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IN BRIEF - Demand for frozen shrimp, squid boosts marine-product exports

INDIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

KOCHI - Spurred by a soaring demand for frozen shrimp and frozen squid in international markets, the domestic marine products industry exported 2,51,735 tonnes of seafood, valued at INR 9,066.06 crore (USD 1.42 billion), in April-June 2017 compared to 2,01,223 tonnes and USD 1.17 billion, respectively, a year earlier.

The US and South-East Asia retained their positions as major importers, followed by the European Union and Japan, while demand from China saw a healthy surge during the period.

Frozen shrimp continued to be the top export item in the marine products basket, accounting for a share of 50.66 per cent in quantity and 74.90 per cent of the total earnings in dollar terms. Shrimp exports increased by 20.87 per cent in terms of quantity and 21.64 per cent in dollar terms.

Source: The Hindu Business Line


IN BRIEF - Paua-poacher banned from fishing for three years

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A member of a Wellington-based paua poaching operation has been banned from fishing for three years and ordered to serve seven months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to more than 20 charges under the Fisheries Act.

Thirty-nine-year-old Sonny Gilbert Wairau from Brooklyn was sentenced for his part in a black market operation involving three main offenders that called themselves The Paua Corporation when he appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday.

The men illegally took, over seven months, 257kg of greenweight paua and 31kg of sea cucumbers from around the Wellington coastline and then illegally sold the paua and sea cucumbers.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Fish Farm occupiers protest restocking of empty fish farm

CANADA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A group of First Nations who are calling for the removal of fish farms from their territory says they will be occupying a third fish farm in the Broughton Archipelago off the coast of North East Vancouver Island.

The action comes after a vessel called the Viktoria Viking was spotted transporting smolts, which are juvenile salmon, to Marine Harvest’s Port Elizabeth fish farm which had previously been an empty site.

“My relatives moved quickly as they are on route to the Port Elizabeth fish farm,” said Ernest Alfred, who has been occupying Swanson Island fish farm since late August 2017.

A meeting between Premier John Horgan, his accompanying ministers, and 40 hereditary and elected leaders of the Mamalilikala, ‘Namgis, Tlowitsis, Mamtagila, and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw took place in Alert Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 10 2017, where Horgan made no definitive statements as to the future of fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago.

Source: BC Local News


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture project impresses Government

ZAMBIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Government is implementing the USD 50-million Aquaculture project aimed at boosting fish production and job creation in Zambia.

Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo says the project is a joint venture between government and the World bank.

He told ZNBC in an interview in Ndola that the World bank has released USD 45 million towards the project with the Zambian government putting in USD 5 million.

Mr Katambo says president Edgar Lungu is expected to launch the project which will benefit over 12 000 fish farmers across the Country.

Source: ZNBC


IN BRIEF - Norwegian seafood industry eye Indian gourmet market

INDIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Delhi - For well over two decades, Norwegian seafood is being served at high-end eateries in India but the imports have been significantly small due to high customs duties.

Now, there is a push to promote it in India, thanks to the efforts of the body which promotes the Nordic country’s seafood.

“Earlier, due to high customs duties the price had been above the local fish, so import volumes remained small. However, with an increasingly affluent middle class, our analysis has shown that there are potentially 20-30 million Indians who can afford to buy our products like salmon and Atlantic cod,” the Oslo-based Yogi Shergill, Director of Norwegian Seafood Council, told IANS during a visit here.“We are aware that convincing the consumer to purchase Norwegian seafood will be a challenge and will take time. However, we now see that some local fish like pomfret is priced very close to our salmon, and higher than what Atlantic cod is sold at, so the prospects looks good,” Shergill said adding that Norwegian exporters have to be patient and have staying power to capture part of the market in India.

Source: Eastern Mirror


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest third-quarter earnings slightly ahead of forecast, output lags

CANADA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

OSLO - Marine Harvest, the world’s largest fish farmer, reported preliminary third-quarter operating profits slightly ahead of forecasts on Monday, even though output volumes lagged expectations.

Operating profit for the July-September period was EUR 191 million, the company said, beating the EUR 189 million expected in a Reuters poll of 10 analysts.

The output of farmed salmon rose to 95,500 tonnes in the third quarter from 78,500 tonnes in the previous quarter, but was firmly below the 101,000 tonnes Marine Harvest had aimed to produce.

Analysts had forecast output in a range of 98,000 tonnes to 102,000 tonnes. The company did not elaborate on the output miss.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Tapping automation to make aquaculture more productive

SINGAPORE
Friday, October 13, 2017

Local fish farm Barramundi Asia looks nothing like the traditional kelongs that dot Singapore's northern coast.

Here, farming is not done in nets supported by a wooden structure in the middle of the sea. Instead, the white-fleshed fish are reared in more than 30 floating sea pens at a location south of Singapore, near Pulau Semakau.

The farm - reminiscent of large salmon farms in Norway, which has a developed aquaculture industry - does not just look different. As one of the few fish farms in Singapore that is embracing technology, Barramundi Asia operates differently too.

Source: Straits Times


IN BRIEF - Clean up complete: 123 dead fish recovered

CANADA
Friday, October 13, 2017

Government officials have finished cleaning up after dead fish were reported in Hyde Creek, west of Charlottetown, says the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group.

The group told CBC News 116 brook trout and seven sticklebacks were recovered.

The dead fish were found on Tuesday and initial investigation was done by provincial officials that same day. Environment Canada officials joined provincial officials on Wednesday 11th of October 2017.

The cause of the incident is still being investigated.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - European Union to evaluate Taiwan’s efforts to curb illegal fishing

TAIWAN
Friday, October 13, 2017

BRUSSELS – The European Union will soon send a team to Taiwan to evaluate the effectiveness of the country’s measures to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), an EU official told CNA Thursday 12ve of October 2017.

Taiwan was given a “yellow card” by the European Commission in October 2015 and was warned that the country risked being identified as uncooperative in the fight against IUU.

The EU official, who asked not to be named, said the withdrawal of the yellow card would depend on Taiwan’s efforts and the measures it has implemented to curb IUU.

Also on Wednesday, Chen Chi-chung (???), deputy head of the Council of Agriculture, said Taiwan’s fishing had been regulated and he was very confident the yellow card would be withdrawn.

Source: China Post


IN BRIEF - Boat contracted to clean Tassal fish farm nets sinks off Tasmania's east coast

AUSTRALIA
Friday, October 13, 2017

A boat contracted by fish farming company Tassal has sunk at Triabunna on Tasmania's east coast overnight, with about 850 litres of diesel fuel onboard.

Nick Daft, a co-owner of the vessel, ruled out sabotage, saying "adverse weather conditions" were to blame for the Dawn Treader sinking at its mooring off Triabunna.

"It's just one of those things that happens, unfortunately," he said.

"Just adverse weather conditions — that's all we can put it down to."

Source: ABC


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