IN BRIEF - 'Salmon signature' used to study historic Alaska fish returns
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Alaskan fishermen are no strangers to the roller coaster flux of salmon returning to home spawning grounds. Most fishermen have experienced or at least witnessed both banner years and disaster years, riding out the consequences of a life lived according to marine resources.
Modern biologists have come to recognize these strong and weak variances as cycles that span not years but decades. Now, studies coming out of the University of Washington (UW) are indicating recognizable cycles that cross hundreds of years in their rotation.
September the 19th of 2014’s No vote removes some of the uncertainty that was troubling Scottish fishing chiefs but there are other big imponderables on the horizon.
Will the new powers promised to Scotland by Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband give the country any greater say in decisions affecting the industry in Scotland?
And does the prospect of an in-out referendum on the UK’s European Union membership – a No 10 pledge – not create just as many fears about how Scotland’s fishing fleet will be governed in the future.
Norway's fish producers, heavily hit by Russia's ban on food imports from countries that have sanctioned it over Ukraine, have found a way around the embargo by sending goods through Belarus.
By going through Russia's ex-Soviet neighbor, exporters have almost restored exports volumes to previous levels, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported Thursday 18th of September 2014, citing figures published by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv.
Russia banned imports of Norwegian fish at the start of August 2014, causing exports of salmon to plummet 82 percent.
But enterprising logistics appear to be working overdrive: In the first week of September that year, supplies of fresh salmon from Norway to Belarus soared threefold, the paper said.
"We thought we would be faced with difficulties, but the market has redistributed the salmon beautifully," a representative of a large Norwegian fish producer Coast Seafood told Dagens Naeringsliv.
Cash flow from the Philippines is gradually encroaching on the Vietnamese market, but its presence is not well known.
Analysts say that the biggest investors from the Philippines, the hottest economy in Asia, have been heading for Vietnam, where they can see great business opportunities in essential sectors, including food and beverage, infrastructure, clean water and pharmaceuticals.
Vinh Hoan Company (VHC), a Vietnamese big seafood exporter, in late May 2014, unexpectedly announced it had transferred 70 percent of the stakes VHC held in Vinh Hoan 1 Feed Company (VHF) to a Filipino company, reaping VND 19.6 million.
The buyer was Pilmico International, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, specializing in making animal feed in the Philippines.
Analysts noted that the sale of the fourth largest feed plant in Vietnam with the capacity of 130,000 tons per annum, brought high profits to Vinh Hoan, which built the plant with VND70 billion, or VND 3.4 million only.
Fish and seafood imports from Denmark's Faroe Islands and Greenland are substituting for other nations' products Russia has banned from entry in response to Western sanctions over events in Ukraine, the federal customs service for the northern Baltic region said on Friday 19th of September 2014.
“Sales of fish products in the region have not significantly decreased since sanctions were imposed,” Sergei Dobrynin, first deputy head of the Baltic service, said in a statement from the northwest customs directorate, responsible for Russia’s largest port, St. Petersburg.
“The current ban does not apply to goods originating from the Faroe Islands and Greenland,” the official said.
Northwest customs said Russia imported about 600,000 tonnes of fish products through its service in 2013. Around 300,000 tonnes came in between January and August of 2014.
MOSCOW - Vietnamese seafood products have attracted Russian customers at an international seafood exhibition in Moscow because of high demand, especially for tra fish products.
Duong Ngoc Minh, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and general secretary of the Hung Vuong Joint Stock Company, told the Infonet that the three-day exhibition, which ended on September 17th of 2014 o, was a good opportunity for Russian importers to seek partners in the seafood products trade following the embargo between Russia on one hand and the United States and European Union on the other.
Minh said this was also a great opportunity for Asian seafood exporters like Viet Nam to increase their exports to Russia.
Heavy rains delivered by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong has shut down the Philippine capital Manila, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their flooded homes, officials say.
A major river burst its banks on Manila's heavily populated eastern districts, while other parts of the sprawling metropolis and the region north of the capital also suffered widespread flooding, though no casualties were reported.
Although Fung-Wong's winds were relatively light, with maximum speeds of 65 kilometres an hour, the storm brought heavy downpours, dumping some 268 millimetres of rain on the capital overnight, state weather forecasters said.
That represented 76 per cent of the average rainfall for the entire month, and more heavy rain was expected on the mountainous northeast as Fung-Wong swept westwards, brushing along the coast.
LONDON - A new report reveals the extent of cetacean (whales and dolphins) bycatch in the Indian Ocean tuna fisheries, and calls for increased observer coverage of all fisheries as well as electronic monitoring, port sampling and fishery-independent surveys. Released today, the report entitled “Cetaceans and Tuna Fisheries in the Western and Central Indian Ocean” by Dr. Charles Anderson was commissioned by the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) as part of its commitment to evidence-based research on fishery issues.
Some 1.1 millions tonnes of tuna and related species were caught annually between 2008-2012 in the western and central Indian Ocean, with reported catch during this time period split between gillnet (40%), purse seine (26%), longline (12%), handline and troll (11%) and pole-and-line (9%). No fishery is completely exempt from cetacean interactions, but the extent of bycatch varies widely between fishing methods.
Commenting on the result of the referendum today rejecting independence for Scotland, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:
“Whilst the decision has been made for the constitutional status quo, as far as fishing is concerned there will most definitely need to be change in how we work together as an EU member state.
“For the last 18 months, the Scottish Government has lived in two parallel universes: engaging in normal business such as international negotiations, but pursuing at every opportunity the argument for separation. The Scottish Government had a mandate for this and it was absolutely right and necessary for the referendum process to run its course.
“But now that the referendum is over, the Scottish and UK governments need to work together as closely as possible. There are many challenges facing fishing, most notably the forthcoming discards ban, which has the potential to devastate our fishing fleets. We have had enough arm-wrestling during the independence debate, now is the time to work as a united team to get the best deal possible for fishing. We will be contacting both Fisheries Ministers in the coming days to set this in train and we are committed to playing our part in the process.”
Scottish Fishermen’s Federation: Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on independence referendum result
Seafood exports grow 3.9 per cent in first half Argentina
In the first six months of this year, Argentina exported fisheries products for USD 778.8 million, a figure which shows an increase of USD 30 million, or 3.9 per cent, over the same period of 2013.
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