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IN BRIEF - Tuna tracking technology could be hard to implement

Friday, January 12, 2018

The firm, TraSeable, is involved in trialling the blockchain technology that tracks tuna from when it's caught to when it's sold.

Founder and managing director Ken Katafono said strengths of the technology are that it's difficult to hack and no one person or entity holds all the data.

But Mr Katafono siad it was likely to be hard getting all countries to buy in and provide key data.

He said slow internet speeds could also be a problem.

Ken Katafono said while there's a lot of work being done by regional agencies in the Pacific in terms of digitising fisheries data, there's still some way to go.

He said the technology, that is essentially a digital ledger, was still at a pilot stage but was expected to be commercially available this year.

IN BRIEF - China seeks bigger catch from far-sea fishing fleet

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

China plans to increase the catch from its far-sea fishing fleet as it clamps down on fishing in its own heavily depleted waters, in a move likely to heighten maritime tension with other coastal nations.

The state-subsidised long-distance fleet is targeting an increase in its annual catch from 2m tonnes in 2016 to 2.3m tonnes in 2020, according to the agriculture ministry. Some 90m tonnes of wild fish were caught globally in 2016, according to the UN. China’s far-ocean fleet increased its catch by nearly 50 per cent over the five years to 2016, according to China’s agriculture ministry.

The haul — often sold to Chinese fish processors that then export to Europe and the US — has fuelled international concerns over dwindling fish stocks and illegal fishing in territorial waters.

Source: Financial Times

IN BRIEF - Saudi Arabia suspends fish imports from Myanmar

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended fishing imports from Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.

Saudi Arabia’s general authority for food and medicine suspended aquaculture products from Bangladesh , India, Myanmar and Vietnam, according to the Saudi Aquaculture Society.

This suspension is made in accordance with the regulatory procedures issued by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA). An delegation from several regulators from Saudi Arabia conducted an inspection tour last month targeting Vietnamese facilities that export to the country. The delegation found that only nine facilities met the national hygiene requirements, according to Vietnam news reports.

The fisheries exporters in Myanmar and the fisheries department have questioned this suspension. The exporters do not understand this suspension because it was Vietnam which had problems.

Source: MMtimes

IN BRIEF - Seafood industry faces tougher wastewater requirements

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Oregon’s seafood industry has concerns about the new version of a permit to regulate wastewater discharges from seafood processing facilities.

The draft 900-J National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit will replace a previous version that expired in 2011, but the new version includes significant changes in industry practices. The state hopes to address pollutants from organic material as well as oil, grease, bacteria and ammonia that can be harmful to aquatic life.

“There are new parameters that could be a challenge for processors,” said Laura Gleim, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Equality. “This renewed permit places limits on pollutants that didn’t have limits in previous iterations of this permit, including ammonia, chlorine, bacteria and temperature.”

Source: Daily Astorian

IN BRIEF - FFAW Urges Different Approach To Northern Shrimp Management

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

There are fears more cuts are coming to northern shrimp quotas after recent scientific assessments show another decline in the biomass, especially in area 6 off the northeast coast of the island.

DFO biologist Katherine Skanes says the biomass in Area 6 is in the critical zone after dropping another 16 percent in 2017.

She says predation is a factor, as is fishing activity, but they don’t quantify which factor is a bigger driver than another.

The FFAW meanwhile wants DFO to take a different approach to the data and stock management. President Keith Sullivan says scientists are comparing the current data against peak shrimp levels when cod populations crashed. He says a greater time frame must be considered especially in light of increased cod biomass.

Source: VOCM

IN BRIEF - Cornish fishermen fear catch in Brexit talks

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fishermen from the Cornish port of Newlyn were among the most spirited Brexiters. Days before Britain’s 2016 EU referendum, some sailed more than 300 miles from England’s westernmost reaches to join a pro-Brexit flotilla on the Thames — their presence intended as a visceral reminder of working people hard done by the EU’s overweening regulation. Soon they will find out whether it was all worth it.

As Britain tries to negotiate a two-year transition agreement with Brussels that is supposed to provide a smooth path for industry after the country leaves the EU next year, its fishermen fear they may be getting a raw deal.

The arrangement proposed by Brussels would leave the UK in the EU’s common fisheries policy for at least the next two years but without a seat at the table to defend its interests in crucial negotiations. Its fishermen say they would be at the whim of rivals from France and Spain, for example, when it comes time to divvy up catch quotas and agree regulations.

Source: Financial Times

IN BRIEF - Virus in escaped fish common, not harmful to salmon in Washington waters, state says

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

An independent Canadian lab that studied 19 Atlantic salmon escaped from Cooke Aquaculture’s Cypress Island net pen last August found they all were infected with a virus that can be spread to wild Pacific salmon.

The results were not a surprise to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which announced last month that its own tests on four Atlantic salmon from Cooke’s escape found all were infected with the virus, called Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV).

“PRV seems to be ubiquitous in farmed Atlantic salmon, and probably everywhere,” said Ken Warheit, supervisor of the fish-health and genetics lab at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Source: Seattle Times

IN BRIEF - Salmon fishermen call for wild fish safeguards

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A group representing salmon fishermen has called on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to safeguard wild fish stocks. 

The Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages group says action is needed after confirmation that farmed salmon had escaped into the western river network last autumn. 

A report by Inland Fisheries Ireland says up to 500 fish may have entered western rivers in August and September of last year. 

The agency says that this poses a threat to native wild stocks as a result of interbreeding and other ecological impacts.

Source: RTE

IN BRIEF - Washington senator wants B.C. to follow suit and phase out net-pen fish farms

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

VANCOUVER - A Washington senator says he wants to see British Columbia join the state in phasing out ocean-based Atlantic salmon farms when the province decides whether to renew farm leases in June 2018.

An American ban will be less effective in the shared ecosystem of the Salish Sea if fish farms continue to operate in Canadian waters, said Democrat Sen. Kevin Ranker.

The Washington state senate and house of representatives have recently passed bills that would phase out net-pen farms when their leases come up for renewal over the next seven years.

“The salmon, the orca whale, the ecosystem doesn’t recognize the international boundary,” Ranker said.

Source: The Province

IN BRIEF - Seafood producer Thai Union's FY profit jumps, beats estimate

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

[BANGKOK] Thai Union Group Pcl on Tuesday posted a nearly 15 per cent rise in 2017 net profit and beat analysts' expectations, underpinned by strong sales, higher income from restaurant chain Red Lobster, and better cost management.

The world's largest producer of canned tuna said its net profit came in at 6.02 billion baht (S$251.89 million) in 2017, beating expectations of 5.8 billion baht in a Reuters survey of 12 analysts.

Sales in 2017 came in at 136.5 billion baht, up 1.6 percent from 5.3 billion baht a year ago.

"Growth was mainly organic and driven by product repricing," Thai Union said.

Source: businesstimes.com.sg

IN BRIEF - Update on GAA and IFFO’s South East Asia Fishmeal project

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A project to improve the understanding of fisheries of South East Asia supplying raw material for fishmeal production has completed the first six months of data gathering and has made contact with government agencies and businesses. Jointly funded by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and IFFO, the Marine Ingredients Organisation, the project lead Duncan Leadbitter (Fish Matter Pty) has produced a series of draft internal reports for the two funding bodies with the aim to have a public report ready by the end of the year. After six months of data gathering, using both publically available information and in-country sources, such as the Thai Fish Meal Association and a Vietnamese consulting company, Kim Delta.

As a major producer of fishmeal, fishing practices in South East Asia have been criticised in recent years for overfishing. This collaboration between IFFO and GAA will build more contacts in the region and provide a detailed overview of raw materials in Thailand and Vietnam to identify any issues and ensure a pathway for responsible supply, based on seeking improvements in management.

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