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IN BRIEF - Fast-expanding seafood giant joins Irvings, McCains as N.B. business royalty

CANADA
Thursday, December 13, 2018

For the Irvings, it was Bouctouche. For the McCains, Florenceville.

Now, in tiny Black's Harbour, in between an Irving gas bar and the local Freshmart, is a small, two-storey brick building that is head office for New Brunswick's newest family-owned multinational.

Cooke Aquaculture Inc. is the world's largest independent seafood company, with billions of dollars in annual revenue, shipping one billion pounds of fresh seafood annually to 67 countries.

And it is about to get bigger. Founded 33 years ago, the firm is set to complete its latest acquisition, growing its global workforce to some 9,000 employees.

Source: The Record


IN BRIEF - Study: Fisheries Compete with Shrinking Seabird Population for Food

WORLDWIDE
Thursday, December 13, 2018

A pioneering study by French, Scottish and Canadian researchers has found that industrial fisheries are competing with seabirds for seafood resources, and that a corresponding decline in available food may be a contributing factor in the birds' plummeting population numbers. 

The new report was published in the latest edition of Cell Press' Current Biology, and it finds that seabird fish consuption decreased by nearly 20 percent between two twenty-year periods, from 1970-89 and 1990-2010. Between the same time periods, global catch doubled; in the fisheries competing geographically with seabirds, it rose by 10 percent. 

The team found enhanced competition between birds and fishing boats in half of all studied areas, notably the Southern Ocean, Asian littorals, Mediterranean Sea,

Source: Maritime Executive


IN BRIEF - Unacceptable dolphin deaths in southern Australian fishery

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and Humane Society International (HSI) have called on the Australian Government to urgently act to protect dolphins in southern Australia.

In the first nine months of 2018, 47 dolphins were drowned in fishing nets off southern Australia. This follows the drowning deaths of 64 dolphins in 2017 in the same fishery.

Tooni Mahto, Campaign Manager at AMCS said, “The government has known for some time that dolphins are dying in fishing nets. Last year 64 were killed, and the fishery is on track to beat that number by the end of 2018.

Source: Press Release


IN BRIEF - BAP Seafood at Hitachi Cafeterias Marks Official Launch of BAP in Japan

JAPAN
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Japanese major electronics manufacturer Hitachi and Seiyo Food-Compass Group recently introduced shrimp and pangasius from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities to employee cafeterias in Hitachi’s Ikebukuro, Japan, service center, the first time that BAP seafood has been marketed as such in Japan.

As part of its commitment to align its food sourcing policies with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hitachi is working with its food service provider, Seiyo Food-Compass Group, to source seafood originating from BAP-certified processing plants and farms. Hitachi is committed to serve BAP seafood at its employee cafeterias once a month. Seiyo Food is one of Japan’s largest foodservice providers.

“The importance of sustainable seafood sourcing policies is rapidly progressing in Japan. That’s why we are excited to make this the first official launch of BAP in the Japanese market,” said GAA VP Steve Hart, who is leading GAA’s marketing efforts in Asia. “Through strong cooperation with Seafood Legacy, Hitachi and Seiyo Food, we were able to offer sustainably produced pangasius and shrimp to Hitachi employees in their cafeteria. Forward thinking companies like Hitachi and Seiyo-Food recognize the importance of strong partnerships with sustainability organizations and the assurances offered by independent certification programs like BAP. We look forward to a long relationship growing sustainability acceptance in Japan with these partners.”

Press Release: BAP


IN BRIEF - New Fisheries Protection Vessels mark launch of International Year of the Salmon

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

It is estimated that 240,000 Atlantic salmon returned to Irish shores last year, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The enduring Atlantic salmon populations in Irish waters were being highlighted at the launch of the International Year of the Salmon (IYS), which takes place in 2019. Sean Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, marked the launch by unveiling one of a new fleet of 12 RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) to highlight the importance of fisheries protection especially during migration along the coasts.

Atlantic salmon populations are widely distributed throughout Irish freshwaters with over 140 such systems designated as salmon rivers. While 240,000 Atlantic salmon returned to Ireland from the sea as part of the natural migration last year, representing the healthy condition of Irish river stocks, the numbers returning to Irish shores has decreased by over 70 per cent in recent decades. In the 1970s, the number of Atlantic salmon returning peaked at 1,800,000.

Source: Coast Monkey


IN BRIEF - Grim situation in coming year for northwest, B.C. fisheries

CANADA
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This year was tough for fishermen in northwest B.C., and while the stewards of the fishing industry hope that 2019 will bring improvements, they understand there are still many challenges to overcome.

“We’re hopeful that we won’t necessarily see the same kind of crisis-like conditions as this year, but we’re still looking at a grim situation for the coming year,” said Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) North Coast area director Colin Masson. “It might not be as bad as last year, but it’s still going to be difficult and these discussions are really important for moving forward.”

Masson presented at DFO’s annual post-season review on Dec. 6 and 7 2018. The review is a gathering of all parties with a stake or interest in how key decisions were made regarding fish stock in the northwest over the past year.

Source: The Interior News


IN BRIEF - Scottish Secretary welcomes bolstered Fisheries Bill and funding

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Scottish Secretary David Mundell visited Peterhead fish market this morning (Monday 10 December 2018) and announced that the UK Government will table an amendment to legislation which will enshrine its commitment to secure a fairer share of fishing opportunities for UK fishermen.

Mr Mundell also announced GBP 37.2m of extra funding to boost the UK fishing industry during the Implementation Period. Scotland’s share of this funding would be GBP 16.4 million.

Source: Gov UK


IN BRIEF - Luke Pollard: British fishers are being betrayed. Labour will defend coastal communities

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I’m continually amazed by the way Michael Gove captures the headlines with big promises and frequently gets away with delivering absolutely nothing. Ever since the EU referendum, he has fed the UK’s fishing community a constant diet of grand promises for starters but measly portions of betrayal and delay for the main course. His Fisheries Bill offers more of the same, and it’s time we called it out for what it is.

As Labour’s shadow fisheries minister, it’s my job along with our excellent Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman, to hold Gove to account and seek to improve the laws he is haphazardly dragging through parliament.

Fishing and Brexit are interwoven, with the industry being the poster-child of the leave campaign. The industry’s very valid grievances with the Common Fisheries Policy chimed with those who believed we could take back control of our waters in the referendum. It’s a growing industry supporting thousands of jobs in fish handling and processing, but also with a knock-on effect on the economic health of coastal communities up and down the country.

Source: Labour List


IN BRIEF - Fishing sector asks Govt to reconsider ratifying ILO Fishing Convention

THAILAND
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bangkok – Fishing operators have called on the Thai government to reconsider its decision to ratify a key international convention protecting workers’ rights, saying it hinders the Thai fishing industry.

200 fishing entrepreneurs from 22 provinces submitted a petition to the Ministry of Labor this past week, asking the administration to overturn its decision to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Convention on Work in Fishing (No. 188), citing the government’s failure to hold public hearings before the ratification, while raising a question as to why only 10 states out of 100 fish producing countries in the world adopted the agreement.

According to Permanent Secretary for Labor Jarin Chakkaphark, the petition contains three requests: 1) the government reconsiders the ratification, 2) a center and a committee be established to foster understanding of the issue, and 3) the government take into consideration people’s needs and problems and offer solutions accordingly.

Source: Pattaya Mail


IN BRIEF - Fishing industry wins EPA exemption for deck wash

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Gloucester fishermen and their contemporaries across the nation, following years of uncertainty, finally caught a break in the new federal law regulating incidental deck discharges from fishing vessels.

"It's been a ticking time bomb for the entire fishing industry in the U.S. This is such a game-changer." — Vito Giacalone, policy director for the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition.

A provision within the new Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, signed into law last week by President Donald Trump as part of an omnibus Coast Guard bill, exempts commercial fishing vessels of all sizes and other vessels up to 79 feet in length from having to obtain a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency to cover incidental deck wash.

“Specifically, discharges incidental to the normal operation, except for ballast water, from small vessels (i.e., less than 79 feet in length) and commercial fishing vessels of all sizes no longer require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit coverage,” the EPA said in its statement about the new law. “Thus, permit coverage for any vessel covered under the (Small Vessel General Permit) is automatically terminated.”

Source: Gloucester Times


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