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.
The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, as a core agency overseeing the country’s fishery; aquaculture; and fish processing fisheries, is committed to tackling labour problems in the seafood industries. Recently, the Department has put in motion a plan to protect labour rights and resolve human trafficking in the fisheries industry, from upstream to downstream along the entire supply chain, in line with the national agenda addressing the human trafficking problems.
This effort has led to the advent of the Masterplan for Labour Problem Resolution in the Fishery Industries following the 22 June 2014 consensus of the coordinating subcommittee on migrant workers in the fisheries sector where practice guidelines were determined to solve human trafficking with respect to fisheries labour. The Department of Fisheries, in association with Marine Department, was commissioned to execute the fishing vessel legalisation and vessel access control. The Department of Fisheries was also made responsible for forming the masterplan to solve labour problems in the fishery industries and for cooperating with all parties concerned in both the public and private sectors to conduct a general hearing.
PETERBOROUGH, ON - A recent announcement from the federal government on investments in fisheries science is welcome news for the fishing community.
As part of the 2016 federal budget, a CAD 197 million investment is designed to help Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) make more informed decisions about our fisheries while also creating job opportunities in science.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has committed to a mass recruitment toward restoring science though the hiring of 135 research scientists, biologists, oceanographers and technicians across Canada.
The Department will also invest in innovative technologies geared toward collecting data and sharing information more efficiently.
"The addition of 135 scientists will help build the capacity needed in Fisheries and Oceans Canada to develop informed policy that supports fish habitat protection," says Matt DeMille, manager of fish and wildlife services for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. "Having the personnel and staff to follow through on government policy is critical to its success -- in this case the protection of fish and fish habitat."
A fisheries biologist at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI) in Maun, Keta Mosepele, has advised government to develop a fisheries policy so that the full benefits of the sector are realised. Mosepele said government needs to develop a policy than to depend on outdated regulations to address the current problems in the fisheries sector. "These regulations are set to address the perceived symptoms than to address the real problem in this sector. Therefore, government needs to get to the root cause of the problem. We have to identify the real problem in the sector. What are we managing these resources for and who is benefiting," he said.
He said the decision by the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism to suspend the Fish Protection Regulatory, Statutory Instrument No. 16 of 2016 and to resort to the 2008 regulations shows that government has failed to address concerns in the sector. Mosepele observed that problems in the fisheries industry will persist until government comes up with a solution to deal with the challenges once and for all by developing a national fisheries policy. "Recently government suspended new regulations after an outcry from stakeholders and resorted to the old one, what was guiding government to resort to the old ones?" he asked, accusing government of being blindsided when dealing with fisheries issues.
Supply chain management that facilitates the transportation and storage of perishable goods is called as cold chain. A cold chain is series of storage and distribution activities at a desired temperature. The cold chain is helpful to preserve the food and various products such as pharmaceutical and agricultural products. The cold chain market is growing at a rapid pace owing to rising market for frozen food products.
Cold chain helps to preserve and avoid the wastage of agricultural produce and perishable food products such as meat and fish. The advancements in pharmaceutical industry is also expected to drive the market for cold chains. Moreover, increasing population of the world has resulted into growing demand for both food and pharmaceuticals. This in turn has been resulted into growing need for cold chains.
A new standard for handling frozen fish and seafood was launched on Wednesday May 25th 2016.
Called TR49: 2016 Cold Chain Management of Frozen Fish and Seafood, the technical reference was jointly launched by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation Standards Development Organisation (SMF-SDO) and SPRING Singapore, together with Seafood Industries Association Singapore (SIAS).
It is targeted at key stakeholders in the fish and seafood industry, including producers, importers, retailers and regulatory authorities.
TR49 covers the application and observance of temperature control for the cold chain management of raw and minimally processed frozen seafood.
For instance, under guidelines from the technical reference, fresh fish and seafood and their products that are to be chilled "shall be held at a temperature of 0°C to 4°C at all times".
MONTEREY, Calif.- Monday23rd of May 2016, millions of pelagic red crabs washed ashore on Del Monte Beach in Monterey. A rare sight for beach goers but bad news for fisherman.
"When I was a tuna fisherman we used to see them down south, and down south near the equator, down there that's a good sign to catch tuna, but up here seeing them it's not such a good sign," said Gaspar Catanzaro with the Monterey Fish Company.These crabs like warm water and this past El Niño has kept the Monterey Bay warmer than usual. These conditions are preventing nutrient filled water to mix up to the surface.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday 24th of voted 5-4 to keep the state’s cobia season open until Aug. 30, but not without several drastic changes in regulation.
After an outcry from anglers over a South Atlantic Marine Fishery Council order to close the fishery from Georgia to New York on June 20, state agencies had sought a compromise that would keep fishing open. Federal fisheries managers had requested that states adopt the closure after catches of the popular species spiked well over the Allowable Catch Limit last year.
North Carolina last week opted to keep its season open until Sept. 30, but with several regulations that angered recreational fishermen – including only being able to keep fish Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Charter and pier anglers can keep fish seven days a week.
Aotearoa Fisheries supports the position of Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, to speed up the rollout of monitoring equipment on commercial fishing vessels, as do its fishers.
“We were among the first companies to step up our efforts to bringing greater transparency to the inshore fleet. Last year we committed to having 100% of our inshore trawl fleet with Vessel Monitoring Systems and electronic monitoring (cameras) on board, and we’re pleased to announce that we’re almost there,” says Aotearoa Fisheries CEO, Carl Carrington.
“In our largest fishery, SNA1, we have 100% coverage, and this is something that is wholeheartedly supported, in fact it was initiated by fishers. They are professionals who do their job with pride, and are pleased with the transparency of their practices that this provides, exactly because it shows they have nothing to hide,” he says.
HSMI evidence detected in farmed salmon Canada
A team of international researchers has diagnosed a potential heart and skeletal muscle inflammation in farmed Atlantic salmon samples collected from a BC aquaculture facility in 2013-2014.