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Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Possible fishing offenses in the EU increased by 108% after subjecting the fleet to more control

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, May 01, 2020

The European Fisheries Control Agency presents its annual report

The increase in the audit activity in the EU waters has caused a substantial increase of 108.26% in the alleged infractions by the fleet, as reflected in the annual report of the European Fisheries Control Agency. The data has been released after the Board of Directors of the organization.

According to the agency, the European Commission's guidelines on specific control and inspection programs expanded control coverage to new species and areas. It was necessary to increase the scope of the joint deployment plans, through which EFCA supported the Member States and the Commission in the area of ??control, inspection and surveillance.

Source: Fishing Industries | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Guðmundur Kristjánsson resigns as CEO of Brim hf.

ICELAND
Friday, May 01, 2020

Guðmundur Kristjánsson, CEO of Brim hf., Has decided to step down as CEO of Brim hf., For personal reasons and the Board of Directors has approved this at a regular Board meeting held today.

Kristján Þ. Davíðsson, Chairman of the Board, has thus taken up the duties and duties of the CEO temporarily and will do so until a new CEO has been appointed.

Guðmundur still sits on the board of directors of the company.


Other Media | SeafoodSource: US restaurants seeking USD 120 billion relief fund

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 01, 2020

Seafood suppliers in the U.S could benefit if Congress approves a USD 120 billion (EUR 111 billion) stabilization fund, proposed on 29 April by the Independent Restaurant Coalition.

During a Zoom “town hall” meeting, thousands of independent restaurant owners and prominent chefs, including José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern, urged Congress to create the stabilization fund for the 500,000 independent restaurants across the U.S.

“The restaurants we love are hurting and are on the brink of extinction,” said Andrés, who is part of ICR’s leadership team and founder of World Central Kitchen – which has served more than three million meals to vulnerable communities and frontline healthcare workers.

Author: Christine Blank / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


Other Media | FiskerForum: COVID-19 hits Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture

WORLDWIDE
Friday, May 01, 2020

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are being felt by the fisheries and aquaculture sectors around the world – and in the Mediterranean and Black Sea small-scale fisheries have been badly hit.

A study carried out by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean has found that there have been reductions of up to 80% in the number of fishing vessels able to operate – with fewer than 10% of small-scale and coastal fishing boats working.

The report finds that the figures vary from region to region, with anything between 40 and 100% of larger vessels able to continue fishing.

‘Social distancing restrictions were reported to be the hardest to comply with, especially in fisheries involving small vessels,’ the GFCM report states.

Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full article here


PRESS RELEASE | IPNLF strengthens team: We welcome Kama Dean Fitz and Philippine Wouters

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, May 01, 2020

IPNLF welcomes two new senior team members to further strengthen our fundraising and marketing & communications expertise, while also consolidating our regional programme in North America.  

The world is in havoc as the fast-changing global developments of COVID-19 are causing effects and consequences for all of us in our industries. We understand it disrupts our organisations; our work & operations, the lives of the fishers and the communities we work with, all of our relationships, both professional and personal, and in these unprecedented times it is difficult to foresee what the future might hold.

With approximately 800 million people dependent upon fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods around the world and with 108 million people working in small-scale fisheries, the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) is the only non-profit association that is solely committed to promoting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains. As we remain focused on creating the biggest impact - when and however we can, IPNLF  is strengthening its senior management team with these two key appointments.


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Chinese fishery firm conducts COVID aid diplomacy to secure Iran access

CHINA
Thursday, April 30, 2020

A subsidiary of a major Chinese fishing group has donated a consignment of medical face masks to Iran, as Iranian fishermen and legislators are calling for a tougher approach to vessels from China.

The boss of Shenzhen Shui Wan Distant Water Fishing Co., a subsidiary of the Guangdong Shunxin Marine Fishery Group Co., visited the Guangzhou consulate of the Islamic Republic recently to donate 20,000 face masks. The donation, which was packaged in Chinese and Iranian flags, was received by consular staff, who posted a photo of the occasion on the consulate’s Weibo account. A receptionist reached at the head office of Guangdong Shunxin Marine Fishery Group said the company has bases in Iran, as well as in Fiji and Malaysia.

Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | Read the full article
here


Other Media | The Fish Site: A golden opportunity for aquaculture start-ups

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 30, 2020

A new venture that aims to create companies of scale in the fields of animal health, agri-tech and/or aquaculture (AAA) has been launched today.

Called the Food & Agriculture Science Transformer (FAST), the first venture studio in Scotland has been developed by Deep Science Ventures (DSV) and the Roslin Institute.

The FAST programme brings together DSV’s market-led approach to creating science companies, and the Roslin Institute’s world-leading expertise and facilities across genomics, veterinary biosciences, biotechnology and agriculture. Each year the partnership will launch several high growth technology start-ups comprising teams from the University of Edinburgh, the wider UK, and the rest of the world.

Source: The Fish Site | Read the full article here


Other Media | FiskerForum: From the sea to the door

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is accepting applications for projects that support domestic sales of locally-caught fish and shellfish from now to Monday 11th May under a a new grant scheme to support seafood businesses in England to sell catches.

The government has opened for applications a new Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme, which will fund projects that will help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets. Development is also underway to provide support for the aquaculture sector under the Fisheries Response Fund.

‘Our MMO team is highly experienced in supporting the fisheries industry and has mobilised to design and deliver the new FRF and now the Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme in the fastest possible time,’ said MMO CEO Tom McCormack.

Author: Quentin Bates / FiskerForum | Read the full article here


Other Media | aqua.cl: Spanish government assures that it will speed up the processing of EU measures to help the aquaculture-fishing sector

SPAIN
Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Spain, Luis Planas, met by videoconference with the representatives of the fishing and aquaculture sector of his country, to whom he stated that the Government is already working to expedite the processing of support measures, after the modification of the regulation of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

According to Planas, the Ministry has focused on finding solutions to mitigate the effects of the health crisis in the aquaculture-fishing sector, without neglecting the ordinary actions of fisheries management, such as the organization of the mackerel fishery by provinces. , the updating of the censuses or the efforts to develop a satisfactory Iberian sardine campaign.

At the same time, it appreciated the incorporation of measures such as the possibility of establishing aid for temporary stops aimed at shipowners, crew and, at Spain's request, the inclusion of shellfish workers. It will also finance storage aid - a measure that was discontinued in 2018 -, increased compensation for economic losses in the Canary Islands and regulatory changes to specific support for aquaculture.

Source: aqua.cl | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: COVID-19 leads to mooring 80% of the fleet in the Mediterranean basin

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Moorings of 80% of the operating fleet and a general drop in first-sale prices of between 20 and 70% throughout the basin. It is the initial diagnosis of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Mediterranean fisheries by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). Through a new report, the FAO body highlights that the small-scale coastal fleet has been the most affected by the crisis. In some countries of the account, their activity has been reduced to 10% of the active fleet. For its part, the large-scale fleet has managed to maintain its activity in a range that varies between 40% and 100% in the case of some coastal states. In its report, the GFCM reflects the difficulty in complying with social distancing measures, especially in smaller vessels.

Fleet moorings reduced fish production by 75% in most countries, with the exception of Turkey. There the volume of production continued at pre-crisis levels thanks to constant demand, encouraged by lower prices and consumer campaigns.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here


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