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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.
KANNUR - Kerala government will soon formulate a fish seed law to improve the fishing sector in the state and ensure quality in the fish seed sector, said fisheries minister K Babu.
"Though karimeen is said to be the brand identity of Kerala, the truth is that the production here is not sufficient enough to meet the demand because the supply of fish seeds is limited," said the minister inaugurating the harvesting of the shrimp cultivation at the 'kaipad' lands in Puzhathi panchayath here on Tuesday 21 May, under the paddy-shrimp cultivation project of the Agency for Development of Aquaculture, Kerala (ADAK).
The Fisheries Department’s pilot project to revive traditional brackish water paddy-shrimp farming system in an extent of total 90 hectares of ‘kaipad’ land in Kasaragod, Kannur and Kozhikode districts has now reached the harvest stage.
Fisheries Minister K. Babu inaugurated the first harvest of shrimps cultivated as part of the project at a function here on Tuesday 21 May. The Minister collected the harvested shrimps and inaugurated the first sale.
The publication on 22 May of a scientific article by Marine Scotland on the environmental factors affecting a key fishery in the North Sea for prawns (langoustines) highlights the dynamic nature of our marine environment and the need for greater understanding of such natural fluxes, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).
The article outlines the environmental factors which have affected the prawn fishery on the Fladen Ground in the North Sea with weather patterns causing colder than usual water temperatures. For the first four months of 2013 landing figures show a 52 per cent decline compared to the same period last year. The situation has also been replicated on the west coast, but to a lesser extent.
LAVAL - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. announces its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013 and provides update on action plan to resume operations.
Nutraceutical Business Results
Nutraceutical revenues increased 32 per cent to a record CAD 25,181,000, for the fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013, up from USD 19,113,000 in the corresponding period ended 29 February, 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA was negative (CAD 965,000) for the fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of CAD 2,690,000 in the prior year.
Net loss totalled (CAD 12,779,000) for the fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013, compared to net profit of CAD 2,384,000 for the corresponding period ended 29 February, 2012.
Paul Vecsei, well known sturgeon specialist and fish illustrator, shows in this poster all extant sturgeon species and valid subspecies worldwide, using 27 scientific illustrations.
Each picture is of an individual fish and was made in the technique of pointillism with extreme accuracy. This poster in DIN-A1 format (594 x 841 mm) on 240 g/m2 paper finished with UV-gloss coating, is not only a decoration on any wall but an eye-catcher which will satisfy the viewer. The delivery includes two black poster rails made from plastic material for easy wall mounting.
The poster will be available from bookshops or directly from the publisher
Scottish fishermen have welcomed the announcementon 21 May by European Commissioner Maria Damanaki that the EU has notified the Faroe Islands that it intends to impose sanctions in response to their over-fishing of the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock.
The EU says the measures may include restrictions in the imports of herring and associated species fished by Faroese interests and restrictions on the access of Faroese vessels in EU harbours except for safety reasons. The notification from the EU is in response to the Faroese move earlier this year to withdraw from an international management plan for Atlanto-Scandian herring and set a unilateral quota at a level 145 per cent higher than their 2012 quota. This was set against a context in which all other parties to the fishery had agreed to reduce their quotas by 26 per cent for conservation reasons.
REEDVILLE - Omega Protein Corporation (OME), christened two new vessels at its Reedville, Virginia facility. The two vessels, named the F/V Rappahannock and the F/V Fleeton are state of the art menhaden fishing vessels and are the first new vessels christened by the company in over 20 years. Omega Protein is a nutritional product company and a leading integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty protein products.
"The addition of the Rappahannock and the Fleeton to our Reedville fleet marks a significant investment in our operations here in Virginia," said Monty Deihl, Director of Fishing Operations at Omega Protein. Deihl added, "I'm proud that Omega is reviving the tradition of formally christening our new fishing vessels. It demonstrates our commitment to both our employees here and the community which for so many years this Reedville plant has supported."
Synthethic Genomics, ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels United States
Synthetic Genomics Inc announced a new co-funded research agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels from strains with significantly improved production characteristics by employing synthetic genomic science and technology.
Cesium findings in eel coverup reported Japan
A scientist has admitted having detected radioactive cesium in eels caught in a boundary river between the Tokyo and Chiba prefectures but claims local governments took no action for nearly two months despite having informed authorities promptly.
Fish exports may generate USD 500mln by 2015 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is working on increasing its deep sea fishing efforts and doubling fish exports between now and 2015 and to achieve this goal, it will be using new vessels from Japan and China,
EC warns Faroe Islands of impending sanctions European Union
The European Commission has notified the Faroe Islands that it plans to take steps, including closing off fishing ports, to support the sustainability of herring fisheries shared between the two parties.
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