IN BRIEF - Marine Stewardship Council Celebrates 20 Years of Keeping Oceans Wild
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
SEATTLE - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world's most recognized, science-based seafood certification program, marks 20 years of working to keep the world's oceans wild with a new campaign. "Keep It Wild" celebrates the people who love wild seafood and who have been instrumental in partnering with the MSC to protect the world's oceans over the past two decades. The MSC has launched a new website – 20.msc.org – to better highlight its work and mission and to encourage consumers to continue choosing seafood with the organization's blue fish label that denotes wild, certified and sustainable seafood.
The MSC blue fish is an easy and credible way to identify sustainable seafood.
"Since the MSC's establishment in late 1997, we have engaged numerous stakeholders – from fisheries and processors to restaurants, retailers and consumers – in our vision to see the world's oceans teeming with life to ensure a healthy seafood supply for today, tomorrow and always," said Brian Perkins, regional director for the Americas at the Marine Stewardship Council. "As we embark on the next 20 years, and beyond, we want to celebrate those who have turned that vision into a reality. While much work remains, we are proud of our collective accomplishments thus far and look forward to continuing our momentum."
The salmon industry plans to build a pit capable of storing up to 4,000 tonnes of dead fish in the event of a mass mortality event on the west coast, but the local mayor has accused the industry of lying about council's support.
The chief executive of the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association (TSGA) conceded he was "picking up on the feeling from the council that the relationship has been stretched" and said the pit was one of a "range" of options.
The TSGA has submitted a Notice of Intent to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to build a temporary "mort holding facility" at the Aquaculture Hub just outside of Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast.
KOLKATA - The analysts at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation food laboratory lab did not find formalin in the fish samples they collected from several city markets in July 2018, said Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council overseeing the KMC health on Thursday.
Ghosh said that all 18 fish samples - mostly Ruhu and Katla- were tested at the KMC lab and found to be fit for consumption. These samples were collected by the KMC food inspectors from nine markets across the city. Some of these markets include, Baithakkana, Entally, Manitkala, Behala and Taltala.
SeaDragon's proposed funding transaction is not fair to non-associated shareholders but the positives outweigh the negatives given the position in the company is in, according to independent advisers Campbell MacPherson.
"SeaDragon is currently cash constrained and requires an immediate injection of capital to fund operating losses and execute its business plan. In the event that funding is not secured it is highly likely that the directors will have no option but to place the company into receivership or liquidation," according to the advisers' report.
The fish oil manufacturer has forecast a net loss of between NZD 3.6 million and NZD 4.6 million in the year ending March 31, 2019, and said its ability to deliver on its forecast depends on securing long-term funding for the company.
KOTA KINABALU - Fish from Sabah can once again be exported directly to other countries after receiving the green light from the federal government recently, said Agriculture and Food Industry minister Junz Wong.
The minister explained that a federal Marine Department policy might have deterred wooden ships from countries such as Indonesia, China and the Philippines from entering Sabah waters to import live and frozen fish from the local industry players in Sabah.
He said the issue had been discussed with the Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook and Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub and added that a reformation plan was basically a done deal.
GENEVA - The World Trade Organization (WTO) set up a dispute panel on Friday to rule on Vietnam’s complaint against anti-dumping measures imposed by the United States on fish fillets imported from Hanoi, a WTO official said.
The decision was taken after Vietnam made its second request at a closed-door meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body, in line with WTO rules. No further details were immediately available on the row.
NEW BEDFORD - It’s “finally” over, but it’s only the first step.
A saga that dragged on for nearly eight months ended Thursday when NOAA lifted its groundfishing ban that sidelined about 17 vessels and 80 fishermen.
What shocked Cassie Canastra, who is on the board of Sector VII, about NOAA’s final interim rule, was its finality.
“It was in effect immediately. That was shocking to me. That was great news. It allows us to start leasing right away ...,” Canastra briefly paused before finishing her thought, “if we can. It’s tough.”
Rameswaram fishermen, who could not get fishing permits to set out to sea due to a warning issued by Meteorological department in the past few days, secured the green signal for venturing into the sea after their leaders met Minister for Fisheries D. Jayakumar in Chennai on Tuesday and told him that denial of fishing permits crippled their livelihood.
The warning applied only to those who set out for multi-day deep sea fishing and not to other mechanised boat fishermen, who set out for fishing in the Palk Bay thrice a week, they claimed.
Wind with a velocity of 35 to 45 km per hour in the region during July–August was normal and the wind condition never affected their single-day fishing. Last year also similar weather conditions prevailed but they were never denied fishing permits, they said.
The decline of one of New Zealanders' favourite fish has been blamed on "destructive" commercial fishing practices.
Lobby group LegaSea on Thursday claimed the decline of tarakihi on the east coast was due to techniques "like trawling and netting in fish nursery areas".
"Here's another fishery that's fallen below the soft limit of 20 per cent," spokesman Richard Baker said. "Ideally fisheries should be managed at 40 per cent plus, that's a world recognised standard. But here we have one that's just been left to drift."
Three Seafood Conservation Advocates Round out Environmental Stakeholder Committee; Tuna RFMOScientist Joins Scientific Advisory Committee.
ISSF is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC) and one addition to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Global Fisheries Coordinator Jim Humphreys, FishWise Project Director Kathleen Mullen-Ley, and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Global Tuna Director Tom Pickerell will contribute their experience to the ISSF ESC. Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Senior Scientist-Investigator Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva will join the SAC.
European Commission withdraws yellow card from Tuvalu European Union
The European Commission has lifted the yellow card it had issued for Tuvalu as acknowledgement of the important progress this Polynesian island nation has made in addressing the shortcomings in its fisheries governance.