IN BRIEF - Coles Australia urges Pacific boat owners to supply MSC Skipjack
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
The global demand for Pacifical skipjack tuna is becoming obvious as major Australian food retailer, Coles Supermarkets, echoes European grocery chains this week in its quest for a sustainable supply of the canned fish.
“We are impressed with the PNA MSC certification and disheartened that, as yet, no MSC certified skipjack tuna is available for us to purchase,” writes John Durkan, the company’s merchandise director, in a public letter released on 4 December. Coles has 18.6 million customer transactions each week, making it one of the fastest growing food retailers in the world.
With more than 740 stores nationwide and a commitment to only sell sustainably sourced seafood by 2015, the company wants to ensure all of its canned tuna products – Coles’ most popular seafood item – carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) blue-and-white guarantee.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown are seeking a federal disaster declaration to help salmon fishermen enduring a second bad year in a row.
A record-low number of fall-run Chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River has led to fisheries restrictions, including the cancellation of the season along a large stretch of coastal southern Oregon and Northern California.
In letter dated Wednesday, the governors asked Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for an expedited declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster, a move necessary for fishing businesses to request federal assistance.
The letter asserts that Oregon’s commercial ocean salmon fisheries are projected to earn 63 percent less revenue than what they averaged from 2012-16. California fisheries are expected to make 72 percent less.(AP)
This is the first MSC certified Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) fishery in the world and represents half of the total allowable catch (TAC) of the stock.
“The Greenlandic fishery client, SFG has made tremendous effort in getting key fisheries certified against the MSC standard,” said Gisli Gislason, MSC senior programme manager for Iceland, the Faroes and Greenland.
“That applies for both their prawn, lumpfish and now the Greenland halibut fishery. By getting this certified as sustainable and well managed against the MSC Standard we hope it will be well received in the global markets, both in Europe and Asia.”
Sustainable Fisheries Greenland (SFG) entered the fishery into MSC assessment in March 2016 and the fish can now be sold globally carrying the blue MSC label
A deep-sea timber port planned for Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island's northern coast would likely kill a nearby abalone farm's entire stock and ruin its business, a marine biologist says.
An environmental report by Dr Paul McShane says a deep-sea port – proposed by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) – poses an “overwhelming threat” to Yumbah Aquaculture’s abalone farm in Smith Bay, and risks undermining the pristine marine ecology of the bay.
McShane’s report says large quantities of sediment from the construction and operation of the port pose “an unacceptable risk to the viable operation of the abalone farm that cannot be effectively mitigated either during construction or continuing operation”.
A significant boost of NZD 30.5 million of operating funding over the next four years in Budget 2017 will upgrade and modernise the fisheries management system, including the roll-out of cameras, monitoring, and electronic reporting on all commercial vessels, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.
“This funding will help introduce the world-leading Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS), which will give us arguably the most transparent and accountable commercial fishery anywhere in the world,” Mr Guy says.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Commercial shrimp trawling will open in all legal South Carolina waters at 8 a.m. Wednesday May 2017, officials with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources say.
The agency's biologists are cautiously optimistic about the coming season.
"So far we've seen indications that it should be a good year," Mel Bell, director of SCDNR's Office of Fisheries Management, said. "Of course, after establishing the opening date, based on the condition of the resource, we have no control over how things will go. The success of the season will be up to the hard work of the fishermen and the environmental conditions they encounter throughout the year."
Preceded by a record fall flooding event and bookended by two abnormally warm winters, commercial trawlers netted just shy of two million pounds with a USD 7.8 million dockside value in the 2016 shrimp season. In 2015, they harvested USD 8.5 million.
RALEIGH, N.C. - A proposal moving through the state Senate calls for leasing waters off the North Carolina coast so people can farm fish.
Senate Bill 410 would allow people to lease from 100 to 1,500 acres in the state's sounds and the Atlantic Ocean, where they could build underwater pens to raise various species of fish that they could later sell to supermarkets and restaurants.
"We're creating an industry here," sponsor Sen.
Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, told members of the Senate Finance Committee this week. "This is not something we're doing in North Carolina. This will allow us to do fish farming and bring in some big bucks."
MAINE - A New England fisheries management group is considering changes to regulations regarding lobstering in an area of the Gulf of Maine.
The New England Fishery Management Council is considering whether lobster traps should be kept off of coral within a 18-square-mile portion of the Gulf in order to protect habitat for other marketable fish stock.
According to a report in the Portland Press Herald, the move could jeapardize a USD 4 million dollar portion of the state's lobster fishery, an amount taken by more than 100 lobster boats.
Certification Body, DNV GL, is conducting stakeholder registration for the re-assessment of the Alaska pollock and cod fisheries for the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. This notice is to advise any parties (individuals or organizations) interested in providing input to the re-assessments to register with DNV GL, providing the following details to Anna Kiseleva at [email protected] or +47 993 18 529:
1. Name and company, together with contact information; 2. Your association with the fishery; 3. The issues you would like to discuss; 4. Suitable venue and time for a meeting (if you would like to meet with the assessment team).
Export rejection rate by the EU drops India
European Union rejections on Indian seafood exports have gone down consistently in the last five years, according to the Marine Products Export Development Authority.
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