Irish fisheries protection authorities have been battling a surge in poaching that appears connected to the mass furloughing of workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also restricted the activity of enforcement officers.
Inland Fisheries Ireland, which monitors salmon entering rivers from the Atlantic, has seized driftnets and illegally caught salmon along the western coast in recent weeks, with two of its officers the victims of false… Read More
World Trade Organization (WTO) talks on ending harmful fishing subsidies resumed this week, and a return to intensive negotiations has been set for September. The timeline, however, creates a tight squeeze to reach the 31 December deadline for a deal.
Santiago Wills, the chairman of the talks, brought the heads of delegations together on 21 July for a plenary session, the first such in-person session in a month. But while there had been hopes… Read More
Seán O’Donoghue is the chief executive officer of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, the largest producers body of its type in Ireland.
O’Donoghue previously worked at the Irish agriculture and fisheries ministries, as well as the national seafood agency, Bord Iascaigh Mhára (BIM). He served on the board of the European Association of Producer Organisations for a decade and is a noted expert in the workings… Read More
China’s need for foreign labor to man its distant water fleet has come into sharp focus after a Chinese skipper was arrested by Indonesian authorities investigating the death of an Indonesian crew member.
Chinese trawler captain Song Chuanyun was taken into custody by Riau Islands Provincial Police this week on charges of assault and human trafficking following the death of an Indonesian crew member, whose body was recently… Read More
A Chinese research firm with a background in both genetics and seafood is providing testing to seafood counters at Walmart stores around China in a bid to reassure consumers about COVID-19 contamination …
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The U.S., grappling with China’s trade surplus, looks to have dented the prospects of imported U.S. seafood in China by depressing local consumer sentiment, according to a top official in a leading value-added seafood company.
Dry, packaged seafood snacks such as strips of squid are top sellers in Chinese snack stores, but discretionary spending has been hammered by the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to Liu Rongru, joint-chairman and chief… Read More