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July 8-July 16, 2019
Pacific Island Tuna Industry Identifies Current Issues And Priorities  

The Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) held its AGM in Nadi over two days recently in Nadi, Fiji. PITIA has been constituted since 2005 and is supported by an Executive Officer based in Suva, Fiji. PITIA provides a voice for the domestic longline, purse seine, pole and line and processing facilities into the wider policy and fishery management systems development across the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.

PITIA inputs into Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) processes on annual basis and participates in all the key meetings of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

PITIA is supported by its members and with assistance from the EU via the Pacific EU Marine Partnership (PEUMP) via FFA and for the last four years by the FFA’s Oceanic Fisheries Management Project (OFMP II) which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) via UNDP and FAO. Continue reading here (Source: Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association).
Japanese Fishing Company Fined, Banned From U.S. Waters

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that Japanese fishing company Fukuichi Gyogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Fukuichi), was convicted and sentenced today in the District of Guam for two violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and one count of obstruction of an agency proceeding.

The charges stemmed from discharges of waste oil and oily bilge water from the vessel F/V Fukuichi Maru No. 112 into international waters and the attempt to cover up those discharges when the vessel was inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard in Apra Harbor, Guam.

The charges also included failing to properly document the discharge of fishing gear and plastics from the vessel, and obstructing a Coast Guard Port State Control inspection. Continue reading here ( Source: Marine Log).
Fresh fish Export Could Be a Boon to Local Economy — But Supply Remains a Problem — Can Longliners Help?

Lolo Administration efforts are underway to increase the volume of local fish supplies to aid the Island Fisheries Inc., fresh fish export operation — with target markets including Los Angeles and Japan.

As previously reported by Samoa News, Island Fisheries has signed a two-year lease to operate the Fish Market inside the Fagatogo Marketplace, and the company is purchasing fish from the US longline fleet based in American Samoa for the fish market. Continue reading here ( Source: Samoa News).
Spanish Engineering Company Satlink, Will Help Kiribati Monitor Commercial Fishing in its Waters

The Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development’s (MFMRD) has selected Spanish engineering company Satlink, which specialises in sustainable fishing systems, to assist in modernising its Fisheries Management Platform.

Kiribati has one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the world, with about 15% of the world’s tropical tuna is caught in its waters. Commercial fishing is one of the most important economic activities for the country.

Satlink’s technical team will assist in integrating and digitising all information related to the activity of the domestic and foreign fishing fleets that operate in Kiribati’s waters. The initial steps will integrate existing vessel monitoring systems (VMS) and electronic reporting system (ERS) information into a Control Center server that is accessed by authorised fishery personnel. Continue reading here ( Sourc e: Fisker Forum ).
Ecuadorian Canned Tuna Industry to Benefit From CMA CGM Service

In a press conference, Terminal Portuario de Manta (TPM) announced that CMA CGM will begin the direct service of cargo containerized by the port of Manta as of the 15th of July, with weekly calls, after 27 months of private delegation of Agunsa. 

Present at the event were Javier Moreira, manager of the CMA CGM Ecuador Shipping Agency, Roberto Salazar, president of Manta Port Terminal, Luis Alfredo Ortiz, Manta Port Authority manager, Gustavo Núñez and Ricardo Herrera, president and vice president of CEIPA respectively. The Assistant Secretary for Ports and Maritime and Fluvial Transport, Eduardo Aguirre Zapata, also attended. Continue reading here ( Source: Mundo Maritimo).
South Korea's Richest 2019: Tuna Kahuna Kim Passes The Baton Of Fishing Behemoth Dongwon To Heir

South Korea’s tuna tycoon, 84-year-old founder  Kim Jae-chul , used the April celebration of Dongwon Group’s golden jubilee to hand his chairmanship to his son  Kim Nam-jung  (No. 28). The 46-year-old heir had been groomed to take over the food and logistics conglomerate since being named the group’s vice chairman in 2013.

While Dongwon is now South Korea’s largest deep-sea fishing company, the senior Kim started it in 1969 with nothing more than two employees and a fishing boat. He’s stepping down as honorary chairman and is likely to continue advising his son, according to a company representative. Continue reading here ( Source: Forbes).
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