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IN BRIEF - Uganda fish exports

UGANDA
Friday, September 09, 2011

Uganda could lose an estimated USD 280 million (about UGX 784 billion) earned from fish exports if the European Union puts a ban on Uganda’s fish, stemming from poor quality of fish exported and management.

The EU has already raised three red alerts on Uganda’s fish exports to Europe. The alerts in July and August emails sent by the EU Fisheries and Veterinary Unit copied to Uganda’s fish factories are on the product quality that is deteriorating, temperature regulation of fish and use of unregulated additives to falsely increase fish weight. “There is poor temperature and rapture of the cold chain of the frozen fillet of Nile perch from Uganda,” one of the alerts dated 25 July read.

“We are concerned that there is a problem in management that can’t easily handle these issues because EU affairs need a fully fledged commissioner not one in the acting capacity,” Mr Philip Borel, the chairman Uganda Fish Processors and Exporters Association, said.

Source: Martin Ssebuyira / Daily Monitor

 


IN BRIEF - Controversial fish farm footage released

CANADA
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A B.C. environmentalist claims she has shocking new evidence that B.C. fish farms are carrying diseases that could potentially infect wild salmon.

Earlier this summer, biologist Alexandra Morton and members of local First Nations visited a salmon farm in the Broughton Archipelago on B.C.’s central coast.

“I had 10 minutes to stick my camera under the water and look at these fish and this is what I saw,” Morton said. “I was stunned. I saw a fish go by with a big tumour on his head.”

Source: Global News


IN BRIEF - Ministry defends low number of fish dumping prosecutions

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A fisheries inspector's report leaked in May said the ministry's inaction was making dumping and overfishing worse.

At the time, the ministry said it was prosecuting 300 fisheries cases a year. But figures released under the Official Information Act showed there had been just 28 dumping prosecutions since 2004.

Ministry national compliance operations manager Gary Orr told Morning Report about a third of the annual 300 cases related to unauthorised discharging of catch by commercial fishermen.

The term dumping was a specific charge under the Fisheries Act and required a very high threshold of evidence.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - Talking Point: Drag fish farm regulation into 21st century

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SEA-BASED fish farms dump tonnes of faeces into the water. Think of them as a large toilet that does not flush.

I cannot think of an industry in Tasmania other than aquaculture that is allowed to dump an unlimited amount of pollution in our waterways. Not only is there no limit on the amount of faeces salmon farms can dump in coastal waters, Tasmania also lacks science-based regulations to determine which parts of our coastline are suitable for salmon farms.

International research shows that if you put fish farms in bays and harbours, where the water is shallow and current speed is low, fish faeces accumulates under cages, killing everything below them. Nitrogen discharged into the water column creates risk of harmful algal blooms, like the types we have seen worsening with increased salmon farms in the Huon and D’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Source: The Mercury


IN BRIEF - USD 210 lobster bought from fish market, set free is found dead

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CHATHAM, Mass. - A lobster bought from a Massachusetts fish market for USD 210 and set free by twin brothers who didn’t want it to become someone’s dinner has apparently died.

Chris and David Schmidt, of New Jersey, bought the 22-pound lobster and released it Thursday in the waters off Chatham. They dubbed the crustacean Big Lobi after Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, whose nickname is Big Papi.

The Cape Cod Times reports that a local retiree found a dead 22-pound lobster in the same area on Saturday 27th of August 2016. Experts say it appears to be the same one.

Source: Seattle Times


IN BRIEF - New managers at HB Grandi

ICELAND
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Modification have been made in the management structure of HB Grandi hf. The modifications affect the organisational position of Quality Management and new roles are introduced in the Groundfish and Marketing Departments. No changes are made to the senior management.

The position of Head of Quality Management is transferred from the Marketing Department to the CEO´s Office. Erlendur Stefánsson, who heads quality management at HB Grandi, will now operate directly under CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson. The Quality Managers at Reykjavik and Akranes that report to him, Bergur Einarsson and Axel Eyfjörð Friðriksson respectively, will also operate under the CEO’s Office.

Erlendur Stefánsson has been the Head of Quality Management of HB Grandi since 2014.

Press Release: HB Grandi


IN BRIEF - Fishermen relieved Atlantic bluefin tuna dodges endangered species label

CANADA
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans has rejected advice to list the Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species.

The long-awaited recommendation should preserve the region's CAD 10-million bluefin tuna fishery, industry representatives say.

The department says western Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks have been rebuilding since 2011, when the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada said tuna should be listed as an endangered species under federal species-at-risk legislation.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Campbell River First Nations groups protest fish farms

CANADA
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Around 50 people gathered at the Discovery Marina on Aug. 29 2016 to protest fish farming on traditional First Nation's territory.

The group walked down the road in the rain, stopping traffic to draw attention to their cause, to the Campbell River Band's Big House.

The protest was lead in part by the crew of the Sea Shepherd R/V Martin Sheen and Alexandra Morton, who are continuing their tour down the coast and finishing in Vancouver on Sept. 5 2016.

Source: BC Local News


IN BRIEF - Isotope study determines fish were more prominent in early Alaskans' diets

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ice age inhabitants of Interior Alaska relied more heavily on salmon and freshwater fish in their diets than previously thought, according to a newly published study

A team of researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks made the discovery after taking samples from 17 prehistoric hearths along the Tanana River, then analyzed stable isotopes and lipid residues to identify fish remains at multiple locations. The results offer a more complex picture of Alaska's ice age residents, who were previously thought to have a diet dominated by terrestrial mammals such as mammoths, bison and elk.

The project also found the earliest evidence of human use of anadromous salmon in the Americas, dating back at least 11,800 years.

The results of the study were published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Varsity successfully breeds mangrove crabs

MYANMAR
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

KOTA KINABALU - A group of experts from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Borneo Marine Research Institute have succesfully bred its first batch of mangrove crabs from their hatchery.

The successful batch, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, is set to boost the production of mangrove crabs, which are currently very much sought after as seafood.

Institute director Prof Dr Rossita Shapawi said their breakthrough in the seedling production came after more than three years of research.

Source: The Star


IN BRIEF - Thai Union Awarded ESG100 from Thaipat

THAILAND
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BANGKOK - Recently, Thai Union Group Public Company Limited received the ESG100 award (Environmental, Social and Governance) for induction into the top 100 performing publicly listed company Environmental, Social and Governance: ESG from Thaipat Institute which has assessed 621 the Thai publicly listed companies.

On behalf of Thai Union Group PCL, Dr.Darian McBain, Group Director of Sustainable Development, received the ESG100 award from Sutisha Charoenngam, Deputy Director of Thaipat, at the Thai Union Group office in Bangkok.

The ESG100 list is constructed from 6 data sources: Finding from the Corporate Social Responsibility in the annual report, Information on TISCO ESG Investment Fund, Data used for the granting of Sustainability Report Awards, Findings from CG Scoring surveys, Findings from sustainability development ratings and information on Media and Stakeholder Analysis (MSA).

Source: Thai News


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