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IN BRIEF - Agriculture Minister launches floating cages aquaculture project in Oman's Quriyat

PAKISTAN
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Quriyat - The first stage of the aquaculture project using the floating cages was launched yesterday at the fishing maritime in the Wilayat of Quriyat under the auspices of Dr. Fouad bin Ja’afar Al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The project is supervised by Blue Water LLC a subsidiary of Oman Aquaculture Development Company. The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the project is one of the first and leading projects by Oman Aquaculture Development Company for the production of 3,000 tonnes of koffer fish.

The two complimentary stages in the Bama and Dhabab villages in the Wilayat of Quriyat are expected to increase the production to 9,000 tonnes.

Source: Times of Oman


IN BRIEF - Top Gun expands to include aquaculture startups

UNITED STATES
Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and its partners are expanding next year's Top Gun entrepreneurship program to include companies in the aquaculture sector.

MCED announced Monday that applications are now being accepted for Top Gun 2018, an entrepreneurship acceleration program that has helped more than 175 startups since 2009.

Partnering with the University of Maine, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center and Lewiston/Auburn Economic Growth Council, MCED stated in a news release that the 2018 program will accept about 40 companies in total, about 10 companies in each of the 2018 locations: Portland, Bangor, Lewiston/Auburn and Brunswick.

Source: Maine Biz


IN BRIEF - New ISRO communication gadget to ensure safety of fishermen 1,500 kms into sea

INDIA
Thursday, December 14, 2017

 

CHENNAI - Deep sea fishermen need not feel lost any longer. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed a satellite-enabled hi-tech communication device by which fishermen can stay connected up to 1,500 km from the shore without internet or tower connectivity.

The space agency is planning a commercial roll-out of the device in another couple of months and is popularising it among all coastal states.

The gadget, which will be fitted to the boats, will use NavIC (India’s own regional satellite navigation system) to lock the location of the boat and periodically update the location to the ground control room. Besides, the fishermen will receive text and video messages on ocean weather forecasts. If a low pressure area forms in the Bay of Bengal and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm, fishermen will be alerted in advance to take preventive measures.

Source: New Indian Express


IN BRIEF - Huge Chinese fish farm on French Polynesian atoll delayed

FRENCH POLYNESIA
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The planned launch of a huge Chinese fish farm on Hao atoll in French Polynesia has been delayed because of a legal dispute.

Radio 1 said the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods has been taken to court by the construction company Coco Group Engineering over alleged payment delays.

After years of negotiations and months of preparations, the USD 1.5 billion project was due to be started this month.

Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods has acknowledged the delays but said the project was unchanged and would be completed.

The mayor of Hao suspects that the setback has been masterminded by the political opposition.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - National programme in place to monitor aquaculture diseases

INDIA
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

KOCHI - There is huge potential for aquaculture in India and plans are afoot to promote multi-species cultivation unlike smaller countries that bank on a few species.

"It has become important for India, as a signatory to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), to introduce a surveillance programme to monitor aquatic diseases, said JK Jena, deputy director general, fisheries, Delhi. Jena is also the national coordinator, National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD).

"We are talking about giving regional importance. A person in West Bengal loves a different fish than the one in Gujarat or Kerala. The present freshwater aquaculture figure is around six million tonnes while it is about 0.5 million tonnes in brackish water which is mainly shrimp export.

Source: The Times of India


IN BRIEF - Young´s Seafood owners eye potential sale

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The private equity owners of Young’s, one of Britain’s biggest seafood brands, is understood to be exploring a multi-million pound sale.

The Press Association understands that Lion Capital, Bain Capital and HPS Investment Partners (UK) are working with boutique investment house Stamford Partners on a potential exit.

Grimsby-based Young’s Seafood, which has a history dating back 200 years, recorded turnover of GBP 496.5 million last year and booked earnings of GBP 21.2 million, according to accounts filed at Companies House.

Source: Daily Mail


IN BRIEF - VN to halt illegal fishing by 2025

VIET NAM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The National Assembly has passed a revised law on fisheries as Vi?t Nam prepares a national plan to prevent, minimise and eliminate illegal fishing by 2025. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vu Van Tám, talks with the Tin T?c (News) newspaper about the issue

Could you explain the regulations on licensing fishing, catch quotas, and fishing capacity in the newly-adopted revised Law on Fisheries?

The revised law progresses from the Law on Fisheries issued in 2003 and now complies with international laws on protection of aquaculture resources.

The regulation on fishing licensing is a form of management applied in many countries.

Granting quotas would be based on evaluation of aquaculture reserves to ensure sustainable exploitation.

Source: Vietnam News


IN BRIEF - Call for closure of fish farms after 'catastrophic' drop in salmon numbers

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A “CATASTROPHIC” failure of the salmon run in Argyll’s largest and most closely monitored river has prompted demands for the closure of some fish farms and a review of the expansion of the industry.

This year’s run of salmon in the River Awe is by far the lowest since records began in 1964, according to figures released today. The annual salmon count for 2017 has been confirmed as 480, which compares with 807 in 2016 and a five-year average of 1400. The previous lowest total was 781 in 1998.

“This year’s salmon count on the River Awe is incontrovertible evidence that the decline in wild fish in salmon farming’s southern heartland has become critical,” said Roger Brook, chair of Argyll District Salmon Fishery Board.

“We call upon the Scottish Government to take action on all issues within its regulatory control. Specifically, we ask for a review of the policy to facilitate the continued expansion of the salmon aquaculture industry without first addressing the negative impacts. Expansion of aquaculture without greater regulatory control is sounding the death knell for viable wild salmon populations in most of the West Highlands and Islands.”

Source: The National


IN BRIEF - Protests persist as over 600 fishermen yet to be traced

INDIA
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The whereabouts of as many as 623 fishermen from Kanniyakumari district, who got caught in Cyclone Ockhi, were yet to be traced, said Collector Sajjan Singh R. Chavan here on Sunday. His comments came even as fisherfolk in the coastal district continued to protest, demanding that the government expedite its efforts to locate and bring the missing fishermen to safety.

Mr. Chavan told The Hindu that search and rescue operations were under way to trace the 588 fishermen who had set sail on 54 mechanised boats, as well as 35 other fishermen on 13 country boats (vallam) from Kanniyakumari district.

Currently, 117 fishermen are on safe shores in States such as Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep Islands. Two fishermen have officially been declared dead so far. Besides, six fishermen, who had sustained injuries, have been provided solatium of INR 50,000 each.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Research vessels join search operations for missing fishermen

INDIA
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A vessel each from research institutions Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), under the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, have joined the search operations for fishermen who are reported missing after Cyclone Ockhi.

The research vessels joined the operations on the request of the Fisheries Department, sources said. The vessels left the Kochi shore on Sunday morning. According to CMFRI sources, Silver Pompano has two fishermen from Pozhiyoor on board along with personnel from the Fisheries Department as well as crew from CMFRI.

Matsyakumari II of CIFT also left Kochi on Sunday morning. There are 10 CIFT crew members as well as two sea guards and fishermen each on board the vessel. The vessels are reportedly in waters off the Alappuzha coast.

According to CMFRI sources, Silver Pompano has moved away between 30 and 50 nautical miles. The CIFT vessel too has moved into deep waters.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest: Norway regulator again rejects 'Donut' fish farm volume plan

NORWAY
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Marine Harvest Asa:

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has again turned down fish farmer Marine Harvest’s application for farming volumes related to its experimental “Marine Donut” concept

So-called development licenses are an effort to spur long-term growth in the Norwegian salmon business and prevent the spread of sea lice, a parasite, which today hampers growth

The regulator only wants to allow a volume of 1,100 tonnes for the Donut concept, while the company had applied for a permit to farm 5,140 tonnes

The company’s complaint will now move to the Ministry of Industry and Fisheries for further processing, the regulator added.

Source: Reuters


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