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IN BRIEF - House denies funding for state fishery disasters

UNITED STATES
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

By Molly Dischner - Alaska Alaska Journal of Commerce (read full story here)


IN BRIEF - The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) Salutes Senator Cochran for His Strong Support of Gulf Shrimp Processors and Harvesters

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 31, 2014

BILOXI – On Thursday, July 24 2014, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced an amendment to S. 2569 to provide a tax credit for shrimp production and efficiency improvements that would benefit both Gulf shrimp processors and harvesters. S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, is designed to eliminate some incentives for the outsourcing of American jobs. The shrimp tax credit that Senator Cochran is attempting to add to the bill is designed to provide some redress for the U.S. industry in the wake of more than $250 million in government subsidies by seven nations to their shrimp industries that were documented by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2013. These seven nations are China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The amendment is fully offset and paid for.

 

“I am very pleased that Senator Cochran is working hard to restore a level playing field for processors, harvesters and indeed entire Gulf communities that face unfair subsidies from a range of foreign governments,“ said American Shrimp Processors Association Executive Director David Veal. “Once again, Senator Cochran is standing up for a key Gulf industry.”

 

“Senator Cochran understands that fair trade needs to be restored for the U.S. shrimp industry to survive for the long term,” said Edward T. Hayes, Counsel to ASPA. “We are very grateful for his leadership on this important ASPA priority.”

Source: American Shrimp

 


IN BRIEF - Just say nyet to Russian fish

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

Russia’s outrages, from its unflinching support for the murderous regime of Bashar Assad in Syria to its violent and illegal annexation of parts of Ukraine to its apparent complicity in shooting down a civilian airliner over Ukrainian airspace last week, killing more than 290 innocent people, are affronts to the civilized world.

 

President Obama, joined by many allies, has levied an escalating series of targeted economic sanctions against Russia, which are beginning to put serious strain on its fragile economy. According to several new public opinion polls, anti-Russian sentiment is growing among ordinary Americans, and Obama is no doubt considering a further turning of the screws to signal America’s indignation at Russia’s behavior and to attempt to change it.

Source: The Hill

 


IN BRIEF - Algae under threat from invasive fish

JAPAN
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

Tropical fish invading temperate waters warmed as a result of climate change are overgrazing algae, posing a threat to biodiversity and some marine-based industries.

Researchers have reported Japan and the Mediterranean show substantial evidence that the intrusion of tropical herbivorous fish has caused widespread loss of canopy forming macroalgae and the trend could be global.

According to their investigation similar trends are evident in parts of the US, South Africa, Brazil, eastern Australia and Western Australia where kelp forests have declined and in some cases appears to be the result of feeding by tropical or subtropical herbivorous fish.

In Western Australia, they found macroalgal species had collapsed following an extreme heat wave in 2011 when temperatures rose up to five degrees for weeks.

They describe emerging evidence from WA researchers Thomas Wernberg and Barry Hutchins of a southward movement of tropical and subtropical species into temperate waters at that time, preventing the macroalgae's recovery as they feed off the small recruit algae.

Source: PHYS

 

 


IN BRIEF - Minimum wage not enough

VIET NAM
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

HA NOI — The current minimum wage meets barely 75 per cent of the minimum living standard, said Nguyen Tien Dang, head of the Salary Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), at a labour conference in Ha Noi on July the 29 of 2014.

Wage negotiation mechanisms remained limited, so many enterprises forced their staff to accept low pay, Dang said. Moreover, the separation of wages by region led to confusion for areas on the border between regions, making implementation difficult.

 

The minimum wage currently ranges from VND 1.9-2.7 million (over USD 90-130).

However, Dang said the National Salary Committee aimed to raise the minimum wage gradually until it met the minimum living standard of workers while remaining within enterprises' payment capacity. The authorities also supported the signing of collective labour agreements in some industries so that minimum wages for those industries could be set, a mechanism that has already been piloted by the textile and rubber industries.

Source: Viet Nam News

 


IN BRIEF - Pacific Islands Forum opens in Palau with plea to protect world's oceans

PALAU
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

The 45th annual meeting of Pacific Island leaders has officially begun in Palau with a message about protecting the world's oceans.

 

Political leaders and ministers from Pacific nations have been welcomed to Palau with an opening ceremony and state dinner.

The theme of this year's forum is 'The Ocean: Life and Future'.

Palau was the first country in the world to declare its waters a sanctuary for sharks.

Five years later, President Remengesau now wants the country's exclusive economic zone to be a sanctuary for all sealife.

"The tourism industry, which is our bread and butter, is the mother goose that lays the golden egg for us," he said.

"So the idea of Palau doing the marine sanctuary is for tourism, for food security and for the region."

Source: ABC

 


IN BRIEF - Illegal fishing treaty ratified at PIF

PALAU
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau have ratified a treaty to combat illegal fishing and boost regional cooperation to protect their vulnerable fish stocks.

 

Under the agreement signatories to the Niue Treaty arrangement will share surveillance and law enforcement powers and exchange data and intelligence on fishing activities.

Source: Radio Australia

 


IN BRIEF - Maori Party 'blocks the end of slave fishing vessels'

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing vessels in New Zealand waters before the end of the Parliamentary term, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.

"The Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and other Matters) Amendment Bill could have passed tomorrow if the Māori Party had given leave.

"This Bill will result in foreign fishing vessels having to meet New Zealand minimum standards and market wage rates.

"However because of the Māori Party this legislation may not pass, enabling shocking conditions on foreign charter fishing vessels to continue.

"This is despite the Bill having the support of the majority of Parliament.

Source: Voxy

 


IN BRIEF - Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

CANADA
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in omega-3s, vitamin D and low on the food chain.

 

Those shining attributes have earned them plenty of nods from doctors and environmentalists alike, as we've reported. They're not among the most popular seafoods in the U.S., though, partly because of their fishy taste.

But if you knew that eating these fish would mean shrinking your carbon footprint a wee bit, would that convince you to buy them over say, that bag of frozen shrimp you just mindlessly threw into your grocery cart?

Robert Parker is betting that if you care about eating greener, you'll want to know about how much fuel it takes to catch your favorite fish. He's a Ph.D. candidate from Nova Scotia, studying the fishing industry at the University of Tasmania in Australia.

Parker and Peter Tyedmers, who directs the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, recently published an analysis of a fishing industry fuel use database Tyedmers developed. Their analysis finds that fisheries producing the small fish – sardines, mackerel, and anchovies — are "among the most energy and carbon-efficient forms of protein production." The paper appeared in the journal Fish and Fisheries on July 4 2014.

Source: Capradio

 


IN BRIEF - Shrimp season begins Friday 1st of August 2014

SAUDI ARABIA
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

QATIF — More than 600 boats will set sail from different ports in the Eastern Province when the shrimp harvest season officially begins on Friday 1st of August 2014.

 

The season will last for six months and fishermen will sail to shrimp traps set up in the Arabian Gulf during the first round of the season when they seek shrimp closer to the shore, Al-Yaum daily reported.

Most shrimpers have completed all preparations and readied their equipment for the season, while others are expected to be ready by the end of the week. In addition, fishermen are also seeking to obtain the required licenses from the Ministry of Agriculture.

A source in the Research Center of Fisheries in the Eastern Province said the center is accepting requests for licenses throughout the season.

The source pointed out that shrimpers can use their licenses to fish and vice versa during the season. He said issuing licenses does not take a long time.

Source: Saudi Gazette

 


IN BRIEF - Pacific Andes Launches A+ GRI Sustainability Report

HONG KONG
Thursday, July 31, 2014

 

Hong Kong – Pacific Andes Group, has released its 2012 / 2013 Sustainability Report, which meets the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s A+ level of reporting, the highest level available. GRI is a non-profit organisation promoting economic, environmental and social sustainability by providing organisations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework used worldwide.

“This is our second Sustainability Report and demonstrates our continuing commitment to sustainability in all aspects of our operations,” said Mr Ng Joo Siang, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director. “This year’s (2014's) theme, “Responsible seafood - from global to local”, focuses on how we implement our global commitment at the local level. We believe local leadership helps us maintain a strong connection with local culture, which is critically important to the long term health of the community and sustainability of our business. This is the basis for our global local business model.”

In line with this theme, the Report is structured around two core sections, namely a Global section and a Local section outlining each country’s operation. It highlights the Group’s developments in environmental sustainability, social compliance and product responsibility and outlines its sustainability commitments for 2014 / 2015.

NEWS RELEASE: Pacific Andes Launches A+ GRI Sustainability Report

 


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