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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 - New regulations for Louisiana’s oyster industry

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

House Bill 1046 from state Rep. Chris Leopold, R-Belle Chasse, and the Louisiana Legislature's Oyster Task Force creates new regulations for the state's oyster industry in an effort to protect and preserve reefs. The measure — developed in part by a coalition of Gulf Coast oyster fishermen in the Gulf Oyster Industry Council — passed the Louisiana House 94-0 on April 10 2014.

Source: Gambit

 


IN BRIEF - 'Focus must now go on' fishing industry jobs for NZ workers

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the progress of the "slave ships" Bill in the New Zealand Parliament is good news - but much work remains to be done.

The Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill completed its second reading on a voice vote in the New Zealand Parliament on Tuesday 15 April 2014 with support from all sides of the house.

Source: Voxy
 


IN BRIEF - Fishing ban sends seafood prices soaring

INDIA
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seafood prices in the city have begun shooting up with the imposition of the 45-day ban on mechanised fishing boats. Die-hard fans of fish may have no option but to curb their craving.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Mozambican Tuna company due to start operating in 2014

MOZAMBIQUE
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mozambican company Empresa Moçambicana de Atum (EMATUM), set up by the government for tuna fishing, is due to start operating in 2014, the Fishing Minister, Victor Borges said in Sofala, cited by Mozambican newspaper O País.

Source: Macahub


IN BRIEF - Tribunal confirms commission’s ruling on Oceana-Foodcorp deal

SOUTH AFRICA
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fishing company Oceana and Foodcorp have been ordered to sell Foodcorp’s fishing rights along with its Glenryck brand, as a condition for approval of a transaction whereby Oceana takes over the fishing business of Foodcorp.

Source: BD Live


IN BRIEF - Indonesia promotes ecolabelling of fish products in developing countries

INDONESIA
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Indonesian government is facilitating a marine and fisheries product certification program for developing countries through the world fisheries conference held by The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday the 15th of April, 2014.

Source: ECO Business

 


IN BRIEF - Drop in value of seafood landings hitting Scottish fishermen hard

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Commenting on the provisional statistics published on April the 16th of 2014 by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2013 decreased by eight per cent compared with 2012, yet the volume of seafood landed remained stable having increased by only a marginal amount, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This alarming drop in the quayside value of seafood landed underlines the tremendous pressures faced by our fishing fleet”.

 


IN BRIEF - Western Isles salmon farming firm expansion creates 40 new jobs

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The expansion by the Scottish Salmon Company will bring its workforce to more than 200 in the Hebrides.

The company employs over 400 people at 60 sites across the Highlands and West Coast, 90% of whom live in remote rural communities.

Source: STv News


IN BRIEF - Iwi to be included in fisheries bill

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maori tribes will be covered by a Fisheries Bill clamping down on the mistreatment and underpayment of foreign crews.

In the original bill, iwi fishery businesses were exempt from the requirements of the legislation.

Source: Radio New Zealand


IN BRIEF - Seafood farms unscathed

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Marlborough Sounds seafood farmers seem to have so far escaped any damaging currents caused by serious earthquakes in the Solomon Islands.

Last week's powerful Chilean earthquake caused minor damage to marine farms in Nelson and Golden Bay, with Tasman District Council harbourmaster Steve Hainstock issuing a navigation warning to boaties.

Source: Stuff


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