IN BRIEF - Up to 100% of breeding female eels dying in drainage pumps
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Documents obtained by Forest & Bird show that for decades, regional council drainage pumps have been brutally killing native eels as they attempt to swim to the ocean to breed.
The reports, created for Waikato Regional Council, contain grisly images of dead eels, many decapitated, with internal hemorrhaging due to high speed spinning, or with extensive spine damage.
At the time of its publication in July 2017, one report concluded that “currently … no pumps in NZ are likely to be ‘fish friendly’”, or safe for fish to pass through.
Forest & Bird’s Fresh Water Advocate Annabeth Cohen says the reports makes grim reading. “The potential scale of the crisis is horrifying. In some cases, all breeding female eels died as they passed through the drainage pumps."
OSLO - Norway exported 192 tonnes of fresh salmon to China 3rd week of February 2018, down from 420 tonnes the previous week but up from just 38 tonnes during the same week a year ago, data from Seafood Norway showed on Thursday 22nd of February 2018.
While the volumes accounted for a fraction of total exports of 15,060 tonnes last week, Norwegian producers see Chinese demand as an important factor to balance growing global salmon supply, which weigh on prices.
In late 2016, Norway and China began to normalise political and trading relations following a diplomatic row over the 2010 award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
They’re the fishy, golden capsules that help protect against heart disease, minus the unpleasant aftertaste – or so we’re told.
But a recent study has found that fish oil supplements have little effect in heart disease patients, sparking fresh debate about whether we should focus on eating the real thing instead.
Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat needed for good heart health. Our bodies cannot produce omega-3s on their own so they must be sourced through our diet.
Studies have shown a diet rich in omega-3s is linked to lower rates of heart disease. But the evidence for bottled fish oil – the second most-popular supplement after multivitamins, according to the 2014 national health survey – has been mixed.
Genetic tools can be a powerful complement to visual identification of endangered fish, indicates a study from the University of California, Davis.
In the study, published in the journal Conservation Genetics, researchers conducted genetic analysis on fin clips from endangered delta smelt, threatened longfin smelt and invasive wakasagi smelt. The fin clips were among those collected as part of the Yolo Bypass Fish Monitoring program.
The scientists were looking for signs of hybridization, which they found is not a significant threat for this population of delta smelt. But the genetic analysis detected something they had not expected: About 27 percent of the fish originally thought to be native delta smelt in the Yolo Bypass were actually nonnative wakasagi. Overall, roughly a third of the samples were misidentified.
A NORWEGIAN firm’s plan to build one of the world’s largest inland salmon aquaculture facilities in Maine has a chance to raise American salmon farming’s status on the international stage, people who follow the industry say.
Nordic Aquafarms wants to build a facility that would produce more than 60 million pounds of salmon per year.
The state typically produces between 18 and 35 million pounds of the fish per year, and production has ebbed and flowed, said Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association. Maine is the biggest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in the US, but the US is a relatively minor player in the worldwide industry.
Potentially doubling the state’s production capacity would significantly alter the landscape.
The Green Seafood Business award, sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), recognises seafood companies that are exceling in sustainable business practices and the Burren Smokehouse’s commitment to sustainable sourcing and practices is evident in their business as Birgitta explains: ‘The Burren Smokehouse team are thrilled to win the Green Seafood Business award. We are passionate about developing our business in a way that protects the local environment and supports local communities.”
“We have made major reductions in energy savings of 29% and waste reduction both in food waste and waste to landfill by 19%. Our investment in energy efficient equipment has paid off as well as our change in work practices and commitment to our local community, education and networking. Burren Smokehouse sources 100% Irish Organic Salmon from the West Coast of Ireland and we have achieved Origin Green certification and the Burren Code of Practice for the Burren Ecotourism Network and Burren Geopark’
Jim O’Toole, CEO of BIM congratulated the Burren Smokehouse on their win; ‘Birgitta and Peter and the entire team at the Burren Smokehouse have consistently looked at innovative ways to improve their business and this includes building sustainable practices into their operations. The Burren Smokehouse have not only looked at cost efficiencies but their commitment to sourcing sustainable Irish Organic salmon and seafood for their products is testament to their dedication to sustainability across the seafood value chain. Well done to the team at Burren Smokehouse and all the Green finalists’
COLUMBUS, Ohio - White Castle is casting a wider seafood net with the return of the favorite Seafood Crab Cake Slider and Shrimp Nibblers. This latest seasonal catch is perfect for seafood lovers of all ages and will satisfy any Craver's appetite, just in time for the Lenten season. The tasty seafood crab cake, topped with a zesty creole sauce and served on the signature slider bun, is available at most White Castle restaurants for a limited time.
White Castle also adds to the limited-time lineup with a bold new mobile offer: a free Castle Combo with a first-time download of the White Castle mobile app. This free combo offer, which is redeemable following a new app download and registration, provides over USD 5 in value and includes four Cheese Sliders, small fries and a 20 oz. soft drink. The offer is available through April 13 2018 and must be redeemed by April 30.
"At White Castle, we've been innovators since 1921, when we started the first fast-food chain. Last year, we were again a leader by being the first to offer a seafood crab cake sandwich at all restaurants, and now we're excited to bring this tasty seafood sandwich back along with our popular Shrimp Nibblers," said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle. "If you're looking for bold and unique seafood flavors, stop by a White Castle soon to try these limited-time options."
MPAs should be 'a tool of management and not an end' Spain
The scientific committee of the Cooperative Fisheries Shipowners Puerto de Vigo, the largest Spanish fishing association, recommends analyzing the consequences before implementing new marine protected areas.