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.
HB Grandi aims to cease its groundfish processing operations in Akranes and has entered into talks with union representatives regarding this and the impact it may have for employees.
The plan is to merge the Akranes groundfish processing operations with those in Reykjavík.
Approximately 270 employees are currently employed by HB Grandi in Akranes, whereof 93 are in groundfish processing.
HB Grandi's operations in Akranes include, in addition to the groundfish processing plant, a vessel repair workshop, a fish meal plant and a capelin processing plant, as well as the subsidiaries Norðanfiskur and Vignir G Jónsson. The company intends to further develop these aspects and to strengthen their operation in Akranes.
The suspicion of pathogenic ISA-virus at farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður has now been confirmed. The farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður has been under increased surveillance since July 2016, when a routine surveillance test resulted in suspicion of fish being infected by pathogenic ISA-virus. Reference is made to market announcement on 14 July 2016, 21 July 2016, 20 January 2017 and 16 March 2017.
In March 2017, Bakkafrost decided to harvest the remaining fish at farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður. The accelerated harvest is expected to be finished medio April 2017, and Bakkafrost maintains expected harvest volumes for 2017 to be 53,500 tonnes gutted weight, unchanged from the market announcement on 16 March 2017.
The confirmation of pathogenic ISA-virus at farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður results in a prolonged fallowing period of minimum 6 months for farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður, after the farming site is emptied for fish.
Friend of the Sea has signed a collaboration agreement with the Italian Aquaculture Producers Association (API). The two organizations commit to collaborate actively mitigating aquaculture potential impacts on the environment and promoting sustainable aquaculture procedures in Italy.
The agreement had been signed in the presence of Giuseppe Castiglione, the State Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forest Policies (see picture above).
Friend of the Sea will develop guidelines and it will provide technical support including training courses to promote sustainable aquaculture.
API received Friend of the Sea 2017 Award, in recognition of API’s commitment to the promotion of sustainable aquaculture in Italy.
GEORGETOWN - Guyana has refused entry of 2,000 cartons of tuna imported from China saying the action was prompted by an Inspector’s report on samples taken from a container on March 9 2017.
The Government Analyst- Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) said it was advising consumers and the general public that the exact address of the manufacturer in the country of origin of the tuna labelled “BUIWICK” instead of “BRUNSWICK" was not stated.
The authorities have since advised consumers “to always take a second look at labels/brands and to ensure the country of origin and the exact name and address of manufacturers are stated on the label".
BRUSSELS - EU fishing fleets are increasingly anxious about their future access to teeming British waters as Britain prepares to trigger the two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc.
Fleets from nine EU countries including France, Germany and Spain have banded together in a newly-created European Fisheries Alliance, formerly launched at the European Parliament last week, warning of steep losses if divorce proceedings turn bitter.
Alain Vidalies, France's secretary of state for fisheries, stressed in Paris last week "the importance of preserving fairness between European and British fleets" post-Brexit.
OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court has reversed a trial court’s decision in the case of an American Seafoods worker who was injured on a company trawler and is now seeking punitive damages.
An opinion issued March 9 2017 says plaintiff Allan Tabingo was “seriously injured while working aboard a fishing trawler owned and operated by American Seafoods Co. LLC and American Triumph LLC (collectively American Seafoods).”
He said the injury was the result of a faulty level on a hatch in the deck. Tabingo alleged he had been working as a deckhand on the vessel and was pushing fish below the deck when another deckhand had begun to close the hatch.
The second deckhand allegedly attempted to stop the hatch from closing but because it was broken, he could not. As a result of the hatch closing on Tabingo’s hand, two fingers were amputated.
The recipients, as well as representatives of the 11 municipalities, underwent an orientation conducted by the BFAR Provincial Fisheries Officer Jorge Camacho at the main entrance of the capitol last March 10 in the presence of Governor Joseph Cua.
The chief executive expressed his profuse gratitude for the agency’s immediate response after the provincial government took the initiative and, through a Sangguniang Panlalawigan resolution sponsored by PBM Lorenzo Templonuevo Jr., asked for assistance from the regional office for the rehabilitation of the destroyed fish ponds used for fish farming in the province
Tilapia sausages reach Oxaca market Mexico
To directly benefit the regional productive sector, through the University of Papaloapan, the State University System of Oaxaca supported a project that involves tilapia conservation techniques to obtain derived products.