Mediakit 2017

Japan must stop overfishing bluefin tuna, Pew Charitable Trust warns

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JAPAN: Conservation organisation Pew Charitable Trust expresses its concern about the fact that despite exceeding its fishing limit for Pacific bluefin earlier this month, Japan's Fishing Authority has decided to raise the quota for fishermen in 14 prefectures.

As it was informed in Japan Times, the Fisheries Agency has given these prefectures an additional quota of 122.2 tons for small specimens of the species catches in total.

Total Pacific bluefin tuna juvenile capture -- fish weighing less than 30 kg -- exceeded the 4,007 tonnes at the end of last month, which had been set for the season finishing in June.

Streamlining regulations would add efficiency to tuna industry, study concludes

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A fisherman carrying a caught tuna on his shoulders. (Photo: National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project)

PHILIPPINES: A team of researchers of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) considers that there is a need to reduce regulations in the tuna industry to make it more efficient and competitive.

According to the authroes of the report entitled Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burden: The Philippine Tuna Industry, the industry’s current regulatory framework is burdensome.

Fishing is one of the major industries in the Philippines’ agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sector, but official statistics show its contribution to the economy is still minimal—only 1.7 per cent of the gross domestic product.

As part of the research project, the authors mapped out the regulations imposed on the industry and identified those that are unnecessary and too burdensome for the key players.

EU and Mauritius sign new fishery agreement protocol

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MAURITIUS: The European Union (EU) and the Republic of Mauritius have signed a new protocol to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, setting the conditions to allow EU tuna fishing vessels to fish in Mauritius waters for a period of four years, in a transparent and regulated environment.

The announcement was made by Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping Premdut Koonjoo, during a press conference in Port Louis. It was in the context of the closing ceremony of the third round of negotiations for the renewal of the fisheries partnership.

Norwegian seafood has a new origin label

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NORWAY:The Norwegian Seafood Council has launched a new country of origin label for Norwegian seafood, “Seafood from Norway”, guaranteeing its place of origin and contributing towards a stronger position for Norwegian seafood globally.

“Our objective is to build a brand the whole seafood industry can be proud of, and which will further develop the industry towards a future in where seafood is our most important export product,” pointed out Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Larsen also stressed that Norwegian authorities play an active role in sustainable management of seafood resources and that the people who work in this industry with long traditions are creating new innovations.

ICAR-CIBA launched “Vanami Shrimpapp” a mobile app on Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farming

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ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) has launched an android based mobile app – “Vanami shrimpapp” for the dissemination of technical information among the stakeholders of shrimp farming sector. Presently this app provides information on the Better Management Practices of Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farming in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” and targeted for shrimp farmers and field level extension workers of coastal states. The client user can view the content either topic-wise or through key word search. Further, the users can post their queries through ‘post a query’ option and it will be answered within two working days. Presently P.vannamei is being farmed from very low to oceanic salinities with different levels of technology adoption ranging from extensive, zero water exchange to biofloc based intensive systems and formulated feeds with varying protein contents.

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