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Other Media | WorldFishing: New partnership looks to advance electronic seafood traceability

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Santa Cruz, California-based non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy FishWise and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), the industry standard for digitally interoperable traceability in seafood, have established a new partnership to promote the widespread adoption of traceability best practices in seafood supply chains.

The two organisations aim to promote the implementation of interoperable, digitised traceability systems and the adoption of the GDST standard across public and private sectors. 

Source: Worldfishing l Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - More than 250 containers of Honduran shrimp will be exported to China

Friday, July 19, 2024

Congressman Luis Ortega, who chairs the Special Commission on Shrimp and Lobsters of the National Congress, reported this Monday that shrimp producers in the southern zone are preparing the first containers that will leave this week for the People's Republic of China.

“Thanks to the government of the Republic and the push of President Luis Redondo, on Thursday the first two containers from the Camarones del Sur company (Camasur) will leave,” said Ortega.

The deputy pointed out that after continuous work together with the shrimp associations of the south, it has been possible to open the trade of Honduran shrimp to the Asian country.

In addition to this shipment, at the end of July, another 250 containers of shrimp grown in the southern part of Honduras will also be exported to the Chinese market.

The commitment of the National Congress is to support producers to reach new horizons of export and economic development of the national shrimp sector, he reiterated.

The official deputy stated that, as part of the actions to strengthen this industry, when the legislative sessions resume, they hope to approve the Early Harvest Agreement.

The Early Harvest Agreement was signed by the governments of Honduras and the People's Republic of China, with the objective of strengthening bilateral trade and economic cooperation between both nations.

Source: Hondudiario

IN BRIEF - The Port of Cartagena hosts an exhibition on fishing and aquaculture sustainability

Friday, July 19, 2024

The Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, with the collaboration of the Port Authority of Cartagena, has inaugurated in the Port of Cartagena the exhibition “Seven years of projects to promote the sustainability of fishing and aquaculture”, a photographic tour that shows the main results of the Pleamar Program projects corresponding to the period 2014-2020.

CARTAGENA. This exhibition, which is located on the promenade next to the Heroes of Cavite monument and can be visited until the end of August, aims to bring to the public the important results and advances made in terms of preserving marine ecosystems and promoting sustainability. fishing and aquaculture, thanks to co-financing from European Funds.

The traveling exhibition, which is co-financed by the European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), has four information panels and around twenty images, which highlight the importance of the fishing and aquaculture sectors in the conservation of ecosystems. marine and as engines of the blue economy.

IN BRIEF - PRODUCE granted more than S/8.9 million in loans to artisanal fishermen and aquaculture farmers in the first half of 2024

Friday, July 19, 2024

With the purpose of contributing to the improvement of the productivity of artisanal fishermen and aquaculturists AREL (Limited Resource Aquaculture) and AMYPE (Micro and Small Enterprise Aquaculture), the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), through the National Fund of Fisheries Development (FONDEPES), granted more than S/8.9 million supervised credits during the first half of 2024.

The Minister of Production, Sergio González Guerrero, explained that, of this amount, more than S/4.8 million was allocated to artisanal fishermen and close to S/4.1 million to aquaculture producers.

“During the first half of the year, supervised loans have been granted in 23 regions of the country, including Callao. In the artisanal fishing sector, the regions of Arequipa and Ica stood out as the main recipients of financing, promoting local development and sustainability of fishing activities. On the other hand, in aquaculture, the regions of Puno and San Martín positioned themselves as leaders in credit placements, reflecting their growing importance in aquaculture production,said González Guerrero.

In addition, the minister highlighted that in June alone more than S/2.5 million was placed nationwide. “This figure was driven by the high awards in regions such as Piura, Puno, Ica and Junín, which demonstrates the Government's commitment to the sustainable development of artisanal fishing and aquaculture throughout the country,” he stressed.

Source: gob.pe

IN BRIEF - The video of 'Far Eastern Pollock' is gaining popularity on the internet for Fishermen's Day

Friday, July 19, 2024

Last Sunday, July 14, Russia celebrated one of the most popular holidays and the main professional holiday for all representatives of the Russian fishing industry – Fisherman's Day. In honor of this important event, the Pollock Catchers Association, as part of the Far Eastern Pollock program, released a video about the extraction of the country's main commercial resource. About 1 million Russians watched it in one day.

The footage for the spectacular video on the pollock fishery was filmed in the Bering Sea, the second most important fishing area, where more than 600 thousand tons are caught. The video on the platforms of the Far Eastern Pollock brand - the website and social networks - was released at night in the Far East on Fisherman's Day, which has been celebrated on the second Sunday of July for fifty-nine years. Thus, the Pollock Catchers Association not only congratulated representatives of the fishing industry on their professional holiday but also showed Russians that pollock appears on their tables thanks to the hard work of 30,000 fishermen in the Far East.

IN BRIEF - The Galician fleet based in Las Palmas focuses on the current status of agreements with third countries

Friday, July 19, 2024

  • ANACEF requests that access to African fishing grounds for the “sustainable” European fleet be prioritized over Russian or Chinese vessels
  • ANACEF highlights the relevance of the current agreements with Mauritania, Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau, as well as the need to renew the agreement with Morocco and expand the network of agreements to countries such as Angola and the Republic of Guinea.

Las Palmas - Juan Carlos Martín Fragueiro, managing director of ANACEF, this morning reviewed the current situation of fishing agreements between the European Union and third countries before the media, which has been the central topic of the fifth organized fishing day annually by this organization in Las Palmas. The event was attended by government representatives from Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Morocco, with Morocco's intervention carried out electronically by the Secretary General of Fisheries of Morocco, Zaki Adrius.

In his statements, Martín Fragueiro highlighted the importance of analyzing the situation of these agreements "especially in a year in which six agreements signed by the European Union with African countries have expired or are about to expire." To date, he noted, only two of these agreements have been renewed, including Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Agreements with Ivory Coast, Gabon, Sautomé and Príncipe and Senegal are still pending renewal.

OTHER MEDIA | IndustriasPesqueras:The Xunta transfers its support to the shellfish sector in O Burgo and demands that the State fulfill its commitment

Friday, July 19, 2024

The general director of Fisheries Development of the Xunta de Galicia, Marta Villaverde, held a meeting with the shellfish sector affected by the dredging works of the Ría de O Burgo. At the meeting, Villaverde expressed the commitment of the Galician Government to the requests of the sector so that "the State fulfills its duties as promoter of the work." Likewise, the Xunta regrets that representatives of the central government did not attend "despite being summoned by professionals."

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

IN BRIEF - The impact of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems

Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Alfred Wegener Institute is carrying out an expedition in the Arctic on the historic research vessel and icebreaker RV Polarstern.

An employee from MFRI, population geneticist Dr. Áki Jarl Láruson, is participating in the expedition, working on a project called “The impact of climate change on Arctic marine ecosystems”. During this expedition, multiple samples will be taken at several long-term monitoring sites in the Fram Straight between Svalbard and East Greenland.

Dr. Láruson will attempt to isolate DNA from marine invertebrates to examine the links between changing environments and the inheritance of distinct genetic markers. One key goal of this study will be to identify possible bioindicator species in the Arctic.

Source: hafogvatn.is

IN BRIEF - By mid-July, Russian fishermen had already caught twice as many sardines and mackerel as last year

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Since the start of the pelagic fishing season and as of July 16, Russian fishermen have caught 131 thousand tons of sardine, iwashi and mackerel. This is twice as much as on the same date in 2023, the press service of the Federal Agency for Fisheries reports.

The main fishing area for these fish species remains the exclusive economic zone of Russia, where 115.8 thousand tons, or 88% of the total volume, were caught.

The key fishery target is the Iwashi sardine: its catch exceeded 129 thousand tons, including in the Russian EEZ – 114.5 thousand tons or almost 20% of the recommended catch volume in the Far East (579.5 thousand tons). The mackerel catch amounted to 1.9 thousand tons.

According to the Central Fisheries and Oceanography Center, 15 Russian fishing vessels were engaged in pelagic fisheries last week.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries

IN BRIEF - The 2024 salmon fishing season is gaining momentum

Thursday, July 18, 2024

By July 16, the total catch of Pacific salmon in the Far East exceeded 40 thousand tons

The indicator is still behind 2023 and 2022, but the pace of fishing is starting to increase. The progress of the fishing season was discussed at the regular weekly meeting of the headquarters of the Federal Agency for Fisheries.

Fishermen from Kamchatka Krai, who have been the main contributor to the total catch in the Far East in the last decade, have caught 29.5 thousand tons. Second and third place are now occupied by Khabarovsk Krai – 5.7 thousand tons and Magadan Oblast – 2.63 thousand tons.

In the Sakhalin Region, the catch amounted to 1.5 thousand tons, in Primorsky Krai – 1.4 thousand tons, in Chukotka – 195 tons.

In the structure of catches by salmon species, pink salmon came out on top - 32.7 thousand tons (80%) were caught. Next comes sockeye salmon (about 5.3 thousand tons or 13% of catches), chum salmon (2.76 thousand tons or 6.7%), chinook salmon (279 tons or 0.7%). The harvest of masu salmon reached 30 tons, coho salmon - 12 tons.

Fishermen from Khabarovsk Krai, Primorye and Magadan Oblast received an “addition” to the volume of permitted catch of pink salmon due to good approaches and a high level of filling of spawning grounds.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries

IN BRIEF - 110% Increase in Frozen Atka Mackerel Imports in June

Thursday, July 18, 2024

In June 2024, South Korea imported a total of 1,704 tons of Frozen Atka mackerel, marking a 110% increase from 813 tons in the same period last year. The cumulative import volume for this year stands at 8,134 tons, a 27% increase compared to 6,386 tons during the same period in 2023.

This accounts for 2% of the total seafood import volume of 445,418 tons.

Up to June, the main sources of frozen Atka mackerel imports were Russia and the United States. From Russia, 6,148 tons (76%) were imported, while 1,986 tons were imported from the United States.

The import price per kilogram was USD 2.55 from Russia and USD 2.02 from the United States.

In June 2024, the import value of Atka mackerel was USD 2.84 million, a 40% increase from USD 2.03 million in the same period last year. The cumulative import value is USD 19.68 million, a 33% increase from USD 14.84 million in 2023. The average import price per kilogram was USD 2.42, which is 4% higher than last year's USD 2.32.

This trend is expected to have a positive impact on the domestic Atka mackerel market.

For reference, the domestic wholesale distribution price of frozen Atka mackerel is set at 79,000 KRW for an 18kg,  2L size from Russia, and 77,000 KRW for an 18kg, 2L size from the United States.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.

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