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IN BRIEF - Industry 'mussels up' with hatchery
Friday, May 04, 2012
A state-of-the-art shellfish hatchery at Queenscliff has sparked a Victorian mussel industry resurgence, according to State Government.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said the facility helped the state’s mussel production grow 68 per cent to 951 tonnes in 2010/2011 year.
Mr Walsh said a falling population of wild mussels was a “major obstacle” for the industry when the hatchery opened in 2008. “An unreliable supply of wild juvenile mussels had been threatening the viability of the Victorian mussel sector until a joint effort by mussel growers and Fisheries Victoria saw the hatchery established at Queenscliff,” he said.
The UK Government has been accused of failing to address problems facing Scottish fishermen. Following a statement on the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon, SNP MPs Mike Weir and Angus MacNeil have said there are other challenges facing Scots fishermen than the CFP and the UK Government is failing to act.
Mike Weir MP said: “Whilst the agreement in Brussels is welcome, the fishing industry still faces problems such as the cost of quota and fuel. The market conditions have continued to be poor in recent months.
Japanese buyers are once again showing interest in Bangladeshi frozen shrimps, creating scope for exporters to reduce dependence on Europe, their largest market.
“Our exports to Japan had been very low over the last several years, but recently we are receiving many queries from there. It is a very positive sign,” Md Rezaul Hoque, managing director of Modern Sea Food Ltd, said.
WALVIS BAY - A new fishing joint venture consisting of five new right holders has responded positively to government's call to add value to Namibia's export commodities.
Omualu is the newly wholly Namibian-owned fishing firm that has created 150 direct and indirect jobs. The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, applauded the initiative during his visit to the company's factory in the northern industrial area last Thursday 13 June.
VESTRE JAKOBSELV - The president of Norges Kystfiskarlag, the Coastal Fishermen's Association, is more concerned with the effects of salmon farming on wild fish populations than he is with the new quota recommendations.
Arne Pedersen is not too concerned about the new quota recommendations for cod and haddock. It isn’t the quantity of fish that worries him: it’s their health. “This is not natural, this is poison,” Pedersen said, sawing open a frozen haddock to expose the contents of its stomach.
A bill to bring oyster farming to the Inland Bays passed the House unanimously 11 June despite opposition from Cape Region boaters and clammers.
Sponsor and Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach said the Delaware Aquaculture Act, House Bill 160, was released by the Natural Resources Committee 5 June prior to passing the House. It now moves onto the Senate, sponosred by Sen. Patricia Blevins, D-Elsmere.
Sustainable oyster farmers have turned Brazil's Bay of Guaratuba into a model of eco-friendly food production. They are producing some of the tastiest oysters in the world and educating locals about how to be green.
In the southern state of Paraná, a large inlet in the middle of dense Atlantic forest forms the Bay of Guaratuba. This is one of Brazil's most biologically rich ecosystems. On the calm waters of the vast bay, the tranquility is only broken by the occasional sound of human activity.
NEW YORK - A New York judge has ordered three men who pleaded guilty to smuggling South African rock lobsters to the U.S. to pay the South African government nearly USD 30 million in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Friday 14 June the USD 29.5 million in restitution is the largest sum ever ordered under the Lacey Act. That law makes it a crime to import illegally obtained fish, wildlife or plants into the U.S.
Hoki stock has fully recovered New Zealand
The Ministry for Primary Industries has unveiled the latest thorough scientific assessment of the status of New Zealand’s fisheries with hoki as the “star performer,” having now fully recovered.
Rhode Island tries to farm tuna for the first time United States
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus are developing a project in an attempt to breed yellowfin tuna in a land-based aquaculture facility in an effort to help meet the growing demand for the species.
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