IN BRIEF - State opposes Goa’s plans to impose fish tax
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Karnataka Fisheries Minister Pramod Madhwaraj has opposed the Goa government’s move to impose tax on trucks transporting fish for sale outside the State and termed it “selfishness” on the part of Goa.
The Goa government’s plan will cause major problems, he said, adding that it was a “hasty proposal”.
In a bid to ensure better availability of good quality fish in the local markets, the Goa government was mulling over imposing tax on trucks carrying fish for sale to States like Karnataka. “The fee would be imposed at the State border,” Goa Fisheries Minister Vinod Paliencar has said.
If the Goa government levy fees on the border, other States will follow suit and this will cause major problems between States, said Mr. Madhwaraj. adding that “the proposal was not in good taste”.
A lot of fish from Goa is being transported to border districts, including Belagavi.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The traditional way of protecting fish against disease is to inject them individually with a vaccine.
But this can be time-consuming and manpower-intensive.
Singapore researchers have come up with a way around this - using a tiny nano material.
They have found a way to package a vaccine for a common bacterium in tropical waters, tenacibaculum maritimum, into a material 100,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. The bacterium causes the scales of infected fish to fall off and their mouths to disintegrate.
The new method will allow fish farmers to vaccinate their fish stocks by immersing them in a container of water containing the "nanovaccine". It then enters the fish through their gills and skin.
"There is no need for skilled workers, and fewer workers are needed... making it cheaper," said Dr Jeffrey Seng, a senior lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic's School of Chemical and Life Sciences. He led the development of the nanovaccine.
A group of Chinese investors is set to pump KES 1.2 billion (USD120 million) in Kisumu's struggling fish industry.
The foreign investors unveiled the mega project on Thursday, December 8 2017, while visiting Kisumu county's Deputy Governor Ochieng' Owili at his office.
The giant project is expected to create job opportunities for at least 500 households whose main economic activities include fishing A delegation of Chinese investors is set to inject KES 1.2 billion (USD120 million) in the struggling fish industry in Kisumu county. According to a Facebook post shared by Kisumu County Governor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o on Thursday, December 8, the investors unveiled the mega project while visiting the county's Deputy Governor Ochieng' Owili at his office.
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