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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.