IN BRIEF - Collapse of salmon pen was not the first problem for Cooke Aquaculture
Friday, November 10, 2017
The collapse of an Atlantic salmon net pen in August wasn’t the first trouble the facility had.
A report to state regulators says the collapse of the net pen off Cypress Island last August was preceded by a serious breakdown less than a month earlier in which nearly half of its anchor lines snapped.
The Seattle Times reports the owner of the net pen, Cooke Aquaculture, has filed a chronology of the collapse that spewed more than 160,000 adult Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound.
More than 100,000 of those fish are still unaccounted for.
If all goes according to plan, Thailand will become the first Asian nation to ratify the International Labor Organization’s Convention on Work in Fishing ahead of general elections and the restoration of democracy on February 24 2018.
“There is a timeline to ratify it by January,” said Busadee Santipitaks, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Information Department. “We would like to set an example for the region.”
The ratification will mark the culmination of four years of tackling endemic problems in the nation’s fisheries sector, an industry plagued for years by widespread human rights abuses, trafficking in migrant laborers and unsustainable practices that have contributed to the depletion of the region’s fish stock.
Hanoi – Considerable efforts have been made by the entire political system, sectors and localities to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as required by the European Commission.
The European Commission (EC)’s "yellow card" warning for IUU fishing on October 23, 2017 changed the perception of all sector and local authorities, fishermen and enterprises on marine economic development in line with international practices.
Vietnam has achieved great strides in the work and all relevant recommendations of the EC have been legalised through the adoption of the amended Law on Fisheries.
Among the many pressing issues accorded priority by the Thai Government, the problem of IUU fishing is at the forefront. Over the past three years, the Government has spared no effort in its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand, with the battle being waged on many fronts simultaneously. It is worth highlighting some of them.
A strong legal framework is an essential foundation for the Government’s endeavours and, in this regard, a new law was passed in 2015 governing the entire fisheries sector. Furthermore, necessary amendments to existing legislation have been made and over 100 new implementing regulations have been enacted. This comprehensive legal reform of the fishing industry has enabled the Government to gain complete oversight over fishing activities, while also providing the tools to punish violators of the law.
KUALA LUMPUR - The government will prohibit the export of four species of wild-caught fish and shrimp to meet the shortage in the market during the monsoon and festive seasons, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said on December 17th of 2018.
He said the ‘kembung’ (mackerel), ‘selar’ (trevally), ‘pelaling’ (Indian mackerel) and ‘bawal’ (Pomfret) fish and shrimp will be prohibited from export from Jan 1 to Feb 28, 2019.
Three associations – National Fishermen’s Association (NEKMAT), Kedah Fishermen’s Association (NEKAD) and Besut Area Fishermen’s Association (PNK BESUT) – will be entrusted with the storage of frozen fish and moving the supply throughout the country, he told a press conference at Parliament House.
The 15th annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) ended on Saturday with important decisions on sustainably managing bigeye tuna, compliance measures, increasing transparency in transshipment, and its efforts to fight illegal fishing. However, Pacific bluefin tuna and sharks are still in need of stronger management efforts.
Pew experts issued the following comments:
Dave Gershman, officer, global tuna conservation, The Pew Charitable Trusts: “Pew is pleased that the Commission took a positive step toward ensuring the health of bigeye tuna by agreeing not to weaken its conservation measures. With several provisions of the tropical tuna management measure due to expire this year, WCPFC members agreed to continue the current length of fish aggregating device (FAD) closures and schedule of longline bigeye catch limits, and to keep these in place through 2020. We encourage the Commission to use this time to develop its long-term harvest strategy for bigeye.
SANDAKAN - A total of 15 kidnapping incidents and six attempts have been carried out by militant groups in southern Philippines involving Indonesian nationals in the waters of the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) from 2003 to Dec 2018.
Indonesian Consul-General in Kota Kinabalu Krishna Djelani said a total of 36 Indonesian citizens had been abducted and while three others were wounded in a kidnapping attempt.
“Thankfully, most of the kidnapped victims have been released, though there are three more victims – one from the incident in Bodgaya Island, Semporna and two others in Pegasus Reef, Kinabatangan – are still held captive by the kidnappers,” he told reporters after meeting Indonesian fishermen here, today.
KAMPALA – Makerere University’s Department of Zoology and Fisheries sciences has entered a partnership with RUFORUM and Carnegie Foundation to help fish farming communities boost their earnings through value addition.
The research fellowship according to the university will also contribute to improvement in the areas of fish feed formulation, fish production through the integrated farming system and multidisciplinary approaches.
The University says it will train graduate students on post-doctoral fellowship and research in key areas of aquaculture and that these will come up with new innovations to boost the sector.