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IN BRIEF - Fishing vessel rescued after running aground near Makuluva Island

Monday, February 12, 2024

The Taiwanese fishing vessel, FV Huang De (YJWS3), sailing under the Vanuatu flag, which ran aground close to Makuluva Island, has been pulled out of the reef.

This has been confirmed by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji CEO, Joeli Cawaki, who says the vessel is now being towed to Suva.

He says the 28 people on board are safe.

Cawaki has also confirmed to fijivillage News that an investigation will be done to determine how the vessel ran aground.

He says they will also be checking for environmental damage.

Source: Rashika Kumar/fijivillage


IN BRIEF - Near 90% will 'increase' frozen sales

Monday, February 12, 2024

  • National supermarket/co-op main paper questionnaire
  • Frozen sales of processed seafood products are expanding. 

According to a survey conducted by the Minato Shimbun at the beginning of the year to a total of 27 leading supermarkets and consumer cooperatives nationwide (Life Corporation is only in the Tokyo metropolitan area), when asked about their intentions to handle frozen processed seafood products this year, all 27 responded.

Of the total, 23 companies, or 85%, responded that they would "increase." This was 7 points higher than the same survey from the previous year. Processed seafood products are generally sold chilled. In the future, there will be an increase in frozen sales that do not require thawing of products.[...]

Source: Minato Yamaguchi (translated from original in japanese)

IN BRIEF - Processed seafood manufacturer Ocean Bussan suspends business, prepares to file for bankruptcy

Monday, February 12, 2024

According to the credit research company Tokyo Shoko Research and the Teikoku Databank Iwaki Branch, Ocean Bussan (Iwaki City), a processed seafood product manufacturer, ceased operations and went bankrupt by the 1st. I am preparing to apply. Total debt is approximately 299 million yen.

The company was established in Kochi Prefecture in 1991, and moved to Iwaki City in 1996 in search of high-quality bonito. The company handles many processed seafood products, mainly bonito tataki made using straw-grilled methods, as well as yellowtail daikon radish and ginger simmered saury, and the number of sales at major supermarkets, fisheries producers, and online shops is increasing. Sales for the fiscal year ending August 2022 were approximately 440 million yen (U$D 2,946,987.-).

However, in addition to operating during the coronavirus pandemic, soaring prices are putting pressure on profits. Furthermore, due to poor catches of skipjack tuna nationwide, sales in the August 2021 period were limited to approximately 290 million yen (U$D 1,942,332.-).

Afterwards, although they tried to rebuild their business, they gave up on continuing the business as their cash flow reached their limit.

Other Media | aqua.cl: Punta Arenas: Violent fire affected salmon processing plant

Monday, February 12, 2024

Five fire companies would have attended the scene to control the flames, which would have consumed part of the facilities.

Last Sunday, at around 10:50 am, the alarm was activated at the Entrevientos process plant, located in the city of Punta Arenas, and which is owned by the companies Blumar and Multi X; Five fire companies arrived at the scene, totaling around 95% of the city's volunteers to control the fire, according to information collected by various media in the region.

From the Entrevientos plant they issued a statement stating that the causes of the incident are still under investigation, but that it was controlled around 2 p.m. thanks to the work of the Fire Department and the plant's specialized personnel.

Source: aqua.cl l Read the full article here

Other Media | The Fish Site: The startup that plans to reduce antibiotic use in aquaculture

Monday, February 12, 2024

Chilean biotech startup Aquit is developing a preventative treatment against infections in fish that boosts natural immunity, improves survival rates and replaces the need for antibiotics, according to CEO Daniela Allerbon

Prior to Allerbon joining Aquit, biotechnologists Jörn Bethke and Cristián Valenzuela had spent 15 years working together in the lab, culminating in the duo focusing on developing a sustainable alternative to antibiotic use in the aquaculture industry.

In 2017, the duo were awarded a grant from Microsoft Imagine Labs that allowed them to undertake their first trials. 

Author: Tor McIntosh / The Fish Site l Read the full article here

Other Media | Fish Focus: Trace Register & Wholechain first seafood traceability providers to achieve interoperability at scale.

Monday, February 12, 2024

GDST standards enable seafood traceability software competitors to collaborate and revolutionise data-sharing capabilities.

Leading seafood traceability solutions providers Trace Register and Wholechain announce a ground-breaking development for the seafood industry: interoperability between two different traceability systems based on Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) compatibility standards.

Source: FishFocus l Read the full article here

Other Media | Fish Farmer: Norway to launch new aquaculture environmental regime

Monday, February 12, 2024

Norway is changing the pollution rules around aquaculture, the government has announced, with a move away from individual discharge permits towards more standard regulations and conditions.

The government believes the change will make the rules more equal for companies.

Author: Vince McDonagh / Fish Farmer l Read the full article here

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: UNESCO will make Barcelona the epicenter of debate on the future of marine research next April

Monday, February 12, 2024

Under the motto "The science we need for the ocean we want", Barcelona is already preparing to host the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference. The event, which will take place from April 10 to 12 at the Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB), will celebrate the achievements and establish joint priorities for the future of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), or 'Decade of the Ocean. Representatives of UNESCO, the Generalitat of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council and the State presented some of the keys to the event at a press conference.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras l Read the full article here

IN BRIEF - IFFO’s Members Meeting will take place in Miami from 16th to 17th April

Sunday, February 11, 2024

From 16th to 17th April, IFFO will gather its Members in Miami, USA. Registrations are open and the detailed agenda is available here.

The speakers will explore how the marine ingredients industry is ensuring the efficient use of marine materials and contributing to global nutrition. More than twenty industry experts, scientists and value chain representatives will share their insights, focusing on responsible fishing and the expectations that now face the industry, as well as the impacts and future social license. Market presentations will cover an in-depth analysis of agri-commodities, fish oil, fishmeal, algal oil, and omega-3, with country and regional insights.

The programme includes two Market Forums, a Challenges and Opportunities session and a buffet dinner. 

Chaired by IFFO's Dr Enrico Bachis, the Market Demand session will cover changes in the feed sector (speaker TBC) and fishmeal consumption in North America (Scoular) as well as an update on the omega-3 market (GOED), fish oil trade (Marex Global Sourcing) and China market (IFFO). Certification standards in the marine ingredients sector will be discussed with an update on MarinTrust’s marine ingredients factory standard.

Source: IFFO

IN BRIEF - A new jack macekrel catch limit set at 74,047 tonnes for 2024

Saturday, February 10, 2024

The 12th annual meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) has concluded last Friday 2 February. Under the EU lead, the meeting has seen significant strides towards sustainable fisheries management. The main highlight has been the consensual agreement on a new allocation for Chilean jack mackerel.

The agreement on the Chilean jack mackerel allocation, valid for the next decade, provides a stable and scientifically backed framework for the fishing industry. The EU saw its quota share for the Chilean jack mackerel increase, with a new catch limit set at 74,047 tonnes for 2024 - an increase of 22% from the previous year.

This is truly a milestone decision, underscoring the success of science-driven stock management, after the near-collapse of the Chilean jack mackerel stock at the beginning of the last decade.

SPRFMO members also reached consensus on several other crucial measures. These include:

  • the tightening of transhipment rules
  • the gradual increase of observer coverage in squid fisheries (along with the development of electronic monitoring standards)
  • the decision to promote higher labour standards for crews on fishing vessels.

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