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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 - Enter Nigeria's EUR 10.1 Million Research Vessel

NIGERIA
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Nigeria has acquired a EUR 10.1 million research vessel for the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research, which the Federal Government has said would help boost local fish supply and in achieving fish self-sufficiency in the near future.

 

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwunmi Adesina, who was on an inspection tour of the vessel in Poland, alongside the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, explained that the approval for the purchase of the EUR 10.1 million deep vessel by President Goodluck Jonathan became imperative in view of the need to properly monitor and manage the diversity of the country's resources.

Adesina said that Nigeria has no business importing fish, saying, "Nigeria has abundance of water. We are blessed with numerous lakes, rivers, reservoirs, dams and flood plains, spanning about 13 million hectares which can support artisanal fisheries and aquaculture".

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Alaska Fishermen Hit by 2012 Poor King Runs to Receive USD 7.8 million

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

ANCHORAGE - Alaska is set to receive more than USD 20 million in fisheries disaster relief funds, in the wake of low king salmon runs to 2012 which devastated the livelihood of Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Cook Inlet fishermen.

 

In a Monday 19 of August 2014 statement, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration says about a third of the funds, roughly USD 7.8 million, will be distributed by mail to those affected by 2012’s salmon shortages in the near future.

“This award covers direct payments to commercial fishermen and breaks out as USD 3.2 million for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region and USD 4.6 million for the Cook Inlet region,” NOAA officials wrote.

Alaska Regional Administrator Jim Balsiger says the funds, part of a USD 75 million package NOAA announced in February covering six fisheries disasters across the U.S., have been a high priority at the agency since they became available.

Source: Ktuu

 


IN BRIEF - Grieg Seafood Q2 earnings miss forecasts

NORWAY
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Grieg Seafood ASA :

Q2 EBIT before biomass fair value adjustments NOK 123.8 million (Reuters poll NOK 156 million),

Expects 2014 harvest volumes of 67,500 tonnes (Reuters poll 69,038 tonnes),

Says in the third quarter the harvested volume is expected to total 15 600 tons, compared with 13 953 tons in the same period previous year,

Says it is expected that supply-side growth will decline in the second half of 2014, with only a marginal increase in global supply in 2015,

Q2 biomass adjustments NOK -196 million (Reuters poll NOK 0 million), Q2 loss before tax NOK 83 million (Reuters poll profit NOK 135 million), Q2 revenue NOK 751 million (Reuters poll NOK 724 million)

Says the third quarter accounts will include writedowns in the level of NOK 24m in Rogaland and NOK 4.5m in Canada due to an extraordinary level of mortalities at some sites in these regions at the start of the third quarter, as described previously 

Source: Reuters

 


IN BRIEF - Tassal posts healthy FY profit rise

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Salmon farmer Tassal has overcome drops in fish supplies, caused by hot weather, to lift profit 23 per cent to AUD 41.6 million.

 

The company achieved the healthy result by focusing on local markets, where it was getting stronger returns per kilo, despite the reduced fish supply.

"From an operating perspective, although Tassal sold less fish over 2014, favourable market returns were achieved, together with improved operational efficiencies that reduced the cost of bringing fish to market," chief executive Mark Ryan said.

Tassal had become more efficient by using improved breeding programs, logistics, packaging and feed conversion ratios, he said.

"In addition, Tassal's marketing campaign has been instrumental in building brand awareness and driving sales via increased domestic consumption per capita," Mr Ryan said.

Tassal's revenue dropped slightly, reflecting the fall in fish supplies due to the hot summer of 2012-13, but earnings were up 14 per cent to AUD 78.6m.

Source: The Australian

 


IN BRIEF - Climate change will threaten fish by drying out Southwest US streams, research predicts

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Fish species native to a major Arizona watershed may lose access to important segments of their habitat by 2050 as surface water flow is reduced by the effects of climate warming, new research suggests.

 

Most of these fish species, found in the Verde River Basin, are already threatened or endangered. Their survival relies on easy access to various resources throughout the river and its tributary streams. The species include the speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus), roundtail chub (Gila robusta) and Sonora sucker (Catostomus insignis).

A key component of these streams is hydrologic connectivity – a steady flow of surface water throughout the system that enables fish to make use of the entire watershed as needed for eating, spawning and raising offspring.

Source: PHYS

 


IN BRIEF - WA's western trout minnow, a critically endangered fish species, bred in captivity for first time

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

The critically endangered western trout minnow has been bred in captivity for the first time, in a program that is hoped will help shore up the population.

 

The western trout minnow is so rare it is only found in three small rivers in WA's Great Southern region.

It was the first freshwater fish species in Australia to be listed as critically endangered.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the Department of Fisheries have managed to breed the fish in a laboratory, and hope to restock the rivers in a couple of years.

Principal research scientist Dr Craig Lawrence said there is also a team examining the reasons why the fish are becoming extinct.

"They are specifically looking at the reasons why several rare species in WA have got very low numbers in the wild," he said.

Source: ABC

 


IN BRIEF - DNREC issues shellfish aquaculture regulations

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

INLAND BAYS — In anticipation of the moment when the state will begin accepting applications for shellfish aquaculture permits, Steve Friend started getting ready. He's began building oyster and clam cages in March 2014.

 

“I just want to get it going, to get it started,” he said from his home in Georgetown while standing in front of a stack of 30 cages.

It's been a long process, one that took a big step forward recently when the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced the final regulations regarding shellfish aquaculture Aug. 1. They went into effect Aug. 11 that year.

Though he is frustrated with how long the process has taken, Friend is happy the regulations are finally ready.

He says DNREC has really dragged its feet on the regulations and there's still a lot of hard work to be done before any oysters or clams are taken.

Friend grew up in Lewes and has been raking clams since he was 10. After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, he took on clamming full time.

Source: Cape Gazette

 


IN BRIEF - Direct connection to aquaculture industry

CANADA
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Mayor Jerry Kearley of Milltown-Head of Bay d’Espoir said the aquaculture wharf being built in the community will allow the area to become a direct part of the aquaculture industry.

“Even though the aquaculture industry has been ongoing in this area for a while and a number of our residents are employed in this sector, we haven’t felt a direct connection with the industry. He told the Advertiser.

“This new wharf gives us that connection, and we hope it’s part of what makes the system better for everyone involved.”

Provincial Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister, Keith Hutchings was in the Milltown-Head of Bay d’Espoir area on July 16 2014 to announce the CAD four million project.

Source: The Thelegram

 


IN BRIEF - Fishing industry in Gensan to undergo labor laws compliance assessment

PHILIPPINES
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato - About 140 member-companies of the Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) fishing and allied industries in General Santos City and neighboring areas have agreed to an industry-wide labor law compliance assessment by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

These companies are under the auspices of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc. (SFFAII).

Said evaluation, according to a report from DOLE 12 was prompted by allegations of prevalence of '5-5-5' work arrangement and 'cabo' system in the local shipping and allied industries.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced the assessment in her visit last week in General Santos City where she, along with Undersecretary Rebecca Chato, attended a consultative meeting of the members of DOLE Region 12 ITC.

The consultation was called by DOLE and SFFAII to fully inform the region's fishing industry players not only about their responsibilities to their workers but also on the new program of the DOLE that seeks to elicit full and voluntary compliance with all labor laws, including occupational safety and health, in the fishing, fish canning and processing, aquaculture production, and other allied industries.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

 


IN BRIEF - Fiji police investigate high seas shooting video

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

A cellphone left behind in a Suva taxi by an Asian fishing boat crewman is at the heart of a horrific video showing the killing of four castaways on the high-seas.

 

Whether the dead men are Fijian, stateless Rohingyas from Burma or Somalians, is still unresolved.

Nor is it known who killed them or why.

Official data has identified a tuna boat seen nearby as the men were killed in the water.

But the Taiwan flagged Chun I No 217 has not switched on its vessel monitoring system (VMS) device for three months and its whereabouts is unknown, monitoring sources told Fairfax Media.

High seas fishing boats are legally allowed to turn off VMS to keep a competitive advantage.

Up until last year Chun I No 217 was registered to catch southern blue fin tuna in waters around New Zealand and south of Australia.

Source: Stuff

 


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