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.
Friend of the Sea has received requests for certification from two major Latin America tuna shipowners whose vessels set nets on dolphins to catch tuna. Audit was not authorized because one of the requirements for Friend of the Sea certification is that the tuna company be also certified Dolphin-Safe by the Earth Island Institute.
“Setting nets on Dolphins is a practice which implies use of explosives or paint bombs and speedboats to harass and encircle dolphins,” explains Dr Paolo Bray. “Dolphin mortality is unfortunately still allowed by some nations as part of tuna fishing activity in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. This fishing method has lead to a decimation of dolphins populations. No dolphin-killing fleet will ever be certified Friend of the Sea sustainable.”
Sanford (NZX:SAN) is meeting with its Christchurch employees at 1.00pm on April 20th of 2015 to confirm that it is closing the company’s Christchurch mussel processing facility. Production at the mussel opening plant ended at 12:30pm that day.
The decision comes after a period of consultation with the 232 staff employed at the Riccarton site, who were told on 9 April 2015 that Sanford was considering the future of mussel processing in Christchurch. Recent weather patterns had impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply to a point where the Company needed to look at its South Island mussel processing capacity.
The newest processing plant in Bristol Bay is about to go online this month. Trident Seafood's multi-million dollar fishmeal plant should get a test run with Togiak herring. Trident agreed to build the plant as part of a 2011 settlement over alleged EPA Clean Water Act violations, and now the company, and residents, should get to see (and smell) it if works as intended. As they're putting the finishing touches on the new plant, Trident offered KDLG's Matt Martin in inside plant tour, and he has this report.
After four years of a diplomatic freeze between Norway and China, there recently have been a few signs of a possible crack in the ice. News on 13 of April 201's week that Norwegian salmon exports to China can continue came as Finance Minister Siv Jensen had a bilateral meeting with a top Chinese official in the country’s own finance ministry in Washington over the weekend. China also remains keen on gaining a foothold on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, which can give Norway more leverage.
Russia isn’t the only recently contentious country eager to boost its presence on Svalbard and in the Arctic. China has been eager to gain influence and position in the Arctic for years, with Norway recently allowing it into the cold. Chinese investors have also been among those interested in buying some of the last few privately owned land on Svalbard. That raises concerns, though, and the government has stepped in with plans to buy up the land itself.
Foreigners have been accused of deliberately collapsing the local fish trawling business and illegally taking over the business.
Some operators who spoke with Vanguard explained that the fish trawling business was huge and responsible for the employment of thousands of Nigerian youths as well as contributing to the economy of the nation in the early 80's up till early 2000's.
They observed that this trend changed when foreigners became interested in that sector of the economy and began to sponsor attacks on local fish trawlers operating in the country with the intetion to hijack the business.
Thousands of dead fish have washed up over the past week in a lagoon in Rio de Janeiro that will host rowing and canoeing events at 2016's Olympic Games.
The latest headache for organisers comes amid concerns for the health of participants in the Olympic sailing events, who will take to the waters of a bay where masses of dead fish have similarly washed ashore in recent months.
It was not known whether the cause in that case was an environmental problem or if fishermen had thrown the fish aside because they had no commercial value, but garbage and sewage regularly clog Rio's waterways.
Despite receiving a financial injection of N$38 million during 2014, the aquaculture sector is not performing well and remains a great concern.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau says that despite the huge financial injection, the sector performed below average, with a mere 740 metric tons produced last year.
"Aquaculture is a headache. I don't know why we are not getting it right. What is the magic formula for us to get the desired results?" Esau asked the fishing sector on Friday (17th of April 2015) during his annual address at Walvis Bay.
Endangered sturgeons, CITES labelling and seafood traceability to be presented at the world’s largest seafood trade event
Brussels – WWF will discuss with leading seafood sellers and buyers the importance of compulsory CITES labelling for caviar, fishing vessel and seafood tracking, and the state of endangered species like sturgeons. This will happen at the world’s largest seafood trade event, the Seafood Expo Global, which is in Brussels on 21-23 April 2015.
Some 26,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood professionals from 150 countries attended the fair in 2014. More than 80% of attending companies say they are involved in or influence purchasing decisions.
Commissioner of Fisheries Department Ram Sankar Naik said the MPEDA authorities had agreed to supply Tilapia, Red Tilapia, Asian Seabass and Wild Crab seeds through its Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture units.
The MPEDA, in return, will offer better marketing options to farmers engaged in brackish water and freshwater aquaculture.