ANALYSIS - The Philippines has seen increasing bangus production over the last few years, since the introduction of its mariculture programme in 2010 in Lanao del Norte.
Bangus aquaculture now records more than P500,000 a year. In 2010, the province started with only 10,000 bangus fingerlings in one fish cage. In 2011, it increased to 30,000 bangus fingerlings in three fish cages.
Gross income from bangus production in 2012 reached its highest-level ever of P563,830.75.
In fisheries news, the EU and Morocco have now signed a four year protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement. The new protocol is good news for Spanish fishermen as fishing opportunities have been improved.
EU Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, stated: "This is an important moment for EU and Moroccan fisheries. This deal will ensure a sustainable future for the sector locally and it represents good value for money. The new protocol is in line with the principles of the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, by ensuring responsible international fisheries governance."
A new report from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) has shown that Chile's fish landings declined by 28.4 per cent in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period last year. In the months January to June, total landed catch was around 1.5 million tonnes.
The estimated landings of pelagic resources in the first half recorded 739,000 tonnes, which represented a decrease of 41.8 per cent over the same date last year.
In disease news, two outbreaks of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) have been reported in Canada. Gray Aquaculture and Cooke Aquaculture farms in Newfoundland were both affected. Both sites are now depopulating.
A suspected case of ISA has also been reported in Nordland, Norway after higher mortality than usual was seen.