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IN BRIEF - 'Salmon signature' used to study historic Alaska fish returns

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alaskan fishermen are no strangers to the roller coaster flux of salmon returning to home spawning grounds. Most fishermen have experienced or at least witnessed both banner years and disaster years, riding out the consequences of a life lived according to marine resources.

Modern biologists have come to recognize these strong and weak variances as cycles that span not years but decades. Now, studies coming out of the University of Washington (UW) are indicating recognizable cycles that cross hundreds of years in their rotation.

Source: Hannah Heimbuch / Alaska Dispatch

 


IN BRIEF - FDA: Phil-Am Trading, Inc. Recalls Phil-Am Smoked Mackerel Because of Possible Health Risk

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Phil-am Trading, Inc. of Jersey City, NJ is recalling Phil-am Smoked Mackerel (Hasa-Hasa), because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link here.


IN BRIEF - FDA: Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. Recalls Various Ready to Eat Herring Products | Possible Health Risk

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. of Staten, Island, New York is recalling various refrigerated ready to eat herring products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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IN BRIEF - Mystery as thousands of fish wash up on Cornish beach

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, December 05, 2016

Bad weather could be to blame for thousands of dead fish washing up on a beach, experts have said.

Visitors to Pentewan Sands, Cornwall, said the beach was covered in herring, sardine and mackerel on Saturday.

Experts described the event as unusual, especially for the time of year, but suspect recent windy weather could be a factor.

The dead fish have attracted huge numbers of gulls to the bay on the county's south coast.

The fish did not appear to have been affected by pollution, but people should not take them home and eat them.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - No formalin in imported fish, says Mizoram health department

INDIA
Monday, December 05, 2016

AIZAWL - The Mizoramgovernment's health and family welfare department has rubbished reports that formalin, which causes cancer, was injected in imported fish so that it has a fresh feel when it reaches the state.

The director of the state cancer institute, Dr Thangchungnunga, recently wrote an article in which he made this observation.

The article was published in 'Hriselna', a journal of the health department.


IN BRIEF - Exposed: the abusive pirates trying to avoid fishing laws

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, December 05, 2016

An intelligence network aimed at helping hundreds of fishermen avoid getting caught fishing illegally around Scotland’s coast has been condemned as “blatant piracy”.

Fishermen are tracking the movements of the Scottish Government’s three fisheries patrol boats, the Minna, Jura and Hirta, to try and hamper them from policing the seas, boarding boats and seizing illegal catches.

The three Marine Protection Vessels (MPVs) regularly patrol the coastline on the lookout for boats breaching the law by taking “black fish” in excess of their quotas, fishing in conservation areas or using illegal techniques, such as electric fishing.

But a social media site followed by more than 700 people is posting daily sightings or photos of the MPVs so that fishermen can keep out of their way. It has also published abusive comments about the government’s Marine Scotland agency and the former fisheries minister, SNP MSP Richard Lochhead.

The revelations have prompted anger from campaigners and politicians, and a plea for respect from the Scottish Government. Fishermen have responded by saying they are defending their livelihood because “red tape is killing us”.

Rob Edwards /theferret.scot


IN BRIEF - Government To Introduce Guidelines For Construction Of Modern Fishing Vessel Next Year

MALAYSIA
Monday, December 05, 2016

SERDANG (Bernama) -- The government will introduce a guideline for the construction of modern fishing vessel in January next year in a bid to drive the deep sea fishing industry towards achieving the international standards.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Marine Department, which is under the ministry, had been working with the Department of Fisheries in preparing the guideline which aimed to improve the capability of local fishing vessels and to ensure that it would meet the standards and requirements of importing countries.

The guideline will be issued by the Fisheries Department and will comprise 12 standards which are in line with the International Maritime Association, International Convention and International Association of Classification Societies codes, he told reporters after the pre-launch of the guideline at the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Tourism (MAHA) 2016 exhibition.


IN BRIEF - Scots fishermen express disappointment at EU-Norway blue whiting catch arrangements

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment at the blue whiting catch arrangements for 2017 finalised at the EU-Norway talks for shared stocks which concluded in Bergen tonight (2 December).

The agreement, which the Scottish negotiating team voted against, will see an increased access arrangement for Norway, which will enable them to catch 68% of their blue whiting catch allocation to the west of British Isles (compared to 61% before). On top of that, there will be an additional transfer of 110,000 tonnes of EU blue whiting to Norway in comparison to the previous 75,000 tonnes figure.


IN BRIEF - Oslo Airport considers seafood centre after recent freighter wins

NORWAY
Friday, December 02, 2016

Oslo Airport’s recent freighter service wins, fuelled by rapidly rising demand for seafood, has led the airport to consider building a new seafood centre and new areas for air cargo.

The Norwegian airport’s operator, Avinor, said that in conjunction with exporters it has been working on a feasibility study to look at building a 15,000 sq m air cargo seafood centre.

The airport operator is also considering making new areas available for air cargo, although what this would entail was not revealed.

Avinor chief executive Dag Falk-Petersen said: “The current direct flight capacity from Norway is not sufficient to meet the increased demand for fresh seafood in Asia and North America.

Source: Air Cargo News


IN BRIEF - Chemical-soaked microplastics don't change fish personalities, but could accumulate in our sea food

WORLDWIDE
Friday, December 02, 2016

Increasing levels of microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic – in marine environments is of great concern to scientists, particularly in terms of how these pollutants accumulate in the food chain and their impact on fish behaviour. However, a new study from Macquarie University has found that while pollutant-coated microplastics can accumulate in fish, the ingestion of these pollutants does not appear to influence the personalities of these animals.

"Animals often first respond to pollution by changing their behaviour. When we fed contaminated crustaceans – which were fed microplastics soaked in polluted Sydney Harbour water – to gobies, a small coastal fish species, for an extended period they didn't show any changes in personality compared to gobies that were fed on microplastic-free crustaceans," explained lead-author Louise Tosetto.

"There have been no previous studies that have examined the transfer of polluting microplastics through the food chain in an ecologically relevant setting, making this the first study to investigate the effect of this type of pollutant on how an animal functions in its natural environment," she added.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Company to pay USD 207,000 after spill killed Big Thompson fish

UNITED STATES
Friday, December 02, 2016

LOVELAND, Colo - A construction company has agreed to pay USD 207,000 after a chemical spill killed more than 5,600 fish in northern Colorado's Big Thompson River.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the settlement Thursday and said the money would be spent restoring fish habitat in the river.

The spill occurred in March while American Civil Contractors was reconstructing U.S. 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland after the destructive flood of 2013.

Parks and Wildlife said rainbow trout, brown trout, suckers and dace died in an 8-mile section of the river from Drake to west Loveland.

Source: The Denver Channel


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