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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 - Chilean and Peruvian Fishermen make negative statements about The Hague decision

PERU
Thursday, January 29, 2015

On both sides of the border, fishermen make negative statements about the consequences left by the verdict of the International Court of Justice.
 
A year ago, the The Hague Court ruled that the maritime boundary between Chile and Peru started in Milestone 1 and not in the Concordia Point postulated by Lima, but that the parallel line would be projected only up to 80 nautical miles, what Chile meant for the loss of about 22,000 km2 of EEZ, since from the last point equidistant line would extend to 200 miles.
 
According to an article in El Mercurio Online, the veredict generated mixed reactions: moderation between the Chilean authorities, relative satisfaction among Peruvian, and fear and benefit in the case of artisanal fishermen in the area, respectively.
 
In Peru things are no different. In contrast, artisanal fishermen are not happy because they expected the failure of benefit, as their authorities assured when the opinion was known, "but nothing happened."
 
Source: gestion.pe (basic translation from English)


IN BRIEF - isheries ministry seizes 14 illegal fishing vessels

INDONESIA
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry seized 14 boats caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters between Jan. 21 and Jan. 25, an official has said.

Seven of the 14 vessels belonged to foreign fishermen, while the other seven were owned by Indonesians, ministry director general Asep Burhanudin said on Tuesday.

"The foreign vessels consist of four with the Vietnamese flag, one with the Thai flag and two with the Philippine flag," Asep said as quoted by Antara news agency.

“Based on data from the ministry, the four Vietnamese ships were caught in the waters off Natuna on Jan. 22," he revealed, disclosing that the Thai ship had been caught in the waters off Lhokseumawe, Aceh.

The two Philippine ships, meanwhile, were netted on Jan. 24 in the Sulawesi Sea.

The seven foreign vessels had been found to have fished in Indonesian waters without proper documentation, he added.

Source: The Jakarta Post,


IN BRIEF - HB GRANDI PENS NEW DEAL ON REVOLUTIONARY HANDLING SYSTEMS FOR NEW WETFISH TRAWLERS

ICELAND
Thursday, January 29, 2015

HB Grandi has signed a contract with Skaginn in Akranes and 3X Technology in Ísafjördur for a revolutionary new fish handling and fishroom system for Engey RE, Akurey AK and Viðey RE, the company’s three new wetfish trawlers. These agreements are based on HB Grandi’s long standing cooperation with these two suppliers in recent years. There are in fact two contracts, one for handling deck equipment, and the other for an automated tub transport system. The contracts are worth ISK 1190 million.

The contracts are based on detailed research and development of handling deck and fishroom systems with the aim of achieving significant improvements in yield and quality, while also minimising costs and improving crew working conditions. The handling deck systems are designed with particular emphasis on facilities for utilising offal, liver and roes.


IN BRIEF - FTC OKs Albertsons-Safeway merger

UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission officially approved the merger of Albertsons and Safeway on Tuesday. The companies said that AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons, planned to finish the acquisition of Safeway in the next five business days.

The merger will bring together two big players in the food retail space, with combined sales of approximately $61.6 billion. In order to get FTC approval, Safeway and Albertsons had previously agreed to divest 168 stores in eight states — 111 from Albertsons and 57 from Safeway — and agreed to settlements with attorneys general in California, Nevada and Washington.

Haggen, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Associated Foods Stores and Supervalu announced plans to purchase the divested stores, with Haggen purchasing 146 stores.  The combined company will have approximately 2,200 stores after the divestment, according to an FTC release.

The proposed merger had originally been announced March 2014.

Source: supermarketnews.com


IN BRIEF - Sea Shepherd to spend $12m award on 'dream ship' to patrol Southern Ocean

NETHERLANDS
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The ocean conservation group Sea Shepherd has been awarded €8.3m (A$11.8m) at Amsterdam’s annual Good Money Gala, saying it will use the funds to build a new ship and more effectively fight poaching.

The gala awards organisations “working for a fairer, greener world”, according to its website. Sea Shepherd has been granted funding several times before, but the money announced on Monday is the largest donation it has received to date.

The chief executive of Sea Shepherd Global, Alex Cornelissen, said the organisation had been looking for years for a vessel that could become the Southern Ocean patrol flagship. But budget restrictions had until now made that impossible.

In December, Sea Shepherd conservationists returned to Antarctic waters to try to stop poaching of the Patagonian toothfish by illegal operators.

But the group is largely known for its anti-whaling activities, claiming to have saved hundreds of threatened, endangered and protected whales from Japanese whalers during the 2013-14 season alone.

The Dutch postcode lottery has been raising funds to support charity and activist organisations since 1989, and has dispensed more than €4bn to its beneficiaries.

Source: theguardian.com


IN BRIEF - FIMEX VN LAUNCHES A NEW PROCESSING FACTORY IN 2015

VIET NAM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In 2015, a new seafood factory of Fimex VN comes into operation, in the hope that production and sales will rise.

This factory supplies IQF products to the US and EU as target markets. After this, a refinery is projected to be built in 2015 in An Nghiep Industrial Zone in Soc Trang.

In December 2014 only, Saota Foods Joint Stock Company (Fimex VN- stock code FMC) produced 940 MT of  finished shrimps, earning US$ 10.8 million. In 2014, Fimex VN supplied 10,800 MT of processed products, up nearly 25% year on year. Sales reached US$ 136.5 million. Profit was VND 70 billion, nearly doubled from 2013.

As the Thailand lost its preferential tariffs on shrimp exports to the EU from 2014, Fimex VN expanded its operations in the market. Targeted to high-end market segments, the company developed partnership with reputed distributors. After 2 years, Fimex VN has found it firm position in the EU market. 

SourcE: VASEP


IN BRIEF - Angelini Group expands business soy in Brazil and commitment to growing North Salmon

CHILE
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Not only the extraction of anchovy in northern Chile, to make it canned or fishmeal, has occupied Corpesca, the largest fisheries  in the country, linked to Angelini group.

The company is also banking on growth in Brazil, in the business of soy protein concentrates - food component for salmon- that develop through Selecta, bankrupt company it bought in 2013, but which has already managed to stabilize. They are also promoting the cultivation of goldfish in Chile. The latter is developed through the Centre for Applied Marine Research (CIAM), a body which holds 80% (the remaining 20% is Camanchaca).

But for now it's a experimental phase in Arica has a farming center with tanks operating with water recirculation and where they have fattened two thousand specimens of this species called Yellowtail amberjack and also known as halibut, yellowtail or "salmon of the North".

Corpesca general manager, Arturo Natho said that this is a fish prized for its meat in international markets, with a price that can reach US $ 12 per kilo. He explained that raft culture at sea in the north has not had good experiences, because the conditions are changing currents and water without oxygen appear to end up killing the fish, principal of this project.

Source: Marco César Gutiérrez and Sottovia / economiaynegocios.cl

Note: basic translation from spanish


IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture looking at seaweed farms to feed future

CANADA
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The aquaculture industry in New Brunswick has been farming fish for years, but a new project in Saint John is starting to farm entire ecosystems as a new way to recycle and diversify the underwater farms of the future.

Researchers are now growing kelp, or common seaweed, alongside traditional aquaculture pens, such as those filled with salmon.

Thierry Chopin is the director of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture at the University of New Brunswick and says the two species work well together.

"So the whole idea is your salmon is releasing these nutrients and the seaweeds are recapturing some of these dissolved nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus," he said.

They're growing different crops close to each other to make aquaculture more efficient.

"There's a certain amount of fish food that is not eaten by the fish,so that breaks down," Chopin said.

The wasted, broken down, fish-food is caught by the seaweed and the nutrients from it help grow the seaweed crop.

Once harvested, it can be used to feed those same fish.

Source: CBC News - Read full article here


IN BRIEF - American Samoan job hopes as cannery opens - Radio MP3 interview

AMERICAN SAMOA
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The American Samoan economy has received a boost with the opening of a 70 million US dollar a high tech tuna cannery.

Samoa Tuna Processors is fully air conditioned and its hoped the factory will create over 1500 jobs.

Correspondent Fili Sagapolutele told Jenny Meyer about the investment by parent company Tri Marine International.

Read full article here

Listen interview here (MP3: 3' 30")


IN BRIEF - Michigan, China to work together on fisheries, aquaculture

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LANSING, Mich. -- Officials from Michigan and China plan to work together on developing advancements in fisheries and aquaculture.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development last week in Lansing hosted a delegation from the province of Jiangsu

The trip follows a visit by the department’s Director Jamie Clover Adams to China with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013 that included meeting with Jiangsu officials. Last week, Clover Adams and a Chinese official signed an agreement about the partnership.

The visit was made in part for the delegation to learn more about Michigan’s aquaculture industry. Representatives of Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. were on hand for Friday’s visit.

Aquaculture includes fish farming in natural and manmade bodies of water.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com/AP


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