DAVAO CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said it will stop issuing commercial fishing licenses starting June this year due over exploitation of all the country’s fishing grounds.
In an interview Wednesday, BFAR regulation division chief Jose Villanueva said a memorandum has been sent out by the Department of Agriculture in October last year.
The BFAR official said the time since the release of BFAR administrative circular No. 254 series of 2014 was spent by the bureau to inform the commercial fishing industry that no more licenses will be given out by June.
According to a copy of the memorandum, several studies stretching back to 1987 have showed a steady decline in the amount of fish in Philippine fishing grounds as well as a disturbing increase in the exploitation rate from illegal fishers.
The recent one was a study by the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) that showed that the exploitation rate in nine major fishing bays and gulfs in the country attributed to unabated fishing pressure and destructive fishing activities.
According to the National Stock Assessment Program of the NFRDI, exploitation levels of most if not all commercial pelagic species for the last five years have exceeded estimates of potential yield.
Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead has outlined his main priorities for supporting a successful fishing industry ahead of his visit to Shetland.
Fisheries is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s three overarching aims of creating more, better paid jobs in a strong sustainable economy, building a fairer Scotland by tackling inequalities and passing power to people and communities.
Top of the agenda for the fishing industry is the landing obligation or ‘discard ban’, the ongoing review of quota management, and continuing work on the inshore fisheries strategy.
On January 1, 2015, Ocean Farm Technologies and OceanSpar merged to form InnovaSea Systems, Inc., a new company committed to developing the next wave of innovative, open-ocean products and services to support the growing mariculture industry.
The newly merged company champions, among other things, environmental and financial sustainability and innovation. Its commitment to producing innovative products and services is reflected in the significant investment InnovaSea is making in an accelerated research and development program.
InnovaSea’s strong foundation comes from the expertise of two respected companies in the mariculture industry. Founded in 2005, Ocean Farm Technologies developed the Aquapod, a unique containment system that handles rugged ocean conditions and a variety of species. OceanSpar has produced quality products, like the SeaStation and AquaSpar Fish Pens, since 1988. They share an excellent reputation for producing cost-effective goods and services, and a commitment to supporting sustainable fish farming in the open ocean.
The Council and the European Parliament reached on 29 January 2015 a provisional political agreement on the implementation of the landing obligation for fisheries or "omnibus regulation" at a second informal trilogue meeting on the issue.
The Permanent Representatives Committee - Coreper - will be debriefed in the coming days. Once the final text will be available, the regulation will be in the agenda of the European Parliament and of the Council for approval, before its final adoption.
A central objective of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the progressive elimination of discards in all EU fisheries through the introduction of an obligation to land all catches. The "omnibus" regulation contains a package of amendments to existing control and technical measures regulations to implement the landing obligation agreed under the reformed CFP.
The Council and the European Parliament agreed in particular on a number of points aimed at simplifying the provisions and reducing administrative burden for fishermen and control administrations:
An annual report on the implementation of the landing obligation will be prepared by the Commission on the basis of information from Advisory Councils and other sources transmitted by the member states
The principle that the development of parallel markets for undersized fish should be prevented is confirmed
A pragmatic solution for the storage of fish on board fishing vessels.
Danish fishermen reeled in a particularly dangerous catch during an trawl in the Baltic Sea - a mustard gas bomb from World War Two.
The fishing cutter caught the unexploded German ordnance in the sea around the island of Bornholm, which lies just south of Sweden, the Bornholm Tidende news website reports. A navy bomb disposal team met the boat as it docked in the harbour in the town of Nexo, after the crew called ahead to report what it had aboard. It was then given a thorough cleaning by the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), in case any of the mustard gas had escaped, the website says. "The bomb was well preserved," says DEMA spokesman Michael Gronbech-Dam, adding that it is about 90cm long. Mr Gronbech-Dam say it's unlikely the gas has leaked, but officials aren't taking any chances.
LUNENBURG, NS, /CNW/ - High Liner Foods Incorporated (TSX: HLF) ("High Liner Foods" or "the Company") today announced that it has filed a notice with the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") and received approval to purchase through the facilities of the TSX up to 150,000 of the Company's 30,697,990 issued and outstanding Common Shares as of January 20, 2015, representing approximately 0.86% of the public float, being 17,348,888 shares, of the Common Shares as of January 20, 2015. The price the Company will pay for any Common Shares acquired will be the market price at the time of acquisition. Purchases under this normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") will be made by the Company and the shares so acquired shall be cancelled. Purchases may commence on February 2, 2015 and will terminate no later than February 1, 2016.
Alaska -- Sitka will sell off a significant portion of its land at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. It’s the first of what may be several sales at the former pulp mill site.
Most of the sale will go to the Sitka-based processor Silver Bay Seafoods that includes Lot 11, which is the former waste water treatment plant next to to Silver Bay’s current processing building. Silver Bay hopes to use Lot 11 as a fish oil plant, to turn fish waste into the kind of omega-3 capsules found on pharmacy shelves.
The sale also includes Lots 12A and 13, about three and a half acres in the center of the industrial park, next to the TAB bottling plant. Silver Bay wants to use that space as cold storage and, eventually, some kind of canning or packaging site for a line of retail fish products.
Source: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW - Read full story here
Minh Phu Seafood Corp., which sells black tiger shrimp to Costco Wholesale Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will seek to sell half of itself to foreign strategic investors to help fund overseas expansion.
Vietnam’s largest seafood exporter by value aims to complete the stake sales this year after it gets approval to delist from the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange this quarter, Chief Executive Officer Le Van Quang said in an interview. The company forecasts net income will jump 55 percent to 1.416 trillion dong ($66 million) this year, with sales reaching $1 billion, mainly from exports, he said.
Vietnam is considering proposals to raise the foreign-ownership limits of listed companies. Vietnamese companies are increasingly in need of foreign strategic investors for capital and expertise to expand internationally.
Under current rules, foreign investors can hold a maximum 49 percent of a listed company’s stakes. A draft measure proposes that foreign investors be allowed to make “unlimited” investments in non-voting shares of public companies.
Source: Chau Mai/bloomberg.com - Read full story here
Aquaculture handbook to help develop the sector Pakistan
Pakistani scientists together with the US Department of Agriculture and American Soybean Association launched a handbook aimed at improving aquaculture practices in the Asian country.
Vulnerable marine ecosystems in African coast sought Spain
Researchers from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and the University of Vigo, belonging to the science team EcoAfrik project, are participating in an offshore oceanographic campaign, off the coast of South Africa and Namibia, looking for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems that require protection.
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