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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.

Source: taipeitimes.com

IN BRIEF - Despite good wages, lobster processing is a hard sell

Friday, October 31, 2014

Since Kyle Murdock opened Sea Hag Seafood in 2012, he’s battled the same issue many Maine businesses face: He needs to attract and hold on to good, reliable workers.


“It’s tough finding people in the labor market, getting them into work, and getting them trained and maintaining them,” said Murdock, whose plant in Tenants Harbor employs about 75 people. “It’s a huge concern for us.”

Source: Press Herald


IN BRIEF - Neptune Receives TSX Approval For Normal Course Issuer Bid

Friday, October 31, 2014

Laval, Québec - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Corporation") announces that it has received approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange (''TSX'') to proceed with its normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") announced on October 15, 2014.

Under the bid, Neptune may repurchase for cancellation up to 1,500,000 of its common shares (the "Shares") through the facilities of the TSX and Nasdaq Stock Market ("NASDAQ"), representing approximately 2% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Corporation as of October 15, 2014.

The average daily trading volume for the 6-month period preceding October 1, 2014 was 83,437 Shares. In accordance with TSX rules, Neptune may repurchase up to 20,859 shares on a daily basis on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Additional Shares may be repurchased by Neptune on NASDAQ within the limits prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and NASDAQ rules.

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.: Neptune Receives TSX Approval For Normal Course Issuer Bid


IN BRIEF - Scottish mackerel splashed across Japan

Friday, October 31, 2014

The campaign brokered by Scottish Development International as part of the Scottish Seafood Collaboration Group is designed to support the Scottish mackerel industry, which has been significantly impacted by the recent Russian food sanctions.


Susan Beattie, head of food & drink at Scottish Development International, said: “Japan is one of the top priority markets identified in the industry export plan, and there is a real opportunity for Scottish companies to take advantage of the growing consumer demand for quality products with strong provenance.

“We are continuing to work alongside our industry partners to support Scottish companies as they break into markets such as Japan, and as part of this effort we are helping these companies to build relationships with key retailers, which will open new doors for Scottish companies.”

Source: Business Quarter


IN BRIEF - Total value of catch decreased by 13.1%

Friday, October 31, 2014

In July 2014 the value of the total catch was 13.1% lower than in July 2013. The value of catch was lower for all species except cod, shrimp and uncategorised shellfish. Pelagic catch decreased by 16.2% and flatfish catch by 54.1%.


Yearly value of catch of Icelandic vessels decreased by 11.2% from July 2013 to July 2014 compared to the same period one year before. During this time period there was however an increase by 97.8% in the value of mackerel catch. Cod, haddock and lobster values also increased somewhat.

Source: Statistics Iceland


IN BRIEF - Mitsubishi gets 92 pct of Norway's Cermaq in bid

Friday, October 31, 2014

Following settlement, the Offeror owns 85,242,850 shares representing 92.16% of the outstanding shares and votes in Cermaq.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Down East aquaculture research institute gets USD 2 million grant

Friday, October 31, 2014

BEALS, Maine — The nonprofit Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education has received a USD 2 million grant that will be used to expand the institute’s facility on Great Wass Island.


The grant, awarded by Blue Hill-based Next Generation Foundation, will be used to construct additional space for research, including more storage for live marine organisms and more square footage for processing samples collected at sea and along the shore, the institute indicated Monday in a prepared statement. Plans also call for new office space for scientists and their staff, a reception area for visitors, and a 50-seat conference center.

Source: Bangor Daily News


IN BRIEF - Pledge signed to protect threatened NZ bird

Friday, October 31, 2014

Commercial and recreational fishers from the Hauraki Gulf have joined conservationists in a landmark effort to save a threatened species of seabird.

Representatives from the fishing industry, government, environmental groups and iwi have formally pledged to halt the decline of the black petrel, or taiko, whose population has dwindled to an estimated 2700 remaining breeding pairs.

The new pledge, along with the joint Black Petrel Working Group, aims to develop measures that would reduce the risk to the seabirds from fishing.

The striking, jet-black birds, which migrate thousands of kilometres across the Pacific Ocean to South America, once bred in colonies throughout the North Island and parts of the South Island, and numbered in their hundreds of thousands.

Source: NZ Herald


IN BRIEF - Nabard rolls out INR 100 000 000 scheme for fish farming

Friday, October 31, 2014

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has rolled out INR 100 crore area development scheme (ADS) on fresh water fish farming in five districts of the state- Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack and Rayagada.

"The scheme covers five districts in Odisha in inland fishing activities. It has been formulated under the consultative process involving all the stakeholders", said A Chandrasekhar, general manager, Nabard.

The scheme was launched recently by H R Khan, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the presence of J K Singh Kharb, executive director of Allahabad Bank and P K Jena, regional director, RBI-Bhubaneswar.

Source: Business Standard


IN BRIEF - The latest on the status of Australia’s fisheries

Friday, October 31, 2014

ABARES released on October the 23rd of 2014 the Fishery status reports 2013–14, which include the most up-to-date assessment of fish stocks that are solely or jointly managed by the Australian Government.

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said the report provides an independent evaluation of the biological, economic and environmental status of 93 fish stocks across 21 fisheries.

“This is the first year since 2006 that no stocks managed solely by the Australian Government have been classified as subject to overfishing,” Ms Schneider said.

“However, there are still a number of stocks managed solely by the Australian Government that are classified as overfished, and a small number of jointly-managed stocks that are overfished or subject to overfishing.

Source: Australian Government


IN BRIEF - Scientists call for second straight season without shrimp fishing

Friday, October 31, 2014

Scientists say the Gulf of Maine shouldn’t be fished for northern shrimp for a second straight season because of concerns of warming ocean temperatures.

A technical committee that advises federal regulators is strongly recommending the extension of a moratorium on the fishery that began earlier in 2014. A draft of the committee’s report to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which regulates the fishery, says “long term trends in environmental conditions” are unfavorable for the shrimp.

Source: Press Herald


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