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IN BRIEF - Cabinet approves new scheme for MSMEs in fisheries sector

Friday, February 09, 2024

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved the extension of Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund to another three years, up to 2025-26

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana (PM-MKSSY), a sub scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, for the micro and small enterprises operating in the fisheries sector with an expected investment of ?6,000 crore (U$D 722,604) in the next four years. The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved the extension of Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF) to another three years, up to 2025-26. The already approved fund size of the FIDF is ?7,522.48 crore (U$D 905,834.59) and the budgetary support is ?939.48 crore.

About 121 fisheries infrastructure projects with an investment cost of ?5,588.63 crore (U$D 672,957.81) have been approved under the FIDF for creation of various fisheries infrastructures. Extension of FIDF, the government said, would intensify development of various fisheries infrastructure such as fishing harbours, fish landing centres, ice plants, cold storage and fish transport facilities. The Centre said in a release that the extension would further leverage the financial resources and encourage more investments in development of infrastructure for fisheries and aquaculture both from the public and private sector.

IN BRIEF - Handed over hefty dive boat to AQS

Friday, February 09, 2024

Maritime Partner has recently delivered an "AQS Siv" to AQS. This vessel represents a ground-breaking and innovative concept within the work boat market. AQS has chosen to invest in a large fast-moving work diving boat, where the focus areas have been to reduce the transit time considerably while maintaining comfort for the crew.

AQS AS is a major player and powerful marine contractor specializing in aquaculture, but they also carry out all types of service and diving assignments. The company has a strong focus on sustainability and a large expenditure item is fuel and long transit times to and from work locations, says a press release from Maritime Partner. 

With "AQS Siv", AQS will significantly reduce the transit time and with five cabins for the crew on board, they will be able to stay at the work location overnight. 

As part of the sustainability approach, a battery pack of 368 kWt has been installed in the new building. This capacity gives the possibility of zero emissions when working around the breeding cages, during ROV operations and when flushing ditches, as well as allowing the boat to stay at the cage overnight without having the main engines/auxiliary engine running. 

The battery pack will provide enough power for the hotel load on board.

AQS has also entered into a time charter agreement for services to Cermaq Finnmark.[...]

Source: Skipsrevyen (translated from original in norwegian)

IN BRIEF - MSC Conference Session at SENA: Sustainable Seafood in the Digital Cart

Friday, February 09, 2024

The MSC will be hosting a conference session on sustainable seafood and the digital consumer at this year’s SENA. 

The session (Empowering Conscious Consumers: Sustainable Seafood in the Digital Cart) takes place on Monday, March 11th  from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Join the MSC, e-commerce leaders and other sustainable seafood advocates for a conversation about e-commerce, online shopping behaviors, and seafood sustainability – supported by real-life consumer case studies. 

During this session, the MSC will share foundational consumer research from GlobeScan, and the audience will have a chance to hear directly from consumers about their online shopping experience through video clips collected via “Watch Me Think” qualitative research conducted by the MSC.

IN BRIEF - Falklands: Illex squid season starts with 'reasonable catches'

Friday, February 09, 2024

The Director of Natural Resources, Dr. Clausen reported that in recent days “the level of catches appears reasonably good.”
On February 1, the Illex squid capture season opened in waters of the EEZ of the Falkland Islands, and some 88 jiggers presented themselves to apply for the corresponding licenses, according to the Director of Natural Resources, Dr. Andrea Clausen.
Dr. Clausen herself reported that in recent days “the level of catches appears reasonably good.”
Illex catches are highly dependent on and influenced by ocean temperature, which has reportedly resulted in little or relative activity on the high seas, but Dr. Clausen remains positive as “early indications are reasonable.”
However, she added, it is difficult to anticipate what the rest of the season will be like, although “having more information and oceanographic analysis will be very useful.”
From the Argentine side it was also reported that the Illex catches were “encouraging” for now while the BIP Eduardo Holmberg research vessel of INIDEP left to carry out a survey cruise of the sub-Patagonian squid stock, between the 46th and 51st parallels.
Source: MercoPress

IN BRIEF - Suspension Of Permanent Secretary For Fisheries And Forestry

Friday, February 09, 2024

The suspension is effective from close of business today, Friday 9 February 2024.

Permanent Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry, Ms Atelaite Rokosuka has been suspended.

This was confirmed by the Public Service Commission.

The suspension is effective from close of business today, Friday 9 February 2024.

Chairman of Public Service Commission, Luke Rokovada said the suspension follows an investigation into the allegations of the Deal signed with Infinite Power Clean Energy (Fiji) Pte Limited.

“The Public Service Commission is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity and takes allegations of misconduct seriously,” Mr Rokovada said.

“During this time, Ms Rokosuka will be relieved of her duties pending the outcome of the investigation"

"The Commission will conduct a thorough and impartial review to ensure a fair resolution of the matter.”

Author/source: Kelera Tuisawau/ Fiji Sun

IN BRIEF - Russia's aquaculture production rises 4.8% to 402,000 tonnes in 2023

Friday, February 09, 2024

MOSCOW (Interfax) - Russia's aquaculture production rose 4.8% year-on-year to 402,000 tonnes in 2023 from 383,500 tonnes in 2022, Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) head Ilya Shestakov said in congratulations sent to the industry's scientific organizations on Russian Science Day.

Shestakov also said that aquaculture production has doubled over the past 10 years.

Russia's main types of commercial fish are salmon, carp, valuable aquatic organisms such as oysters, mussels, scallops, other mollusks, and echinoderms, as well as sturgeon.

IN BRIEF - Sapmer secures a liquidity injection of 20 million to revive the company

Friday, February 09, 2024

The French tuna company Sapmer secures a liquidity injection of 20 million euros with Chateauvieux under new ownership
The French tuna, toothfish and lobster fishing company secures a liquidity injection of 20 million euros as part of a restructuring of the property.
As you may remember, the major protagonists in the global expansion of Galician fishing, Worldwide Fishing Company (Wofco), acquired two boats from Samper within the firm's growth phase. In the midst of a critical situation for the sector, which is suffering from falling sales or loss of margins, and in which the assembly companies are shedding part of their extractive force, the Vigo company, directed by Borja Tenorio and Alberto Barreiro, redoubles its bets on the tuna industry and incorporates two new units. After the arrival of the tuna freezer Ría de Aldán, Wofco returned to “fishing” in the French Sapmer, in the midst of the divestment process, with the incorporation of the Belle Rive and Belle Isle ships, which will leave the Indian Ocean to now work in the ocean Peaceful.

Source: europaazul

IN BRIEF - Five people, three companies convicted of 18 violations in N.S. halibut fishery

Friday, February 09, 2024

A major investigation into the halibut fishery in the Sambro area of Nova Scotia has led to multiple fines and licence suspensions.

Five people and three companies were convicted of 18 violations of the Fisheries Act and Regulations. The Department of Oceans and Fisheries (DFO) conducted the investigation, according to a Tuesday news release.(opens in a new tab)

DFO originally laid 66 charges(opens in a new tab) against eight individuals and five companies in 2021.

“Harvesters who break the law give themselves an unfair advantage, undermine the effective management of the fishery, and threaten the sustainability of our shared fishery resources,” says DFO in the release.

The charges include:

  •  failing to have catch verified by a dockside observer
  •  providing inaccurate catch information in order to land more halibut than was allowed in conditions of licence

The last sentence was handed out on Tuesday.

The individuals and companies were collectively fined more than $260,000, DFO says.[...]

Author/source: Jacob Moore/CTVNewsAtlantic

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Ireland will invest almost 30 million this year in improving the country's six main fishing ports

Friday, February 09, 2024

The Government of Ireland announces a new wave of investments to continue improving the port infrastructure of the country's main fishing terminals. This year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will spend €29.7 million on various projects in Killybegs, Ros an Mhíl, An Daingean, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth.

Minister Charlie McConalogue has highlighted that these six fishing port centers “are crucial infrastructure for our fishing industry.”

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | FishFocus: Seaweed worms could revolutionise fish farming diets

Friday, February 09, 2024

With the help of EMFF funding and a bit of Danish ingenuity, researchers are exploring innovative production techniques that could revolutionise aquaculture as we know it.

Today, fish fry production is based almost exclusively on rotifiers (microscopic, aquatic invertebrates) and Artemia (tiny crustaceans), which need to be enriched with fish oils or algae before use. This process is not only costly and time-consuming but the nutritional quality of these types of feed is not ideal.

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here

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