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IN BRIEF - New video on innovative herring survey

Friday, November 10, 2017

A new short video has been produced highlighting the collaborative approach between fishermen and scientists in their innovative survey to assess the status and composition of herring stocks to the West of Scotland.

The film gives an informative overview of the multi-partner survey, which is using a combination of acoustic data and catch sampling to estimate the abundance of herring and investigate whether stocks in the northern part of this fishing zone (area 6a) are different from those further south.

Such data will then contribute to the international stock assessment process carried out by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

The international survey is led by marine scientists Dr Steven Mackinson of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA), Martin Pastoors of the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA) and Susan Lusseau of Marine Scotland.

Dr Mackinson says: “By adopting such a collaborative approach between scientists and fishermen, we are able to provide valuable data that can be incorporated into the scientific process for assessing herring stocks in this area.

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IN BRIEF - Focus on seafood for Norwegian PM on visit to Japan

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, to honor the unique relationship between Japan and Norway. High on the agenda was how these two ocean nations can work even closer together in the future, and further strengthen mutually beneficial trade relations, also within the seafood category.

The visit marks an important step towards even stronger ties in the future. Japan and Norway already have a special relationship when it comes to seafood, and we are keen for this collaboration to continue evolving, says Gunvar Lenhard Wie, Country Director for the Norwegian Seafood Council in Japan.

The marriage between Norwegian seafood and Japanese culinary tradition is already a worldwide phenomenon and the Norwegian prime minister celebrated this very special union during a visit to sushi restaurant Sushizen in Tokyo.

Source: My News Desk

IN BRIEF - Hong Kong supermarkets need to do better at labelling seafood accurately, to help protect threatened marine life

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hongkongers love seafood, but how many can really identify what kinds of seafood we consume? Accurate and detailed information on labels is critical, not only for consumers, but for retailers: the case last year in Taiwan of a hairy crab sample containing dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemicals shows the importance of correct labelling to prevent food-borne outbreaks.

When consumers purchase seafood in supermarkets, information about species, country of origin and production methods is crucial for them to know if the product is sustainable or not. However, the city’s nine major supermarket groups failed to provide this vital information in 82 per cent of seafood products investigated, according to a survey by WWF-Hong Kong.

DNA analyses by the University of Hong Kong in December 2016 found four cases of possible violations of Hong Kong’s Trade Descriptions Ordinance and one case of overcharging due to mislabelling. Worse, the lack of labelling information may hide the environmental costs of dynamite fishing, illegal poaching or poorly regulated aquaculture practices.

Source: SCMP

IN BRIEF - Fisheries body confirms presence of farmed Atlantic salmon in Galway rivers

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that farmed Atlantic salmon have been discovered in rivers across Galway and Mayo.

Escapee farmed salmon have been detected in the Delphi, Kylemore/Dawros, Newport and Bunowen rivers.

IFI says up to 500 escaped salmon may have entered western salmon rivers during August and September 2017.

The fisheries body says the presence of sexually mature farmed salmon in rivers poses a potential threat to local wild salmon populations.
It says it’ll continue to monitor the situation and may need to conduct longer-term genetic studies on the impact of the presence of farmed salmon in the river system.

Source: Connatch Tribune

IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture Threatens to Seek Damages from Washington State

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cooke Aquaculture, the Canadian fish farming operation responsible for the escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound, is threatening to seek millions of dollars in damages from the state of Washington, as KUOW reports.

In August, a massive failure of Cooke's Atlantic salmon net pens near Cypress Island in the San Juans resulted in the release of over 250,000 non-native fish into the Salish Sea, according to state officials (Cooke says it was 160,000 fish). The escaped Atlantic salmon compete with native species like Chinook for food and breeding grounds, plus they spread disease, and their escape alarmed conservationists, commercial fishers, and Native American tribes like the Lummi.

“This disaster could have devastating effects and could potentially decimate this year’s run of Chinook salmon,” the Lummi Tribe's Natural Resources Director Merle Jefferson told Indian Country Today after the release. “This is unacceptable for all residents of the Puget Sound. We are doing what we can to help limit the damage, but as far as we know, containment is indefinite. These invasive fish are going to find our rivers.”

Source: The Stranger

IN BRIEF - More must be done to boost local aquaculture

Thursday, February 22, 2018

There is an ongoing assumption that ornamental-fish farmers can move into aquaculture to help boost food security in Singapore.

While doing this may be easy, it is not the long-term solution to ensuring food security, which includes reducing the reliance on foreign imports, even for seed stock.

This is especially so when there are concerns such as biosecurity risks and the use of harmful chemicals.

Source: Straits Times

IN BRIEF - China seeks bigger catch from far-sea fishing fleet

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

China plans to increase the catch from its far-sea fishing fleet as it clamps down on fishing in its own heavily depleted waters, in a move likely to heighten maritime tension with other coastal nations.

The state-subsidised long-distance fleet is targeting an increase in its annual catch from 2m tonnes in 2016 to 2.3m tonnes in 2020, according to the agriculture ministry. Some 90m tonnes of wild fish were caught globally in 2016, according to the UN. China’s far-ocean fleet increased its catch by nearly 50 per cent over the five years to 2016, according to China’s agriculture ministry.

The haul — often sold to Chinese fish processors that then export to Europe and the US — has fuelled international concerns over dwindling fish stocks and illegal fishing in territorial waters.

Source: Financial Times

IN BRIEF - Saudi Arabia suspends fish imports from Myanmar

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended fishing imports from Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.

Saudi Arabia’s general authority for food and medicine suspended aquaculture products from Bangladesh , India, Myanmar and Vietnam, according to the Saudi Aquaculture Society.

This suspension is made in accordance with the regulatory procedures issued by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA). An delegation from several regulators from Saudi Arabia conducted an inspection tour last month targeting Vietnamese facilities that export to the country. The delegation found that only nine facilities met the national hygiene requirements, according to Vietnam news reports.

The fisheries exporters in Myanmar and the fisheries department have questioned this suspension. The exporters do not understand this suspension because it was Vietnam which had problems.

Source: MMtimes

IN BRIEF - Seafood industry faces tougher wastewater requirements

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Oregon’s seafood industry has concerns about the new version of a permit to regulate wastewater discharges from seafood processing facilities.

The draft 900-J National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit will replace a previous version that expired in 2011, but the new version includes significant changes in industry practices. The state hopes to address pollutants from organic material as well as oil, grease, bacteria and ammonia that can be harmful to aquatic life.

“There are new parameters that could be a challenge for processors,” said Laura Gleim, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Environmental Equality. “This renewed permit places limits on pollutants that didn’t have limits in previous iterations of this permit, including ammonia, chlorine, bacteria and temperature.”

Source: Daily Astorian

IN BRIEF - FFAW Urges Different Approach To Northern Shrimp Management

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

There are fears more cuts are coming to northern shrimp quotas after recent scientific assessments show another decline in the biomass, especially in area 6 off the northeast coast of the island.

DFO biologist Katherine Skanes says the biomass in Area 6 is in the critical zone after dropping another 16 percent in 2017.

She says predation is a factor, as is fishing activity, but they don’t quantify which factor is a bigger driver than another.

The FFAW meanwhile wants DFO to take a different approach to the data and stock management. President Keith Sullivan says scientists are comparing the current data against peak shrimp levels when cod populations crashed. He says a greater time frame must be considered especially in light of increased cod biomass.

Source: VOCM

IN BRIEF - Cornish fishermen fear catch in Brexit talks

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fishermen from the Cornish port of Newlyn were among the most spirited Brexiters. Days before Britain’s 2016 EU referendum, some sailed more than 300 miles from England’s westernmost reaches to join a pro-Brexit flotilla on the Thames — their presence intended as a visceral reminder of working people hard done by the EU’s overweening regulation. Soon they will find out whether it was all worth it.

As Britain tries to negotiate a two-year transition agreement with Brussels that is supposed to provide a smooth path for industry after the country leaves the EU next year, its fishermen fear they may be getting a raw deal.

The arrangement proposed by Brussels would leave the UK in the EU’s common fisheries policy for at least the next two years but without a seat at the table to defend its interests in crucial negotiations. Its fishermen say they would be at the whim of rivals from France and Spain, for example, when it comes time to divvy up catch quotas and agree regulations.

Source: Financial Times

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