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IN BRIEF - MCA to use technology to monitor commercial fishing compliance to ILO 188

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, January 25, 2020

The UK Maritime CoastGuard Agency (UK MCA) began monitoring the country's commercial fishing industry and compliance with ILO 188, assisted by technological means to monitor the situation.

Specifically, according to Marine Management Organisation's (MMO) UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2018, the fishing industry in the UK remains on the seventh spot in the EU; However, UK MCA highlights that commercial fishing is the most dangerous profession, with totally seven lives lost in 2019.

As stated above, UK MCA will monitor the situation using new technology, such as the use of new fixed-wing aircraft with high quality cameras onboard.

Thus, when the aircraft are looking for pollution at sea or helping with search operations, they will also be equipped to observe and report on the operations of fishing vessels which are not complying with UK legislation, for example the wearing of personal flotation devices (PFD) and life jackets on a fishing vessel.

Source: safety4sea.com


IN BRIEF - Mowi ASA (OSE: MOWI) - Successfully completed green bond issue

NORWAY
Friday, January 24, 2020

Reference is made to the announcement on 17 January 2020. Mowi ASA has today successfully completed a EUR 200 million 5-year, senior unsecured inaugural green bond issue, marking the first green bond ever issued by a seafood company. The bond issue was significantly oversubscribed attracting solid investor demand from both dedicated green and regular bond investors. The bonds will have a coupon of 3 months EURIBOR + 1.60 % p.a. and an application will be made for a listing on Oslo Børs. Settlement date is expected to be 31 January 2020.

The proceeds from the green bond issue will be used for green projects as further defined by Mowi’s green bond framework which is available on our website.

Danske Bank, DNB Markets, Nordea (as Joint Global Coordinators and Green Bond Advisors), ABN AMRO, Rabobank and SEB acted as Joint Lead Managers for the bond issue.


IN BRIEF - Norway seeks seafood minister to replace Nesvik

NORWAY
Friday, January 24, 2020

NORWAY looks set to get a new seafood and fisheries minister within the next 48 hours.

The present incumbent, Harald Tom Nesvik said earlier this week he would step down, after his Progressive Party quit the Conservative led coalition government.

The row centred on a decision by prime minister Erna Solberg to allow an ISIS terrorist supporting mother back into the country.

Nesvik took over the job 18 months ago after fellow Progressive Party member Per Sandberg resigned over his relationship with an Iranian beauty queen.

A popular minister, Nesvik has been a big supporter of both aquaculture and fishing and came out against plans to impose a flat rate profits tax on fish farming companies.

Source:  Vince McDonagh/ fishfarmermagazine.com | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Salmon hatcheries shut to protect wild species population

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, January 24, 2020

The North Canterbury Fish and Game Council has closed its two salmon hatcheries in the Upper Rakaia River, to protect the wild sea-run salmon fishery.

It said hatchery releases in North Canterbury have likely had a negative impact on the region's wild sea-run salmon fishery.

Fish & Game protects the environment for anglers and hunters, which includes managing trout, salmon, game birds and their habitats.

The North Canterbury council said protecting wild, locally adapted salmon and its habitat is essential to ensuring the long-term resilience and sustainability of the New Zealand angling resources.

It said the decision is based on scientific studies, and a review of historical hatchery practises in the region.

Chief executive Rasmus Gabrielsson said the move represented a big shift in the council's focus towards wild fish.

Source: rnz.co.nz


IN BRIEF - Commercial long-line fishers nine times more likely to report bycatch with observers on board

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, January 24, 2020

It is not an offence to kill seabirds while fishing but it is an offence to fail to report catching them.

Similar differences in reporting have been seen over the last four fishing years, and Forest & Bird fisheries adviser Geoff Keey said it showed vast numbers of seabirds and other animals were dying without ever being reported.

"It's simply unbelievable that a commercial fishing trip is nine times more likely to catch seabirds when there's an observer on board," Keey said.

"The only reasonable conclusion is that on trips without observers fishers are breaching their legal obligation to honestly and accurately report bycatch."

Source: Michael Neilson/NZ Herald | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Costco’s sea cucumbers sign of global growth opportunity

UNITED STATES
Friday, January 24, 2020

When Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti told Wall Street in December that the success of the warehouse retailer’s first China shop had “exceeded our expectations,” he also tossed in an interesting product plug: sea cucumbers.

The marine delicacy was such a hit in China, the company shared it with the U.S.

“We’ve done a very good job over there with sea cucumbers, which I still have never tried. But what we have found is, particularly on the West Coast in several cities, you’ve got customers that value that as a great item,” he said on the company's fiscal first-quarter earnings conference call.

Author: Suzanne O'HalloranFOXBusiness | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Norway Royal Salmon improves sustainability with AI

NORWAY
Friday, January 24, 2020

Norway Royal Salmon (NRS) has piloted an artificial intelligence (AI) solution from Microsoft and technology firm ABB. The product can be used to improve fishing sustainability and safety by monitoring the salmon population via underwater cameras. 

By using remote object detection, NRS can reduce its staff workload and send them out to sea less often, thus reducing carbon emissions from boat operations and the likelihood of safety incidents. 

“NRS has always focused on extensive research, development, cooperation and innovation,” said Arve Olav Lervag, chief operating officer of farming at NRS. “To continuously improve sustainability and increase the safety of our individuals, we worked with ABB and Microsoft to co-create innovative ways that empower us to achieve more on every level.”

The underwater cameras capture images of the salmon, which the Microsoft Azure-based AI solution then analyses for biomass and population estimation. 

Source: technologyrecord.com


IN BRIEF - Kodiak’s trawl fleet heads out for pollock, about 30 vessels expected to be fishing

UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Kodiak’s trawl fleet is heading out to the fishing grounds to catch pollock in a fishery that opened Jan. 20.

Julie Bonney is the Executive Director of the Alaska Groundfish Data Bank, which represents trawlers and processors.

She says the trawlers are looking at lower quota level this year.

“The pollock quotas this year are about 20 percent less than last year. We’ve got about 30 vessels that will be fishing out of Kodiak.

“And everybody’s really interested to see what the catch rates will be and the grade of fish, just because it’s been so cold and snowy. The past four of five years the fishery’s really taken off on the 20, and done well. But this year it might be delayed somewhat just because of the colder regime that we are working under right now.”

Source: Maggie Wall/kmxt.org | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Fish farmers anxious as Norway faces political turmoil

NORWAY
Thursday, January 23, 2020

NORWAY’S fish farmers were nervously looking over their shoulders yesterday as the prospect of a general election and a possible left leaning Labour led government loomed.

The country has been plunged into political crisis after the Progress Party decided to leave Erna Solberg’s Conservative coalition administration.

The storm centres on a decision to allow a woman who was a member of Islamic State back into the country.

The anti-immigrant Progress Party, which is led by finance minister Siv Jensen, said the woman’s seriously ill young son can return, but not the mother.

Author: Vince McDonagh/fishfarmermagazine.com | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Brexit Party MEP causes more confusion by saying 'British fishers shouldn't be punished for their Brexit stance'

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Brexit Party MEP June Mummery isn't as well known as her colleagues like Nigel Farage and Ann Widdecombe but in the past week has become infamous for her comments on Brexit and the fishing industry.

On Monday, she confused many people after appearing to realise that by leaving the European Union, Brits will no longer be able to hold those people in Brussels responsible for what happens to 'Britain's waters.'

You could have been forgiven for thinking that this 'lightbulb' moment from a Brexiteer would have been the last we would have heard from her, as, after all, Brexit is going to happen on January 31.


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