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IN BRIEF - Crayfish survey defies Ministry spin - LegaSea

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A landmark survey of people who pot and dive for crayfish on the northeast coast between Pakiri and East Cape defies Ministry for Primary Industries’ assurances that the fishery is doing well. More than three quarters (78.6%) of the 822 survey respondents described the size and availability of crayfish in this popular fishery as 1or 2 out of 7. Six per cent rated it as average, and only 2.2% described the fishery as above average.

Of those who took part, 83% supported or strongly supported a seasonal closure to all harvest to help the crayfish recover. Only 7% opposed or strongly opposed the move.

Some were willing to go even further, with 62% supporting or strongly supporting a total closure of the fishery for a fixed time, with a managed reintroduction of fishing once the fishery reopens.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Newlyn fish market secures GBP 1.3million for major refurb

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Newlyn fish market could become "one of the best in the South West, if not the country" after winning GBP 1.3million for a major refurbishment.

The European funding has been granted after two years of bidding to secure the money.

Newlyn Harbour bosses say that the investment programme will improve facilities for existing users and also open up new selling platforms.

Source: Cornwall Live


IN BRIEF - Iconic Sydney Fish Markets to get a new home and GBP 250 million makeover after 50 years

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sydney Fish Market is set to leave its home of more than 50 years after the announcement of a AUD 250million overhaul of the iconic venue.

The redevelopment of the market is a step closer after Danish and Australian architects were awarded the project and a timeline for construction mapped out.

The market and surrounding precinct will be developed at a new site on the other side of Blackwattle Bay from late 2018. 

Source: Daily Mail


IN BRIEF - UK seal population under threat for salmon-farming industry

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Salmon is, in the eyes of many, one of the finest foods in the world.

However, there’s a cruel side to the salmon-farming industry that many people aren’t aware of: seals are being shot to protect the fish.

Many of the independently-run farms use licensed marksmen to kill both common and rarer grey seals, shooting dozens every year, The Times reports. 

The seals pose a threat to the caged salmon, but the UK seal population is under threat itself.

Currently estimated to be around 37,000, the common seal population is suffering from a fatal disease called phocine distemper.

Source: Independent


IN BRIEF - 'Phase One' of oyster removal complete

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Stewart Island oyster removal project has been running ahead of schedule, with the first phase of the removals completed in June 2017. 

After beginning operations on June 16, about 700 oyster cages have been removed from the Sanford oyster fishery in Big Glory Bay. 

Ministry for Primary Industry national biosecurity capabilities network manager Andrew Sander said the initial operation had gone quicker than expected. 

"We have completed the first phase, we finished on Friday around 2pm 23rd of June 2017.

Source: Stuff


IN BRIEF - Oyster farmer decries NZD 10k in shellfish wasted

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Stewart Island oyster farmer says it's "gut-wrenching" having to dispose of healthy oysters to stop the spread of a deadly parasite, Bonamia ostreae, to the Bluff fisheries.

RNZ News visited oyster farmer Craig 'Nudge' Farmer on board an EEC Ltd barge in Big Glory Bay, where about 4000 oysters worth NZD 2.50 each were brought up in pallets on the deck.

His crew pulled up pallets at random and shucked some to reveal perfect-looking shellfish.

"Not one dead one, all healthy," Nudge said, as he cast an eye over the stock.

"A bit annoying ... I'd like to say what I'd like to say but I can't."

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture facility in Waterbury begins raising fish

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great American Aquaculture is finishing work on what will be the largest recirculated salt water aquaculture facility in the United States. The fish farm at 64 Avenue of Industry in Waterbury will have a population of about 350,000 European sea bass, also known as branzino, when the project is finished. Company President Eric Pedersen says it will be the only local source of European sea bass, which is currently shipped to the Northeast from the Mediterranean.

Source: Republican American


IN BRIEF - NZ King Salmon lifts annual earnings guidance on appetite for fish

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Zealand King Salmon Investments expects annual earning to beat its offer document forecast on strong demand for its products and affirmed its projected profit for 2018. 

Pro-forma operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation is forecast to be between NZD 20.5 million and NZD 21 million in the year ending June 30 2017, up from the NZD 19.2 million predicted in its October offer documents and ahead of NZD 16 million a year earlier, the Nelson-based company said in a statement. The pro-forma operating earnings forecast exclude a NZD 1.8 million gain from a settlement with a supplier announced last month, costs of NZD 800,000 over the proposed relocation of salmon farms, and NZD 2 million of listing expenses. 

The earnings upgrade was "due to strong ongoing demand and continued positive fish performance," chief executive Grant Rosewarne said. 

Source: NBR


IN BRIEF - Fish farms shoot dozens of seals to save salmon bound for 'ethical' Waitrose and M&S supermarkets

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seals are being shot at Scottish fish farms that supply salmon to UK supermarkets, including M&S and Waitrose - a supermarket which has long promoted its ethical and green credentials.

Licensed marksmen are hired to kill the seals by independent companies which say that the grey seal preys on their caged fish stock.

The seal slaughter was revealed by new statistics published by the Scottish government. 

But a representative for Waitrose said that all major retailers source salmon from the same five Scottish farms which all work to the same standards.

Source: Daily Mail


IN BRIEF - Ten percent of fish caught in oceans get dumped: study

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fishing fleets dump about 10 percent of the fish they catch back into the ocean in an "enormous waste" of low-value fish despite some progress in limiting discards in recent years, scientists said on Monday 26th of June 2017.

A decade-long study, the first global review since 2005 and based on work by 300 experts, said the rate of discards was still high despite a decline from a peak in the late 1980s. Discarded fish are usually dead or dying.

Almost 10 million tonnes of about 100 million tonnes of fish caught annually in the past decade were thrown back into the sea, according to the "Sea Around Us" review by the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Australia.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - FMC Corporation Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell Omega-3 business to Pelagia AS

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PHILADELPHIA - FMC Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Epax® Omega-3 business to Pelagia AS.  The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q3 2017, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

"We are pleased to sell our Omega-3 business to Pelagia AS, a leading manufacturer of pelagic fish products," said Eric Norris, president, FMC Health and Nutrition.  "We believe Pelagia provides a strong strategic fit for our Epax® Omega-3 product line and will complement Pelagia's existing portfolio."

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Source: PR Newswire


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