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

NORTH KOREA
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


Other Media | The Fishing Daily: Young Fishermen Network Launches in UK First

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

A new network has been created to support the next generation of fishermen – the first of its kind in the UK.

The Young Fishermen Network has been set up by young fishermen from Cornwall.

It aims to encourage new entrants into the industry and champion career progression for existing commercial fishermen under 40.

Around 60 people attended the network’s inaugural event at a net loft in Porthleven Harbour this month.

Author: Oliver McBride / The Fishing Daily l Read the full article here


Other Media | fishfarmingexpert: A red letter day for Scottish salmon

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New Label Rouge rules will enable bigger fish to be sold under prestigious mark

New rules have been agreed that will enable Scottish farmers to sell more prestigious ‘Label Rouge’ salmon in France and other European markets.

The French quality mark, which comes with a stringent set of standards, has been updated to allow farmers to implement modern solutions to improve salmon health and welfare while maintaining taste and quality. Changes includes the ability to export larger fish of between six and eight kilograms, paving the way for increased sales of premium salmon – particularly in the sushi sector.

Source: fishfarmingexpert l Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Bluefin tuna from Spanish natural location, new catch coming soon

JAPAN
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The wild bluefin tuna fishery in southwestern Spain, which has a 3,000-year history dating back to ancient Roman times, will soon welcome a new catch.
 
The large-scale emplacement has already been completed and the first captures could be seen later this month. Tokyo Seafoods Co., Ltd. (Chuo-ku, Tokyo, president: Ryusei Yamakoshi), a specialized seafood trading company with the largest purchasing share, has been involved in this site for almost 40 years.
 
To make Japanese consumers more aware of the rare bluefin tuna caught in the Atlantic Ocean, the company plans to actively disseminate information through social networking sites (SNS).
 
According to Tsuyoshi Sugiura, director of the company's tuna group, Spain's natural bluefin tuna, which is caught in fixed locations on a large scale, is said to have "exceptional natural flavor and color appearance," and is mainly used in Sushi restaurants in Japan. It is said to have strong support not only from consumers but also from some food supermarkets.
 
Source: The Suisan-Keizai Daily News (translated from original in Japanese)

IN BRIEF - Twins together in the dock

NETHERLANDS
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

STELLENDAM - The sister ships BL 936072 'Madeleine' and BL 937550 'Pax Dei II' together in the dock of Padmos in the Inner Harbor of Stellendam. 

The identical cutters under the French flag were built by main contractor Padmos and put into service at the beginning of 2021 and in the summer of 2022 by the De Boer families from Urk and Wattez from France. The skippers of both vessels are the cousins ??of the same name, Teunis de Boer. The first vessel in this series was also for the T. de Boer & Zonen family: the UK 124, also skippered by Teunis de Boer.

A joint docking was planned for next month, but now the dock occupancy has been exchanged with the UK 224, which is undergoing a major refit including repowering at Padmos.

Last week we steamed again to the French home port of Boulogne. The ships fish almost exclusively in the Channel. Due to the strong wind, the majority of the fleet stayed ashore on Monday.

Source: Visserij Nieuws | Photo: Arjan Buurveld


IN BRIEF - Squid fishing boost for troubled fleet

NETHERLANDS
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

From British and French waters in the Channel, Dutch trawl fishermen follow the squid migration towards the North Sea in the autumn. 

The UK-153 'Lub Senior' caught a fish hold fifty miles west-northwest of IJmuiden in early March. Vismagazine was informed about this new winter fishing.

On Thursday evening, March 7, the UK-153 approaches the fish auction quay in IJmuiden around 10 p.m. The depth of the impressive flyshooter (illustration) suggests a good catch.

The excellent European squid or common squid (Loligo vulgaris) was caught that week barely fifty miles west of IJmuiden. “We have more than 3,400 kilos of squid on board,” says skipper Frits Korf as the first stacked fish boxes are lifted from the fish hold onto the quay.{....]

Source: Vismagazine.nl


Other Media | SalmonBusiness: Veteran leader returns to the helm for Gigante Salmon

NORWAY
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Departing CEO Helge E.W Albertsen will continue to serve as an advisor to the company until 30 June 2024 to ensure a smooth transition.

Land-based salmon producer Gigante Salmon has appointed Kjell Lorentsen as CEO.

Lorentsen was appointed as acting CEO on 19 March 2024, and is now transitioning into the role on a permanent basis, according to a release from the company on Tuesday.

Source: SalmonBusiness l Read the full article here


Other Media | The Fish Site: Japanese scallop industry aims for expansion

JAPAN
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Japanese scallops, known as hotate, are highly accredited for their flavor, size, and quality. Aiming to expand the international market for hotate, the Japan Scallop Export Promotion Association (J-Hotate) will present Japanese scallops at the 2024 Seafood Expo Global event in Barcelona, at the end of April.

According to J-Hotate, the Japanese scallop industry is unique compared to other parts of the world in that the proximity of fishing grounds and ports allows for scallops to be processed and distributed immediately after they are caught.

Source: The Fish Site l Read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoosSource: Persisting inflation woes making 2024 seafood outlook hard to predict

WORLDWIDE
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

"The European economy has left behind it an extremely challenging year, in which a confluence of factors severely tested our resilience"

At the beginning of 2023, economists predicted the U.S. was either in – or would soon be in – a recession, while the E.U. faced similar predictions of slowed growth and high inflation.

Now, a year out, it’s clear that some of those predictions weren’t entirely accurate.

Author: Chris Chase / SeafoodSource l Read the full article here


Other Media | La Voz de Galicia: Four missing in the fourth collision of boats against bridges in three months

CHINA
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

At the end of January, the Liberian merchant ship En May crashed into a bridge on the Paraná River, in Argentina. At the end of February, a Chinese freighter rammed into another viaduct in Canton (China), partially demolishing it and causing the death of five people when a bus with the driver, a van with three occupants and an electric motorcycle fell into the water. At the end of March, the Singapore-flagged container ship Dali brought down the 2.6 kilometer-long Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore (USA), causing several deaths and vehicles falling into the water.

 Source: La Voz de Galicia l Read the full article here


Other Media | Alimarket: Angulas Aguinaga enters plant-based with some vegetable 'squid'

SPAIN
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Just a year ago at this time, Alimaket reported on the collaboration agreement between the plant-based specialists Grin Grin Foods and Angulas Aguinaga to develop and industrialize a new product in the category of vegetable analogues of fish. Now, with a small delay compared to the initial forecasts, the product arrives on the shelves of modern refrigerated fishmongers of chains such as Carrefour or Alcampo, which represents the official entry of Aguinaga into the world of vegetable alternatives.

These are, specifically, vegan "Sea Rings", analogous to the ones it has already been marketing and which it makes with surimi.

Source: Alimarket l Read the full article here


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