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IN BRIEF - Finnish appetite for fish wanes as prices rise for imported salmon

FINLAND
Friday, November 03, 2017

On average, each resident of Finland ate about 13 kilograms of fish last year, according to the country's Natural Resources Institute Luke. Approximately one third of that fish was domestic with the remainder imported.

Domestic fish consumption was similar to previous levels, but figures for imported salmon saw steep declines in 2016.

According to Luke's senior statistician Pentti Moilanen one reason salmon has decreased in popularity is likely due to rising prices for the pink, fleshy fish.

Source: YLE


IN BRIEF - Bill Introduced Allowing Hawaii's Foreign Fishermen Onshore

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 03, 2017

Hundreds of foreign fishermen currently confined to vessels in Honolulu for years at a time would be allowed to come ashore when they dock under legislation introduced in Congress.

The Sustainable Fishing Workforce Protection Act unveiled on Thursday offers workplace protections a year after an Associated Press investigation found that Hawaii's commercial fishing fleet is crewed by about 700 men who are never allowed off their boats, even when they come into the Honolulu Harbor to unload their catch.

Under the new law, the fishermen would get their visas in their home countries, just like other immigrants. This would allow them to fly into Honolulu for the fishing jobs, eliminating the two-week trip at sea. They also would be protected by federal labor law at the docks, and labor inspectors would join the Coast Guard for at sea protections.

Source: US News


IN BRIEF - Fish wrap: Dungeness crab season is upon us

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 03, 2017

The salmon season went quietly into the night this week, as did the last chance of the year for divers and tidepoolers to collect abalone. Halloween has come and gone, falling leaves have exposed a thousand red persimmons on the neighbors’ tree, and rain is in the forecast. All of which confirms it’s November, and that recreational Dungeness crab season is upon us. Opening day is Saturday.

Dungeness crab is one of the most celebrated of seasonal fisheries in California. By contrast, when rockfish season opens after its annual hiatus, there is little fanfare or fuss. This is surely because crabs are both easy to catch — with a natural tendency toward abundance — and are about the tastiest thing available to eat in local waters after salmon and anchovies (yes, I’m serious). But whereas it takes comparatively hard work to catch pelagic fishes in the open ocean, those pursuing Dungies rarely go home empty-handed and can, with confidence, invite the family for a crab feed in advance. True, it helps to have a boat or a kayak, but you can also catch them using rod-and-reel gear from local beaches.

One thing that makes the Dungeness fishery so remarkable is the natural regenerative powers of the crabs themselves. Though the crab population gets fished almost to depletion each season — anglers talk about “mopping up” the Dungies — the stock rebounds during the four-month annual closure. By November most years, the animals teem on the seafloor like delicious, refuse-eating cockroaches of the sea.

Source: Marinij


IN BRIEF - Salmon farmer Marine Harvest seeks organic, M&A growth

NORWAY
Friday, November 03, 2017

OSLO - Marine Harvest, the world’s largest fish farmer, aims to grow its business both organically and via acquisitions, Chief Executive Officer Alf-Helge Aarskog said when presenting record third-quarter earnings on Wednesday.

The company, which is controlled by billionaire investor John Fredriksen, announced a dividend of 3.4 Norwegian crowns per share, beating all forecasts in a Reuters poll, and reported earnings slightly above its earlier guidance.

Marine Harvest cut its own 2017 volume output forecast however, and also set a 2018 growth target slightly below the level seen by analysts.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - SFP welcomes Lidl subsidiary as new Spanish partner

SPAIN
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce a new partnership with a major retailer’s Spanish subsidiary.

Lidl Supermercados, a subsidiary of German retailer Lidl, has been operating since 1994 and operates 540 stores throughout Spain. It is the fifth-largest supermarket chain in the country.

Sustainability is key in Lidl Spain’s business strategy. The company is committed to a goal of 35 percent of its seafood sources being certified as sustainable by the end of 2017 from organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). The company was the first distributor in Spain to collaborate with the MSC and has been working with them since 2008. Right now, the supermarket chain has the highest ratio of sources certified as sustainable.


IN BRIEF - GFresh launches sustainable seafood program with MSC

CHINA
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Qingdao - Gfresh, China’s largest B2B online seafood marketplace has launched a sustainable seafood program with a commitment to source Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) labelled produce. The agreement was signed between Gfresh and MSC on 1 November the first day of 22nd China Seafood Expo and documents the intent to jointly promote global sustainable fishing practices by raising awareness of the importance of sustainability to Chinese consumers. Gfresh and the MSC will also work together to identify and promote sustainably sourced seafood products for the Chinese market.  

Launched in 2014, Gfresh.com has become a major online platform in China with over US$2 million of seafood traded each day.

To date, there are 331 Chain of Custody certificate holders in the Chinese supply-chain and around 200 eco-labelled products available in the Chinese market.


IN BRIEF - Indonesia’s War on Illegal Fishing Continues With New Sinkings

INDONESIA
Thursday, November 02, 2017

On October 29 2017, the Indonesian government sank another 17 foreign vessels alleged to have been operating illegally in its waters. The development signals Jakarta’s continued determination to pursue its declared war on illegal fishing despite the challenges it has encountered in doing so thus far.

As I have noted before, upon coming to power in October 2014, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo vowed to realize his vision of turning Indonesia into a “global maritime fulcrum” between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. While that vision has several pillars and implementation has been slow and uneven, one key manifestation of it has been clamping down on illegal fishing. Though Indonesia is the world’s second largest fish producer, Jokowi himself has said that over 5,000 ships operate illegally in Indonesian waters each year, making a mockery of Indonesian sovereignty and resulting in annual losses of over $20 billion.

The most visible and controversial manifestation of Indonesia’s crackdown on illegal fishing has been the public sinking of ships, dubbed the “sink the vessels” policy (See: “Explaining Indonesia’s Sink The Vessels Policy Under Jokowi”). But Indonesian officials have been keen to emphasize – and rightly so – that there are other important economic, legal, and diplomatic efforts that are being undertaken at home as well, including a moratorium on issuing business licenses, the setting up of local fisheries courts, and international diplomatic efforts (See: “Indonesia Wants Global War on Illegal Fishing”).

Source: The Diplomat


IN BRIEF - No longer in bonded labour and debt in Sri Lanka’s fisheries sector

SRI LANKA
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Valaipadu - Kristin Weyanathabaln has another demanding day ahead, as he sets out in his fishing boat off the coast of northern Sri Lanka. But he smiles as he recounts how he has managed to free himself from the shackles of bonded labour.

“I am now free from debt,” the 48-year-old fisherman says.

Weyanathabaln had only started fishing in 2010, one year after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war that lasted nearly 26 years and claimed countless lives and livelihoods. He had high hopes but no money, and had to borrow LKR 100,000 rupees from a money lender to buy a fishing net. The interest rate on repayment was an astonishing 300 per cent. 

Like many other fishermen in Kilinochchi district, he quickly fell into the trap of debt bondage. He was forced to sell all his catch to the same moneylender as a form of repayment, and with fishing being seasonal he had to borrow further from the moneylender during off-season to make ends meet. “I had to agree to the price he set. I know it was lower than market price but I didn’t have a choice,” says Weyanathabaln. He barely made enough money to care for his wife and five children.

Source: ILO


IN BRIEF - Port Pegasus a no-go for salmon farming

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Prospects for salmon farming in the north arm of Stewart Island's Port Pegasus have gone belly-up.

The site was given extensive Government-funded scientific study after being deemed the most promising of five identified by the Southland Regional Development Strategy for aquaculture development.

But water currents have been found to be lower than expected, which would require lower production limits.

That would create "significant challenges", reduce the net benefit to the regional economy and mean "a level of economic uncertainty" for any farms, SoRDS New Industries team leader Mark O'Connor said.

"SoRDS is obviously disappointed that this wasn't the economic opportunity that was hoped for, but this is the reason why the feasibility study was undertaken," he said.

Source: Stuff


IN BIREF - Alaska Cod Fishery: 30-Day Comment Period Open on Draft Assessment Report for RFM Re-Certification

UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Alaska RFM Certification Draft Assessment Report for the re-certification of the Alaska cod fishery is now available for registered stakeholder comment. The 30-day comment period runs from October 31, 2017 through November 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM GMT. 

Certification Body, DNV GL, is conducting the re-assessment for the Alaska cod fishery. All registered stakeholders will be sent a copy of the report. Stakeholders who have not registered, but would like to receive a copy of the report, should first register by providing the following details below to Anna Kiseleva at [email protected] or +47 993 18 529:

1. Name and company, together with contact information;
2. Your association with the fishery.

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