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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).

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.

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