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.
At least one seal has been shot dead on more than half of Scotland’s salmon farms in the past two years as part of efforts to protect the fish farming industry, which is worth £500m a year in exports, according to new official figures.
The statistics, which were released following a four-year legal battle between conservationists and the authorities, prompted campaigners to call for a boycott of producers responsible for the culling of a total of 180 seals between 2013 and 2014.
Salmon farmers who had opposed the publication of the information, on the grounds that “naming and shaming” individual farms could lead to reprisals, insist that seals are only shot as a last resort and the total number killed has halved since 2011.
Following the announcement of the signature of a Joint-Venture agreement between the BioMar Group and Chinese Tongwei, the BioMar Group has announced that Niels Alsted will become the first Vice President for BioMar’s new Asian market region.
Carlos Diaz, CEO of the BioMar Group, stated that it was a great pleasure to be able to assign one of BioMar’s most experienced and respected people for this very important new role in BioMar.
“Niels Alsted will be responsible for building up the new Chinese Joint-Venture together with Tongwei, ensuring that we within a short time frame will be able to supply the Chinese market with high quality feed to the growing production of high value species,” explained Carlos Diaz.
Niels Alsted will relocate to China before the end of the year (2015), however is already intensely engaged in setting up the new business unit.
A team of MMEA personnel in a vessel made the arrests and seizures on Thursday the 2th of August 2015, about 118 nautical miles from Kuala Terengganu.
Kuala Terengganu MMEA logistics director Lt Cdr Mohamad Zainal said the operation to bring the culprits to book was launched about 9am, after an MMEA air unit detected the boats moving in a suspicuous manner.
"With the information, we directed a ship with 23 officers and men to track down the four fishing boats.
According to the researchers in the study 'A Scientific Basis for Regulating Deep-Sea Fishing by Depth', results from the research suggest there are conservation benefits to limiting deep-sea trawling down to depths of 600m and not any deeper.
However, commenting upon the study, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “Whilst the number of Scottish boats working a deep-water fishery is small, they do nonetheless make a significant contribution to the economies of local communities, catching and landing only the limited and sustainable quotas allocated.
“We have a number of concerns about the robustness of this research in terms of the real world of deep-sea fisheries. Using scientific survey data to draw conclusions upon commercial fishing activity is fraught with danger. This is because such information is normally collected via random trawl sampling, whereas commercial fishing tows are very targeted and aimed at specific species or groups of species.
Mahout - The three-month shrimp fishing season will begin on September 1 2015. As many as 12 varieties of shrimps have been recorded in Omani waters.
The sultanate’s total shrimp production in 2014 from artisanal fishing and aquaculture stood at 1,416 tonnes including 1,139 tonnes from non-traditional fishing. Of the total catch, 94 per cent was registered in Al Wusta while another four per cent was recorded in South Sharqiyah governorate.
In 2014, the sultanate exported 437 tonnes of shrimps including 378 tonnes to GCC countries. Of the total export to GCC countries, 363 tonnes were exported to UAE.
This program will offer eligible industry shrimp vessel owners, docks and processing facilities the opportunity to qualify for 50 percent of any authorized refrigeration equipment costs, up to USD 30,000.
Participants who qualify may purchase and install advanced refrigeration equipment onboard their vessels or at their facility in efforts to produce high-quality seafood products.
Wholesale/Retail dealers who want to participate must first be enrolled in the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program.
Shrimp trawling responsible for the highest bycatch Worldwide
Shrimp trawling accounts for more bycatch volume than any other fishery type but efforts to reduce bycatch can make a positive difference, concludes a report about bycatch in the wild shrimp sector released by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
Nestle accused of using slave-caught fish United States
Swiss food giant Nestle is being sued in the United States for allegedly purchasing fish from a Thai supplier suspected of being involved in slave labour.
Vietnamese crab exports grow in first seven months Viet Nam
Vietnamese crab exports achieved a 6 per cent increase in the first seven months, compared to the same period last year, and were destined to 34 markets, after other six markets were added to the 28 existing ones, VASEP informed.
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