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IN BRIEF - Sustainability of New Zealand fisheries verifed

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seventeen New Zealand fisheries harvesting hoki, hake, ling and southern blue whiting have been re-certified against the gold standard for sustainable seafood, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

After a 12-month independent assessment process to review the science and management of these fisheries in detail, the final public consultation period closed on 12 September with no objections and no conditions (which are given when a fishery meets the standard but improvements are required).

Only 12 percent of the world’s wild-caught seafood is MSC certified and very few fisheries are MSC certified without

Source: Scoop

 


IN BRIEF - Iceland fishing revenues down

ICELAND
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Revenues from catches by Iceland’s fishing fleet fell by more than 17 per cent last year despite higher volumes, says the government body Statistics Iceland.

No explanation is given but the three month long strike by the country’s deep sea fishermen, which stretched into January and February 2017, will have had some negative impact on earnings.

Icelandic vessels hauled in catches worth 1,177,000 tonnes, 109,000 tonnes higher than in 2016. The total revenue was ISK 110 billion -GBP 795 million – 17.3 per cent down on the previous year.

In total, almost 426,000 tonnes of demersal fish were caught in 2017, which is 30,000 tonnes less than the previous year.

Source: Fish Update


IN BRIEF - Magnet fishing for guns in Midlands canals

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

 

People are being urged to stop fishing with super-strength magnets after guns and grenades were dredged from the Midlands canal network.

Magnet fishing is becoming increasingly popular, but two people died this summer after falling into a canal in Huddersfield. The Canal & River Trust is urging people to stop putting their safety at risk.

The Price family, from Rugby in Warwickshire, have recovered old guns during their fishing expeditions and have reported them to local police.

Source: BBC

 


IN BRIEF - Fishermen restart fishing on Changdang Lake after 20-month fishing ban

CHINA
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fishermen pull fishing nets on the Changdang Lake in Changzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 15, 2018. Fishermen here restarted fishing after about 20-month-long fishing ban on the Changdang Lake.

Source: English People


IN BRIEF - New boost for ASC salmon standard

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

 

PThe Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a seafood certification industry benchmark.

To meet the ASC standard, producers must demonstrate responsible aquaculture to minimise both environmental and social impacts.

It requires an unprecedented level of transparency and traceability, said the ASC. The salmon certification programme has grown steadily since its launch in 2012, with 240 salmon farms now certified.

Michiel Fransen, head of standards and science at the ASC, said: ‘With the ASC’s commitment to constant updates and stakeholder engagement, our standard has been a driving force behind improvements in salmon aquaculture.

Source: Fish Update


IN BRIEF - Translucent fish without scales discovered deep in the Pacific Ocean

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 14, 2018

A group of scientists say they have discovered three species of fish lurking in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

The three types of fish – temporarily named the pink, blue and purple Atacama snailfish – were found in the Atacama Trench, an 8,000-meter deep trench off the west coast of South America, according to researchers from Newcastle University.

The species of snailfish are small, translucent and have no scales. Their bodies are built to handle the extreme pressure found in the deepest parts of the ocean, scientists said.

Source: USA Today


IN BRIEF - Spain's Eroski Sees Sustainable Fish Purchases Rise 24%

SPAIN
Friday, September 14, 2018

Spanish supermarket group Eroski has posted a 24% increase in the purchase of certified sustainable fish, with the total volume of sustainable fish purchased now exceeding one million kilos in the first half of 2018.

All sustainable fish is purchased according to MSC and GLOBALG.A.P. certification and marketed under the retailer's Eroski Natur brand.

Eroski made the announcement to reinforce its commitment to the importance of eco-labels when sourcing fresh fish – a commitment that offers 'fundamental support' to the fishing sector.

Source: ESM Magazine


IN BRIEF - Negative image affecting seafood recruitment – survey

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, September 14, 2018

The negative perception of working in the seafood processing industry is one of the main barriers to recruiting enough British  staff, company chiefs have said.

Their comments are contained in the latest comprehensive Seafish quarterly update on the labour situation, first launched late last year in the light of Brexit.

The result is that, for a variety of reasons including Brexit, seafood processors are finding it harder to recruit  enough  people. The survey says  that 38 per cent of firms in the sample told Seafish  it became  more difficult to fill vacancies in the three month period between April and June 2018, compared with the previous quarter. Only  five per cent said things were easier.

Source: Fish Update


IN BRIEF - HB Grandi to buy Ögurvík

ICELAND
Friday, September 14, 2018

HB Grandi hf has agreed to buy the entire shareholding in fishing company Ögurvík ehf from Brim hf. The purchase price is around ISK 12.30 billion (EUR 95 million) and a correction is expected to be applied to this once the results of the company’s financial performance to 31st August 2018 is available.

The purchase agreement is subject to approval by the board of HB Grandi and the shareholders meeting of the company. Furthermore the purchase is also subject to the approval of the Icelandic Competition Authority on the merger that such an acquisition leads to. The purchase is funded from cash reserves and loans. The shares will be handed over on payment. In addition, HB Grandi board has made clear the intention to explore the possibility of the sale of the trawler currently under construction in Spain.

Source: HB Grandi


IN BRIEF - Russia’s Biggest MSC Certified Fishery Reconfirms Sustainability

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, September 14, 2018

In a milestone development, the Russian Pollock Catchers Association's Sea of Okhotsk Pollock fishery has received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for a second time. Once again confirmed as sustainable and well-managed, the fishery's catch can carry the blue MSC label.

The fishery is one of the world’s largest suppliers of Pollock from the North Pacific, serving over 20 countries across five continents. Every five years MSC certified fisheries have to go through the full assessment process again to ensure they are continuing to meet the MSC Fisheries Standard. The assessment was carried out by third-party conformity assessment body Acoura Marine. 

Source: Perishable News


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