IN BRIEF - First harvest of vannamei from Katsurao, Fukushima
Monday, February 06, 2023
In a breeding test of the Vannamei shrimp land-based aquaculture business in Katsurao, Fukushima Prefecture, 4,000 fish (80 kg) were successfully raised to a shipping size of 20 grams.
An unveiling party was held at the Katsurao village office on the 4th, and on the 6th, Masaaki Matsumoto, director of the Fukushima Prefecture Evacuation Area Reconstruction Bureau, presented 30 fish to the governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Masao Uchibori. On the 11th, three or four pieces of salt-grilled fish were served to children in the village. The next landing will be at the end of March.
Haneru Katsurao Co., Ltd. started a land-based farming business for vannamei shrimp in Katsurao Village last spring. Currently, it is operated as a joint venture by six companies, including Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, led by Yamaryo Suisan Co., Ltd., which operates a seafood processing business centered on frozen tuna processing in Fukushima Prefecture. [...]
Source: Suikei (translated from original in japanese)
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).[...]
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.[...]
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.
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.[...]
The Department of University, Research and Innovation has awarded subsidies worth 9.58 million euros to finance fifty R&D projects in marine sciences promoted by seven Andalusian public universities and by six research institutes and technological centers that develop their activity in the community.
In a statement, the University Department has pointed out that this aid program, resolved by competitive competition, received 84 applications and falls within the framework of the Complementary Research Plan in Marine Sciences promoted by Andalusia in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and with the support of European recovery funds.
The universities of Almería (UAL), Cádiz (UCA), Córdoba (UCO), Granada (UGR), Huelva (UHU), Málaga (UMA) and Seville (US) are those that have been selected for these incentives, with an amount raised 7.43 million, which represents 77.53% of the total aid granted. These resources will allow the promotion of 41 projects in the observation and monitoring of the marine and coastal environment, sustainable, intelligent and precision aquaculture and the blue economy.[...]
Mixed results for fishing in the Port of Vigo at the start of the year, with increases in fresh fishing, but drops in frozen fishing. Regarding the activity at the O Berbés fish market, January ended with 2,161 tons, 6.24% more than in the same month last year. Frozen fishing traffic reached 34,755 tons, of which 28,508 were landed in Vigo and another 6,264 were exported. The balance is -4.52% compared to January 2023. The Port Authority of Vigo has made a positive balance on the occasion of the meeting of the Board of Directors.
Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here
Team Scotland’s presence last year at Aqua Nor, the international aquaculture trade show, has been hailed as a resounding success.
In a poll, three-quarters of the Scottish businesses represented there said they expect to see an increase in turnover after attending the biennial exhibition and conference held at Trondheim in Norway, in August last year.
The Scottish Government is following up on this exercise with a presence at the Aqua Sur trade show in Chile.
A change to Japan’s national fisheries law has granted aquaculture site access to corporations in certain instances, worrying members of local fishing cooperatives who fear these large businesses will take over sites previously reserved for them and reduce their status to mere employees instead of owner-operators.
The “Act on Partial Revision of the Fisheries Law” was passed in December 2018 and entered into effect a year later with the original intention of injecting capital into the industry while allowing new entrants to support the sector’s aging workforce.
Author: Chris Loew / SeafoodSource | read the full articlehere
It is an artisanal vessel that will focus on capturing greenfish, bonito, hake and sea bass.
The Basque inshore fleet has a new fishing vessel in its ranks. This is the Beti Itsasoko, a boat made of polyester by the company Astilleros de Bermeo. The construction of a new boat constitutes news that is as new as it is positive for the Basque fishing sector. And since the fleet of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa undertook a profound renovation of its ships at the end of the last century and the beginning of the current one, hardly any new additions have been registered. Astilleros de Bermeo built a fishing vessel for shipowners in the port of Donostia in 2020 and the Lekeitio minor gear fleet incorporated a new vessel in 2019 to replace an older one.
Two brothers from Armintza, Iñaki and Jon Mendizabal, owners of the Itxasoko Lorea II, a polyester fishing boat with 25 years of sea experience behind them, decided to take the step to undertake a new construction that has materialized with the recent launching of the Beti Itsasoko.[...]