IN BRIEF - Climate crisis drives Tunisia fishing trade into troubled waters
Monday, September 09, 2019
oats gently knock together along the dock in Kelibia. The gentle melody of their wooden hulls colliding has been heard in this small Tunisian fishing village for decades. In the midday sun, fishermen feed scraps to stray cats in a scene that seems almost preserved in amber.
But the fishing trade is in its death throes here, as the pressures of the climate crisis impact on global fish stocks and put new social pressures on the fishermen themselves.
“At night sometimes, I dream of fish,” says Hafed Fayal, who has spent 30 of his 45 years at sea after leaving school to become a fisherman, taking to the waves each day on a small rubber dinghy he shares with others. “We used to get 300 dinar (£86) for 300kg of fish,” he says. “Now you’re lucky if you get 150 dinar for 35kg.”
The national food distribution has passed the examination it has undergone with the arrival of the health crisis caused by Covid-19. But how is the future presented? Precisely this unknown has been the basis of the virtual round table organized today, May 27, by Ainia, under the slogan 'The Great Distribution, working towards the future, companies facing the challenge of Covid-19' and which has had the participation of Mercadona's quality director, Luis Pla; the director of the consumer-client department of Consum, Manuel García, and the Ikea Food Country manager, Carlos Cocheteux.
The first big conclusion is the importance of continuing to bet on innovation to get out of this situation as quickly as possible, given that "Covid is going to be a catalyst for innovation, a lever" and "you have to go forward with innovation , you can't get out of a crisis any other way ", in the words of Carlos Cocheteux.
The text incorporates the amendments of the popular MEPs Millán Mon and Gabriel Mato
The European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries approved its recommendations on the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit on Monday.The text, which is chaired by French popular MEP François-Xavier Bellamy, incorporated the amendments tabled by MEPs Francisco Millán Mon and Gabriel Mato, both reported in a statement. According to the agreement, the European Parliament will not support any trade agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom if it does not include a comprehensive, balanced and long-term fisheries agreement that maintains access. reciprocal to water and resources. Mon and Mato expressed concern about the lack of progress in the negotiations in recent weeks.
As a reporter living near the ocean in Nova Scotia, I get to see some incredible marine life as when people make discoveries along the coastline. I've seen my share of whales, came within an arm's length of a great white shark, but never had I seen an albino lobster.
Lobster fisherman AJ Francis tells me "It was the last trap on the trawl and I saw something white," from aboard his boat docked at the Pictou Landing wharf.
The start of lobster season had to be delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but for Francis, it certainly started out with a bang.
Albino lobsters are considered to be 1 in 100 million, the rarest of the rare.
The Fisheries Agency announced on the 27th that there will be 300 tons of large-sized fish (30 kg or more) that had been transferred from Taiwan for Pacific bluefin tuna, which is feared to be depleted of resources, and 2020 including the unused portion of the previous fishing season when the addition was permitted. Announced catch quota. The total of large fish and small fish (less than 30 kg) increased by 17% from the previous year to 13,397 tons, the largest since 2015 when resource management was introduced.
Pacific bluefin tuna will set a catch limit for each country / region at an international conference. The transfer from Taiwan was agreed in September last year, and was temporarily put on hold since it was too late for the fishing season this year, but it was officially transferred in March this year.
Blue IMPACT ™ is a new feeding concept that BioMar has launched with the aim of contributing to the progress being made in the aquaculture field to minimize its potential environmental impact.
This concept, as indicated by the company, is especially intended for those who want to go a step further in the sustainability of their farms "while guaranteeing a viable business model with a focus on health and farm performance "
The first food in the series, which the company had already announced earlier this year, has been designed to address the challenges facing cage culture in the Baltic Sea area; and more specifically, it has focused on reducing the total phosphorus in the feed.
Source: iPac.acucultura | Read the full articlehere
Almost three months after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU and after weeks of political debate on the endowment or access to aid, the European Commission has presented its proposal for economic recovery. The plan, which is called Next Generation EU, is endowed with 750 billion euros and through specific reinforcements of the long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027, it is planned to increase the total financial capacity of the EU budget. Union at 1.85 trillion euros. The European Commission defends its plan as "sustainable, uniform, inclusive and fair for all Member States" in its objectives of achieving recovery and improving EU resilience.
Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full articlehere
THE Norwegian branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Conservation Organisation – better known as UNESCO – is calling for a meeting with the Oslo government over plans to allow Mowi to develop aquaculture on one of its world heritage sites.
Following a long running dispute and a series of appeals, Mowi was granted official clearance earlier this month to carry out salmon and trout farming in a remote region of northern Norway known as
Rødskjæran on the Vega Islands, an area renowned for its birdlife and as a breeding ground for eider ducks who are renowned for their feathers.
Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer | Read the full articlehere
As the tuna season in the Mediterranean opens, this year’s fishery should look positive as the 4781 tonne quotas for the French purse seine fleet have close to pre-recovery period levels of 4677 tonnes back in 2007.
Prices for red tuna (bluefin) are expected to be lower this year, as fishing is hit by the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Prices were close to €10 per kilo in 2019, with no significant difference prices between line-caught and seine-caught fish.’
According to PO Sathoan, which represents trawlers, small scale vessels and around half of the French Mediterranean tuna fleet, the recovery of the tuna fishery hasn’t happened by accident, but is the result of efforts by all sectors of the industry in adhering to ICCAT scientists’ advice.
Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full articlehere
China’s economy is weakening, and that could spell the end of the country’s fledgling marine salmon sector.
In April, the CKGSB Business Conditions Index (BCI) registered a score of 42.2, up less than one percentage point from March (41.3), but well below the 50-point mark, which suggests a positive reading. The latest monthly reading of the index, compiled by the respected Beijing business school of the same name, comes with a warning for the future.
“From this, we can tell that the economy is still extremely weak,” the BCI report said. “Without strong government policy intervention, economic growth is unlikely to be very positive going forward. Indeed, if by the end of the year, GDP growth is above zero, this will be considered a decent result.”
Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here