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IN BRIEF - FisheryProgress Celebrates One Year

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

After one year, FisheryProgress has grown to become the industry’s one-stop shop for reliable information about FIP progress worldwide, according to sustainability leaders in the seafood industry. Launched last October, FisheryProgress offers buyers consistent, verified information they need to make FIP sourcing decisions and makes it easier for FIPs to track and showcase their progress.

“FisheryProgress is an invaluable resource to research and identify fisheries that are making a genuine attempt to improve conservation,” said Henry Lovejoy from EcoFish, Inc. “Global fisheries are highly complex, and FisheryProgress as a credible and detailed resource on FIPs makes this task much easier.”

The site, a collaboration between the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions and FishChoice, gives users all the information they need to make decisions about whether FIPs meet their sourcing policy. For each FIP, users can view a progress snapshot and can easily access workplan details and supporting documentation if they need more information. The website makes it possible for FIPs of any size or scope to connect with potential buyers, making sourcing from FIPs easier than ever.

Source: Solutions Seafood

IN BRIEF - Fishermen denied bail in TTD 40m cocaine case

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Two fishermen jointly charged for possession of TTD 40 million in cocaine for the purpose of trafficking were denied bail when they appeared before Siparia Magistrate Margaret Alert yesterday.

Junior Boyce, 34, of South Oropouche, and Emmanuel Gordon, 21, of Fyzabad, were advised to apply to a judge in chambers for bail and remanded in custody.

Alert said they were denied bail because of the seriousness of the offence and the quantity of drugs involved.

The men were arrested on Saturday after officers of the Southern Division Task Force executed a search warrant at Boyce’s home at Red Brick Trace, South Oropouche.

Source: Guardian

IN BRIEF - Tassal slams report claiming consumers not sold on salmon's clean, green image

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Australian shoppers are turning away from purchasing Tasmanian salmon because of environmental concerns, according to a report slammed by Tassal and the Government.

After polling 1,421 mainland Australians, the Australia Institute found of those who said they chose to eat salmon, one in seven said they had started buying alternative products.

Australia Institute Tasmania director Leanne Minshull said she was surprised by the result.

"I actually expected it to be a bit lower because I didn't expect it to have sort of jumped the ditch so to speak at this stage," she said.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - BFAR-Davao to increase tilapia in Pangi river

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Matina Pangi River is among the priority bodies of water in Davao Region to be repopulated with tilapia through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources' (BFAR) Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa (Basil) project. 

At the sidelines of the 54th Fish Conservation Week culmination at BFAR Regional Office last Friday, October 20 2017, BFAR Regional Director Fatma Idris said they are currently looking into increasing the number of tilapias in Matina Pangi River as part of the Basil project which was launched by the Department of Agriculture (DA) early in 2017. 

“Basil is a program of Agriculture secretary Manny Piñol to repopulate the fresh water like rivers and lakes. We will add fish. We are currently conducting seeding by putting in tilapia, for example, or whatever are endemic species in the area,” Idris said. She added that about 5,000 tilapia seed had been dispersed in the river although they expect that not all of these are going to survive and about 10 percent are going to die because of various factors present in the river.

Source: Sun Star

IN BRIEF - Expert: Genetically modified salmon may hurt seafood industry

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Despite the success of one company’s genetically modified salmon in Canada, one seafood expert does not believe that such products are a benefit to the domestic seafood sector over the long haul.

“Seafood in general as a category I think is the only food that is considered guilty before proven innocent in terms of wholesomeness and sustainability,” said Barton Seaver, author, seafood expert and former executive chef. “I’ve never once heard anybody ask, ‘Is the pork fresh?’”

Seaver said that consumers already engage in conversations about seafood items and sustainability “with trepidation and doubt,” and he believes that genetically modified options—which grow in size at a faster interval than typical salmon—will only serve to pour fuel on an already stoked fire.

Source: Supermarket News

IN BRIEF - Biologists: Fisheries at Risk as Bills Target Science-Based Conservation

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A group of distinguished marine scientists, including a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), apparently think so. More than 200 scientists have signed a letteraddressed to the United States Congress opposing efforts to weaken the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the 1976 law that governs management of U.S. fisheries and is credited with preventing the collapse of fish stocks.

Conservation group Oceana released the letter on Monday, October 23 2017, the day before a Senate subcommittee holds a hearing on the Act. The scientists say proposed legislation would weaken scientific standards to allow for higher catch limits.

The proceedings before the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard is one in a series of hearings held this year to consider the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA). Amendments to the MSA proposed by one bill, H.R. 200, would undermine sustainable, scientifically supported fishing policies, according to opponents.

Source: News Deeply

IN BRIEF - Premier Fishing declares maiden dividend but still plunges 7%

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Premier Fishing and Brands’ share price dropped more than 7% on Tuesday 24th of October 2017, despite the company declaring a maiden dividend of 15c for the year to end-August.

The company, which is controlled by black economic empowerment group African Equity Empowerment Investments (AEEI), listed on the JSE in March.

It said in its maiden results on Tuesday that profit after tax increased 31% to R52m during the period. Revenue increased 2%, offset by an industry wide decline in the catch of pelagic fish, and a stronger rand.

Group revenue increased to R411m from R402m in the prior year. During the year under review, the number of shares in issue increased by 117-million, and due to this issue of new shares, the earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings (HEPS) per share decreased 7% and 6% respectively, the company said.

Source: Business Day

IN BRIEF - Huon eyes onshore farm

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

HUON Aquaculture will spend AUD 65 million this financial year on its futuristic salmon farming vision, encompassing land-based and sea-cage farming.

The Environment Protection Authority recently gave approval to proceed to public advertising and public comment stage for the AUD 30 million-plus onshore Whale Point salmon nursery at Port Huon.

This would be Australia’s first onshore salmon nursery.

“The public comment period has now closed and the EPA board will undertake its assessment at its board meeting in November (2017),” EPA director Wes Ford said.

The Huon Valley Council has already approved demolition works, as well as excavation and retaining-wall works at the Port Huon site.

Source: The Mercury

IN BRIEF - N.S. officials seize three tonnes of lobster from Indigenous fishermen accused of selling them out of season

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

HALIFAX — Fisheries officials have seized three tonnes of lobster amid tensions over the Indigenous fishery in Nova Scotia.

The lobster was seized Monday at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed Friday 20th of October 2017.

“An investigation is currently underway into the sale of fish not harvested under commercial licence. As part of our investigation … a seizure of lobsters was made,” DFO said in a statement.

The airport is a major lobster-shipping hub, with CAD 187 million in seafood and lobster exports in 2016.

Source: National Post

IN BRIEF - B.C. crab and prawn fishermen dispute Port of Vancouver no-go zones

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Crab fisherman Stewart McDonald is steaming mad that he may soon be prevented by the Port of Vancouver from dropping crab traps around Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, where he's fished for more than two decades.

"We fish there all the time," McDonald said from his home base in False Creek, where he has operated for the past 20 years.

McDonald says the fishing grounds, especially the water to the west of the Lions Gate Bridge are fertile crab and prawn areas, representing tens of thousands of dollars worth of harvest for him a year.

"People would be shocked by the amount of healthy sea life down there," he said.

Source: CBC

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Norway Between October 13 and October 14, over 700,000 smolt died at the Marine Harvest Steinsvik fish farm outside Volda, in Møre og Romsdal county.
Port strike hits Bio Bio fishing sector
Chile It is estimated that some USD 243 million has been lost by the Bio Bío Region due to the national strike that since November 7 has been carried out by port workers.
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Russia Fed. Russian Aquaculture has set at between RUB 110 and RUB 140 the price range of the new shares it will list in market, with which it expects to raise up to RUB 2 billion.
50-80pct of fish in Pacific Islands could disappear due to climate change
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ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
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Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
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Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
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Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
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American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
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SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
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Marona S.A.
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WWF Centroamerica
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David Suzuki Foundation
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