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IN BRIEF - Savannah researchers study black gill parasite in shrimp

Friday, October 13, 2017

SAVANNAH, GA - A single-cell organism continues to cause multiple problems for shrimping, an industry that's called the Georgia and Carolina coasts home for decades.

In their fourth year of research, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography took its Research Vessel Savannah out and gave WTOC a firsthand look at their continuing effort to understand a still relatively unknown foe: black gill. 

The group spent Tuesday cruising the intercoastal waterways and gathering samples of shrim as a part of an effort to learn more about black gill. 

The Annual Black Gill Stakeholder Cruise left early and brought together many different minds, perspectives, and experiences. From a lifelong shrimper to scientists from the Skidaway Institute of the Department of Natural Resources, the trip was about collaboration.

Source: WOTC

IN BRIEF - Mexican fishing group: Proposed fish ban to hurt tuna catch

Friday, October 20, 2017

A group representing Mexico's leading fish canners says a proposal to create a non-fishing marine park off the Revillagigedo Islands in the Pacific could reduce catches in Mexican waters by 20 percent.

The Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna says the ban could cut annual tuna catches by 10,000 metric tons and cost jobs in the industry.

The group said Wednesday the proposal was drawn up improperly by scientists who weren't qualified to gauge the economic impact.

In early October, Mexico's nature reserves commission said it would propose banning all fishing around the Revillagigedo Islands, located more than 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the coast.

The proposed 57,175-square-mile (148,087-square-kilometer) reserve would create the largest unfished marine park in North America.

Source: ABC News

IN BRIEF - Norwegian Competition Authority has approved the sale of Apetit’s seafood business to Insula AS

Friday, October 20, 2017

Norwegian Competition Auhority has approved the transaction in which Apetit sells its seafood business in Finland, Norway and Sweden to the Norwegian based seafood group Insula AS. The parties have agreed to pursue the completion of the transaction on 31 October 2017.

Apetit Plc announced on 29 June 2017, that it had signed an agreement on selling its seafood business in Finland, Sweden and Norway to Insula AS, a group of specialized and traditional seafood companies in Norway, Sweden and Denmark producing and selling quality products to the Nordic markets.

Source: Globe Newswire

IN BRIEF - SEAFOOD SUSTAINABILITY: Thai Union appoints new Sustainability Director of North America

Friday, October 20, 2017

SAN DIEGO – Thai Union, a global seafood leader with ambitious growth goals and a dedication to sustainability and innovation, has filled the new position of Sustainability Director for North America.

Roxanne Nanninga will now oversee the implementation and coordination of sustainability strategy for Chicken of the Sea and Thai Union in North America, including expansion of the company’s traceability and consumer education programs.

Nanninga comes to Thai Union from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where she was a seafood markets specialist at the EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center.  In this capacity, she was responsible for working with the seafood industry to improve supply chain efficiencies and promote well-managed fisheries.

One of her most notable accomplishment at EDF was development of the Pacific Groundfish Markets Development Initiative, a coalition of seafood businesses, NGOs and fish providers dedicated to durable markets for seafood products from the U.S. West Coast.

Press Release: Thai Union TLC

IN BRIEF - Shrimp Task Force supports dredging over diversions

Friday, October 20, 2017

Concerned of how large-scale Mississippi River diversions will affect the coastal communities in south Louisiana, the state’s Shrimp Task Force will send a letter to local politicians and stakeholders recommending dredging instead.

The letter, which will “highlight the vast negative impact the proposed large-scale Mississippi waste-water diversions will have on coastal communities,” will be sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and the Louisiana state and federal delegations.

“We need to push the issue on dredging,” Acy Cooper, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association and chairman for the Shrimp Task Force, said at the group’s meeting today in Houma. “We want to make these dredges start making land and get it done. We want to see where we go with the dredging before we start digging holes in our levees and putting water in our estuaries.”

Source: Houma Today

IN BRIEF - ISSF & Walton Collaborate for Outreach in Indonesia

Friday, October 20, 2017

ISSF will hold Tuna Processor Forums in Bitung, Indonesia (23 October 2017) and Jakarta, Indonesia (24 October 2017) with support from the Walton Family Foundation. The goals of the events are to build management support for Indonesia’s tuna fisheries and equip local companies with the knowledge and opportunities to engage in tuna sustainability efforts through market influence.

“With its location between the Pacific and Indian oceans, Indonesia plays an important role in the global seafood marketplace,” said Holly Koehler, Vice President of Policy and Outreach, ISSF. ”Working collaboratively with the Government of Indonesia and local fleets and the processing industry, in partnership with other NGOs, is essential to addressing tuna sustainability challenges that will in turn have direct impacts on the work of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) like the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).”

“Indonesia’s tuna fishery is one of the country’s most economically important fisheries, and its fishers land more tuna than any other fishing nation in the world,” said Heather D’Agnes, Environment Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation. “Working with seafood companies is an important step in building a sustainable future for fishermen and fish alike.”

Press Release: ISSF

IN BRIEF - B.C. fish farm injunctions against protestors lifted

Friday, October 20, 2017

Injunctions against three First Nations activists protesting a fish farm off the northern coast of Vancouver Island was temporarily suspended Wednesday by the company.

Marine Harvest Canada, the owner of Port Elizabeth Fish Farm, was officially occupied by activists Sunday 15th of October 2017's night.

Notices were served to two protesters occupying Port Elizabeth, and one protestor occupying Swanson Island, a fish farm approximately 10 km away, also owned by Marine Harvest.

But early Tuesday morning protestors were forced to pack up their tent and leave Port Elizabeth.

“When protesters were served with a notice to appear in court for an injunction hearing, all protesters vacated our worksite,” said Ian Roberts, the company’s Director of Public Affairs.

Source: National News

IN BRIEF - US cautions VN seafood exporters against unregulated fishing

Thursday, October 19, 2017

HCM CITY - The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has urged Vietnamese seafood processors, importers and exporters to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, following a new rule that takes effect in 2018.

The remark was made during a seminar on the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) held on Wednesday in the city by NOAA and the Vi?t Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Speaking at the seminar, Heather Brandon, international fisheries and marine mammal specialist from the US, said: “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud threatens valuable natural resources that are critical to global food security, which puts law-abiding fishermen and seafood producers, here in the US and abroad, at a disadvantage.”

Source: Viet Nam News

IN BRIEF - Ministry on oil spill: Fish safe to eat

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Although the waters in the north western peninsula are still polluted following an oil spill, the Ministry of Health has assured that fish on sale in the north west is safe to eat.

A press release from the ministry yesterday said that officials visited 42 fish and seafood vendors to see how healthy were items being offered for sale.

Fishermen were also briefed on measures to provide safe seafood to the public.

The exercise was done in response to news of the oil spill which covered waters in the north west since last Saturday. The ministry warned that events like an oil spill could negatively affect the quality of seafood.

People were warned they should not buy fish if it has a disagreeable or oily smell, if it feels oily to the touch or if there are oily deposits on the surface of the item.

Source: News Day

IN BRIEF - Will tilapia buoy fish farming along Kenyan coast?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

MOMBASA - Kenyan maritime scientists said Tuesday 17th of October 2017 the introduction of tilapia, a fresh water species, to marine waters along the Kenyan coast will help local fish farmers increase output and tap export markets.

Two experts from Kenya Marine Research Institute, James Mwaluma and David Mirera, told Xinhua during an interview in the coastal city of Mombasa that the introduction of tilapia into the coastal waters will relieve farmers of shortage of fish for seed and food.

He said fish farming in marine waters referred to as mariculture has been going on for quite a while in the Kenyan coast but a lack of profits and poor sustainability prompted the search for fresh ideas that would add value to fish farming.

"The practice has not been as lucrative and sustainable as was envisaged which led us to borrow best practices from China to reduce pressure on marine resources for communities living along the Indian Ocean," Mirera said.

Source: New China

IN BRIEF - This Startup Turns Climate Pollution Into Fish Feed

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Off the coast of Senegal, where large Chinese ships now catch as much fish in a week as Senegalese fishing boats can catch in a year, the population of mackerel and sardines is dwindling. In Peru, home to the world’s largest fishery of a small fish called anchoveta–once fished with no restrictions–the government has spent the last several years retraining 2,000 fishermen in new jobs to help curb overfishing. In the U.S., the West Coast sardine fishery was closed in 2017 for the third year in a row because of a crash in sardines.

Each fishery provides at least a portion of its catch to be made into fishmeal, small pellets of protein and nutrients that are used as food for livestock and fish farms. If demand for seafood for humans is growing quickly, so is demand for fish fed to other fish. Aquaculture production has more than doubled since 2000. Recognizing that the ocean can’t keep up, one startup is working on making fish feed from another source: carbon dioxide.

“We can take untreated flue gas from various industrial emissions ... and just pipe it into our plant, rather than putting it in the atmosphere,” says David Tze, CEO of NovoNutrients, which is currently scaling up a system that it has proven works in a lab.

Source: Fast Company

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