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IN BRIEF - U.S. Gulf and Atlantic Menhaden Fisheries Enter MSC Sustainability Assessment

UNITED STATES
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Houston, TX - During June 2017, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced that the U.S. Atlantic menhaden and U.S. Gulf of Mexico menhaden fisheries have entered the evaluation process in order to acquire the respected blue ecolabel for sustainable fishing. The assessments are being conducted by third-party independent auditors SAI Global at the request of Omega Protein.

Source: Globe Newswire


IN BRIEF - Herring season starts on Northumberland Strait

CANADA
Friday, September 22, 2017

The herring fishing season is underway in the Northumberland Strait with boats heading out to sea usually at night to catch Atlantic herring, one of the most abundant fish species on earth.

The season continues until a total quota is met in the region. Herring are fished for both food and bait, and the catch may be exported smoked, fresh, frozen, marinated/pickled/cured, and canned as “sardines” or for their roe. Products from Canada’s herring fishery are destined for markets in Japan, the United States, and the Dominican Republic. One of the most valuable herring products is roe for the Japanese market.

Source: ngnews.ca


IN BRIEF - Ex-Manager Of Omega Fish Plant Cops To Polluting La. River

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 22, 2017

Law360, New York -- The former manager of a Louisiana fish processing plant owned by Omega Protein Inc. has pled guilty to directing employees to dump water from an effluent pond at the plant into a canal that feeds the state’s Vermilion River, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Aldes K. "Al" Vidrine III, 52, of New Orleans, entered a guilty plea in Louisiana federal court this week to one count of unlawful discharge of a pollutant into a body of water in the U.S. He faces up to one year in...

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IN BRIEF - Erongo Marine Happy With Fish-4-Business Project

NAMIBIA
Thursday, September 21, 2017

ERONGO Marine managing director, Martha Uumati is happy with the progress of the Fish-4-Business project that was started by the company in rural areas two years ago.

The programme aims at promoting fish consumption in villages, while offering food security to many poor and elderly people in the rural areas.

The Fish-4-Business project also aims at supporting small businesses in rural Namibia through empowerment and skills development. Existing shop owners were given the opportunity to grow their businesses while creating and sustaining jobs through the promotion of local fish consumption.

The first Fish Shop was started at Onandjila Village in the Omusati region and is run by Taimi Amukwaya. Five other shops followed a year later, as part of the "Fish-4-Business Challenge 2016" at Oshikushomunkete Village (Oshikuku area), Elondo (Tsandi area), Rosh Pinah, Vyfrandkamp (Okahandja) and Rundu.


IN BRIEF - Quảng Ninh detains people for illegally transporting fish

VIET NAM
Thursday, September 21, 2017

QU?NG NINH — Border guards in the northern province of Qu?ng Ninh reported they have repeatedly detained people for smuggling fish from China.

On Monday, the guards detected a boat with a man transporting 40 styrofoam boxes containing ornamental fish, aquatic plants and many accessories for aquariums.

The patrol team seized all the goods because the boat driver failed to show legal documents related to the goods.

Earlier, on Sunday, another man in Móng Cái City was also detained for carrying 47,000 fish for breeding from China without valid invoice.

On the same day, the border guards also nabbed a ship owner transporting 2.2 tonnes of rotten goldfish that came from China.

The competent agency is completing dossiers to handle these cases in accordance with the law. — VNS


IN BRIEF - Invitation to provide input on the draft Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism of IFFO RS

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In order to allow recognition of other Standards and become aligned with current internationally recognised Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) guidelines, IFFO RS Ltd. has proposed to review and refine the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism to support organisations through a structured improvement process. The full draft of the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism is ready for public consultation via our websitefor a period of 30 days beginning 19th September 2017.

To continue with the development of the Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism, IFFO RS Ltd. has produced a draft of the full Acceptance procedures that consists of requirements, assessment methodology, potential outcomes and other relevant measures. A public consultation feedback submission form (excel format) has been produced in order to provide a user friendly way for stakeholders and other interested parties to provide feedback on the development. The purpose of this public consultation is to obtain input from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed mechanism and to inform about the continuing development of the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme


Thousands of sturgeon moved from Genoa Fish Hatchery to Missouri

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 15, 2017

Genoa, WI (WXOW) - The Missouri department of conservation received a special delivery from Genoa, Wisconsin: a truck full of just under 10,000 lake sturgeon. It's something the Genoa National Fish Hatchery does every year for Missouri and other areas of the Midwest.

Thousands of lake sturgeon not much longer than 6 inches each were loaded early Thursday morning for an all day trip back to Missouri, where they are sorely needed.

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CSIRO breeding Hobart's iconic spotted handfish in captivity to ensure it doesn't go extinct

AUSTRALIA
Friday, September 15, 2017

Dr Lynch started a captive breeding program at the CSIRO in Hobart with support from Seahorse World, the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) and the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

And so far the program has had a positive start.

Three spotted handfish were collected from the River Derwent off the shore of Battery Point and taken to a tank at the CSIRO a few metres away.

The two adults, dubbed Harley and Rose, immediately started to dance around the pole placed in the tank for breeding.

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Steps up aquaculture cooperation with Cambodia

VIET NAM
Friday, September 15, 2017

At a working session with Kampong Chhnang’s Governor Chhua Channdoeun on September 14, Nam highlighted the province’s great potential for aquaculture, the field where Vietnam has technologies and experience. 

The bilateral aquaculture collaboration is expected to help Cambodia reach its targets of promoting economic development, ensuring local people’s stable life, protecting the environment, the official said. 

He called on Vietnam to increase its investment in and support to Cambodia and Kampong Chhnang in areas of the country’s strengths, in order to promote the relationship between the two nations.


IN BRIEF - US increases anti-dumping tax on Vietnamese pangasius

VIET NAM
Friday, September 15, 2017

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) yesterday announced preliminary decisions after the 13th administrative review (POR13), increasing anti-dumping tax on Vietnamese frozen pangasius fillets to US$2.39 a kilogram, triple that in POR12.

POR13 was conducted to frozen pangasius fillets imported from Vietnam in the phase from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016.

According to Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), that is the first time DOC made adjustments completely short of legal basis and regardless of usual regulations.

The decision is unfair, contrary to normal anti-dumping rules, compulsory and unreasonable to Vietnamese businesses who have exported frozen pangasius fish fillets to the US.

The decision belies free trade process and affects Vietnam-US bilateral trade relations, says the VASEP.

By T.QUANG


IN BRIEF - IFFO’s Andrew Mallison takes part in Russia’s International Fisheries Forum & Expo

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, September 14, 2017

For the first time Russia (St Petersburg) is hosting the Global Fishery Forum & International exhibition for fishery, seafood and know-how (Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo) and with over 200 delegates attending from over 50 countries over two days, it promises to be an exciting event. IFFO’s Director General Andrew Mallison will participate in a two panel sessions and act as moderator for one of the two plenary sessions. The aim of the forum is to identify main trends in the development of the modern world fish market, promote the expansion of trade and economic relations and scientific cooperation. A strategy for the development of Russia’s fishing industry and export/import policies will also be discussed, making this a good opportunity to raise the profile of the marine ingredients industry, and IFFO, in Russia.


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