Latest Fishing News
May 6-13, 2019
Seafood Products From China Facing 25% US Tariffs

There are nearly 6,000 products that will now face 25% tariffs if they are imported to the US from  China . They include:

Food products
Live fish including trout, eels, ornamental fish and salmon
Frozen swordfish, tuna and other fish fillets
Frozen meat, including pigs, deer and hares
Seafood, such as scallops and oysters
Octopus, cuttlefish and squid (live, frozen or salted)
Bird eggs and egg yolks
Cauliflower, carrots, leeks, turnips, mushrooms, garlic and onions
Continue reading here (Source: The Guardian).
99% Reduction in Shark Finning in the PNA
New data shows a continuing decline in the number of shark finning incidents occurring in the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) purse seine tuna fishery, including the  MSC certified skipjack and yellowfin free-school fishery .  

As part of its  ongoing review and consultation  on shark finning, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) commissioned fisheries experts,  Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management  to conduct research into shark finning in tropical tuna fisheries engaged in the MSC program.  

This research has provided the MSC with new data showing a decline in the number of shark finning incidents within the MSC certified PNA purse seine tuna fishery, from 266 incidents in 2013 to 3 in 2017, a reduction of 99% (Figure 1).  Continue reading here (Source: Marine Stewardship Council).
New Alliance for Indonesian one-by-one Tuna Launches at World’s Largest Seafood Trade Show

This week, organisations at the forefront of Indonesia’s sustainable fishing movement announced the official launch of the One-by-One Indonesia Tuna Alliance at the Seafood Expo Global trade event in Brussels, Belgium. The Alliance brings together the strengths of three organisations – the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), and the Indonesian Pole and Line & Handline Fisheries Association (AP2HI) – to promote Legal, Reported and Regulated (LRR) fishing, and improve sustainable practices and transparency in one-by-one seafood supply chains in Indonesia.

Considered the world’s largest producer of tuna, Indonesia has the most abundant tuna fisheries in the world. However, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing incurred losses to the country are estimated to be as high as US$ 3 billion a year. Over the past four years, the government of Indonesia has reshaped the fishery sector, aiming to harness the country’s potential as a leading maritime and fishing nation. Continue reading here (Source: Fish Information & Services).
Thai Union Group 1Q Net Profit Up 46.5 Percent

Thai Union Group PCL (Thai Union) reported a 46.5 percent year-on-year rise in its 2019 first quarter net profit to THB 1,273 million, as operational improvements continued, gross margins recovered further and sales volumes increased.

Gross profit increased 29.3 percent from a year earlier to THB 4,382 million, while the gross profit margin improved to 14.9 percent from 11.6 percent in the first quarter last year. Stable raw material prices along with stronger performances from Thai Union’s ambient seafood and PetCare businesses contributed to the recovery. Operating profit increased ten-fold year-on-year to THB 1,020 million with the Selling, General & Administration (SG&A) ratio at 11.4 percent, compared to 11.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018. Continue reading here ( Source: WebWire).
Spanish Tuna Fleet Group (OPAGAC) Enters MSC Certification Process

A Spanish tuna fishing fleet has begun the process to assess all its fisheries to the MSC Standard for sustainable fishing.

The fleet will assess all fisheries including operations in the three oceans in which it operates (Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans) and for the three species it captures (Yellowfin, Skipjack and Big Eye).

The objective of the fleet, grouped under OPAGAC, is to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. Independent auditors from Lloyd’s Register hired by OPAGAC will evaluate its fishing activities according to science-based standards set by the MSC. If the fishery is found to meet the MSC’s requirements, it will achieve MSC certification for a large part of its tropical tuna captures which amount to 380,000 tons per year, 8% of captures worldwide. Continue reading here ( Source: Lloyd's Register).
FFA and Japan Agree Pacific Fisheries Support

Observer training, maritime boundaries and new training initiatives were on the agenda of a high-level meeting in Honiara between the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and senior representatives of the Overseas Fisheries Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan.

The OFCF provides annual funding to the FFA for a range of initiatives that benefit FFA members.

“The OFCF’s support is very valuable. This partnership promotes mutually beneficial cooperation between FFA and Japan,” said the director general, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen. Continue reading here ( Source: World Fishing).
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