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IN BRIEF - Uganda fish exports

UGANDA
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.

Source: Martin Ssebuyira / Daily Monitor

 


IN BRIEF - Premieres at the most important industry gathering

GERMANY
Saturday, February 06, 2016

The European fish industry meets in the Bremen exhibition halls from Sunday 14 to Tuesday 16 February. At the 15th fish international experts from 22 nations will not only be looking at the latest products and preparations but also at successful marketing strategies. Apart from that the focus will be on new technologies for aquaculture, for processing and for sales. “Interest in Germany’s only trade fair for fish and seafood has grown noticeably”, says a pleased Sabine Wedell, Project Manager at Messe Bremen. Compared to 2014 the number of exhibitors has risen by about 40 to 270. Among the international participants the largest group is the Netherlands with 28 exhibitors, followed by Spain with 20 exhibitors.

Since the first event 28 years ago fish international has upheld its reputation as an important meeting place of the industry. This year the symposium “Prospects for the Seafood Industry” will have its debut there. Experts like Hubertus von Wedel (Director of Marketing at Deutsche See) and the trend scout Andrew Fordyce will present new marketing strategies as well as innovative product and packaging ideas.

fish international does not only offer a whole host of products and ideas but also the necessary technology for production and trade. A new feature at the fair is the “Smoke House” where experts like Ralf Harms (chef at the marine fish cooking studio in Bremerhaven) or the shooting star of the street food scene, Michael Wickert from Berlin (Glut & Späne), will present innovative recipes and product applications using smoked fish. “The young, hip cuisine is already on its way from the street into the restaurant”, Sabine Wedell tells us. Transgourmet Seafood as the largest exhibitor at fish international will have among its exhibits products for street food – for example pulled salmon.

Special features at the “Smoke House” include the opportunity to taste salmon from a land based farming facility: Jurassic Salmon (from Poland) is the first company worldwide to produce Atlantic salmon in a recirculating system using geothermal saline water. At the neighbouring special show of shop counters – “Fascination Fire” – a tandoor is likely to attract attention. Its designer, the B


IN BRIEF - Maine Lobster Study to Focus on Warming, Economy

UNITED STATES
Friday, February 05, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine - Two studies will try to determine the economic impact of Maine lobsters and how warming ocean waters impact the crustacean's biology.

The state Department of Marine Resource is asking for proposals to measure the impact of the warming of the Gulf of Maine on lobsters' biology, populations and susceptibility to disease. Another study will look to measure their economic value beyond the money paid to lobstermen.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the department has tagged up to $700,000 to pay for the studies. The money is funded from sales of the state's popular lobster license plates.

Marine resources department spokesman Jeff Nichols says the awarding of the contracts depends on how many proposals the state receives and how quickly it can review them.


Source: news.mpbn.net


IN BRIEF - Major Steps Mooted in Fisheries Policy

INDIA
Friday, February 05, 2016

KOCHI: If the first draft of the National Policy on Marine Fisheries 2016 (NPMF) is adopted and adhered to in right earnest, it would put check on the commercial port development in the country which causes ecological and social impacts along the coast.

“Commercial port development is one of the causes for erosion and accretion along Indian Coasts. This is a matter of utmost importance affecting fisher livelihoods. Fishermen's opinion may be taken before such projects are launched in future,” stated the draft of the NPMF, made available for the first time to the public during a consultative meeting here on Thursday. 

The stress in the draft policy to consider the opinion of local fishing community before port development, vindicated the apprehensions raised by the fisher organisations of Vizhinjam and other big ports, said T Peter, secretary of National Fish Workers Forum. “Similar policy recommendations were there in the past as well. But the governments tend to overlook them and carry on with bigger ports, at the cost of environment and livelihood of fisherfolk. Not only ports, even the unmindful development of fishing harbours also should be regulated,” he added.

The draft also underscored the need for an alternative mechanism to the Letter of Permit (LoP) Scheme in the deep sea fishing sector,  and stated that the scheme did not have “the expected impact in the inclusive development” of the sector. 

Source: K R Ranjith / newindianexpress.com


IN BRIEF - Namibe: Fisheries minister inaugurates fishmeal factory

NAMIBIA
Friday, February 05, 2016

The new plant, inaugurated in the ambit of the commemorations of the 55th anniversary of the start of the armed struggle against the colonial occupation, will employ in its initial stage 150 new workers, mainly young people.

The minister said on the occasion that the Namibe Province has the capacity to develop the activity of catching mussels and shrimps, sea products that are much sought after in the internal and external markets.  

“In this context the Executive has taken important measures aimed at improving the business activities linked to the fisheries sector (…)”, she explained.

Thus, she said, the Executive has approved a new Private Investment Law that must be well known by the entrepreneurs in the fishing sector.

She also appealed to the firms in this sector to take advantage of the opportunities by presenting well drafted and sustainable projects.


IN BRIEF - Fish farms eye piece of $10-billion aquaculture pie

CANADA
Friday, February 05, 2016

The local aquaculture industry is hoping to turn waste nutrients from net-pen fish farms into a lucrative chunk of the $10-billion kelp industry.

Researchers from North Island College are installing lines seeded with baby kelp at 30 B.C. fish farms as part of a five-year, $1-million pilot project to test the viability of seaweed aquaculture on our coast.

Preliminary trials conducted by project manager Naomi Tabata and Stephen Cross, NIC’s Industrial Research Chair for Sustainable Aquaculture, showed strong potential for a commercial seaweed industry.

Lengths of rope in the test sites will be wound with twine seeded with tiny kelp plants, a local variety called Saccharina latissima, or sugar kelp. It is used in Asian cuisine to make broth, eaten as a vegetable and processed for use as an industrial thickening agent for ice cream and toothpaste, according to Cross. Sugars from Saccharina latissima can also be used to make ethanol biofuel.

Other varieties of kelp are processed for vitamins, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Source: RANDY SHORE / VANCOUVER SUN


IN BRIEF - Expressions of interest for CCAMLR new and exploratory fisheries 2016

AUSTRALIA
Friday, February 05, 2016

AFMA is seeking expressions of interest from Australian companies or persons wishing to make an application for new and exploratory fisheries to be considered at the 2016 Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting.

If you are interested in undertaking new or exploratory fishing, you must submit a written expression of interest to AFMA. Expressions of interest should be one page or less and provide information on the:

  • area(s) of the proposed fishery
  • species to be targeted
  • proposed fishing method(s)
  • your details.

AFMA will then provide you with feedback on the likely level of support for your proposal.

Proposals from nations seeking access to new and exploratory fisheries in the CCAMLR region will be considered by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) at their annual meeting in October-November.

Access to new and exploratory fisheries is limited to vessels from those nations which have a proposal lodged with and approved by CCAMLR.


IN BRIEF - Proposed regulations target seafood fraud

UNITED STATES
Friday, February 05, 2016

A Presidential task force has released a proposed federal ruleaimed at reducing or preventing Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud.

The rule lays out proposed new requirements for seafood, including requiring traceability at the first point of entry into U.S. commerce for a select number of species considered “at risk” of IUU and seafood fraud.

The rule only addresses the collection of information on imported fish and fish products at the point of entry into U.S. commerce. Fish products simply transiting through the U.S., but not sold here, are not covered.

The list of at-risk species and species groups covered by the rule includes: abalone; Atlantic cod; Pacific cod; blue crab; red king crab; dolphinfish (mahi mahi); grouper; red snapper; sea cucumber; shrimp; sharks; swordfish; and albacore, bigeye, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna.

The rule is open for public comment for 60 days. It didn't take the environmental group Oceana that long to render its verdict; the rule is a nice start, the group says, but doesn't go far enough.

Source: Mark Huffman/consumeraffairs.com


IN BRIEF - PNA yellowfin tuna secures MSC certification

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, February 05, 2016

Yellowfin caught by the PNA Western and Central Pacific free school purse seine fishery is now eligible to carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel.

The Parties of the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is the first major free school purse seine yellowfin tuna fishery to achieve MSC certification. The certified fishery catches around 140,000 tonnes of yellowfin tuna a year, accounting for half of all yellowfin caught within PNA waters.

“This is a very progressive step for the tuna industry,” says Mr. Maurice Brownjohn, PNA Commercial Director. “The PNA looks forward to working with brands, restaurants and retailers to increase the supply of MSC labelled sustainable tuna. PNA tuna sold with the MSC ecolabel also carries the Pacifical logo in clear representation of the end market’s commitment to the PNA island nations as custodians and protectors of a truly valuable marine resource throughout centuries and the generations to come.”

Meeting the robust requirements of the MSC Fisheries Standard means that yellowfin stocks are being fished sustainably and in a way which maintains a healthy, thriving marine environment.

This certification follows an expedited assessment by SCS Global Services of yellowfin caught by the already-certified PNA skipjack fishery. This means that the strict requirements already in place for skipjack are now extended to include catches of yellowfin, including yellowfin tuna found in free school skipjack sets. The MSC Chain of Custody Standard requires that free swimming MSC certified catch is segregated from FAD associated catch, which is not certified.


IN BRIEF - Integrating economic advice into EU fisheries management

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, February 05, 2016

When it comes to economic advice, the European Commission is facing several challenges, as set out by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, in his opening speech.

First, we need economic advice to support our policy proposals. Legislators, fishermen, and NGOs are rightly pressing the Commission to back up proposals with sound data and to evaluate the economic impact of the measures it takes.

Second, we need new tools that will help us improve the quality of our analyses and advice. This means adopting state-of-the-art tools to process the data we receive. But it also means improving the quality of the data that we use as input for these tools.

Third, the fisheries sector is changing. Seafood markets are becoming more integrated and more globalised. Economic advice needs to take this into account.

The European Commission already has reporting tools in place, including for instance its Annual Economic Reports on the state of the fleets, on EU aquaculture and on the processing sector. Moreover, the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund sets aside a certain amount of EU money specifically to finance data collection.

But more remains to be done, for instance to improve data quality, measure fishing capacity more accurately, find out which market failures public funding should focus on, and support fisheries-dependent communities more effectively. This week's conference brings us another step closer to fisheries management that is rooted in sound biological and economic advice.


IN BRIEF - Aldi fuels boom in caviar sales: Amount spent on delicacy up by nearly half on last year as shoppers opt for exotic seafoods

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, February 05, 2016

Caviar sales have hit record levels as Brits splash out on exotic seafoods.

New figures out yesterday/Wednesday showed spending on caviar hit a high of £167,500 in the four weeks to January 2.

It is 44 per cent higher than the same period in the previous year, according to new figures from industry body Seafish.

Experts said an increased availability of caviar on the High Street and in discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl sent sales soaring.

Other exotic seafood also saw big growth, with whitebait sales rocketing by nearly 12,000 (correct) per cent to £34,500 and cuttlefish up 230 per cent to more than £3,000.

Red snapper has established itself as an exotic staple, with sales up 420 per cent year on year to more than £10,000.

Skate and ray are also proving more popular with sales up 160 per cent to £122,000, said Seafish.
Sales of ling, similar to cod in taste and texture, were up 3,000 per cent.

Julia Brooks, an analyst at Seafish, told trade magazine The Grocer: 'It's great to see a wider variety of seafood making gains in the market.


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