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IN BRIEF - Official says Taiwan hopes to ink new fishery deal soon

TAIWAN
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Taiwan hopes to sign an agreement with Japan on fishery rights as soon as possible, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday in the wake of a report that Japan hopes to ink the deal in the first half of this year.

“We hope to have it [the agreement] signed as soon as possible,” ministry spokesman Steve Hsia said.

He made the remarks in response to a report published on Wednesday that said Japan’s representative to Taiwan, Sumio Tarui, expressed hope in a speech in Taipei that Taiwan and Japan can ink a fishery agreement no later than the first half of this year.

Taiwan and Japan held a preparatory meeting in November to discuss a resumption of formal fishery talks to address the issue of fishing rights in the waters surrounding the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, Hsia said.

No timetable has been set for the next meeting, although Taiwan and Japan have a common goal of resuming talks as soon as possible, he said.

The previous 16 rounds of talks, dating back to 1996, failed to deliver concrete results, but Taiwanese officials have expressed hope that progress will be achieved when talks resume.

Taiwan and Japan last held talks on fishing rights in their overlapping territories in 2009, but discussions have been stalled since then.

Taiwanese fishermen consider the waters near the Diaoyutais as their traditional fishing grounds, but are routinely chased away by Japanese authorities when venturing too close to what Japan sees as its territorial waters.

Source: taipeitimes.com


IN BRIEF - Nutreco renames animal nutrition research and commits to doubling R&D investment

NETHERLANDS
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

Amersfoort – Nutreco announces that its global animal nutrition research centres will be renamed to Trouw Nutrition R&D. This change is part of the strengthening of its global animal nutrition activities under one brand. Trouw Nutrition R&D encompasses five research centres operating in the Netherlands, Spain and Canada. Nutreco will also double its investment in R&D and innovation over the next years.

With production facilities in 25 countries and sales in over 90 countries, Trouw Nutrition is Nutreco’s global animal nutrition brand. The renaming of its R&D centres is part of Nutreco’s objective to accelerate innovation in closer contact with customers and will help in bringing technology faster to the market.

“Our R&D strategy remains unchanged and our innovative strength is focused on three areas: Life Start, Health & Welfare and Feed Efficiency,” says Leo den Hartog, Director Trouw Nutrition R&D. “We believe that technological advancements in animal nutrition must play a central role in improving the environmental footprint of the food industry as a whole and in feeding a growing world population.”

Press Release: Nutreco

 


IN BRIEF - Young’s Gastro Brings New Flavours and Classics with a Twist to the Menu

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

With an increasing number of people choosing Young’s Seafood Limited’s Gastro fish dishes, the brand is today adding four new delicious products to the range of restaurant quality fish and seafood. The Gastro brand is now worth over GBP 30million (Source: AC Nielsen MAT 20th June 2015), having grown by 50% in 2014, and these new products will ensure there is a Gastro solution for every occasion. Each dish has been specially created by the Young’s chef, inspired by exciting culinary trends and global flavours:

· Gastro Lemon and Herb Tempura Wholetail Scampi - GBP 4.50 RSP, with GBP 3 promotions

 

Succulent Wholetail scampi wrapped in Young’s signature Lemon & Herb light, crispy batter.

· 2 New Gastro Natural Fish variants - GBP 4 RSP, with GBP 3 / 2 for GBP 6 promotions

2 Chunky Basa Fillets with a rocket, basil and parmesan sauce, 2 Chunky Basa Fillets with a spicy tomato and chorizo sauce. Both products come in a unique flavour-lock pouch, which can be microwaved, or oven cooked, locking in flavour for a restaurant quality fish experience.

· Gastro Meals for One – Our Fish Pie - GBP 2.49 RSP, with GBP 2 promotions

Chunks of fish and smoked fish fillet in a mature cheddar and chive sauce, piped with creamy mash and topped with carrot and Red Leicester cheese.

Press Release: Young's Seafood Limited

 


IN BRIEF - Mayor vows to relentlessly fight against illegal fishing trawlers

SOMALIA
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

A mayor in the Somalia’s autonomous state of Puntland has issued a strong warning against illegal foreign fishing vessels plundering the waters off the coast of the region.

 

Saeed Aden Ali, the mayor of Bandar Beyla coastal town along the Indian Ocean vowed that they will not tolerate on the illegal fishing activities carried out by the trawlers.

‘’They are costing the lives of fishermen who have many families relying on them. We cannot just allow them to continue this and if they don’t stop, we will take harsh actions against them,’’ he threatened.

Source: Horseed Media

 


IN BRIEF - Imported fishes found substandard, harmful

BANGLADESH
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

The country's fish import has been on a rise in recent years while a significant volume of the same, according to officials, has been found 'substandard and harmful' putting public health at great risk.

 

The existing import-export policy has allowed import of white fish as no test on presence of heavy metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and copper is required except for contamination of formalin, officials and sources said.

According to them, inflow of such substandard fish is causing serious health hazards against the backdrop of loopholes in the existing import policy, they added.

Source: The Financial Express

 


IN BRIEF - Hawaii's longline fleet dodges hurricanes

UNITED STATES
Thursday, September 03, 2015

HONOLULU - Bigeye tuna caught by Hawaii's longline industry is in short supply right now as the fleet dodges Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena. Some longline vessels that headed out, turned around without catching anything to avoid the powerful storms.

Nico's Pier 38 and Nico's Fish Market are known for fresh fish. Customers consume 600 to 700 pounds of bigeye tuna fillets daily. Ahi prices are going up at the auction, but the restaurant isn't planning to pass the higher cost along to patrons.

"It's something I've been doing for the past 11 years now. I do average price for the year. I'm not going to make any money this month maybe. I don't know how long it's going to last," said owner Nico Chaize

Source: Hawaii News Now

 


IN BRIEF - Fish habitat protection waning under Harper government, analysis finds

CANADA
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

A statistical analysis of the Conservative government's changes to environmental laws and procedures suggests Ottawa has "all but abandoned" attempts to protect Canada's lakes and rivers.

 

"Over the last decade, what we've seen is a not-so-gradual abandonment of the fish habitat protection field," said University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski.

He has sifted through reams of data and dozens of development applications to conclude that federal protection for fisheries and waterways has been declining for more than a decade.

Source: CBC

 


IN BRIEF - Guide helps figure safe level of fish to eat in Wisconsin

UNITED STATES
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

Eating fish is a good way to get quality protein in your diet, but state officials have a new report which gives you guidance about how much fish you can safely eat.

 

Choose Wisely: A Health Guide for Eating Fish In Wisconsin is available on the DNR website. Toxicologist Candy Schrank says the guide targets specific waters and also how many fish you can eat safely. "Check the advisories and in most cases people can just follow the statewide general advisory. In addition, we have exceptions for 146 waters where we have more stringent advice for some species of fish".

In some waters, the level of same consumption is zero. Many of the more urbanized rivers have had pcb contamination, while many other waters have been contaminated by mercury.

Source: WSAU

 


IN BRIEF - SeaDragon Chair, CEO and CFO to invest up to NZD 300,000

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

SeaDragon, New Zealand’s largest refiner and blender of high-quality, internationally-certified concentrated fish oils and fractions, is delighted to announce that its Chairman Colin Groves, its Chief Executive Officer Richard Alderton and its Chief Financial Officer Stephen Bayley have agreed to make a significant investment in the company.

 

Mr Groves, Mr Alderton and Mr Bayley advise they have agreed to subscribe for a combined stake of NZD 250,000 to NZD 300,000 as part of the company’s ongoing 3-for-5 renounceable rights offer and shortfall book build. Independent of one another, they will take up rights to shares granted to them for nil consideration by the company’s 42.3% shareholder Mersea Holdings.

SeaDragon last month launched a rights offer and shortfall book build to raise a maximum of NZD 9.009 million in new equity capital. Proceeds from the capital raising will be used to fund the ongoing construction of the company’s new Omega-3 plant in Nelson, add a fractionation plant to the facility (leading to a higher value, higher quality product), upgrade its existing Omega-2 plant, pay the costs of the rights offer and meet working capital requirements.

Source: Scoop

 


IN BRIEF - Southeast pink salmon harvest fails to meet predictions

UNITED STATES
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

KETCHIKAN - Officials have reduced the estimate for Southeast Alaska’s pink salmon harvest by almost 30 million fish as the summer fishery wraps up its season.

 

Monday 31’st of August 2015's purse seine opening will likely be the last of the summer, according to the Ketchikan Daily News.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Ketchikan area management biologist Scott Walker said pink salmon catches in Southeast Alaska are just more than 28 million fish this year, about half of what the state projected for 2015.

“We maybe will make 29 million,” Walker said, “and with all of the gillnet catch and what little troll catch (we have), it will be somewhere around 30 million.”

Source: Juneau Empire

 


IN BRIEF - Go fish for 800% return on Faroe

FAROE ISLANDS
Thursday, September 03, 2015

 

The politics of the Faroe Islands is unlikely to pique your interest, but how about an 800 percent return on your investment?

 

While the rest of Europe has seen its trade relations suffer through Russian sanctions, the Faroe Islands - part of the Kingdom of Denmark - has enjoyed a boom thanks to its decision to stay out of the European Union.

The islands’ biggest marine produce company, Bakkafrost, has seen its stock surge about 100 percent over 2014, including re-invested dividends. If you are lucky enough to have held Bakkafrost shares over two years, you’ve earned a 260 percent return. Fish exports, which made up 98 percent of Faroese sales abroad in the second quarter, grew 12 percent in the year through June 2015.

 

Source: Business Report

 


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