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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.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - Grimsby's Young's Seafood to lose huge GBP 30 m Asda contract

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grimsby's Young’s Seafood has been dealt a shock blow by Asda, after it was told it is to lose GBP 30 million of business from the supermarket giant.

The contract merry-go-round appears to have struck the Ross House team, with whitefish and prawn own-label work understood to be involved.

Once again, one Grimsby firm’s loss appears to be picked up by another, such is the strength of the cluster, with New England Seafood International reported to be lined up for the cod and haddock business.

Source: Grimsby News

IN BRIEF - SalMar - Purchase of increased capacity following auction of new aquaculture licences

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries' auction of new aquaculture licences closed today. 

At the auction, SalMar bought a total capacity of 2 132 tonnes MAB (maximum allowed biomass) for a total of NOK 363.1 million. 443 tonnes of the acquired capacity is in production area 7, with a total consideration of NOK 92.5 million. The remaining volume,1 689 tonnes, is distributed between the production areas 10 to 13, with a total consideration of NOK 270.6 million.

Source: Globenewswire

IN BRIEF - B.C. sets deadline for Indigenous salmon farm consent

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The B.C. government has imposed new conditions on ocean-based salmon farms, requiring them to have agreements with “relevant” Indigenous communities to have their provincial land tenures continued.

The new provincial regulations are to take effect by 2022, B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said Wednesday, the day a group of provincial tenures expire. Those tenures will carry on month-to-month until new conditions are met.

A second new condition is that Fisheries and Oceans Canada give assurances that wild salmon runs are protected from salmon farms. The federal government has the bulk of responsibility for ocean-based aquaculture on all coasts of Canada, including assessing risk for disease and parasite transmission.

Source: Sea Observer

IN BRIEF - Icicle Seafoods brings Julianne Curry onboard as Public Affairs Manager

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Seattle – Icicle Seafoods, Inc. is pleased to announce that Julianne Curry, a fourth-generation family fisherman and advocate for the Alaska seafood industry, has been named the company’s Public Affairs Manager.

“Julianne was born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, where Icicle also has deep roots,” said John Woodruff, Chief Operating Officer at Icicle Seafoods. “As a long-term resident of the area and a third generation Icicle fisherman, she is in tune with the state’s fishing sector and with Icicle Seafoods and its impressive history in the region. We are confident that Julianne will do a tremendous job and will quickly help advance the company.”

Based in Petersburg, Ms. Curry will focus on regulatory and policy matters, government and community relations and will work collaboratively with her Alaska seafood colleagues on strategic planning efforts that will positively impact the sector.

Press Release: Icicle Seafoods

IN BRIEF - Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Biennial Specifications

Thursday, June 21, 2018

This final rule implements annual harvest specifications and management measures to establish allowable catch levels for Pacific mackerel for the fishing years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

The harvest guideline (HG) and annual catch target (ACT) for the 2017-2018 fishing year are 26,293 metric tons (mt) and 25,293 mt, respectively. The HG and ACT for the 2018-2019 fishing year are 23,840 mt and 22,840 mt, respectively.

The ACT serves as the primary directed commercial harvest quotas. If the fishery attains the ACT in either fishing year, the directed fishery will close, reserving the difference between the HG and ACT as a 1,000 mt set-aside for incidental landings in other fisheries. If the HG is reached, all retention would be prohibited through the end of the fishing year. This rule is intended to conserve and manage the Pacific mackerel stock off the U.S. West Coast.

Source: Federal Register

EN BREVE - Canary Islands one-by-one tuna fishermen become part of the IPNLF Member network

Thursday, June 21, 2018

LONDON - Organización de Productores de Túnidos y Pesca Fresca (Optuna No 42), the non-profit tuna producer organisation based on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands has become the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains. Optuna No 42 represents the interests of the historic pole-and-line tuna fishery of the Canary Islands, which has been supporting local fishermen and coastal communities in the region for more than 100 years.

Optuna No 42 was founded in 1991 by 21 pole-and-line fishers to safeguard the future of the fishery and to improve the commercialisation of its members’ tuna catches. Its membership is predominantly comprised of six pole-and-line tuna vessels, each between 24 and 34 metres in length and carrying 12 crew. Additional support is provided by boats from Fuerteventura, La Graciosa and Puerto del Carmen, among others.

The organisation is governed by a general assembly and a board of directors. Fishing effort is coordinated by the board, which sends out vessels and also keeps a live record of the catches throughout the fishing season. Returns are evenly divided among all fishers from the fleet, regardless of the vessels’ specific catches. As well as supplying the local market, one-by-one tuna products are shipped twice a week to Spain.

Press Release: IPNLF

IN BRIEF - Thailand banks on tech to end slavery at sea as workers push for rights

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Some would start murmuring or laughing to themselves as they worked day and night in Indonesian waters on the cramped boat, often surviving on fish they caught and drinking water leaking from an onboard freezer.

“It was like a floating prison - actually, worse than prison,” the Burmese fisherman, who was sold into slavery, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in Samut Sakhon, a Thai fishing hub some 40 km (25 miles) southwest of the capital Bangkok.

The 36-year-old, who was rescued in 2015 after losing four fingers and being stranded on a remote island for years without pay, is now lobbying for fishermen’s rights with the Thai and Migrant Fishers Union Group (TMFG).

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Fishermen’s group says Ottawa overreacting with new fisheries closure in Bay of Fundy

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A fishermen’s group says the federal government is jumping the gun with a costly fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy following the sighting of a single North Atlantic right whale.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the area in Grand Manan Basin will be closed to fixed-gear fishing from 11:59 p.m. Thursday until further notice.

The closure affects lobster, crab, groundfish, herring and mackerel licences.

But Brian Guptill, president of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, said the government was too quick to act.

Source: Global News

IN BRIEF - Minister Wants EU Funding For Irish Aquaculture & Seafood Processing

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Marine Minister Michael Creed has called for European Maritime & Fisheries Funding (EMFF) for small to medium enterprises in aquaculture and seafood processing to be continued post-2020.

Addressing the Council of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meeting in Luxembourg yesterday (Monday 18 June 2018), the minister said: “Ireland expects to fully spend its 2014-2020 allocation and we foresee increasing investment opportunities and demands for the 2021-2027 period.

“I would like to highlight one particular area of initial concern that we have identified, namely the apparent proposal to restrict EMFF aid for capital investment in aquaculture and seafood processing to financial instruments only. Currently such a restriction applies to large scale operators only.

Source: Afloat

IN BRIEF - Traders hope for rebound in shrimp business by 2018's end

Thursday, June 21, 2018

KOCHI - Domestic seafood exporters are hopeful of an uptick in business in the second half of the year on the back of a rebound in the price of shrimp and improving demand for it from the US and Japan. 

Shrimp accounts for 70 per cent of India’s total seafood export revenue. Higher price of shrimp had helped the country rake in close to $6 billion in seafood exports in 2017-18.

Source: Economic Times

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British Columbia sets new salmon farming rules
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IN BRIEF - SalMar - Purchase of increased capacity following auction of new aquaculture licences
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IN BRIEF - Grimsby's Young's Seafood to lose huge GBP 30 m Asda contract
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UAE fund, Amerra and Andromeda Group to acquire two Greek aquaculture firms
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Norway Royal Salmon purchases farming licences for EUR 12.2m
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IN BRIEF - Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Biennial Specifications
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IN BRIEF - Icicle Seafoods brings Julianne Curry onboard as Public Affairs Manager
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IN BRIEF - B.C. sets deadline for Indigenous salmon farm consent
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Govt overreacts with fishery closure to protect right whale, fishermen state
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Spain participates in European project promoting sustainable aquaculture
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Salmon price status at week 24

SeaPak joins the Global Seafood Initiative platform
United States SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Company a leading firm in the retail market of frozen shrimp in the United States, has joined the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative platform as a funding partner.
NASCO adopts measures to protect salmon around the Faroe Islands and off West Greenland
European Union The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation has adopted new regulatory measures to protect salmon stocks around the Faroe Islands and off West Greenland.
Fishing deal with China would settle maritime dispute
Philippines A joint fishing agreement reportedly being discussed between China and the Philippines is deemed a significant step forward in the relations between the two countries after an old maritime sovereignty dispute.
China's retaliatory tariffs concern Alaska seafood entrepreneurs and legislators
United States Alaska’s seafood industry officials and legislators have expressed concern about the possible negative effects additional export tariffs from China may have on the state’s seafood economy as a retaliation due to the measures set by the American Government.
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