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

PHILIPPINES
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 - Wildcatch Fisheries SA chairman Woolford calls on Port Adelaide Enfield Council and State Government to collaborate on grand fish market

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Anglers, businesses and maritime experts are urging the State Government and Port Adelaide Enfield Council to bury the hatchet and find ways to fund a giant fish market in the heart of the Port.

Wildcatch Fisheries SA chairman Jonas Woolford said an undercover fish market would boost tourism and offer major savings for seafood consumers across Adelaide.

Mr Woolford said there was potential for up to 120 stalls to sell freshly caught seafood daily but local and state governments needed to work together to fund it.

Source: News

 


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Sector Gets FAO Boost

UGANDA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund has extended UGX 3.9 million to four East African countries to help boost aquaculture and poultry farming.

 

ASTF says the aim was to address food security and build capacity of rural youth to obtain decent employment in the agricultural sector.

Four countries will benefit from the funding: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Alhaji Jallow, FAO's representative in Uganda, said Uganda's potion of the money would create decent employment opportunities for the youth, especially within the fisheries and aquaculture subsector.

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Catch increase for South Australian sardine fishers

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

Sardines might be one of the smallest fish caught, but the industry is the largest single species commercial fishery by volume in Australia, and it's getting bigger.

 

The South Australian industry has launched a new management plan to keep the AUD 20 million fishery sustainable, which includes catching more fish.

Ninety-five per cent of the sardine catch is fed to Port Lincoln's southern blue fin tuna farms, but the industry wants to harness the human consumption potential by increasing demand, both domestically and in India and China.

Source: ABC Rural

 


IN BRIEF - Minister Molewa calls for public comments on the NEMBA, 2004 (Act No.10 of 2004) Draft Shark Biodiversity Management Plan

SOUTH AFRICA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has published the draft Shark Biodiversity Management Plan in the Government Gazette on the 29th April 2014 for public comment in terms of sections 43(3)(a), 47(1), 99 and 100 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No. 10 of 2004). Notice is hereby given in terms of section 100(1)(b) of the Act, that the public may submit comments on the draft plan.

 

The primary purpose of the plan is to attain and maintain a favourable conservation status for resident and migratory sharks within the Republic, taking into account the socio-economic value of these species.

Source: Enviromental Affairs

 


IN BRIEF - Crab fishing in Cockburn Sound on hold until stocks recover

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

Following a review of the stock status of blue swimmer crabs in Cockburn Sound, it has been decided not to reopen the area to either commercial or recreational crab fishing for the 2014/15 season to assist with the recovery of the stock.

 

The decision not to reopen the fishery on December of 2014 follows the early closure of the last crabbing season in Cockburn Sound on 14 May that year.

Department of Fisheries South West Bioregions Manager Tim Nicholas said the latest review of the stocks shows the fishery needs to stay closed until crab numbers rebound.

Source: Department of Fisheries

 


IN BRIEF - Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery earns MSC re-certification

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has achieved MSC re-certification following an independent, third-party assessment by certifier MRAG Americas. The mid-water trawl fishery first achieved MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in the fall of 2009. Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting.

MSC: Pacific hake mid-water trawl fishery earns MSC re-certification

 


IN BRIEF - Merck Animal Health Announces High Quality Tilapia Congress in Brazil - to be Held in São José do Rio Preto from November 25-27 2014

BRAZIL
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) announced on November the 25th 2014 that the company will hold a High Quality Tilapia Congress in São José do Rio Preto in Brazil, on November 25-27 that year. The Congress will be attended by nearly 75 key opinion leaders and customers in the Latin American tilapia industry.

“Production and consumption of tilapia continues to grow at a fast pace,” said Rodrigo Zanolo, aquaculture marketing manager, Merck Animal Health. “We are pleased to offer services and programs such as the High Quality Tilapia Congress, which help support producers as they meet growing global demand for safe and sustainable fish protein.”

Merck: Merck Animal Health Announces High Quality Tilapia Congress in Brazil - to be Held in São José do Rio Preto from November 25-27 2014

 


IN BRIEF - Middle East Aquaculture Forum (MEAF)

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

The Middle East Aquaculture Forum (MEAF) has been created to bring together aquaculture industry experts and academics from the Middle East, to showcase the latest products and offer industry professionals a state-of-the-art platform to interact.

“Towards Sustainable Aquaculture in the Middle East” will be the theme of this first edition, which will focus on vital industry issues affecting the key Middle Eastern aquaculture producing countries. Activities will include specific topical industry sessions, technical sessions, facilitated workshops and panel discussions. Industry professionals will be able to interact and network in designated meeting space. MEAF will provide a unique networking platform for aquaculture academic and industry experts from the Middle East.

MEAF: Middle East Aquaculture Forum (MEAF)  2015

 


IN BRIEF - THAIFEX-World of Food Asia Expands to 70,000 Square Metres

SINGAPORE
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

THAIFEX-World of Food Asia will return in 2015 with an expanded size of 70,000 square metres, offering visitors a better trade
exhibition with more focus.

This increase in support and participation has led to an exponential growth in the product sectors and overall expansion of the show. To date, there has already been confirmed increased participation from returning countries such as Brazil, Japan, Korea and Turkey. Adding to the list are potential new country groups from Germany, Peru and Mexico.

THAIFEX: THAIFEX-World of Food Asia Expands to 70,000 Square Metres

 


IN BRIEF - Pacific Andes proposes to raise USD 195.5 million via rights issue

SINGAPORE
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pacific Andes Resources Development (PARD), a global frozen fish supplier, announced on Tuesday that it proposes to undertake a fully underwritten rights issue of 3.83 billion new ordinary shares at an issue price of SGD 0.051 for each rights share.

The offer will be on the basis of 4 rights shares for every 5 existing ordinary shares in the capital of the mainboard-listed company.

The subscription price of SGD 0.051 per rights share represents a discount of about 52.8 per cent on the stock's closing price in Singapore of SGD 0.108 on Monday 24TH of November 2014, the last trading day immediately before the announcement.

Source: The Straits Times

 


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