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IN BRIEF - The high seas danger to workers in Taiwan’s fishing fleet

TAIWAN
Thursday, May 02, 2019

On 20 February, the Taiwan-flagged Wen Peng became the site of an alleged double murder at sea. According to Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency, a conflict broke out about 900 nautical miles off the south coast of Sri Lanka between fishermen and the boat’s chief officer, who allegedly killed one Filipino and one Indonesian. Six other foreign crew members were reportedlyforced to jump into the sea and were never found.

The incident happened just days after five Filipino fishermen went missing after the Taiwan-flagged Jung Ron caught fire off the Falkland Islands. Despite Taiwan’s 2017 introduction of the Act for Distant Water Fisheries – a response to high-profile incidents of illegal fishing and murder at sea – the nation’s roughly 2,000 deep sea vessels (some acknowledged to operate under flags of convenience), this instances only only underscored the shocking dangers aboard a Taiwanese high seas fishing vessel.

Taiwan’s estimated US$2 billion fishing industry operates over a third of the world’s longline tuna vessels. Taiwan says its deep sea vessels employ about 26,000 foreign crew members, although NGOs and US agencies put the number closer to 160,000. These fishermen frequently report non-payment, long work hours, and verbal and physical abuse, often at the hands of Taiwanese captains.

Source: The Interpreter


IN BRIEF - Nigel Farage picks apart 'MAD' EU fishing rules – 'BETRAYED more than anybody'

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, May 02, 2019

NIGEL FARAGE delivered a passionate message about British fishermen claiming they need the UK to fully cut ties with the European Union "more than anybody" as he criticised EU red tape.

Nigel Farage took a huge dig at European Union regulation for damaging the livelihoods of British fishermen. The Brexit Party leader, who has previously branded fishing the “acid test” of Brexit, described EU fishing rules as “madness” during a passionate message. He said: “Here’s a little story for you about a boat fishing here last week.

Source: Express


IN BRIEF - Governor: With bacteria-free farmed shrimp, Guam could be aquaculture capital of Pacific

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Farming bacteria-free shrimp may just be Guam's ticket to becoming the aquaculture capital of the Pacific, which could rake in billions of dollars in annual revenue in this side of the world, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.

With Guam importing some USD 10 million worth of seafood products annually, aquaculture is also one place the island can turn to for local food security.

The governor on Tuesday signed an executive order creating the Guam Aquaculture Task Force, which will reinvigorate efforts to develop an aquaculture industry starting with shrimp farming.

Source: Guam PDN


IN BRIEF - Alaskan halibut, caught by a century-old Seattle boat, provides a glimpse of Amazon's strategy with Whole Foods

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Seattle - From the deck of his 106-year-old halibut schooner, undergoing a seasonal overhaul at Fisherman's Terminal in Seattle, skipper Wade Bassi has better insight than most into what's happening at Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market, at least as pertains to the product he knows best.

While he doesn't buy halibut much he's got a freezer full of it Bassi, 43 years a fisherman, keeps an eye on how it's handled and presented in the grocery stores and fish markets.

"When you look at nice halibut, I mean it is pure white," he said. "And it is flaky-looking, and it is beautiful. It's translucent. If you've got that in the fish market, people are going to buy it."

Source: MCall


IN BRIEF - Growing Demand for Sustainable Health & Nutrition Products

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The number of fish oil products carrying the blue ecolabel by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council)has grown to over 650. Consumers today have an unprecedented choice of fish oil supplements which are derived from certified sustainable fisheries.

All over Europe, there is a growing awareness for environmental protection and sustainability. A rapidly increasing number of consumers are asking for sustainable seafood. 
At the same time, Europe is facing a growing consumer demand for supplements based on Omega-3 rich fish oils. It is important to ensure that the fish and krill needed for these products are caught sustainably and without causing irreparable harm to the marine environment.

For many, eating certified sustainable fish, as part of a balanced diet, is an effective way of ensuring that we receive the nutrients, protein and oils we need. But there is also a growing preference to supplement diets with fish based products in the form of Omega-3 rich fish oils.

Source: Tekno Scienze


IN BRIEF - Investors in marine, fisheries projects can send proposals to Development Bank of Seychelles

SEYCHELLES
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Investors in Seychelles interested in sustainable marine activities and fisheries projects can send proposals to the Development Bank of Seychelles, said a top official at the Bank on Monday.

The first call for proposals to attract potential investors under the Blue Investment Fund was launched during a press conference organised by the Department of the Blue Economy.

The department’s principal secretary, Kenneth Racombo, said that the blue bonds -- valued at USD 12 million -- are reserved specifically for value-added fisheries projects such as aquaculture.

Source: Seychelles News Agency


IN BRIEF - Cell-based shrimp startup Shiok Meats nets USD 4.6M in funding

SINGAPORE
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Singapore-based Shiok Meats, a cell-cultured shrimp startup, has raised USD 4.6 million in a seed funding round led by investors like Monde Nissin Corp. CEO Henry Soesanto, Y Combinator and Tyson Foods-backed Big Idea Ventures, The Spoon reported. 

The company uses cellular aquaculture to produce lab-grown crustaceans and is the first to do so in Asia, according to The Spoon. Shiok Meats presented a public taste test of its minced shrimp product in a steamed dumpling dish at The Disruption in Food and Sustainability Summit held in Singapore March 29 2019.

Shiok Meats' co-founders — Sandhya Sriram and Ka Yi Ling, both stem-cell scientists — plan to use the seed investment for more R&D and to bring on bioprocess engineers, according to Forbes. They hope to scale production in two to three years and have the company's cell-based products available around the world, with a goal of disrupting the USD 40 billion shrimp market.

Source: Food Dive


IN BRIEF - Huffman Announces Release of Nearly USD 30 Million in Fisheries Disaster Funding

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

More than a year after Congress appropriated the funds, members of the the North Coast's commercial fishing industry and a local tribe are slated to receive federal disaster support in the coming months, Rep. Jared Huffman announced this morning.

“Tribes, hardworking fishermen, their families, and coastal communities have been stuck in limbo for far too long waiting for the federal support they deserve,” said Huffman in a press release. “Congress provided this disaster relief funding more than a year ago, but the Trump administration has dragged out the process. Their delays and roadblocks have added unnecessary pain for the tribes and fishing communities who are already dealing with closed fisheries and serious economic hardship.”

The USD 29.7 million in federal assistance funding is slated to be released to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission on June 1, then distributed to local businesses and individuals, per the press release. The funding was made available through an appropriations bill passed in February of 2018 in response to fisheries disasters dating back to 2015, which included the closures of the 2015-2016 Dungeness crab season and the Yurok Tribe’s 2016 salmon season.

Source: North Coast Journal


IN BRIEF - New risks and opportunities for fishing industry with climate change

ITALY
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Can global warming leave us without fish, and fishermen without an income? Or does the new climate come with new opportunities? In Italy, and across Europe, scientists and fishermen are looking for answers.

Ettore Malfer has been fishing on Lake Garda all his life. In the past, there were plenty of eels and endemic carpione fish (similar to trout). Now, he says, they've almost disappeared. He doesn’t know why, but he suspects that this may have something to do with the changing climate which is harming the lake.

Malfer said, “I started fishing right after my elementary school, I was seven or eight, and now I’m over 80”.

“About 30-40 years ago we had four distinct seasons — spring, summer, autumn, and winter," Malfer added, and "Nowadays it’s all become very confusing — winters aren’t as cold as they used to be, and summers are way too hot.”

Source: Euro News


IN BRIEF - UK donates fisheries patrol vessel to Liberia

LIBERIA
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The donation of the patrol vessel, which is also known as the “Pride of Wales,” was facilitated and transported by the World Bank and is currently docked at the Freeport of Monrovia.

The vessel is intended to boost the Liberian government’s effort  to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in her territorial waters.

The Pride of Wales was constructed in 1996 and has Twin Caterpillar 3408 700 horsepower (hp) diesel engines, consumes 100/120 liters per hour at 17 knots, and has a 500-liter fresh water tank and holds 4,000 liters of fuel in two tanks.

Making remarks upon the arrival of the vessel, NaFAA Director General Emma Glassco said the patrol vessel will boost the fishery sector of Liberia and help curb illegal fishing activities in the territorial waters of the country.

Source: APA News


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