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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 - Marine Harvest Group - NOTICE FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

Reference is made to our release on 31 March 2014 in respect of the EU Commission's review of the Morpol acquisition process.

 

Marine Harvest has been advised on July the 23rd of 2014 that the Commission has decided to impose a fine on it in the amount of EUR 20 mill as a consequence of an alleged breach of the provisions of the European Merger Control Rules.

Marine Harvest remains of the opinion that it acted in accordance with the requirements of the exception applying to public takeovers in its acquisition of Morpol and thus disagrees with the Commission on the applicability of a fine.

The take-over of Morpol was structured as an acquisition of the initial shareholding followed by an immediate mandatory offer. Marine Harvest made it clear to both the market and Morpol that no control would be taken before the acquisition had been cleared by the EU.

The Company notified the Commission immediately following the acquisition and loyally adhered to the principle of not exercising its shareholders rights in Morpol until the Commission had cleared the transaction. The Company has also, throughout the period of the Commission's review, cooperated fully with the Commission.

Marine Harvest also notes that the size of the fine appears to deviate significantly from similar cases where fines have been applied by the Commission.

Marine Harvest will now carefully consider the options available to it. It appears, however, more likely than not that the decision to fine the company will be referred to the EU courts.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)

 


IN BRIEF - Dongwon seeks growth with dried seaweed

SOUTH KOREA
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

Seaweed and laver are not considered as food by many people across the world.

 

When it comes to typical side dish on the Korean table, many people would come up with kimchi first. However, things are different in Korea and Japan. There another side dish which is second famous following kimchi. It's seasoned "gim," a type of laver, or dried seaweed.

While eating the staple of steamed rice, for example, Koreans wrap it with dried crispy seaweed. Seasoned with the right amount of salt and sesame oil, they are perfect side dishes satisfying Koreans.

As far as the products gim is concerned, Dongwon F&B is second to none here and extends its presence beyond the country's boundary.

Source: Korea Times

 


IN BRIEF - Khanh Hoa to become Vietnam’s major tuna trading center

VIET NAM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) plans to implement a project to ease difficulties of tuna sector and boost tuna production and exports. Through the project, Khanh Hoa province will become a major tuna trading center of the country.

 

The center is expected to comprise fishing port, fish market, auction platform, cold storage serving for tuna trading.

According to the project, by 2020, about VND5,770 billion from the state budget will be invested in upgrading current vessels and building new fishing vessels, establishing a tuna trading center in Khanh Hoa, developing logistic service activities at fishing ports to ensure the product quality and reduce post-harvest loss. Of total investment fund, VND2,700 billion will be spent on upgrading 2,600 current boats, building 1,000 new fishing boats and service boats. In particular, Khanh Hoa will build 260 new vessels and upgrade 365 current vessels.

Fuente: VASEP

 


IN BRIEF - Fishing safety moves forward

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

The reduction in fishermen fatalities in 2013, as revealed in the recent publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s annual report, is a welcome development and indicative of the wide reaching work of the industry to reduce accident rates, says Derek Cardno, Safety Officer for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

However, the ultimate aim is for the elimination of all fatalities and an even greater reduction in accidents at sea. According, to the MAIB report, there were four fatalities in 2013 – a historical low. The statistics reveal that 42% of injuries involved the upper limbs and there were nine cases of traumatic amputation.

Derek Cardno said: “We welcome the reduction in fatalities, although one death is still one too many. The reduction does, however, reflect the industry’s serious efforts to make fishing a safer profession and shows that our various initiatives are working.

Fuente: SFF

 


IN BRIEF - Dutch unions go to court over pre-packed shrimp firm bankruptcy

NETHERLANDS
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

Trade unions are going to court over the bankruptcy and restart of shrimp company Heiploeg in an effort to preserve worker pay and conditions.

 

Heiploeg, fined EUR 27 million on November of 2013 for its role in a massive European shrimp cartel, went bankrupt at the beginning of 2014 but relaunched almost immediately as Heiploeg International.

The FNV and CNV unions say the bankruptcy was a sham. ‘At no point was production stopped, the organisational structure is the same and so are the clients,’ the unions said in a statement.

Ninety workers lost their job when the original company folded while 120 remained on the books. However, they have lost 11.5 days holiday, an end of year bonus, extra pay for working irregular hours and extra holiday for older workers, the unions said.

Source: Dutch News

 


IN BRIEF - Thai agencies revising labour law to deal with human trafficking

THAILAND
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

BANGKOK - Thailand's labour law is now being revised by several concerned government agencies and upon completion it could guarantee customers overseas that there is neither child labour, forced labour nor human trafficking in Thailand, said Ms Puntarik Smiti, deputy permanent secretary for labour.

 

Most of the human trafficking problem, as accused by the US, lies in the fishing industry sector and concerned agencies such as the Labour Ministry, the Fisheries and Marine departments are currently amending laws related to trawler registration and foreign employees registration, said Ms Puntarik.

 

All the seven fishing labour coordination offices in seven provinces will play a major role to prevent any abuse in the fishery sector from occurring to ensure that good labour practices are implemented. "It could be proof to show to customers in foreign countries that there’s no child labour, forced labour and human trafficking,” according to Ms Puntarik.

Source: Pattaya Mail

 


IN BRIEF - Japan Presses Korea to End Seafood Import Ban

JAPAN
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Japanese government has threatened to file a complaint against Korea with the World Trade Organization unless it lifts an import ban on seafood from eight prefectures in Japan in the next few months. 

The ban was imposed in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The government here is minded to oblige but is wary of the reaction from Korean consumers and would prefer to take its time.

Concerned ministries discussed the matter in a meeting "and reached a tentative conclusion that there is no scientific basis for the import ban," a government official said Monday the 21st of 2014.

Source: The Chosunilbo

 


IN BRIEF - Minh Phu – Hau Giang Seafood Corp recognized as prioritized enteprise

VIET NAM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

Minh Phu – Hau Giang Seafood Corp – an affiliate of Minh Phu Seafood Corporation specializes in processing fishmeal, exporting seafood, producing bio-diezen from fish fat and feed for breeding shrimp, finfish.

 

The company has been recognized as an elite seafood company by Vietnam Customs.

One of criteria to become a prioritized enterprise is to reach export turnover of USD 50 million (for those importing and exporting agricultural, seafood, textile and garment, and footwear products).

Source: VASEP

 


IN BRIEF - Collaboration To Benefit Small-Scale Shrimp Farmers

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

In collaboration with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), National Fish & Seafood in late July of 2014 announced that is launching a project to bring small-scale shrimp farmers closer to Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

With the support of GAA, National Fish & Seafood will pilot the first four groups of shrimp farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia and India. These four groups will be tapped to launch the first Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs) through SFP to document improvements in practices being made at the farm and zonal levels.

 


IN BRIEF - Cermaq ASA : Correction - Cermaq Q2 report

NORWAY
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reason for the correction is that the CEO signature was missing in responsibility statement of the report.

(From the report) Highlights for the quarter: 

- EBIT Group NOK 123 million pre fair value

- Sales volume 6 thousand tonnes lower than estimated due to market timing. Full year estimate at same level

- Continued high ex-cage cost for Atlantics in Chile. Target of USD 3.8 per kilogram in 2015 reiterated

- First ASC certification in Chile achieved

- One green license in category C awarded

- Sale of grain silo completed with NOK 44 million gain, not included in EBIT pre fair value

For more information you can find the report here.


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