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IN BRIEF - Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op wants more support from government
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Fishermen should enjoy subsidies and more direct input from the government to help ease the pressure of a tough and risky way of life, newly-elected Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op Society Chairman Pravinchandra Deodat said on Wednesday 16 May.
Deodat said he is disappointed over the treatment meted out to fishermen and called for respect and more government support. He noted that one of the areas government could make a direct transformation is offering fishers a subsidy in the area of electricity consumption. This would be a fitting subsidy in light of the daily risk of piracy where fishers stand to lose equipment and even their boats when attacked. Such an initiative, he said would make it easier for the victims of piracy to get back on their feet. Additionally, it would encourage all fishers to become legal and register their licences and operate within the confines of the law.
Scottish Mussels with a Lime, Chilli and Coriander Butter Sauce produced by SSMG for Tesco is on the short-list for a SuperMeat & Fish Award in the Best Fish or Seafood Product category. The organisers say these awards are the largest of their kind in the sector, with up to 500 industry professionals attending each year. The awards recognise both individual retail outlets, and assess, review and reward new and existing products in the sector.
Scottish Mussels with a Lime, Chilli and Coriander Butter Sauce features natural ‘store cupboard’ ingredients and is attractively presented in a 500g cardboard pack.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is pleased to announce that four more Alaska seafood companies have met the requirements of the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain of Custody Certification. Vital Choice Wild Seafoods and Organics, Pacific Harvest Seafood, Inc., Cascadia Seafoods LLC, and Deep Sea Fisheries, Inc. join the growing list of companies that recognize this ISO accredited RFM Certification is a credible, robust and cost-effective choice for their customers.
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The BAP mussel farm standards address social and environmental responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability. They encompass various mussel species and all production systems for mussels.
National Prawn Company (NPC) has stepped a steady foot in the aquaculture field aiming at maintaining a more balanced marine life by farming this highly valued species, the sea cucumber (Holothuria Scabra), and to meet market's huge demand for nutritional products.
After 3 years of research and development, the most outstanding issue is the achievement of a biological cycle of sea cucumber in harvest conditions, "therefore we can say that the company has ensured the sustainability of this business," the NPC stated.
The Moroccan fisheries sector performed well in 2012, a positive step in the government’s effort to boost the sector’s contribution to GDP.
The volume of fish and other seafood commercialised last year rose 21 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to reach 1.19m tonnes. The value of the annual catch also grew by 2 per cent y-o-y to MAD 5.56bn (EUR 494.46m), according to year-end statistics from the National Fisheries Office (Office National des Pêches, ONP), Global Arab Network reports according to OBG.
The first salmon genome - of a female fish named Sally - will be fully sequenced by the end of 2013 and researchers from around the world are already exploring ways to use this reference genome to address challenges in salmon farming and production.
"The expectations are that this will make aquaculture better, more directed and more sustainable," explains Steinar Bergseth, chair of the International Collaboration to Sequence the Salmon Genome and advisor for the Research Council of Norway. "We can tap into the genes and understand how these are regulated with regard to diseases, food uptake, treatment of the animal and environmental adaptations."
KANNUR - Kerala government will soon formulate a fish seed law to improve the fishing sector in the state and ensure quality in the fish seed sector, said fisheries minister K Babu.
"Though karimeen is said to be the brand identity of Kerala, the truth is that the production here is not sufficient enough to meet the demand because the supply of fish seeds is limited," said the minister inaugurating the harvesting of the shrimp cultivation at the 'kaipad' lands in Puzhathi panchayath here on Tuesday 21 May, under the paddy-shrimp cultivation project of the Agency for Development of Aquaculture, Kerala (ADAK).
The Fisheries Department’s pilot project to revive traditional brackish water paddy-shrimp farming system in an extent of total 90 hectares of ‘kaipad’ land in Kasaragod, Kannur and Kozhikode districts has now reached the harvest stage.
Fisheries Minister K. Babu inaugurated the first harvest of shrimps cultivated as part of the project at a function here on Tuesday 21 May. The Minister collected the harvested shrimps and inaugurated the first sale.
MANILA - A fisheries cooperation system or agreement with neighboring countries – including Taiwan – may be key to solving maritime disputes in the region without undermining the country’s sovereignty, President Aquino said on 21 May.
The President’s declaration came amid a diplomatic row with Taipei over the fatal shooting last 9 May of a suspected Taiwanese poacher off Batanes by Philippine Coast Guard personnel.
Aquino said that while initial “dialogues” with Taiwan on the matter had already begun, he would rather see the 9 May incident resolved first.
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.
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.
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,
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