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IN BRIEF - Atlantic salmon farms shift to open seas, trying to shake off lice

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Atlantic salmon farming companies are designing huge pens to raise fish in the open seas in a radical shift from calm coastal waters where marine lice have slowed growth of the billion-dollar industry.

The drive for new designs by Norway, producer of 54 percent of all farmed Atlantic salmon in 2016, will have to cope with ocean storms that can rip cages and free thousands of fish. Escapees disrupt natural stocks by breeding with wild cousins.

"The industry has to develop and to solve the environmental challenges it has, especially linked to salmon lice," Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg told Reuters, referring to parasites that often spread infections resistant to antibiotics.

One in five salmon farmed in Norway dies before reaching maturity, partly due to tiny blood-sucking lice that latch onto the outside of the pink fish.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Shrimp from the Sahara sounds crazy, but it may be the future of aquaculture

WESTERN SAHARA
Saturday, April 22, 2017

 

Seafood is a big part of humanity’s diet, and it’s been that way for a very long time. According to archaeological evidence, Homo sapiens mastered the art of fishing somewhere around 40,000 years ago — and we’ve been eating seafood ever since.

The only problem, of course, is that nowadays there are significantly more people eating seafood than there were 40,000 years ago. There are so many seafood eaters on the planet now that we’ve passed the point where naturally bred fish can sustain us. So now, we farm our seafood — just like we farm wheat, corn, and potatoes.

We don’t just do it a little bit, either. Globally, aquaculture — the practice of breeding fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and aquatic plants — supplies more that 50 percent of all seafood produced for human consumption.

Source: Digital Trends


IN BRIEF - Oregon’s USD 1 billion fish plan shouldn’t cost Idaho

UNITED STATES
Saturday, April 22, 2017

The state of Oregon has a plan that could cost Idaho farmers, electricity rate payers and others a bundle of money.

The plan — to reintroduce salmon and steelhead in Pine Creek, a tributary of the Snake River — is part of Oregon’s draft Clean Water Act proposal. The plan spans 20 years and, depending on how it works out, could expand to include adding fish to other tributaries.

The plan is Oregon’s contribution to Idaho Power’s efforts to renew the federal license for its three dams on the Snake River, which runs along the Oregon-Idaho border in Hells Canyon.

Idaho farmers and other ratepayers say they have a billion reasons to question the plan.

Source: Capital Press


IN BRIEF - Province buying boat to replace vessel leases

CANADA
Saturday, April 22, 2017

It hasn’t been bought yet, but the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is preparing to order a shiny, new boat.

The research vessel will be used for aquaculture site visits and biosecurity audits, but will also be made available for oceanography work and applied research, according to information provided by the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources.

“We were leasing and renting vessels,” said minister Steve Crocker, in a meeting earlier this month, with representatives from the NDP and Progressive Conservatives, walking through his departmental budget line by line. “We will have our own vessel now to do the bay management work. And actually, the vessel is a replacement for a smaller, older, outdated vessel.”

Source: The Telegram


IN BRIEF - Atlantic salmon farms shift to open seas, trying to shake off lice

NORWAY
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Atlantic salmon farming companies are designing huge pens to raise fish in the open seas in a radical shift from calm coastal waters where marine lice have slowed growth of the billion-dollar industry.

The drive for new designs by Norway, producer of 54 percent of all farmed Atlantic salmon in 2016, will have to cope with ocean storms that can rip cages and free thousands of fish. Escapees disrupt natural stocks by breeding with wild cousins.

"The industry has to develop and to solve the environmental challenges it has, especially linked to salmon lice," Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg told Reuters, referring to parasites that often spread infections resistant to antibiotics.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - P.E.I. oysters safe to eat, Aquaculture Alliance says

CANADA
Friday, April 21, 2017

As investigators try to determine the cause of illnesses linked to B.C. oysters, the PEI Aquaculture Alliance is assuring consumers that shellfish on the East Coast is strictly monitored and safe to eat.

"The more that people may be seeing this may become more afraid to eat our seafood and that's not what we want," said executive director Matt Sullivan.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says more than 300 cases of norovirus illness have been linked to B.C. oysters between December 2016 and last month.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Wildlife and Fisheries removes old crab traps

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 21, 2017

More than 500 lost or abandoned crab traps, which can cause havoc for shrimpers, recreational boaters and marine wildlife, have been removed from state waters this year.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ holds annual derelict crab trap rodeos to address the problem.

In March, Wildlife and Fisheries employees and volunteers collected 493 derelict traps in Isle De Jean Charles Marina in Montegut. An additional 88 traps were picked up by LDWF workers during the period in which they are allowed to remove them.

“We try and get as many as we can,” said Jeff Marx, LDWF Crab and Shrimp Program manager. “It’s volunteer based. I think we got a good number of traps. It helps out the area where it was cleaned up.”

Source: Daily Comet


IN BRIEF - Dams, overfishing & now climate change

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, April 21, 2017

“The English had discovered living resources that would attract, shape, and sustain the communities of the coast of Maine for the next four centuries,” wrote journalist and historian Colin Woodard of the bounty that once existed in the Gulf of Maine in the 17th century in his book “The Lobster Coast.” “Early explorers were flabbergasted by the largesse of the Gulf of Maine, a semienclosed sea stretching  from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia. They saw great pods of whales, acres of thrashing tuna, vast schools of salmon, herring and mackerel, clouds of puffins and terns, shoals of mussels and oysters, vast mudlfats infested with fat clams, cod and haddock biting at the hook, and enormous lobsters foraging in the rockweed. The waters off England and France seemed barren by comparison.”

As Woodard noted, the geology and climate of the Gulf of the Maine with its 7,500-mile coastline made the area perfectly suited for a thriving fishery — a “fertile oasis in a world ocean that is, ecologically speaking, largely desert.” But today — with climate change, ocean acidification and overfishing — the Gulf is a different story. The groundfish fisheries have collapsed, shrimp are disappearing, scallop fishing is severely restricted, clamming has been in steep decline and more than half of the mussel beds have vanished. Lobster is booming due to a number of factors related to warming waters and lack of natural predators, but the question remains: How long will it last? 

Source: Free Press Online


IN BRIEF - New fisheries measures now in effect

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, April 21, 2017

Beginning on April 17 2017, fishermen without a licence will be restricted to a daily limit on a number of shellfish species. Measures to protect the sustainability of shellfish stock have come into effect.

The restrictions are: One lobster; 10 Nephrops (Norway Lobster); Five crabs (edible, green, spider and velvet) either of one of the named species or a combination); Five scallops (King, Queen or a combination). Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “The setting of catch limits will make it possible for the Scottish Government to distinguish between those genuinely pursuing a hobby and those catching sufficient quantities to make it a financially viable exercise.

“While I recognise and support the public’s right to fish, this right must be balanced with the management of commercial fishing activity and the sustainability and health of the stock.

Source: Abroath Health


IN BRIEF - Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows

AUSTRALIA
Friday, April 21, 2017

As shark populations decline, fish face less pressure from the top of the food chain. As a result, new research shows, fish are getting fatter.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science studied fish behavior in Rowley Shoals and Scott Reefs. The former, a marine preserve, hosts healthy shark populations. The latter, an atoll-like reef off the northern coast of Australia, is a popular location for shark fishermen from Indonesia.

The team of scientists observed reef fish spending more time hunting and feeding in the water column near Scott Reefs, where sharks are rare. Spending time in the water column puts fish at risk of ambush, but it's also home to more energy-rich prey.

Source: UPI


IN BRIEF - Technology Advances Fisheries Management

SOLOMON ISLANDS
Friday, April 21, 2017

Observer electronic reporting tools – through the new Observer eReporting App –will now be used to help reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and bolster supply chain transparency and traceability in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries.
 
A 2016 analysis conducted by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) showed that nonreporting, misreporting and underreporting represented the greatest proportion of IUU fishing, resulting in a USD 600 million loss for the region.
 
“Transparency and traceability are crucial for good fisheries management, and this technology was a significant step towards combating IUU and securing sustainable fisheries,” said WWF’s Western and Central Pacific Tuna Program Manager, Bubba Cook.

Source: Marine Technology News


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