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IN BRIEF - Oversea seafood buyers begin business trip in Japan

JAPAN
Tuesday, December 05, 2023

AOMORI – Fish wholesalers from the United States, Canada and Singapore started a business trip on Monday to four northeastern prefectures as the local fishing industry continues to reel from China's import ban on Japanese marine products.

The tour was organized by the government-linked Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to help the country's fishery business operators find alternative buyers for their products.

The Chinese government has banned imports of Japanese marine products to protest against the release of treated water into the ocean from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the Tohoku region.

The buyers from six companies, who are interested in scallops, yellowtail and sea urchin, observed an auction at a wholesale market in the city of Aomori on Monday morning.

Later, they inspected bluefin tuna caught off Aomori Prefecture and held a meeting with a local fishery wholesaler.

The wholesalers will, from Tuesday, visit fish markets and fishery business operators in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

Source: The Japan Times


IN BRIEF - Bangkok battles outbreak of black chin tilapia, invasive species posing threat to local aquaculture

THAILAND
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Bangkok is battling an outbreak of black chin tilapia, an invasive species that poses a threat to local aquaculture. The situation has escalated to the point where local government officials, including Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, and MPs from various parties visited affected areas in Bang Khun Thian district to assess the impact and coordinate a response.

The situation has escalated to the point where local government officials, including Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, and MPs from various parties visited affected areas in Bang Khun Thian district to assess the impact and coordinate a response.

The invasive fish, known for its rapid breeding and resilience to environmental conditions, preys on smaller fish and fish eggs, disrupting the local aquatic ecosystem. Originating from Samut Songkhram province, the outbreak has now spread to several districts in Bangkok, including Bang Khun Thian, Thung Khru, and Bang Bon, affecting around 900 aquaculture farmers. 


IN BRIEF - WTO fisheries subsidy curbs: India rejects draft text citing inadequate protection for small fishers

INDIA
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Demands more balance in obligations on curbing overcapacity and overfishing subsidies

The subsidies identified for prohibition include those pertaining to the construction, acquisition and modernization of vessels; purchase of fishing gear and related machinery; fuel, ice, or bait; insurance and income support during seasonal closures. | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B

India has made a strong pitch at the WTO for more effective carveouts for small-scale and artisanal fishers to protect their livelihood subsidies and has rejected the draft text circulated by the chair of the WTO negotiations on curbing overcapacity and overfishing (OCOF) subsidies arguing that the special and differential treatment (SDT) provisions for its fishing communities needed to be stronger.


IN BRIEF - Hungarian presidency to work towards a competitive european aquaculture sector

HUNGARY
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The environmental and economic sustainability of freshwater aquaculture and the promotion of innovative and sustainable solutions were in the focus of the informal meeting of EU Directors-General and attachés for fisheries in Balatonfüred, Hungary.

 

Family photo at the informal meeting of EU Directors-General and attachés for fisheries  © Kormany.hu

The Hungarian presidency chose the improvement of the competitiveness of European aquaculture as the theme of the informal meeting held in Balatonfüred between 8 and 10 July, with the aim of developing an integrated and holistic approach to the development of both marine and freshwater aquaculture farms together with the Member States.

Fruitful debates took place both in plenary and in session meetings, offering a good basis for the continuation of the Presidency’s work to enhance the global role of European aquaculture.

The EU’s catches from marine fisheries are no longer sufficient to meet the growing demand for fisheries products, which is why it is vital to increase the competitiveness of the aquaculture sector.

Hungary is also aiming to bring about a shift in mindset that puts freshwater fish consumption in perspective alongside marine fish consumption. These efforts are in line with the recent Aquaculture 2030 Strategy of the Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, which shows that the Commission is also clearly committed to strengthening the role of the sector.

Source: Hungarian Presidency Council EU 


IN BRIEF - Three automatic bonito fishing machines can handle the same amount of work as two people

JAPAN
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The Fisheries Research and Education Agency Development and Investigation Center has published a preliminary report on the results of a 2023 survey project that examined the operational performance of electric automatic fishing machines on deep-sea skipjack pole-and-line fishing boats. 

The problem of lines getting tangled with the next machine, which was an issue when multiple machines were operated simultaneously, was resolved, and the time required for restarting the machine was also shortened. As a result, the skipjack catch ratio was about twice that of a human fisherman for a total of three fishing machines.

Verification of the simultaneous operation of three fishing machines began in fiscal year 2010. The machines are installed closer together to 1.2 meters in anticipation of actual operation. As a result, it is expected that the line of the adjacent machine will frequently become entangled with the rod, so the length of the line (main line) from the tip of the rod to the lure, which was 1.5 meters, was reduced to 0.6 meters, half the installation interval. [....]

Source: The Suisan Keizai (translated from original in Japanese)


IN BRIEF - Exhibits related to RAS, blue carbon, etc.

JAPAN
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

17th-18th: Smart marine technology gathers in Shizuoka

The Marine Open Innovation Organization (Matsunaga Tadashi, Representative Director), an external organization of Shizuoka Prefecture, will hold the "BLUE ECONOMY EXPO @ Suruga Bay" event on the 17th and 18th in Shizuoka City to introduce domestic and international efforts in the blue economy (sustainable marine economy) and advanced marine science and technology. In the fisheries industry, the event will feature smart fishing and aquaculture using information and communication technology (ICT), its use in land-based aquaculture, and the use of seaweed to absorb carbon dioxide in the sea.

Marine Open Innovation Institute and the promotion of the blue economy

  • Operation of the MaOI Forum, a membership network bringing together industry, government, academia, and finance
  • Matching and commercialization support for research seeds and corporate needs
  • One-stop research support service, intellectual property management, and startup support

Source: Minato Yamaguchi (translated from original in Japanese)


OTHER MEDIA | FishFarmingExpert: Garware mussels in on spat collection market

CHILE
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Aquaculture net and rope producer Garware Technical Fibres has developed a new spat collecting rope for the Chilean mussel industry, which earns more than US $370 million per year from exports of Mytilus chilensis.

“The shape of our rope allows the mussel to adhere more efficiently; its polypropylene fibres are highly fibrillated loops, thus offering resistance as a support for the growth of the mussel,” said Francisco Serra, commercial manager of Garware Technical Fibres Chile, in a press release.

Source: Fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here


IN BRIEF - Statement on the resignation of Commissioner Vălean and Commissioner Sinkevičius from the Commission

EUROPEAN UNION
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Commissioner Valean and Commissioner Sinkevicius have informed President von der Leyen that they have decided to resign from the Commission, in order to take up their seat at the European Parliament, to which they have been elected.

Commissioner Valean and Commissioner Sinkevicius have resigned with effect on 15 and 16 July respectively.

In order to ensure the continuity of work of the Commission, the President has decided to temporarily assign the responsibilities for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries to Executive Vice-President Šefcovic, in addition to his current portfolio.

For the same reason, the President has also decided to temporarily assign the responsibilities for Transport to Commissioner Hoekstra, in addition to his current portfolio.

The President has also informed the European Parliament and the Council about these temporary changes.

Source: ec.europa.eu


IN BRIEF - Frozen Sardine Imports Drop 99% by June 2024

SOUTH KOREA
Monday, July 15, 2024

As of June 2024, the import volume of frozen sardines into South Korea has plummeted by 99% compared to the same period last year. No frozen sardines were imported in June 2024, a stark contrast to the 1,519 tons imported in June 2023.

The cumulative import volume for the first half of 2024 stands at 68 tons, representing a 98% decrease from the 11,299 tons imported during the same period in 2023.

This accounts for a mere 0.02% of the total seafood imports, which amounted to 445,418 tons.

Analyzing the import sources, all 68 tons of frozen sardines imported by June 2024 came exclusively from Russia.

In contrast, during the same period last year, South Korea imported 11,285 tons from Russia and 14 tons from Mexico.

This significant decrease is attributed to a combination of factors, including changes in the international seafood market, stricter import regulations, and supply chain issues.

There is now heightened interest in whether the import volume of frozen sardines will recover and how the seafood market will evolve in the coming months.

Source: Union Forsea Corp.


IN BRIEF - Pelagic fishing season 2024: sardine and mackerel fisheries continue to grow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Monday, July 15, 2024

The progress of the pelagic fishing season was discussed at a meeting of the headquarters at the Federal Agency for Fisheries.

Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Vasily Sokolov noted that catches are currently 2 times higher than the level of the previous year.

According to the industry monitoring system of the Federal Agency for Fisheries (Federal Fisheries Monitoring System), by July 10, the total catch of sardine, mackerel and saury by Russian fishermen totaled more than 117 thousand tons.

The main share of the catch is Iwashi sardine - 115.3 thousand tons, including in the Russian EEZ - 100.5 thousand tons, mackerel catch - 1.9 thousand tons.

In the period from 1 to 7 July 2024, pelagic fish species were fished by 17 Russian fishing vessels (16 vessels in the Russian EEZ).

According to industry scientists, in the near future the hydrometeorological conditions will be favorable for a stable catch of Iwashi sardine.

Following the results of the headquarters, Vasily Sokolov instructed to work with users on continuing the fishery in July-August, taking into account the favorable scientific forecast.

Source: Federal Agency for Fisheries 


IN BRIEF - Japan to Provide Fisheries Research Vessels to 4 Pacific Island Nations

JAPAN
Monday, July 15, 2024

The government plans to provide one fisheries research vessel free of charge to each of the four Pacific island nations of Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, it has been learned.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will formally announce the plan during the 10th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, a summit-level meeting that Japan will host in Tokyo from Tuesday through Thursday.

The aim of the plan is to help the four island nations carry out surveys on fisheries resources and the marine environment on their own in order to dispel concerns over the discharge of treated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.

In addition, Japan plans to provide a patrol boat free of charge to the South Pacific island nation of Nauru to assist the country in cracking down on illegal fishing. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other crimes at sea are also reportedly rampant in Nauru’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Through the provision of a patrol boat, Japan intends to help Nauru boost surveillance and maritime law enforcement capabilities at sea.

Source: The Japan News


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