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CHILE: Fish Exports Making a Big Comeback

CHILE: Fish Exports Making a Big Comeback | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
ANALYSIS - Fisheries and aquaculture exports in Chile are growing.

 

As the country bounces back from its Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) outbreak and the Government continues to invest in the sector, Chile has seen a 10.8 per cent increase in exports from the fisheries and aquaculture sector during the first quarter of 2012 in comparison to the same period of 2012, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite editor.


Chile has now become an economic model for Latin America. Over the last 24 years its annual growth has averaged 5.2 per cent, reaching a GDP per capita of $16,171 in 2011.


Over this period, the food industry has become a major sector of the economy, representing 10.3 per cent of the country’s GDP and playing a central role in economic growth and development. Today, Chile’s intention is clear: to increase its international reach and reputation. Between now and 2020, Chile's objective is to rise to 10th position and to increase the value of its exports from $12 billion today, to $20 billion.

In 2011, the fisheries and aquaculture sector represented 5.8 per cent of all Chilean exports. Figures from the Central Bank of Chile show that in 2011, fisheries and aquaculture exports totalled $3,359.7 million, showing the sector's important role in the export expansion plan.

Much of the recent growth in Chilean exports is due to improvements and investment in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Pablo Montt, Director of ProChile's trade office in France, said that as increasing the volume of catch is not a sustainable option to increase exports, the Chilean fisheries industry has instead increased export value by adding value to fishery products, by joining certification schemes give differentiation from other producers and by always keeping a high level of quality and food safety.

At present, current aquaculture exports are based on salmon (Atlantic, Coho and Rainbow Trout) and mussels, but the public and private sectors are working towards aquaculture development for other species.

Accounting for 3.6 per cent of all exports, Chile is the world's second largest salmon producer. In 2011, combined salmon and trout exports amounted to 385,000 tons, worth US $2,926 million. This has accounted for a large proportion of the country's export growth.

Mr Montt also stated that ProChile has been working to increase exports of farmed mussels.

Mussel Growers have been working since 2011 to develop the Patagonia Mussel brand, developed initially for Russia. Thanks to this work, exports to Russia increased 45 per cent in 2011 making Chile the largest frozen mussel exporter to Russia with 77 per cent of the market share.

Speaking with TheFishSite, Paula Moreno, responsible for Chilean fish exports, said Chile is continuing to invest in order to continually improve fishery and aquaculture exports.

"At present, all fish and seafood products from Chile are certified by the National Fisheries Service for food safety. In line with growth plans, more companies are now complying with voluntary certification schemes, such as BAP of GAA, Global-GAP, Friend of the Sea," Ms Moreno said. She also expects to see more Chilean companies in the the future having MSC and ASC certified products.

 

ISA Recovery

 

The increasing ammount of exports is also a sign that Chile has recovered from the devastating impacts of the ISA virus that began affecting the country's salmon farms in 2007.

Following the ISA crisis, the Chilean salmon farming industry transformed its production system through the development and implementation of 44 sanitary regulations covering the entire production process, said Ms Moreno.

An investment of over $500 million has helped to create the new production system which revolves around area management agreements, in which strict sanitary checks ensure minimal risk from new pathogens.

Ms Moreno also noted that all salmon eggs, whether locally hatched or imported, are now checked for disease and traced through to harvest. Mandatory vaccination of smolts, fallowing and enforced disease barrier zones, also all serve to minimise horizontal pathogen transmission and reduce pathogen load throughout the growth period.

The changes have also helped to add value to fish produced. For instance, Atlantic salmon now have an average harvest weight of up to 5kg and a mortality rate as low as 0.5 per cent. These improvements are now reflected in the rapid growth of exports and export value.

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EUROPEAN UNION: 28 and 29 November 2012, Brussels - AGRICULTURE and FISHERIES COUCIL

The Council meeting will address agricultural and fisheries matters; it will start at 11.00 on
Wednesday 28 ovember 2012 and will continue at 10.00 on Thursday 29 November. The Council
will be chaired by Mr Sofoclis ALETRARIS, Minister for Agriculture, atural Resources and
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UNITED STATES: Connecticut Shellfish industry still trying to recover

UNITED STATES: Connecticut Shellfish industry still trying to recover | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Connecticut shellfishermen, many living in communities where people lost possessions or even their houses during Hurricane Sandy, are the first to tell you that others have it far worse than they.

Still, the last couple of days of October and first three weeks of November have been a trying times for those who make their living on Long Island Sound.

Offshore shellfish beds were closed for most of that time, and idled boats began to get back to work in many parts of the state just this past week.

Near-shore “provisional” beds — primarily recreational beds controlled by individual towns — remained closed as Thanksgiving approached.

 

 

“It’s destroyed me,” said Michael Franza, owner of Fair Haven Clam & Lobster, located along the Quinnipiac River on Front Street. “It’s destroyed me through (loss of) product. It’s destroyed me through damage to my buildings.”

During the height of Sandy’s Oct. 29 storm surge, his entire property — and Front Street itself — was underwater, said Franza, who owns five boats that work shellfish beds off East Haven and Milford.

While he knows the storm upended the lives of many people, he said Sandy nevertheless had an impact on the livelihoods of shellfishermen.

“There used to be 500 shellfishermen in Connecticut. Now there are just 41, and they’re all little family operations,” Franza said.

But Robert Granfield, a Milford shellfisherman who works beds in Milford, New Haven and West Haven, said that while he did have “about a two-week period where I couldn’t harvest shellfish,” he realizes that others got hit far worse.

While he couldn’t work for a couple of weeks, “considering the circumstances, I feel pretty good about it. ... You miss the cash flow for a couple of weeks, but it’s a volatile business.”

Franza and other lobstermen already faced difficulties related to a temporary moratorium on the catch of Connecticut’s dwindling lobster population when Sandy struck, he said.

In the wake of the storm, Franza would like to see more help for shellfishermen come from the state or federal government.

He said U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, is the only official “who even tried to help,” although he also had generally kind words for the state Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Aquaculture and Laboratory Services in Milford.

David H. Carey, director of the bureau, said state shellfish beds in Bridgeport — where many shellfishermen get their seed oysters — were due to reopen on Friday.

The state, in ordering beds closed after the storm, was cautious, in part, because while sewage treatment plants “did very well” during Sandy compared to Tropical Storm Irene a year ago, “when you have the kind of shoreline flooding that we had during Sandy ... more homes got flooded and every one of those homes has some kinds of hazardous materials” that could end up in Long Island Sound, Carey said.

“That’s why we were a little reluctant” to reopen shellfishing too soon, he said.

In addition, “sand from eroding beaches is floating in the water” and all the oysters in state beds “have a covering of sand around them,” Carey said.

He said he knows from talking to old-timers who withstood the 1955 hurricane that those oysters, if given time and clean, clear water, will eventually cleanse themselves and even blow off the sand that covers them.

But they need days after all the sand settles out of the water, he said.

The good news is that, based on reports from Stamford, Westport, Milford and Branford, “there is no damage” to clamming ground from the storm. Clams, unlike oysters, are buried in the sand anyway.

The state opened all of the “approved” oyster beds located in 20 feet or more of water on Nov. 16, including beds in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Milford, Branford and Groton.

Carey’s office, which has been understaffed for months as a result of the state’s early retirement program, was working earlier this past week to reopen beds in Guilford, where sanitarians took water samples last Sunday.

But “we can only collect and process so many samples per day,” Carey said. “So we always try to open where we’re going to get the most results.

“We are working towards getting everybody working,” he said. Carey said he expected “almost everything statewide should be open by next Wednesday or Thursday.”

Noank shellfisherman Jim Markow, part of the eight-member Noank Aquaculture Cooperative, said the closure has been particularly tough because beds in Rhode Island and New York were opened earlier, and a number of customers in that part of Connecticut simply just bought from out-of-state sources.

“That’s pretty discouraging, when you go to a place that you’re always selling oysters and they’re buying oysters from other states,” said Markow, who lost two boats in the storm. “Rhode Island was open a couple of days after the storm and it took us, like, a couple of weeks.”

He said he “was putting a lot of pressure on (Carey) this time around, because last year, with Irene, we were closed for six weeks.”

The beds the co-op works out of reopened Nov. 16, “so at least we’re able to go back to work,” Markow said.

Co-op fishermen “had a lot of damage to our boat and docks ... we were pretty anxious to get some sales going, because we do have employees,” he said.

Milford oysterman David Youngquist, owner of Charles Island Oyster Co., said he believes he lost some oysters in his leased grounds because they got buried in too much silt.

“When they get buried this time of year, they usually don’t survive,” he said.

Since resuming operations a few days ago, his catch has been just about half what it usually is, Youngquist said.

Call Mark Zaretsky at 203-789-5722. Follow us on Twitter @nhregister or @markzar.

 

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Event: 3 & 4 December 2012, Ghent, Belgium - 12th AQUAFEED EUROPE 2012 - Practical Short Course

Aquafeed Technology Platform EUROPE - 12th Practical Short Course: Trends and Markets in Aquaculture Feed Ingredients, Nutrition, Formulation and Optimized Feed Production and Quality Management - NH Gent Belfort Hotel, Ghent, Belgium - December 3 & 4, 2012.

 

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NICARAGUA: Cambio climático golpea especies marinas en Centroamérica

NICARAGUA: Cambio climático golpea especies marinas en Centroamérica | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Centroamérica registra una disminución en la pesca por la reducción de especies como camarón y langosta, golpeadas por el cambio climático y la sobreexplotación de una actividad que genera 1,750 millones de dólares al año, aseguró este lunes una fuente del sector pesquero.

"Desde Belice a Panamá tenemos una merma en la pesca costera, sobre todo de aquellas especies que tradicionalmente han sido muy importantes desde el punto de vista comercial como los camarones y las langostas", explicó en Panamá Mario González, director de Ospesca, dependiente del Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA).

Ambas especies han tenido en Centroamérica una "época de oro que ha dejado muchas divisas", pero por los efectos del cambio climático y la sobreexplotación, en los últimos años se ha reducido hasta la mitad algunas otras.


Aumento de la flota pesquera

La disminución de langostas y camarones coincide con el aumento de la flota pesquera en la región, donde hay 140,000 pescadores artesanales, más de un 50% superior a la flota existente en 1995.

No obstante, los pescadores han mantenido los volúmenes de comercio gracias a especies como el atún, poco común en Centroamérica.

La acuicultura ha hecho su aporte pasando de 28,000 hectáreas de cultivos a mitad de los años 1990 a 65,000 en la actualidad, precisó González durante un taller Ospesca.

Para conservar la actividad y proteger las especies marinas, González instó a las autoridades a velar por la pesca responsable e implantar en toda la región el control satelital de las embarcaciones pesqueras.


Según Ospesca, en Centroamérica la producción pesquera global supera las 500,000 toneladas métricas al año entre la pesca artesanal, la industrial y la acuicultura, con ingresos anuales por 1,750 millones de dólares, casi tres veces más que hace dos décadas.


Estados Unidos sigue como el principal comprador, aunque Europa está ganando terreno por diversos tratados y convenios comerciales.

 

El Nuevo Diario

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EUROPEAN UNION: A good day for nature in Europe

EUROPEAN UNION: A good day for nature in Europe | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Nearly 25 000 km2 of invaluable natural expanse have been added to the Natura 2000 network. This network of protected sites is the EU's primary tool in the fight to conserve Europe’s rich biodiversity. The Commission has now formally approved the inclusion in the network of a further 235 sites, proposed by Member States for recognition as "Sites of Community Importance".

Member States will have six years to put the necessary measures in place to protect these sites. The latest update concerns 20 Member States and covers all nine of the network's bio-geographical regions – the Alpine, Atlantic, Black Sea, Boreal, Continental, Macaronesian, Mediterranean, Pannonian and Steppic regions. Natura 2000 now covers 768 000 km2 (17.9 %) of the EU landmass and more than 217 000 km2 (approx. 4 %) of its seas.

 

Commissioner Potočnik said: “I congratulate these Member States for another significant contribution to the protection of Europe's natural capital. The Natura 2000 network forms the backbone of our efforts to protect the natural world, and is vital for biodiversity. In addition, it also offers attractive spaces to explore and relax, and it provides ample opportunities to develop new economic activities based on these valuable natural assets. The expansion is good news for nature, and good news for us."

 

The main countries involved in the expansion are the United Kingdom, Romania, Latvia, Italy, Sweden, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Slovakia, Estonia and Malta.

 

The most significant addition this year is the UK's designation of Dogger Bank (12 330 km2), a shallow sea area featuring submerged sandbanks in the central part of the North Sea. Together with adjacent sites from Germany and the Netherlands, this creates a vast trans-boundary Natura 2000 site covering over 18 000 km2. Dogger Bank was primarily designated for its highly productive sandbank habitats, which are important spawning and nursery grounds for many commercial fisheries. The designation will facilitate the coordinated management of the area, including joint efforts by the Member States concerned to develop appropriate fisheries measures.

 

The major additions in the Baltic were Sweden's and Latvia's designations of 10 new marine areas. These sites host species-rich sandbank and reef habitats and offer vital feeding grounds for seals and migratory fish. The 10 sites cover a marine surface of almost 4 000 km2.

 

Relative to its size, the country with the largest contribution was Malta, with 183 km2 of marine areas now designated, creating the basis for a solid marine network in the surrounding waters. The new Maltese marine sites will help the conservation of Posidonia sea grass beds and submerged reefs, and offer a vital habitat for the endemic Maltese Topshell Gibbula nivosa, a brightly coloured sea snail.

 

The largest expansion of the network on land took place in Romania. 109 sites were added and many existing sites enlarged, so that the total area of sites now covers almost 42 000 km2. The additions comprise a vast array of species-rich meadow and forest habitats, and vital habitats for many rare and endangered species, including many bat and amphibian species. Together with additional sites proposed by Bulgaria and the Slovak Republic, the new Romanian Natura 2000 sites also provide improved protection for the rich endemic fish fauna of the Danube River Basin.

 

Details on the new additions to the Union lists of Natura 2000 sites: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-12-889_en.htm

 

 

 

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UNITED KINGDOM: Seafood plays its part in living longer

UNITED KINGDOM: Seafood plays its part in living longer | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
People living in southern Europe suffer far less from coronary heart disease than those living in the north and the reason for this is that they eat a much better diet, reports Andrew Martin.

 

The so-called Mediterranean diet is rich in fish, fruit and vegetables, along with whole grains, legumes, olive oil and moderate amounts of red wine.

 

A panel of leading scientists and experts discussed the role of seafood in the diet at a recent conference – the Mediterranean Diet Revisited – held at Fishmongers’ Hall in London.

 

The importance of omega-3 fatty acids present in oil-rich fish in particular to human health is now widely recognised, but the relationship between them and the omega-6 fatty acids present in cereals and vegetable oils in the diet is less so.

 

Also, the contribution of molluscs such as mussels and cuttlefish and squid is also not generally recognised, yet they formed a significant element of the original Mediterranean diet which came from Crete.

 

The presentations at the conference are available on the Fishmongers’ Company’s website: http://www.fishhall.org.uk/Notice-Board/Inspiring-Conference-at-Fishmongers-Hall-helped-whet-the-appetite/.

 

World Fishing

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VIETNAM: ASC celebrates Vietnamese pangasius

VIETNAM: ASC celebrates Vietnamese pangasius | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) recently held an event to celebrate the first five Vietnamese pangasius producers to gain ASC certification.

 

More than 90% of world exports of pangasius are sourced from Vietnam. The country has seen its export value soar over the last decade from 150,000 tonnes annually to 1.3m tonnes, making it an important sector for Vietnam.  

 

The producers, Vinh Hoan Corporation, Vinh Quang Fisheries Corporation, NTACO Corporation, Hung Vuong Corporation and Hoang Long Seafood Processing Company have been recognised for their ability to meet rigorous environmental and social criteria and responsible farming methods.

 

Jose Villalon, vice president of aquaculture, WWF and chairman of the ASC Board, added:  “Farmed seafood already accounts for about half of all the fish and shellfish we eat. When done responsibly, aquaculture presents a solution to meeting the increasing food demand of a growing global population.”

 

The event, which was attended by more than 120 people including producers, international buyers and ASC partners, also recognised Vietnam’s efforts to reach its target to certify 10% of the country’s pangasius production for export.

 

World Fishing

 

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ECUADOR: Capturan lancha con pesca ilegal

ECUADOR: Capturan lancha con pesca ilegal | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

En la parroquia Rocafuerte, cantón Rioverde, provincia de Esmeraldas, la Lancha Guardacostas ‘Río Daule’, durante un operativo dispuesto por el Subcomando de Guardacostas Esmeraldas se detuvo una embarcación colombiana tipo lanchón de nombre ‘Sarimar’ matrícula CP-02-0530 cargada de pesca de camarón ilegal.


La lancha es de propiedad de Albin Rodrigo Arroyo García, quien se encontraba con cuatro personas a bordo. Allí transportaban sin la respectiva guía de movilización aproximadamente 5,6 toneladas de camarón glaciado en 149 cartones y 45 sacos, producto que presumiblemente sería llevado hasta Tumaco-Colombia.


No pidieron autorización

 

Según las autoridades navales la embarcación fue detenida debido a que había hecho su ingreso a puerto ecuatoriano sin pedir autorización ni presentarse ante la Autoridad Marítima de Esmeraldas.


Asimismo zarpó sin registrar su salida de puerto ecuatoriano atentando contra la seguridad de la vida humana en el mar puesto que no solicitó la inspección de seguridad previa al zarpe, de acuerdo a lo establecido en las leyes marítimas.


El camarón decomisado fue entregado a la Subsecretaría de Recursos Pesqueros a fin de que se tome los procedimientos de ley en vista de que no contaba con la guía de remisión de la Inspectoría de Pesca de Esmeraldas.

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SOUTH KOREA: S. Korea, Japan Agree to Jointly Tackle Illegal Fishing by Chinese Boats

SOUTH KOREA: S. Korea, Japan Agree to Jointly Tackle Illegal Fishing by Chinese Boats | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

South Korea and Japan have agreed to jointly tackle the issue of illegal fishing by Chinese boats in their waters.

The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said Monday that Korean and Japanese fishery officials held talks in Busan last Thursday and Friday. The ministry said the officials agreed to devise measures to address Chinese fishing vessels’ illegal activity and the harm they are causing South Korea and Japan’s fishing grounds.

During last week’s talks, Korean officials requested that Japanese boats refrain from inspecting Korean ships for long periods of time and from excessively cracking down on such ships.

Japanese officials, on their part, requested that South Korean ships refrain from fishing illegally within Japan’s exclusive economic zones near South Korea and Japan’s joint fishing zone in the East Sea.

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NEW ZEALAND: Hoki fishery achieves its third certification for a sustainable fishery

NEW ZEALAND: Hoki fishery achieves its third certification for a sustainable fishery | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

New Zealand’s popular white fish, Hoki, has been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for a sustainable fishery for a third time, one of the first fisheries in the world to do so.

MSC Manager of Australia and New Zealand, Patrick Caleo, said the Hoki fishery’s long-term commitment to sustainability has led to many improvements in management which have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of the fishery.


“The Deepwater Group, which represents the Hoki quota owners and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have worked together to actively develop and apply new methods and strategies to reduce interactions with seabirds and fur seals.”


“Seeking and achieving MSC certification for a third time shows the MSC is delivering solid benefits to the fishery. Thanks to the effective management of the fishery by the MPI and fishing industry itself, this fishery has clearly demonstrated significant levels of stock recovery,” said Mr Caleo.


The fishery has been independently assessed by international accredited auditors, Intertek Moody Marine, to meet the global MSC standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.
Also speaking today, CEO of the Deepwater Group, George Clement, said the independent verification of the fishery’s sustainability for a third time is recognition of the fishery’s’ dedication to environmental improvements.


“The New Zealand Hoki fishery was just the third fishery in the world to gain MSC certification back in 2001. We then achieved certification again in 2007 and now for the third time in 2012.  This is testament to the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement and to the close collaborative partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries.”


The partnership with the MPI has enabled quota owners and government to align their strategic and operational objectives, resulting in a long-term science and information plan and an increase in the annual investment in monitoring and research.   


Hoki is New Zealand’s third highest earning fish species, earning more than $NZ180million last calendar year, making it a vital part of the country’s economy.


“This is also fantastic news for MSC certified sustainable seafood products around the world. There are many fish fillet and fish finger products baring the MSC blue ecolabel that come from the New Zealand Hoki fisheries, so people can continue to enjoy tasty seafood sustainably,” said Mr Caleo.


The MSC maintains the most widely respected and accepted global standard for the certification of wild capture seafood.  The program is based on a rigorous science-based standard and independent, third-party assessment by internationally accredited certification bodies.  The MSC standard is defined by three core principles: the status of the fish stock, the impact of the fishery on the marine ecosystem, and the management system overseeing the fishery.

The distinctive MSC blue ecolabel is an assurance to buyers and consumers worldwide confirming that the seafood is fully traceable to a sustainable fishery that has been awarded MSC certification.

 

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THAILAND: Fisheries Department on alert for widespread diseases in prawns

THAILAND: Fisheries Department on alert for widespread diseases in prawns | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
PATHUM THANI, Nov 22 - Thailand's Fisheries Department is on high alert watching out for widespread diseases in prawns during the change of season from rainy to cool, after numbers of dead prawns have been found in some areas.  

 

Fisheries director-general Wimol Jantrarotai said at a seminar that the changing weather is dangerous to the health of the aquatic creature.

 

According to statistics, damage from prawn diseases to shrimp farming nationwide has so far counted for 11 per cent losses, reducing production from 520,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes this year. Prawns produced in October alone decreased 6 per cent, compared to the same period last year.

 

Mr Wimol said prawns initially die within a month after being put in water wells with pale livers, dark chests, and inflammation.

 

Diseases found are white spot disease, yellow head disease (YHD), and could also be diagnosed as Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS). Academics are speeding up their research to find the cause of death, and said that EMS has never been found in Thailand, but was seen in Vietnam, Malaysia, and China.

 

Mr Wimol said the situation is still controllable and not yet considered as an epidemic, for it is mostly found the eastern provinces of Rayong and Chanthaburi.

 

Fisheries specialists are collecting prawn samples to examine and are monitoring the situation with prawn farmers for more efficient disease prevention. (MCOT online news)

 

 

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CANADA: Shellfish growers sound alarm over coal mine

CANADA: Shellfish growers sound alarm over coal mine | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
The B.C. Shellfish Growers' Association is sounding the alarm over the prospect of the proposed Raven Coal Mine near Fanny Bay being given the go-ahead.

 

Speaking to Comox Valley Regional District's committee of the whole on Tuesday, Matthew Wright said the shellfish industry employed 1,000 people in the province, mainly in small family firms.

 

It had been around in a commercial sense for 100 years, and had tremendous potential for growth over the next century.

 

But much of that potential could be threatened by the development of the coal mine, he suggested.

 

The association had grave concerns over the ultimate impact of mining on water quality in Baynes Sound, and Wright said this was not simply speculation but ongoing evidence of the impact on shellfish from mines closed decades ago.

 

He showed pictures of discoloured shellfish that still grew in areas fed by creeks close by where mining once took place, but where coal extraction had ceased more than 40 years ago.

 

The shellfish were likely edible, he conceded, but were certainly not marketable. And without marketable product, the industry was dead.

 

Some might argue that modern mining methods were different, but the association was concerned that necessary environmental assessments of the impact of the mine on water quality were being carried out by a company that had a long association with the mine's proponents, rather than a truly independent third party.

 

And past security bonds posted by mining companies around the province to clear up any legacy problems after they closed had proved to be totally inadequate, leaving taxpayers to pick up bills running into many millions of dollars.

 

One local example was the former Mount Washington copper mine, which had cost provincial taxpayers $4 million to cap long after its abandonment.

 

People should bear in mind there was the potential for the loss of 600 sustainable aquaculture jobs in the Baynes Sound area, he said, and what was being proposed in return was a coal mine that would be around for only 16 years and which was not sustainable.

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RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Russian Sea fishing group confirms talks with pollock players

RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Russian Sea fishing group confirms talks with pollock players | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Russian Sea Catching Company, the fishing company set up by Russian Sea Group’s owners, is in talks to acquire two Far Eastern pollock companies, a spokesperson told Undercurrent News. 


“Russian Sea Catching (not part of Russian Sea Group) – confirms negotiations with Turnif and Intraros,” a Russian Sea Catching spokesperson said.

 

“For the moment negotiations are going on with Turnif and Intraros companies. We don’t have documents/contracts signed, but we believe that we’ll finalize our agreements with these companies in the nearest future,” he said.

 

Undercurrent was not able to reach Turnif and Intraros for comment.

 

Gennady Timchenko, oligarch and head of oil trader Gunvor and Maxim Vorobyov, founder of Russian Sea Group, are shareholders in both the group and Russian Sea Catching.

 

On Monday the news website Fishnews.ru reported that Russian Sea Catching was in talks to acquire the fishing companies Turnif and Intraros but also Vostokrybprom and Sovgavanryba in a potential $500 million deal.

 

This followed news by Undercurrent News in October that Russian Sea Catching was in talks with Turnif, Intraros and Vostokrybflot.

 

The Russian Sea Catching spokesperson did not confirm the talks with Vostokrybprom and Sovgavanryba to Undercurrent.


All four companies are members of the Russian pollock association (PCA) in the Russian Far East.

 

Turnif, which is said to be led by Alexander Ryabchenko according to PCA’s website, appears to be the largest of the four. On its website, the group claims to be one of the largest fishing companies in the Far East, with eight “large-capacity vessels equipped with modern fishing and technological equipment”.

 

According to PCA’s website, Intraros owns three vessels and is led by Alexander Nikitin.

The PCA website describes Sergey Kononyuk as the CEO of both Sovgavanryba (one vessel) and Vostokrybprom (three vessels).

 

The deal could be worth $500 million deal and comprise a fleet of 11 vessels with quotas for pollock, but also other species including herring and mackerel, said Fishnews. Combined, the four companies caught around 188,700 metric tons of pollock in 2011, accounting for 10.7% of the total quota, it said.

 

The website noted that all four export the bulk of their catch, adding that Turnif recently won an award as the best exporter of the Far East.

 

A deal would mean that Russian Sea Catching, which has the same major shareholders as Russian Sea Group, but is not part of the latter company, could be closing in on its ambition to own fishing assets in the Russian Far East.

 

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CANADA: Strong winds delay start of lobster fishing

CANADA: Strong winds delay start of lobster fishing | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
HALIFAX – Lobster fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia are delaying the beginning of their season due to forecasts of gale force winds today and early Monday.

 

 

Normally the season begins the last Monday of November, but this year boats will leave ports early on Tuesday.

 

There are approximatly 1700 vessels licensed to fish lobster in an area that stretches from Digby County around to Halifax County.

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This article is about the lobser fishing around the canadian area. It talks about the delay start and what posible it could cause. And oviosley a delay in the time the deliciouse meat on your plate.

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UNITED STATES: Regulatory Uncertainty Drives Fish Farmer to Foreign Waters

UNITED STATES: Regulatory Uncertainty Drives Fish Farmer to Foreign Waters | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Feeding 7 billion people is no small challenge. As it has from time immemorial, high quality protein harvested from the sea plays a major role in avoiding Malthusian collapse. Commercial fishermen bring in a wild catch of roughly 90 million tons of fish each year, with another 70 million tons coming from aquaculture.

 

The latter number is the one to watch. While the world's wild fish catch has flattened over the past two decades, with many fishing grounds facing depletion and certain species being threatened with extinction, fish farming continues to grow at a sharp clip, doubling over the last decade. This should come as no surprise to anyone who understands the very different economic incentives that prevail under the tragedy of the commons versus those that yield the bounty produced under private property regimes.

 

Yet farmed fish still carries a bad rap, both from environmentalists concerned about the pollution caused by on-shore and near-shore farms, and from food snobs who favor the more robust taste of wild caught fish.

 

Enter a firm called Open Blue, a novel deep-water fish farm founded by entrepreneur and lifetime fish fancier Brian O'Hanlon. Brian figured that if he could solve the technology and logistics problems required to anchor a fish farm 10 or 20 miles offshore, where swift currents carry away and disperse the waste produced by concentrated fish stocks, it would allow the farmed fish to swim in the same fresh water as their wild cousins-the best of both worlds.

 

Open Blue farms a fish called Cobia, also known as black salmon, ling, or lemonfish. It's a tasty, fast-growing species especially amenable to being raised under controlled conditions. The economics are compelling-a mere 1.85 pounds of feed can yield a pound of Cobia. Compare this to the 2:1 ratio for poultry and anywhere from 5:1 to 20:1 for cattle, not to mention the thousands of gallons of water it takes to grow a pound of beef.

 

It took a while to figure out the proper siting, anchoring, and operating parameters required to run a fish farm so far from shore, but Brian, like any dedicated entrepreneur, was persistent. Resistance from local fishermen slowly turned into support when they realized they could get steady work delivering feed and materials to the farm sites while transporting harvested fish back to shore on a scheduled basis. But where did Brian set up shop, and why?

 

Panama. The reason? Regulations.

 

"Panama has a small and limited government, which made it easier to navigate the business and permitting process," explained Brian. "Deep water fish farming is so new that we wanted to work with agencies that were responsive and flexible. This was just not possible in the U.S."

Getting the required permits and licenses to operate a deep-water fish farm in the U.S. would require running the gantlet of dozens of federal and state regulatory agencies, some with overlapping jurisdictions and none with a mandate to lead the process. Agencies would include the Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, Food and Drug Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Regulations that would have to be complied with include the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Jones Act, OSHA rules, and who knows how many others. Regional Fishery Management Councils and various state agencies involved in historic preservation and tourism would all have a say.

 

And all of this is before the courts get involved. Setting up deep-water fish farms in the U.S. would require a hefty budget for defending against lawsuits from NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) activists and competing on-shore and near-shore fish farms, as well as paying an army of lobbyists to fend off opposition from states like Alaska and Maine where fishing fleet interests have considerable political pull. The cost and uncertainties introduced by dysfunctional crony capitalism, pay-to-play politicians, and misguided environmental activists would be deadly to any entrepreneur.

 

Hence Panama, which is great for Panamanians, as they get the jobs, the fish, and the export revenue, but not so great for us. Which is a shame, because the U.S. has the largest federal water zone in the world, with more ocean area suitable for deep-water fish farming than the country has arable land area. Different fish would have to be selected suited to the water temperature and conditions found in different regions, but there is no reason why you couldn't grow Cobia in the Gulf, striped bass up the mid Atlantic Coast, cod and halibut as far north as Maine, and a wide variety of species in the vast stretch between southern and northern California. That is, if anyone in their right mind would dare to start a business like this in California.

 

NOAA made several attempts a decade ago to promote a national aquatic farming initiative that would cut through the red tape and set up a one-stop-shop for deep-water fish farming permits. Bills were introduced in Congress twice but were shot down due to opposition from entrenched fishing interests. While this sort of short-term protectionism is always politically popular, the reality is that domestic fisheries continue to shrink due to catch limitations. A thriving deep water aquaculture industry could provide sustainable jobs for old fishing communities, repurposing much of the fishing fleet and dockside infrastructure to handle the new business.

 

Perhaps someday. As for now, Brian is focused on making his venture a success in a country that still understands the value of economic freedom.

 

By Bill Frezza

Bill Frezza is a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and a Boston-based venture capitalist. He can be reached at bill@vereverus.com. If you would like to have his weekly columns delivered to you by e-mail, click here or follow him on Twitter @BillFrezza.

 

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ARUBA: Santa Rosa y Directiva di Fundacion Aruba Marine Park ta activo cu un campaña pa fin di aña pa controla e población di Lionfish

ARUBA: Santa Rosa y Directiva di Fundacion Aruba Marine Park ta activo cu un campaña pa fin di aña pa controla e población di Lionfish | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
Dept. di Pesca di Santa Rosa ta traha estrecho cooperación cu directiva di Fundacion Aruba Marine Park pa purba controla e población di Lionfish. Manera ta conoci e departamento di pesca di Santa Rosa ta un di responsabilidad  cu ta cay  bou di minister di turismo Otmar Oduber.

Den cuadro di e invasión di e Lionfish, minister di turismo Sr. Oduber a realisa e importancia pa e Programa Nacional pa controla e Lionfish y a firma recientemente un MB “ministeriele beschikking” pa cuminsa cu un programa promer cu fin di aña. For di fondo nan di (TPEF) Tourism Product Enhancement Fund a pone un fondo di awg. 221.379.48 pa purba traha diferente programa pa controla e población di Lionfish.


Actualmente e siguiente organización nan ta trahando cu un campaña special pa cu e fin di aña aki y cu ta jama “Gar’e, entregue y pag’e. Esey ta bou di auspicio di Dept Di Pesca di Santa Rosa, Aruba Marine Park Foundation y Centro di Pesca Hadicurari. Tur jagdo di Lionfish cu ta registra na Kustwacht por entrega loque nan jacht y lo wordo paga cash. E tamaño di Lionfish bou di 10 cm ta paga AWG 5.00 y size ariba 10cm ta bira AWG. 10.00.  E forma di jacht Lionfish ta keda bou di e reglanan cu a ser permiti pa ministerio publico y controla pa Kustwacht.


E minister di turismo, transporte y comunicación a pone fondo disponible pa mehora e producto turístico y gobierno di Aruba ta mustra nan compromiso pa cu e causa y ta completamente apoya Fundacion Aruba Marine Park cu esaki y futuro campaña nan pa controla e invasión di Lionfish.


 

 

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UGANDA: Saving Uganda’s dwindling fishing sector

UGANDA: Saving Uganda’s dwindling fishing sector | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
Uganda’s ailing fish sector has continued to register drastic falls in production. Government policies and using Beach Management Units to control and restore the sector have not registered the desired success.

 

With increasing populations and pressure on our fisheries resources the sector seems doomed unless certain actions are taken not with holding the increasing level of pollution as a result of human activities. There is a drastic decline in the quantities of fish from natural lakes. Statistics by the Fisheries department showed that the Nile perch stock in Lake Victoria declined from 1.9 million tons to 1.2 million between 1999 and 2001 before dropping drastically to 544,000 tons in 2005. The stocks were estimated at 370,000 tons in 2008.

 

Aquaculture has been fronted as the solution to the fisheries sector. According to official statistics (published by FAO), Uganda produced 76,654 tonnes of farmed fish in 2009. However, it is clear that this is a substantial over estimate based on the production capacity of existing ponds.

 

Pangasius


Pangasius is a farmed fish species in Asia that is out competing Nile Perch on the world market. The major farmed species in Uganda are Tilapia and African Catfish. This article fronts comparisons between Pangasius and Nile Perch, Tilapia and African catfish to show the justification for its introduction in Uganda especially as the natural factors favour its production and growth (pH 6.5-7.5 and 22-26 °C).

 

Since Nile Perch was introduced, the Fisheries sector experienced an unsustainable boom with the drastic declines showing that its benefits were short term. The Academy Award-nominated documentary Darwin’s Nightmare depicts the damage caused by the introduction of Nile Perch, a top-level predator in Lake Victoria. The World Conservation Union enlisted Nile Perch as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species with countries like Australia levying high fines on anyone found in possession of live Nile Perch.

 

These attributes cannot be said of Pangasius. Pangasius is an omnivore and known to thrive in fish ponds and cages. It should be introduced as a farmed species and the risk of it escaping into the wild will not have drastic effects on the ecological system.. Pangasius is a seasonal breeder spawning only twice a year and would have minimal effect on the ecological system if it escapes into the wild.

 

In Asia, despite recommendations from government extension agencies to stock Pangasius at 20-40 fish/m2, intensive monoculture ponds are usually stocked at 40-60/m2, with some grow-out farmers stocking even higher. Yields reach 250-300 tons per hectare, exceptionally reaching 500 tons per hectare in ponds compared to Tilapia’s 10 tons and African Catfish’s 20 tons per hectare. Pangasius reaches 1.0-1.5 kg after 6 months or less, as compared to Tilapia’s 0.4 kg and African catfish’s 1.0 kg.

 

However, the white fillets of Pangasius are similar to Nile Perch and are on higher demand on the world market than Tilapia and African Catfish. In Asia, few grow-out farmers can be described as ‘small-scale’ because the minimum harvest from a single pond is usually 50 tonnes or more. Pangasius is also very tolerant of low quality or polluted water and can be stocked at densities as high as 120 fish per square meter.

 

Aquaculture introductions of Pangasius have taken place in several other Asian countries including Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Viet Nam exports Pangasius to over 80 countries, including several in Europe (especially Poland and Spain), Asian countries, Mexico, Australia, the United States of America, and the Middle East. New markets such as Russia are emerging. The European Union remains the most significant market.


The farming of Pangasius has seen it emerge as a commercial freshwater species that is now a significant component of global whitefish supplies. While trade in frozen products generally stagnated in 2007 and 2008, Pangasius was the exception, with trade increasing 311 percent, traded primarily as frozen fillets.

 

Given the fact that fisheries is Uganda’s second highest export earner, government should make it possible for the introduction of Pangasius. All natural factors and the fish’s nature favour it’s growth and production in Uganda. A regional study on potential commercial aquaculture and fisheries projects supported by NORAD (2009) said: “Compared with the other countries reviewed in detail, Uganda has the best opportunities for shorter term commercial development and also has strong potential for regional based growth.

 

It also has the most directly identifiable opportunity for a major regional scale aquaculture based business potentially to be developed to a globally competitive scale.” This would save the fisheries sector and put it back on track to it’s glory days. The fact that production will be under farmed conditions will facilitate control and management of fisheries resources which has been a major government constraint. It would also further consolidate Uganda’s comparative advantage, the agricultural sector.

 

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NORWAY: Farmed salmon waste can feed new marine industry

NORWAY:  Farmed salmon waste can feed new marine industry | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Waste from salmon production is currently being discharged into Norwegian coastal waters.

Researchers say this is a resource – worth NOK 6 billion ($1bn) each year – that should be exploited for new biological production.

 

In 2009, Norwegian fish farms produced over a million metric tons of salmon and salmon trout; nearly 1.2 million metric tons of high-quality feed went into this production. But a considerable amount of feed administered is released to the surrounding waters as respiratory products, feces and uneaten feed.

 

This means that a significant portion of the aquaculture industry’s feed is actually wasted on fertilizing the ocean with both organic and inorganic nutrients. The value of these nutrients is estimated at NOK 6 billion annually.

 

In the project “Integrated open seawater aquaculture, technology for sustainable culture of high productive areas (INTEGRATE)”, researchers have studied whether this waste can be put to use as nutrients for cultivating kelp and mussels.

 

The project was headed by Associate Professor Kjell Inge Reitan of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and received funding from the Research Council of Norway as part of the initiative to promote sustainable seafood production.

 

“The thinking is that integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) will provide significant added value on investments in aquaculture,” said Reitan, “while at the same time reducing potentially negative environmental impacts.”

 

Environmental organizations are critical of aquaculture waste as ecologically detrimental.


Kelp can help


Researchers carrying out experiments at the research institute SINTEF have documented good growth of kelp cultivated near aquaculture facilities. Mussel cultivation under similar conditions also shows promise.

 

Kelp can bind large amounts of the inorganic nitrogen and phosphorous discharged by fish farms. One of Norway’s most common macroalgae species, Laminaria saccharina – known as sea belt or sugar kelp – is particularly promising for industrial cultivation for use as a biofuel and feed additive and for extracting its chemicals.

 

Reitan is now collaborating with several companies looking to cultivate kelp for large-scale bioenergy production.

 

“Development in this area will need to be driven by players in bioenergy and feed production,” said Reitan. “I don’t believe the salmon farming industry will get involved in commercially cultivating kelp in the near future, even though integrated production would give the industry a greener profile and enhance sustainability.”

 

Kelp should grow all year 


Based on industrial discharge figures from salmon production in Norway, the researchers estimate the annual potential for IMTA-method kelp at 0.6 to 1.7 million metric tons.

 

The potential for mussels cultivated using IMTA methods is estimated at 7,200 to 21,500t. Cultivation on this scale would require 82 to 250 square kilometers of marine area. Worldwide, roughly 14 million metric tons of aquatic plants are cultivated annually.


Kelp cultivation needs to be a year-round endeavor in order to be efficient. The researchers at SINTEF have successfully managed year-round artificial cultivation of sugar kelp sporophytes (juvenile plants).

 

“This makes it possible to exploit the kelp’s strong growth potential when conditions are favorable,” said SINTEF research scientist Silje Forbord.

 

Quadrupling mussel cultivation 


The researchers estimate that using IMTA methods to utilize Norway’s salmon production waste nutrients, there is potential to achieve four times the current annual 3,000 to 5,000-metric-ton harvest of cultivated mussels.

 

The Research Council’s research program Aquaculture – An Industry in Growth (HAVBRUK) has launched the research project “Exploitation of nutrients from Salmon aquaculture (EXPLOIT)” to determine how to design and locate kelp and mussel cultivation facilities for optimal utilization of the aquaculture industry’s waste nutrients.

 

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EUROPEAN UNION: JRC supports the fight against piracy off African coasts

EUROPEAN UNION: JRC supports the fight against piracy off African coasts | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

A JRC developed prototype software identifying ship positions in real-time will be tested by Kenya in an effort by the EU to improve countries’ capacity building for countering piracy in the region.

 

Financed by the European Commission’s Directorate General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, the software system is a result of a two-year study carried out by JRC researchers. This tool, known as Piracy, Maritime Awareness and Risks (PMAR) system, was presented on 21 November 2012 at an EU workshop held in Mombasa, Kenya.

 

The PMAR system will be hosted by the Kenyan Maritime Authority for a trial. The project that led to its development, studied technologies intended to build up maritime awareness and was tailored for use by authorities in regions affected by piracy. This state-of-the-art software integrates data from vessel reporting and earth observation systems into one single maritime picture, taking into account a wide array of available data sources. The maritime picture indicates the estimated current ship positions in real-time, with an update every 15 minutes. Historic piracy risk occurrence and ship traffic density maps are also produced.

 

PMAR has a regional approach in providing a wide (Western Indian Ocean) maritime situational picture. This is one of the necessary building blocks in fighting piracy: it complements the coastal picture that can be observed by individual countries. Besides for counter-piracy, the increased maritime awareness supports maritime governance in the broader sense; as such, it can also be used for other purposes like combating illegal fisheries or illegal immigration. With a strong focus on regional maritime capacity building, the PMAR conclusions will enable national authorities and their donors to decide on further implementation of concrete measures for maritime awareness in the area.

 

The EU Workshop taking place on 20-22 November in Mombasa, was attended by decision makers in maritime administrations and coast guards from Comoros, Djibouti, India, Kenya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, Seychelles, and Yemen, as well as representatives of regional organisations, the EU, the U.S. and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

 

 

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IRELAND: Inland Fisheries wants freeze on new salmon farms

IRELAND: Inland Fisheries wants freeze on new salmon farms | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has said proposals for new salmon fish farms in Galway, Donegal and Mayo should be put on hold.

 

 

The statutory body responsible for the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource released a statement on Friday expressing concerns about the impact of new fish farms on the stock of wild trout and salmon.

 

The IFI said: “Ireland’s reputation as a pristine wild fishery destination must be safeguarded....No further applications should be progressed until all stakeholders are satisfied that the current proposal is sustainable and has no adverse impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks.”

 

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SOUTH AFRICA: North West pioneers inland fisheries plan

SOUTH AFRICA: North West pioneers inland fisheries plan | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

NORTH West has rushed to be the first to take up the inland aquaculture and fisheries programme proposed by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, which seeks to encourage communities living in areas close to rivers and dams to take up fish farming.

 

During the launch of the North West aquaculture and fisheries programme at Disaneng dam on Friday, provincial agriculture and rural development MEC Desbo Mohono urged communities near the province’s dams that have been identified as suitable for aquaculture to take ownership of the programme, and use it for income generation and food security.

 

A study by Rhodes University recommended the use of six dams — Disaneng, Ngotwane, Madikwe, Lotlamoreng, Molatedi and Taung — for aquaculture and subsistence fishing in the province, after it was discovered they contained large populations of various fish species.

 

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned in its report, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2010, that South Africa was missing out on the opportunity to develop its inland fisheries industry. Most inland fisheries focus on recreational fishing, rather than commercial production.

 

The FAO said fishing for pleasure or competition contributed to local and national economies through employment in secondary sectors. However, a lot more could be achieved if there were policies in place to encourage modern, small-scale fisheries to produce high-value products for local and international markets, he said.

 

Further, Mr Mohono assured communities of the government’s support for the programme, which included considering the establishment of markets for fish.

 

He said other departments such as higher education and training; health; social development; and women, children, and people with disabilities, would be central stakeholders in the selling of fish as a cost-effective protein supplement — rather than expensive red meat — in schools, clinics, hospitals, orphanages and old-age homes.

 

Mr Mohono said young people, and women in particular, should participate in this programme. H is department would work hard to attract their interest.

 

"The survival and success of this project is dependent on the good management of resources, partnerships, strengthened governance, effective fisheries management and proper institutional arrangement."

 

The director of rural fisheries at Rhodes University, Qurban Rouhani, said the university would offer technical support by training fishers and providing equipment.

 

As a programme partner, he said the institution’s intention was to help fishers learn how to keep records and manage their finances, and to assist them to "see the business side of fishing".

 

A member of Disaneng Fisheries, Mr Rebaone Mabote, said fishers were raring to go and the anticipated support from the government would help them sustain fish farming, thereby attaining the objective of the programme.

The Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism Department would be issuing fishing permits and ensuring the industry was well regulated, while its veterinarians would provide guidance on health standards for aquaculture farming.

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FRANCE: Il a révolutionné la pêche

FRANCE: Il a révolutionné la pêche | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Patrick Ruffié, président de la Fédération du Lot pour la pêche et la protection du milieu aquatique, a réussi à promouvoir ce loisir auprès du plus grand nombre avec 14000 adhérents dans le département.

 

La pêche assure Patrick Ruffié dégage une philosophie de vie. Afin d'élargir ce loisir au plus grand nombre, il a multiplié des missions, mis en place des hébergements adaptés aux familles, aux personnes à mobilité réduite. Il nous livre les grandes lignes de ce que l'on peut qualifier de révolution.

 

La pêche s'affiche de plus en plus. Combien d'adhérents compte la fédération ?

 

Nous avons environ 14 000 adhérents. On a des adhérents annuels qui prennent la carte complète, ceux qui prennent la carte vacances qui est hebdomadaire. Nous proposons des cartes journalières, elles se vendent en saison estivale, la carte découverte pour les moins de 12 ans, la carte jeune pour les 12-14 ans, la carte femme. C'est un panel important. On peut acheter sa carte en ligne sur www.cartedepeche.fr Nous comptons 29 associations locales agréés de pêche et de protection du milieu aquatique.

 

Comment expliquez-vous un tel engouement ?

 

Dans le Lot, ce sont les hommes qui ont fait évoluer la pêche. On a essayé de professionnaliser la fédération. Nous nous sommes en conséquence dotés de compétences. La première a été l'embauche de Patrice Jaubert en qualité de chargé de mission qui est aujourd'hui directeur de la fédération. Nous avons embauché un autre chargé de mission, Laurent Frédrick. Il travaille pour la restauration du milieu, et est en train de mettre en place une étude génétique sur les truites dans le Lot. Nous avons un animateur pêche, François Teulières. Il s'occupe de toutes les animations pêche dans le Lot, intervient dans les écoles, les communes les campings.

 

Globalement dans ce cadre-là, tous les ans 500 enfants sont sensibilisés à l'environnement qui gravite autour de l'eau.

 

Depuis le mois d'août la fédération a aménagé dans de nouveaux locaux. Pour vous ça représente quoi ?

 

C'est un virage important pour la fédération. Ce local situé 133 quai Albert -Cappus à Cahors a plusieurs objectifs. Le personnel travaille dans de meilleures conditions, les administrateurs peuvent se retrouver sur le siège. Nous pouvons organiser des réunions avec des gens extérieurs, dernièrement nous avons eu une réunion avec l'association départementale du tourisme.

 

Des projets ?

 

Nous travaillons de façon très importante avec le conseil général, les communautés de communes, les communes, l'ADT, les syndicats de l'eau. Nous mettons en avant le tourisme pêche avec des hébergements qualifiés qualité pêche.

 

Où par exemple ?

 

On a mis des parcours découverte sur le Vers, des parcours famille pour que les gens se rendent sur des points identifiés. À Cahors, des aménagements ont été faits au niveau du moulin de Saint-James jusqu'au pont Valentré. Une étude a été réalisée par la fédé pour le maintien de la berge, et pour faciliter l'accès à des personnes à mobilité réduite, nous avons 22 postes handi pêche dans le département. Nous menons des actions sur la rivière Dordogne. À cet effet, nous avons élaboré le plan départemental de loisirs pêche qui prévoit une stratégie d'actions en faveur du loisir pêche sur toute la vallée et ses affluents. On a commencé un programme d'actions avec la communauté de communes de Souillac-Rocamadour, avec plusieurs enjeux, dont l'ouverture des berges de la rivière Dordogne, l'aménagement d'aires de pique-nique. On voulait changer d'image par rapport à celle que l'on a de la pêche et du pêcheur qui reste assez sur son pliant en attendant le poisson. Ce n'est plus ça, de plus en plus de jeunes à la sortie de l'école vont à la pêche, ils vont chercher le poisson, les techniques ont évolué.

 

Quelles familles de poissons pêche-t-on dans le Lot ?

 

Des truites, des carpes, des carnassiers. Concernant les carnassiers la fédération du Lot a mené une étude scientifique unique en Europe avec l'université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse. Elle a duré cinq ans.

 

L'objectif est de connaître le comportement de l'écosystème de la rivière Lot et cibler les carnassiers, qui sont au sommet de la chaîne alimentaire. L'étude sur les poissons carnassiers du Lot sera présentée le 29 novembre à l'espace Clément Marot à 9 h 15 à Cahors.

 

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DENMARK: Western Baltija Shipbuilding Delivers New Fishing Trawler

DENMARK: Western Baltija Shipbuilding Delivers New Fishing Trawler | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it

Western Baltija Shipbuilding has delivered a hull of fishing trawler ROGNE to the Danish company Karstensens Skibsværft A/S on November 13th.

Length of the trawler hull is 69.9 m, breadth – 14.2 m, draught – 4.9 m, speed – 16.5 knots, maximum number of crew – 12 people. This vessel is analogous to another fishing trawler hull CATTLEYA which was delivered in August.

 

The new vessel was equipped with pipeline, cable routes, main equipment and machinery were fastened also modern nonstandard maneuvering systems were introduced. Western Baltija Shipbuilding has mounted a complex of shaft-propeller on the fishing trawler. Weight of the hull is1080 tons. Classification company Det Norske Veritas supervised the building of the hull. The vessel was awarded with a class +1A1 Ice C.

 

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UNITED STATES: Commercial squid fishery closes, limit reached

UNITED STATES: Commercial squid fishery closes, limit reached | Aquaculture and Fisheries - World Briefing | Scoop.it
California's commercial squid fishery has reached its 118,000 short ton limit and is closing until March.

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's commercial squid fishery has reached its 118,000 short ton limit and is closing until March.

 

The state Department of Fish and Game (DFG) says the squid fishery shuts down at noon Wednesday.

 

The department tracks catches daily to ensure squid are not overharvested.

 

The commercial squid fishing season began in April and was scheduled to run to March 31, 2013.

 

But landings information and projections show the 118,000 short ton landing limit has been reached.

 

Market squid remains California's largest and most lucrative commercial fishery. It was valued at $69 million last season.

 

Domestically, market squid is sold as calamari and as bait in the recreational fishery. But most of the market squid catch is frozen and exported overseas.

 

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