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

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

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

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

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

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

IN BRIEF - 200,000 jobs were lost in the export sector during 2023

Monday, February 26, 2024

The total number of jobs generated contracted 4.9%. Traditional fishing, agriculture and hydrocarbons obtained the worst results.
At the end of 2023, exports provided employment – be it direct, indirect and induced – to 4 million 46,000 people, 4.9% less than in 2022, reported from the Global Economy and Business Research Center of the Association of Exporters ( Hundred-Adex).
There are approximately 200,000 fewer positions than the year before, explained by the drop in traditional agriculture (-31.4%), traditional fishing (-54.2%), hydrocarbons (-35.3%), clothing (-21 .7%), iron and steel (-13.9%), textiles (-8%), chemicals (-18.7%), wood (-23.7%) and miscellaneous (-5.2%).[...]
Source: La Republica

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

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