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IN BRIEF - Kurose Suisan merged with Satsuma Suisan Co., Ltd.

JAPAN
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

June 1st Nissui reorganizes its aquaculture subsidiary

Landing Kurose yellowtail (provided by Nissui) Nissui (Chairman: Shingo Hamada) announced on the 30th that Kurose Suisan (Chairman: Naoki Kumakura, Kushima City, Miyazaki Prefecture), which grows and processes horse mackerel, and Satsuma Suisan (Kanoya City) , Kagoshima Prefecture, ditto), which grows amberjack, will start operations in June, they announced that they will merge on the same day.

The company aims to strengthen its corporate power by expanding the business scale of Kurose Suisan and integrating the overlapping operations of the two companies. Kurose Suisan will be absorbed and merged, and the function of Satsuma Suisan will remain as a division of Kurose Suisan, continuing to farm amberjack.

Source: Minato Yamaguchi (translated from the original in Japanese)


IN BRIEF - Presentation of the CHONOS Initiative at the Ocean EDITO 2024 Digital Forum, Brussels 2024

BELGIUM
Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Brussels - During the Ocean EDITO 2024 Digital Forum, Elías Pinilla, researcher at the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP), presented the innovative CHONOS Initiative, a program whose central objective is the sustainable management of the coasts in the Chilean Patagonia region, through ocean observations and simulations.

Presentation of the CHONOS Initiative at the Ocean EDITO 2024 Digital Forum, Brussels 2024.

Aligned with the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development, the European Digital Twin Ocean (EU DTO) is a multidimensional virtual representation of the ocean. It combines marine observations, artificial intelligence, and ocean models operating on high-performance computers. This flagship initiative of the European Commission, co-developed by Mercator Ocean International and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), was presented at the Digital Ocean Forum 2024, offering new capabilities for marine data exploration and decision-making. The forum brought together experts and representatives of mainly European initiatives, which makes the presence of IFOP's CHONOS especially relevant as an outstanding example of 'Digital Ocean' applied to the complexity of the channels and fjords of Patagonia.

The introduction of CHONOS and the discussion forums is a significant recognition, as it positions IFOP on the global map of advanced science-based ocean research and management.


IN BRIEF - 9th Circuit Court judges hear oral appeals for king salmon troll fishery lawsuit

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 23, 2024

On Thursday, July 18, the 9th District Court of Appeals heard cases for and against a lower court ruling that threatened to halt Southeast Alaska’s troll fishery for king or chinook salmon. Although there’s no decision yet, a panel of judges expressed sympathy for the coastal communities that could be hurt by the order.

With an opener the first week of July, Southeast Alaska trollers already got to fish for kings this summer. But the future of their fall season is in the balance at a courtroom over a thousand miles south, in San Francisco, California. 

The Alaska Trollers Association, the State of Alaska, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — or NOAA — and other entities appealed a lower court ruling that found NOAA broke the law by letting Southeast trollers catch too many kings — to the detriment of a population of endangered killer whales.

The Washington District Court order would have effectively stopped Southeast trollers from fishing for kings. But the case is now on hold in the appeals process and in the hands of judges Mark Bennett, Anthony Johnstone, and Milan Smith Jr.


IN BRIEF - Việt Nam’s fishery products standing firm in Singapore

SINGAPORE
Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Statistics in the first half of this year show that for the first time, Vi?t Nam’s fishery products maintained its position as the fifth largest partner in Singapore for the second consecutive quarter.

Processing Tra fish fillets for export at a factory of C?u Long An Giang Import-Export JSC. — VNA/VNS Photo

The Vi?t Nam Trade Office in Singapore said Vi?t Nam’s fishery exports to Singapore in the period under review rose by 0.81 per cent to reach US$51.7 million, occupying a market share of 9.46 per cent. A sharp export revenue rise was seen in fresh fish (25.42 per cent).

Trade Counsellor in Singapore Cao Xuân Th?ng advised Vietnamese businesses to further improve the quality of the exports and take an active part in the office’s efforts to connect with the host country’s peers so as to broaden their presence there.

Singaporean statistics show that in the first six months of this year, the country spent about SGD546.14 million (over $406 million) to import fishery products from nearly 100 countries and territories. Imports from Vi?t Nam included frozen fillet (28.69 per cent) and processed fish (19.24 per cent).

It is implementing a policy of continuously diversifying the sources of supply to ensure food security, and this is intensifying the competition among the exporters of fishery products to Singapore. — VNS


IN BRIEF - Martiko launches two new varieties of smoked salmon

SPAIN
Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Martiko launches two new references, Smoked Salmon with Curry and Smoked Salmon with Dill, with which the company expands its commitment to varieties of smoked salmon, the protagonist in its seafood products, with the so-called Martiko Salmon Supremes.

Martiko's salmon uses Norwegian salmon as raw material, coming from the cold waters of the Norwegian Sea, which is never frozen, and is made under strict quality and safety controls. As for smoking, it is done slowly with beech wood.

In both varieties, made in 80 gram containers, the belly of the salmon is used, the juiciest part due to its high fat content and therefore, higher concentration of Omega 3, and is presented with a cut for presentations made with a slight layer of spices that “highlights the unctuousness of the cut used and the more traditional smoked flavor,” as they explain.


IN BRIEF - Whale meat manufacturer Maruko Shoji files for bankruptcy

JAPAN
Monday, July 22, 2024

Sales of whale meat products slump in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

Maruko Shoji files for bankruptcy; sales of whale meat products slump in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi [Shimonoseki] Maruko Shoji (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, President Masaru Furuta), which manufactures and sells whale products, filed for bankruptcy on the 19th at the Shimonoseki branch of the Yamaguchi District Court. 

The company was unable to improve its debt situation and decided to give up on continuing its business. The company also entrusts the storage of its products to a refrigerated warehouse owned by the company and notified the depository in writing on the same day.[...]

Source: Minato-Yamaguchi (translated from original in Japanese)


IN BRIEF - Public Voting Opens for the MSC UK Product of the Year Award

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, July 22, 2024

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s most recognised ecolabel for sustainable seafood which can be seen on everything from tinned fish to tuna steaks, is excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the MSC UK Product of the Year Award at this year’s MSC and ASC UK Awards will be judged exclusively by a public vote.

All voters will be in with the chance of winning a paddleboard from B-Corp certified Red as a first prize, as well as either a £200 or £100 voucher for Cornish-based clothing company Finisterre, as second and third prizes.

Voting is now open until the end of the day on Friday 30st August. To participate, voters must visit https://www.msc.org/uk/awards/product-of-the-year-2024 for their chance to help crown the winner.

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation which sets globally recognised, science-based standards for sustainable fishing and assurance in the seafood supply chain. The annual MSC UK Awards are held to celebrate excellence in sustainable fishing and seafood across the United Kingdom. Up until 2024, the MSC UK Product of the Year category has been judged by an expert panel of representatives from across the seafood sector. The new public vote will directly engage consumers, highlighting the wealth and diversity of sust


IN BRIEF - TN: 29 women faint due to ammonia gas leak at private fish plant

INDIA
Monday, July 22, 2024

Thootukudi: 29 women, including five from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu and 16 female employees from Odisha State, fainted due to an alleged ammonia gas leak in a private fish processing plant on Friday.

PHOTO: newindianexpress

The private fish processing and exporting company is located in the Pudoor Pandiya Puram area of Thoothukudi where more than 500 women from different parts of Tamil Nadu and other states work.

In this case, an ammonia gas cylinder exploded due to an electrical accident in the plant, due to which ammonia gas spread throughout the fish processing plant, five women from the Kumbakonam area of Tamil Nadu and 16 women from Odisha state who were working there, fainted.

People experienced suffocation and eye irritation and fainted. Following this, more than 29 female employees were admitted to two private hospitals in Thoothukudi, namely AVM Hospital and Rajesh Tilak Hospital and Arulraj Hospital, by Nila See Put Company vehicles and ambulances.

Thalamuthu Nagar police are investigating the incident. Further details are awaited.


IN BRIEF - NOAA RECOMMENDS $18 MILLION FOR YUROK TRIBE-LED RESTORATION PROJECT

UNITED STATES
Monday, July 22, 2024

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience program announced that it is recommending $18 million in funding for a Yurok Tribe-led project to restore critically important segments of multiple upper Klamath River tributaries following the removal of four dams.

“This collaborative project seeks to complement and significantly expand upon ongoing work to rebuild Klamath salmon stocks post dam removal,” said Frankie Myers, the Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We have always said that large-scale restoration needs to accompany dam removal to bring our fish runs back from the brink. We sincerely thank NOAA for proposing this pivotal investment in the Klamath Basin.”

If funded, the four-year project will create approximately 150 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat in up to five heavily altered cold-water tributaries between Jenny Creek in California and Spencer Creek in Oregon. The Klamath tributaries slated for restoration once sustained substantial salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey populations prior to the dams. Special attention will be paid to Shovel Creek because it historically supported the largest quantity of these culturally and ecologically invaluable fish species.


IN BRIEF - Economic Watch: Air routes boost foreign trade of China's mountainous province

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Monday, July 22, 2024

GUIYANG, July 21 (Xinhua) -- With the launch of a new cargo route linking Guiyang and Moscow earlier this month, the number of international cargo routes connected to southwest China's Guizhou Province has reached four. This expansion is creating a more efficient and convenient air passage for trade.

Guizhou is known for its mountainous landscapes in China, which poses challenges for road and rail transportation, necessitating the need to develop air traffic.

Guizhou Shuanglong Airport Economic Zone, with Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport as its core, was established in 2014. Besides the newly-opened route, it also operates the other three freight lines linking the provincial capital with India's Kolkata and Delhi, as well as Karachi in Pakistan.

Loaded with Russian seafood products such as snow crabs, king crabs, and sea urchins, the IL-76 cargo plane departed Moscow for Guiyang on July 13, and returned with 40 tonnes of Chinese goods, mainly electronic products.

The route is currently customized according to the market. But the operator said that if the operation is well received, the round flights will become regular starting from September, which will drive Guizhou's annual import and export trade volume to around 3 billion yuan (about 420.7 million U.S. dollars), with a cargo throughput of around 15,000 tonnes.


OTHER MEDIA | EuropaAzul: Trawlers from Ireland and Franci participate in the bonito coast

SPAIN
Monday, July 22, 2024

Pelagic trawlers from Ireland and France are already in our seas. In fact, the activity of the vessels of the Basque inshore fleet in the albacore campaign is usually conditioned by the presence of French and Irish pelagic fish. Likewise, the quality of the downloads of this fleet is criticized, which has no resemblance to those developed by the selective Cantabrian sugarcane fleet.

The Basque arrantzales travel the waters of the Bay of Bizkaia and the Cantabrian Sea in search of schools of albacore tuna and the pelagic ones do nothing but chase the inshore fishing vessels to take advantage of their work in locating tuna.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


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