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IN BRIEF - UK steps in to help West Africa in fight to overturn EU fishing abuses
Monday, March 19, 2012
Small-scale fishermen in West Africa have appealed to the UK fisheries minister Richard Benyon to protect their future by voting on Monday 19 March to restrict over-fishing in the coastal waters of developing countries.
Leaked EU documents seen by the Guardian suggest that Britain has successfully blocked Spanish proposals which, if passed, would allow EU fishermen to continue to overfish African and other waters. But fears remain that countries will try to weaken reforms to the European fishing policy that would force trawlers to take only fish that are surplus to developing country needs.
"Our livelihoods and our food supply are being destroyed by EU vessels supported by EU money", said Abdou Karim Sall, president of the Fishermen's Association of Joal and the Committee of Marine Reserves in West Africa. "We urgently need the EU to reform its policies to give us a chance of supporting ourselves.
LAVAL - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. announces its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013 and provides update on action plan to resume operations.
Nutraceutical Business Results
Nutraceutical revenues increased 32 per cent to a record CAD 25,181,000, for the fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013, up from USD 19,113,000 in the corresponding period ended 29 February, 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA was negative (CAD 965,000) for the fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of CAD 2,690,000 in the prior year.
Net loss totalled (CAD 12,779,000) for the fiscal year ended 28 February, 2013, compared to net profit of CAD 2,384,000 for the corresponding period ended 29 February, 2012.
Paul Vecsei, well known sturgeon specialist and fish illustrator, shows in this poster all extant sturgeon species and valid subspecies worldwide, using 27 scientific illustrations.
Each picture is of an individual fish and was made in the technique of pointillism with extreme accuracy. This poster in DIN-A1 format (594 x 841 mm) on 240 g/m2 paper finished with UV-gloss coating, is not only a decoration on any wall but an eye-catcher which will satisfy the viewer. The delivery includes two black poster rails made from plastic material for easy wall mounting.
The poster will be available from bookshops or directly from the publisher
Scottish fishermen have welcomed the announcementon 21 May by European Commissioner Maria Damanaki that the EU has notified the Faroe Islands that it intends to impose sanctions in response to their over-fishing of the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock.
The EU says the measures may include restrictions in the imports of herring and associated species fished by Faroese interests and restrictions on the access of Faroese vessels in EU harbours except for safety reasons. The notification from the EU is in response to the Faroese move earlier this year to withdraw from an international management plan for Atlanto-Scandian herring and set a unilateral quota at a level 145 per cent higher than their 2012 quota. This was set against a context in which all other parties to the fishery had agreed to reduce their quotas by 26 per cent for conservation reasons.
REEDVILLE - Omega Protein Corporation (OME), christened two new vessels at its Reedville, Virginia facility. The two vessels, named the F/V Rappahannock and the F/V Fleeton are state of the art menhaden fishing vessels and are the first new vessels christened by the company in over 20 years. Omega Protein is a nutritional product company and a leading integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty protein products.
"The addition of the Rappahannock and the Fleeton to our Reedville fleet marks a significant investment in our operations here in Virginia," said Monty Deihl, Director of Fishing Operations at Omega Protein. Deihl added, "I'm proud that Omega is reviving the tradition of formally christening our new fishing vessels. It demonstrates our commitment to both our employees here and the community which for so many years this Reedville plant has supported."
INDIANAPOLIS - Exploring the opportunity to bring a feed mill dedicated to producing fish feed to Indiana in hopes of building a new market for Hoosier soybean farmers is the intent of a new grant recently awarded to Indiana Soybean Alliance.
ISA, the state soybean checkoff organization, received a Value-Added Producer Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month to conduct a feasibility study on locating a feed mill focusing on aquaculture feeds in Indiana.
Forcing lobster fishermen out of proposed marine park areas could lead to the collapse of lobster stocks in other areas, industry figures say.
South Australian Rock Lobster Advisory Council executive officer Justin Phillips said industry estimates for how much of the annual lobster catch was taken inside the proposed marine parks was about double State Government estimates.
Closing those areas to fishing could force fishermen into more marginal areas, where fishing would have a greater impact on stocks.
Synthethic Genomics, ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels United States
Synthetic Genomics Inc announced a new co-funded research agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels from strains with significantly improved production characteristics by employing synthetic genomic science and technology.
Cesium findings in eel coverup reported Japan
A scientist has admitted having detected radioactive cesium in eels caught in a boundary river between the Tokyo and Chiba prefectures but claims local governments took no action for nearly two months despite having informed authorities promptly.
Fish exports may generate USD 500mln by 2015 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is working on increasing its deep sea fishing efforts and doubling fish exports between now and 2015 and to achieve this goal, it will be using new vessels from Japan and China,
EC warns Faroe Islands of impending sanctions European Union
The European Commission has notified the Faroe Islands that it plans to take steps, including closing off fishing ports, to support the sustainability of herring fisheries shared between the two parties.
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