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IN BRIEF - Liberals promise new funds for cash-strapped coast guard, fisheries department

CANADA
Friday, October 27, 2017

OTTAWA - The Trudeau government has promised an infusion of much-needed cash for the Canadian Coast Guard and federal Fisheries Department, which documents show have suffered from years of chronic underfunding.

The question is whether the new funding will be enough.

The new money was included in the federal fiscal update, which the Liberals released to much fanfare on Tuesday 24TH of October 2017, and works out to more than CAD 1.2 billion over the next six years.

Source: CTV News


IN BRIEF - CCAMLR appoints Dr David Agnew as Executive Secretary

AUSTRALIA
Friday, October 27, 2017

The MSC warmly congratulates Dr David Agnew on his appointment to the post of Executive Secretary with Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCALMR).

Since 2011 David has been MSC's Science and Standards Director. During his tenure with the MSC, he has made a tremendous contribution to the organisation and has been central to establishing the MSC’s position as the world’s most credible and recognised standard for wild-caught seafood.

Notably, David led revisions of the Fishery and Chain of Custody Standards, the development of impacts research and the publication of the Global Impacts Reports series, and the implementation of the Peer Review College. While David will be sorely missed in the MSC, and among our many partners, we are comforted that he will be contributing his leadership and expertise to this leading intergovernmental organisation.

Press Release: MSC


IN BRIEF - Vietnam aquaculture export and forum opens in Can Tho

VIET NAM
Friday, October 27, 2017

Can Tho – The international Vietnam Aquaculture Expo and Forum 2017 kicked off in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on October 25 2017, attracting over 70 domestic and foreign exhibitors. 

The event, themed “Aquaculture – profitable and sustainable trade”, featured eight important contents, including manufacturing and supply of aquatic varieties, nutrition and feed technology in aquaculture, epidemic diseases control and environment in aquaculture, among others. 

Tran Thi Thu Ha, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fisheries Association, said among the total water surface area of more than 1.7 million ha, over 1 million ha is used for aquaculture. 

Source: Vietnam Plus


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest Judgment of the General Court (EU)

NORWAY
Thursday, October 26, 2017

With reference to the releases of 23 July 2014 and 31 March 2014 in respect of the European Commission's review of the Morpol acquisition process.
 
Marine Harvest has today been informed by the General Court (EU) that the European Commission's initial decision to fine Marine Harvest of EUR 20 million is maintained. The General Court (EU) maintains that Marine Harvest has breached the provisions of the European Merger Control Regulations.
 
Marine Harvest is disappointed by the outcome and that our arguments presented to the General Court (EU) have not been accepted.
 
Marine Harvest will now together with its legal advisor conduct a judicial review of the judgment and decide if the judgment shall be appealed to the EU Court of Justice. If an appeal is lodged, a final non-appealable judgment is expected to be made at the end of 2018.
 
Marine Harvest has already recognized a provision of EUR 20 million in the financial statements.


IN BRIEF - Tassal 'not reliant on Macquarie Harbour'

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Salmon farmer Tassal says it is not dependent on its operations in Tasmania's Macquarie Harbour and can grow fish at other marine leases held around the state.

Tassal holds three leases at Macquarie Harbour, which became a focus last year because of concerns over the environmental impacts of intensive fish farming.

Tassal has fully de-stocked one lease, Franklin, following Tasmania's environmental regulator ordering the move in January after finding 14 non-compliance issues.

The Franklin lease is expected to be stocked again in 2018.

Tassal chief executive Mark Ryan told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting on Wednesday that there had been some market concern about reducing the amount of salmon farmed at Macquarie Harbour.

Source: SBS


IN BRIEF - BREXIT BLACKMAIL! Euro nations want UK fish export BLOCK unless they can access our waters

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sixty coastal communities across nine European Union (EU) nations have called on Brussels to make UK fish exports to the bloc conditional on EU vessels’ access to British waters.

Britain currently exports 80 per cent of its stock, with the majority going to the EU.

Fearing MPs will bow down to angry British fishermen, who overwhelmingly voted to leave the bloc to “take back control of our waters”, the European Fisheries Alliance (EFA) wants Brussels negotiators to demand the same free access European fishermen currently enjoy.

Gerard Van Balsfoort, chairman of the alliance, which represents fishermen from Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Ireland, said: “The Brexit agreement needs to take care of our coastal communities.

Source: Express


IN BRIEF - Microplastics in the Baltic have not risen for 30 years

DENMARK
Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

 The concentration of microplastics in water and fish from the Baltic Sea has been constant for the past 30 years, despite a substantial increase in plastic production during the same period. This is the surprising conclusion of a new study just published in Science of the Total Environment.

More plastic is being produced globally than ever before, and between 5 and 15 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world's oceans each year.

It was assumed that the concentration of microplastics in fish and sea water had risen parallel to the increase in the production of plastic, but that assumption is not supported by the first long-term study of microplastics in the sea.

The study—by researchers at DTU Aqua, the University of Copenhagen, and GEOMAR in Kiel—analysed the level of microplastics in fish and water samples from the Baltic Sea, taken between 1987 and 2015.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Fisheries earnings scaled up

CAMBODIA
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Earnings in the fishing sector rose by 62 percent during the first nine months of 2017.

However, growth in exports of inland fish as well as in marine production was flat during the January-September period compared with the same period in 2016.

From January to September, Cambodia exported 6,950 tonnes of inland fish products and 3,880 tonnes of marine products, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The country earned more than USD 633,000 from the fishing industry during the first nine months of the year, already 86 percent of its goal for the whole year, which is USD 737,000.

Cambodia’s inland fish catch is largely exported to Singapore, Malaysia and China, while marine fish harvests are mostly sent to Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Khmer Times


IN BRIEF - Israeli forces open fire at Gaza fishermen

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

GAZA CITY - Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats early Monday morning off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli boats opened fire at Gaza fishermen off the coast of al-Sudaniya.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

As part of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited "designated fishing zone," the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.

Source: Ma'an News Agency


IN BRIEF - Maine to benefit most if shrimp fishery reopens

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Maine will receive 80% of the total allowable catch of shrimp, if and when the fishery reopens.

The Gloucester Times reported the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved an action that strictly allocates catch limits for Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The fishery has been closed since 2014. The allocation was approved as an alternative to a proposal to limit entry into the fishery.

In 2013, Maine's shrimp fishery harvested 563,313 pounds of shrimp with a reported value of slightly more than USD 1 million, according to the Maine Department of Marine Fisheries. In 2012, the Maine's shrimp harvest was 4.8 million pounds, with a reported value of USD 4.6 million.

Source: Maine Biz


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