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PAFCO boosts storage capacity with new facilities

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FIJI: Pacific American Fish Company Inc. (PAFCO) has opened its USD 16.4 million new cold storage facility in Levuka, on the southeast coast of Ovalau Island.

This new facility will make it possible for the company to bolster its storage capacity as it will increase the amount of raw tuna it can hold from 3,000 to 4,000 metric tonnes.

The plant opening ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, who pointed out that with this new facility PAFCO is expected to increase production by 10 per cent each year.

SAGARPA sets tuna ban in Eastern Pacific Ocean

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MEXICO :The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) has set a ban on tuna fishing in national waters of the Pacific Ocean and in the regulation area of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) for the period 2018 -2020.
 
The measure applies to the commercial fishing of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), bluefin (Thunnus orientalis) and skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis), with the aim of promoting the recovery of this resource and maintain the continuity of the fishing activity, generating jobs and food.

Aquaculture sector needs new strategies to reduce feed costs

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MYANMAR : Fish farmers in Myanmar have been forced to develop new strategies that would allow them to face certain challenges, such as rising fish feed prices and drop of exports to Saudi Arabia.
 
In this context, fish farmers are breeding fish to meet demand from China and doing their best to lower production costs, The Myanmar Times reported.

Minister notes progress in modern shrimp feed plant building

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ECUADOR :Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries Katuska Drouet toured the construction of the new automated plant in Durán for the production of shrimp balanced feed carried out by the multinational corporation Cargill and the Ecuadorian Naturisa.

The industrial facility requires a USD 60 million investment in infrastructure and equipment and is expected to come into operation in the last quarter of this year.

Fiji joins international treaty against IUU fishing

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FIJI: The Fiji government has agreed to sign up to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) treaty aiming to prevent, deter and stop illegal fishing by implementing efficient port state measures.

From Fisheries Ministry it is explained that the goal of this commitment is to ensure a substantial amount of revenue is not lost and the livelihood of Fijians in coastal areas are unaffected.

Friend of the Sea praises Sri Lanka’s tuna processor for yellowfin tuna conservation efforts

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SRI LANKA :Non-government organisation Friend of the Sea awarded a Sri Lanka’s tuna processor for its commitment towards yellowfin tuna conservation in the Indian Ocean.
 
A proof of this commitment is the project recently launched by the Negombo-based company Tropic Sri Lanka, named“FCP@SEA” and intended to improve recruitment rates through assisted reproductive technology, thereby allowing a second generation of yellowfin tuna to return back to the ocean.

'Conjunctural factors' reduced Andalusian aquaculture production in 2017

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SPAIN : The production of the aquaculture sector of Andalusia fell in 2017, with respect to the previous year, due to circumstantial reasons, reported the Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia.
 
According to this agency, the decrease was mainly due to the decline in seabass production, given that one of the largest companies did not have production as a result of the transfer of its facilities to another area of the Andalusian coast. Mollusk production also decreased due to closures on account of the presence of biotoxins.

Trade and investment ties with Brazil strengthened

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Việtnamese government considers Brazil offers an important trade and investment potential for bilateral cooperation.
 
The announcement was made by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ on a visit to the South American country, where a forum with the participation of representatives of about 100 enterprises from both countries took place, VietNam News reported.

Public consultation opens on new fisheries management measures

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NEW ZEALAND:Fisheries Department of New Zealand has started a consultation period on proposed changes to catch limits and other management settings for the new fishing year beginning on October 1, 2018.

These parameters are reviewed twice yearly by Fisheries New Zealand in order to ensure the sustainable use of fisheries resources, which requires an investment of more than NZD 20 million (USD 13.5 million ) in fisheries science per year.

Wide support given to agreement between Govt and IPNLF to promote tuna fisheries certification

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INDONESIA : The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) have ratified a joint agreement backing MSC certification of Indonesian one-by-one tuna fisheries.
 
The deal ratification took place at this year’s 3rd Bali Tuna Conference (BTC) and 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum (ICTBF).

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