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IN BRIEF - Threats of Aquaculture on African ecology

ANGOLA
Friday, November 10, 2017

Fish farming is a method that started showing its negative impact in recent years. Invasive species introduced by aquaculture businesses are invading and changing the ecosystem of places like the Okavango delta, Lake Malawi and Lake Victoria.  

Is aquaculture causing more harm than solving fishing crisis?

Fish farming was introduced to Africa by the previous colonial authorities as a way to improve the production in the field of fisheries and accommodate to the growing population’s need.  However, economic growth does not always resonate with suitable mindful techniques and environmental wellbeing. Although fish farms are producing an important amount of goods to cater to the needs of the population, their owners are generally unaware of the ecological drawbacks that their business is entailing.  These farms are indeed contributing to the wellbeing of the communities benefiting from them but the negative side of the business shouldn’t be overlooked. Raising awareness about the harmful side to introducing certain types of fish should be a priority in this field.

Certain species are said to grow faster than others but according to specialists like Martin Genner “there is zero evidence that Nile tilapia will grow faster or have a better food conversion efficiency than local tilapia species when kept in the same conditions.” He also added “everyone is under the illusion that their problems will be solved by having a different fish species.”  Aquaculture has a good potential within the continent if it is wisely and smartly applied.

Source: Afrika News


IN BRIEF - Salmon industry plan for dead fish pit in Tasmania town causes big stink

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, July 21, 2018

The salmon industry plans to build a pit capable of storing up to 4,000 tonnes of dead fish in the event of a mass mortality event on the west coast, but the local mayor has accused the industry of lying about council's support.

The chief executive of the Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association (TSGA) conceded he was "picking up on the feeling from the council that the relationship has been stretched" and said the pit was one of a "range" of options.

The TSGA has submitted a Notice of Intent to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to build a temporary "mort holding facility" at the Aquaculture Hub just outside of Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Small-scale oyster farmers concerned about industry's future after NSW Government investment

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Oyster farmers say the New South Wales Government's investment in company Australia's Oyster Coast (AOC) amounts to "picking winners" and will threaten the livelihood of small family farms.

While some farmers are welcoming the interest from government and super funds that could transform the industry, others warn it is distorting the market.

AOC was formed by a handful of south coast NSW growers in 2015 with a focus on marketing and exporting oysters.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Fish samples free of formalin: KMC

INDIA
Saturday, July 21, 2018

KOLKATA - The analysts at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation food laboratory lab did not find formalin in the fish samples they collected from several city markets in July 2018, said Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council overseeing the KMC health on Thursday.

Ghosh said that all 18 fish samples - mostly Ruhu and Katla- were tested at the KMC lab and found to be fit for consumption. These samples were collected by the KMC food inspectors from nine markets across the city. Some of these markets include, Baithakkana, Entally, Manitkala, Behala and Taltala.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - SeaDragon's funding transaction unfair

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, July 21, 2018

SeaDragon's proposed funding transaction is not fair to non-associated shareholders but the positives outweigh the negatives given the position in the company is in, according to independent advisers Campbell MacPherson.

"SeaDragon is currently cash constrained and requires an immediate injection of capital to fund operating losses and execute its business plan. In the event that funding is not secured it is highly likely that the directors will have no option but to place the company into receivership or liquidation," according to the advisers' report.

The fish oil manufacturer has forecast a net loss of between NZD 3.6 million and NZD 4.6 million in the year ending March 31, 2019, and said its ability to deliver on its forecast depends on securing long-term funding for the company.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Sabah can again export fish direct to other countries

MALAYSIA
Saturday, July 21, 2018

KOTA KINABALU - Fish from Sabah can once again be exported directly to other countries after receiving the green light from the federal government recently, said Agriculture and Food Industry minister Junz Wong.

The minister explained that a federal Marine Department policy might have deterred wooden ships from countries such as Indonesia, China and the Philippines from entering Sabah waters to import live and frozen fish from the local industry players in Sabah.

He said the issue had been discussed with the Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook and Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub and added that a reformation plan was basically a done deal.

Source: The Borneo Post


IN BRIEF - WTO panel to rule on Vietnam complaint on U.S. duties on fish fillets

SWITZERLAND
Saturday, July 21, 2018

GENEVA - The World Trade Organization (WTO) set up a dispute panel on Friday to rule on Vietnam’s complaint against anti-dumping measures imposed by the United States on fish fillets imported from Hanoi, a WTO official said.

The decision was taken after Vietnam made its second request at a closed-door meeting of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body, in line with WTO rules. No further details were immediately available on the row.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - End of groundfishing ban only the first step of many for fishery

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 21, 2018

NEW BEDFORD - It’s “finally” over, but it’s only the first step.

A saga that dragged on for nearly eight months ended Thursday when NOAA lifted its groundfishing ban that sidelined about 17 vessels and 80 fishermen.

What shocked Cassie Canastra, who is on the board of Sector VII, about NOAA’s final interim rule, was its finality.

“It was in effect immediately. That was shocking to me. That was great news. It allows us to start leasing right away ...,” Canastra briefly paused before finishing her thought, “if we can. It’s tough.”

Source: South Coast Today


IN BRIEF - Fishermen get green signal for venturing into the sea

INDIA
Friday, July 20, 2018

Rameswaram fishermen, who could not get fishing permits to set out to sea due to a warning issued by Meteorological department in the past few days, secured the green signal for venturing into the sea after their leaders met Minister for Fisheries D. Jayakumar in Chennai on Tuesday and told him that denial of fishing permits crippled their livelihood.

The warning applied only to those who set out for multi-day deep sea fishing and not to other mechanised boat fishermen, who set out for fishing in the Palk Bay thrice a week, they claimed.

Wind with a velocity of 35 to 45 km per hour in the region during July–August was normal and the wind condition never affected their single-day fishing. Last year also similar weather conditions prevailed but they were never denied fishing permits, they said.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - 'Destructive' fishing practices blamed for decline of tarakihi fishery

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, July 20, 2018

The decline of one of New Zealanders' favourite fish has been blamed on "destructive" commercial fishing practices.

Lobby group LegaSea on Thursday claimed the decline of tarakihi on the east coast was due to techniques "like trawling and netting in fish nursery areas".

"Here's another fishery that's fallen below the soft limit of 20 per cent," spokesman Richard Baker said. "Ideally fisheries should be managed at 40 per cent plus, that's a world recognised standard. But here we have one that's just been left to drift."

Source: Stuff


IN BRIEF - Marine Science and Conservation Experts Join ISSF Committees

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 20, 2018

Three Seafood Conservation Advocates Round out Environmental Stakeholder Committee; Tuna RFMOScientist Joins Scientific Advisory Committee.

ISSF is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Environmental Stakeholder Committee (ESC) and one addition to its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Global Fisheries Coordinator Jim Humphreys, FishWise Project Director Kathleen Mullen-Ley, and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Global Tuna Director Tom Pickerell will contribute their experience to the ISSF ESC. Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Senior Scientist-Investigator Dr. Alexandre Aires-da-Silva will join the SAC.

Source: ISSF Foundation


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