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IN BRIEF - British fishermen set to have better non-EU trading deals post Brexit

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Treasury’s secret Brexit analysis shows UK fishermen will be better off under every Brexit scenario - proving another Remain campaign pledge wrong.

During the referendum David Cameron told British fishermen they were “better off from within” the Common Fisheries Policy, which limits the amount of fish they can catch in UK waters.

But the sensitive Treasury document that forecasted the economic effect of three Brexit models - leaked to Buzzfeed last month - said Britain’s fishing industry will be better off under every possibility.

Source: The Sun


IN BRIEF - Salmon industry could be as big as dairy

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Salmon industry leaders boast they could one day overtake dairy and become the number one industry in New Zealand.

Salmon aquaculture is worth around NZD 300 million a year to the country, compared to dairy's NZD 16.6 billion.

But New Zealand King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne told Mike Hosking says they can produce NZD 25 million in revenue and 60 jobs, per surface hectare.

"In terms of using space well to get a good return for New Zealand, there's not a better opportunity than salmon.

Source: News Talk


IN BRIEF - First anchovy fishing season boosts economy growth in April

PERU
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lima - The National Fisheries Society (SNP) said today that the first anchovy fishing season in the north central zone has boosted the growth of the Peruvian economy in April, according to figures published by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI).

The owner of the fishing association, Elena Conterno said that these figures show that they are returning to previous levels of capture of the resource, which results in a boosting of the economy of the fishing areas of the country.

According to the INEI, in April the Gross Domestic Product grew 7.81%, its best result of the last five years. In the case of the fishing sector, the advance was 81.15%, which also boosted manufacturing activity, which increased 20.33%.


IN BRIEF - SeaDragon cornerstone shareholders keep company afloat

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, June 16, 2018

SeaDragon has negotiated NZD 6 million of new funding from its cornerstone shareholders and a new deal with Comvita that will allow it to meet immediate and medium-term cash flow requirements.

The fish oil manufacturer said that BioScience Managers, an Australian investment firm, and Pescado Holdings, which is associated with Christchurch's rich-lister Stewart family agreed to advance up to a NZD 3 million each via a new convertible loan note facility. An existing convertible loan note facility and existing option to purchase NZD 3 million of ordinary shares in SeaDragon with Comvita will be amended.

Earlier this month it forecast a net loss after tax of between NZD 3.6 million and NZD 4.55 million in the year ending March 31, 2019, and said its ability to deliver on its forecast depends on securing long-term funding for the company.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - AGRIFISH Council: Ministers to discuss sustainable fishing opportunities, improved enforcement of fisheries rules

EUROPEAN UNION
Saturday, June 16, 2018

The meeting of European agriculture and fisheries ministers on Monday 18 May 2019 will address a number of important issues for the EU maritime and fisheries policy.

EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will be at the Council in Luxembourg to present and discuss the Commission’s 'Policy Statement' setting the stage for the proposals that will come later for fishing opportunities for 2019 as well as the recent legislative proposals on a revision of the European fisheries control system and a Regulation for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Ministers are expected to have an exchange of views on the Policy Statement. This annual Communication sets out the rational for the subsequent Commission proposals on the fishing opportunities for 2019. Progress made next year will be crucial for achieving the EU’s objective of securing sustainable fisheries in its waters. This will include the full phasing in of the landing obligation, requiring fishermen to land all catches to stop the wasteful practice of throwing unwanted fish back in the sea. Until end of August, a public consultation invites Member States, Advisory Councils, other stakeholders and citizens to comment on the Commission Communication. In the autumn, the Commission will table its proposals for fishing opportunities, based on independent scientific advice. The Council will then aim at a final agreement in its meeting of October (fishing opportunities for the Baltic), November (fishing opportunities for the deep-sea) and December (fishing opportunities for the Atlantic, the North Sea and the Black Sea).

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - Grieg NL shows off 'escape-free' cages, as salmon farm plan still up in the air

CANADA
Saturday, June 16, 2018

A pair of virtual reality goggles is offering a glimpse into the net-sea cages that Grieg NL will use — even though its massive CAD 250-million salmon farm proposal isn't a done deal.

"The Midgard system is an aquaculture cage which is designed to withstand any kind of harsh environments," says Bendik Slyngstad, who works for the Norway-based company Aqualine AS. 

"This is a reference model to show down to the smallest detail how every rope is supposed to go and [along with] all the nuts and bolts, everything," he added, referencing the equipment.

Slyngstad is a 3D generalist, which he describes as a mix between a developer and a 3D artist.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - More than 1,000 fish die in pollution incident

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Officials are investigating a pollution incident that has killed more than 1,000 fish in the River Callan at Armagh city.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) said they received a report of dead and distressed fish in the waterway on Tuesday evening.

Inspectors traced the pollutant to a specific tributary upstream of Armagh city and a definite line of enquiry is now being followed.

At least 1,000 brown trout and 100 salmon are believed to have died in the incident so far and work is ongoing to assess the full impact.

Source: Belfast Telegraph


IN BRIEF - Sea Shepherd, fish farmers poised for face-off

UNITED STATES
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tensions are mounting in the aquaculture industry, with a major trade organization accusing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of harassing fish farm workers, and at least one First Nation telling the environmental group they’re unwelcome in their traditional territories.

But Paul Watson, the seafaring environmentalist who founded the group, has denied claims of harassment.

And the group has said it intends to continue research on the impacts of farmed salmon, saying the practice endangers wild stocks and that fish farms violate the rights of Indigenous people opposed to aquaculture operations taking place without their consent.

Source: Campbell River Mirror


IN BRIEF - Study: Alaska salmon gillnet fishermen face high rate of health issues

UNITED STATES
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Commercial salmon fishermen in Alaska have much higher rates of some health problems than the general population, a recent study has found.

The study, from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Alaska Sea Grant, surveyed and assessed gillnet permit holders in the Alaska Copper River salmon fishery in 2015.

"The prevalence of hearing loss, upper extremity disorders, and sleep apnea risk factors were higher than in the general population both before and during the fishing season," the study found.

Source: Anchorage Daily News


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Minister Says Local Fishermen Must Take Advantage of Deep-Sea Resources

JAMAICA
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says local fishermen should focus less on nearshore practices and instead take advantage of opportunities offered out in the deep ocean.

Addressing reporters at JAMPRO’s third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 13, Mr. Shaw said it is an acknowledged fact that the deep sea is an untapped area with enormous resources that Jamaica should attempt to utilise.

“The whole area of fish and seafood is on the horizon for us. It’s an exciting area that can even be better. It needs to be expanded beyond aquaculture and fish farming, which is more in the inland area,” he added.

Source: Jamaica Information Center


IN BRIEF - Restrictions Could Tighten as Data Reveals Salmon Inflation

UNITED STATES
Saturday, June 16, 2018

BETHEL, Alaska - Recent state data reveals that the number of king salmon returning to an Alaska river has been inflated for decades.

KYUK-AM reports the state now is recommending that the body governing the Bering Sea pollock fishery adopt this new information about the Kuskokwim River. If it does, restrictions on the fleet's bycatch of king salmon could tighten.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is scheduled to make a decision by Monday on how many king salmon can be caught incidentally by commercial fishing boats targeting pollock in the Bering Sea.

Source: US News

 


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