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IN BRIEF - 'Salmon is one of those stories that is quite complicated as there is a negative lobby out there'

UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 07, 2019

Direct Seafoods Director of Sustainability & Epicurean Laky Zervudach on the importance of the “story” in salmon.

Major wholesale seafood and fish supplier Direct Seafoods supplies caterers big and small around the UK with fresh and frozen fish. Talking to SalmonBusiness, Zervudach reflected on the importance of sustainability.

During a panel with Veramaris Global Business Development Director Ian Carr and Fair Seas Limited Director Mike Mitchell at the Aquaculture Innovation conference in September, Zervudachi praised the algal oil producer Veramaris for their raw material algae feed additive.

Source: Salmon Business


IN BRIEF - IFFO announces incoming President and Vice President for 2020-2021

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, November 07, 2019

Following elections for the new IFFO Management Board (starting 1st January 2020), IFFO – The Marine Ingredients Organisation is pleased to announce that the incoming President is Anne-Mette Bæk and Vice President is Gonzalo de Romaña.

Anne Mette Bæk is the Executive Director of Marine Ingredients Denmark representing the Danish fishmeal and fish oil industry. She also heads the international association of the European fishmeal and fish oil producers: EU Fishmeal. Anne Mette has been a member of the IFFO Board of directors since 2014.

Gonzalo de Romaña is the CEO of Peruvian fishmeal and fish oil producer Tecnológica de Alimentos (TASA). He has been a member of the IFFO Board of Directors since 2018.

IFFO is an international trade organisation that represents and promotes member companies in the fishmeal and fish oil industry worldwide. Enjoying global respect and recognition, we represent our members at all relevant international forums, including holding observer status at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the EU Commission and Parliament and work with leading NGOs in responsible management of fisheries.

 


IN BRIEF - Asia-Pacific region must move to strengthen aquaculture

THAILAND
Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Bangkok - The Asia-Pacific region is taking important preparatory steps to strengthen the governance of aquaculture for sustainable development and future food security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

Following four decades of advancements, aquaculture has surpassed capture fisheries to become the major source of fish for human consumption in Asia. Total production of aquaculture reached 103 million tonnes in 2017, and that fish supplied some 60 percent of food fish for human consumption. In 2017, the average per capita fish consumption in Asia reached 24 kg, contributing 23 percent of animal protein in Asian diets.

Asian aquaculture also provides an important source of livelihoods for rural communities as well as creating job opportunities in related supporting sectors, such as input manufacture, construction, processing, trade and other service sectors. It has engaged over 18 million fish farmers in primary production and nearly equal numbers of job opportunities in related supporting sectors.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Sabah has the highest fish bomb cases since 2014

MALAYSIA
Wednesday, November 06, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR - Sabah has recorded the highest number of fish bomb cases since 2014, which is 234 cases out of the total 239 cases nationwide so far, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin said of the total, 36 cases had been charged in court.

In Sabah alone, there were 55 arrests in 2014, 38 in 2015, 43 in 2016, 35 in 2017, 24 in 2018 and 39 in 2019.

“This means that there are only five cases outside of Sabah, (this problem) is extremely prevalent in Sabah,” he said during the oral question-and-answer session, in response to Ahmad Hassan (Warisan-Papar) who wanted to know the action against fishermen who use fish bombs.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - VN adopts EU recommendations to combat IUU fishing

VIET NAM
Wednesday, November 06, 2019

HÀ NÔI - Vi?t Nam had taken concrete steps in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) based on the European Council's (EC) recommendations, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phùng Ð?c Ti?n.

A national committee was founded in May to co-ordinate efforts made by central agencies and local authorities to combat IUU.

Vi?t Nam’s 28 coastal towns and provinces have each established their own anti-IUU units to supervise and inspect fishing activities. Fishing boats coming in and out of seaports are being asked to file reports on their cargoes, origin of product and ships' logs.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Ex-Bumble Bee CEO's Attorney Rips Into Tearful Key Witness

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Defense counsel representing Bumble Bee Foods' former CEO Christopher Lischewski hammered one of his former lieutenants before a California federal jury Tuesday, asking the tearful witness whether he took a guilty plea and then lied about Lischewski's involvement in tuna industry price-fixing to avoid jail.

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IN BRIEF - 'No proof' Greek vessel activity led to oil leak off Brazil coast: ship manager

BRAZIL
Tuesday, November 05, 2019

SAO PAULO/ATHENS - The manager of an oil tanker being probed by Brazilian authorities in connection with an oil spill off the country’s coast has found “no proof” of the vessel conducting activities that may have led to leaks on a journey between Venezuela and Malaysia.

In a statement sent to Reuters on Saturday, Delta Tankers Ltd, who manages the Greek-flagged Bouboulina ship, said a full search of the material from the cameras and sensors that all their vessels carry revealed no evidence of the tanker “having stopped, conducted any kind of ship-to-ship operation, leaked, slowed down or veered off course, on its passage from Venezuela to Melaka, Malaysia.”

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Fishing vessel owner and skipper ordered to pay GBP 55,842.47 for fisheries offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, November 04, 2019

Ocean Venture II (S121) is an Irish registered and licensed stern trawler owned and operated by Cornelius and Ross Minihane, the directors of the Irish company Ocean Venture II Fishing Limited.

The court heard how the vessel departed Castletownbere on 17 May 2019 and Michael Harrington was master for the trip. The vessel was using two trawls, each with double codends, and during the trip fished in areas forming the Hake Recovery Zone, the Biologically Sensitive Area and the Celtic Sea Square Mesh Panel Area.

On 22 May 2019 the vessel was boarded by MMO marine enforcement officers from Ocean Osprey. The subsequent inspection found seven offences relating to inaccurate catch recording and the codends used. The master also failed to produce a stowage plan.

Source: Gov UK


IN BRIEF - ASOC issues urgent call for global leaders to protect Antarctic waters

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, November 04, 2019

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition is calling for urgent action from global leaders to protect Antarctic waters. This week, Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) were unable to reach consensus on marine protections in the Southern Ocean at their annual meeting in Hobart.

"We urgently need global leadership to reflect the importance of protecting the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. The science is settled. It is only political will preventing the creation of new marine protections in the world’s last great wilderness," said Claire Christian, executive director of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition.

CCAMLR was the first opportunity for action and political leadership following the release of the U.N.’s IPCC Special Report, which warns of the damaging impact climate change is having on the world’s oceans and polar regions. Despite this, some countries arrived at the meeting with no mandate to take action on the findings of this report by urgently supporting the designation of MPAs.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Appeal Court confirms regional councils may not override fisheries management

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, November 04, 2019

In an Appeal Court judgment issued today, it was determined that regional councils are precluded from undertaking actions for Fisheries Act purposes.

Such purposes include conserving, using, enhancing, developing or allocating fisheries resources, and also any actions to avoid, remedy or mitigate the effects of fishing on the wider aquatic environment.

Fisheries Inshore New Zealand chief executive, Dr Jeremy Helson, said: "We are pleased the Court has confirmed that fisheries management remains the concern of the Fisheries Act.

Source: Voxy


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