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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


IN BRIEF - Unlocking the blue growth potential in the EU’s outermost regions

EUROPEAN UNION
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

On 26 June 2018, experts from the EU’s outermost regions join in Brussels to discuss how the blue economy can help give a new, sustainable impetus to their economies. The meeting is the first in its kind and a direct follow-up action of the EU’s new strategy towards the outermost regions.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella: “The blue economy can become one of the powerhouses for the EU economy in general. Surrounded by the ocean and amidst a wealth of natural assets, the outermost regions could be first in line to take advantage of this trend. The European Commission strongly supports this transition.”

The blue economy covers all economic activity at, near or from our ocean, seas or coasts. It includes fisheries, tourism and aquaculture but also emerging industries such as ocean energy, biotechnology or desalination. However, much of the focus in outermost regions has traditionally been on fisheries and tourism. A recent study indicates the potential to expand also in the other areas of blue growth, such as algae-based biotechnology.

Source: European Union


IN BRIEF - Climate change takes toll on fish catch in Davao Gulf

PHILIPPINES
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

DAVAO CITY - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Region 11 (BFAR-11) has raised concerns on the decreasing fish catch in Davao Gulf even if it has implemented a yearly closed season for pelagic fishes for five years now.

BFAR-11 Director Fatma Idris told reporters during Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw that the decreasing fish catch has already been noted since 2015.

Based on the stock assessment, Idris said Davao Gulf used to produce 3,522 metric tons, going down by 4 percent in 2015 and has since continued to decline.

One of the weather phenomenon being blamed is El Niño, which affects mostly the hito (catfish) growers and fingerling hatcheries in the Davao region because of declining water level due to lack of rain.

Source: PNA


IN BRIEF - Early salmon counts providing reason for optimism in central Newfoundland

CANADA
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CENTRAL, NL – It’s still too early to determine if it will be a successful year for salmon populations, but the first run numbers have brought about some optimism in central Newfoundland.

According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Atlantic Salmon Fishway counts, as of June 17, three central rivers have exceeded or are on par with numbers recorded the same time in 2017.

On the Exploits River there were 99 salmon counted, opposed to 12 last year, Campbellton had 29, the previous year there were zero. Salmon Brook remained the same with one.

However, salmon are noted to have entered the province’s waterways earlier as a result of less ice in the coastal bays, and none of the rivers have surpassed the five-year average total – 2013-2017 for the June 17 date.

Source: Labradorian


IN BRIEF - Seafood facility, acidified food processor warned by FDA

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A seafood facility and an acidified food processor are on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The FDA warned both companies in June this year. The warning letters were just recently posted for public view. The FDA allows companies 15 working days to respond to warning letters. If companies fail to properly correct violations, legal action can result in seizure of products and injunctions stopping operations.

In a June 8 warning letter to company owner Harriet L. Mascara, the FDA described violations observed during an inspection Feb. 12-March 1 at the company’s facility where they manufacture acidified food products. The Port Jervis, NY, commercial processing facility engages in the thermal processing of acidified foods, according to the warning letter. Acidified food processors are required by federal law to comply with Current Good Manufacturing Practices in Manufacturing, Packing, or Holding Human Food, which includes taking effective measures to keep conditions sanitary.

Source: Food Safety News


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