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Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Peru encourages nearly 5,000 fishermen to request the approved bonds to mitigate the economic impact on the sector

PERU
Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Ministry of Production (Produce) of Peru calls on potential beneficiaries of the Artisanal Fisherman's Bonus to go to the offices of the Banco de la Nación to receive the subsidy approved by the Peruvian Government with the aim of mitigating the economic impacts as a result of the El Niño Phenomenon and anomalous waves. The deadline to collect this aid ends on February 28.

So far, 29,596,000 Peruvian soles, more than 7,173,600 euros, have been distributed to benefit more than 42,280 on-board and non-board artisanal fishermen, within the framework of the economic recovery plan “Con Punch Peru”.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here


Other Media | EuropaAzul: Collaboration with fishermen improves the selectivity of EU fisheries

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, February 22, 2024

A study commissioned by the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee takes stock of existing selectivity practices in EU fisheries, identifying progress made and avenues to be explored to achieve better results. "Since 2013, a lot of work has been done and progress has been made on selectivity measures in the EU," they say from the European Parliament.

The study by the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of the Azores (Portugal), presented in the European Parliament on February 19, analyzed the progress made in terms of selectivity in European fisheries since 2013.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


Other Media | FishFarmer: Subsea awards recognise underwater expertise

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Aberdeenshire firm J+S Subsea was one of the big winners at last night’s Subsea Expo Awards in Aberdeen, picking up two accolades.

The Kintore-based firm collected the Company of the Year Award – under 50 employees, which was sponsored by Ocean Installer, reflecting its strong growth in recent years.  A second award came in the Rising Star category where J+S Subsea’s environmental and sustainability adviser Kairvee Tyagi won the award in a strong field of nominees.

Source: FishFarmer | read the full article here


Other Media | SeafoodSource: Bakkafrost banking on better biological performance in 2024 after challenging year

FAROE ISLANDS
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Glyvrar, Faroe Islands-based Bakkafrost Group delayed harvests planned for last year in both the Faroes and Scotland until early 2024, and the company said it hopes improved biological performance elicits a solid – albeit delayed – harvest and turns around what was a disappointing end to 2023.

For FY 2023, the company’s revenues amounted to DKK 7.14 billion (USD 1 billion, EUR 957.8 million), and its operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) totaled DKK 1.5 billion (USD 217.3 million, EUR 201.2 million). Harvests, meanwhile, amounted to 73,006 metric tons (MT) gutted weight.

Author: Jason Holland / SeafoodSource | read the full article here


IN RIEF - Shifting pollock spawning complicates fisheries management in Gulf of Alaska

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Right about now, millions of walleye pollock are gathering in the Shelikof Strait, near Kodiak Island. They mass there every year towards the end of winter to prepare for spawning. 

And soon, scientists will follow them to do their annual winter trawl survey. 

“It’s timed to be there and survey the pollock just prior to the peak of spawning,” said fisheries biologist Lauren Rogers, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “So that timing of when pollock are going to be migrating to the spawning grounds or away from the spawning grounds is then going to be particularly important for that survey.”

Fisheries biologist Lauren Rogers (NOAA)

But the timing of pollock spawning is becoming more unreliable, as human-caused climate change warms the ocean. That means the scientific surveys that are used for fisheries management could become unreliable too.

Between 2017 and 2019, surveys done by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center across the Gulf of Alaska produced wildly different estimates of pollock biomass. Summer surveys across the feeding grounds showed near-record lows, while the winter survey in Shelikof Strait showed record highs.[...]

Author/source: Anna Canny, KTOO


IN BRIEF - Fisheries eyeing China as an ideal market: MD

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) sees China as an ideal market for Papua New Guinea to take advantage of and open.

Managing director Justin Ilakini said trade with the Chinese market would favorably impact the development of PNG's non-tuna sector.

Ilakini said that while the European Union remains a key market in terms of value and quantity, greater returns are being seen in the tuna industry.

However, 98 percent of the people who participated were engaged in other fishing activities, such as fishing coastal and continental or aquaculture.

Ilakini also noted some stagnation in investment in the country's tuna industry over the past eight years for reasons beyond his control.

He said there has been a slow but strong indication of investment interest, especially with the return of ships.

He attributed this positive step to the government addressing policy and regulatory constraints.

"Those are positive signs, but when it comes to investing, it takes time to slowly build trust," he said.

"Currently, we have about 200 fishing companies at various levels and various sectors; and bringing aquaculture in terms of farmers, there are thousands."

Ilakini said the fishing sector is currently valued at around K5 billion in terms of money generated.

Source: The National


IN BRIEF - Nordic Aqua Partners excited by the results in China

NORWAY
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Have carried out their first test slaughter

Nordic Aqua Partners is out with its Q4 report, but also has exciting news from the current quarter.

The company reports the following highlight:

  • Test slaughter now in mid-February of 5.0 kg (live weight) salmon. Calling the quality "excellent"
  • Good fish health and welfare; <1.6% mortality and no signs of sexual maturation
  • Good operational and biological performance for all batches
  • Biomass production in Q4 of 469 tonnes, total biomass of 1,079 tonnes at the end of the quarter
  • The fish ready for first slaughter in March have an average weight of 4.6 kg (live weight) in mid-February
  • Phase 1 CAPEX completed according to plan and budget
  • New group CFO and group MD employed in China
  • Available liquidity of EUR 37.7 million as at 31.12.23

"Nordic Aqua experienced good operational erformance in the fourth quarter with the completion of construction work for Phase 1 according to the plan and budget2", they write in the Q4 report.

The biological performance is reported to be good for all batches - and the fish show strong growth, a mortality rate of less than 1.6% and no signs of sexual maturation.

Source: LandbasedAQ (translated from original in norwegian)


IN BRIEF - Quang Nam develops logistics services for offshore fishing, combat IUU fishing

VIET NAM
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Developing logistics services for offshore fishing is a key solution that the central province of Quang Nam will implement this year to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and promote sustainable fisheries development.

Quang Nam (VNA) – Developing logistics services for offshore fishing is a key solution that the central province of Quang Nam will implement this year to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and promote sustainable fisheries development.

According to Tich, the provincial administration has invested thousands of billions of VND to renovate and upgrade Tam Quang and Tam Giang fishing ports in Nui Thanh district, Hong Trieu fishing port in Duy Xuyen district, Tam Phu fishing wharf port in Tam Ky city, and Thanh Ha port in Hoi An city. In 2024, hundreds of billions of VND will be invested in phase two of the expansion of An Hoa fishing port and logistics service complex.

In addition, the province has been encouraging the development of offshore services such as fuel and food supply or seafood purchasing as measures to develop a modern marine industry.  

Towards the goal of catching 195,000 tonnes of all kinds of seafood in 2024, the province is accelerating a programme on upgrading fishing vessels’ capacity and equipping all offshore vessels with Icom and GPS satellite navigation devices.


Other Media | EuropaAzul: The EU approves the first carbon removal certification system

EUROPEAN UNION
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The EU has approved the first carbon removal certification system – In order to achieve climate goals, the European Union has announced the approval of the world's first carbon removal certification system. This historic framework, agreed yesterday, February 20, 2024, aims to establish clear and reliable standards for quantifying, tracking and verifying carbon removal, a key step towards climate neutrality in 2050. The agreement also includes marine carbon removal, opening up the possibility for seaweed farmers and other aquaculture activities to benefit from voluntary certification.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here


Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Concern in the French fleet over possible new closures in the Bay of Biscay

FRANCE
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Yesterday, Tuesday, February 20, the fishing ban for professionals in the Bay of Biscay ended. All boats over 8 meters can now resume normal activity. However, the Committee National des Pêches Maritimes et des Elevages Marins (CNPMEM), which brings together the French fleet, has stated that "concerns continue for the sector", explaining that "it is exposed to a renewal, or even a expansion of these closures". In this sense, the CNPMEM conveyed its discomfort to the Government for "the slowness of public authorities in validating compensation agreements", a fact that it considers "unacceptable."

Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full article here


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