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

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

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

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

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.

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 | EuropaAzul: EU Commission responds to concerns over hake management in Western waters

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

EU Commission has responded to NWWAC concerns on hake management

The Directorate General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has addressed key issues raised by the North Western Waters Advisory Council (ACANO) in relation to the management of the northern hake stock.

In a recent letter from Director General Charlina Vitcheva, the Commission responded to concerns about the bycatch of juvenile hake and the application of the Technical Measures Regulation (TMR) in ICES zone 7 fisheries.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here

OTHER MEDIA | IndustriasPesqueras: Navantia obtains environmental authorization from the Xunta for its new construction plant

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The Xunta de Galicia has given the green light to Navantia's new naval construction and maintenance plant in Ferrol, which already has a favorable Integrated Environmental Authorization from the Department of Environment and Climate Change. The plant is located on a plot with a total area of ??more than 930,000 square meters and has a covered area of ??335,000 square meters; another with stands, pre-assembly of blocks and storage area of ??230,000 square meters

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here

OTHER MEDIA | SeafoodSource: Atlantic Sapphire increased harvest in Q2 2024, but harvest weight dropped due to crowded tanks

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Atlantic Sapphire announced it harvested more salmon in Q2 2024 than in Q1, but harvest weights dropped.

The company, in a Q2 2024 trading update posted to the Oslo Børs, said it harvested 1,245 metric tons (MT) of head-on gutted salmon from its Miami, Florida, U.S.A.-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in the quarter, up from the 1,150 MT it harvested in Q1 2024. During the quarter, the company saw net biomass gain of 1,550 MT live weight, reaching 2,930 MT of standing biomass.

Author: Chris Chase / SeafoodSource | Read the full article here

OTHER MEDIA | FishFocus: Is there a future for Scottish farmed scallops?

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

One area of Scottish shellfish aquaculture that would seem to have good potential for growth is king and queen scallop production – although there are technical and biological challenges that still need to be overcome.

The lack of Scottish scallop production is borne out by the Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2023, which reveals that there was a decrease in king scallop production since 2022, from 39,000 to 24,000 shells, and for queen scallops it was non-existent or minimal at best.

Source: FishFocus | Read the full article here

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

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

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