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IN BRIEF - Official says Taiwan hopes to ink new fishery deal soon
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.
Regulators voted Wednesday to increase the annual quota for menhaden in 2017, giving Maine lobstermen a welcome boost in the supply of a popular bait fish, but no relief for Maine fishermen who want a bigger share of the national menhaden harvest.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has struggled to set its quota for the oily forage fish, also known as pogey, with members split between wanting to maintain the annual menhaden catch at 187,880 metric tons and those who say the stock has rebounded enough to raise the quota.
On Wednesday, as the commission gathered for its annual meeting in Bar Harbor, the menhaden board voted 16-2 to increase the annual quota by 6.5 percent, to 200,000 metric tons, with Pennsylvania and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holding out for keeping the quota unchanged.
Northern Marianas College President Carmen Fernandez said NMC’s Cooperative Research Extension and Education Services is now preparing for the opening of its aquaculture wet laboratory.
The facility, which will open next month, will allow for the breeding, hatching and rearing of various native fish species.
Aside from providing seed stocks to farmers, the laboratory will also provide services to help fish farmers enhance their understanding of various fish, Fernandez said.
“The new aquaculture lab will help residents explore new sources of nutrition and revenue and is part of an overall effort to help ensure that aquaculture becomes a major contributor to the economy,” she added.
The aquaculture facility comprises the main hatchery site which includes brood stock tanks, larval tanks, spawning tanks and grow-out tanks. These facilities are supported by a training room/ classroom, a lab and office space for the aquaculture staff.
The association responsible for spreading false fear through the public over fish sauce safety with misleading survey results is on the verge of suspension, a home affairs deputy minister said Wednesday 26th of October 2016.
The Vietnam Standards and Consumers Association (Vinastas), a nonprofit organization, is under scrutiny from government agencies after publishing a survey claiming that most Vietnamese fish sauce products have excessive amounts of arsenic.
Though traditionally produced Vietnamese fish sauce does contain arsenic, the chemical is in its organic form, which is non-toxic, and Vietnam’s food safety watchdog has no set limit on the level of organic arsenic in fish sauce.
Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment plans to launch an initiative that involves the establishment of four fish farming and aquaculture projects, said a report.
This comes as part of initiatives undertaken by the technical committee for the Promotion of Private Sector Engagement at the MEC to boost self-sufficiency in sectors related to food security in the country, added the Gulf Times report.
The initiative will contribute to creating a continuous balance throughout the year between supply and demand and reduce the local price of fish during inappropriate climate.
The total production capacity of the four projects will be “no less than 7,000 tonnes per year” of fish and aquatic organisms, it added.
New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment.
Our marine environment 2016, released today, identifies three top areas of concern:
- Global greenhouse gas emissions are causing ocean acidification and warming - changes that will continue for generations.
More than a hundred persons including workers fell sick after consuming fish heads in Ullal recently, which was caught by a Kochi-based fishing vessel.
MPEDA, Kochi officials said the catch was not from Indian waters but outside. "We have got the GPS co-ordinates from the fishing vessel and we are in the process of tracing the origin," said an MPEDA official.
Shrimp exports maintain a growing trend Viet Nam
Vietnamese shrimp exports maintained a growing trend thanks to the stable demand from major markets and to the global shrimp price also on the rise amid the decline in the global supply of the resource.
Thai Union nominated for 2016 'Stop Slavery Award' Thailand
Thai Union has been nominated for Thomson Reuters Foundation's inaugural Stop Slavery Award in recognition to its efforts to ensure that those working in the industry at large are also protected.
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