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20-26 July 2021
Concerns Mount Over Rising US Seafood Prices

Rising seafood prices due to inflation continue to cause concern among the entire industry, including retail and foodservice buyers.

Frozen seafood prices experienced the biggest gain in the second quarter of this year – up 9.2 percent versus the same quarter in 2019 to USD 6.96 (EUR 5.95) per pound on average in U.S. grocery stores and mass retailers, according to IRI and 210 Analytics. Frozen prices also grew 3.2 percent in the quarter versus 2020.

Frozen seafood products saw the biggest price hike from the first quarter to the second quarter of this year, jumping 5.6 percent, while shelf-stable seafood prices rose 3.3 percent and fresh prices were up 2 percent. Fresh seafood prices also soared 8 percent in the second quarter of 2021 versus 2019 and 4.1 percent versus the same quarter in 2020 to reach USD 8.40 (EUR 7.14) per pound on average. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
StarKist Samoa Interviewing Guest Workers in Apia

Among those traveling on one of the four flights to Samoa today are three staffers of StarKist Samoa who will be conducting interviews for guest workers for the cannery.

It’s been more than two months since the governor approved the hiring of 200 guest workers from Samoa to address a labor shortage at the cannery.

Guest workers are not counted in the immigration quota but are granted permission to live and work here on a yearly basis, provided they are employed at StarKist.
Continue reading here (Source: Talanei).
Spanish Seal Certifies Sustainable Tuna

Canning companies Bolton Food, Salica and Atunlo are now supplying consumers in the US and Italy with produce certified to the tuna from responsible fishing (APR) standard promoted by OPAGAC.

Alongside the canning companies, Spanish firm, La Piara, is soon to begin using only tuna from responsible fishing in those of its fish pâtés which contain tuna.

Consumers are more and more aware of where their food comes from but choosing sustainable produce is not always straightforward. “We consumers are increasingly willing to support buying products that we can be sure are sustainable and responsible, but now the last hurdle we’re facing is for big distribution to commit to including these values in its supply chain,” said Julio Morón, managing director of OPAGAC. Continue reading here (Source: World Fishing & Aquaculture).
Fujian Province Offers New Subsidies to its Largest Distant-Water Fishing Fleet

Even as the Chinese government negotiates at the World Trade Organization for the phasing-out of harmful fishery subsidies at home, Fujian Province has announced a spate of new subsidies for its large distant-water fishing fleet.

Payments for new vessels and handouts to encourage the shipment home of tuna catches are part of a new plan recently published by the Fujian government.

Titled “Eight Measures for the High-Quality Development of the Provincial Distant-Water Fishing Fleet,” the plan aims to add 50 new vessels to the province’s fleet between now and 2023, bringing it to 650 vessels. The province has also set a goal of catching 650,000 metric tons (MT) on the high seas in 2023, but didn't detail its current volumes being landed. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
Indonesia to Send More Tuna Vessels Out Into International Waters
Indonesia is expanding its longline fishing fleet in the high seas as part of its plan for a world-leading sustainable tuna fishery by 2025.

The Indonesian fisheries ministry is issuing a policy update on the five-year sustainable management of the country’s top fisheries: tuna, skipjack and mackerel. A senior official said the draft includes getting more Indonesian-flagged tuna longliners to operate farther beyond the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and into international waters.

“[Fisheries in] the high seas where the big tuna are found are still dominated by nations like Japan, South Korea and Taiwan,” Trian Yunanda, the ministry’s fish resource director, said in a webinar hosted by Mongabay Indonesia on July 14. He added the new policy will be issued before the current plan ends in late August.
Continue reading here (Source: Mongabay).
The Pentagon Wants Programmers' Help to Catch IUU Fishing Activity
The Pentagon is partnering with the NGO Global Fishing Watch to draw new talent and fresh ideas to the problem of tracking illegal fishing activity from space.

The "xView3" AI contest is co-sponsored by the Defense Innovation Unit, and it comes with a prize of $150,000. It is intended to attract software developers who want to tackle the challenge of detecting "dark" IUU fishing vessels, which don't publicly broadcast their location or appear in public monitoring systems.

Fishing vessels are small targets in a big ocean, and when they turn off their AIS signals, they are hard to track. However, the U.S. Department of Defense has ample access to satellite surveillance capabilities, including space-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR). This remote sensing technology easily penetrates clouds and weather systems, and radar-reflective objects - like steel decks and topsides - show up bright and clear against the backdrop of the sea. Continue reading here (Source: The Maritime Executive).
Commercial Tuna Season off to Standard Slow Start in the Pacific Northwest
Commercial albacore tuna season swam into action last week with the first official landings hitting local docks.

Safe Coast Seafoods and Ilwaco Landing each recorded their first offload of the 2021 commercial tuna season Monday, July 12 in Ilwaco.

Landings have been slow to start the season, fishermen and processors reported, which is par for the course. August has historically been the month with the heaviest commercial tuna landings for Oregon and Washington, with the season wrapping up around October, depending on weather. Continue reading here (Source: Chinook Observer).
Noro Port: First E-Port in the Pacific Introduces Digital Catch Documents and Tracing in Solomon Islands
The Noro Port in the Western province of Solomon Islands has become the first e-port in the Pacific region, after launching a digitally integrated catch documentation and traceability scheme on 24 June.

The launch was a landmark for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), the local tuna industry, customs and health departments – it is the very first fishing port in the region to operate the Catch Documentation System (CDS).

For the Solomon Islands ministry, this is a new chapter in its effort to modernise how it processes data. The formal launch of Noro e-port programme no longer requires paper to record and store data. Continue reading here (Source: PNGeHOw).
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