IN BRIEF - Need for skill development in fishery sector emphasised upon
Friday, February 09, 2018
KOCHI - The Fisheries Skill Development Board meeting held here has emphasised the need for skilling youth and enhancing job opportunities in the fishing sector.
Given the opportunities in the fisheries sector, the meeting focused on key aspects crucial for successful skill development in the fisheries sector such as prioritisation of job roles, mobilisation of resources, designing of training curriculum, selection of training partners, monitoring and course correction in skill development efforts.
India is the world’s second largest producer of fish, next only to China. Besides being a major source of revenue, fisheries sector is increasingly contributing to nutritional security of the country. With a coastline of 7,517 km, fishing is a major industry in India, employing over 14 million people
PANAJI - The Goa government has banned the import of fish from neighbouring states until July end in the wake of a controversy over the use of formalin in fish consignments, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday.
"A formal notification will be issued by evening. The decision has been taken as a measure of abundant caution," Mr Parrikar told a press conference.
Mr Parrikar said that once the annual ban on fishing in Goa ends on July 31 2018, and fishing officially resumes on August 1, there will be no issue of fish shortage in the state.
A call is being made for more to be done about the illegal collection of seafood at Maunganui Bluff, according to one community member who would like to see multilingual signs placed at the entrance to the beach.
The Ministry of Primary Industries confirms that toheroa, prohibited from public gathering, have been collected, with the ministry taking action against poaching.
“A lot of people are taking advantage of the abundance of tuatua on Ripiro beach, but unfortunately there has been an increase in the illegal take of toheroa, the latter being a prohibited species,” says spokesman, Stephen Rudsdale.
PANAJI - The Congress party on Tuesday demanded that the government appoint a retired judge to investigate into the formalin issue and that the food and drugs administration release its reports of testing of fish over the past two years.
Congress Legislative Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar told presspersons that the issue is a serious one and that the party didn’t get a satisfactory reply from the FDA director about the testing results when they met her on Monday. “The government needs to come clean on this issue. We will raise this issue on the first day of the assembly session,” Kavlekar said.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has recognized Bangladesh as the third top aquaculture fish producing country in the world after the People’s Republic of China and India.
“As per the FAO’s latest report in 2018, Bangladesh is now holding 3rd position among the aquaculture fish producing countries in the world after China and India,” Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda told this at a press conference at the Department of Fisheries (DoF) in Dhaka this morning, reports BSS.
On the eve of the National Fisheries Week, Narayan Chanda said Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in fish production as now the peoples per capita fish consumption reach to 62.58 grams which is surplus than their daily protein demand as per the report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
COPENHAGEN - Greenland plans to open a representative office in Beijing to boost trade ties with China, the Arctic island’s new minister for foreign affairs was quoted as saying by state broadcaster KNR on Wednesday 18th of July 2018.
Denmark and the United States have been concerned about China’s interest in Greenland, a self-ruling part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Their most notable area of concern is China’s potential involvement in the financing and construction of three airport expansions on the huge island.
“We are planning to have a representative in China in order to continue strengthening trade with the country,” said minister for foreign affairs Vivian Motzfeldt, according to KNR.
HANOI - Vietnam has ordered vessels back to port and prepared evacuation plans in flood-prone northern provinces as tropical storm “Son Tinh” was expected to make landfall later on Wednesday 18th of July 2018.
Son Tinh, which soaked parts of the Philippines on Tuesday, had reached sustained wind speeds of up to 90 km (56 miles) per hour, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said in a statement on Wednesday.
The storm was expected to dump up to 350 mm (13.8 inches) of heavy rains on Vietnam’s northern provinces and could trigger floods and landslides, the agency said.
Salmon are being allowed back into a fish farm lease in Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, which was destocked last year because of environmental degradation.
Lease operator Tassal was ordered to remove fish from the Franklin lease, the closest to the World Heritage Area (WHA) border, after testing found there had been a significant decline in the number and range of organisms.
Petuna, which now operates the Franklin lease with the state's biggest producer Tassal, said the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has now given it the go-ahead to restock.
EU and China partner to boost ocean sustainability European Union
The EU has signed a unique ocean partnership agreement with China intended to improve the international governance of the oceans in all its aspects, including by combating illegal fishing and promoting a sustainable blue economy.
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