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IN BRIEF - China's imports of Japanese fishery products down 99% in October

CHINA
Monday, November 20, 2023

BEIJING – China's imports of fish and shellfish from Japan in October dropped 99% from a year earlier to $332,000, Chinese customs authorities said Saturday.

The plunge, which reflected a blanket ban on Japanese fishery products imposed by China in late August, came after the imports fell to zero in September. It was not clear why the small amount was imported in October.

A cook prepares sashimi in China's Shandong Province in August. | AP / VIA KYODO

Beijing fiercely opposed Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings' release into the sea of tritium-containing treated water from its disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. China fully banning imports of fishery products from Japan from Aug. 24 when the water discharge started.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has consistently voiced opposition to the treated water's release.

Meanwhile, China's overall imports of fishery products in October fell around 15% after declining 10% in September. Demand for fishery products diminished in China after the the government said the treated water was "nuclear contaminated."

Source: The Japan Times


IN BRIEF - Statement from Naviera Ancora, owner of the F/V 'Lodairo'

SPAIN
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Glasgow - Ancora, shipowner company of the Spanish cod fishery Lodairo, reports that the two crew members who suffered an accident on board the ship on November 29 continue to be stable and progressing favorably at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow.
 
Iván López Van der Veen, the ship's owner, remains in the Scottish city and will remain there for a few more days, accompanying the relatives of the sailors, who arrived in Glasgow on November 30.
 
Likewise, Ancora and the families of the crew express their gratitude to the United Kingdom rescue services and the staff of the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, particularly in the Intensive Care and Trauma areas. “Their exquisite treatment of family members, respecting their privacy, and the support received are being fundamental in the recovery process, both from their own
crew members, as well as their families,” says Iván López.
 
The shipowner also wants to thank the “incredible” work and tenacity of the Lodairo crew during the first aid provided to the injured, since their level of training in health matters and the support received by the Radiomedical Center of Spain allowed the sailors to be stabilized until the arrival of the rescue helicopter.

IN BRIEF - He was selected as 'The Most Beautiful Ocean Fisherman'!

CHINA
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

In order to thoroughly implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important expositions on agriculture, rural areas, rural revitalization and publicity and ideological work, carry forward the spirit of distant-water fishermen who are brave in pioneering, not afraid of hardships, hard-working and tenacious, and move forward courageously, tell the story and highligh of China’s distant-water fisheries.

The style of the fishery industry, and through tree selection and publicity, it inspired pelagic fishermen to work hard and lead the industry team building. In 2022, the China Pelagic Fisheries Association launched the "Searching for the Most Beautiful Pelagic Fishermen" activity, and finally selected 15. Finally the professor Chen Xinjun from the School of Marine Science of Shanghai Ocean University was selected.

Chen Xinjun is a leader and pioneer in the science and technology of pelagic squid fishing in China; He is currently the dean and second-level professor of the School of Marine Science of Shanghai Ocean University. He is also the director of the National Pelagic Fishery Engineering Technology Research Center and the Ministry of Education's Key Laboratory of Sustainable Development of Ocean Fishery Resources.[...]

Source: The Paper·Government Affairs

 


IN BRIEF - In Russia they propose to ban the production of canned fish

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

The Fish Union came up with a proposal to ban the production of canned fish according to technical specifications (TU), which are subject to GOST standards in the country.

These are, for example, sprats in oil or natural saury. This initiative was announced during an open meeting of representatives of Rosselkhoznadzor and the fishing community, which the publication “Veterinary and Life” organized at the site of the VII International Fishery Forum in St. Petersburg.

Sergei Gudkov, head of the consumer market development department of the Fish Union, began his speech with a problem: Russians eat little fish, and the level of its consumption is declining. According to the Fishing Union, fish consumption in Russia has decreased by 30% since 2013. “No other food product has undergone such critical changes, and we attribute this to two reasons,” said Sergei Gudkov. One of them is the increase in the cost of fish raw materials, which is higher than inflation, in contrast to meat and dairy products. But this is not the main reason for the sharp decline in fish consumption, the speaker noted. “We came to the conclusion that the reduction in consumption is most influenced by the quality of products,” said a representative of the union.

Source: Vetand Life (translated from original in russian)


IN BRIEF - Oversea seafood buyers begin business trip in Japan

JAPAN
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

AOMORI – Fish wholesalers from the United States, Canada and Singapore started a business trip on Monday to four northeastern prefectures as the local fishing industry continues to reel from China's import ban on Japanese marine products.

The tour was organized by the government-linked Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to help the country's fishery business operators find alternative buyers for their products.

The Chinese government has banned imports of Japanese marine products to protest against the release of treated water into the ocean from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the Tohoku region.

The buyers from six companies, who are interested in scallops, yellowtail and sea urchin, observed an auction at a wholesale market in the city of Aomori on Monday morning.

Later, they inspected bluefin tuna caught off Aomori Prefecture and held a meeting with a local fishery wholesaler.

The wholesalers will, from Tuesday, visit fish markets and fishery business operators in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

Source: The Japan Times


Other Media | EuropaAzul: Germany prepares the largest shrimp farm on land

GERMANY
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Europe is preparing to host the largest and most modern land-based shrimp farm in the world. Germany is preparing to launch an extraordinary initiative. Prawn farming company Aquapurna has partnered with German chemical company K+S to carry out this ambitious project in Sigmundshall, near Hanover.

Startup Aquapurna is collaborating with German fertilizer giant K+S to build this modern facility near Hanover, after securing a seven-figure investment from private investors.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Mauritania begins to work on a roadmap to reactivate its fishing sector

MAURITANIA
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

The Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy of Mauritania has started work to launch a new roadmap to “reactivate” the country's fishing sector and boost the country's maritime economy. The Government has organized a workshop in Nouakchott as a consultation with the sector and interested parties with the aim of gathering opinions that serve as a basis for this action. Minister Moktar Al Housseynou highlighted at the event that the objective is to “examine the best ways to ensure the sustainability of resources and study other issues related to the incubation environment of these resources, their operating systems, their economic and social returns as well as as the most effective solutions for its management.”

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Sagging krone further boosts Norway’s salmon exports

NORWAY
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Norway’s seafood exports for November totalled NOK 16.7 billion (£1.2bn), 17% up on November last year.

Again farmed salmon was the main driver in this seemingly never-ending overseas sales surge.

So far this year, Norway has exported seafood worth NOK 158.2 billion (£11.5bn) 15% up over the same period in 2022.

The decline in the value of the krone has been quite marked. Today it is worth NOK 13.7 against sterling compared with NOK 11.25 against March last year, its strongest point.

Author: Vince McDonagh / FishFarmer | read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: EUMOFA: Europeans continuing to eat seafood despite inflationary pressures

EUROPEAN UNION
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

The E.U. held on to its position as the world’s third-largest seafood seafood-buying market in volume terms in 2022 behind China and Indonesia, as the bloc received close to 11.6 million metric tons (MT) of fisheries and aquaculture products. 

Presented as part of an annual study from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA), the total marks an increase compared to recent years, despite inflationary pressures facing many European nations.

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


Other Media | FishFocus: Clyde salmon farm major boost for Mowi

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Mowi Scotland recently received unanimous council approval for its salmon farm proposal in Kintyre’s Kilbrannan Sound which will create 10 permanent jobs and lead to substantial investment to reinvigorate the local community harbour in Carradale.

Designed to have minimal visual impact on the environment, the new farm – North Kilbrannan – will include 12, 120m compact circular cages with a 400 tonne feed barge and hold a maximum of 2,475 tonnes of Atlantic salmon.

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Orpagu trains its fleet in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of the defibrillators that will be installed in their ships

SPAIN
Monday, December 04, 2023

  • The courses started last week and will improve significantly exponentially the life expectancy of a sailor who suffers an episode of cardiac arrest.
  • The implantation of defibrillators will occur gradually on the 74 vessels of the A Guarda longliner organization, the hand of learning for its proper use.
A Guarda - Orpagu -Guardeses Longliners Organization-is taking a step forward in its goal of improving the safety on board of its crews by launching courses in cardiac resuscitation and the use of defibrillators, a vital utensil that it will progressively install in the ships of its fleet. This is a key initiative for a quick and effective response to possible heart problems among crew members, which cannot be treated quickly given their work at sea.
 
The courses began last week and will continue to be developed throughout the month of December, taught by specialists from the company that supplies the defibrillators.

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