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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 - Oceana Seeking to Increase Horse Mackerel Quota

Saturday, November 29, 2014


The fishing group, Oceana, whose major operations are in Namibia and South Africa, is seeking to increase its horse mackerel quota in Namibia.


In 2014 season, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau set the horse mackerel total allowable catch at 350 000 tonnes.

Oceana said in annual results for the financial year ended 30 September, that the ministry continued to allocate further quota to new rights holders which resulted in a reduction of its quota.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Total value of catch 7.1% in August 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014


In August 2014 the value of catch by Icelandic vessels was 7.1%% higher than in August 2013. The value of demersal catch increased by 27%.


Yearly value of catch of Icelandic vessels decreased by 9.7% from September 2013 to August 2014 compared to the same period one year before. During this time period there was an increase by 9.1% in value of cod catch and an increase of 4.4% in value of haddock.

Source: Statistics Iceland


IN BRIEF - Shrimp farmers oppose destruction of ponds

Saturday, November 29, 2014


SURAT - Teams of Surat district collector office had to face stiff opposition from the shrimp farmers in Bhimpore when they started the drive to remove the farms areas surrounding the airport on Wednesday 26 th of November 2014. District collector Dr Rajender Kumar has ordered clearing of over 400 shrimp farms constructed on the 700 acre of land near the airport to prevent the bird-hit incidents. Teams from the collector office and the mamlatdar had gone to Bhimpore village with the excavators and the earthmovers that Wednesday.

Over 1,000 people, mainly shrimp farm owners and their workers, prevented the officials from demolishing the shrimp farm and registered their strong protest. Kumar told TOI, "I have demanded police bandobast from the city police and our teams will again visit the farms on Thursday again." Meanwhile, the leaders of Bhimpore Samudayik Sahkari Mandali moved the Supreme Court urging they should be allowed to carry out the aquaculture activity for another two to three years as they have incurred huge losses in the last two years due to white spot disease in the shrimps.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - Sabah looks to become a leader in aquaculture

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Sabah has been under scrutiny for the past few years for all the wrong reasons.


Despite being home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world, Sabah’s poverty levels have led to the state being among the poorest the poorest in Malaysia.

Parts of its shores also face the threat posed by militants and pirates based in neighbouring regions. Following an incursion by Sulu gunmen in 2013, the Eastern Sabah Security Command and Eastern Sabah Security Zone was set up to specifically address the security issues,.

In the 1970s, Sabah was ranked second behind Selangor (including Kuala Lumpur) as the richest state in Malaysia.

Source: The Star


IN BRIEF - Trinidad Launches Tilapia Project

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Trinidad’s Ministry of Food Production has launched a new tilapia project.


The Tilapia Floating Raft Cage Culture Project in Ste Madeline, South Trinidad at a cost of around USD 34,910.

According to Minister Devant Maharaj, the project could generate around 27,000 pounds of tilapia every year.

“Locally, tilapia is also more competitive than other types of fish. For example king fish at USD 45 per pound, carite retails at USD 30, red fish at USD 25 and tilapia at between USD 15 and USD 20,” he said.

Trinidad has also been implementing other projects to ramp up tilapia production, including an Aquaculture Demonstration Centre at Bamboo and the reestablishment of a Tilapia Commodity Task Force.

Source: Caribbean Journal


IN BRIEF - Strong improvement in operating results: Operating EBITDA increased to EUR 10.5 MI, exports rise 2% to EUR 120.3 MI

Saturday, November 29, 2014


The efforts of the Management Team and the employees of NIREUS improved the operating performance of the Group, achieving an increase in operating results (EBITDA) to EUR 10.5 mi.

Correspondingly, losses after tax and after the effect of biological adjustment were reduced to EUR 16.6 mi.




NIREUS continued to increase exports, despite the economic slowdown, benefitting from resilient demand for its products. In 9M 2014, sales outside Greece amounted to EUR 120.33 mi. (up 2%) and correspond to 80% of total sales.

Total group total sales amounted to EUR 150.22 mi., posting a slight decline of 1.1% versus the comparable period of 2013, due to reduced feed and juveniles sales from the adoption of stricter credit controls to mitigate the risk from the challenging domestic economic environment. Fish sales, representing 84% of total sales, posted a 2% growth in value.

Nireus: Nireus press release results for the nine months 2014


IN BRIEF - Know Your Supplier: FDA Refusing Record Amounts of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics

Friday, November 28, 2014


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently reported that in October 2014 the agency refused a total of 101 entry lines of seafood. Of these refusals, 35 of the refusals were of entry lines of shrimp due to antibiotic contamination.


Based on an analysis of FDA refusal data by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, the number of shrimp entry lines refused in October for antibiotic contamination was the largest since January of 2011. In that month, the FDA refused 42 total entry lines of shrimp contaminated by antibiotics, of which 39 were from China.

Source: Shrimp Alliance


IN BRIEF - Fish producers urge EU member states to demand more flexibility on quotas

Friday, November 28, 2014


SWATHES of Scotland's fishing industry will be bankrupted without increased flexibility on quotas, according to leaders.


The Scottish White Fish Producers' Association (SWFPA) and Shetland Fishermen's Association (SFA) support the European Union's (EU) proposed ban on discarding perfectly good fish. But they say member state governments need to wake up and assert their authority over the European Commission on the issue.

With only a marginal quota increase for haddock and potential reductions for species such as cod and ­whiting in prospect, the ­fishermen's representatives say the European ­Commission officials are apparently dismissive of serious impediments to the introduction of the discard ban for the main white fish stocks in January 2016.

Source: Herald Scotland


IN BRIEF - Improved FAD management will protect tuna and sharks

Friday, November 28, 2014


?For centuries, fishermen have known that tuna and other species form large schools under floating objects, whether natural or man-made. Industrial tuna fishing crews utilize this knowledge to construct specialized fish aggregating devices, or FADs, which make it easier to find and catch fish.


?Recent advances in technology allow fleet owners to track their FADs and even estimate the amount of tuna beneath them using sonar, transmitting the location and numbers back to their home office by satellite. These advances have come at a price. While using FADs dramatically increases fishing efficiency, it also raises the risk of overfishing an already- dwindling tuna population, as reflected in the record haul of tuna caught in association with floating objects in recent years.

Source: Solomon Star


IN BRIEF - French retail giant Carrefour sponsors producers' organisation for assessment of its sole fishery

Friday, November 28, 2014


For the first time in France, a retailer, Carrefour, is offering financial support towards a fishery’s sustainability assessment. The company will be backing the producers' organisation FROM Nord, who have entered their Eastern Channel and North Sea sole fishery for assessment to the MSC fisheries standard.

An innovative partnership for sustainability:

In France, this is the first time a retailer has offered its financial support to a fishery beginning an assessment. Thierry Missonnier, director of FROM Nord, talks about this opportunity: "For several years now, FROM Nord has been committed to the MSC program, with the certification of the North sea saithe, North East Arctic cod and haddock fisheries, and the recent evaluation begun by the Eastern Channel and North Sea herring fishery. We were thinking about beginning assessment of the sole fishery to promote its good practices when Carrefour contacted us to support our approach".


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QR code created to enhance seafood traceability
Australia Non-for-profit entity driving sustainability in the local seafood industry OceanWatch Australia has devised a unique QR code for fresh seafood in an attempt to boost traceability.
Fisheries-aquaculture cooperation issues with China agreed
Argentina Argentine and Chinese officials met in Beijing to address issues related to training in aquaculture, the resolution of authorizing additives use, fishmeal exports and new investments in the fisheries-aquaculture sector.
Colombia, Peru and Chile agree to strengthen fisheries monitoring
Peru Peru, Colombia and Chile have agreed to strengthen their fishing supervision as part of a regional effort to combat illegal fishing and crimes affecting fisheries and aquaculture.
Bluefin tuna trade fraud warned
Spain Bluefin tuna is involved in the biggest fraud occurring in Spain concerning fisheries resources, since about 25 per cent sold actually corresponds to other cheaper tuna species.
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