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
ANCHORAGE - The United States and Russia will sign a bilateral deal next week aimed at fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries Ambassador David Balton told Sputnik on Monday 31st of August 2015.
"Next week in Portland, Oregon delegations to the United States and Russia will get together for our annual meeting on fisheries and we will be signing a bilateral agreement to combat IUU fishing," Balton said on the sidelines of Arctic conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
Balton added that the cooperation between the United States and Russia in the Arctic remains "good and strong" despite the current tensions in the relations between the two countries.
The harvest of spiny lobster off the Florida Keys has never been better, but the price fishermen are being paid is down significantly so far because the Asian market has yet to take off this season.
The season started earlier this month with trap fishermen catching near record number of lobster, fishermen said. A trap will produce about 10 pounds of lobsters on average over the course of an eight-month season, with the bulk being harvested in the first couple of months. So far this year, fishermen have been harvesting as much as five pounds a week, commercial fishermen Gary Nichols and George Niles said.
“It has been good as it’s ever been,” Niles said. “I don’t think we will see the prices we have seen in years past. But one bad hurricane could change all that.”
However, prices are yet to take off. About 80 percent of spiny lobsters from the Keys are shipped to China and other Asian markets, Niles said.
A family-owned business in Kerry which is to create 120 jobs in a series of seafood bars across the country has been praised for its entrepreneurial spirit by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney on September the 1st 2015.
Quinlan’s Seafood already employs 74 staff at its fish processing plant in Renard, retail outlets in Cahersiveen and Killorglin and seafood bars in Killarney and Tralee.
Speaking at the opening of the company’s latest seafood bar on Princes Street in Cork, Mr Coveney said the company, founded by Michael Quinlan in 1963 and run today by his three sons, was an example of what an indigenous Irish company can achieve.
Small-scale reef fisheries provide much more than paychecks for their communities, according to a study led by the Kiholo Bay community and supported by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
In addition to determining that the Kiholo Bay fishery produced over 30,000 meals per year, with an economic value of over USD 78,000, the study found that 58 percent of the total catch was kept by the fishers, 33.5 percent was given away to friends and family, and only 8.5 percent was sold on the market. The fishery also proved to be culturally important, with 20 percent of the catch used for pa‘ina, or cultural events.
“[The fishery] has a huge role in creating a “sense of place” through practicing family traditions and, for Native Hawaiians, their cultural rights,” said Hal Koike, a graduate student from UH’s department of biology.
Consumer groups are pressuring retail giant Costco to publicly promise not to sell genetically modified salmon even if it’s approved by federal regulators.
Friends of the Earth said more than 18,000 letters will be delivered to Costco Wholesale Corp. stores the first week of September 2015, about two months after a coalition of groups including the Center for Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, and Food Democracy Now, collected more than 300,000 signatures on petition urging Costco to refrain from selling the salmon, which they dubbed “Frankenfish.”
In the absence of regulatory approval, Costco responded by saying it did not plan to sell salmon classified as a genetically modified organism (GMO). But consumer groups say the retailer has left the door open to selling it in the future if the Food and Drug Administration approves it.
“We are asking Costco to stand behind the science, be a true leader in seafood sustainability and listen to the majority of consumers who do not want to eat genetically engineered fish,” Dana Perls, Friends of the Earth’s food and technology policy campaigner, said in a news release. “More than 60 of Costco’s competitors have committed to not sell GMO salmon — Costco needs to catch up and provide its customers with what they want: natural, sustainable seafood that isn’t genetically engineered in a lab.”
Following the announcement of the signature of a Joint-Venture agreement between the BioMar Group and Chinese Tongwei, the BioMar Group has announced that Niels Alsted will become the first Vice President for BioMar’s new Asian market region.
Carlos Diaz, CEO of the BioMar Group, stated that it was a great pleasure to be able to assign one of BioMar’s most experienced and respected people for this very important new role in BioMar.
“Niels Alsted will be responsible for building up the new Chinese Joint-Venture together with Tongwei, ensuring that we within a short time frame will be able to supply the Chinese market with high quality feed to the growing production of high value species,” explained Carlos Diaz.
Niels Alsted will relocate to China before the end of the year (2015), however is already intensely engaged in setting up the new business unit.
A team of MMEA personnel in a vessel made the arrests and seizures on Thursday the 2th of August 2015, about 118 nautical miles from Kuala Terengganu.
Kuala Terengganu MMEA logistics director Lt Cdr Mohamad Zainal said the operation to bring the culprits to book was launched about 9am, after an MMEA air unit detected the boats moving in a suspicuous manner.
"With the information, we directed a ship with 23 officers and men to track down the four fishing boats.
Sanford gets rid of its tuna fleet New Zealand
Fishing company Sanford has sold one of its Pacific tuna vessels and intends to sell its other purse seiner and quit its Pacific tuna business due to certain challenges in the sector.
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