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IN BRIEF - Shrimp exports could total 3.4 billion dollars

Saturday, December 09, 2023

Hanoi (VNA)-Vietnam could reach about 3.4 billion dollars from shrimp sales abroad by the end of this year, a year-on-year decrease of 21 percent, as predicted by the Vietnam Seafood Processors and Exporters Association ( VASEP).
The same source reported that Vietnamese shrimp exports in November recorded 310 million dollars, a year-on-year increase of 3.5 percent. With that sum, the income from sending this item abroad during the first 11 months amounted to 3.15 billion dollars, a figure that represented a drop of 22 percent compared to the same period in 2022.
The main receiving markets for this product from Vietnam are the United States, China, Japan, the European Union and South Korea.
Shrimp exports remain dominated by price competition amid global oversupply and low sales values.
According to VASEP assessments, demand for shrimp in Southeast Asia and the Far East is expected to improve at the end of the year thanks to Christmas and the Lunar New Year. Prices could increase during that period.

IN BRIEF - Inside North Korea's Forced-Labor Program

Monday, February 26, 2024

Workers sent from the country to Chinese factories describe enduring beatings and sexual abuse, having their wages taken by the state, and being told that if they try to escape they will be “killed without a trace.”

IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR, Donggang Jinhui Foodstuff, a seafood-processing company in Dandong, China, threw a party. It had been a successful year: a new plant had opened, and the company had doubled the amount of squid that it exported to the United States. The party, according to videos posted on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, featured singers, instrumentalists, dancers, fireworks, and strobe lights. One aspect of the company’s success seems to have been its use of North Korean workers, who are sent by their government to work in Chinese factories, in conditions of captivity, to earn money for the state.


A seafood trader who does business with Jinhui recently estimated that it employed between fifty and seventy North Koreans. Videos posted by a company representative show machines labelled in Korean, and workers with North Korean accents explaining how to clean squid. 

At the party, the company played songs that are popular in Pyongyang, including “People Bring Glory to Our Party” (written by North Korea’s 1989 poet laureate) and “We Will Go to Mt. Paektu” (a reference to the widely mythologized birthplace of Kim Jong Il).[...]

Author/source:  Ian Urbina/The New Yorker

IN BRIEF - Japan to Continue Urging China to Lift Fishery Ban; Prepared for Talks Over Treated Water to Be Prolonged

Monday, February 26, 2024

The Japanese government intends to continue urging China to lift its ban on imports of Japanese fisheries products, while monitoring the progress of talks between Japanese and Chinese experts on the release of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Since there is little prospect that China will soften its stance any time soon, Japan is preparing for the discussions to be prolonged as it continues efforts to provide thorough explanations to other countries.

The talks were realized at the request of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during the Japan-China summit in November. The first meeting was held online in January and attended by representatives from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. and government officials from both countries, in addition to experts.

According to Tokyo, dialogues between experts from both countries had already taken place before that. The meeting in January had both Tokyo and Beijing expanding its participants.

Although there were no signs of compromise on issues such as how to monitor treated water, Japan is focusing on China’s willingness to engage in dialogue.[...]

Author/source: Shinsuke Uemura and Keiichiro Azuma / Japan News

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture industry production almost surpasses MYR4B in 2023

Monday, February 26, 2024

KUALA SELANGOR – Malaysia’s national aquaculture industry successfully recorded approximately 492,680 metric tonnes of production worth MYR3.9 billion last year, said Department of Fisheries director-general Datuk Adnan Hussain.

He said DOF is also working towards increasing the contribution of the national aquaculture sector by focusing on the farming of tilapia gift, tilapia merah, ikan susu, keli, aiakap, patin, lampam, kelah, udang putih and udang harimau.

“At the exhibition under the aquaculture segment of Central Zone MADANI Rakyat programme, the Department of Fisheries showcased species such as udang harimau, udang putih, ikan kelah and lampam that adopted biofloc technology and Good Agricultural Practices (myGAP) in the fisheries sector."

He said this exhibition also introduces biofloc technology, which is an aquaculture system that recycles nutrient waste as fish food.

“Through this technology, it will facilitate farmers in controlling water quality and disease outbreaks and subsequently, entrepreneurs will be able to increase their aquaculture yields".

In addition, Adnan also said that DOF aims to achieve a total of 500,000 metric tonnes for aquaculture production with an average income of MYR3,800 per month for aquaculture farmers by 2024.

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - New Delhi ready to negotiate hard on public stockholding of food and fisheries subsidies at Abu Dhabi WTO conference

Monday, February 26, 2024

The World Trade Organisation’s thirteenth ministerial conference (MC13) kicks off in Abu Dabi on February 26. 

The draft Abu Dhabi ministerial declaration is almost ready, barring a few sentences on inconclusive issues that have been temporarily stashed away in brackets. It harks back to the past, to the Marrakech Agreement, which led to the establishment of the world trade body in the summer of 1994. It also reveals unresolved issues of the present. While one paragraph is a placeholder for an agreement on dispute settlement.[...] 

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

IN BRIEF - Andalusia grants 9.6 million in aid to finance 50 R&D projects in marine sciences

Monday, February 26, 2024

The Department of University, Research and Innovation has awarded subsidies worth 9.58 million euros to finance fifty R&D projects in marine sciences promoted by seven Andalusian public universities and by six research institutes and technological centers that develop their activity in the community.
In a statement, the University Department has pointed out that this aid program, resolved by competitive competition, received 84 applications and falls within the framework of the Complementary Research Plan in Marine Sciences promoted by Andalusia in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and with the support of European recovery funds.
The universities of Almería (UAL), Cádiz (UCA), Córdoba (UCO), Granada (UGR), Huelva (UHU), Málaga (UMA) and Seville (US) are those that have been selected for these incentives, with an amount raised 7.43 million, which represents 77.53% of the total aid granted. These resources will allow the promotion of 41 projects in the observation and monitoring of the marine and coastal environment, sustainable, intelligent and precision aquaculture and the blue economy.[...]

IN BRIEF - Astilleros de Bermeo builds a new fishing vessel for the Armintza fleet

Sunday, February 25, 2024

It is an artisanal vessel that will focus on capturing greenfish, bonito, hake and sea bass.

The Basque inshore fleet has a new fishing vessel in its ranks. This is the Beti Itsasoko, a boat made of polyester by the company Astilleros de Bermeo. The construction of a new boat constitutes news that is as new as it is positive for the Basque fishing sector. And since the fleet of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa undertook a profound renovation of its ships at the end of the last century and the beginning of the current one, hardly any new additions have been registered. Astilleros de Bermeo built a fishing vessel for shipowners in the port of Donostia in 2020 and the Lekeitio minor gear fleet incorporated a new vessel in 2019 to replace an older one.

Two brothers from Armintza, Iñaki and Jon Mendizabal, owners of the Itxasoko Lorea II, a polyester fishing boat with 25 years of sea experience behind them, decided to take the step to undertake a new construction that has materialized with the recent launching of the Beti Itsasoko.[...]

Author/source: Ramon Basaldua/Deia (translated from original in spanish)

IN BRIEF - Fishing and aquaculture among the seven economic activities that lead growth in Nicaragua

Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Monthly Index of Economic Activity (IMAE) closed last year with an expansion of 4.8 percent, which gives an idea of where the economic growth rate that the Central Bank of Nicaragua is about to make official will be, whose projection has kept it between 4 and 4.5 percent.
The report on how each of the 16 main activities ended up performing shows that only fishing and aquaculture ended up negative, with a minus 16.7 percent. This despite the fact that in December the activity managed to expand 1.4 percent, "due to the greater production of farmed shrimp and capture of lobster and other fishing products, particularly sea cucumber and crab."
In fact, farmed shrimp exports closed the year with a sharp drop in income. According to data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce, these shipments decreased last year -25.9 percent in volume and 33.7 percent in value.
Another product closely related to the IMAE of aquaculture and fishing figures is lobster, which together with exports of whole fish managed to grow. Lobster expanded 34.2 percent in volume and 3.8 percent in value. Fish grew 2.8 percent in volume and 3.6 percent in value.
And although these last two seafood products ended up growing, the truth is that income from shipments of farmed shrimp weighs more on the activity with 110.7 million.
Source: La Prensa

Other Media | SalmonExpert: Salmones Camanchaca warns of new limitation on the industry in the Fisheries Law

Friday, February 23, 2024

In its recent presentation to investors, Salmones Camanchaca has highlighted the “irrational” decisions made for Chile's regulatory system as its biggest concern after a year characterized by better fish health and performance, but lower prices that impacted prices. Profits.

When asked about the topic during the presentation of results, the company's vice president, Ricardo García, said: "We are concerned about the situation on the regulatory front with surprises coming from government initiatives."

Source: SalmonExpert | Read the full article here

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Spanish fishing seeks to involve consumers in the defense of the primary sector

Friday, February 23, 2024

The Spanish fishing sector will attend the demonstration called by the primary sector next Monday in Madrid with the aim of also involving consumers. Cepesca, National Federation of Fishermen's Guilds, Apromar and Fedepesca, which will attend the mobilization under the motto "For the future of fishing, aquaculture, fishmongers and the health of consumers in Spain", consider it key to achieve the support of society with the objective of “defending with the Government and together with its primary sector, before the European Commission (EC), the right to decent production and distribution of basic foods, the only way to ensure, according to its criteria, a healthy diet

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | FishFocus: Launch of The National Seafood Chef of the Year Competition

Friday, February 23, 2024

Launch of The National Seafood Chef of the Year Competition at the Grimsby Institute – 21st February 2024. The National Seafood Chef of the Year Competition was officially launched at the Grimsby Institute.

The launch luncheon held at the Institute’s Gallery Restaurant was attended by key figures from Seafood Grimsby and the Humber Seafood Cluster Board and competition Sponsors including The Norwegian Seafood Council organisation. 

The National Seafood Chef of the Year Competition celebrates exceptional talent within seafood culinary. 

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here

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