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IN BRIEF - China’s tariffs won’t hit U.S. seafood exported for reprocessing

UNITED STATES
Saturday, June 30, 2018

U.S. seafood sent to China for processing  and re-export will be spared retaliatory tariffs, which will ease the bite of the sanctions for Seattle-based companies that have relied on Chinese labor to process salmon, pollock, crab and other products.

The clarification of China’s tariffs policy was announced Thursday by John Henderschedt, NOAA Fisheries’  director of international affairs, after agency consultations with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

The North Pacific fishing industry, which harvests off Alaska, exported more than USD 750 million of products to China in 2017.

Source: Seattle Times


IN BRIEF - DEC: Three North Shore shellfishing areas temporarily closed

UNITED STATES
Saturday, June 30, 2018

For the 23rd year in a row, shellfishing will be barred at three sites on Long Island’s North Shore over the July Fourth holiday as a rise in boating raises the potential for sewage contamination, officials said.

Boaters who empty toilets into the Sound can pollute nearby shellfish beds “with pathogenic bacteria or viruses, rendering the shellfish unsafe for human consumption,” the Department of Environmental Conservation said in a statement.

“We strongly encourage boaters to act responsibly and be aware of the no-discharge zones in Port Jefferson Harbor, Oyster Bay Harbor, and the Sand Hole in the Town of Huntingtonand to use pump-out facilities to prevent impacts to our natural resources and protect public health,” said Basil Seggos, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Source: News Day


IN BRIEF - The First 100% Fish Article Published by Arctica Finance and Iceland Ocean Cluster

UNITED STATES
Friday, June 29, 2018

The U.S. is an important market for seafood, being the fifth largest producer and exporter of seafood in the world and the largest importer. Despite its global significance, there are still opportunities for enhancements within the U.S. fishing industry, especially with regard to fish utilization.

At least 1.5 million metric tons of fish by-products are discarded in the U.S. per annum, resulting in a value loss of potential USD 655 million. By increasing the utilization of fish and fish by-products, significant value can be salvaged from the supply chain in the U.S. seafood industry.

Press Release: Iceland Ocean Cluster


IN BRIEF - The Consequences of China’s Booming Demand for Seafood

CHINA
Friday, June 29, 2018

Seafood consumption per capita in China has recently surpassed pork, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, and that has repercussions for ocean ecosystems in the country and beyond.

Several factors are responsible for shifting Chinese diets in a different direction. Incomes have risen, for instance, so people can afford seafood, which is typically pricier than other meats, says Yvonne Sadovy, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Its priciness also makes it a status symbol, she says, and it regularly shows up on the menu at banquets and weddings. Also, public health campaigns are encouraging Chinese people to choose lower fat proteins. Plus, food production scandals have led people to view wild foods as healthier, she adds.

And the Chinese really love seafood, says Peter Redmayne, president of Sea Fare Expositions, a US-based business that organizes an annual seafood trade show in China. Citing a proverb, he adds, “Without fish there is no dinner.”

Source: Hakai Magazine


IN BRIEF - New Brunswick’s salmon population drops for second-straight year

CANADA
Friday, June 29, 2018

The number of North American wild Atlantic salmon has dropped for the second-straight year, with only 496,000 salmon successfully spawning in all continental rivers in 2017.

That figure is well below minimum conservation limits in some areas, according to the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF).

“Overall, we are struggling to restore North American wild Atlantic salmon populations to sustainable levels,” said ASF president Bill Taylor.

“Although there are some bright spots, areas where we are seeing the result of wise management, we must remain concerned about the suite of threats affecting oceans and rivers.”

Source: GlobalNews


IN BRIEF - Why Australia is not making the most of its China seafood opportunity

AUSTRIA
Friday, June 29, 2018

Australia's seafood export trade with China is being held back by bureaucratic delays and a blackmarket trade from Hong Kong and Vietnam falsely claiming to be Australian.

The value of Australia's direct seafood trade to China soared to AUD 358 million in 2017 compared with $85 million the previous year after the implementation of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

But a study to be released on Thursday argues that the figure can be much higher if the Australian government intervenes at a senior level to iron out a number of hurdles.

Source: Financial Review


IN BRIEF - Development of Kenya’s aquaculture sector could reduce rural poverty and tackle chronic malnutrition and food insecurity

KENYA
Friday, June 29, 2018

Rome – More than 35,000 rural households in Kenya will soon be eating better and earning more money thanks to a new financial agreement signed today by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Kenya in support of the country’s aquaculture sector.

With some 10 million Kenyans suffering from chronic food insecurity and poor nutrition, the new agreement provides financial support to the Aquaculture Business Development Programme and related activities designed to promote fish production in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner in 15 target counties.

The total cost of the programme is USD 143.3 million, including a USD 40.0 million loan from IFAD. The programme will be co-financed by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (USD 400,000), the Government of Kenya (USD 31.4 million) and by the beneficiaries themselves (USD 43.6 million). The financing gap of USD 27.9 million will be covered from future IFAD financing rounds or by potential co-financing partners.

Source: IFAD


IN BRIEF - The First 100% Fish Article Published by Arctica Finance and Iceland Ocean Cluster

ICELAND
Thursday, June 28, 2018

As part of the partnership between Arctica Finance and Iceland Ocean Cluster articles that focus on fish related subjects will be published as part of the series titled “100% fish”. The primary aim of these articles is to draw more attention to the Icelandic fishing industry. Iceland Ocean Cluster and Arctica Finance believe that their partnership will create multiple exciting opportunities that will help drive further growth of the Icelandic fishing industry.

Read article US Seafood and Utilization: Link to PDF


IN BRIEF - CIT Mostly Upholds Commerce Ruling In Vietnam Shrimp Row

UNITED STATES
Thursday, June 28, 2018

The U.S. Court of International Trade has largely sustained the U.S. Department of Commerce's anti-dumping duties on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Vietnam, finding that the department did not err by assigning unexamined Vietnamese shrimp importers the same dumping rate as one of the mandatory respondents.

Judge Claire R. Kelly on Thursday upheld Commerce's calculation of an "all-others" rate for Vietnamese shrimp importers not individually examined in the 10th administrative review of an anti-dumping duty order on frozen warmwater shrimp imported from Vietnam.

Source: Law 360


IN BRIEF - Make fishing sector more competitive by letting companies start fish-farming

JAPAN
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

How should Japan’s fishing industry be reinvigorated? To strengthen its competitiveness, it is necessary to conduct an effective review of regulations.

The government has compiled measures to reform the fishing industry, whose central pillars include encouraging private-sector companies to enter the fish-farming business. It plans to submit a bill to the extraordinary Diet session this autumn to revise related laws.

Under the reforms, fishery rights, which fishermen’s cooperatives and local fishermen have effectively monopolized, are also to be made available to companies that have not belonged to any fishermen’s cooperatives. If there are any “fishing grounds that have not been effectively utilized,” Tokyo and other prefectural governments, at their own discretion, will give companies the right to run aquaculture operations there.

Source: The Japan News


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