Mediakit 2018

Japan must stop overfishing bluefin tuna, Pew Charitable Trust warns

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JAPAN: Conservation organisation Pew Charitable Trust expresses its concern about the fact that despite exceeding its fishing limit for Pacific bluefin earlier this month, Japan's Fishing Authority has decided to raise the quota for fishermen in 14 prefectures.

As it was informed in Japan Times, the Fisheries Agency has given these prefectures an additional quota of 122.2 tons for small specimens of the species catches in total.

Total Pacific bluefin tuna juvenile capture -- fish weighing less than 30 kg -- exceeded the 4,007 tonnes at the end of last month, which had been set for the season finishing in June.

Streamlining regulations would add efficiency to tuna industry, study concludes

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A fisherman carrying a caught tuna on his shoulders. (Photo: National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project)

PHILIPPINES: A team of researchers of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) considers that there is a need to reduce regulations in the tuna industry to make it more efficient and competitive.

According to the authroes of the report entitled Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burden: The Philippine Tuna Industry, the industry’s current regulatory framework is burdensome.

Fishing is one of the major industries in the Philippines’ agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sector, but official statistics show its contribution to the economy is still minimal—only 1.7 per cent of the gross domestic product.

As part of the research project, the authors mapped out the regulations imposed on the industry and identified those that are unnecessary and too burdensome for the key players.

EU and Mauritius sign new fishery agreement protocol

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MAURITIUS: The European Union (EU) and the Republic of Mauritius have signed a new protocol to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, setting the conditions to allow EU tuna fishing vessels to fish in Mauritius waters for a period of four years, in a transparent and regulated environment.

The announcement was made by Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping Premdut Koonjoo, during a press conference in Port Louis. It was in the context of the closing ceremony of the third round of negotiations for the renewal of the fisheries partnership.

Norwegian seafood has a new origin label

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NORWAY:The Norwegian Seafood Council has launched a new country of origin label for Norwegian seafood, “Seafood from Norway”, guaranteeing its place of origin and contributing towards a stronger position for Norwegian seafood globally.

“Our objective is to build a brand the whole seafood industry can be proud of, and which will further develop the industry towards a future in where seafood is our most important export product,” pointed out Renate Larsen, CEO of the Norwegian Seafood Council.

Larsen also stressed that Norwegian authorities play an active role in sustainable management of seafood resources and that the people who work in this industry with long traditions are creating new innovations.

ICAR-CIBA launched “Vanami Shrimpapp” a mobile app on Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farming

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ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) has launched an android based mobile app – “Vanami shrimpapp” for the dissemination of technical information among the stakeholders of shrimp farming sector. Presently this app provides information on the Better Management Practices of Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) farming in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” and targeted for shrimp farmers and field level extension workers of coastal states. The client user can view the content either topic-wise or through key word search. Further, the users can post their queries through ‘post a query’ option and it will be answered within two working days. Presently P.vannamei is being farmed from very low to oceanic salinities with different levels of technology adoption ranging from extensive, zero water exchange to biofloc based intensive systems and formulated feeds with varying protein contents.

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).

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