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IN BRIEF - Funding for marine economy

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Sea fisheries and processing businesses are to share more than GBP 5.6 million aimed at increasing growth and creating local jobs.

The eighth round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) includes GBP 1.3 million for Seafood Scotland to help it maximise key export markets and GBP 1.35 million for J K Thomson in Musselburgh to support the construction of a new processing factory.

Source: Gov Scot


IN BRIEF - NZ Coastal Seafoods makes ASX debut

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Christchurch-based seafood processor New Zealand Coastal Seafoods has listed on the ASX after a reverse takeover of bankrupt cloud television company xTV Networks.

At 1148 AEST, NZS shares were trading at 2.4 cents after raising $5 million in an initial offering at 2.5 cents a share.

Coastal Seafoods chief executive Peter Win said the ASX listing "gives us access to Australia's capital markets and positions the company as a doorway to Asia".

Source: Finance Nine


IN BRIEF - Commercial tarakihi fishing quota may be slashed

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, August 05, 2019

Fishers were warned last year by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash that there could be cuts if there was no action to arrest its decline.

RNZ understands Mr Nash is of the view that fishers have not gone as far as he would have liked in doing this, and steps may soon have to be taken.

Using a theoretical starting point of 100 percent where tarakihi were not impacted at all by fishing, the Department of Conservation's latest assessment showed there were just under 16 percent of these fish left on the East Coast of New Zealand.

Source: RNZ


IN BRIEF - List of export-priority fish species to China tabled

CHINA
Monday, August 05, 2019

Myanmar’s aquaculture industry will receive a boost from the barter-trade agreement that was signed between the country and China.

Fisheries Department deputy director for quality control and research U Thet Naing said an inventory of fish for export has been sent to China.

The inventory has been sent to China via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for approval. “It will take time as there are procedures,” he said, adding that this is the priority species for export.

At present, Myanmar exports six out of 21 species of fish and prawn in the inventory, with the remainder being of export potential. Climbing perch, branded snakehead, tilapia and white prawnwere among the species in the inventory.

Source: Mm Times


IN BRIEF - Kiên Giang protects marine resources

VIET NAM
Monday, August 05, 2019

KIÊN GIANG - The Mekong Delta Kiên Giang Province should breed aquatic species and animals, or grow other crops, in areas affected by drought and saltwater intrusion, Nguy?n Xuân Cu?ng, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said.

The province, which tops the country in rice production and fishery, should also reduce its rice cultivation in areas prone to drought or salinity.

Speaking at a meeting with Kiên Giang authorities last week, Cu?ng said the province should invest in "clean" rice and organic rice cultivation, and establish linkages between rice production and consumption to create higher value.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Polish association questions effectiveness of MSC certificates

POLAND
Monday, August 05, 2019

Polskie Stowarzyszenie Przetwórców Ryb (PSPR), the Polish Association of Fish Processors, has expressed concerns with the current Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification process in an open letter from the organization’s president, Jerzy Safader. The origin of PSPR’s grievances with MSC certification occurred in January 2015 when the eastern Baltic cod (the main stack targeted by the Polish fleet) paid EUR 60,000 for MSC certification, only for the certificate to be suspended in December that year. The EUR 60,000 was never paid back, inciting fury amongst many of the processors.  Frustration with the lost money and miscommunication between the MSC representatives and Polish fish processors, however, is not the only topic of concern PSPR has raised with MSC certification. 

The Polish fish processors also argue the costs of acquiring MSC certification are unfairly placed entirely on processors and that the certification is an ineffectual means of ensuring sustainable fisheries.   The PSPR argues MSC certification is not actually voluntary, and it is a barrier to the market if producers do not have the certificate. Most retailers demand processors have MSC certification, yet they play no role in bearing the cost of acquiring the credential. PSPR contends that if MSC certificates are to remain the standard of verifying sustainability throughout Europe then the cost should be shared amongst each participant in the chain of production, not just fish processors. The cost after all is not insignificant. Certification can reduce profitability of a company by as much as 11% thanks to the cost of logo and fees incurred.

Source: Eurofish Magazine


IN BRIEF - North Sea cod stocks are critical – it really is time for Britain to try other fish

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Britain, despite being an island surrounded by coast-eroding seas, has a peculiar relationship with fish. No number of supermarket campaigns, chefs on TV and Cornish expats have managed to lure consumers away cod, salmon and tuna: of the GBP 3.8bn we spend on seafood each year, nearly GBP 2bn is spent on the top three.

Fish has long played second fiddle to meat in the UK, and when it doesn’t, it most likely arrives battered, smoked and thinly sliced, or in a tin. Britain is hooked on regularity and ease.

Something’s got to give. As is customary every few years, we are again met with the prospect of a cod shortage. In the North Sea, the fish is in danger of losing its sustainable status, which is designated by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the body that examines and certifies species to ensure stocks remain healthy. Not for the first time, populations in the North Sea, from which a significant portion of the UK’s cod is supplied, have fallen to critical levels. Scientists have recommended fishers reduce their catch by 63 per cent.

Source: INews


IN BRIEF - Strong Start for Icelandic Mackerel Season

ICELAND
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Strong start for Icelandic mackerel season. The Icelandic mackerel fishing season has got off to a good start, according to Magnús Róbertsson, production manager at HB Grandi’s Vopnafjörður factory in Iceland.

The mackerel season got underway when Venus delivered the first mackerel of the summer on 12th July 2019.

‘Production has been been largely continuous. We started gradually and have used the down time when there’s no raw material to clean the equipment. Apart from that we’re working shifts around the clock and an ideal landing for us is when the pelagic vessels bring 600 to 700 tonnes,’ he said, commenting that the mackerel are larger and better than they were last year.

Source: Fish Focus


IN BRIEF - Tuna Season re-opens after a temporary stop announced in July

GIBRALTAR
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Tuna season has re-opened after temporary measures were introduced last month with the Government also increasing the quota from 15.5 to 16.74 tonnes.

A statement from the Government said:

The Tuna fishing season re-opens on 6th August after a temporary stop introduced on 19th July (2019). The season will end on 15th October, unless the total allowable catch is reached earlier.

In today’s Gazette, the Government also increased the quota from 15.5 tonnes to 16.74, reflecting an increase in quotas allowed by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). So far 14.392 tonnes of tuna have been caught meaning that the total amount left following the new quota will be approximately 2.35 tonnes.

Source: Rock Radio


IN BRIEF - Moving aquaculture out to sea could rescue coastal ecosystems

CHINA
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Along the shore of northern Java, the most densely populated island in Indonesia, they thought they had it made back in the 1980s, when the craze for turning mangrove swamps into prawn ponds took hold. Prawn prices were high. Village after village took the bait. “We wanted to raise some income and feed our families”, says Maskur, a teacher in Wedung, a large village on the River Wulan.ç

But now they are living with the consequences. The loss of their protective coastal strip of mangroves triggered an invasion by the sea that has engulfed many of their ponds in the past two decades, and eaten into the rice fields further inland.

“We’ve lost 500 metres to the sea in the last 10 years,” said Maskur, as our boat headed out into a bay unmarked on any maps. We passed the submerged remains of banks that had once surrounded village ponds. “I bought 10 hectares of ponds here in 2004, but three years later they were swept away,” said village official Nor Khamed.

Source: China Dialog Ocean


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