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.

Aquaculture in brackish water proves more rewarding than in freshwater

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MALAYSIA : Small-scale fish farmers in Malaysia earn 2.5 times more farming aquaculture in brackish-water, compared to freshwater, according to a study published in the Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities.
The study, led by Roslina Kamaruddin, a researcher from University Utara Malaysia, was intended to understand why some fish farmers are more successful than others.

Odisha progresses in mapping for coastal aquaculture

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INDIA : Odisha Government has geared up to complete the mapping of coastal areas in the state for identification of suitable land feasible for control and management of coastal aquaculture.
As it was informed by The New Indian Express, at a recent meeting of the technical committee for Geographic Information System (GIS)-based coastal area mapping, it has been decided to go for demarcation up to village and plot level within two km from high tide lines of the 480 km-long coastline in the State.

Fishing companies lose millions of dollars due to inefficient fishing practices

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WORLDWIDE: New research suggests that fishing companies operating worldwide are leaving between USD 51 billion and USD 83 billion in unrealized net economic benefits on the table every year due to the overexploitation and underperformance of fish stocks.

The analysis was carried by the Sea Around Us initiative, the Institute for the Oceans and Fishers at the University of British Columbia, the Fish Tracker initiative and the Sea Around Us - Indian Ocean project.

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