COD BECOMES BANKNOTE POSTER BOY
MOST countries depict national heroes or monarchs on their banknotes. But in Norway a new high value note will be associated with fishing. A picture of a cod will appear on the front of the country’s redesigned NOK 200 note, which goes into circulation shortly. Oslo has issued the note to show the country’s links with fishing and to remind people the sea is a rich source of food.
FISH MINISTERS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL CATCHES
FISHERIES ministers from more than 50 countries will gather in Oslo next week to discuss more effective ways of combating illegal fishing. Oslo, which is hosting the gathering, says this is an issue that presents cross border challenges and therefore needs international action. The United Nations’ FAO has estimated the value of illegal catches at around NOK 190 billion – or 15 per cent of the global catch. Per Sandberg, Norway’s fisheries minister, will open the proceedings on Monday.
SEAFOOD TRAFFICKERS JAILED
THREE people in Thailand have received long jail sentences for transporting and selling Cambodian migrant workers into the Thai fishing industry. The victims were among 230 Cambodians rescued from Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters two years ago. Now a court in Phnom Penh has handed down prison sentences of eight and nine years to the defendants and awarded compensation of around £5,000 to the slave workers. Matt Friedman, the COE of the Hong Kong based anti-slavery Mekong Club, said the sentences sent a strong message to those involved in seafood trafficking activities.
ICELAND PROCESSING OPERATIONS TO MERGE
THE Icelandic fishing company HB Grandi has confirmed it will cease groundfish processing at its Akranes plant on September 1 and move the operation to its Nordurgardur plant in Reykjavík. The company said the aim now was to strengthen other remaining operations in Akranes, which include a pelagic processing plant, a fish meal plant and subsidiaries Norðanfiskur and Vignir G. Jónsson. The move will affect 86 of the 270 jobs at Akranes and they will be invited to apply for other posts within the company.