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NEWCOMER TO KEYS IS UNWELCOME, UNCOUTH – THE NON-NATIVE LIONFISH HAS CAUSED ECOLOGICAL HAVOC EVERYWHERE IT HAS SPREAD – NOW IT HAS REACHED THE KEYS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 19, 2009

Saturday, 01.17.09

by Cammy Clark

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JAPAN WANTS ANTI-WHALING SHIP BARRED FROM PORTS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 7, 2009

January 6, 2009

by Eric Talmadge – Associated Press Writer

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JAPANESE WHALERS AND THEIR FOES RESUME THEIR BATTLE

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 7, 2009

January 6, 2009

by Meraiah Foley and Mark McDonald

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DEADLY SALMON INFECTION DETECTED – AN OUTBREAK OF ISA IN 1998 SEVERELY DAMAGED THE SCOTTISH SALMON INDUSTRY – AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE WHICH CAN DEVASTATE FARMED ATLANTIC SALMON STOCKS HAS BEEN DETECTED ON SHETLAND, THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT HAS CONFIRMED

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 5, 2009

15:15 GMT, Sunday, 4 January 2009

BBC News

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D.A. PUSHES SWIFT PASSAGE OF AGRI-FRIENDLY BILLS (Philippines)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 3, 2009

01/03/2009

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EU NATIONS AGREE ON CUTS IN FISHING QUOTAS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 20, 2008

December 19, 2008

Associated Press

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FDA, EPA AT ODDS ON CONSUMER WARNINGS ABOUT FISH (USA)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 17, 2008

December 13, 2008

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar – Associated Press

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LOBSTER FISHERS GROW DESPERATE – PRICES PLUNGE (Canada)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 10, 2008

Published: Tuesday, December 09, 2008

by Janet Whitman – Financial Post

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NEW YORK – Add the lobster industry to the list of those bashed and battered by the global economic meltdown.

The price fishermen are fetching for a fresh catch has tanked to a nearly two-decade low as consumers lose their appetite for extravagance.

Wholesalers here have knocked about US$3 a pound off their prices, but fancy restaurants and high-end hotels around the city aren’t biting.

“There’s something about the psyche of consumers that says it’s a luxury item,” said Ian MacGregor, a New York wholesaler who typically sells a million pounds of lobster a year to New York’s top restaurants and hotels. “We’re selling one-claw lobster for as little as US$4.50-a-pound.

“We haven’t seen prices that low forever,” said Mr. MacGregor. “But the restaurant industry doesn’t seem to be reacting.”

The situation is becoming desperate for Maine and Nova Scotia fishermen, who are barely breaking even after paying for diesel and bait.

At the season’s open last week on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, fishermen staged a spontaneous two-day strike, putting up a road blockade and refusing to pull traps, to protest the weak prices. They soon voted to go back to work, however, after agreeing that a little money was better than none at all.

With the global economy crumbling, the “shore” price fishermen are getting for a pound of lobster has fallen to $3.25, down from $5 a year ago and $7 before Christmas last year. Fisherman are worried the price might dip below $3 a pound, nearing the low of $2 in 1990 that led to strikes.

“I would say this is the most difficult situation I’ve seen, no question about it,” said Ashton Spinney, a fisherman in Argyle, N. S., who bought his first licence to fish lobster in 1957. “The lobster fishery is the economic engine that drives the economy here in south western Nova Scotia. None of these difficulties are of its own doing. It’s going to need serious help.”

One big reason fishermen are finding themselves in much deeper water this time around is because the business is a lot more expensive than it was a couple of decades ago.

As lobster prices soared over the past decade, many fishermen in Maine and Nova Scotia upgraded their boats, with some spending $450,000 or more on new vessels.

With the price of acquiring a lobster licence costing around as much in recent years, some fishermen could be in danger of bankruptcy.

To cope with the downturn, Nova Scotia fishermen are pushing for politicians to extend employment insurance benefits and to force banks to come up with longer payback periods for boat loans.

“No bank is interested in owning a bunch of lobster boats,” said Denny Morrow, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fish Packers Association on Yarmouth, N. S.

“Everybody in the industry is hunkering down. It’s going to be a tough time for a year or two. [But] we’ve gone through business cycles before and there’s always a brighter day ahead.”

As the economy is struggling, demand — and prices -are likely to remain weak, he added.

“Lobster is a special-occasion food. It’s not something people eat on Wednesdays or twice a week.”

One positive to come out of the lower prices is that some consumers who might not have thought of purchasing lobster in the past are considering it now.

Dan Zawacki, who started a mail-order lobster business 21 years ago in Chicago, believes his sales are holding up because customers who might be reluctant to spend hundreds on an expensive meal out with wine feel they can afford the luxury of a less expensive lobster dinner delivered direct.

He introduced a half-price “Lobster Bailout” promotion to stimulate demand last month after the U. S. government approved a US$700-billion bailout for Wall Street.

“I had a customer call me the other day and say it’s one of those affordable luxuries,” said Mr. Zawacki.

“He told me he might not go out and spend $3,000 on a flat-screen TV, but he does like to have a nice dinner around the holidays.”

In New York, Mr. MacGregor has seen a similar jump in consumer demand from customers at his retail location, the Lobster Place, in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market, as prices come down. “But the vast majority of lobster we sell is still to restaurants and hotels,” he added.

That means that until the economy starts to turn around and customers at restaurants, hotels and cruise ships start demanding lobster again, the price is likely to remain cheap.

BY THE NUMBERS

The sinking tale of a marine crustacean’s prices:

– $3.25 per pound, the current price of off-the-boat lobster in Nova Scotia.

– $5 per pound, the price this time last year.

– $7 per pound, the price by last Christmas.

– $4-$5 the price many Nova Scotia lobstermen need to break even.

– $2 per pound, the price 18 years ago, which led to a strike by Nova Scotia lobstermen.

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MOROCCO SET FOR TALKS ON PROTECTING BLUEFIN TUNA – AND FISHERY BUSINESS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 17, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

by Marlowe Hood – Agence France Presse (AFP)

PARIS: The survival of the Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna population, exploited to the brink of THE BLUEFIN TUNA collapse, could depend on international negotiations starting Monday in Marrakesh, Morocco. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will try to hammer out a new plan that protects the over-fished species without threatening the multi-million dollar industry that has been built around it.

Measures on the table range from tighter quotas and enforcement to an outright moratorium.

The stakes are high not just for bluefin and large-scale fisheries in a dozen countries but for ICCAT itself, according to the organization’s chairman.

“Our fate will be sealed ultimately by the decisions we make in Marrakesh,” Fabio Hazin wrote in a letter to the commission’s 40-odd member states two weeks ahead of the special meeting.

“Let’s not fool ourselves: There will be no future for ICCAT if we do not fully respect and abide by the scientific advice,” he warned.

Driven by skyrocketing prices – especially in Japan, which consumes over 80 percent of tuna caught in the Mediterranean Sea – bluefin tuna populations have crashed over the last decade.

Quotas put in place to stem the decline are not nearly stringent enough, according to many experts.

Others say current fishing limits would be adequate if they were respected: Last year the total catch in the Mediterranean was 61,000 tons, over twice the authorized limit of 29,500 tons, according to ICCAT statistics.

The body’s own scientific committee has recommended an annual limit of 15,000 tons.

At the end of October, European ministers said they were in favor of “more rigorous management of this fragile species,” including the possibility of lower quotas and a shorter fishing season, but stopped short of calling for a moratorium.

Six European nations have a direct stake in the negotiations: France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.

But industry groups have remained adamant that current quotas should not be cut.

A summary report on tuna fishing by the Community Fisheries Control Agency, a European body set up in 2005 to monitor compliance with European Union fisheries rules, documented dozens of breaches in 2008.

The 10-page review, provided last week to the European Parliament’s fisheries committee, concluded: “It has not been a priority of most operators in the fishery to comply with the ICCAT legal requirements.”

The complete report – which cost 20 million euros ($25.197 million) – has yet to be released.

Environmental groups have sharply criticized European authorities for not making the report’s preliminary findings available to ICCAT’s scientific committee well ahead of the Marrakesh meeting, which runs until November 24.

“Shockingly, this valuable information has been kept hidden from scientists, thus undermining the quality of fisheries management advice,” said Sergi Tudela, head of fisheries for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mediterranean.

The WWF and other environmental groups have called for an a moratorium of bluefin fishing until stocks recover.

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AGRICULTURE SECTOR GROWS 4.19% IN 9 MONTHS — DA (Philippines)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 13, 2008

11/13/2008

Farm output grew by 4.19 percent in the first nine months of the year with all sectors except livestock DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - PHILIPPINES - GOVERNMENT AGENCY - FARMING posting gains, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said yesterday.

Growth for the January to September period was down from 4.32 percent for the same period last year, the department said in a statement.

The statement attributed the rise in output partly to early planting, use of special high-yielding and early-maturing rice and corn seeds in some regions and earlier incidence of rainfall in some areas.

Crop output rose by 6.1 percent and accounted for 47.73 percent of total agricultural output in the first nine months of the year, the DA statement said.

The fisheries sector, which accounted for 26.14 percent of total agricultural output, rose by 3.55 percent in the first nine months.

Production of unhusked rice, the country’s main crop, rose by 7.22 percent to 10.59 million tonnes, the department added.

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said in terms of value, the agriculture sector grew 22.23 percent to P836.3 billion at current prices.

Yap said the crops subsector, which accounted for 47.73 percent of the total agricultural output for the January to September period, grew 6.1 percent, with palay production rising by 7.22 percent and corn production by 4.86 percent. The subsector grossed P458.5 billion at current prices or 30.38 percent higher than the 2007 record for the same period.

With a 13.82-percent share in total production for the first nine months of 2008, the poultry subsector showed a 4.8-percent hike in output, mainly due to the increase in chicken yields. Poultry earnings rose 12.03-percent increase to P90.1 billion, Yap said.

The fisheries subsector, on the other hand, recorded a 3.55-percent increase in production, accounting for 26.14 percent of the total agricultural output. Aquaculture gained 5.31 percent, while commercial and municipal fisheries posted production increments of 1.54 percent and 1.91 percent, respectively.

Only the livestock subsector decreased production by 1.97 percent due to the 2.7-percent decline in hog output in the first three quarters. The subsector, which contributed 12.31 percent of the total output, still kicked up its profits 12.76% to P132.1 billion at current prices.

The growth of Philippine agriculture for the first nine months of 2008 was slightly slower than the 4.32 percent uptick in the same period in 2007, owing to climate change and sky-high petroleum prices that have jacked up the cost of everything from petroleum fertilizers to transport costs.

Yap said there could be a further weakening of farm growth in the last quarter of 2008 due to typhoon damage and the significant cut in the use of petrochemical fertilizers following the 100-percent jump in domestic prices. Field reports reaching the Department of Agriculture pointed to a 30-percent drop in sales of inorganic fertilizers nationwide during the wet or main crop, leading to an expected decline in per-hectare yields of farmers who were forced to scrimp on the use of this essential production input owing to exorbitant prices.

Even so, palay production reached 10.59 million metric tons (MT) in the January-September months, which is 7.22percent higher than the 2007 output for the same period, owing to aggressive planting in the third quarter brought about by better palay prices especially in the areas of the Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan), Western Visayas and Caraga.

“Moreover, the early onset of the rainfall allowed more plantings specifically in the rainfed areas of Western Visayas and Caraga, while the early release of irrigation water resulted in increased production in the palay farms of Cagayan and MIMAROPA,” Yap said.

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