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IN BRIEF - Thailand’s Migrant worker policy needs boost

THAILAND
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The current Thai government’s new policy to create more systematic and efficient management of migrant workers can kill three birds with one stone.

The implementation of this policy, the Royal Ordinance on Foreign Workers Management, has been postponed. But the policy itself will eventually come into effect within the next four months. It will serve three purposes.

First, it will partly solve problems with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand. The European Union (EU) requires all marine fisheries products exporting to the EU to follow its IUU regulations, otherwise importers can face substantial penalties.

Source: Thailand Business News


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest ASA: Issuance of shares through partial conversion of bond and registration of share capital increase

NORWAY
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Based on conversion notices received and in accordance with the bond agreement, Marine Harvest ASA has converted EUR 47.9 million of the original outstanding loan of the EUR 340 million convertible bond issued by Marine Harvest ASA with ISIN NO 001 0748742 into shares at the conversion price of EUR 13.2321. Marine Harvest ASA has resolved to satisfy the request by issuing 3,619,982 new shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 7.50. The adjusted outstanding amount of the convertible bond is currently EUR 215.8 million.

The share capital increase pertaining to the conversion has been duly registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. Following the registration of the share capital increase, the Company's share capital is NOK 3,746,598,577.50, divided into 499,546,477 total shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 7.50.

Press Release: Marine Harvest


IN BRIEF - With sales at GBP 150m a year fish are good for the economy –and dinner table

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, October 20, 2018

They are two of our most valuable commercial fish species exported to many parts of the world, and which in a post-Brexit UK will continue to form a valuable – and hopefully growing – global market for Scottish seafood processors. The fish in question are mackerel and herring, a precious natural resource from around Scotland’s shores which are in strong demand in international and UK markets. They also tick all the right boxes for consumers – tasty, healthy to eat and sourced from sustainable fisheries. 

Source: The Scotsman


IN BRIEF - UMaine team gets help in battle with salmon-ruining lice

UNITED STATES
Saturday, October 20, 2018

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine is getting a boost from the federal government for a pair of aquaculture projects, one of which addresses a pest problem in worldwide salmon farming.

The money is coming from NOAA Sea Grant, which supports fishery and coastal projects. The university says three researchers at its Aquaculture Research Institute will receive more than USD 700,000 to work on new approaches to address sea lice in salmon operations.

The lice are a major problem for salmon farms in Maine, Canada and around the world as they render the fish impossible to sell. The industry is struggling with resistance to pesticides used to control the lice.

Source: SF Chronicle


IN BRIEF - Fishermen welcome import ban, call for modern gear

KENYA
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Fishermen and traders have expressed divergent views over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal for a ban on fish imports from China to protect the local industry.

In coastal counties, fishermen have welcomed the ban and asked the State to equip them with modern fishing vessels to enable them compete fairly with foreign fishers.

"We had opposed Chinese fish imports but the government officials said it was necessitated due to deficit. But now that the President has banned the imports, we want him to provide us with enough fibre boats and machines to increase production,” said Mr Hamid Mohammed, chairman of the Wavuvi Association of Kenya.

Source: Daily Nation


IN BRIEF - Joining forces for fisheries: 300+ delegates to gather for 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress

THAILAND
Friday, October 19, 2018

Over 300 researchers, practitioners, small-scale fishers, civil society organizations, environmental organizations, and government representatives will gather next week to discuss transdisciplinary strategies to sustain small-scale fisheries as a global food production system, as part of the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress.

Taking place on 22–26 October 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, under the theme ‘Transdisciplinary and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries’, the congress aims to facilitate information exchange, knowledge sharing, and discussion among participants who come from more than 50 countries for the viability and sustainability of small-scale fisheries worldwide.

Small-scale fisheries provide food for billions of people and livelihoods for millions. Yet these services are being affected by factors such as ineffective governance, inequitable fishing rights, climate change and competition for space and resources with large-scale industrial fisheries and other sectors. In many instances, social, policy and governance transformations have taken place in response, but these are not always favorable to small-scale fisheries. Careful considerations are therefore needed to promote positive outcomes and avoid harmful ones.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Outdated Fisheries Policy Puts West Coast Anchovy at Risk

UNITED STATES
Friday, October 19, 2018

Northern anchovies are no ordinary fish. Found off the coast of California, these small, nutrient-rich fish have been identified by scientists as the most important prey for dozens of other marine wildlife species—from albacore tuna and chinook salmon to least terns and humpback whales. When it comes to the Pacific Ocean food web, anchovies truly are one of a kind.

Beyond their vital role in West Coast marine ecosystems, anchovies stand out for another reason. They are one of just a handful of Pacific Ocean species that are managed with fixed catch limits based on decades-old information. This means fishery managers essentially “set it and forget it” when it comes to anchovy fishing limits, and that can put the species and its predators at risk. So even if the anchovy population rises or falls dramatically over just a couple of years—which is precisely what this species does naturally—the amount of fish that can be caught by commercial boats remains unchanged.

For example, the current catch limit for California’s anchovy population has been on the books for two decades and is based on information collected between 1964 and 1990—data that have no bearing whatsoever on today’s population. This approach can work when anchovy numbers are high. But when the population collapses, as it did between 2009 and 2016, failing to lower the catch limit can put anchovies and the wildlife that depend on them for food at risk.

Source: Pew


IN BRIEF - No more mangrove lands for shrimp farming, says Sabah minister

MYANMAR
Friday, October 19, 2018

 

KOTA KINABALU - There will be no more mangrove lands approved for shrimp farming in Sabah, says Datuk Junz Wong. The Sabah Agriculture and Food Industries Minister said mangrove destruction for whatever purposes must be stopped for conservation.

“The destruction of valuable natural environment assets are irreversible, therefore instead of destroying the environment for wealth, we should promote and encourage agricultural economic development,” he said during a visit to the Pitas Shrimp Farm at Sungai Telaga in Pitas.

Wong urged prawn farmers to go upstream to create hatcheries, as well as downstream for prawn export.

Source: The Star


IN BRIEF - Larval fish database to show effects of climate change on fisheries

AUSTRALIA
Friday, October 19, 2018

A database of larval fish collected over the last three decades and analysed by UNSW researchers will help scientists assess the effects of climate change on the health of Australian fisheries.

In a paper published today in Nature’s Scientific Data journal, researchers show how the database provides the seasonal dynamics of larval fish in temperate and subtropical Australian waters since the 1980s.

Larval fishes are a pragmatic way of measuring marine ecosystem state and change, as well as species-specific patterns in seasonality. The high level of taxonomic expertise required to identify larval fishes to species level, and the considerable effort required to collect them, make these data extremely valuable.

Source: News Room


IN BRIEF - INvertebrateIT connects aquaculture stakeholders to exploit invertebrate-based solutions for sustainable feed

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, October 19, 2018

The INvertebrateIT project is pleased to announce an open call to all stakeholders in aquaculture to collaborate with three forward-thinking small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on several promising invertebrate-based feed solutions.

The SMEs were selected to receive support from INvertebrateIT as they showed high potential for addressing the sustainability of feed, a key challenge facing aquaculture. Through partnerships with leading industry stakeholders, it is hoped these innovative ideas can be transformed into market-ready products and offer a viable solution to these challenges.

Typical fish-based feeds are the single highest cost in aquaculture farming, and increasing demand, price volatility and impact on natural resources are limiting the industry’s growth and sustainability. For a growing global population eating more seafood than ever, other resources must be exploited. Increasingly, invertebrates such as flies, worms and small crustaceans are providing a sustainable and plentiful alternative to the resource-hungry raw materials that are otherwise commonly used. These invertebrates provide a rich source of essential proteins and oils that can provide the nutrients required for farmed fish.

Source: Cordis


IN BRIEF - More evidence shows seafood may help you stay healthier as you age

UNITED STATES
Friday, October 19, 2018

There’s a difference between living a long life and living a long healthy life — not just surviving, but thriving in old age without any major illness or disability.

New research suggests eating more seafood could play a role in making that happen. Among older people, having a higher blood level of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish was associated with a lower risk of unhealthy aging, a study published Wednesday in The BMJ found.

“We should think about how to increase that level in our body,” lead author Heidi TM Lai, a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, told TODAY.

“We’re living longer burdened with disease so as researchers, we want to start to focus on the quality of life and not just longevity.”

Source: Today


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