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IN BRIEF - SQUID: Chinese government-PRODUCE meeting shocks fishing industry

PERU
Monday, May 29, 2023

The journalist Rafael Rey, of the Willax Television program 'Rey con Barba', has made public in Peru that on May 2 the Chinese ambassador, together with a commercial and economic team, held a meeting with the Vice Minister of Fisheries to discuss the issue of the cihna jig fleet and the entrance to the peruvian port.
 
Since Peru required foreign vessels wanting to use its ports to carry an additional satellite system in 2020, only five Asian vessels have installed the device.
Instead, half of the foreign fleet has preferred to bear the cost of returning to Chinese ports or staying longer at sea.
 
 
Representatives of the Peruvian fishing sector fear that control regulations in Peru will be relaxed due to pressure from China.
 
Already last April, the artisan leaders in northern Peru dedicated to giant squid fishing were forced to pause their celebrations for Holy Week because they were informed that the Ministry of Production had "secretly" designated a multidisciplinary work group to discuss modifications to the Supreme Decree. No. 016-2020-Produce.
 
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IN BRIEF - ICE FISH FARM AS (IFISH): Q1 2023 Results

ICELAND
Monday, May 29, 2023

ICE FISH FARM AS (IFISH) reports Operating income in Q1 amounted to NOKm 37.4 (NOKm 155.5), while the operating profit before fair value adjustment of biomass was NOKm -0.3 (NOKm 12.9).  

Harvested volume in Q1 2023 0 tonnes (2 712 tonnes) as planned. EBIT per kg for Q1 2023 amounted to NOK 0.0 (NOK -4.8) due to no harvesting. Harvesting will start again in Q3 2023.


IN BRIEF - Trollers, state file new appeal in lawsuit to halt SE Alaska salmon fishery

UNITED STATES
Monday, May 29, 2023

Plaintiffs want to end program to provide more salmon to endangered whales

A new appeal has been filed in a fisheries case rooted in the alleged impact of the Southeast Alaska commercial salmon troll fishery on endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) in Puget Sound.

The Alaska Trollers Association (ATA) on Monday asked the U.S. District Court for Western Washington to deny a plea from the Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) in Seattle to end an already funded prey increase program intended to provide more salmon to the endangered killer whales. The WFC continued litigation to halt the commercial salmon troll fishery, contending that halting that fishery would provide more fish in Puget Sound for then endangered whales.

The WFC argues in its motion that “any risk of adverse impacts to SRKW from vacatur of the prey increase program has been largely negated by the court’s partial vactur of the incidental take statement (ITS) authorizing the commercial harvest of Chinook salmon-the activities that necessitated the mitigation in the first place.”

Source: Margaret Bauman / Cordova times


IN BRIEF - Mexico will be able to continue exporting shrimp to the US.

MEXICO
Monday, May 29, 2023

Mexican shrimp can continue to be exported to the US market after the 2023 Annual Certification, whose positive announcement for Mexico was recently granted by the Federal Register of the United States of America; With this, more than 107 thousand fishermen and fishermen are directly benefited.

According to the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Commission (Conapesca), this certification reiterates the commitment of the Federal Government and the country's shrimp fishing sector to the care and protection of sea turtles by carrying out their activity in a sustainable and responsible manner.

In 2022 alone, federal Fisheries officials managed to train 2,300 netters and crew members as part of the awareness and training program in the construction, installation, and operation of sea turtle excluder devices (TED) and fish excluder devices (DEP), which ended in Puerto Chiapas. This course was given in the main fishing ports of the country between April and August.


IN BRIEF - €85m fishing harbour for Elmina commissioned

GHANA
Monday, May 29, 2023

President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned the €85m Elmina Fishing Harbour rehabilitation and expansion project in the historic city of Elmina in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region.

The construction of the biggest fishing harbour in the region, which was completed in 30-months, has a docking space and deep marine access to ensure the durability and sustainability of the harbour.

The €85m fishing harbour project represents a significant milestone, and adds to the existing two fishing ports of Tema and Sekondi-Takoradi.

The facility comes with marine and civil infrastructure including a south breakwater of 450 metres in length with cubipods round head and a north breakwater of 160 metres in length tied into the existing sea defense.


IN BRIEF - Bangka Belitung focuses on improving maritime-based economy

INDONESIA
Monday, May 29, 2023

Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung (ANTARA) - The Provincial Government of Bangka Belitung Islands is focusing on improving the marine and fisheries-based economy in an effort to transform its economy from tin ore mining.

"We are prioritizing programs to develop marine potential, fisheries and sustainable tourism, bearing in mind that the tin mining sector will definitely run out," Acting Governor of Bangka Belitung Islands Suganda Pandapotan Pasaribu said here on Sunday.

He said that based on Regional Regulation Number 3 of 2020 concerning RZWP3K of the Bangka Belitung Islands Province for 2020-2040, the provincial government has issued a maritime policy that is oriented towards exploiting its marine potential for people's welfare.


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Economic crisis in Egypt pounding its tilapia, fishmeal industries

EGYPT
Monday, May 29, 2023

An ongoing economic crisis in Egypt is shaking the country's seafood sector, as it faces historic currency devaluation, rising inflation levels, and foreign currency shortages.

The country's inflation rate spiked 8.5 percent in 2022 due to the global crisis triggered by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and to the devaluation of the Egyptian pound, which lost half of its value compared to pre-conflict, according to an analysis by Stanbic Bank

Author: Shem Oirere / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFocus: Improving fish quality for small-scale tuna fisheries

INDONESIA
Monday, May 29, 2023

With approximately a million tons exported annually, Indonesia is the largest tuna producer in the world. More so, Indonesia is a key player in responsible sourcing practices as a significant portion of its tuna is caught by traditional tuna fisheries using ‘one-by-one fishing’ methods.

These types of fisheries underpin local livelihoods and provide equitable distribution of wealth, food security, and gender equal employment opportunities. 

Source: FishFocus | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Traffic in the Port of Vigo grew by 13.6% with more than 421,100 tons moved

SPAIN
Monday, May 29, 2023

The total traffic in the month of April in the Port of Vigo amounted to 421,164 tons, which represents an increase of 13.64% over the same month of the previous year. Similarly, general merchandise grew close to 19% and the increase in total merchandise was 14.55%, which is "the best month of April of the 21st century," according to the Port Authority. During the past month, fresh fish also increased by 21.86% in terms of volume, while its total value for sale increased to 3.1%.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here


Other Media | SalmonExpert: Mowi was betting on a broad political agreement regarding the salmon tax

NORWAY
Monday, May 29, 2023

The Norwegian government will issue its recommendation on land income tax for salmon and trout and there is likely to be a 35% tax rate.

Ivan Vindheim, CEO of Mowi, commented to Kyst.no that it would of course have been better for all parties if the Storting - the authority - reached a broad political agreement on the matter.

Author: Ole Andreas Drønen / SalmonExpert | Read the full article here


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