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7-11 January 2021
IOTC Published 2021 Yellowfin Tuna Catch Limits

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has published a new list of yellowfin tuna catch limit allocations for 2021.

A statement by IOTC Executive Secretary Christopher O’Brien said the commission is focused on the rebuilding of the Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna stock, hence the annual allocation of catch limits for affiliated members under the organization’s Resolution 19/01.

O’Brien said the 2021 catch limits concern fishing vessels “targeting tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Ocean of 24 [meters] overall length and over, and those under 24 [meters] if they fish outside the exclusive economic zone of their flag state, within the IOTC area of competence.” Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
South Korean Exports of Fishery Goods Down 7.4% in 2020 on Pandemic Fallout

South Korea's exports of fishery products moved down 7.4 percent on-year in 2020, data showed Thursday, as people around the globe refrained from dining out amid the new coronavirus pandemic, leading to weaker demand for tuna and other popular goods.

Outbound shipments of fishery goods reached US$2.3 billion last year, down from $2.5 billion posted in 2019, according to the data compiled by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.

The decrease was largely attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited operations of restaurants around the globe. Continue reading here (Source: Yonhap News Agency).
American Samoa Begins Administering Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Health Department deputy director Fara Utu and DoH Pharmacist, Dr. Francine Amoa were among senior health officials who attended a news conference yesterday, where Dr. Amoa said that the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will begin this Sunday through next week Wednesday.

She reminded “all individuals who received the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine and who are due a second dose, please check your vaccine card.” She said another group would start their second dose next week Saturday. Continue reading here (Source: Samoa News).
Mass COVID Testing For Thai Union Employees

Thai Union has begun Covid-19 testing at its own cost for its more than 27,000 employees in Samut Sakhon in central Thailand.

As of 5 January 2021, more than 85% have been tested – with just 69 (0.29%) being confirmed as positive by PCR testing. The remaining tests are expected to be completed by next week.

“Each and every one of our employees in Samut Sakhon will receive a Covid-19 test,” said Thiraphong Chansiri, chief executive of Thai Union Group.

“This is to ensure the health and safety of our people, regardless of age, sex and nationality, while ensuring the continuity of our operations,” he added. Continue reading here (Source: World Fishing & Aquaculture).
1st Flight From Hawaii to American Samoa Planned for Late January

This was announced by Acting Director of Health Motusa Tuileama Nua at a press conference this morning to explain the status of preparations for the first repatriation flight from Hawaii, the online registry for residents intending to return home and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Motusa said Lt Governor Talauega as the Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR) now heads the Coronavirus Task Force. The Assistant GAR is Acting Attorney General Fainu’ulelei Ala’ilima Utu.

He had told KHJ News earlier that the CTF has been reconstituted with new members added and others replaced. Continue reading here (Source: Talanei).
Chinese Development Firm Signs Deal to Develop Brunei Fishing Port

A Chinese state-owned company has signed a deal to redevelop and manage a fisheries port in Brunei.

China's Guangxi Beibu Gulf International Port Group has signed a deal to expand and run the Muara Fish Landing Complex alongside its partner Brunei's Darussalam Assets, a government-backed investment agency. The two jointly own the Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd, a joint venture set up in 2017.

Located in the region of China bordering Southeast Asia, Guangxi Beibu has a background in heavy industry and shipping but has recently sought to diversify into food production. The firm reported CNY 70.7 billion (USD 10.6 billion, EUR 9.1 billion) in revenue and CNY 131.7 billion (USD 19.8 billion, EUR 17.1 billion) in total assets for 2019. Continue reading here (Source: SeafoodSource).
A Plea For Help

2021 is the year of the Metal Ox in the Chinese zodiac, where hard work and discipline define many of the animal's attributes. The reality at the outset of this year requires such attributes if the economy has a prayer of recovery.

Hard work is definitely in the making for governments, businesses and individuals worldwide as they continue to grapple with surging COVID-19 infections that have depressed sentiment since late 2019.

While some have called it a second-wave outbreak, the Thai government insists the latest contagion, with high infections detected in the seafood market and canned tuna factories in Samut Sakhon province, should be referred to as a fresh round of outbreak. Continue reading here (Source: Bangkok Post).
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