Mediakit 2017

Gov’t to Release Fisheries Stock during Fishing Prohibition Period

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SOUTH KOREA, – The government said will release 6,700 tons of its fisheries stock starting this week to keep prices under control during the fishing prohibition period.

The prohibition period began April 1 and will continue to Aug. 11, depending on different types of net fishing. Violators are subject to legal punishment.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the government will put its fish stock on the market from April 17 to May 26, including 4,500 tons of Alaska pollacks, 1,314 tons of mackerels and 171 tons of squid. The stock will first be supplied to traditional markets, and the rest to cooperatives and giant retail chains.

Products will be labeled as coming from a government warehouse and priced 10 to 40 percent cheaper than average, ministry officials said.

The ministry will keep monitoring the market to make sure that the government measure does not lead to unexpected price falls from excess supply.

Source: Korea Bizwire

Argentina's first strategic aquaculture project launched

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ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Science of the Nation (MINCYT) and the government of Tierra del Fuego signed a collaboration and technical cooperation agreement to carry out a strategic aquaculture project.

The initiative, "Innovation Aquaculture Argentina - Innovacua", includes the design, development and installation of an integrated multitrophic farm for rainbow trout farming, Macrocystis seaweed and blue mussels, in addition to king crab capture and restocking.

According to the encouragers of this proposal, this project is unique in South America because of its characteristics, and it is a pilot experience that will provide the necessary knowledge for the subsequent scaling up and development of the productive sector.

Innovaqua will be financed through the Argentine Sector Fund (FONARSEC) of the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion (ANPCYT) of the MINCYT, with money from the National Treasury and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for more than ARS 134 million (USD 8.2 million).

Bangladeshi consumers intake more fish but less nutrition

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BANGLADESH: A new study has revealed that while fish intake has increased by 30 per cent in the country, Bangladeshi consumers are getting a smaller amount of important nutrients from seafood.

According to the scientists who carried out the analysis, this fact is connected to the nutritional value of the different fish species, which varies greatly. Local species from capture fisheries are generally much more nutritious than the species being farmed. But a combination of overfishing, pollution and environmental damage has led to significant losses in both biomass and the biodiversity available, EconoTimes reported.

At the same time, aquaculture has been rapidly expanding globally and since aquaculture was introduced in Bangladesh in the 1980s, the industry has grown rapidly and the country is now the world’s sixth largest producer of aquaculture products.

Fishing industry expects 'El Niño' has no big impact on anchovy

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PERU : Peruvian fishing companies expect that El Niño Phenomenon has no greater impact on anchovy catch this year, which would allow this important activity to recover after a difficult 2016.

National Fisheries Society (SNP) president Elena Conterno said Tuesday in an interview with Reuters that the warming of the Pacific waters generated by the climate phenomenon is occurring 30 metres from the surface, while the anchovy, a fish of cold water, could descend to about 100 metres deep.

"We see this year as being better than the previous one, we consider that water warming is superficial and now we see an interesting cooling process and an increase of winds that are key," said Conterno. "We will await the arrival of the research survey in April to evaluate the scenario," she added.

Anchovy capture is key not only for the fishing sector but also in the country's primary manufacturing activity, which is the world's largest fishmeal producer.

Climate change gradually affects tilapia production

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PHILIPPINES : A new report reveals that the major tilapia producing regions in the Philippines are now experiencing significant impacts from the progressing negative effects of climate change.

Released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the document states that the recurrent decline in farm productivity, mass mortality and fish kill is the result of extreme weather conditions.

Farmers, weather scientists and agriculturists are preparing for what they see as the inevitable impact of a changing climate: prolonged dry season, increasing air and water temperatures, critical dry spell and drought, frequency of strong thunderstorms, and heavy rainfalls which induce flooding and overflows of aquaculture farms.

Based on the key findings of a Special Report on Emission Scenarios by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the report projects that seasonal rainfall will generally increase and that temperature warming will occur for all seasons. In addition, it forecasts that extreme events are likely to increase in the period 2011-2040.

ISSF's call for sustainable tuna fisheries management receives wide global support

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WORLDWIDE: A global group of commercial and non-profit organizations has responded to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation’s (ISSF) request for immediate Regional Fishing Management Organization (RFMO) action on top priorities for sustainable tuna fisheries.

Some of the actions called for by ISSF in a letter dated March 21, sent to Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), include developing harvest strategies as well as strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) tools, including the management of fish aggregating devices (FADs).

Korea offers aid for Sri Lanka to develop aquaculture

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SRI LANKA : Korean authorities have decided to grant Sri Lanka LKR 375 million (USD 2.4 million) for the development of the aquaculture sector in the country.

In the framework of the announcement, the National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) has already identified the projects that would be funded by the Korean grant, online newspaper Colombo Page reported.

In addition, proposals have been submitted for establishing an industrial zone for the production of shrimp and fish-based products.

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