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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 - One of the World's Biggest Fisheries Is on the Verge of Collapse

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PUERTO PRINCESA - Years ago Christopher Tubo caught a 660-pound blue marlin in the South China Sea. The fishing was good there, he says. Tuna fishermen would come home from a trip with dozens of the high-value fish as well as a good haul of other species.

“Here there’s none of that,” he says, looking toward the Sulu Sea, the Philippine sea where he’s been fishing for the past four years. His two boats, traditional Filipino outriggers called bancas, float in the shallow water nearby, new coats of white paint drying in the sun.

Tubo is sitting on a wooden bench in front of his home, which perches on stilts above the bay. One of his four kids wraps an arm around his leg. Worn T-shirts and shorts flutter on clotheslines behind them.

Source: National Geographic

IN BRIEF - Int'l panel discusses fishing limit of bluefin tuna

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

An international fisheries commission began discussing details of fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the northern Pacific at a meeting in southwestern Japan on Monday 29th of August 2016 amid concerns about overfishing.

At a subcommittee meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission held through Friday 26th of August 2016 in the city of Fukuoka, participants are discussing the possibility of invoking a catch limit based on Japan's proposal.

The panel is discussing specific control measures with an eye to reaching a formal agreement within this year.

The commission agreed last year to compile emergency measures to deal with a sharp drop in tune stocks and details are to be worked out this year.

Steps being discussed include a fishing ban or drastic cuts in catches if the stock of tuna younger than 1 year old remains low for three consecutive years, according to Japanese government officials.

Source: Kyodo News

IN BRIEF - Price increase for P.E.I. lobster offsets decrease in landings

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ALBERTON – Spring value of catch is up 22 per cent so by end of season it was CAD 7.25 for canners, CAD 8 or higher for markets in some ports

Despite a 13.5 per cent decrease from last year’s record landings, the landed-value of Prince Edward Island’s 2016 spring lobster fishery is actually up by about 22 per cent over 2015.

The P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries reports the fishery benefited from strong demand, which resulted in strong shore prices that helped to push the estimated value of the 23.5-million-pound spring catch to CAD 148 million.

“Overall, it was a very positive fishery,” said Bob Creed, director of Marine Fisheries, Agri-food and Seafood Services for the province.

Source: The Guardian

IN BRIEF - Alibaba helping Australian businesses target China's middle class

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A host of Australian companies are increasingly selling products to a lucrative Chinese middle class hungry for high-quality health, supplements, food and cosmetics products through global conglomerate Alibaba, which provides e-commerce platforms for the hard-to-reach market.

China's middle class is expected to grow to 800 million people by 2030, and consumption is expected to accelerate alongside it.

According to Sydney University, China is Australia's second largest market for pharmaceuticals, with exports totalling USD 381 million in 2013-2014, including vitamins and health products.

"Any type of product in health and nutrition is very desirable in that country as well as this country," said Mario Tascone, chief operating officer at Chemist Warehouse, which operates an online store on Alibaba's shopping site Tmall.com.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - After awful pink salmon season, a bid for relief

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Two measures of relief for Alaska's pink salmon industry, reeling from the lowest harvest since the late 1970s, are being sought.

Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, last week asked the Walker administration to declare the pink salmon season a disaster, which would open up access to federal relief funds.

Pinks are Alaska's highest volume salmon fishery, though the price tends to be the lowest. Hundreds of fishermen depend on pinks to boost their overall catches and paychecks.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

IN BRIEF - Seafood show to focus on sustainable fisheries

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Aquaculture experts from various countries will speak on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and on enhancing quality to boost seafood exports in the international market, during the three-day India International Seafood Show (IISS) to be conducted in the State.

Marine Products Export Development Authority, in association with Seafood Exporters’ Association of India, is organising the event from September 23 to 25 2016 in Visakhapatnam. Organisers are planning three technical sessions during the biennial event — ‘Initiatives and Fiscal issues in Seafood Industry’, ‘Regulatory Requirements for Seafood Trade’, and ‘Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture’. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman, and a host of State and Central Ministers, officials of MPEDA and SEAI are likely to attend the inaugural event. In all, 300 stalls will be arranged and over 3,000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to participate in the show.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - BFAR, Capitol promote sustainable aquaculture

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

LUBAO - In an effort to promote sustainable aquaculture productivity, the Provincial Government of Pampanga and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region III joined hands in meeting with a thousand fishpond operators during a forum August 26th of 2016.

The event titled "Forum on Food Security and Sustainable Aquaculture for Fishpond Operators" held at the Pineda Sports Complex of Lubao, highlighted various lectures on fish farming, fishpond management, and good aquaculture practices.

The fishpond operators also heard from BFAR experts on Tilapia culture and its status within the Central Luzon fish industry.

Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the fisherfolk for their hardwork after hearing that Pampanga is now number one in Tilapia production all over the Philippines. She said that continuous support will be given to the fish farmers and fishpond operators in the province which is now over 5,000 in totality.

Source: Sun Star

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture shapes as beef’s big protein threat, says financial guru

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Forget chicken and pork, highly-efficient aquaculture shapes up as beef’s big animal protein threat in coming decades, suggests financial guru David Williams. Beef needs to take some efficiency cues from fish farming in areas like growth rate, feed conversion and branding, he says.

Source: Beef Central

IN BRIEF - Maine seafood company pleads guilty to trade violations

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine - A New England seafood company has pleaded guilty to illegally importing sea urchins from Canada in violation of federal wildlife trading laws.

ISF Trading Company specializes in buying, processing and selling sea urchins from Maine and Canada. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maine says the Portland-based ISF falsely labeled sea urchins it was purchasing from a Canadian company that was not authorized to export goods to the U.S.

The company imported roughly 48,000 pounds of sea urchins under the scheme between 2010 and 2011. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the guilty plea Friday 26th of August 2016. ISF faces up to five years of probation and USD 1.25 million in fines and forfeitures.

Source: Daily Progress

IN BRIEF - Huge drop in Chinook salmon worries Island fishermen

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Returning fishermen carrying coolers packed heavy with Chinook salmon are a sight for sore eyes at Port Alberni’s Clutesi Haven marina. Because its such a rare thing around the west coast this summer.

“We don’t know exactly what’s happening but everywhere up and down the coast the runs are downsized,” says Paul Dore of the Alberni Sportfishing Advisory Council.

Alberta Rancher Dale Keats’ proved one of the lucky ones Sunday 28th of August 2016.

“It was awesome. Yeah I’ve never caught a fish this big in my life so great experience,” says Keats.

120,000 salmon were forecast. The biggest return in decades and that would be big business in this fishing town.

Source: Chek

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