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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.

Fish production grows slightly in 2015 despite the challenges

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EGYPT : Total fish production in Egypt reached 1.53 million tonnes in 2015, compared to 1.48 million tonnes in the previous year, an increase of 2.5 per cent, despite the many challenges and obstacles faced by the industry.

This announcement was made by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in its “2017 Annual Bulletin of Fish Production Statistics for 2015.”

According to CAPMAS, this increase was due to fish farm production and rice fields, The Daily News Egypt reported.

Forum highlights problems facing women in Fiji's fisheries

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Fiji: Women still face problems when it comes to marketing, distributing and subsistence food needs in the country.

This was one of the major issues discussed at the first Women in Fisheries (WIF) Forum held in Suva last week.

Aliti Vunisea, a member of the WIF, said the major reason contributing to these was not many young women and men took up studies in the fisheries field.

She said women operated at all levels of the supply chain in the country.

Tilapia farmers trained to improve quality production

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FIJI: Several tilapia farmers and aquaculture hatchery and farm development staff from Fiji's Ministry of Fisheries finished a four-day training on broodstock management at the Naduruloulou Freshwater Research Station and Pacific Community's campus in Nabua.

The training, provided by the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project, was facilitated by broodstock expert and Director of Aquaculture Development at the Asian Institute of Technology Dr Ram Bhujel, and SPC Aquaculture officers Dr Tim Pickering and Avinash Singh, The Fiji online reported.

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