IN BRIEF – Philippines, Russia strengthen agriculture and food security ties

IN BRIEF - Philippines, Russia strengthen agriculture and food security ties

PHILIPPINES
Thursday, April 14, 2016

MANILA – Senior agriculture officials from the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture recently met in Moscow and discussed concrete measures to strengthen the two countries cooperation on food security and agricultural trade.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippine delegation was headed by DA Undersecretary Dennis Guerrero. Guerrero informed their Russian counterparts that the Philippines is prepared to supply Russia’s requirements for seafood and fishery products, as well as various tropical fruits.

He also informed them that we are ready to consider Russia’s request to export certain meat products to the country.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Agriculture Sergey Levin shared that Russia is pleased to continue exporting various grains to the Philippines and eventually venture into other foodstuff. He also encouraged the Philippines to export agricultural products to Russia.

Russia also responded positively to the Philippines’ inquiries on possible technical cooperation and information exchange on regulation of bio-control agents.

Source: Philippine Information Agency


IN BRIEF - Fishing season coming to an end in Tamil Nadu

INDIA
Thursday, April 14, 2016

MADURAI - Only a limited number of trawlers set sail from Rameswaram fishing harbour on Wednesday 13th of April 2016, the last fishing day of the season. The 45-day fishing ban will come into force on April 15.

Out of the over 700 fishing trawlers operating from the harbour, only 81 trawlers collected fishing tokens, said fisheries officials at Rameswaram.

District secretary of the Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association B Jesuraja said, "Not many of fishermen are ready to venture into the Palk Strait as season is coming to a close."

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - P.E.I. fishermen cautiously optimistic about spring lobster season

CANADA
Thursday, April 14, 2016

With the start of commercial lobster fishing season just over two weeks away, some Island fishermen say they are cautiously optimistic about what lies ahead.

Craig Avery, who fishes out of North Port, P.E.I., near Alberton, and is president of the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association said the wharves around the Island are already busy.

"Guys are putting their boats in the water. It's good business for boat haulers," said Avery, noting the season ahead "looks promising," with harbours free of ice, unlike last spring when there was a two-week delay to the season due to ice.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - BlueOcean NutraSciences Announces a Shrimp Oil Pilot Encapsulation Trial with a European Customer and Order Expectations

CANADA
Thursday, April 14, 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO - BlueOcean NutraSciences, a nutraceutical Company developing specialty oils and extended release (XR) Omega-3 tablets from shrimp, fish, krill and algae oil for Health and Wellness markets, is pleased to announce that it has begun a pilot encapsulation trial with a European Customer using the Company's bulk Northern AstaShrimp oil. The Customer has identified Northern AstaShrimp oil as a key ingredient in a unique formulation consisting of other key nutrients in the final product. This is due to Northern AstaShrimp having high levels of esterified natural astaxanthin, phospholipids and omega-3 EPA/DHA.

Following the pilot encapsulation trial, the Company expects an order from the Customer for up to 200 kg of bulk Northern AstaShrimp oil. This order is expected to be the first of larger annual orders that will be received in time for the beginning of the May to October 2016 Newfoundland Northern cold water shrimp season.

The European Customer has also reached the final stage of EU regulatory approval for Northern AstaShrimp oil sales. The European omega-3 market represents over 20% of global omega-3 sales, with the European supplements category valued at CAD 1Bn.

Source: Stock House


IN BRIEF - Regulator to examine scampi deal

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Whitby Seafoods' acquisition of the scampi operation of Scottish rival Dawnfresh Seafoods is to be examined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

The proposed deal followed Dawnfresh's decision to withdraw from the scampi market.

Now, the regulator is considering whether the deal has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether that has resulted in a lessening of competition within agriculture, environment and natural resources and food manufacturing sectors.

The CMA has issued an invitation to comment, allowing interested parties until 25 April 2016 to air any issues they have about the deal.

Source: Insider Media


IN BRIEF - Iran to export seafood to US, Canada

IRAN
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Iran plans to export seafood, including caviar and shrimp, to the US and Canada in the Iranian year to March 2017, a senior official said in a report.

There is no obstacle in the export of seafood products to the US, Hassan Salehi, Iranian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, was quoted as saying in an Iran Daily News report, citing Tasnim News Agency.

He noted that Iran is targeting new consumer markets for caviar and shrimp in Europe, Southeast Asia, the US, Canada and Russia.

In January, Salehi announced that Iran has the capacity to export 100,000 tonnes of seafood to Russia, saying Russian demand is so high that it outstrips Iran's exports.

Source: Trade Arabia


IN BRIEF - Impact of ‘choke stocks’ could wreak havoc on fishing fleets

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Overcoming the impact of so-called ‘choke stocks’ will be one of the principal challenges facing fisheries managers to ensure the discard ban does not wreak havoc on the viability of the Scottish fishing fleet.

This is the view of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) who fear that choke species – fish where all quota has been fully utilised - have the potential to close fisheries down early. This is likely to be a particular problem in demersal mixed fisheries where a variety of species are caught at the same time.

Under such a scenario, if a species with a low quota, for example hake, has its allocation fully taken, boats will not be able to carry on fishing despite having plenty of quota left for other species such as haddock. Economic impact assessments from Seafish have found that this could lead substantial losses in revenue for the fleet unless the issue is addressed.

Such issues will be examined at an ‘Access to Quota’ Workshop being held in Edinburgh this Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 April) that will involve Marine Scotland, regional fisheries advisory councils and the EC.


IN BRIEF - India may extend pact with Bangladesh on fisheries

INDIA
Thursday, April 14, 2016

India may extend an agreement with Bangladesh for co-operation in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, government said on April the 13th of 2016.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Bangladesh in September, 2011 for the period of five years. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was apprised about the MoU signed between India and Bangladesh in September, 2011 on bilateral cooperation in the field of fisheries and aquaculture and allied activities, according to an official statement.

"The MoU has strengthened the friendly relations between India and Bangladesh and promote development of cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture and allied sectors through mutually agreed activities and procedures," it said.

"The MoU will remain in force for a period of five years unless either of the Parties give prior written notice of at least six months in advance to the other party of its intention to terminate the MoU. This MoU could be extended for further period as may be mutually agreed upon," it added.

Source: Money Control


IN BRIEF - Illegal crab fishermen fined CAD 3,300 for North Vancouver haul

CANADA
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fresh crab can be expensive, but two Vancouver men have paid a very high price for the delicacy, and they never even got to taste their catch.

North Vancouver RCMP say the men were fishing for crab off the pier of Cates Park in North Vancouver in early January when their catch was seized and they were charged with several violations.

The pair have now been fined CAD 3,300 for offences including illegal possession of crabs, having undersized Dungeness crabs, possessing female crabs and using more than two crab traps.

RCMP Corporal Richard De Jong says Fisheries Act regulations are in place to protect crab stocks and fishermen are advised to know the rules before lowering their traps.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Kerala fisheries varsity to partner in global research project

INDIA
Thursday, April 14, 2016

KOCHI - Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies will be a key partner in the multi-country global research project to prevent diseases on farmed shrimps and boost aquaculture in Afro-Asian countries.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has selected KUFOS in the global joint research project for the benefits of small-scale aqua-farmers in Asia and Africa. India, UK, Bangladesh and Kenya are the four countries involved in the joint research project.

The project is implemented through the UK based Global Research Partnership (GRP), an innovative collaborative research programme in partnership with the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), UK and DBT in India, supported by Department for International Development (DFID), the UK.

The research project is mainly aimed at scientifically validating the preventive medicines available in the market for diseases on shrimps and developing new low-cost preventive medicinal products. The Prophylactic Health Products (PHP) which is widely being used all over the world to prevent diseases will be scientifically validated.

Source: The Hindu Business Line


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