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IN BRIEF - Why The Name Chilean Sea Bass Is Incredibly Misleading

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

What's in a name? In the case of Chilean sea bass, the answer is a multi-million dollar industry. Superficially, this fish doesn't seem all that different from other types of whitefish, but it fetches upwards of $30 per plate at fine-dining restaurants. Chilean sea bass's buttery flavor, flaky texture, and versatility have made it a hit with chefs and diners alike, but those aren't the main reasons for its hefty price tag.

There are a number of factors contributing to the cost of Chilean sea bass, starting with the fact that these fish can be tricky to catch. They live in deep waters far from the coastline, and since they take around seven years to reach maturity, their population is slow to rebound from large catches. However, the biggest factor driving the high price of Chilean sea bass is demand, which is incredible, considering that less than 50 years ago, it was frequently tossed away by fishermen.

The rise of Chilean sea bass from bycatch to luxury meal is a remarkable saga that shows just how impactful branding can be. You see, the Chilean sea bass isn't Chilean, and it's not even a bass. While a few may be caught off the coast of Chile, the vast majority come from Antarctica, and they're actually a type of cod. Before the late 1970s, it went by a different name: the Patagonian toothfish. Why then, has the fishing industry spun this lie for us? [...]

Source: Chowhound

IN BRIEF - Japan Eyes Tighter Bluefin Tuna Catch Management

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Tokyo (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fisheries Agency is planning to oblige fishery operators to report the number of Pacific bluefin tuna they catch while toughening penalties for a breach of the obligation to prevent illegal fishing.

The agency thinks it necessary to strengthen the management of tuna in response to the revelation in 2021 of the illegal distribution of bluefin tuna caught off Oma, Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

On Tuesday, the agency obtained approval of draft legislation needed to take the measures at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. It hopes that the legislation will be enacted during the current parliamentary session ending in June.

The reporting rule will target bluefin tuna weighing 30 kilograms or over. Fishery operators will be obliged to report the exact number of such bluefin tuna caught to local governments, in addition to the total catch volume as currently required.

Fishery operators will also be obliged to create and keep records of the names of fishing vessels, the dates of landing, and the weight of each fish.

Source: Nippon

IN BRIEF - Domestic supply of farmed yellowtail decreased by 15% to 85,000 tons

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

2024 Fisheries Agency guidelines remain unchanged for red sea bream

Domestic supply of farmed yellowtail reduced by 15% to 85,000 tons in 2024; Fisheries Agency guidelines leave red sea bream unchanged

On the 26th, the Fisheries Agency held a farmed fish supply and demand review meeting (chaired by Kagoshima University Professor Masaaki Sano) within the agency and set the domestic supply of farmed fish for the 2024 fishing season (excluding exports) at 85,000 yellowtails as guidelines for aquaculture production. 60,000 tons for red sea bream and 30,000 tons for amberjack. 

The guidelines present domestic supply as an amount that is in balance with domestic demand

Source: Minato Yamaguchi (translated from original in Japanese)

IN BRIEF - VASEP Infographic: Vietnam's seafood exports in January 2024

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

In the first month of 2024, Vietnam's seafood exports increased again by 48% over the same period. During this period, Japan, the US, Korea, the EU, China & HK, and Thailand are the 6 largest import markets for Vietnamese seafood.

Author/Source:  / VASEP (translated from original in Vietnamese)

IN BRIEF - Putin signed a law accelerating the receipt of tax deductions for fishermen

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing for faster receipt of tax deductions for fees for the use of aquatic biological resources.

Changes to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation will make it possible to apply the deduction not a year after the development and processing of aquatic biological resources, but after the extraction or catching of aquatic biological resources and the production of products with high added value from them. At the same time, funds within the established amount of the deduction will be retained in the circulation of fish producers - payers of the collection.

Vladimir Putin and Sergei Mitin

“Companies could receive such a deduction only in the third year after processing the catch. Now this period will be shortened. It will be possible to apply for the deduction based on the results of the extraction and processing of biological resources and apply it when applying for the next permits. The transfer of unused deductions to the next year also continues,” Sergei Mitin, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Agricultural and Food Policy and Environmental Management, commented on the document.

In addition, restrictions on the one-time use of the deduction within 2 years by fee payers are eliminated. And the period for applying the deduction is 2 calendar years, according to the new law.

IN BRIEF - Octopus import amount in January decreased by 37%

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The amount of frozen octopus imported into Korea in January 2024 was 268 tons, down 29% from 378 tons in the same period of the previous year, 2023, accounting for 0.32% of the total seafood imports of 84,073 tons, and 233 tons were imported the year before last.

As of January, 131 tons, or 49% of the total, of frozen octopus were imported from Mauritania, 83 tons from China, 19 tons from the Philippines, and 17 tons from Indonesia.

The import price by country was the highest in Mauritania at USD 9.15/kg, the lowest in China at USD 6.98/kg, and the Philippines at USD 6.37/kg. The import amount was USD 1.89 million, down 37% from USD 3.01 million in the same period last year. .

The average import price of frozen octopus in January was USD 7.08/kg.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.

IN BRIEF - Dutch mussel producers visit the Ría de Arousa with Opmega

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

  • About thirty producers from the Netherlands are enjoying a visit to different Galician towns these days to get closer to a crop that is totally different from that grown in their country.
  • Part of the board of directors of Opmega accompanied the expedition on a trip through the Ría de Arousa that left all the members of the delegation fascinated.
Vilagarcía de Arousa - The interest of mussel producers in the Netherlands in punt farming was perfectly reflected in the numerous questions they asked the president of Opmega, Ricardo Herbón, on the trip they took this morning through the Ría de Arousa.
About thirty Dutch professionals embarked on this guided tour that is part of a broad program of activities that the delegation will carry out until next February 29 and that will also take them to the Ribeira fish market and several companies in the sector.
The trip, promoted by the Dutch organization that is in charge of the auction of mussels and shellfish, has been a discovery for many of its members who did not know in detail about mussel cultivation in Galicia, totally different from that in the Netherlands, where the mollusk It is collected in the sandy areas where the seed, previously extracted from the beaches, is deposited with trawlers.

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)

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