Wide support given to agreement between Govt and IPNLF to promote tuna fisheries certification

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INDONESIA : The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) have ratified a joint agreement backing MSC certification of Indonesian one-by-one tuna fisheries.
The deal ratification took place at this year’s 3rd Bali Tuna Conference (BTC) and 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum (ICTBF).

S. Korea to begins sales of farmed bluefin tuna

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Sushi lovers in South Korea will be able to taste a new breed of tuna in local restaurants and gourmet shops as farm-bred bluefin tuna is coming to the market this year, the fisheries ministry told.

Local fishermen have tried to cultivate bluefin, one of the most popular fish with its rich red meat, to meet the high demand, but their efforts were fraught with challenges like typhoons and cold winters.

Maldives fish exports up nearly 80 percent

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The value of fish exports rose to MVR368 million (US$24 million) in April, up from MVR208 million in the same period last year, statistics from the Maldives Customs Service show. Thailand was the top exporting country, representing half of total exports during the month. Other major destinations included Germany, England, United States of America and France.

More than 300,000 tons of fish harvested illegally in Pacific region

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About 306,440 tons of fish were harvested illegally in the Pacific region with an estimated cost of 616.11 million U.S. dollars from 2010 to 2015, a Fijian government official said here Thursday.

While presenting the Ministry of Defence submission on the Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and unregulated Fishing, Fiji's Deputy Secretary of Defence Ilai Moceica said that this was stated by a report from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PIFFA).

Tuna industry development boost declared as having national interest

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PERU : The Executive on Sunday enacted the Law that Declares the Tuna Industry Development Boost as having National Interest, through the publication of the respective regulation in the official newspaper El Peruano.

In its unique article, Law 30788 states that "the boost to develop the tuna industry in the country is declared as having national interest, both in its catch phase, defined on the basis of sustainable quota, and processing."

Shrimp production could grow by 10pct in India, FAO

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INDIA :Indian shrimp production could increase by 10 per cent in 2018, provided the climate does not create major problems, according to a report by Globefish, a division of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The document outlines that Indian shrimp exports to the United States rose by 39 per cent and reached 214,400 tonnes in 2017, which it attributes to the decrease in anti-dumping tariffs on the resource imported from India and its increased market acceptance.


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The 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference & Exhibition ended on a high note on the 30th of May, thanks to the magnificent support from participants (almost 600 representing all regions), exhibitors, world-class speakers, collaborating partners and sponsors.

 In bringing the World Tuna Trade Conference to a close, the Conference Chair Dr Transform Aqorau summarized the deliberations and themes that had been brought to the fore over the past three days. Underpinning all the discussions, he said, was the key concept of sustainability both above and below the water level. Innovation was another main idea that had cropped up over and over again, including innovation in markets, products, and harvesting. The development of partnerships was the third main pillar that has emerged in the Conference and in the next 5 to 10 years, these partnerships will affect a change in behaviour.

TUNA 2018: 3rd Day (Session V: Recent Innovations And Trends In Technology For The Tuna Industry)

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Chaired by Dr Darian McBain, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union Group  PCL (Thailand), this Session was entitled “Sustainability, Enboironmeht and Eco-labelling in the Tuna Industry’.

At-sea monitoring, a rapidly expanding  field where the latest innovations are taking place, was covered  by Mr Faustino Velasco, CEO of Satlink (Spain),  Mr Thue Barfod, Global Head of the Fish & Seafood Cargo Segment (Maersk Hong Kong) , and Mr Les Shortall, Market Development Manager , Inmarsat Maritime (UK). 

Satlink’s Sea Tube system and Machine Learning feature is able to estimate catches on purse seine and longline vessels, geofencing, as well as electronic monitoring of FAD activities, structures and materials. Conditions on-board are also able to be monitored, which aids in preventing human rights abuses at sea. Mr Velasco ended by stating the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration: technology + science+ industry.

Bangkok tuna market holds breath as skipjack prices set to fall for June deliveries

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Thailand: According to tuna sector sources at Thaifex and the Infofish Tuna 2018 conference, Bangkok skipjack prices are set to come down for June deliveries.
Big packers and traders have not yet agreed on a final level for June, but several sources said the price will come down.
Aware of the bearish trend, many buyers are awaiting to sign contracts, hoping to be able to save an additional $20-50 per metric tons or perhaps more on the purchase price, sources told Undercurrent News.

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