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#Vigo16: A consolidated yearly appointment for fisheries stakeholders

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The World Congress co-organized by FAO and Conxemar has become a benchmark event both for professionals of the sector as well as for experts, renowned scientists and the highest fishing authorities worldwide.

The following day, the annual International Frozen Seafood exhibition, the biggest event dedicated to the frozen seafood sector in Spain, will take place over three days.

Vigo Dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture

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13/07/2016

First Announcement 

Decent Work for Blue Growth: Towards Social Responsibility in the Fish Business

Vigo, Spain, 4 October 2016

 

Background
Human rights and labour abuses including poor working conditions in the seafood sector have become widely publicized issues with reported cases of forced labour, human trafficking, child labour, but also poor occupational safety and health on fishing vessels and fish processing plants. Social sustainability and the call for decent work in the seafood sector are moving up the agenda of governments, retail and seafood industry, auditing and certification schemes, fish workers' unions, consumer groups and other civil society organizations.

Indonesia’s shrimp sector on the rise

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The farmed shrimp sector in Indonesia is growing and the majority of the shrimp is exported.

The website of Ipsos states that Indonesia’s shrimp industry has continued to see higher demand from the export market compared to the domestic market. From 2011 – 2015, export market grew at CAGR of 6.9% compared to 5.0% for the domestic market.

Indonesia is estimated to consume only around 40% of its shrimp production volume. Majority of shrimp production was allocated for exports to major markets such as USA, Japan and EU.

Source: All About Feed

Vietnam eyes bigger share in Australia’s shrimp market

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VIET NAM: Vietnam, already one of the biggest seafood exporters to Australia, is aiming to expand its market down under with a major boost in shrimp shipments.

Australia imports 200,000 to 280,000 tons of seafood each year, which accounts for about 70 percent of the country’s demand. Vietnam is its fourth largest seafood supplier, after Thailand, China and New Zealand, with an 11.2 percent market share, according to the Vietnam Trade Office under the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia.

Govt trains 2,455 fishermen to enhance seafood exports

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ISLAMABAD - The government has trained around 2,455 fishermen and fisheries related personnel on modern fishing techniques to improve quality and enhance seafood export. The training was imparted on different aspects of hygiene, deckhand and navigational electronic equipment with an aim to reduce post-harvest losses onboard fishing vessels and bring high quality products that can fetch higher price in market. Sources at the Commerce Division, while enumerating the steps taken by the government to enhance export of seafood products, Sunday said a model shrimp farm in Thatta district had been established by the Fisheries Development Board with funding from the Export Development Fund (EDF) to enhance supply of raw material for seafood industry. They said several new projects including establishment of regional offices and testing laboratories at Peshawar and Gwadar, upgradation and accreditation of quality control laboratories for environmental contamination and reactivation of hatchery complex for production of fish and shrimp seeds, were being implemented to curb seafood smuggling to Afghanistan and other countries.

Source: Daily Times

SERNAPESCA and Chinese health authority agree on safety controls

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Meeting between representatives of Chile and China. (Photo: Sernapesca)

CHILE : Officials of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) met in China with representatives of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of that country, under a busy agenda busy in the Asian giant country.

At the meeting with AQSIQ, the Chilean authorities exposed the update of safety procedures and controls carried out by SERNAPESCA, with emphasis on waste control. Besides, what was discusses was the extent of the salmon special control program implemented by AQSIQ.

SERNAPESCA national director, Jose Miguel Burdos, deemed the meeting as very positive as it helped to clarify procedures by both parties and establish commitments to continue the joint work under the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014.

SERNAPESCA's representative also met with the director general of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture of China as well as representatives of the Division of American and Oceanian Affairs, and experts from the Academy of Fishery Sciences.

At the meeting possible cooperation alternatives on fisheries and aquaculture were explored.

"Both sides presented our subjects of interest and agreed to advance in the development of joint research and exchange of information," explained the deputy director of Foreign Trade, Monica Rojas.

International meeting ends without bluefin tuna fishing limit agreement

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JAPAN:Representatives of Pacific island states and countries around the Pacific Ocean meeting in Japan failed to reach an agreement on bluefin tuna stock protection measures and to adopt capture cutbacks amid concerns over dwindling supplies due to overfishing.

The talks took place at the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual conference held in Kyushu, where Japan proposed invoking a catch limit for two years if the stock of tuna younger than 1 year old remained at a low level for three straight years.

According to Japan’s Fisheries Agency, the participants, which included Japan, China, the United States, Fiji, Vanuatu, Canada, South Korea, the Philippines, the Cook islands and Taiwan, “could not reach an agreement” on proposed regulation after five days of talks.

On the other hand, conservationists meeting at a conference claimed that urgent action is needed to ensure the world’s largest tuna fishing ground, accounting for almost 60 per cent of the global catch, is protected.

Environmental groups expressed frustration over the stalemate, with Greenpeace calling it “extremely regrettable as the stock of Pacific bluefin tuna is in a state of emergency,” The Japan Times informed.

“Japan, the world’s largest consumer of bluefin tuna, bears the responsibility to strengthen domestic rules (on fishing),” the NGO said.

The conservation group has proposed an immediate two-year moratorium on all commercial fishing of the species.

“The latest stock assessment for Pacific bluefin, released in 2016, found that the population has been heavily depleted to just 2.6 per cent of its historic unfished size by nearly a century of overfishing,” Greenpeace said in its proposal.

Meanwhile, conservation group WWF has recommended the ten countries introduce a catch limit and adopt a long-term bluefin tuna recovery plan.

The issue will be discussed again at the committee's next annual meeting in South Korea.

Source: FIS

Campus training in shrimp farming

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INDIA: A campus training in shrimp farming was conducted by the Department of Coastal Aquaculture at Tharuvaikulam, which functions under Fisheries College and Research Institute there, on Monday 29th of August 2016. The programme aimed at imparting knowledge and creating awareness of shrimp farming among the participants. During the schedule, the participants were taught techniques of shrimp farming, and given on-farm demonstrations.

This kind of programmes would help people start their farming activity in coastal areas, said S. Athithan, Professor and Head of the Department.

A total of 30 people, including 25 women, from various parts of the district participated.

Source: The Hindu

Sea pollution hits prawn, fish catch

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VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA - Despite being blessed with a well-endowed coastline, fisherfolk representatives are worried that several species of marine catch are dwindling at an alarming rate along the Vizag coast.

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