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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 - Maine makes emergency rule to save fishing gear

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 19, 2014

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are implementing an emergency change to fishing rules off of Mount Desert Island to prevent gear conflict between herring fishermen and lobstermen.

The state Department of Marine Resources says the emergency rule creates a temporary exception to the department's three lobster trap trawl limit. The rule went into effect on Sept. 12 2014. Officials say the exception will apply to an area northeast of Mount Desert Rock where there is a high density of lobster gear.

The lobster trap trawl standard limits the number of traps on a single line, which is called a trawl. Herring fishermen will be following herring migration in the area in the coming weeks. Marine Patrol Colonel Joseph Fessenden says the longer trawls will help minimize the possibility of gear loss.

Source: News Times

 


IN BRIEF - KSA injects USD 11 billion into aquaculture projects

SAUDI ARABIA
Friday, September 19, 2014

JEDDAH - The GCC's rising per capita seafood consumption will come under the microscope at SEAFEX 2014, as a host of regional and international aquaculture companies showcase technologies - such as hatcheries, harvesting of plants and animals, processing and trading - designed to enhance future production of regional seafood products.

According to a report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Agriculture invested an additional USD 10.6 billion into aquaculture projects to produce one million tons of fish in the next 16 years.

Significantly, the GCC's per capita average seafood consumption is expected to increase year-on-year in-line with Gulf countries' population growth - the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) forecasts the GCC population will reach 53.5 million by 2020 - rapid economic development, market demand and robust regional logistics capabilities. To meet the increasing regional demand for seafood, various GCC governments have already implemented developmental initiatives designed to foster greater domestic production.

Source: Sawya

 


IN BRIEF - Fraser River's sockeye salmon run size uncertain, but ‘great’

CANADA
Friday, September 19, 2014

 

The Fraser River’s sockeye run is being hailed as exceptional by fisheries experts even though there is considerable doubt about how many millions of salmon remain at sea and how many of those fish should be caught.

 

“I would call it a great run,” Jennifer Nener, area director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), said Tuesday 16th of September 2014 as seine boats were given a three-day opening to scoop up late-arriving sockeye off the mouth of the Fraser.

Source: The Globe and Mail

 


IN BREIF - SAPMER : Half year results 2014

FRANCE
Friday, September 19, 2014

 

Over the 2014 first half, SAPMER SA’s activity was mainly impacted by a strong drop in the whole tuna sale price, a storage effect on the southern seas activity which should recede during the second half and by an unfavourable exchange rate effect for Toothfish, Rock lobster and value enhanced tuna which sales are mainly done in USD.

On June 30th, 2014, the fishing activity (Toothfish, Rock Lobster and whole tuna) reached EUR 33.7 million against EUR 49.2 million for 2013 and the value enhancing activity amounted to EUR 12.8 million against EUR 6.3 million. Over the first half, 42% of the volumes of tuna catches were value enhanced against 21% for last year which helped reduce exposure to the volatility of whole tuna price. Overall, revenues at EUR 46.52 million are down compared to 2013.

This difficult market environment, especially for the fishing activity, combined with unfavorable currency impact are weighing on SAPMER SA’s financial performances for 2014 first half, which recorded a strong decrease of its EBITDA at EUR 0.42 millioN and an operating loss of EUR 2.98 million.

SAMPER S.A.: SAPMER : Half year results 2014

 


IN BRIEF - Clearwater Announces Inclusion in S&P/TSX SmallCap Index

CANADA
Friday, September 19, 2014

 

HALIFAX - Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated is pleased to announce that it will be added to the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index, effective after the close of trading on Friday, September 19, 2014. Standard and Poor's Canadian Index Operations announced this addition on September 12, 2014, following results of their annual review of the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index.

 

 

"The addition of Clearwater Seafoods to the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index is important recognition of our progress over the past number of years in growing our market capitalization and the liquidity in our shares. We expect that our inclusion in this index will continue to drive investor interest in Clearwater " said Ian Smith, CEO.

The S&P/TSX SmallCap Index provides an investable index for the Canadian small cap market. The index is float adjusted and market cap weighted and was developed with industry input as the ideal benchmark for those with small cap exposure of the Canadian equity market. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) serves as the distributor of both real-time and historical data for this index.

Source: Stock House

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood Scotland and Seafish Helping Scottish Businesses to Develop

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, September 19, 2014

 

Seafood Scotland, in its role as delivery partner for Seafish in Scotland, recently hosted Seafish Market Analyst Julia Brooks during a tour of the Scottish industry.

The visit was part of an ongoing programme to assist businesses make the most of the tools available to them through the two organisations.

Nolan Seafoods, Joseph Robertson, IFC/NorSea, Associated Seafoods, Cluny Seafoods, MacDuff Shellfish and Young’s Fraserbugh, all based in the northeast of Scotland, benefited from the visit.

Julia explained the role the Seafish Insight team plays in providing a range of up-to-date information, with more than 240 reports produced every year highlighting GB retail data, GB foodservice data, UK and global trade date, UK landing data and market trend summary reports for different seafood sectors.

A bespoke Insight service is also available for companies, to help them focus clearly on information relevant to their business and target markets.

Source: Scotland of Food & Drink

 


IN BRIEF - 'Marine, fish industry may reach INR 67,800 cr by 2015'

INDIA
Friday, September 19, 2014

 

Pescafresh, a seafood brand from the stables of Ace Seafood Bazaar Pvt. Ltd, is said to be India's first in organised seafood distribution and retail - delivering 100% fresh and customised seafood to the doorstep of the consumer. The company supplies seafood 365 days a year irrespective of seasonal vagaries. There products are in compliance with FSSAI, HACCP, GMP and SSOP guidelines.

 

Sangram Sawant, CEO & founder, Ace Seafood Bazaar Pvt. Ltd, delves deeper into issues pertaining to the Indian seafood market such as growth, price hike and FDI, apart from throwing light on his company and its products, in an interaction with Harcha Bhaskar.

Source: FnB News

 


IN BRIEF - Membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, September 18, 2014

The European Commission is to renew the membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). The Committee will be composed of scientific experts competent in the area of fisheries and aquaculture management. It will aim to advise the Commission on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations. Interested candidates are invited to send an application to the Commission by 15 December 2014.

The call for application is addressed to highly qualified experts in fisheries management in the area of assessment of stock status, fisheries knowledge, fishing fleets dynamics, fish population dynamics, fisheries dynamics, technical measures, scientific data collection, management measures for Marine Protected Areas, management plans, fishery economics, socioeconomics, control and enforcement and aquaculture. A minimum 30 and maximum of 35 members will be appointed. Members of the STECF are required to contribute to the overall work programme of the STECF and to participate in plenary meetings and relevant Expert Working Groups as appropriate. The Commission shall appoint members in a personal capacity for a three-year, renewable mandate. Members shall commit to act independently and in the public interest.

Source: European Commission

 


IN BRIEF - Fish meal and oil by Turkish Kobyalar Group certified Friend of the Sea from Black Sea anchovy fishery

TURKEY
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fish meal and oil from from European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) by Koptur Balikçilik and Dalyan Su Ürünleri, companies of Kobyalar Group, are now carrying Friend of the Sea seal of approval. The Turkish companies and originating fisheries have been found compliant with Friend of the Sea certification requirements.

The fish meal and oil are sourced from anchovies fished in the Black Sea (FAO area 37) by Friend of the Sea approved purse seiners. The fisheries are managed according to sustainable criteria, with highly selective fishing method and no impact on the seabed. The target stocks are neither overfished nor overexploited. Mesh and net sizes are in compliance with legal requirements and ensure catch of anchovies within set minimum sizes.

 

A waste management system is in place and measures are implemented to avoid the dispersion of waste. Fuel consumption is monitored and Carbon Footprint reduction plan per product unit is in place.

 

“Friend of the Sea certification is an important recognition of our sense of responsibility and attention to the marine habitat. Friend of the Sea logo communicates a clear message to our customers that our products come from sustainable sources”, comments Duygu Kobya, Business Development Manager of Kobyalar. “We want to share this idea with all the fisheries operating in the Black Sea.”

 

Source: Friend of the Sea

 


IN BRIEF - Asia farmers agree to limit volume of young eel in aquaculture ponds

JAPAN
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Representatives of Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan agreed Wednesday 17th of September 2014 at a multilateral forum on conserving the endangered Japanese eel to cut the volume of young eels put into aquaculture ponds by 20 percent from recent levels, the Japanese Fisheries Agency said.

The deal, which will implement the restrictions on farmed eels from November 2014 to prevent overfishing of juveniles, was reached by Japan and its neighbors as the first international framework on managing the species as a marine resource.

The representatives, who began their meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday 16th of September 2014, also agreed to set up an international entity to effectively manage eels, the agency said.

Source: Global Post


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