[OANNES Foro] ICSF DC Weekly News Alert from 19 May 2014 to 23 May 2014

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*19 May 2014 to 23 May 2014*

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*Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Heavy rainfall expected in Andaman and

A depression lay over eastern Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, 490km from Port
Blair, 620km off Yangon and 650 km off Bangladesh, according to the India
Meteorological Department (IMD). It is expected to intensify further into a
deep depression in the next 24 hours and move north-northeastwards towards
Myanmar and adjoining Bangladesh coast in the next 48 hrs...

*Nagaland; Prospect of paddy cum fish culture in Nagaland*

Paddy cum fish culture (PFC) is one of the most important aquaculture
systems, which adds a significant contribution to rural livelihood and food
security in Nagaland.  According to the annual administrative report of
Nagaland Department of Fisheries, the development of PFC is an important
approach for environment friendly and holistic rural development and
exemplifies an ecosystem based approach to aquaculture...

*Madhya Pradesh: Youth murdered over fishing in dam*

A youth was beaten to death by goons over fishing in a dam on city
outskirts on Tuesday. The youth, Muqeem, 26, who was a native of Vidisha
district and employee of Munne Painter, a habitual offender. After catching
fish from Hathaikheda dam, Muqeem, would sell it in market...

*Haryana: Haryana State Clears New Agriculture Policy*

With an aim to increase growth in agriculture sector, Haryana state has
cleared it new agriculture policy that have been designed to g- enerate
over four per cent growth in farm sector, writes Jagdish Kumar. Under the
new policy, the government will provide eight hours uninterrupted supply of
electricity to farmers, focus on productivity of allied sectors like
horticulture crops, livestock, fisheries and poultry and promote
dairy-based integrated farming system...

*West Bengal: Heat wave likely to hit Bengal's fish, agriculture harvest *

According to meteorologists across the globe, extreme weather events
fuelled by unusually strong El Ninos (anomalous warm ocean currents) - such
as the 1983 heat wave that led to massive bush fires in Australia - are
likely to double as our planet warms more...

*Odisha: Fish Farming Fizzles out as Ponds Turn into Swamps in Sambalpur *

Belying the claims of both the Central and the State Governments of
promoting and encouraging integrated farming including pisciculture and
animal husbandry, the fish farming in Sambalpur town has almost met a
silent death with all 48 ponds for breeding spawn turning into swamps...

*Andhra Pradesh: Seamen’s safety comes into question *

Though awareness on the use of GPS, VHF radio, and mobile phones has picked
up after tsunami of 2005, much more has to be done, says BOBP Director
Yadava. Admitting that safety observed by the seamen is not up to the mark,
dwindling catch...

*Tamil Nadu: The failure of reconstruction*

As five years after the war is marked by militarised victory celebrations,
who speaks for the continuing suffering of the survivors in the North and
East? What happens to a society and an economy after three decades of war?
Over a hundred thousand people dead or disappeared...

*Karnataka: Fighting to save the fish*

May 24 is World Fish Migration Day and British angler Steven Lockett talks
of why the mahseer, a migratory fish found in abundance in Karnataka, and
known as the Tiger of the River, has always fascinated people Steven
Lockett has been travelling regularly to India since 1999, with a great
interest in the mighty mahseer fish...

*Maharashtra: Close shave for 10 fishermen as boat hits rocky islet*

Ten fishermen returning from the high seas had a miraculous escape after
their boat capsized when it hit a rocky islet at Poshpir near Dongri in
Bhayander on Friday night. The fishermen swam to safety even as one of them
managed to call for help using his cellphone...

*India: Defence minister says marines can't be judged in India*

The Italian defence minister on Wednesday said two Italian marines held in
India in the deaths of two fishermen two years ago should not be judged in
that country. "This government says emphatically that our two marines can
not be judged in India...

*India: Fishing Community Wants Union Minister*

While congratulating Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, the National
Fishworkers Forum (NFF) urged him to give a ministerial berth to the Member
of Parliament from the fisherman community, create a separate ministry for
fisheries at the Centre and include the fisherman Community in the
Scheduled Tribe list...

*Sri Lanka: Indo-Lanka Talks On Same Agenda*

The Government says talks with India on the fishermen issue will continue
under the already agreed agenda, the Fisheries Ministry said. Minister Dr.
Rajitha Senaratne said that a policy decision was taken to continue talks
on the fishermen issue despite which party wins the elections in India...

*Pakistan: Need to replace dilapidated fishing vessels stressed: WWF
concerned about unhygienic condition at auction halls*

Voicing concern over issues of expensive fish handling vis-à-vis inadequate
storage facilities in vessels which have become old and dilapidated and
unhygienic conditions prevailing at landing centers, experts belonging to
World Wide Fund (WWF) stressed the need for resolving such issues on
priority so as to make seafood acceptable not only to the local consumers
but also to exporters...

*Maldives: Sustainable tuna and cat food brands launched*

American Tuna has announced that it is launching Pole & Line Tuna and Deck
Hand Premium Cat Food, which will available exclusively at Whole Foods
Market starting this spring. All Pole & Line and Deck Hand tuna are caught
by artisanal fishermen using Pole & Line, in which fish are caught one at a

*Myanmar: In Pictures: The 'sea gypsies' of Myanmar*

The Mergui Archipelago, which consists of more than 800 mostly uninhabited
islands scattered off the coast of southern Myanmar, is home to the Moken
people. This ethnic minority is thought to have left southern China around
4,000 years ago...

*Myanmar: Despite the export permit to EU, Myanmar’s fishery outputs

Although Myanmar has received export permit to the European Union under the
Generalized System of Preferences, it still sees low foreign earnings due
to the declining supplies from the fishery industry...

*Bangladesh a potential in fisheries, UN says*

Bangladesh can play a significant role in the growing food demand of the
world in the future, UN says Bangladesh is a leading country for fisheries
produce and can play a significant role in the growing food demand for the
world in the future, a UN report says...

*Afghanistan: World Bank helps Afghans raise fish*

A World Bank (WB)-funded fish hatchery on the outskirts of Jalalabad is
showing some Afghans the way out of poverty, the WB said in a May 15
statement. The WB and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund support the
Rahmat Insaf Fish Hatchery in Bagrami village...

*India: NFF’s Invitation to attend condolence meeting of Fr.Thomas Kocherry
on 30th May 2014 to be held at Rayapuram, Chennai (at 9.00am)*
Source: NFF

M.Illango, Chairperson and and Office Bearers and Executive Members of
National Fishworker’s Forum cordially invite you to participate in the
condolence meeting to pay homage and floral tributes to the departed great
leader of the world fishing communities Fr. Thomas Kocherry (Former
Chairperson of NFF, Founder Leader of KSMTF, WFF and Senior Leader of WFFP)
at 09.00am on 30th May 2014. The condolence meeting is to be held at Zai
Palace, No.141, Suriyanarayana Chetty Street, Rayapuram, Chennai – 600 013.

*India: Most of the Asian countries have shown considerable increases in
marine catches*
in the last 10 years, SOFIA 2014 of FAO says
Source: FAO

Most of the Asian countries have shown considerable increases in marine
catches in the last 10 years, with the exception of Japan and Thailand,
which have registered decreases, and the Philippines and the Republic of
Korea, whose catches have grown slightly. However, while some countries
(i.e. the Russian Federation, India and Malaysia) have reported decreases
in some years, marine catches submitted to FAO by Myanmar, Viet Nam,
Indonesia and China have shown continuous growth, in some cases resulting
in an astonishing decadal increase (e.g. Myanmar up 121 percent, and Viet
Nam up 47 percent).

The growth in total catch seems unending in the Indian Ocean, as in 2012
two new record highs were recorded for the Western (4.5 million tonnes) and
Eastern (7.4 million tonnes) fishing areas. After three years (2007–09) in
which total tuna catches in the Western Indian Ocean decreased by 30
percent as piracy deterred fishing operations, tuna catches have recovered
since 2010. The Mixed scenario assumes the same overall growth as the
Optimistic scenario but with the bulk of it occurring in Asia. Aquaculture
production in Asia will reach 90.2 million tonnes, up 62 percent on the
base period and 14 million tonnes more than in the Baseline scenario. Asian
countries are expected to account for 91 percent of world aquaculture
production in 2022, with Bangladesh, Thailand, India and China experiencing
the highest growth rates. Figure 46 shows the price impacts. Compared with
the other scenarios, the share of Asian fishery production exported will
increase slightly. World per capita fish consumption is expected to be 22.4
kg, as in the Optimistic scenario, but with minor differences at
continental level with respect
to it.

In India, national average annual consumption of fish and fish products is
2.85 kg/ capita (2010). This accounts for 2.2 percent of total protein
consumption. Annual consumption levels range from 22.7 kg/capita in the
coastal province of Kerala to just 0.03 kg/capita in mountainous northern
province of Himachal Pradesh.  Those in the lowest income quintile consume
about four times less protein from fish and fish products as those in the
highest quintile. Those in urban areas consume on average 3.1 kg/capita
while rural dwellers consume 2.7 kg/capita.

In Myanmar, national average annual consumption of fish and fish products
is 21.02 kg/ capita (2006). This represents 22.6 percent of total protein
consumed. Inland species account for 31.5 percent of fish consumed, and
marine species 23.5 percent. Fish paste is the most commonly consumed
product, while mrigal carp is the most regularly consumed species, followed
by striped snakehead and rohu carp. Of the marine species, hilsa shad is
the most commonly eaten. Rural and urban consumption levels are broadly
similar although urban dwellers eat more fresh fish (53 percent) than do
rural dwellers (45 percent).

>From household survey results, it would appear that fish and fish products
make only a very minor contribution to diets. The national annual
consumption figure stands at just 0.6 kg/capita (2011). Fish and fish
products also account for 9.1 percent of all animal flesh products eaten.
Poultry is the most common animal product eaten (3.4 kg/capita). Fish
consumption is highest in Balochistan (2.4 kg/capita) and Sindh (1.6
kg/capita). Consumption tails off farther north, with households in the
Punjab consuming just 0.2 kg/capita and those in the mountainous Khyber
Pakthunkwa area negligible amounts (0.05 kg/capita). In both rural and
urban areas, more than 90 percent of fish products consumed are purchased,
with just 3–4 percent self-produced.

Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, average annual consumption of fish and fish products is 15.3
kg/capita (2010). Of the fish consumed, marine species account for 81
percent and inland species about 11 percent. Sprats are the most commonly
consumed marine species followed by skipjack tuna and goldstripe
sardinella. Tilapia is by far the most commonly consumed freshwater
species, followed by catfish and snakehead. Overall, 71 percent of the fish
consumed is consumed fresh and the remaining 29 percent as dried or
processed products.

Annual consumption of fish and fish products in Bangladesh is 11.9
kg/capita (2010), accounting for 11.1 percent of total protein consumption.
Annual consumption is highest in the Chittagong area (17.2 kg/capita) and
lowest that in Rangpur (7.5 kg/ capita). In all, some 76 percent of fish
consumed are inland species and 18 percent marine. Urban annual consumption
stands at 14.5 kg/capita per year and rural annual consumption at 11
kg/capita, with rural communities eating a higher percentage of inland fish
(70 percent) than urban communities do (61 percent). The species most
commonly consumed are all freshwater including tilapia, catfish and mrigal
carp. Hilsa shad is the most commonly consumed marine species. Annual
protein consumption of fish varies considerably by income quintile, ranging
from 1.31 kg/capita in the lowest quintile to 3.39 kg/capita in the highest.

Annual fish and fish product consumption in Bhutan is 5.58 kg/capita
(2009), while fish accounts for 3.18 percent of all protein consumed. The
highest annual consumption figures are for the Transhi-yangtse district at
11.5 kg/capita while Samtse in the far southwest of the country sees the
lowest at 2.5 kg/capita. The majority of fish consumed is frozen (61
percent) while fresh fish and canned fish account for 24 percent and 13
percent, respectively. Urban residents consume more fish (6.4 kg/capita)
than those in rural areas (5.3 kg/capita). Urban households also eat more
than twice as much fresh fish as do their rural counterparts.

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2014
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