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IN BRIEF - 900 illegal fish pens removed from Dagupan rivers

PHILIPPINES
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DAGUPAN CITY - Some 900 units of illegal fish pens have already been removed from Dagupan’s river systems as part of the continuing war against the contraptions.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, in her State of the City Address (SOCA) held at the CSI Stadia on Monday, said these were removed by the group Task Force Bantay Ilog aimed at abating water pollution as the fish pens obstruct the flow of water to and from the Lingayen Gulf.

Pollution is caused by the tons of feeds unloaded in these pens by their owners. A substantial portion of the feeds will rot and will eventually pollute the water.

The campaign against illegal fish pens in all rivers started when Fernandez became mayor in mid-2013 and is continuing until now.

By virtue of a city ordinance, fish pens are now banned in rivers and waterways of Dagupan City. However floating fish cages in limited sizes as well as fish traps owned by small fishermen are still tolerated.

Source: Northbound


IN BRIEF - Enzymotec Launches New, Highly Concentrated' Krill Oil Product

ISRAEL
Friday, July 28, 2017

Enzymotec Ltd., a company that specializes in lipid-based products, has launched its new, “next generation” krill oil product, K-Real Gold. The company says that its newest krill oil features greater levels of highly concentrated omega-3s and astaxanthin and extremely high purity.

K-Real Gold’s purity and quality are purportedly owed to Enzymotec’s proprietary Multi-Stage Extraction (MSO) 2.0 technology—a process first launched in 2016. As with the company’s other krill oil offerings—a product line that includes an improved version of the company’s K-Real krill announced only earlier this year—the new K-Real Gold is notable for its low levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) and trimethylamine (TMA), says the company.

TMA is the molecule responsible for the fishy odor sometimes found in krill oil products, and TMAO is a compound found in some marine products that has been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. According to Itay Shafat, senior scientist, nutrition R&D, Enzymotec, K-Real Gold is the company’s highest-quality krill oil product to date and contains levels of TMA and TMAO so low that “they cannot be measured through the standard detection method.” He told Nutritional Outlook that K-Real Gold guarantees this in the product’s certificate of analysis, and that, while other manufacturers “may have improved the smell properties of their krill oils, none can make the same claims we can about K-Real Gold.”

Source: Nutritional Outlook


IN BRIEF - Thai seafood industry grapples with international scrutiny

THAILAND
Friday, July 28, 2017

BANGKOK - In Samut Sakhon, a thriving fishing port on the southern fringes of Bangkok, owners of boat repair shops and other businesses dependent on the seafood industry complain about a drop in income since mid-2015. They are not expecting a recovery soon. Similar grumblings can be heard throughout nearly 30 other major fishing ports in Thailand, where trawlers laden with catch from Thai and international waters drop anchor. All those involved in Thailand's lucrative seafood export industry are feeling the effect of a threat by the European Union in April 2015 to ban imports of Thai fish products unless the country's VND 5.5 billion sector ends environmentally damaging fishing practices and abusive labor practices.

The EU imported EUR 426 million (VND 496.5 million) of seafood products from Thailand in 2016 -- a significant drop from EUR 476 million the year before, according to European Commission figures. But it nevertheless remains Thailand's third largest market for seafood exports after the U.S. and Japan. The EU consumes 12% of the 1.8 million tons of seafood Thailand exports annually. By issuing a "yellow card," to warn of possible sanctions, the EU was hoping to press Thailand's military-backed government to end "illegal, unreported and unregulated" (IUU) fishing and improve labor standards. Brussels has maintained pressure since then, repeating its threat after periodic reviews and official missions.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review


IN BRIEF - New Bedford seafood manager charged with tax evasion

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 28, 2017

NEW BEDFORD – A New Bedford seafood manager was charged with failing to report USD 75,000 in earnings on his tax returns in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.

Orlando Cardoso, 44, was indicted on two counts of filing a false income tax return.

The indictment said that Cardoso was a manager of the scallop division of a New Bedford seafood processor. The indictment didn’t describe which seafood processor.

According to the U.S. Attorney, Cardoso claimed that the only income he had received was from his employer on his 2012 and 2013 tax returns.

Source: South Coast Today


IN BRIEF - Gujarat is highest exporter of seafood

INDIA
Friday, July 28, 2017

With frozen shrimp helping seafood exports reach an all-time high in 2016-17, Gujarat has now toped marine fish production in the country. However, Andhra Pradesh has retained its top position for production of different varieties of fish. Gujarat exports fish to USA, Europe, UAE, Australia, Japan, China, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Germany and a few other countries. A total growth of 9.82 per cent, was recorded as compared to previous year.

Pipavav port exported fish worth INR 525.31 million, (2 lakh ton in year 2015-16) according to data shared on The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) website. As state government officials confirm the increasing production in the state, Deputy Director of fisheries N R Patel said, “Our annual catch is 6.98crore MT in Gujarat.” One of the most important catch in the State is Black Pomfret, Chines Pomfret, silver pomfret and Bombay duck.

Source: Ahmedabad Mirror


IN BRIEF - European Union-Funded Fisheries Governance Project Launched in Accra

GHANA
Friday, July 28, 2017

The European Union (EU) Ambassador in Ghana, H.E. William Hanna, has called for stronger collaborative efforts among stakeholders in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Mr Hanna, who was speaking at the launch of an EU-funded fisheries governance project in Accra, yesterday, noted that fisheries resources in West Africa, particularly in countries in the Central West Gulf of Guinea were under increasing pressure from population density, food needs, poverty and irrational methods of exploitation, including IUU fishing.

He, therefore, urged the International Community to ratify and implement the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's Port State Measures Agreement which will allow coastal nations to deny port entry and services to foreign vessels suspected of illegal fishing.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Successful multi-lateral operation targets illegal foreign fishers

AUSTRALIA
Friday, July 28, 2017

Officers from Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), have boarded six foreign fishing vessels in the Western Pacific Ocean and identified 13 potential breaches during an 11-day operation focussing on illegal fishers.

Operation NASSE, a multi-lateral regional maritime surveillance operation between Australia, United States, France and New Zealand, ran from 3-13 July and  covered the waters between Exclusive Economic Zones of regional countries. Its aim was to deter illegal fishing in some of the most intensely fished sea-lanes in the region, the Western and Central Pacific Oceans.

Together, the operation resulted in the boarding of 27 foreign fishing vessels with 30 potential breaches of fisheries laws being reported.

Source: AFMA


IN BRIEF - Fisheries minister wants to take on 'over-valued' fishing licences

CANADA
Friday, July 28, 2017

Canada's fisheries minister says licences have become "over-valued" and he wants to work with the industry to do something about it.

During a speech Tuesday in Chester, N.S., Dominic LeBlanc said he's interested in making the licensing process fairer and called on industry members to help him find a way.

"Fishing licenses have become over-valued in recent years, especially here in southwest Nova Scotia," LeBlanc said in his speech, a copy of which was provided by his communications team.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - EDA exploring shrimp harbor requirements

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 28, 2017

The Pipestone Economic Development Authority (EDA) has taken a step to learn what it takes to bring the the aquaculture industry to town.

Balaton-based tru Shrimp announced last month that it’s planning to build a 9-acre shrimp harbor on a 30-acre parcel in Luverne that’s west of U.S. 75 and visible from Interstate 90. The company is also planning a hatchery and the renovation of a vacant processing facility in Marshall to handle more than 8 million pounds of shrimp annually.

An affiliate of Ralco, tru Shrimp also plans a training facility in Balaton for workers.

Pipestone Mayor Myron Koets, who also sits on the EDA, asked the EDA during its July 10 2017 meeting if it were willing to spend some money to learn if Pipestone had what it took to be one of two additional shrimp harbors that truShrimp has indicated it wants to construct in addition to the Luverne facility.

Source: Pipeston County Star


IN BRIEF - Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products to pay FY 2016 annual div on 2017 July 14

CHINA
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Co Ltd :

Says it will pay FY 2016 dividend to shareholders of record on July 13 2017.

The company's shares will be traded ex-right and ex-dividend on July 14 and the dividend will be paid on July 14.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Former Bell Aquaculture facilities in Indiana acquired for USD 14 million

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 27, 2017

The new owner of an eastern Indiana fish farm says it plans to restart production there in 2018.

Maynard, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies has acquired the facilities formerly used by Bell Aquaculture near the Delaware County town of Albany for USD 14 million.

AquaBounty spokesman Dave Conley said the last Bell-raised fish, rainbow trout, were harvested before the sale closed. He said AquaBounty plans to use the facility about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis to produce its genetically engineered salmon, for which it received federal approval in 2015.

Source: IBJ


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