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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 - Lemitar shrimp farm to get federal grant to expand marketing

Friday, November 27, 2015


ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A shrimp farm in Lemitar is getting a federal grant to expand its marketing efforts across New Mexico.


USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner is scheduled to present a certificate of obligation to the owners of Southwestern Seas on Tuesday morning.

The company qualified for a USD 49,500 Value Added Producer Grant from USDA Rural Development’s Business program.

The money will be used to help the small business market its locally grown shrimp.

Southwestern Seas will be marketing to various local farmers’ markets to expand its sales.

Source: KRQE


IN BRIEF - Yalelo to invest USD 9.5 million in fish production

Friday, November 27, 2015


ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka - YALELO Limited will invest USD 9.5 million to increase production at the company’s cage fish farming operations in Siavonga.

Company chief executive officer Bryan McCoy said the expansion programme will enable Yalelo Limited to increase its annual fish production from 7,000 tonnes to 30,000 tonnes in the next five years.

In a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Mr McCoy said the investment will also create an additional 150 specialist full-time jobs and engage 100 non-skilled staff.

“Yalelo is extremely proud to be investing further into local production capacity. Zambia has the resources to be the leader in regional fish production, and Yalelo is ready to anchor Siavonga’s emergence as the aquaculture capital of sub-Saharan Africa,” he said.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail


IN BRIEF - Scottish Salmon Company Q3 EBITDA swings to loss GBP 1.5 million

Friday, November 27, 2015


Scottish Salmon Company Plc :


Q3 revenue GBP 18 million (USD 27.2 million) versus GBP 33.6 million in 2014

Q3 EBITDA loss GBP 1.5 million versus profit GBP 2.0 million in 2014

Q3 harvested volumes 5,130 tonnes versus 8,779 tonnes in 2014

Says although harvest volumes are lower than expected for the period, the full year remains in line with the revised guidance provided in Q2 2015.

Source: Reuters



IN BRIEF - Buy-Low Foods is the First Major Grocer in North America to Achieve Sustainable Seafood Commitment

Friday, November 27, 2015


VANCOUVER - In less than two years since publically announcing their sustainable seafood policy with SeaChoice, Buy-Low Foods has become the first North American major grocer to remove all fresh and frozen red-listed "Avoid" seafood and replace these products with seafood from more sustainable sources at its corporately-owned locations including Nesters Market.


Buy-Low Foods implemented an aggressive work plan to successfully replace red-listed "Avoid" seafood with more ocean-friendly choices, discontinuing the sale of many high demand species such as open net-pen farmed salmon, Atlantic cod and Russian king crab.

"Buy-Low Foods has worked extremely hard to find innovative solutions to many challenging seafood issues, including farmed salmon and shrimp, in an effort to meet the goals of their robust sustainable seafood policy," said Bill Wareham, SeaChoice member from the David Suzuki Foundation.

Buy-Low Foods President, Dan Bregg stated, "We are proud to be the first retailer to achieve our sustainable seafood commitment to remove all red-listed items from our stores. With our dual-focus on sourcing more responsible alternatives, we continue to have a great selection of choices that customers can feel good about feeding their families. Our stores will continue to work with SeaChoice to find new ways to support healthier oceans for today and tomorrow."

Source: CNW


IN BRIEF - Unified effort in Congress protects Alaska's seafood powerhouse

Friday, November 27, 2015


Alaska is our nation’s seafood powerhouse. With nine of our country’s top 20 fishing ports by volume, we understand the vital role our seafood industry has played, how important it is now, and how central it will become. Protecting and enhancing Alaska’s fisheries is a top priority.


That’s why we passed bipartisan legislation to help protect and enhance our fishing industry. H.R. 477, the Illegal, Unregulated and Underreported Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015, increases U.S. enforcement capabilities to combat illegal fishing off Alaska’s coast and around the world.

At issue is how IUU fishing, or “pirate” fishing, hurts our economy, fishing communities, healthy seafood stocks, and sustainable oceans.

Our country’s fishermen have long been subject to sustainable management-based rules to ensure the long-term vitality of our species; pirate fishermen are not.

These rogue vessels raid our oceans wherever, whenever and however they please. Globally, legal fishing operations lose an estimated USD 10 billion to USD 23 billion a year to pirate fishing. The Alaska king crab fishery is estimated to have lost more than USD 550 million in the past 14 years.

Source: Ketchikan Daily News


IN BRIEF - Call for fisheries experts for the Joint Scientific Committee under the EU- Mauritania Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) aim to create a partnership to promote sustainable fisheries, based on the best available scientific advice. In this context a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of highly qualified scientific experts needs to be established under the EU-Mauritania SFPA in order to ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific advice available.

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - Black market shellfish ring busted in BOP

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Fishery officers finished 12 months of monitoring black market activity when they moved in and seized paua, dive gear and electronic equipment across Bay of Plenty over the past two days (24 and 25 November 2015).


The black market ring was allegedly centred around Motiti Island, off the coast of Tauranga, where divers gathered paua and kina and sold them to a network of buyers in Tauranga, Whakatane, Hamilton and Auckland.

Fishery officers and police searched houses at Motiti Island and Tauranga, and several business premises, including a powered-storage facility at Mount Maunganui, where they seized two freezers containing 116kg of paua with a commercial value of $15,000. The paua was minced and frozen in 500g and 1kg bags - 210 bags in total.

A Tauranga food business is alleged to be involved in the sale of paua and kina.

Ministry for Primary Industries District Compliance Manager Waikato/Bay of Plenty Brendon Mikkelsen said this week’s operation was the result of 12 months of investigation and analysis into black market activity.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Law enforcers also behind illegal fishing in Lingayen Gulf

Thursday, November 26, 2015


There must be something about the coastal town of San Fabian in Pangasinan which attracts tourists, beach lovers, sea creatures and even unscrupulous fishermen.

All are welcome, Mayor Constante Agbayani said, except fishermen who come with illegal fishing gear, explosives and other destructive means to catch fish that abound in the town’s waters.

Beachgoers and tourists are lured by the calm and shallow water while sea creatures, like whale sharks (butanding), regularly come to graze whenever the Lingayen Gulf is teeming with tiny fish and shrimps.

Source: Inquirer


IN BRIEF - Visayan Sea closed to fishing till Feb. 2016

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Fishing of sardines, herring and mackerel is temporarily banned in the Visayan Sea.


The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-7) declared a closed season from November 15 2015 to February 15 2016 to allow the fish to spawn and reproduce.

BFAR Regional Director Andres Bojos said the four regions in the Visayan Sea — Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas will be closely monitored.

During yesterday’s Kapihan sa Isla forum, Bojos said several arrests of violators were already made in Masbate.

Bojos said there were already arrests made during the ban period, mostly from Masbate.

Source: Cebu Daily News


IN BRIEF - Fall Chinook run reaches 212% of average, but coho just 28%

Thursday, November 26, 2015


COLUMBIA RIVER — The number of fall Chinook passing Bonneville Dam continues to mount with nearly 1,000 more fish over the dam last week, increasing the record run to 954,424, or 212 percent of the 10-year average, according to NOAA Fisheries’ Paul Wagner at Nov. 18 2015’s Technical Management Team meeting.


The previous record of 953,222 fish set in 2013 was exceeded when the count went to 953,541 fish as of Nov. 12, the most fish passing the dam since it was built 77 years ago.

Daily passage numbers are declining from 229 fish per day Saturday, to just 48 on Nov. 18 2015 (see www.fpc.org for fish passage details).

The coming years may not see the big runs of 2015, “so we could be in for a bad spell,” Wagner said. As indicators, he pointed to low spring Chinook jack salmon counts over Bonneville Dam this year as well as the expectation that poor ocean conditions bode poorly for the juvenile salmon that migrated to the ocean this year. (The number of jacks in one year is an indicator of the size of the following year’s adult run).

Source: Chinook Observer


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