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Other Media | Fish Focus: Europe-wide project working collaborately with fishers.

EUROPEAN UNION
Monday, June 03, 2024

EU LIFE-funded project CIBBRiNA (Coordinated Development and Implementation of Best Practice in Bycatch Reduction in the North-East Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean Regions) has embarked on a fully collaborative programme working to minimise the bycatch of Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) marine mammals, seabirds, turtles, sharks, skates, and rays.

Funded by the EU LIFE programme and formed of stakeholders from 13 European countries, CIBBRiNA is using cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration to establish mitigation, monitoring, and assessment programmes in a selection of fisheries with a risk of bycatch of Endangered, Threatened and Protected species.

Source: Fish Focus  l Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Proposed fish plant closures put 80 jobs at risk

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, July 12, 2024

Salmon processing facilities in Lewis could be shut down with the loss of about 80 jobs.

Owner Bakkafrost Scotland said closing its sites at Marybank and Arnish, near Stornoway, would be a temporary but extended measure.

The company said the move had been proposed because the majority of its fish were harvested in the first part of the year and there would be minimal activity for the facilities for the next 18 months.

Western Isles SNP MSP Alasdair Allan said Bakkafrost was one of the biggest employers in the area and losing so many jobs would be "devastating".

Faroese-owned Bakkafrost Scotland said: “Our board has been forced to consider extremely difficult scenarios in order to futureproof the business and secure our remaining staff across Scotland.

"One of the scenarios proposed is that we close the Arnish Harvest Station and the Marybank Processing Facility for an extended period.

“We intend to start a period of collective consultation with those potentially affected and hope to complete this over the coming weeks.”


IN BRIEF - FAO and IFFO highlight the importance of the Peruvian anchovy fishery for world nutrition

ITALY
Friday, July 12, 2024

Important international organizations highlighted the role that the Peruvian anchovy plays for global food security. In recent reports, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Marine Ingredients Producers Organization (IFFO) welcomed the results of the first fishing season in the central zone north, as well as the levels of sustainability with which the industrial fishery for said resource is managed.

Thus, the SOFIA 2024 report: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2024, presented by the FAO, indicated that the Peruvian anchovy remains within biologically sustainable levels in area 87 (South Pacific), an area where only 33% of the species that are captured show such stability in their populations.

“This conservation of the anchovy resource is due to the favorable environmental conditions and the good management of its fishery,” recognized the FAO in its report, which also highlights that the Peruvian anchovy is an important global source of fishmeal and fish oil, an ingredient basic for the development of aquaculture.

For its part, the IFFO, an association that represents the largest producers of global ingredients in the world, reported that, after the successful closure of the first fishing season in Peru, a positive trend is observed in the production of flour and oil. of fish by 2024.


IN BRIEF - Venezuela and Brazil adopt binational project to promote fishing in the Amazon region

BRAZIL
Friday, July 12, 2024

Authorities from Venezuela and Brazil established this Thursday a bilateral cooperation project to promote the development of fishing and aquaculture in the Amazon region.

 Photo: eltigrense

"The development of the V Brazil-Venezuela virtual meeting comprises an important step in binational cooperation for the sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture in the Amazon region," detailed the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture of this Caribbean country on its official website.

The plan, which has special emphasis on the exchange of experiences between the communities of the Amazon region of Venezuela and Brazil, will be executed through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).

Source: Sputnik


IN BRIEF - VASEP: 'Tuna exports to Italy skyrocket'

VIET NAM
Friday, July 12, 2024

According to statistics from Vietnam Customs, if last year Vietnam's fresh, frozen and dried tuna (except frozen tuna meat/loin code HS03034) could not be exported to the Italian market, this year the export value of this item accounted for 64% of the total export turnover to this market. Next is canned tuna. Exports of both of these product groups increased compared to the same period.

Contrary to the import trend from Vietnam, tuna imports into Italy from other countries are showing a downward trend, down 19% in the first quarter of 2024.

According to Eurostat statistics, Vietnam is the largest supplier of fresh, frozen and dried tuna outside the bloc to Italy, higher than both the Philippines and Indonesia. Meanwhile, in the canned tuna market segment, Vietnam is the 7th largest source for Italy, after Indonesia, Ecuador, China, Solomon Islands, Colombia and Seychelles.

There are currently about 8 enterprises exporting to this market. Of which, Yueh Chyang Canned Food and Mariso Vietnam are the 2 enterprises exporting the most tuna to this market, accounting for 86% of total export turnover.

According to businesses, the advantages of preferential tariffs under the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) are creating attraction for Vietnamese tuna products in the Italian market. And if the “bottlenecks” in raw materials are removed, Vietnamese businesses will have more opportunities to boost exports to Italy.

Author/Source: Nguyen Ha

Tuna Market Exper/VASEP


IN BRIEF - Support for CO2-neutral fishing

DENMARK
Friday, July 12, 2024

The Danish Fisheries Agency and the EU are supporting a new development project with methanol for fishing vessels

Methanol can become the CO2-neutral alternative to the diesel oil that fishing vessels use today.

Photo: Danske Havne

A new development project, supported by the EU and the Danish Fisheries Agency with DKK 10.1 million, will now uncover the possibilities of whether fishing can go the same way. That's what associate professor Jens Brus Vestergaard from Aarhus University's Department of Mechanics and Production, who leads the project called "Methanol in Fisheries", says. This is written by AU Engineering, Aarhus University.

"The fishery is under pressure from the green transition, and the industry has already implemented measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The next step is the engine and the fuel, where we really see an opportunity to reduce the industry's climate footprint, which is why we are now starting this project, which has the potential to significantly reduce fishing emissions", says Jens Brusgaard Vestergaard and continues:

"The time has come now, because if the shipping industry really bets on methanol, development will be boosted. It creates an infrastructure for green methanol on a large scale that ensures security of supply and a price-realistic alternative to diesel,"[....]

Source: fiskeritidende.dk


OTHER MEDIA | Ipac: The BOE includes the 3% increase in salary tables for 2024 of the VII State Collective Agreement for Aquaculture

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, July 12, 2024

This Friday, the BOE published the Resolution of July 3, 2024, of the General Directorate of Labor, by which the Salary Review Agreement for 2024 of the VII State Collective Agreement for Aquaculture is registered and published.

Thus, in accordance with the provisions of article 20 of the Collective Agreement, and after the modification of the Agreement signed by the parties in the month of June, for the year 2024 an increase of 3% is contemplated on the salary tables of the year 2023.

Source: Ipac | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | IndustriasPesqueras: Anfaco-Cecopesca promotes competitiveness in the sector with the execution of 54 projects

SPAIN
Friday, July 12, 2024

Anfaco-Cecopesca has presented to its Governing Council the advances in scientific-technological activities corresponding to the first half of 2024. The meeting highlighted the achievements in applied research and innovation aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the marine and food sector and that is currently They reflect 54 execution projects and a mobilized budget of 94 million euros.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | SeafoodSource: Blue Star Foods facing eviction from RAS property by Taste of BC Aquafarms founder

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 12, 2024

Blue Star Foods is facing eviction from the recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility it acquired in 2021 via the acquisition of Taste of BC Aquafarms.

After finalizing the acquisition of Taste of BC Aquafarms, Blue Star Foods planned to raise steelhead trout in the facility. The company recently was granted a license extension renewal through 2033 covering white sturgeon, coho, and Chinook salmon, as well as rainbow trout, and had planned to continue raising trout in the facility.

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


OTHER MEDIA | FishFocus: EU Sea Fisheries Social Partners: Advancing social sustainability

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, July 12, 2024

EU Sea Fisheries Social Partners: Advancing social sustainability: Statement by Europêche. As we finalise the deliverables of the “Pillars of the Sea 3” project, we are pleased to present our achievements and future initiatives. Co-funded by the EU, this project advances the Social Dialogue Committee roadmap for socially sustainable fishing, building on our previous successes. Notably, our work on medical guidelines for fishers led to the adoption of new guidelines on medical examination of fishers by ILO and IMO, confirming our essential role in advancing the health, safety, and sustainability of the fishing industry. As we move forward, we remain committed to enhancing the working conditions and safety of fishers across the EU and beyond.

Source: FishFocus | Read the full article here


OTHER MEDIA | FishFarmingExpert: Sølvtrans orders wellboats 49 and 50

NORWAY
Friday, July 12, 2024

The world's biggest wellboat operator, Sølvtrans, has ordered two battery-hybrid vessels from shipbuilder Aas Mekaniske in Vestnes, Norway. Both vessels are of Aas 3002 design and will each have a well capacity of 3,000m³. They will be specially equipped for the transfer of smolts.

Sølvtrans said the wellboats will have best equipment available on the market to ensure good fish welfare, avoid fish escapes and optimize biosecurity

Source: Fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


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