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IN BRIEF - Norwegian trawler pulled in by Russian Coast Guard

NORWAY
Thursday, March 28, 2019

The 64 meter long vessel on Wednesday noon sailed into the fishery port in Murmansk. According to the port administration, the ship has been arrested by the Coast Guard following illegal fishing in the Russian part of the Barents Sea.

Ship tracking data show that the ship was first taken to the waters west of peninsula Rybachii, just few kilometers from the border to Norway, before it was forced to proceed to Murmansk.

The «Arctic Swan» is normally doing catch of shrimp and cod. It is owned by the Alta-based company Arctic Swan AS. The trawler mostly operates in Arctic waters including the Barents Sea, around Svalbard, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Canada. It is operating for sales company Coldwater Prawns of Norway.

Source: The Barents Observer


IN BRIEF - No consensus again in Taiwan-Japan talks on fishing near Senkakus

TAIWAN
Thursday, March 28, 2019

TAIPEI - Taiwan and Japan failed again in talks this week to narrow their differences on fishing regulations for waters off a cluster of Taiwan-claimed, Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea, the island's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

During the two-day meeting in Tokyo that ended Wednesday, a joint committee composed of representatives from the two sides mainly discussed third-party insurance and an automatic identification system for tracking of vessels and collision avoidance around the Senkaku Islands, the ministry said.  

Source: The Mainichi


IN BRIEF - Sea lice blamed for major fall in salmon tonnage

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 28, 2019

The main salmon farmer in Scottish waters has reported a sharp fall in the tonnage produced last year, much of that due to the problems with sea lice.

Mowi's annual report reveals the amount of gutted salmon it produced from Scottish waters fell by 36%.

In 2017, the total weight of gutted salmon from Scotland was 60,186 tonnes but last year it was 38,444.

According to Mowi, the total supply of salmon from all the country's farms was 138,200 tonnes, down 13.4%.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Give prior notification to land exempt fishery products in the EU

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, March 28, 2019

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, you'll need to give prior notification before you land exempt fishery products directly from your UK flagged vessel in an EU designated port.

If there’s no Brexit deal, from 13 April 2019 you’ll need to fill in the prior notification form and email it to your destination designated EU port. You’ll need to send it:

-for frozen fish, at least 72 hours before landing - you can fill in the form before 12 April 2019 for any exports planned from 13 April

-for fresh fish, at least 4 hours before landing

Source: Gov UK


IN BRIEF - Tariffs force Alaska seafood industry to look beyond China

UNITED STATES
Thursday, March 28, 2019

KODIAK, Alaska - Chinese tariffs are forcing the seafood industry in Alaska to look for markets beyond the Asian giant.

}The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Wednesday that the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is exploring how to expand the Alaska seafood brand in response to a 25 per cent tariff on Pacific Northwest seafood imposed by China in summer 2018.

The institute’s director says Alaska’s seafood sales are off by more than 20 per cent so far this year and could take a big hit in China.

He says a USD 5.5 million, three-year federal Agricultural Trade Promotion grant awarded in January will be used to develop nontraditional markets such as Japan, Southeast Asia and parts of South America while continuing to work in China and other established markets such as Germany.

Source: City News 1130


IN BRIEF - Why the Filet-O-Fish Sandwich Has Been on the McDonald's Menu for Nearly 60 Years

UNITED STATES
Thursday, March 28, 2019

McDonald's has introduced and quietly killed many dishes over the years (remember McDonald's pizza?), but there's a core group of items that have held their spot on the menu for decades. Listed alongside the Big Mac and McNuggets is the Filet-O-Fish—a McDonald's staple you may have forgotten about if you're not the type of person who orders seafood from fast food restaurants. But the classic sandwich, consisting of a fried fish filet, tartar sauce, and American cheese on a bun, didn't get on the menu by mistake—and thanks to its popularity around Lent, it's likely to stick around.

According to Taste of Home, the inception of the Filet-O-Fish can be traced back to a McDonald's franchise that opened near Cincinnati, Ohio in 1959. Back then the restaurant offered beef burgers as its only main dish, and for most of the year, diners couldn't get enough of them. Things changed during Lent: Many Catholics abstain from eating meat and poultry on Fridays during the holy season as a form of fasting, and in the early 1960s, Cincinnati was more than 85 percent Catholic. Fridays are supposed to be one of the busiest days of the week for restaurants, but sales at the Ohio McDonald's took a nosedive every Friday leading up to Easter.

Source: Mental Floss


IN BRIEF - Cameras and DNA tests to control discard fish

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Since 1 January 2019, fishermen in the EU have been required to land all the fish they catch–including the unwanted fish which previously would have been returned to the sea. But how is it possible to check that all the fish which are caught are landed? And how is it possible to find out which fish were previously treated as discards but which are now being landed?

These are some of the issues which the international research project ‘DiscardLess’ has been studying.

“With the landing obligation, much of the control requirement has been moved out to sea, because you need to know if fish are being discarded. And only very few control mechanisms can check this. At least, if with a high degree of coverage is wanted. Observers on board can check what is going on, patrol vessels can too if they are present, and finally video cameras can verify what is happening. However, by only checking landings, it is not possible to know whether fish are being discarded,” says PhD student Kristian Schreiber Plet-Hansen from DTU Aqua. As part of the DiscardLess project, he has studied video monitoring as a possible control measure.

Source: Technology Org


IN BRIEF - California crab fisheries to close early to protect whales

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO - California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state's coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday.

The April 15 closure, three months before the crab fishing season normally ends, is part of a settlement reached by the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The center sued the state agency in 2017, saying it was liable for a surge in entanglement of endangered whales and sea turtles because it oversees operation of the fishery on state and federal waters off California's coast.

Source: The Public's Radio


IN BRIEF - Seafood industry stepping up to tackle lost fishing nets - report

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The world’s 25 leading seafood companies (including Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd, which half owns Sealord) are making some progress in stopping their lost fishing gear, according to a new report from World Animal Protection.

The new 2019 report, Ghosts beneath the Waves: 2nd edition, ranks 25 seafood companies, in tiers 1 (setting best practice) to 5 (not engaged) on their ability to address the problem of "ghost gear."

‘Ghost gear’ - lost or abandoned fishing equipment - is one of the biggest threats to marine animals. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year - more than one tonne every minute and these nets, lines and traps can persist for up to 600 years.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Tilapia Market Projections Deliver Positive Revenue Growth during the Period between 2018-2028

CHINA
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The U.S. remains one of the largest importers of Chinese tilapia. However, according to FAO, in the first two quarters of 2017, global tilapia trade witnessed a decline of 6%, attributed to weakening consumer demand, increasing participation of other countries in the global tilapia trade and growing preference for other specialty fishes. A special palate for pangasius has been witnessed among seafood consumers worldwide. Led by Vietnam, nearly half of the global supply of pangasius is held by India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China.

The U.S. and China continue to remain largest consumers of pangasius. Following the increasing domestic demand and lower prices of pangasius, Chinese tilapia farmers are adopting farming of other fish varieties including pangasius. These dynamics continue to deter the future growth of the Chinese tilapia exports in prominent tilapia market.

Source: Open PR


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