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IN BRIEF - Northern Sask. fish processing plant closes 4 years after opening

CANADA
Monday, July 15, 2019

One of northern Saskatchewan's only fish processing plants has shut down.

Wollaston Lake Fishery operated a plant in Wollaston Lake and a store in Prince Albert called Northern Wild Fishery.

The company ceased operations earlier this week.

The end result is 25 jobs lost — 20 at the plant in Wollaston Lake and five more at the store in Prince Albert.

Most of the people affected are members of the Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - RFNS Kikau returns from fisheries surveillance

FIJI
Monday, October 21, 2019

RFNS Kikau recently returned from a Fisheries surveillance patrol as part of the regional operation Kurukuru 2019.

Kikau was delayed by several days due to other commitments, however, it managed to sight and board 6 offshore vessels during the six days of the patrol.

In harbor boardings and inspections were also conducted and a surveillance aircraft also conducted aerial surveillance of Fiji’s waters during the regional operation Kurukuru.

The Republic of the Fiji Navy will continue to work with relevant stakeholders in protecting our fishing ground from illegal fishing and ensuring that all Fijians are safe.

Source: FBC News


IN BRIEF - Fish Factor: Fisheries board to get update on impacts of climate change

UNITED STATES
Monday, October 21, 2019

Hundreds of fishery stakeholders and scientists will gather in Anchorage next week as the state Board of Fisheries begins its annual meeting cycle with a two-day work session.

The seven-member BOF sets the rules for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport and personal use fisheries. It meets four to six times each year in various communities on a three-year rotation; this year the focus is on Kodiak and Cook Inlet.

The fish board and the public also will learn the latest on how a changing climate and off-kilter ocean chemistry are affecting some of Alaska’s most popular seafood items at an Oct. 23 2019 “talk and Q&A” on ocean acidification (OA) in Alaska.

Source: The Cordova Times


IN BRIEF - Bakkafrost wraps up SSC purchase

FAROE ISLANDS
Monday, October 21, 2019

At an extraordinary general meeting in the Faroe Islands, shareholders authorised approval for the board to issue six million new shares to settle the outstanding debt.

The vote was overwhelming with 99.1 per cent in favour and just 0.9 per cent against the proposal.

Bakkafrost had earlier paid GBP 336.7 million to Northern Link, SSC’s parent, 70 per cent towards the (GBP 517 million) cost of buying 68.6 per cent of SSC.

The meeting at the weekend means the remaining 30 per cent will now be paid for in shares.

Source: Fish Farmer Magazine


IN BRIEF - Abalone industry under threat if quota cuts aren't made

AUSTRALIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

There are calls for the commercial abalone fishing quota in Tasmania to be cut by over a third to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.

Stocks are struggling in all Australian abalone fisheries, in WA, SA, Vic, NSW and TAS, because of warmer waters and over-fishing.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Malaysia loses MYR 5 billion in fisheries revenue annually to foreign fishermen

MALAYSIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR - The government plans to strengthen the nation’s maritime enforcement assets in an effort to curb encroachment by foreign fishing boats which resulted in Malaysia losing up to RM5 billion in fisheries revenue every year, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub said the ministry would submit the proposal to the Cabinet, which includes a suggestion to purchase a mother ship to facilitate enforcement operation at sea.

“Prior to this, the government has taken firm action by carrying out an operation dubbed ‘Ops Naga’ and will continue doing so with the commitment from three ministries, namely my ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry and Defence Ministry.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Fish stock, size are deteriorating in national waters

MALAYSIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

KUALA TERENGGANU - The fish stock in the country's territorial waters is now getting less and the size is getting smaller due to human greed.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) Fisheries Gear Technology and Fisheries Ecology senior lecturer Dr. Mohd Fazrul Hisam Abd Aziz said fishermen were able to get mega-sized fish easily 15 years ago compared to the present situation and it was one of the signs of the level of pressure on the country's fisheries stock.

One of the reasons for stock loss was illegal fishing, unreported and uncontrolled (Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)) fishing.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - MOA to conduct study on caged fish breeding in Kukup

MALAYSIA
Monday, October 21, 2019

PONTIAN - The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA) has asked the Fisheries Research Institute to conduct a feasibility study on a new location for the caged fish breeding industry in Kukup near here.

Its deputy minister Sim Tze Tzin said the study which will cover several criteria including the depth of sea water, the oxygen content and the quality of water, is a long-term effort to help revive the sector.

This follows a recent incident in August when 44 fish breeders lost RM5 million after thousands of their stock died due to water pollution which occurred after the Lekima typhoon struck.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - SalMar strengthens ocean-based fish farming and changes CEO

NORWAY
Monday, October 21, 2019

Gustav Witzøe will take over as CEO of SalMar effective 21 October 2019. From this date the current CEO, Olav Andreas Ervik, will become managing director of the new subsidiary SalMar Ocean AS and responsible for the company’s ventures in ocean-based fish farming.

SalMar’s initiatives in ocean-based fish farming has to date been organised as a business area within SalMar and headed by Gustav Witzøe. These activities will now be transferred to a subsidiary which Ervik wanted to lead.

Both Witzøe and Ervik emphasise that this change will ensure continuity in management and that it is a logical consequence of SalMar’s ambition to lead in the development of ocean-based fish farming.

Source: Globe Newswire


IN BRIEF - BAP Launches Redesigned Website

UNITED STATES
Thursday, October 17, 2019

As part of a rebranding campaign, the Global Aquaculture Alliance on Oct. 16 2019 launched a redesigned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) website. The refreshed BAP site is more consumer-facing, peppered with messaging that better explains the depth and comprehensiveness of the industry-leading third-party aquaculture certification program.

The new BAP site is anchored by the new BAP logo, unveiled on July 25 as the first step in a multi-step rebranding campaign that’s officially being rolled out this month with the launch of the redesigned BAP site. The rebranding campaign acknowledges the BAP program’s journey from an industry-facing solution to a publicly recognized brand.

Among the features of the new BAP site is a marketing toolkit containing assets for retailers, foodservice operators and consumers, encouraging consistent messaging about the BAP program. The new BAP site also contains a new “Where to Find” page with retail and foodservice endorser logos that are sortable by region and segment as well as a new “Our Logo” page with information about the new BAP logo.

Press Release: BAP


IN BRIEF - Brexit concerns blowing gale across nervous Falklands

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

The following piece on the Falklands and Brexit was distributed by the French news agency, AFP, both in English and Spanish. - It may be a remote archipelago 13,000km from mainland Britain but the Falkland Islands' incredible biodiversity, as well as fishing and meat exports, are under threat from Brexit.

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government and the European Union squabble over Brexit, conservationists in the Falklands - a British overseas territory of 3,400 inhabitants - are anxiously following events as they run the risk of losing significant EU funding.

Esther Bertram, who leads the Falklands Conservation NGO, says Britain must take responsibility for the wildlife in its overseas territories.

Source: Merco Press


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