IN BRIEF - NOAA Fisheries completes review of Columbia River hatcheries
Monday, March 20, 2017
NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region has completed a review of fish hatcheries on the Columbia River, clearing the way for the agency to distribute funds under the federal Mitchell Act that will keep the hatcheries operating while reducing impacts to threatened and endangered species.
The review came in the form of a biological opinion that analyzed the effects of the Mitchell Act hatchery programs on vulnerable salmon and steelhead species protected under the Endangered Species Act. Hatcheries can have positive and negative effects on salmon and steelhead recovery, and the biological opinion assessed a proposal for funding 62 hatchery programs in the Columbia River Basin designed to reduce impacts on the recovery of these protected wild fish.
The Mitchell Act provides federal funding through NOAA Fisheries for hatchery programs operated by the states of Oregon and Washington, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Yakama Nation, and the Nez Perce Tribe. The programs produce fish to offset the impacts of development that has reduced the capacity of the Columbia River to produce salmon and steelhead. Mitchell Act funding has supported more than 40 percent of the annual salmon and steelhead catch in the Columbia River, and helps sustain tribal and non-tribal fisheries in the ocean off Washington and Oregon.
Grimsby's Young’s Seafood has been dealt a shock blow by Asda, after it was told it is to lose GBP 30 million of business from the supermarket giant.
The contract merry-go-round appears to have struck the Ross House team, with whitefish and prawn own-label work understood to be involved.
Once again, one Grimsby firm’s loss appears to be picked up by another, such is the strength of the cluster, with New England Seafood International reported to be lined up for the cod and haddock business.
The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries' auction of new aquaculture licences closed today.
At the auction, SalMar bought a total capacity of 2 132 tonnes MAB (maximum allowed biomass) for a total of NOK 363.1 million. 443 tonnes of the acquired capacity is in production area 7, with a total consideration of NOK 92.5 million. The remaining volume,1 689 tonnes, is distributed between the production areas 10 to 13, with a total consideration of NOK 270.6 million.
The B.C. government has imposed new conditions on ocean-based salmon farms, requiring them to have agreements with “relevant” Indigenous communities to have their provincial land tenures continued.
The new provincial regulations are to take effect by 2022, B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said Wednesday, the day a group of provincial tenures expire. Those tenures will carry on month-to-month until new conditions are met.
A second new condition is that Fisheries and Oceans Canada give assurances that wild salmon runs are protected from salmon farms. The federal government has the bulk of responsibility for ocean-based aquaculture on all coasts of Canada, including assessing risk for disease and parasite transmission.
Seattle – Icicle Seafoods, Inc. is pleased to announce that Julianne Curry, a fourth-generation family fisherman and advocate for the Alaska seafood industry, has been named the company’s Public Affairs Manager.
“Julianne was born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, where Icicle also has deep roots,” said John Woodruff, Chief Operating Officer at Icicle Seafoods. “As a long-term resident of the area and a third generation Icicle fisherman, she is in tune with the state’s fishing sector and with Icicle Seafoods and its impressive history in the region. We are confident that Julianne will do a tremendous job and will quickly help advance the company.”
Based in Petersburg, Ms. Curry will focus on regulatory and policy matters, government and community relations and will work collaboratively with her Alaska seafood colleagues on strategic planning efforts that will positively impact the sector.
This final rule implements annual harvest specifications and management measures to establish allowable catch levels for Pacific mackerel for the fishing years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
The harvest guideline (HG) and annual catch target (ACT) for the 2017-2018 fishing year are 26,293 metric tons (mt) and 25,293 mt, respectively. The HG and ACT for the 2018-2019 fishing year are 23,840 mt and 22,840 mt, respectively.
The ACT serves as the primary directed commercial harvest quotas. If the fishery attains the ACT in either fishing year, the directed fishery will close, reserving the difference between the HG and ACT as a 1,000 mt set-aside for incidental landings in other fisheries. If the HG is reached, all retention would be prohibited through the end of the fishing year. This rule is intended to conserve and manage the Pacific mackerel stock off the U.S. West Coast.
LONDON - Organización de Productores de Túnidos y Pesca Fresca (Optuna No 42), the non-profit tuna producer organisation based on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands has become the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains. Optuna No 42 represents the interests of the historic pole-and-line tuna fishery of the Canary Islands, which has been supporting local fishermen and coastal communities in the region for more than 100 years.
Optuna No 42 was founded in 1991 by 21 pole-and-line fishers to safeguard the future of the fishery and to improve the commercialisation of its members’ tuna catches. Its membership is predominantly comprised of six pole-and-line tuna vessels, each between 24 and 34 metres in length and carrying 12 crew. Additional support is provided by boats from Fuerteventura, La Graciosa and Puerto del Carmen, among others.
The organisation is governed by a general assembly and a board of directors. Fishing effort is coordinated by the board, which sends out vessels and also keeps a live record of the catches throughout the fishing season. Returns are evenly divided among all fishers from the fleet, regardless of the vessels’ specific catches. As well as supplying the local market, one-by-one tuna products are shipped twice a week to Spain.
Some would start murmuring or laughing to themselves as they worked day and night in Indonesian waters on the cramped boat, often surviving on fish they caught and drinking water leaking from an onboard freezer.
“It was like a floating prison - actually, worse than prison,” the Burmese fisherman, who was sold into slavery, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in Samut Sakhon, a Thai fishing hub some 40 km (25 miles) southwest of the capital Bangkok.
The 36-year-old, who was rescued in 2015 after losing four fingers and being stranded on a remote island for years without pay, is now lobbying for fishermen’s rights with the Thai and Migrant Fishers Union Group (TMFG).
Marine Minister Michael Creed has called for European Maritime & Fisheries Funding (EMFF) for small to medium enterprises in aquaculture and seafood processing to be continued post-2020.
Addressing the Council of Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers meeting in Luxembourg yesterday (Monday 18 June 2018), the minister said: “Ireland expects to fully spend its 2014-2020 allocation and we foresee increasing investment opportunities and demands for the 2021-2027 period.
“I would like to highlight one particular area of initial concern that we have identified, namely the apparent proposal to restrict EMFF aid for capital investment in aquaculture and seafood processing to financial instruments only. Currently such a restriction applies to large scale operators only.
KOCHI - Domestic seafood exporters are hopeful of an uptick in business in the second half of the year on the back of a rebound in the price of shrimp and improving demand for it from the US and Japan.
Shrimp accounts for 70 per cent of India’s total seafood export revenue. Higher price of shrimp had helped the country rake in close to $6 billion in seafood exports in 2017-18.
Fishing deal with China would settle maritime dispute Philippines
A joint fishing agreement reportedly being discussed between China and the Philippines is deemed a significant step forward in the relations between the two countries after an old maritime sovereignty dispute.