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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.
Phil-am Trading, Inc. of Jersey City, NJ is recalling Phil-am Smoked Mackerel (Hasa-Hasa), because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
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Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. of Staten, Island, New York is recalling various refrigerated ready to eat herring products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
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AIZAWL - The Mizoramgovernment's health and family welfare department has rubbished reports that formalin, which causes cancer, was injected in imported fish so that it has a fresh feel when it reaches the state.
The director of the state cancer institute, Dr Thangchungnunga, recently wrote an article in which he made this observation.
The article was published in 'Hriselna', a journal of the health department.
An intelligence network aimed at helping hundreds of fishermen avoid getting caught fishing illegally around Scotland’s coast has been condemned as “blatant piracy”.
Fishermen are tracking the movements of the Scottish Government’s three fisheries patrol boats, the Minna, Jura and Hirta, to try and hamper them from policing the seas, boarding boats and seizing illegal catches.
The three Marine Protection Vessels (MPVs) regularly patrol the coastline on the lookout for boats breaching the law by taking “black fish” in excess of their quotas, fishing in conservation areas or using illegal techniques, such as electric fishing.
But a social media site followed by more than 700 people is posting daily sightings or photos of the MPVs so that fishermen can keep out of their way. It has also published abusive comments about the government’s Marine Scotland agency and the former fisheries minister, SNP MSP Richard Lochhead.
The revelations have prompted anger from campaigners and politicians, and a plea for respect from the Scottish Government. Fishermen have responded by saying they are defending their livelihood because “red tape is killing us”.
SERDANG (Bernama) -- The government will introduce a guideline for the construction of modern fishing vessel in January next year in a bid to drive the deep sea fishing industry towards achieving the international standards.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Marine Department, which is under the ministry, had been working with the Department of Fisheries in preparing the guideline which aimed to improve the capability of local fishing vessels and to ensure that it would meet the standards and requirements of importing countries.
The guideline will be issued by the Fisheries Department and will comprise 12 standards which are in line with the International Maritime Association, International Convention and International Association of Classification Societies codes, he told reporters after the pre-launch of the guideline at the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Tourism (MAHA) 2016 exhibition.
Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment at the blue whiting catch arrangements for 2017 finalised at the EU-Norway talks for shared stocks which concluded in Bergen tonight (2 December).
The agreement, which the Scottish negotiating team voted against, will see an increased access arrangement for Norway, which will enable them to catch 68% of their blue whiting catch allocation to the west of British Isles (compared to 61% before). On top of that, there will be an additional transfer of 110,000 tonnes of EU blue whiting to Norway in comparison to the previous 75,000 tonnes figure.
Increasing levels of microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic – in marine environments is of great concern to scientists, particularly in terms of how these pollutants accumulate in the food chain and their impact on fish behaviour. However, a new study from Macquarie University has found that while pollutant-coated microplastics can accumulate in fish, the ingestion of these pollutants does not appear to influence the personalities of these animals.
"Animals often first respond to pollution by changing their behaviour. When we fed contaminated crustaceans – which were fed microplastics soaked in polluted Sydney Harbour water – to gobies, a small coastal fish species, for an extended period they didn't show any changes in personality compared to gobies that were fed on microplastic-free crustaceans," explained lead-author Louise Tosetto.
"There have been no previous studies that have examined the transfer of polluting microplastics through the food chain in an ecologically relevant setting, making this the first study to investigate the effect of this type of pollutant on how an animal functions in its natural environment," she added.
Pingtan adds two new jiggers to its fleet China
Global fishing company Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. has completed construction on its two squid jigging vessels, which are ready to depart for their fishing designation.
Cadiz Port Authority grants sole farming centre permit Spain
The Port Authority of the Bay of Cadiz has granted the firm Epic Aqua Solea Acuicultura SL an administrative permission for the construction of the first phase of an intensive sole farming centre in El Puerto de Santa Maria.