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IN BRIEF - Uganda fish exports
Friday, September 09, 2011
Uganda could lose an estimated USD 280 million (about UGX 784 billion) earned from fish exports if the European Union puts a ban on Uganda’s fish, stemming from poor quality of fish exported and management.
The EU has already raised three red alerts on Uganda’s fish exports to Europe. The alerts in July and August emails sent by the EU Fisheries and Veterinary Unit copied to Uganda’s fish factories are on the product quality that is deteriorating, temperature regulation of fish and use of unregulated additives to falsely increase fish weight. “There is poor temperature and rapture of the cold chain of the frozen fillet of Nile perch from Uganda,” one of the alerts dated 25 July read.
“We are concerned that there is a problem in management that can’t easily handle these issues because EU affairs need a fully fledged commissioner not one in the acting capacity,” Mr Philip Borel, the chairman Uganda Fish Processors and Exporters Association, said.
Lanre Ogunsina, CEO of Fishmaster Ltd, an African catfish company based in Nigeria, has developed a new website that will help African catfish farmers better manage their ponds.
The new website will help catfish farmers know what quantity of feed to give to their fish on a daily basis and will explain the weights their fish should get to at appointed times in the culture period.
Scottish Fisheries Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has blamed the breakdown of EU/Norway fishing talks on the Norwegian delegation, which apparently walked out just when it appeared an agreement had been reached.
Speaking at the conclusion of the EU/Norway talks in Edinburgh Lochhead said: "Norway has taken the extremely disappointing and unprecedented step of walking away from the EU/Norway talk without signing the agreement after a conclusion had seemingly been reached. This agreement was in place on Friday night and had been approved by all Member States.
Bycatch in tuna fisheries, particularly in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, has been the focus of intense monitoring for the past few decades. With the realization in the 1980s that the purse seine fishery that set on tuna-dolphin associations resulted in substantial dolphin mortality, new fishing techniques were developed to mitigate that mortality. The use of these techniques became mandatory for the vessels that exploited tuna-dolphin associations, and a very ambitious observer program was implemented to document exhaustively the fishing operations by all large purse seiners in the region. As a result, a very valuable dataset has been accumulated over decades, which includes detailed information on catches and discards for all species caught. This has allowed scientists at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to quantify bycatch and to work closely with fishers to mitigate ecosystem impacts. This experience has led to a greater understanding of the role purse seine fishing plays in the greater marine ecosystem associated with tropical tunas.
The European Commission welcomes the positive outcome of the informal trilogue on the draft for a Framework Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning. If confirmed by the Council and the European Parliament, the Directive will help Member States cooperate more closely over cross-border sea areas, enabling them to take full account of land-sea interactions when developing their Maritime Spatial Planning.
Speaking at Aquaculture America 2014, Dr Jesse Trushenski, Southern Illinois University, discusses the use of electrosedation as a rested harvest technique for rainbow trout.
Fish can be affected by physical and psychological stressors during harvest and prior to slaughter. Rested harvest (sedation prior to slaughter) can be used to prevent the negative effects that stress can have on meat quality, taste and animal welfare.
Fishing co-ops are warning recreational fishermen are most at risk of ciguatera poisoning. Nine people needed hospital treatment for ciguatera poisoning after eating part of a 25-kilo Spanish Mackerel caught by a recreational angler off Scotts Head, near Macksville.