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IN BRIEF - Pa. government updates fish consumption warnings, including ban on taking live clams, mussels
Saturday, February 25, 2012
HARRISBURG, (PA) - Pennsylvania government officials are publicizing updated fish consumption advisories, including a clarification that prohibits harvesting live mussels and clams in the state.
The new list released Thursday 23 February applies only to fish caught recreationally and not to commercial operations or restaurants.
The entire state remains under a blanket advisory to limit consumption of recreationally caught fish to one meal per week, or a half-pound for a 150-pound person. Safe consumption of fish involves properly cleaning, skinning, trimming and cooking the meat.
TOKYO - Investors in Japan might keep a close eye on sales of the homely horse mackerel as an early warning of any trouble ahead. The good news is that in the more confident Japan of 2013, tuna remains king.
So says Mizuho Securities economist Kenta Ishizu, who believes he has found a leading indicator of Japanese consumer demand that relies on two of the most common items on a sushi menu: Japanese horse mackerel and tuna.
There's no smoke and mirrors about it - Americans are eating a lot more smoked seafood than they used to. And that demand — part of a larger trend of infusing everything from salts and cocktails to fruit and teas with a kiss of smoky flavor — has smoked seafood producers like Maine's Ducktrap River moving fast to expand production.
"Our sales have increased to the point where we can't keep up," says Don Cynewski, the company's general manager. "We feel strongly that this is still a relatively new product in the United States, and that it has good growth potential."
DAGUPAN CITY - The Philippines is still lucky that it is still free from the deadly shrimp disease called Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) which is now stalking shrimps from all over the world.
Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) here, said they were aware that EMS could wipe out the local shrimp industry if the disease finally enters the country, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has banned lately the importation of shrimps, lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans.
Rosario said that EMS is a deadly disease that could wipe out shrimp population overnight since it kills the juvenile at very early stage.
Therney RE is now steaming home after having taken its entire 650 tonne redfish quota in only twelve days. The same applies to Örfirisey RE, but HB Grandi’s two other vessels on the redfish grounds, Helga María AK and Venus HF, are still at sea. Helga María is newly arrived on fishing grounds around the 200 mile limit after a half-landing in Reykjavík.
According to Therney’s skipper, Kristinn Gestsson, fishing has been very good since the Icelandic trawlers started on redfish on 10th May. ‘Things started off quietly but picked up and the last three or four days have been excellent. The redfish are in thick shoals so we have been fishing carefully. This means that we have shortened the tows so as not to get too much in each haul. Our maximum production capacity is 45 to 50 tonnes per day, depending on what we are producing, so we can cope well if we are getting around 35 tonnes per day.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say the next commercial opening of the Copper River District for wild salmon harvests is anticipated to be on Monday, 27 May, with the time and area to be announced on Saturday, 25 May.
Meanwhile, the Copper River District is to open for subsistence fishing at 7 a.m. on Thursday 23 May, for a 12-hour period with waters within the Chinook salmon inside closure area to be closed during this subsistence period.
Atlantic sturgeon, an ancient species that in the 19th century briefly made New Jersey a world capital of the caviar trade, are now on the endangered species list. But fishermen’s nets now won’t threaten the sturgeons’ survival, as they make a slow population recovery along the East Coast, according to a new analysis by government biologists.
Continuing use of gear like fixed gill nets for monkfish — a valuable commercial fishery to New Jersey — “could adversely affect, but is not likely to jeopordize” the survival of Atlantic sturgeon in the wild, according to the report issued this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The additional 84 600 tonnes horse mackerel quota which the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau, is expected to allocate soon, is only for existing right holders and not new companies, Esau told The Namibian on 22 May.Esau declined to say when he would issue the quota saying that he would inform the companies that qualify for the rights.
He said it appears that “there are forces using the media” to find out when the TAC will be allocated. “The quota has owners. Its not for new companies,” he said adding that the horse mackerel industry in the country was saturated at the moment.
TAIPEI - The number of bluefin tuna caught off Pingtung County has increased significantly as a result of the government's intensified efforts to protect Taiwanese fishermen following the fatal shooting of a local fisherman by Philippine marine patrol personnel 9 May, a fishermen's association said Wednesday 22 May.
Since the incident occurred, 102 bluefin tuna worth about TWD 50 million have been caught in waters off the southern county, said a fishermen's association in Donggang Township, Pingtung. A Philippine government vessel attacked a Pingtung registered fishing boat, the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28, on 9 May, killing a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman, Hung Shih-cheng, in overlapping waters of the two countries' exclusive economic zones. Amid escalating tensions between the countries after the incident, Taiwan's Navy and Coast Guard Administration (CGA) held a joint exercise in the overlapping zone in the Bashi Channel on 16 May. Taking advantage of the opportunity, most bluefin tuna fishing vessels registered in Pingtung took to the seas, bringing in big catches.
The Namibian understands that the horse mackerel is popular in the DRC and Namibian fishing companies export large quantities of the fish to that country, prompting its government to request Namibia for fishing quotas.
Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau told The Namibian that no direct quota was given to a country, but to companies who export the fish to the DRC. He confirmed that talks took place, but ended at the idea stage.
Synthethic Genomics, ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels United States
Synthetic Genomics Inc announced a new co-funded research agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels from strains with significantly improved production characteristics by employing synthetic genomic science and technology.
Cesium findings in eel coverup reported Japan
A scientist has admitted having detected radioactive cesium in eels caught in a boundary river between the Tokyo and Chiba prefectures but claims local governments took no action for nearly two months despite having informed authorities promptly.
EC warns Faroe Islands of impending sanctions European Union
The European Commission has notified the Faroe Islands that it plans to take steps, including closing off fishing ports, to support the sustainability of herring fisheries shared between the two parties.
Fish exports may generate USD 500mln by 2015 Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is working on increasing its deep sea fishing efforts and doubling fish exports between now and 2015 and to achieve this goal, it will be using new vessels from Japan and China,
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