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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.

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.

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