Uganda, one of the leading global sources of fish maw – or swim bladder – has announced a new 7 percent export levy on the product as the country closes in on finalizing an export trade deal with China.
Uganda State Minister for Planning Amos Lugoloobi said the government has introduced the levy based on the value of swim bladder exports, as part of tax policy interventions to raise revenue for financing the UGX 44.7 trillion (USD… Read More
South Africa-based Environmental Assessment Practitioner Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions has finally confirmed the suspension of an application for environmental authorization for an offshore gas-to-power powership project in the country’s Western Cape region, as concerns emerge regarding likely adverse impacts on small-scale fishing activities and marine life in general.
Triplo4 Managing Director Hantie Plomp said the decision by the… Read More
Spanish tuna operators have become the latest to sign the “Declaration of Gulf of Guinea on Suppression of Piracy” initiative that, among other things, is pushing for the deployment of a non-regional naval force to tackle rampant piracy along the 6,000-kilometer coastline extending from Senegal to Angola.
The Spanish tuna fleet, represented by the Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), joins more than… Read More
The United States has announced an entrance ban on two former Namibian cabinet ministers implicated in the Fishrot corruption scandal.
The so-called "Fishrot" scandal, in which more than USD 650 million (EUR 536 million) was flagged as suspicious proceeds, involved Namibia’s state-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) and Icelandic fish processing firm Samherji. Samherji was alleged to have paid bribes to Namibian… Read More
South Africa-based startup Sea-Stematic Pty Ltd – a company working on cell-based seafood production – says it is eyeing a share of the Chinese cell-based meat market through strategic partnerships with Chinese seafood manufacturers… Read More
Oceana Group, one of the top South Africa-based seafood firms, said COVID-19 driven food service trends in the European and Chinese seafood markets have continued to have impacts with the company posting a mixed financial performance largely dictated by the uncertainties created by the global pandemic …
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Namibia has announced a successful government fish quota auction that raised NAD 189.9 million (USD 14 million, EUR 11.5 million) for the government from the sale of 15,948 metric tons (MT) of hake.
The auction on 16 April, attracted 38 bids and raised NAD 156.1 million (USD 11.4 million, EUR 9.4 million) at the primary sale after the bids were whittled down to 23, according to a joint statement by Namibian Finance Minister Ipumbu Shiimi and… Read More
The European Union has issued a second yellow card to Ghana, warning the West African country it stands to lose its access to the European seafood market unless it works more urgently to tackle the illegal fishing within its exclusive economic zone.
Ghana now has to demonstrate changes to its management practices or risk receiving a red card from the European Commission, which would result in seafood-related trade sanctions.
The E.U. is… Read More
A new study has investigated the details of how the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 impacted the availability and supply of seafood, with fish-producing countries in Asia and Africa reporting huge disruptions of their aquatic food value chain in 2020.
With nearly every fish-producing country in the world reeling from the effects of COVID-19 on production, processing, and supply of aquatic food products, the study identifies short- and long-term… Read More
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has teamed up with Partners for Development to launch a two-year aquaculture investment project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, a region that produces nearly 80 percent of the country’s total domestic fish output …
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