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IN BRIEF - ‘They are stealing what should be ours’: Chinese trawlers are emptying West African fishing grounds

GHANA
Monday, June 05, 2023

As China’s global fishing net widens, artisanal fishermen off the coast of Ghana see their catches plummet and go to bed hungry

The wooden canoe is painted with scriptures. They’re meant to bring good fortune to the craft’s fishermen and protect against the dangers of the Atlantic – sky-high ocean waves, creatures of the deep and, increasingly, industrial Chinese trawlers.

“Colleagues have drowned when their canoes have capsized in the wake of trawlers. But the Chinese don’t care,” says Samuel Otoo, one of the canoe’s two crewmen.

Photo: Simon Townsley/The Telegraph

In the early hours of the morning, before the heat begins to press, the fishermen set off from Jamestown, a small port outside Ghana’s capital, Accra. They return at 3pm in one piece, having encountered several trawlers, but the fishermen fear their days in the business are numbered.

This is because the Chinese vessels, far superior in size and capability than the artisanal fishermen of Ghana, are not only causing capsizes and deliberately destroying the nets of rival boats – they’re also bleeding the ocean dry of its fish.

Author/Source: Torbjörn Wester / The Telegraph


IN BRIEF - In Primorye, more than 22 tons of red caviar will be destroyed due to E. coli

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, September 22, 2023

In Primorye, 22,464 kgs of pink salmon caviar are being disposed of due to coliform bacteria found in it, reports the press service of the territorial department of Rosselkhoznadzor.

A sample from a batch of salmon caviar from Kamchatka was taken in Vladivostok, from where it was to be exported to China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and EU countries.

In the laboratory of Rosselkhoznadzor, the products were examined for 32 indicators - radionuclides, toxic elements, microbiological indicators, parasitic purity and other standards. As a result of laboratory tests, E. coli bacteria were found in the caviar.

Experts identified the probable reason for this as non-compliance with production or storage technology, as well as violation of the conditions of its transportation.

Now the caviar must be removed from circulation and disposed of, Rosselkhoznadzor reported. It is not allowed to process such products into animal feed, the department added.

Author/Source:  Alexey Makeev/vetandlife (translated from original in russian)


Other Media | Salmon Expert: Intership welcomes 'Inter Scotia'

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, September 22, 2023

The multinational wellboat company, Intership, has received its second boat from the new constructions it maintains with the prestigious Zamakona Shipyard, in Bilbao. The "Inter Scotia", a hybrid battery wellboat, has been designed by Salt Ship Design and has a cargo capacity of 2,500 m3.

The "Inter Scotia" shares similarities with her sister ship, the "Inter Atlantic", both designed with the objective of promoting fish welfare, handling and biosecurity.

Source: Salmonexpert | Read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: UK grocery inflation drops, retail sales rise in August

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, September 22, 2023

U.K. grocery inflation dropped to its lowest level in more than a year, but consumers said they remain concerned about the prices they are paying for food, as well as the economy overall.

Grocery price inflation declined from 12.7 percent in July to 12.2 percent in August, according to the latest data from Kantar. In response, take-home sales from all grocery chains rose by 7.4 percent compared with the same period in 2022. August followed the ongoing six-month trend of falling grocery prices, but 12.2 percent is still not “a number to celebrate for many households,” 

Author: Christine Blank / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


Other Media | FishFocus: Icelandic catch down over last 12 months

ICELAND
Friday, September 22, 2023

The catch of Icelandic vessels in August 2023 was about 114,5 thousand tonnes, 10% more than in August 2022. Demersal catch was 32 thousand tonnes and pelagic catch was 78 thousand tonnes.

In the 12 month period from September 2022 to August 2023 the overall catch was 1.370 thousand tonnes which is 9% less than in the same period one year earlier.

Information about catch of fish which are published are preliminary figures. The data is gathered by the Directorate of Fisheries.

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Madrid proposes a temporary ban on purse seines in the month of November in the Mediterranean

SPAIN
Friday, September 22, 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has published for public hearing and information the Draft Order that modifies Order APA/852/2023, of July 13, which establishes a Management Plan for fishing with purse seine gear in the Mediterranean Sub-Fishing Ground.

The objective is to gather the opinion of affected citizens, organizations or associations that may make observations or opinions. These must be addressed to [email protected] with the following reference: Allegations modifying the Fence Order in the Mediterranean with a deadline of October 2, 2023.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here


Other Media | EuropaAzul: The EU signs the Treaty on Biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, September 22, 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has published for public hearing and information the Draft Order that modifies Order APA/852/2023, of July 13, which establishes a Management Plan for fishing with purse seine gear in the Mediterranean Sub-Fishing Ground.

The objective is to gather the opinion of affected citizens, organizations or associations that can make observations or opinions. They should contact [email protected] with the following reference:

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Chilean frozen coho salmon exports to Japan decreased by 10% 22/23 season share drops to 60%

JAPAN
Thursday, September 21, 2023

According to the Chilean Customs Agency, the export volume of frozen coho salmon (dress) from August 2022 to July 2023 was 138,319 tons, an increase of 1% from the same period last year. 

On the other hand, exports to Japan decreased by 13% to 89,070 tons. Its share was 64% of the total, 11 points lower than the same period last year. From 2014/15 to 2020/21, exports to Japan accounted for 80-90%, but in 2021/22, the share dropped to 75%, 14 points lower than in 2020/21, and continued to decline this year.

Source: Minato Yamaguchi (translated from original in japanese)


IN BRIEF - Pakistani enterprises eyes potential in aquaculture cooperation with China

CHINA
Thursday, September 21, 2023

BEIJING,  More and more Pakistani aquatic product exporters enjoy zero tariffs and become aware of the details of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA).

“We have registered new species under the second phase of CPFTA, which can help increase our exports to China,” said Ghulam Qadir, commercial counselor of the Pakistani Embassy in China.

At present, many Pakistani companies seek to deepen their cooperation with Chinese partners to increase their exports of aquatic products.

On September 13, a Pakistani agricultural delegation led by Shahid Firoz, representative of Pakistan Arfeen Group and vice chairman of Belt and Road Development Company, paid a visit to the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance(CAPPMA) in Beijing, China, and had an in-depth discussion on deepening China-Pakistan cooperation in aquaculture industry, CEN reported.[...]

Source: app.com.pk


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Harbin rail line nexus of blossoming Russia-China seafood trade relationship

CHINA
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Faced with local government debt worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese municipalities have been searching for sources of income and economic growth, leading the local government Harbin, a city in northeast China, to launch a new railway transport line to foster seafood trade with Russia.

A cold-chain railway connection between the port city of Vladivostok, Russia, and the inland city of Harbin will enable the neighboring nations, which have bolstered their relationship as the Ukraine war has realigned global trading patterns

Author: Mark Godfrey / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Europe puts a stop to 'greenwashing' and improves consumer information

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, September 21, 2023

According to Wikipedia, greenwashing is “a term that describes the deceptive use of green marketing to promote a misperception that a company's policies or products are environmentally sound.” As consumers become more aware of the impact of products on the environment, the European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional agreement on new rules to prohibit misleading advertising and provide consumers with better information about products. This agreement updates the existing EU list of prohibited business practices and adds to it several problematic marketing habits related to greenwashing and early product obsolescence.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here


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