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

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 - Call for fisheries experts for the Joint Scientific Committee under the EU- Mauritania Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) aim to create a partnership to promote sustainable fisheries, based on the best available scientific advice. In this context a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of highly qualified scientific experts needs to be established under the EU-Mauritania SFPA in order to ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific advice available.

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - Black market shellfish ring busted in BOP

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Fishery officers finished 12 months of monitoring black market activity when they moved in and seized paua, dive gear and electronic equipment across Bay of Plenty over the past two days (24 and 25 November 2015).


The black market ring was allegedly centred around Motiti Island, off the coast of Tauranga, where divers gathered paua and kina and sold them to a network of buyers in Tauranga, Whakatane, Hamilton and Auckland.

Fishery officers and police searched houses at Motiti Island and Tauranga, and several business premises, including a powered-storage facility at Mount Maunganui, where they seized two freezers containing 116kg of paua with a commercial value of $15,000. The paua was minced and frozen in 500g and 1kg bags - 210 bags in total.

A Tauranga food business is alleged to be involved in the sale of paua and kina.

Ministry for Primary Industries District Compliance Manager Waikato/Bay of Plenty Brendon Mikkelsen said this week’s operation was the result of 12 months of investigation and analysis into black market activity.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Law enforcers also behind illegal fishing in Lingayen Gulf

Thursday, November 26, 2015


There must be something about the coastal town of San Fabian in Pangasinan which attracts tourists, beach lovers, sea creatures and even unscrupulous fishermen.

All are welcome, Mayor Constante Agbayani said, except fishermen who come with illegal fishing gear, explosives and other destructive means to catch fish that abound in the town’s waters.

Beachgoers and tourists are lured by the calm and shallow water while sea creatures, like whale sharks (butanding), regularly come to graze whenever the Lingayen Gulf is teeming with tiny fish and shrimps.

Source: Inquirer


IN BRIEF - Visayan Sea closed to fishing till Feb. 2016

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Fishing of sardines, herring and mackerel is temporarily banned in the Visayan Sea.


The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-7) declared a closed season from November 15 2015 to February 15 2016 to allow the fish to spawn and reproduce.

BFAR Regional Director Andres Bojos said the four regions in the Visayan Sea — Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas will be closely monitored.

During yesterday’s Kapihan sa Isla forum, Bojos said several arrests of violators were already made in Masbate.

Bojos said there were already arrests made during the ban period, mostly from Masbate.

Source: Cebu Daily News


IN BRIEF - Fall Chinook run reaches 212% of average, but coho just 28%

Thursday, November 26, 2015


COLUMBIA RIVER — The number of fall Chinook passing Bonneville Dam continues to mount with nearly 1,000 more fish over the dam last week, increasing the record run to 954,424, or 212 percent of the 10-year average, according to NOAA Fisheries’ Paul Wagner at Nov. 18 2015’s Technical Management Team meeting.


The previous record of 953,222 fish set in 2013 was exceeded when the count went to 953,541 fish as of Nov. 12, the most fish passing the dam since it was built 77 years ago.

Daily passage numbers are declining from 229 fish per day Saturday, to just 48 on Nov. 18 2015 (see www.fpc.org for fish passage details).

The coming years may not see the big runs of 2015, “so we could be in for a bad spell,” Wagner said. As indicators, he pointed to low spring Chinook jack salmon counts over Bonneville Dam this year as well as the expectation that poor ocean conditions bode poorly for the juvenile salmon that migrated to the ocean this year. (The number of jacks in one year is an indicator of the size of the following year’s adult run).

Source: Chinook Observer


IN BRIEF - Seattle's aging fishing fleets provide USD 100 million opportunity for shipbuilders

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Some vessels in the Seattle-based North Pacific fishing fleet are more than 70 years old, and replacing them could bring hundreds of millions of dollars of work to regional shipyards.

That, according to Port of Seattle Co-President Stephanie Bowman, is at the top of a list of maritime-industrial business possibilities for the region.

"By some estimates, more than 2,000 boats need to built or remodeled, which is requiring hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments, and hundreds of workers throughout our region to work on these vessels,” Bowman said Thursday in a speech to a gathering of maritime industry leaders. “This is an enormous opportunity.”

Source: Business Journal


IN BRIEF - Demand to ban super-trawlers in Irish waters as big boats feast on fish while local vessels lie idle

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


The Government has been called on to take immediate action to save the Irish fishing industry as European super-trawlers hoover up shoals of fish a few miles off our coast.


Under EU rules, some of the world’s largest fishing vessels like the Annelies Ilena and the MFV Margiris are permitted to fish within 13 miles of the Irish coastline - but local fisherman have been banned from catching almost all species for years.

The fishing industry in Donegal has been practically wiped out after a ban on salmon fishing in 2006, followed by a ban on whitefish two years later.

Chairman of Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation Jerry Early says stocks of salmon have not increased since that time and has demanded the ban be lifted.

He told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “Salmon stocks, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland, have not improved. We were seen to be the problem.

Source: Irish Mirror


IN BRIEF - Marystown aquaculture project faces environmental delay

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


There has been a delay in the Marystown Atlantic Salmon Hatchery project related to its environmental assessment.


The Department of Environment and Conservation announced Friday 20th of November 20154 that an environmental assessment cannot proceed until a description of the entire project is registered to government as a single undertaking.

Section 29 of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, 2003 states that all components of an undertaking engaged in farm raising fish or shellfish must be registered.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Marel agrees to acquire MPS meat processing systems- favorable long-term financing secured

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Marel has agreed to acquire MPS meat processing systems for EUR 382 million on a debt and cash-free basis. Parallel to the acquisition Marel has entered into an agreement of long term financing for the total Marel group for the amount of close to EUR 670 million at favorable terms and conditions.


MPS is a global leader in primary processing solutions for the meat industry. The two companies have a great strategic and cultural fit with highly complementary product portfolios and geographic presence, creating a strong platform to enhance further growth.

The acquisition enhances Marel’s position as the leading global provider of advanced equipment and solutions to the poultry, meat and fish industries and is fully in line with the company’s previously announced growth strategy. This step will support Marel’s full line offering in the meat processing industry and contribute to more balanced revenue split between industry segments and geographies. On a pro-forma basis Marel’s meat segment will contribute to around 30% of revenue and EBITDA of Marel following the acquisition.

Source: Globe Newswire


IN BRIEF - Woolworths Launches First Private Label ASC Certified Fish in South Africa

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Worthworths is launching its private label ASC certified tilapia products to coincide with the celebration of World Fisheries Day on 21 November 2015 which highlights the connection between the health of the world's fisheries and human well-being.

Woolworths has a long-standing commitment to sourcing sustainable fish options in both the wild and farmed fishing environments. Through a variety of ongoing initiatives it raises consumer awareness of the dangers of overfishing and the importance of conserving collapsing fisheries by making responsible fish choices. In 2008, Woolworths became the first retailer to commit to the WWF-SASSI Retail Charter.

"This Summer we've taken another major step in our responsible fishing journey. We're delighted that concerned consumers can enjoy delicious fish while helping to lift the pressure on wild caught fish stocks," says Spencer Sonn, Managing Director of Woolworths Foods. "A critical part of our commitment to making sustainable fish available is that we empower consumers to choose wisely and buy responsibly sourced fish."

Source: ASC


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Worldwide The non-government organisation Pew Charitable Trusts has released its policy recommendations for the upcoming meeting of the members of the WCPFC, requesting its members to improve management of tuna fisheries in the western and central Pacific.
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