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HIGHLIGHT: TUNA 2018 Bangkok, Thailand.

Shrimp imports restricted from countries where AHPND presence confirmed

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PERU : The National Fisheries Health Agency (SANIPES) will not issue sanitary certification for the import of live white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) and tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) from countries where the presence of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) has been confirmed.

The Minister of Production, Lieneke Schol, said the restriction is the result of a preventive measure to prevent the entry of the disease that causes serious losses in the production of shrimp, but it has no impact on human health.

Fish catches, aquaculture harvests rise

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VIET NAM: The total fish catch in the country reached 496,900 tonnes in the first two months of the year, up 1.2 per cent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
 
Marine fishing increased by 2.2per cent to 473,900 tonnes while the inland catch declined by 14.8per cent to 23,000 tonnes.

Thai seafood industry still faces challenges despite certain improvements, ILO states

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THAILAND : A survey performed by the United Nations intended to assess working conditions in the fishing and seafood industry in Thailand reveals a mix of progress and remaining challenges, according to the data provided by the workers surveyed.
 
The research, conducted by the ILO Ship to Shore Rights Project and funded by the European Union, states that there have been fewer reports of physical violence and that there are few workers (less than one per cent) under 18 years old.

ISSF presents new five-year strategic plan for sustainable tuna fishing

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UNITED STATES: The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released a new strategic plan for 2018-2022, which lays out the research and advocacy organization’s mission and approach to meeting sustainability objectives over the next five years.
 
The new strategic plan is activated through three core pillars of science, influence, and verification, including tuna stock health and fisheries bycatch, outreach to Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and vessels, partnerships with tuna companies and fishery improvement support.

Seychelles announces creation of two new marine protected areas

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SEYCHELLES: The Government of Seychelles announced two new Marine Protected Areas covering 210,000 square kilometers (81,000 square miles) created as part of the debt-for-conservation deal designed by conservation group The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
 
As part of the debt conversion deal, Seychelles committed to increasing its marine protection from just 0.04 percent of its Exclusive Economic Zone to a full 30 percent. These first designations cover an area the size of Great Britain and represent the first half of the 410,000 square kilometers that will be protected by 2022.

Fisheries sector registers important advance in January, thanks to anchovy

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PERU: The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) announced that the fisheries sector registered an important advance in January this year, thanks to the good anchovy catches obtained during the second fishing season in the north-central zone of the Peruvian coast.

"The maximum anchovy catch was achieved last January. Nearly half a million tonnes (of anchovy) was caught and we are waiting for information on the anchovy fishery," said Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hector Soldi.

Scanning techniques, another tool to address abuses in the fishing industry

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THAILAND: The Government of Thailand is reinforcing measures to eliminate human trafficking in its fisheries industry, following claims of widespread abuse by a human rights group.
 
As part of thispoliticy, the country started using optical scanning technology to keep track of workers on fishing boats, labor ministry officials said. The government is also adopting measures for facial and fingerprint scanning.

Company plans to process shrimp fishery waste in Chubut

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ARGENTINA: The Newsan Group plans to develop a large-scale project to process organic waste generated by the fishing sector in the province of Chubut, whose amount is estimated at 50,000 tonnes per year.
 
The initiative was transferred to the Minister of Environment and Control of Sustainable Development, Ignacio Agulleiro, in a meeting with representatives of the company, reported El Patagónico.

Japan Eager to Develop Cooperation on Fisheries & Aquaculture

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MOROCCO: State Secretary for Fisheries, Mbarka Bouaida, held recently in Japan talks with several Japanese senior officials, which focused on the means to develop cooperation between the two countries on fisheries and aquaculture.
 
During her visit to Japan (Feb. 6-8), Bouaida, who was accompanied by Director of the National Aquaculture Development Agency, Majida Maarouf, and Morocco’s ambassador to Japan, Rachad Bouhlal, met with several senior Japanese officials to learn about Japan's know-how in the areas of aquaculture and fisheries and to deepen collaboration in these fields, said a release by the National Aquaculture Development Agency.

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