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IN BRIEF - Value of catch in September increased by 13.6%

ICELAND
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The value of catch from Icelandic fishing vessels in September was 12.4 billion ISK, 13.6% more than in September last year. Demersal catch value increased by 26.5% and the total value was 8.2 billion ISK. All major demersal species increased in value compared to September last year, cod by 23.6%, haddock by 37% and saithe by 35.4%. Value of pelagic catch was 5.8% less than in September 2018, or about 3.4 billion ISK whereas it was nearly 3.6 billion in 2018. The dominant pelagic species was herring, with value of 2.2 billion ISK. Value of flatfish was 5.1% more than in September 2018 or 590 million ISK.

Total value of catch in the 12 month period from October 2018 to September 2019 was 144.2 million ISK which is a 15.4% increase compared with the same period a year earlier.

Source: Statistics Iceland


IN BRIEF - Fish production witnesses growth in AP, Kerala; declines in Karnataka, Gujarat

INDIA
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fish production increased in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal, and came down in states such as Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu during 2018-19.

In a written reply to Shobha Karandlaje, Member of Parliament from Udupi-Chikmagaluru Lok Sabha constituency, in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, said fish production in the country increased from 10.26 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 13.34 million tonnes in 2018-19. The production stood at 12.59 mt and 11.43 mt in 2017-18 and 2016-17, respectively.

Andhra Pradesh topped the list in fish production with 3.99 mt (2018-19), 3.44 mt (2017-18), and 2.76 mt (2016-17). This was followed by West Bengal at 1.77 mt , 1.74 mt and 1.7 mtduring 2018-19, 2017-18 and 2016-17, respectively.

Source: The Hindu Business Line


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IN BRIEF - B.C. First Nation concerned Ottawa not doing enough to protect salmon stocks after Big Bar landslide

CANADA
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

High on the Chilcotin plateau in British Columbia’s Interior, the chief of a local First Nation says the traditional diet of its members is threatened by a landslide more than 150 kilometre away.

Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse, who also represents five other local nations as tribal chairman of the Tsilhqot’in National Government, says Fraser River tributaries once teeming with salmon have shown paltry returns since the Big Bar landslide was discovered in June.

“On a good year, you can run across the river on the backs of sockeye, that’s how thick our rivers are. And bright, bright, bright almost fluorescent orange colour, it’s an awesome sight,” he said.

Source: Globe and Mail


IN BRIEF - Kings Cross sold to Norway

NORWAY
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Norwegian fishing company Gerda Marie AS is about to take delivery of Peterhead pelagic vessel Kings Cross.

Kings Cross will replace the old Gerda Marie, which was built in 1986 and which the company acquired in 1989. Kings Cross is currently at the Karstensen yard in Skagen being prepared to join the Norwegian registry.

One of the few Scottish vessels rigged for both trawling and purse seining, Kings Cross was built at Karstensens Skibsværft in 2016 for Lunar Fishing Company and the Wiseman Fishing Company in Peterhead.

Built to the yard’s own design, Kings Cross has a 78.65 metre overall length and a 15.60 metre beam. It has a 5220kW Wärtsila 9L32E2 main engine driving a 4200mm diameter propeller, and a sophisticated energy management system. Tank capacity on board is 2500 cubic metres, chilled by a 2x1300kW RSW plant. The package of deck equipment is from Karmøy Winch.

Source: Fisker Forum


IN BRIEF - Cold stores now overflowing with bumper fish harvest – Government

GHANA
Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, has indicated that Ghana has recorded a bumper harvest of fish in 2019.

Cold stores, she said, are not even enough to hold the fish glut.

The minister said this when she accompanied President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to present some 6,336 outboard motors and other fishing equipment to fisherfolk along the coast on Tuesday, 3 December 2019.

Source: Ghana Web


IN BRIEF - How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, December 04, 2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. — From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional.

But dip beneath the surface — go down 60 or 70 feet — and you’ll find a spectacular seascape. Sponges, barnacles and tube worms cover rocky ledges on the ocean floor, forming a “live bottom.”

Gray’s Reef is little more than a drop in the ocean 19 miles off the Georgia coast, but don’t confuse size for significance. In one of his last official acts, President Jimmy Carter declared the reef a national marine sanctuary at the urging of conservationists who said its abundance of life was unique and worth saving for future generations.

Source: The Washington Post


IN BRIEF - Breaking the cycle of the illegally sold tuna market

SOUTH AFRICA
Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Tuna season, which falls between October and mid-January, and picks up again between April and May, sees the local market being bombarded with tuna at a giveaway price. Despite the illegal trade of recreationally caught fish, recreational catches will sell between R25/kg to R40/kg per fish, presenting itself as a favourable option to local restaurateurs, some of whom become reluctant to pay between R75/kg to R95/kg for quality, legally caught tuna.

“Unfortunately some restaurants choose the illegal route rather than supporting those that go above and beyond to operate within the law and produce a high end product for the consumer,” explains Kurt Hill, operations director at Cape Fish located in Paarden Eiland.

Identified as a key contributor to the problem are the local, annual tuna competitions, where recreational anglers and vessel owners enjoy large catches of tuna – the surplus which is sold into the market at a reduced price to make a profit, undercutting commercial fisheries.

Source: Cape Business News


IN BRIEF - NZ to join international maritime convention to reduce ship emissions

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, December 04, 2019

New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today.

Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an International Maritime convention for the prevention of pollution from ships.

"Joining this convention will improve the health and environmental impact of shipping emissions, particularly around our port communities.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - 90 pct of country's waters free from foreign fishermen's intrusion

MYANMAR
Wednesday, December 04, 2019

SERDANG - Ninety per cent of the country's waters is now free from intrusion by foreign fishing boats since an operation code-named “Op Naga” was launched last April, said Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.

He said during the period, 160 foreign fishing boats were detained in the South China Sea and the Straits of Melaka, resulting in a significant increase in catches of local fishermen on the East Coast and the West Coast.

"The operation is not limited to detaining foreign fishing boats but also to prevent the use of fishing equipment such as dragon fish traps that can destroy the marine ecosystem," he told a press conference after opening a dialogue on the national fisheries industry here today.

Source: Bernama


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