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

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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IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest ASA: Quarterly dividend

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Board of Marine Harvest ASA has resolved on 31 October 2017 to distribute a quarterly dividend of NOK 3.40 per share in the form of a repayment of paid-in capital.

Marine Harvest ASA's shares listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange will be traded including dividend up until and including the 9 November 2017. Marine Harvest ASA's shares listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange will be traded ex dividend from and including 10 November 2017. Marine Harvest ASA's shares listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange will have a Record Date on the 13 November 2017. The expected payment date is 15 November 2017.

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IN BRIEF - ‘Cautious optimism’ surrounds value of Alaska salmon fishing permits

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's steady as she goes for the values of Alaska salmon fishing permits, with upticks in the wind at several fishing regions.

"There's a lot of cautious optimism," said Jeff Osborn of Dock Street Brokers in Seattle.

As well there should be after a salmon fishery that produced 225 million fish valued at nearly USD 680 million, a 67 percent increase over 2016.

Bristol Bay drift salmon permits trade more than any other due to sheer volume (1,800), and it's no surprise the value is increasing after one of the best fishing seasons ever. But they are not "rocketing up" in value, said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits at Homer.

"They're over USD 140,000 right now, which is up from the start of the season when they were down around USD 130,000-135,000," Bowen said. "But they are inching up and it seems there's as many people who want to get into the bay as there are who want to get out, and so the prices have kind of stabilized."

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

IN BRIEF - Pelagic fishery talks coming up

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

These include the Jack Mackerel survey results; annual assessment of stocks to inform the total allowable catch setting process for 2018-2019; and proposed new fishing methods in small pelagic fisheries (jigging and line methods).
The draft advice from this event will be presented to the next Small Pelagic Fishery Stakeholder Forum to be held on December in Sydney.
"The Scientific Panel will finalise its advice, considering the comments provided at the Stakeholder Forum, at its subsequent meeting in January 2018, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) said.
AFMA added that attendance at the Stakeholder Forum was by invitation only. To request an invitation, interest should be registered by emailing your name, email address, phone number and organisation or affiliation to [email protected] by November 22.

Source: PNG

IN BRIEF - China is waging a global fisheries war

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Every time there is talk about a Japanese favorite seafood like Pacific saury and squid disappearing from tables due to a shortage in supplies, news reports tend to lay the blame on overexploitation of fish stocks by China. Very little is known, however, about the fact that China’s pelagic fishing fleet has ballooned to about 3,000 vessels, and that the government of President Xi Jinping does not shy away from conflicts with other nations on the other side of the globe. Indeed, China is waging a fisheries war on a global scale.

Writing for The Washington Post in mid-September, James G. Stavridis, a retired U.S. admiral and former NATO supreme allied commander Europe, warned that China is waging a “hybrid warfare” in fisheries. He bitterly accused Beijing of mobilizing not only fishermen but also armed forces in a bid to secure fishery resources all over the world.

“Hybrid warfare” is a complex strategy of creating unrest in a country or area through conflicts among the citizens or destruction of infrastructure, and then sending the military in the pretext of quelling the violence. The way Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 is cited as a typical example of hybrid warfare.

Source: Japan Times

IN BRIEF - No salmon return to Canada river, bringing New England fears

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


A conservation group's discovery that no wild Atlantic salmon have returned to a key river in New Brunswick is prompting concern for the fish's population health in the U.S. and eastern Canada.

The New Brunswick-based Atlantic Salmon Federation has been monitoring the Magaguadavic River for the Canadian government since 1992. The group says this year is the first time since then that no wild salmon have returned to the river to spawn.

Atlantic salmon were once abundant in rivers of New England and eastern Canada, but they're now endangered or have disappeared in parts of both areas. The U.S.'s National Marine Fisheries Service is in the midst of reviewing the Gulf of Maine's population, which is listed endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Source: CTV News

IN BRIEF - Tunisia offers Qatari firms investment opportunities in agri, aquaculture projects

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

As part of efforts to build stronger trade and economic ties with Qatar, Tunisia is inviting Qatari investors to participate in its agriculture and aquaculture projects worth USD 200 million, a Tunisian official has said. 

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a business meeting at the Qatar Chamber headquarters in Doha yesterday, Abdelmoumen Toukabri, the general administrator of Tunisia’s Agricultural Investment Promotion Agency, said the Tunisian delegation is looking for Qatari partners to big ticket projects in the North African country.

“We have many big projects in Tunisia worth USD 200 million and we are looking for investors in Qatar’s private sector to develop these projects, specifically in our agricultural and fishing sector,” Toukabri told Gulf Times.

He said nine companies and 45 private operators, mostly in the field of agriculture, have met with their Qatari counterparts during the meeting, which was led by Qatar Chamber vice-chairman Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari.

Source: Gulf Times

IN BRIEF - Giant tuna causes 'frenzy' at Colonsay salmon farm

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Salmon farmers off a Hebridean island have rescued a 300kg (47-stone) Pacific blue fin tuna after it appeared in one of their pens.

Marine Harvest staff at Colonsay said they were stunned to see the fish, which is normally associated with the warmer waters of the Pacific.

They said they spotted the 3m-long tuna after noticing "a feeding frenzy" near their salmon enclosures.

The fish was eventually caught using a net and crane and returned to the sea.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Michael Gove launches new UK centre for sustainable oceans

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A new research centre to tackle challenges facing the UK's seafood industry, marine wildlife and under-sea environment was officially launched on October the 26th of 2017 by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Based at the University of Exeter, the new Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures will bring together world-leading scientists to try and address key threats facing the aquaculture industry both at home and internationally, in a bid to support international food security and sustainable 'blue' growth.

Source: Business Green

IN BRIEF - More stock assessment needed for wild salmon plan

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Gaps in how the Wild Salmon Policy is being implemented across the Pacific coast has led to community consultations in B.C. and the Yukon.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) held meetings in Prince Rupert on Oct. 24 and Smithers on Oct. 25 2017, to gather feedback on how to improve the policy that came into effect in 2005.

“Over the last 12 years you can’t point to one place to see the work that’s collectively been done and also we don’t really have a measure, in terms of a yardstick, to show how much closer are we to the overarching goal of bringing back and restoring healthy wild salmon populations,” said Sarah Murdoch, regional director for policy and economic analysis for DFO.

In November 2016, DFO held consultations in Prince Rupert, and other B.C. communities, to gather initial recommendations for the draft a plan. What they heard was strong support for the Wild Salmon Policy, but that more stock assessment needs to be done especially in areas where data is lacking — and there needs to be quicker action for at-risk stocks.

Source: BC Local News

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