UNITED STATES : Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has just wrapped up a major aquaculture training program in three different countries in Asia and the South Pacific, providing thousands of shrimp and tilapia farmers with modern training designed to improve the industry in these regions.
Organizers initially expected the project, operating in Indonesia, Thailand, and China, to attract 12,500 farmers. By the December 31, 2016 finishing date, more than 15,000 farmers in all three countries had participated in the training.
“This project has exceeded expectations because of the hard work of many committed partners to deliver improvements based on a detailed, local understanding of what farmers want,” said Anton Immink, SFP’s Aquaculture Director. “We recognize there is still a long way to go for many of these farmers, but we encourage others to actively engage in the improvements needed.”
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Malaysia:A new system for hiring foreign fishing boat crew members, which includes applying for temporary work visiting passes for jobs on deep sea fishing boats, is being put on hold.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the system, which was scheduled to be implemented on March 1, is being postponed until further notice; and that the issuance of new temporary permits for foreign crew will be frozen effective from the date.
MEXICO : Directors of the National Aquaculture and Fishery Commission (CONAPESCA), the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA) and the coastal and high seas fishing sector, reached an agreement to set the start of the shrimp ban in the Pacific protected and marine waters as of March 20, 2017.
The decision was made based on the results of research carried out by INAPESCA in the shrimp biomass sampling.
INDIA : Factors like growing affordability, rising health consciousness, increasing consumer awareness and with more women getting into jobs are together likely to boost demand for frozen chicken and sea food products.
Apex industry body Assocham has urged the Union Government to reduce customs duty on chilled and frozen sea food from present level of 30% to 10% to bring down food inflation and satiate high demand for sea food in India.
AUSTRALIA : A new bycatch device would improve the sustainability of wild shrimp fisheries by 35 per cent in Australia’s Northern prawn fishery (NPF).
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, met with the device developer, Kon Triantopoulos, and representatives of the NPF industry to learn details about its operation.
WORLDWIDE: Fisheries production in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries could account for 24 per cent of world production by 2030, according to a new report by the non-governmental organization WorldFish.
The research, titled Fish to 2050 in the ASEAN Region says that policies to promote sustainable aquaculture expansion and law enforcement in fisheries management are critical to ensure sustainable growth in both sectors.
For ASEAN countries, fish is a hugely important source of nutrition, also providing income, opening up employment opportunities and alleviating poverty.