PNA gears for VDS expansion, business plan development in 2019

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MARSHALL ISLANDS: Expansion of the vessel day scheme (VDS) to cover longline fleets, development of new business plans to guide work of the Parties to the Nauru Office (PNAO), and stepped up management of fish aggregating devices are among key areas of work the PNAO and the Parties will focus on in 2019.
“PNAO is moving to implement directives from our Ministers,” said PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru. “2019 will see a great deal of work to strengthen the PNAO to increase the efficiency of management of the many elements of the vessel day scheme and the fishery as a whole.”

Scientists develop model to predict concentrations of methylmercury in tuna

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UNITED STATES: New research to investigate the factors that influence the levels of methylmercury contained in tuna, could help us understand why the concentrations of this compound vary by geographical region.
Inorganic mercury compounds are released into the atmosphere from natural sources, such as volcanoes, and human-based sources, such as fossil fuel combustion and gold mining. Some of these compounds settle onto oceans, where natural processes convert them into methylmercury. This substance is then naturally transferred to sea creatures, including tuna, which sometimes contain amounts exceeding food safety guidelines.

Spanish tuna fleet will test biodegradable FADs in eastern Pacific

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SPAIN : The Spanish tuna fleet and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) have signed an agreement to test, for a period of between 12 and 14 months, biodegradable fish aggregating devices (FADs) in waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The agreement includes the deployment of new non-entangling and degradable devices developed by the Spanish fleet, in collaboration with the technological institute AZTI and the International Seafood Sustainabilty Foundation (ISSF).

New film highlights commitment to sustainability from Indonesian tuna fishermen

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INDONESIA : The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the charity that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, announced the launch of its new film, ‘An Indonesian tuna tale: Championing sustainability’.

The film shows the story of Indonesia’s one-by-one tuna fishers and fish workers, explaining why they are committed to fishing sustainably, as well as the value that good management can bring.

Shrimp fishing reached a new record level in 2018

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ARGENTINA: Shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) catches reached a new record last year, according to landings figures published by the Nation's Undersecretariat of Fisheries.
Preliminary data indicate that until December 31, 2018, 244,066 tonnes of the crustacean were landed. This volume represents 843 tonnes more than 2017, when the landings totaled 243,223 tonnes, the highest level that had been registered so far for this fishery.

Shrimp industry does not expect a rebound in export

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BANGLADESH : Shrimp processors saw their exports fall in the first half of fiscal year 2018-19, compared to the previous year, and foresee that this situation is unlikely to improve in the second half (January-June 2019).
Md Rezaul Haque, managing director of Modern Seafood Industries, one of the top exporters of frozen fish and shrimp, said that they have been facing "the blow of soaring production of vannamei shrimp in other countries since June 2017."

US no longer discriminates against Mexican tuna products, according to WTO

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MEXICO :The World Trade Organization (WTO) has released the final report of the Appellate Body on the dispute that Mexico initiated in 2008 against the United States for restrictions on Mexican tuna trade.
The Appellate Body reviewed the latest amendments by the US in terms of labelling "Dolphin-safe" and determined that with them, that country no longer discriminates between Mexican tuna products and US and other tuna products, informed the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA).

Shrimp exporters voice concern over US import regulations

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INDIA : Seafood exporters from India have voiced concern over the new Seafood Import Monitoring Policy (SIMP) regulations of the United States on shrimp and other marine products, since they fear they could experience a backlash on surging exports.

In the sector’s opinion, the move — which will be effective from January 1 — may impact 50 per cent of India’s shrimp production that is headed for the US unless some effective steps have been taken by exporters, The Hindu BusinessLine reported.

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