; in response to the news, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner David Pinsky said: "If Subway is willing to invest in smaller-scale pole and line tuna fisheries, so too can major retail giants like Walmart and foodservice behemoths like Sysco. This is a great first step that will have real benefits for coastal communities, as well as for sharks, sea turtles and other marine life. We are hopeful that Subway will build on this and move quickly toward ensuring that all the tuna they sell is ethical and sustainable.”

We are delighted to see our Members recognised for their approaches to sustainability and their commitment to environmentally and socially responsible tuna fisheries. Membership is open to all organisations in the one-by-one tuna supply chain who want to enhance and strengthen these fisheries and the communities dependent upon them.

IN BRIEF - EJF response to 'the Nation' article (1 Dec 2016) titled 'EU ‘Green card’ for Thailand expected over IUU fishing'

Thursday, December 08, 2016

On 29-30 November 2016, EJF joined the Korean Ministry of Fisheries and WWF in co-hosting an Asian region conference ‘Building Oceans Health: Sharing experiences to move towards sustainable fisheries management’. 

The aim of the conference was to bring together key policy, private sector and non-governmental stakeholders to promote sustainability in fisheries, address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and share lessons learned in fisheries management. The Royal Thai Government (RTG) was one of the regional stakeholders invited to participate in the conference, and to present on the measures it has taken to combat illegal fishing and the associated human rights abuses.

In its article “EU ‘Green card’ for Thailand expected over IUU fishing” the Nation needs to provide greater context, noting EJF Executive Director Steve Trent's explicit message and statement that to achieve a green card, substantive further reforms and actions still have to be taken by the RTG and industry in the Thai seafood sector.

Press Release: EJF 

IN BRIEF - Bolstering Aquaculture

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Ethiopia has abundant water sources which could be a hub for fish farming. Lakes, ponds, rivers can be mentioned and in addition to these, the emerging artificial lakes following the construction of hydro power dams steps up the nation's aquaculture potential.

But, because of inadequate study regarding the wealth, it is not utilized at the required level. According to the official report, the nation's fish wealth is estimated to be more than 94 thousand ton. Yet only about 50 thousand ton is utilized annually.

Fishing is an age old practice. However, it still is not far from traditional hunting. In the one hand, because of the absence of rules and regulation the over fishing practice, including the trapping of the juvenile ones, poses the dwindling of fish resources.

Source: All Africa

IN BRIEF - Burgeoning World Population and Demand for Omega-3 Laden Fish Propels Global Aquaculture Additive Market

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The featured report on QYResearchReports, titled “Global Aquaculture Additive Market 2016 Industry, Analysis, Research, Share, Growth, Sales, Trends, Supply, Forecast to 2021” offers a comprehensive peek into the market by studying it from different angles. The 158-page report provides definition, specification, classification, and application of aquaculture additives. It also describes the industry chain structure, policy analysis, industry overview, and news analysis. SWOT analysis has been leveraged to gauge the competitive landscape from 2011 to 2016. Growth projections have been made till 2021, using 2016 as the base year.

With a fewer number of fish caught in the wild, there has been a boom in aquaculture business in the recent past. In fact, it is the fastest growing segment of animal agriculture industry. Aquaculture deals in breeding and rearing of aquatic animals such as salmons, catfish, carps, mollusks, and trouts. These fish are farmed in marine, fresh, or brackish water. Different aquaculture additives are antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, antibiotics, and feed acidifiers. The most frequently consumed additive is amino acids, as fish are incapable of synthesizing amino acids. Antibiotics are also used to prevent bacterial infections in fish.

Source: SAT Press Releases

IN BRIEF - New Hampshire trawler to collect samples of dwindling shrimp

Thursday, December 08, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire shrimp trawler will be selected to help study New England's dwindling Northern shrimp fishery.

The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department say they intend to hire one shrimp trawling vessel to collect samples of the species. The fishermen will also be allowed to bring 1,200 pounds of shrimp per week to shore and sell them.

The project will begin on Jan. 15, 2017 and last for eight weeks.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has also announced plans to hire eight shrimp trawlers and five shrimp trappers to collect samples.

Scientists say warming oceans have hurt the shrimp's ability to thrive off of the New England coast, and regulators shut the fishery down in 2013.

Source: SF Gate

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