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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.
KAMPALA - The government has advised fish farmers to take advantage of emerging regional fish markets to increase their earnings.
Addressing fish farmers during their 8th Annual Walimi Fish Farmers Cooperative Society Symposium recently, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Fisheries in the agriculture ministry, Edward Rukunja cited South Sudan and the European Union.
“The market for fish products is available both at the local, regional, and international level. But the challenge is that the fish farmers in the country cannot meet the demand due to inefficient production. In order for fish farmers to benefit from such wider markets, more efforts should be put on increasing fish production in their ponds. Government is ready to support fish farmers with skills that can enhance their fish production” the Commissioner said.
SINGAPORE - Following the mass fish deaths that affected farmers along the eastern Johor Straits over the weekend, other marine wildlife, including species such as frogfish, horseshoe crab and puffer fish, have washed up on Pasir Ris beach.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said the post-mortem results of fish samples collected from the affected farms indicated the fish had died as a result of gill damage caused by plankton, which are micro-organisms found in seawater. They can bloom or multiply quickly in a very short time, draining the seawater of oxygen.
A federal court struck down a legal attack by coastal B.C. First Nations attempting to overturn the federal Conservative fishing minister's decision to reopen herring fisheries in coastal waters.
The oily fish—that ordinarily provides a springtime feeding frenzy for grizzlies, whales and wolves—has not been fished in three coastal pockets since 2005, due to over-fishing concerns.
Five B.C. First Nations, along with federal scientists, still believe herring stocks on the west coast of Vancouver Island, around Haida Gwaii and on the central coast are in a seriously fragile state. That's why the Aboriginal communities filed an injunction to stop the federal minister, who re-opened the resource to commercial fishing in January.
SEJONG - South Korea's fisheries output advanced 6.1 percent on-year to over 3.32 million tons in 2014, mainly due to greater hauls of warm water fish and a rise in aquaculture production, government data showed Friday.
Statistics Korea said more warm sea fish, such as anchovy, saury and squid, caught in coastal waters and shellfish and oysters raised at sea farms pushed up the annual numbers.
Catch from coastal waters moved up 1.4 percent on-year to 1.06 million tons, with sea farm production surpassing 1.56 million tons, which is a gain of 3.4 percent on-year.
The central organization representing Japan’s fishery cooperatives lodged a strong protest Friday over Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s failure to disclose the recent leak of radioactive rainwater from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea, calling it a betrayal of fishermen and the public.
“It is undeniable that (this failure) will further spread the harmful rumor that has been troubling fishermen nationwide and will largely affect the future of the fishing industry. The anger among local fishermen who have been waiting to resume their business is immeasurable,” the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations said in a statement submitted to industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa, who oversees Tepco.
Amidst the recent imposition of a ban on fish exports from Sri Lanka to the European Union (EU), Sri Lanka’s fish exporters have now commenced importation of fish from Maldives and India for re-export to the region as a means of retaining long-standing high-end buyers from the region, industry stakeholders said last week. Despite the initiative being a costly affair especially, if prolonged to the long-term, exporters fear that in the alternative, the revenue loss caused by completely losing the EU market of 28 countries to other competitive markets will be far greater and hard to compensate.
“Since the ban is on fishing and not on the process, we have now started importing fish from countries such as Maldives and India in order to process and export them to the European market. We export them directly to the European countries,” President, Seafood Exporters Association, Roshan Fernando said.
Ancient cod bones unearthed at an Alaska archaeological site carry a very modern warning for a world with a rapidly changing climate -- as sea levels rise, so do levels of mercury in the food chain.
The bones, discovered at a coastal site in Katmai National Park and Preserve, date back to the early and mid-Holocene, a time when a warming climate melted glaciers and expanded the oceans. The rising seas inundating the Bering Land Bridge and other stretches of terrain caused some of the naturally occurring mercury that was locked in dry or frozen land to get free and disperse in the expanded marine waters.
WINDHOEK - Real progress in the construction of the Fonteintjie fish farm in southern Namibia, the onset of the Hardap Inland Fisheries Aquaculture Centre production ponds, which are earmarked for completion by end of this year and finalisation of fish production activities at Leonardville in the Omaheke Region are expected to contribute to a huge growth in aquaculture.
In Leonardville the installation of the the lining and coverings of production ponds is scheduled for completion by the middle of this 2015.
According to the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, the ministry's ambitious aquaculture master plan, which was endorsed by Cabinet in late 2014, has provided leverage to implement recommendations that will contribute to the development of both fresh and marine fish husbandry, both in Namibia and within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Canadian lobster will have to masquerade as Americans once again if Maritime seafood is going to gain access into one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world.
And all because of three European countries that say no and a language scarcely used by anyone but the Pope.
The fishing industry is anxious to gain access to the 28 countries of Europe, but the European Union requires that lobster must be identified by its Latin name — namely “Homarus Americanus” or American lobster.
Commissioner seeks to strengthen EU-Morocco fisheries partnership European Union
Last week the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries visited the third edition of the Salon Halieutis, organised under the high patronage of King Mohamed VI, to underline the importance of the fisheries partnership and cooperation between the EU and Morocco.
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