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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.
Washington, DC – The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation favorably reported S. 2094 (the “Vessel Incidental Discharge Act,” or VIDA), introduced by Senator Begich and 30 co-sponsors, to deal with discharges incidental to the normal operation of a commercial fishing vessel on Wednesday 23 of July 2014. Seafood Harvesters of America President Chris Brown applauds the Senate for taking action on the measure, which has earned wide bi-partisan support:
“Harvesters urge the full Senate to consider S. 2094 on the floor as soon as possible, which will level the fishing field by extending an existing discharge exemption for recreational vessels to commercial vessels. If Congress fails to get this legislation signed into law before the end of the session, when the moratorium expires, it could push our economically-critical industry to the edge of a massive ‘fish cliff’.
“Congress must ensure that US commercial fishermen can continue to sustainably harvest our seafood resources for the benefit of American consumers, coastal communities and the thousands of small business around the country that depend on continued access to US seafood. By advancing this important legislation, the Committee has demonstrated its commitment to protecting not only the aquatic environment, but also the commercial fishing industry throughout the United States that depends on clean water for its livelihood.”
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science will do a study on the cost of a recirculating system to provide water to the Hunger Task Force fish hatchery, which produces more than 40,000 pounds of fish to stock ponds in Milwaukee County parks.
The fish hatchery and a 139-acre farm in Franklin are operated by the task force through a lease with Milwaukee County. The hatchery had relied on a high-capacity well at the House of Correction across the street to provide water for the hatchery. But the pump failed in October and it can't be repaired.
Digging a new well would cost about USD 200,000, Guy Smith, chief of operations for the parks system, told the parks committee earlier this week.
Getting water from Franklin that would have to be dechlorinated would cost USD 610,000, although sewer fees would be deducted, which would reduce the cost by one-third, he said.
Both solutions are too expensive for the Hunger Task Force, said Sherrie Tussler, executive director. She has been meeting with parks officials and others on trying to find a solution.
It came as no surprise when the first price postings for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon tanked last week to USD 1.20/lb, with an extra 15 cents for chilled fish. That compares to a base price of USD 1.50 per pound in 2013.
The Bristol Bay catch topped 28 million reds by Friday 26 of July 2014, 11 million more than projected, and the fish were still coming. (Alaska's total sockeye salmon catch as of July 18 was over 37 million and counting.)
Demand for the fish is strong by both foreign and U.S. buyers, but the downward press on prices stems from lots of competing rivals in 2014.
The sockeye run at the lower Columbia River's Bonneville Dam set a record last week, topping half a million fish, the most since the dam was completed in 1938. Russia's sockeye salmon catches topped 31 million early in July 2014, and that number will go higher. All eyes will be on British Columbia's Fraser River where sockeyes are just beginning to show. The largest sockeye return in 100 years is expected at the Fraser this summer - up to 75 million fish.
YAMAGUCHI – Packages of frozen dried fish imported from Vietnam were found tainted with what is suspected to be pesticide and human feces, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Government said Thursday 24 of July 2014.
The substances were found inside cardboard boxes each containing 5 kg of the frozen fish in plastic bags at two supermarkets on July 15 2014. It has not been confirmed whether the substances had direct contact with the fish, according to the prefecture.
A Yamaguchi-based importer has started a voluntary recall of the product, the prefecture said, adding that no health problems have been reported even though the product was shipped to Tokyo and nine other prefectures.
Subject to the recall are packages of frozen Icelandic capelin seasoned and packed in Vietnam by a company called Rich Beauty Food Co., according to the government. The volume of imports and the retailers involved are still under investigation.
-- Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA before refocusing cost) was EUR 18.0 million or 10.6% of revenue. EBITDA was EUR 13.0 million or 7.7% of revenue
-- Adjusted operating profit (EBIT) was EUR 10.7 million or 6.3% of revenue. EBIT was EUR 3.6 million or 2.1% of revenue
-- Net result for Q2 2014 was EUR 0.8 million. Earnings per share was EUR 0.10 cents
-- Cash flow from operating activities before interest and tax was EUR 20.4 million Net interest bearing debt was EUR 204.5 million at the end of Q2 2014
-- The order book was at EUR 156.4 million at the end of Q2 2014 compared with EUR 138.4 million at the end of Q1 2014
Marel's main markets are showing positive developments. With a focused market approach Marel secured well balanced orders in large systems, standard equipment and spares. Operational profit in Marel's poultry segment is improving and salmon activities are performing well.
Sealord Group Ltd’s Board of Directors has appointed experienced food industry leader Steve Yung as the company’s next CEO.
Canadian born Yung has most recently been Managing Director of McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand and will take up his new role, based in Auckland on the 25th August 2014. He was a member of the global Senior Leadership Team at McCain.
Sealord Group Chairman Matanuku Mahuika said Yung has a strong set of skills that will help the company’s growth and development, particularly in the Australian market.
“Steve’s extensive experience in multi-national food manufacturing environments will be extremely valuable as Sealord works to grow and develop our business.
“He joins the business towards the end of what we expect to be a solid financial year in which Sealord has returned to profit after the challenges of last year and is looking at opportunities to further improve its existing operations,” said Mahuika.
Yung brings 30 years of broad multi-channel experience in the food industry; including FMCG, food service, manufacturing and agriculture across Australian, New Zealand and Canadian markets.
Fishing industry representatives left Prime Minister David Cameron in no doubt about the need to tackle the European Commision over the discards ban.
The Prime Minister went to sea on board the Radiant Star on Wednesday 23 of July 2014 on a short trip south from Lerwick and back.
The industry took the opportunity to highlight the lack of progress in finding a way to introduce the landings obligation without jeopardising the future of the local fleet.
Shetland Fisherman’s Association executive officer Simon Collins said: “We were very clear that the means must be found to overcome this blockage, which stands in the way of a very bright future for the industry here.
“The Prime Minister gets it. He clearly understands the limitations of top-heavy management from Brussels, with remote bureaucrats and MEPs trying to stuff unworkable regulations down our throats. We emphasised that there is nothing wrong with taking a second look at rules that don’t do the job they’re supposed to do.”
The government plans to impose regulations on eel farmers because the Japanese variety was internationally designated as a species at risk of extinction last month, government sources said.
Since eel farming in Japan relies mostly on catches of wild young eel, which are on the decline, the government wants to prevent excessive production and catches from developing in the world’s biggest consumer of the fish.
Japan plans to work out a decree by the end of the year requiring eel farmers to file reports to help it determine actual conditions, such as the number being produced on fish farms, the sources said Wednesday 23 of July 2014.
In the future, the government plans to start a permit system for eel farmers, they said.
Two groups of domestic eel farmers — the All Japan Eel Culture Association and the Union of Eel Farmers Corporation of Japan — also plan to launch a joint organization to manage production and call on nonmembers to participate, the sources said.
There are around 420 eel farmers in Japan, according to the Fisheries Agency.
A new law enacted in June 2014 allows the government to regulate inland fisheries when necessary to ensure sustainable use of resources.
A University of Canterbury student researcher is investigating how emerald rock fish in the Antarctic can adjust and survive the predicted global and sea temperature increase.
After the formation of the Antarctic continent about 25-30 million years ago, seawater around Antarctica cooled to its current temperature of approximately minus -1.9C degrees.
Canterbury postgraduate Charlotte Austin says Antarctic cod dominate the Southern Ocean and due to a wide range of predators including whales, orca, seals, penguins and other fish, they are vital to the Antarctic food-web and ecosystem.
Several species have been targeted by humans for commercial fisheries with varying success. The Antarctic toothfish is targeted for commercial consumption and the sustainability of this fishery is a subject of contention.
Genetically improved tilapia delivered to Ivory Coast Brazil
A shipment of genetically improved tilapia was delivered this week to the Government of Ivory Coast by the head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture from Brazil continuing a relation that started more than four decades ago.
IATTC fails to improve tuna and shark conservation European Union
The European Commission has expressed its disappointment with the outcomes of the 87th Annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission, which finished on 18 July in Lima, Peru.
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