WORLDWIDE: After many years of negative news on the health of the Pacific bigeye tuna stock, a recent scientific report by the Western and Central Pacific Fishery Commission (WCPFC) shows positive indications for the first time, according to the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) CEO Ludwig Kumoru.
INDONESIA:Japan and Indonesia have agreed to develop infrastructure and promote the fishing industry on six outer islands, including Natuna on the southern edge of the South China Sea, where foreign fishing vessels continue to operate illegally.
ICELAND: A working group appointed by the Ministry of Fisheries has delivered its findings, stating the obvious with its conclusions that the establishment of a heavyweight aquaculture industry should be done alongside protecting natural environments and upholding sustainable practices.
UNITED STATES: A team of scientists ensures that they are making strides toward the development of a protein database capable of definitively identifying fish species.
This study result could help nab imposters of salmon, tuna and other popular fish before they reach people’s plates.
These researchers stress that fish can be tagged with misleading names at numerous points along their journey from the docks to processing plants to retail establishments.
INDIA: India claimed the top spot in shrimp exports to the global market in 2016 with an unprecedented 14.5% growth over the previous year, according to a trade report by FAO’s Globefish, which is responsible for information and analysis on international fish trade and markets. The report says that India also achieved the distinction of 130% growth in the exports of value-added shrimp, growing from 10,100 tonne in 2015 to 23,400 tonne in 2016, mostly directed to the US market.
FIJI: Fiji needs to put in place a seasonal ban to stop the harvesting and sales of groupers (kawakawa and donu) from June to September each year.
The call has been made by Minister for Fisheries, Mr Semi Koroilavesau after a survey that was conducted since 2003 to 2016 confirming that about 70 per cent of aggregation sites that were identified are now declining.
One of the most serious pathogen groups causing devastating effects to cultured species in aquaculture are bacterial pathogens. However, not so much attention is given to this group because they rarely act as primary pathogens but rather most commonly as opportunistic pathogens on already damaged or severely immunocompromised hosts and there are treatment regimens available.
PHILIPPINES: Canned food producer Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) experienced an 8-per cent year-on-year growth in the first semester net profit, which reached PHP 1.47 billion (USD 2.91 million). Besides, it improved its branded food business and saw a strong recovery in exports.
The firm's generated total consolidated revenues hit PHP 16.05 billion (USD 3.18 million) for the first half, representing an increase of 23 per cent from the same period last year, Inquirer Net informed.