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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 - Sainsbury's becomes UK's second-biggest supermarket

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

Sainsbury’s has overtaken Asda to become the UK’s second-biggest supermarket as sales at the Walmart-owned chain continue to fall much faster than any of its major rivals.

 

Asda’s sales dropped 2.7% in the 12 weeks to 19 July, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, taking its market share to 16.4%, 0.6 percentage points lower than a year before. It was the worst performer, not only among the “big four” supermarkets, but also behind smaller rivals Iceland and the Co-op.

Sainsbury’s sales also fell – but by just 0.3% so that its market share dipped by only 0.1 percentage points to 16.5%, putting it just above its rival.

Source: The Guardian

 


IN BRIEF - Chinese market opens for 19 more Latvian fish canneries

CHINA
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

Another nineteen Latvian fish processing companies now have the opportunity to export their products to China, as the Food and Veterinary Service's representative Agita Klapare told LETA.

 

Based on guarantees provided by the Food and Veterinary Service, the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration has added nineteen more Latvian fish processing canneries to the list of Latvian fish canneries permitted to export their products to China.

On 2015's June, the first eleven Latvian fish procession companies were granted permission to export their products to China, therefore now there are thirty Latvian fish processing enterprises in total that can export their products to China.

Source: The Baltic Course

 


IN BRIEF - Cold Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria in CA

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

The California Department of Public Health is reporting that cold smoked salmon is being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is no word on whether or not any illnesses have been reported. Illnesses caused by this bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear.

Smoked Salmon FPBThe recalled products are Cold Smoked Salmon Deli Trays and Cold Smoked Salmon Trim produced by Certified Smoked Fish of Gardena, California. The lot number is #188 and other codes are CS300 on the trays, and CST50 on the trim. The product was produced on 7/7/2015.

You can see the stores where the salmon was sold by visiting the CDPH web site. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed bag or return got the place of purchase for a full refund. Then wash your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures.

Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin


IN BRIEF - After 117 Years, Vincent’s Seafood Will Close

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

After more than a century of memories made over delicious meals, a long-time North Texas restaurant is shuttering its doors.
The last location of Vincent’s Seafood will close after dinner service on Saturday 2nd of August 2015's night.

“It’s a tough decision. You’re doing something for 55 years – same routine, day in and day out – it’s hard to walk away,” said Angelo Stergios.

Stergios is the owner of the white-tablecloth restaurant on Preston Road in Plano.

He opened this location 22 years ago, but the history of Vincent’s – and his family’s role in the restaurant – go back much further.

The first Vincent’s Seafood opened on the no longer existing Poydras Street in Downtown Dallas in 1898.

Source: CBS DFW

 


IN BRIEF - Fish farming in limbo; funding delays projects

GHANA
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

With five months left to enter 2016, government’s ambitious plan to boost fish production from 10,200 tonnes in 2010 to 100,000 tonnes in 2016 is far from being achieved.

 

The programme is in limbo because of lack of or delayed, financing. This will increase the market share of commercially farmed fish from 3% in 2010 to 30% in 2016.

The value of farmed fish output would consequently increase from US$28,440,000 per annum in 2010 to USD 362 million per annum in 2016. Between 2000 and 2013, production from marine fisheries declined 17%, according to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) data.

Source: Ghana Web

 


IN BRIEF - SRI and ITF back new book on plight of fishers

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) are backing a new book on the plight of fishers that is due for publication tomorrow, Thursday 30 July 2015.

Fishers and Plunderers; Theft, Slavery and Violence at Sea, published by Pluto Press, explores the dark side of the global fishing industry – including exploitation, child labour, murder and human trafficking. It has been written with the active cooperation of the ITF and SRI.
Written by Alastair Couper, Hance D Smith and Bruno Ciceri, the book carries out a wide ranging analysis of the industry, and reinforces the ITF and SRI’s position that:
· Fishers throughout the world pay the price for the economic and environmental pressures faced by today’s fishing industry.
· Greater competition and deregulation, including the use of flags of convenience, are squeezing fishers’ wages and conditions.
· Overcapacity of fishing fleets and destructive fishing practices are depleting fish stocks, in turn increasing economic pressures on the industry.
· The fishing profession is the most dangerous in the world, and contrary to other sectors it is becoming more hazardous. In the United Kingdom, for example, the fatal accident rate for the fishing industry was 115 times higher than that of the overall workforce in 1996-2005.
· In deep-sea fishing, isolation, insecurity, accidents and violence are commonplace, especially involving migrant fishers from developing countries.
· More and more cases of human trafficking are coming to light, with poor people becoming slaves on fishing vessels.
· Small fishing communities, especially in developing countries, are suffering due to the proliferation of large commercial fishing companies and illegal fishing.
· Desperation arising from abhorrent conditions aboard fishing vessels has led to mutinies and even murder.
· Fishing vessels are used for criminal activities, including the drugs trade. They have also been taken over by pirates to launch attacks.
· The plight of fishers, as well as the lawlessness at sea, point to the urgent need for a strengthened international legal and regulatory framework that is well enforced.

 


IN BRIEF - Young’s Seafood Limited Update on Consultation Regarding Young’s Fraserburgh and Spey Valley Sites

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

Young’s Seafood Limited held on July the 29th 2015 the third formal consultation meeting with staff and their representatives – the Joint Consultative Group – to explore proposals and possible options for the facilities at Young’s Fraserburgh and the Spey Valley site. The consultation process follows the recent news that Sainsbury’s is set to transfer its smoked salmon and fresh salmon processing contracts away from Young’s to an alternative supplier - a global fish farming business - in November 2015. The loss of these contracts will leave Young’s Seafood Limited’s factories at Fraserburgh and Marsden Road in Grimsby significantly under-utilised and will leave the Spey Valley factory completely empty, with no work.

On the 9th of July, Young’s Seafood Limited announced its intention to consult on a commercially viable proposal to integrate the servicing of the remaining customer contracts and volumes presently processed at Young’s Fraserburgh and Spey Valley into Young’s Seafood Limited’s other manufacturing sites in Grimsby, Livingston and Annan. The company continues to consider alternatives as part of the consultation process. One of these alternatives is a potential plan that could keep Young’s Fraserburgh open on a reduced basis with up to 250 permanent roles retained. This Alternative Option was discussed today with the Joint Consultative Group and with the Joint Stakeholder Group on 23rd July 2015 and focusses on maintaining ready-to-eat smoking provenance and capacity at Young’s Fraserburgh. This Alternative Option would be loss-making in the short term, until further contracts could be won and scale could be re-introduced. To date no tangible financial assistance has been committed by any external agency in either Fraserburgh, Grantown on Spey or Grimsby. We are working hard with our employees and stakeholders to see if this new Alternative Option could be made into a reality, as part of the consultation process.

Press Release: Young's Seafood Limited

 


IN BRIEF - Making Progress toward More Sustainable Tuna

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

ISSF is committed to improving the sustainability of global tuna fisheries by developing and implementing verifiable, science-based practices, commitments and international management measures that result in tuna fisheries that meet the MSC certification standard without conditions. We understand that the long-term sustainability of tuna fisheries is not a short-term effort – it can be achieved only through consistent effort and a focus on continuous improvement.

 

Two beliefs underpin our approach:

No single organization or stakeholder group can achieve tuna fishery sustainability on its own

RFMOs – by virtue of being the only bodies that combine the necessary legal frameworks with both geographic scope and membership – are best positioned to facilitate real and practical change, and should be supported, improved and strengthened.

Press Release: IFFO

 


IN BRIEF - NGOs launch fishing transparency website identifying 15,264 EU vessels authorised to fish outside the EU

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, July 30, 2015

 

On the 29th of July 2015 the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana and WWF heralded a new era of fisheries transparency with the launch of an online database detailing 15,264 EU vessels authorised to fish outside EU waters between 2010 and 2014. The figures have been made public by the NGOs for the first time after an access-to-information request to the European Commission.

 

María José Cornax, Fisheries Campaign Director of Oceana, has stressed the importance of this disclosure: “Transparency is a key element for eradicating illegal fishing and ensuring sustainable fisheries. This is especially relevant for European vessels that have been authorised to operate in third countries and distant waters. To ensure sustainability on a global scale, EU fishing vessels should adhere to the same social and environmental standards regardless of where or how they fish.”

The data provided by the European Commission is presented in an accessible online search engine whofishesfar.org where users can search by vessel, flag state, year and type of agreement under the EU’s Fishing Authorisation Regulation (FAR). This is the first time the information has been made public: it was previously unknown how many vessels were authorised to fish outside the EU, what they were called, and where and when they were authorised to fish.

 


IN BRIEF - Odoriferous : Trident engineers address odor issues at plant

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 

Local residents who have been expressing dismay over odors emanating from the Trident Seafoods plant will be relieved to hear that the company is addressing the problem.

"We've had technical problems and we know that," said Rick Isaacson, PWS Operations Manager. "We're confident that we know what's happening and we're addressing it. The product doesn't smell like that and the process isn't supposed to smell like that."

Residents throughout town have been noticing the smell since early July 2015.

Source: The Cordova Times

 


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