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.

International meeting ends without bluefin tuna fishing limit agreement

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JAPAN:Representatives of Pacific island states and countries around the Pacific Ocean meeting in Japan failed to reach an agreement on bluefin tuna stock protection measures and to adopt capture cutbacks amid concerns over dwindling supplies due to overfishing.

The talks took place at the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) annual conference held in Kyushu, where Japan proposed invoking a catch limit for two years if the stock of tuna younger than 1 year old remained at a low level for three straight years.

According to Japan’s Fisheries Agency, the participants, which included Japan, China, the United States, Fiji, Vanuatu, Canada, South Korea, the Philippines, the Cook islands and Taiwan, “could not reach an agreement” on proposed regulation after five days of talks.

On the other hand, conservationists meeting at a conference claimed that urgent action is needed to ensure the world’s largest tuna fishing ground, accounting for almost 60 per cent of the global catch, is protected.

Environmental groups expressed frustration over the stalemate, with Greenpeace calling it “extremely regrettable as the stock of Pacific bluefin tuna is in a state of emergency,” The Japan Times informed.

“Japan, the world’s largest consumer of bluefin tuna, bears the responsibility to strengthen domestic rules (on fishing),” the NGO said.

The conservation group has proposed an immediate two-year moratorium on all commercial fishing of the species.

“The latest stock assessment for Pacific bluefin, released in 2016, found that the population has been heavily depleted to just 2.6 per cent of its historic unfished size by nearly a century of overfishing,” Greenpeace said in its proposal.

Meanwhile, conservation group WWF has recommended the ten countries introduce a catch limit and adopt a long-term bluefin tuna recovery plan.

The issue will be discussed again at the committee's next annual meeting in South Korea.

Source: FIS

Campus training in shrimp farming

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INDIA: A campus training in shrimp farming was conducted by the Department of Coastal Aquaculture at Tharuvaikulam, which functions under Fisheries College and Research Institute there, on Monday 29th of August 2016. The programme aimed at imparting knowledge and creating awareness of shrimp farming among the participants. During the schedule, the participants were taught techniques of shrimp farming, and given on-farm demonstrations.

This kind of programmes would help people start their farming activity in coastal areas, said S. Athithan, Professor and Head of the Department.

A total of 30 people, including 25 women, from various parts of the district participated.

Source: The Hindu

Sea pollution hits prawn, fish catch

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VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA - Despite being blessed with a well-endowed coastline, fisherfolk representatives are worried that several species of marine catch are dwindling at an alarming rate along the Vizag coast.

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