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Gearing up for the Vigo dialogue on decent work in the seafood sector

Approximately 1 in 10 people rely on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods, and discussion at the Vigo Dialogue will address ways to improve work conditions in the sector.

The upcoming Vigo dialogue on decent work in fisheries and aquaculture is an important opportunity to bring a broad range of partners around the table to discuss an extremely pertinent issue.

Unfortunately, human rights and labour abuses, including poor working conditions, have recently become front-page news in the mass media.

#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.

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.

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