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IN BRIEF - Commercial fisheries’ earnings declined in recent years

Friday, March 09, 2018

Earnings from commercial fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula have been going down in recent years according to the 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Draft Plan.

The plan, released in December, states that fishery earnings declined from 2013 to 2016 and cites research from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Total revenue from fisheries on the peninsula during that time decreased from roughly 150 to 90 million dollars. Craig Farrington is a researcher at the commission and said smaller earnings are likely due to less salmon.

“The Prince William Sound hatchery contributions have been declining in recent years and that's with pinks and chum salmon and those have a big effect for the permit holders there in the Kenai Peninsula Borough,” he said.

Source: KBBI

IN BRIEF - Worms found in canned fish

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A 55-year-old woman has complained to Pathum Thani police after finding worms in a tin of canned fish she opened to use when preparing dinner on Sunday evening.

Navaporn Maethanapreeya turned up at Pratunam Chulalongkorn police station in Thanyaburi district around 8pm with four cans of fish she bought from a hypermarket in Rangsit area in early March. 

She said when she bought the package the four cans were not misshapen. The expiry date on the cans was Oct 30, 2020. 

Source: Bangkok Post

IN BRIEF - Escaped Atlantic salmon caught in drift-net on Skagit River

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

SEDRO WOOLLEY - Washington state officials say an Atlantic salmon that escaped from a collapsed net pen at Cypress Island has been captured in a drift net 40 miles up the Skagit River.

Fish veterinarian Jed Varney of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tells The Seattle Times in a story on Friday that the 3-foot fish was thin but looked good with no significant bacteria or parasites.

Varney says he found several vertebrae of an unidentified small fish in the Atlantic salmon’s stomach.

A member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe caught the fish Tuesday while drift-net fishing for hatchery chinook.

Source. Q13Fox

IN BRIEF - Eating more fish could prevent Parkinson's disease

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health. Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson's disease.

Fish has long been considered a healthy food, linked to improved long-term cognitive health, but the reasons for this have been unclear. Omega-3 and -6, fatty acids commonly found in fish, are often assumed to be responsible, and are commonly marketed in this fashion. However, the scientific research regarding this topic has drawn mixed conclusions. Now, new research from Chalmers has shown that the protein parvalbumin, which is very common in many fish species, may be contributing to this effect.

One of the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease is amyloid formation of a particular human protein, called alpha-synuclein. Alpha-synuclein is even sometimes referred to as the 'Parkinson's protein'.

Source: Eurekalert

IN BRIEF - Algae bloom helps shellfish industry

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. - A record-breaking algae bloom in Narragansett Bay is setting the stage for a booming shellfish season.

The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island’s algae bloom this past winter was the largest on record, and could fuel a spike in clam and scallop numbers.

University of Rhode Island scientists have tracked the January bloom, which they say is a result of high rainfall in October. Blooms occurring during the winter are positive because they won’t lead to low-oxygen conditions for other species.

Source: Seattle Times

IN BRIEF - Saudi shrimp prove to be a hit across the globe

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

JEDDAH - Saudi shrimp roam European and East Asian countries, traveling between the world’s finest restaurants and hotels, and are given a warm welcome in 32 countries.

The story behind the rise of Saudi shrimp started 36 years ago. In the 1970s, a Saudi engineer with a vision and an enthusiasm for marine products traveled to the Philippines to recruit workers for civil engineering projects in Saudi Arabia. During his stay, he went to a restaurant where the Red Sea shrimp was on the menu, which gave him the idea of establishing farms on the Red Sea coast to produce shrimp in his country.

His enthusiasm encouraged Filipino technicians to start working on the shrimp-farming project on the Red Sea. Then came the launch of the National Aquaculture Group. It is considered one of the largest integrated aquaculture projects on the Saharan coasts in the world and the largest in the Middle East and Africa. The group is also the leader in aquaculture in the Kingdom.

Source: Arab News

IN BRIEF - Fishermen catch lost gear in program using ocean trash for fuel

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

National organizations have partnered local fishermen in the Florida Keys to catch abandoned fishing gear as part of a program that turns ocean trash into energy.

Source: Nightly News

IN BRIEF - Scottish salmon farming petition signed by 30,500

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

More than 30,500 people have signed a petition urging the Scottish government to routinely test effluent from salmon processing plants for diseases.

Campaigners claimed that some polluted waste water contained pathogens that could "threaten" wild salmon stocks.

The Scottish government said the risk of disease transfer from farmed salmon to their wild counterparts was "low".

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - FFAW calls for dismissal of FISH-NL’s certification application

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union is calling for the immediate dismissal of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters’ (FISH-NL) certification application to the Labour Relations Board, stating FISH-NL has insufficient support to initiate a ratification vote.

FISH-NL and the FFAW are at odds over membership numbers stated in a board report released to the two parties for comment Friday afternoon.

The board’s report is the result of its investigation into FISH-NL’s 2016 application for union certification, and includes information on union membership numbers.

The FFAW says FISH-NL’s lack of support is proven with the report.

Source: Southern Gazette

IN BRIEF - Go extends aid to repatriated fishermen from Indonesia

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has pledged assistance and support to Filipino fishermen detained in Indonesia.

Go made the pledge a day after welcoming 31 fishermen repatriated from Indonesia on Friday in Davao City.

“I’m happy that our government has been doing its best to repatriate our countrymen from Indonesia,” he said.

Go, one of the possible Senate bets of the ruling PDP-Laban political party in the 2019 mid-term polls, said he would bring up the issue of overstaying Filipinos in Indonesia to the attention of the chief executive.

Source: Gulf Times

IN BRIEF - Small changes in rainforests cause big damage to fish ecosystems

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Freshwater fish diversity is harmed as much by selective logging in rainforests as they are by complete deforestation, according to a new study.

Researchers had expected the level of damage would rise depending on the amount of logging and were surprised to discover the impact of removing relatively few trees.

There are many types of logging that occur in rainforests, from 'selective logging' - only taking certain species - to complete logging and the transformation of the rainforest to oil-palm plantations.

Source: Eurekalert

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