IN BRIEF - House denies funding for state fishery disasters
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Aid for communities affected by fisheries disasters is still uncertain after the House of Representatives passed a second disaster relief bill this month that didn’t include Alaska.
The House passed a $50.7 billion Disaster Relief Appropriations Act Jan. 15, which went only to Hurricane Sandy aid, and did not include any of the fisheries disasters declared last fall in Alaska, New England and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Senate must pass a corresponding bill to be reconciled with the House version before it can be signed into law.
The Senate passed a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy bill in December, which included funding for fishery disasters and tsunami marine debris cleanup, but the House did not vote on the entirety of that bill before the 112th Congress came to an end
In an ongoing dispute over who gets covered with a Marine Stewardship Council certificate for Alaska salmon, the Alaska Salmon Processors Association on June 26 2015 reportedly withdrew from the binding arbitration process.
According to Stefanie Moreland, of Trident Seafoods, one of several processors of Alaska salmon who want to rejoin the certificate, ASPA's rationale is that only three companies were willing to take the risk of participating in the arbitration while they expected the entire industry to participate.
Efforts to reach ASPA for comment were not immediately successful.
The companies seeking MSC certificate coverage want the issue resolved because many of them have business dealings with wholesalers in Europe who want to purchase only MSC certified seafood. Many of these companies have sustainability certification from other certification firms with similar criteria for issuing such certificates.
Four temporary fishing camps along the Linyanti River, believed to belong to Namibians, were raided and gutted by fire, allegedly by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF).
The BDF, on Saturday morning, allegedly pounced on the Namibian fishermen and women living at the camps in close proximity to each other, claiming all their reed structure were built on foreign soil, and that they were conducting illegal fishing activities.
During the raid, clothes, identification cards, passports, fishing permits, food stuff, beds, cooking utensils, and large blocks of salt for fish, were all burnt inside the structures of the fishermen and women near the Mawunga village in the Linyanti constituency.
According to information made available to Nampa by victims, an unknown number of Namibians ran and hid in the reeds, while many others were allegedly rounded up during the raid which started at 07h00.
Panaji - The lifting of the fishing ban on the east coast was expected to provide relief to fish-starved Goans, but the prices of the staple food item have shot up, causing anguish to both the consumers and sellers.
Fish is being supplied and is available from states on the east coast, as those on the west coast along with Goa are observing a uniform 61-day fishing ban up to July 31, but the vendors complain that there are fewer buyers. And there is a reason for it, as a kg of lady fish (muddoshi) fetches as much as 600, a kg of prawns 300 to 400 and just four pieces of mackerel are sold for 200.
Despite the ban, a variety of fish is available in the market, but the buyers keep flitting from vendor to vendor trying to find the right price and quantity. During the monsoon season, the fish varieties that are available are Indian salmon (rauns), lady fish (muddoshi), catfish (sangot), clams (kalva), croaker (dodyaro), mackerel and prawns.
KOCHI - A new set of guidelines for the protection of sharks in the country's territorial waters has been released by Indian council for agriculture research (ICAR). It also proposed a National Plan of Action for Sharks in India, in a bid to protect the species. The guidelines were released at the ICAR's Kochi-headquartered laboratory, Central marine fisheries research institute (CMFRI) by the union fisheries joint secretary Aditya Kumar Joshi recently.
Though there w no ban on shark fishing in India, the catch has been affected due to targeted shark fishing. With the Centre ban on shark fins export in the country, fishing would be even more intensified, opined fisheries experts. The department of commerce (Union commerce ministry) had issued an order prohibiting the export and import of shark fins in February this year.
NEOSHO, Mo. — An annual effort to help save the endangered pallid sturgeon brought biologists from across the state to Neosho, where they tagged 3,300 of the fish to prepare them for release into the Missouri River.
Thirteen fish biologists tagged the pallid sturgeon at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in a joint venture of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Project. It is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
NEW YORK - Paine & Partners, LLC ("Paine & Partners"), a global private equity investment firm focused on investing in food and agribusiness, and Icicle Holdings, Inc. ("Icicle" or the "Company"), announced on June the 26th 2015 that they have entered into agreements to sell Icicle to Convergence Holdings, Inc. ("Convergence") and to Dominion Catchers, LLC ("Dominion"). Under the transactions, Convergence will acquire Icicle's land-based wild seafood processing and farmed salmon activities, and Dominion will acquire the Company's harvesting and processing vessels as well as the associated fishing rights. Convergence and Dominion have agreed to enter into long-term contracts to continue Icicle's diversified seafood operations following the completion of the transactions. Financial terms of the transactions and of the agreement between Convergence and Dominion were not disclosed.
"We are pleased about this announcement, under which Icicle will move forward with long-term owners who firmly share Icicle's commitment to quality and sustainability," said Chris Ruettgers, Chief Executive Officer of Icicle. "Convergence and its affiliates have extensive industry experience that will allow for continued investment in Icicle's business."
As a response to the weak prices in Marine Harvest Chile's main markets for Atlantic salmon, in addition to a challenging biology in general, Marine Harvest Chile has decided to reduce its smolt stocking in 2015 from approx. 17 mill to approx. 11 mill smolt. Accordingly, Marine Harvest Chile will also reduce its manning by approx. 200 man-years. In relation to the restructuring, MHG will make a provision of approx. USD 11 mill in the second quarter. Corresponding cash effect is approx. USD 4 mill.
These measures are taken to contain losses for Marine Harvest Chile until the main markets for the Chilean salmon have recovered. Meanwhile MHG's market organization will put a large amount of effort into developing current and new markets for the Chilean salmon through, among other things, introducing more value added concepts and new products. Marine Harvest Chile's operating philosophy of only producing salmon from the best licenses stands and has positioned the company as one of the cost leaders in the region. Marine Harvest Chile is notwithstanding continuously evaluating further measures to improve its cost base, and will in this regards capitalize on MHG's global farming strategy through sharing of best practices and good farming husbandry.
MHG has previously advocated that consolidation in Chile is a prerequisite for establishing a profitable and sustainable industry in the region. MHG believes that the current market disruptions and biological situation make this more important than ever.
Cordova, Alaska - The 2015 Copper River sockeye season is in full swing. A premium wild salmon frequently requested by restaurateurs nationwide, the fish hail from the pristine glacial fed waters of the Copper River and are naturally rich in heart healthy Omega-3s. According to Jeremy Botz, the Gillnet Area Management Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, as of June 13th, the 2015 season appeared to be the 7th largest harvest on record with a cumulative harvest through that period of 907,400 sockeye (contact Jeremy with questions at (907)424-3212 or visit alaska.gov for more information about the Copper River salmon run).
Consumers can purchase fresh whole fish and fillets at a reasonable price and experiment more readily with the moderately-sized fillets in their home kitchen and on their grills. According to the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association, the price point creates opportunities for culinary experimentation. Experienced and novice cooks can use different preparations, grilling the whole fillets all at once and incorporating the leftovers into creative new dishes such as Salmon Nicoise or Salmon Salad. They can also extend the season beyond the summer months by purchasing the whole fish or fillets, having them portioned at the supermarket, and freezing them at home in airtight packaging for use later in the summer or the fall.
HA NOI - The bilateral trade between Viet Nam and Russia is expected to reach USD10 billion by 2020, following a Free Trade Agreement between Viet Nam and the Eurasian Economic Union.
The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan.
The Finance Ministry said that with the signing of the FTA in May, Viet Nam can benefit from its commitment to elaborate import tax on some key Vietnamese export items, including seafood, processed fish, fruits, and rice.