VIET NAM : In the first four months of the year, Vietnamese aquaculture production increased 6 per cent in volume compared to the same period in 2017, to 1 million tonnes, according to the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
PERU : This week the implementation of the international cooperation project "Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI) in Latin America" was launched, with an impact on Piura and Tumbes on the Peruvian side, and on the coastal south of Ecuador.
This project is intended to show holistic processes and promote more integrated approaches for the management and use of coastal fisheries in an inclusive manner, informed the Regional Government of Piura.
PHILIPPINES: Members of the Asia-Pacific Fisheries Commission (APFIC) have expressed their intention to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture are managed in a responsible and sustainable manner by focusing on resilience and sustainable blue growth.
The announcement was made by the commission in the framework of its 35th Session, which has convened in Cebu, the Philippines.
As a region, Asia and the Pacific currently contributes over 55 per cent of global capture fisheries and 90 per cent of its aquaculture.
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: Singaporean fish farming firm Barramundi Asia plans to invest BND 300 million (USD 223.8 million) to rear barramundi, or Asian sea bass, in large cages in Brunei’s open seas, with technology that has been adopted in Norway for salmon farming.
The firm has signed a deal with the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) of Brunei formalising their intention to invest and develop an area of 6,613 hectares at Nankivell Offshore Aquaculture Site, establish a hatchery and a fish nursery capable of supplying high-quality sea bass juveniles to offshore fish cages, as well as establish a processing plant.
MALDIVES : A new fisheries association based on Gemanafushi, an island in the Maldives, has joined non-profit association International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) so as to support its goal to create awareness in the local community and encourage younger generations to become part of a sustainable pole-and-line industry.
INDONESIA: Attendees at this year’s 3rd Bali Tuna Conference (BTC) and 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum (ICTBF) events will be the first stakeholders to learn specific details of the harvest strategy for tropical tuna in archipelagic waters. Developed by the Indonesian authorities, this much-awaited policy is a vital component in the implementation of sustainable fisheries management. These consecutive, top-level events will provide the ideal platform for delegates to help influence its delivery.
SPAIN: The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the autonomous government of Andalusia has opened this year a second call for aid to support marine aquaculture projects in Andalusia.
The new order places, in competitive bidding system, EUR 9.3 million at the service of the sustainable development of this activity, for which a line endowed with EUR 10.6 million was already articulated at the beginning of the year (and until February 15).
A new tuna processing factory that is being built in Vila Nova de Cerveira, in the north of Portugal, with an investment of EUR 6 million from Galician businesspeople, would start operating in July.
According to the promoters of the project, the construction work is progressing at a good pace in the Fulão industrial park so they expect the plant to start working as scheduled, reported Rádio Alto Minho.
SPAIN : A new system based on the exchange of information among vessels jointly developed by the satellite telecommunications company Satlink and the Spanish tuna fleet, introduces a pioneering collaboration among different types of fleets as a new key factor for the sustainability of marine resources.
Broadly speaking, this new collaboration avoids negative interference when boats share the same area of activity and has been used, for the first time, by tuna fishing and geological prospecting fleets.