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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


IN BRIEF - VASEP Infographic: Vietnam's seafood exports in January 2024

VIET NAM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

In the first month of 2024, Vietnam's seafood exports increased again by 48% over the same period. During this period, Japan, the US, Korea, the EU, China & HK, and Thailand are the 6 largest import markets for Vietnamese seafood.

Author/Source:  / VASEP


IN BRIEF - Putin signed a law accelerating the receipt of tax deductions for fishermen

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing for faster receipt of tax deductions for fees for the use of aquatic biological resources.

Changes to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation will make it possible to apply the deduction not a year after the development and processing of aquatic biological resources, but after the extraction or catching of aquatic biological resources and the production of products with high added value from them. At the same time, funds within the established amount of the deduction will be retained in the circulation of fish producers - payers of the collection.

Vladimir Putin and Sergei Mitin

“Companies could receive such a deduction only in the third year after processing the catch. Now this period will be shortened. It will be possible to apply for the deduction based on the results of the extraction and processing of biological resources and apply it when applying for the next permits. The transfer of unused deductions to the next year also continues,” Sergei Mitin, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Agricultural and Food Policy and Environmental Management, commented on the document.

In addition, restrictions on the one-time use of the deduction within 2 years by fee payers are eliminated. And the period for applying the deduction is 2 calendar years, according to the new law.


IN BRIEF - Octopus import amount in January decreased by 37%

SOUTH KOREA
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The amount of frozen octopus imported into Korea in January 2024 was 268 tons, down 29% from 378 tons in the same period of the previous year, 2023, accounting for 0.32% of the total seafood imports of 84,073 tons, and 233 tons were imported the year before last.

As of January, 131 tons, or 49% of the total, of frozen octopus were imported from Mauritania, 83 tons from China, 19 tons from the Philippines, and 17 tons from Indonesia.

The import price by country was the highest in Mauritania at USD 9.15/kg, the lowest in China at USD 6.98/kg, and the Philippines at USD 6.37/kg. The import amount was USD 1.89 million, down 37% from USD 3.01 million in the same period last year. .

The average import price of frozen octopus in January was USD 7.08/kg.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.


IN BRIEF - Dutch mussel producers visit the Ría de Arousa with Opmega

SPAIN
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

  • About thirty producers from the Netherlands are enjoying a visit to different Galician towns these days to get closer to a crop that is totally different from that grown in their country.
  • Part of the board of directors of Opmega accompanied the expedition on a trip through the Ría de Arousa that left all the members of the delegation fascinated.
Vilagarcía de Arousa - The interest of mussel producers in the Netherlands in punt farming was perfectly reflected in the numerous questions they asked the president of Opmega, Ricardo Herbón, on the trip they took this morning through the Ría de Arousa.
 
 
About thirty Dutch professionals embarked on this guided tour that is part of a broad program of activities that the delegation will carry out until next February 29 and that will also take them to the Ribeira fish market and several companies in the sector.
 
The trip, promoted by the Dutch organization that is in charge of the auction of mussels and shellfish, has been a discovery for many of its members who did not know in detail about mussel cultivation in Galicia, totally different from that in the Netherlands, where the mollusk It is collected in the sandy areas where the seed, previously extracted from the beaches, is deposited with trawlers.

IN BRIEF - Pacific Groups join global call for WTO to target big fishing fleets

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pacific civil society groups have joined others from around the world in an open letter calling on trade negotiators at this week’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial to ensure that any outcome on fisheries subsidies targets those fleets most responsible for overfishing, protects small-scale fishers and doesn’t stop small-island stated from developing their own fishing fleets.

The WTO Ministeral starts today in Dubai, with expected attendance from WTO Pacific Ministers and delegations.

“The negotiations on subsidies that contribute to overfishing are failing to address the real problem those historically responsible for overfishing, and is instead creating loop holes that the big fleets will be able to use. The current agreement lets those most responsible off the hook”, commented Adam Wolfenden, Deputy Coordinator of the Pacific Network on Globalisation.

The open letter has been endorsed by over 65 organisations from around the world, including in the Pacific Islands region.[...]

Source: Pacific News Services


IN BRIEF - Canadian report: Thousands of Chinook salmon wasted by trawl fisheries

CANADA
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

A new Canadian government report on salmon bycatch in the Pacific region groundfish trawl fishery confirms that thousands of salmon were caught and discarded as bycatch in the groundfish trawl fishery off the coast of British Columbia, most of them Chinook salmon likely thrown overboard.

The report released by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) on Jan. 22 confirmed that an estimated 28,117 salmon were caught, killed, and discarded as bycatch in the groundfish trawl fishery by Option A trawl license holders during the 2022-2023 fishing season, with Chinook salmon representing 93% or 26,273 of those fish. 

Chinook salmon are the main food source for the less than 100 remaining Southern Resident killer whales, who are listed by NOAA Fisheries as an endangered species. The DFO report said this catch of Pacific salmon was the highest recorded since 2008.[...]

Author/source: Margaret Bauman/The Cordova Times


IN BRIEF - Karen Mejía was appointed director of the Aunap, the fishing authority

COLOMBIA
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Its role is crucial in the development and transformation of fishing and aquaculture in Colombia.
 
Karen Elena Mejía Piñerez was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture as the new general director of the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Authority (AUNAP).
 
 
In a meeting that brought together fishermen leaders, Minister Mojica highlighted the importance of this appointment and underlined the central mission that will guide Mejía Piñerez's performance as head of the AUNAP. It is clear that fishing and aquaculture in Colombia need committed and visionary management, capable of facing current challenges and promoting positive change in fishing communities.
 
This is not the first time that Mejía has arrived at Aunap, as she had already held several positions in that entity, including Technical Director of Inspection and Surveillance, as well as General Director in charge for the last three months.

Source: El Heraldo

IN BRIEF - Establishing 'rebound' technology for farmed fish

JAPAN
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Feed One demonstrates compensatory growth
 
Feed manufacturer Feed One (Yokohama City, President: Hidehiro Shoji) will collaborate with fish farmers in 2023 to conduct a large-scale verification study of "compensatory growth", which is the so-called "rebound" growth of fish from cultivation, in which high growth occurs after the feeding that is carried out stops.
 
As a result of this 'interrupted' feeding restriction, for a period of 4 weeks, to 30,000 breeding bream during the summer, the amount of feeding was reduced by 24%.[...]
 
Source: Minato-Yamaguchi (translated from original in Japanese)

IN BRIEF - The struggle of the artisanal fishermen of Aysén against the privatization of the sea

CHILE
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Fishing leaders and residents of Melinka see the Coastal Marine Spaces of Native Peoples as the only possibility to confront the salmon industry. The initiative should be resolved this February 29.
 
80% of the artisanal fishing workers in Aysén belong to indigenous peoples who see their source of income and the preservation of their profession threatened due to the ground that the salmon industry has been gaining in the country, as well as the threats due to the delivery from Maritorio to a future southern macrozone.
 
 
Given this situation, from Melinka, the only proposal defended by leaders and residents is the creation of Coastal Marine Spaces of Native Peoples (ECMPO). This was stated by the president of one of the independent federations of the northern fleet of artisanal fishermen of Aysén, Juan Carlos Torres, in a week where the Regional Commission for the Use of the Coastal Edge should resolve said matter this February 29.
 
"We have remained very attentive in all the presentations that CONADI has made, we have spoken with the communities and we have come to the conclusion that it is the only alternative we have to be able to protect the last and little that remains of the planet's seed resources," the leader said.

“We must protect the last thing that is left in the south of the world. When the 110 thousand hectares were handed over to the salmon industry by the triple A, they did not consult anyone," he added. [...]
 
Source: Diario Uchile

Other Media | SalmonExpert: Suspected ISA virus in salmon farm

NORWAY
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

ISA virus is suspected at the salmon farm "Langskjæra" in the municipality of Frøya in Trøndelag county, Norway.
 
Lerøy Midt farms salmon here, according to Salmonexpert partner Kyst.no.
 
The "Langskjæra" center operates as an infectious disease unit together with the "Langskjæra II" cultivation site. This means that both places are covered by suspicion.

Source: SalmonExpert | Read the full article here

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