IN BRIEF - The decline of the Chinook salmon threatens a whole way of life
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The salmon is not just a fish. It’s a culture. What the buffalo was to the First Nations of the North American Plains, the salmon is to the people of the Pacific Northwest. It used to be abundant up and down both coasts of the continent, but major hydroelectric projects and overfishing put an end to that. The largest remaining salmon run in the world is on the Yukon River, with headwaters at McNeil Lake, northeast of Whitehorse, and emptying into the Pacific in the western Alaskan town of Emmonak, more than 3,000 km away. Like the buffalo, the Chinook salmon—which the Americans call king salmon—is near extinction, threatening all adjacent society, but Indigenous cultures in particular.
British writer Adam Weymouth canoed those 3,000 km to explore the sanctity of the salmon’s journey. His observations and deep research form Kings of the Yukon: A River Journey In Search of the Chinook, a work that is equal parts travel writing, social science, biology and modern anthropology. The book demonstrates that people born to the North and people who have chosen the North share a generosity and resilience, as well as a sense of fatalism that comes from watching the world fall apart to the south. One man, originally from Boston, says, “There is at least one glimmer of hope: when the world comes to an end, the fish will recover just fine.” That suspicion of outsiders can be problematic when governments impose conservation measures, as in 2014–15, when an outright ban on fishing for Chinook was enacted on both sides of the international border along the Yukon River.
Lima - The National Fisheries Society (SNP) said today that the first anchovy fishing season in the north central zone has boosted the growth of the Peruvian economy in April, according to figures published by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI).
The owner of the fishing association, Elena Conterno said that these figures show that they are returning to previous levels of capture of the resource, which results in a boosting of the economy of the fishing areas of the country.
According to the INEI, in April the Gross Domestic Product grew 7.81%, its best result of the last five years. In the case of the fishing sector, the advance was 81.15%, which also boosted manufacturing activity, which increased 20.33%.
SeaDragon has negotiated NZD 6 million of new funding from its cornerstone shareholders and a new deal with Comvita that will allow it to meet immediate and medium-term cash flow requirements.
The fish oil manufacturer said that BioScience Managers, an Australian investment firm, and Pescado Holdings, which is associated with Christchurch's rich-lister Stewart family agreed to advance up to a NZD 3 million each via a new convertible loan note facility. An existing convertible loan note facility and existing option to purchase NZD 3 million of ordinary shares in SeaDragon with Comvita will be amended.
Earlier this month it forecast a net loss after tax of between NZD 3.6 million and NZD 4.55 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.
The meeting of European agriculture and fisheries ministers on Monday 18 May 2019 will address a number of important issues for the EU maritime and fisheries policy.
EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will be at the Council in Luxembourg to present and discuss the Commission’s 'Policy Statement' setting the stage for the proposals that will come later for fishing opportunities for 2019 as well as the recent legislative proposals on a revision of the European fisheries control system and a Regulation for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
Ministers are expected to have an exchange of views on the Policy Statement. This annual Communication sets out the rational for the subsequent Commission proposals on the fishing opportunities for 2019. Progress made next year will be crucial for achieving the EU’s objective of securing sustainable fisheries in its waters. This will include the full phasing in of the landing obligation, requiring fishermen to land all catches to stop the wasteful practice of throwing unwanted fish back in the sea. Until end of August, a public consultation invites Member States, Advisory Councils, other stakeholders and citizens to comment on the Commission Communication. In the autumn, the Commission will table its proposals for fishing opportunities, based on independent scientific advice. The Council will then aim at a final agreement in its meeting of October (fishing opportunities for the Baltic), November (fishing opportunities for the deep-sea) and December (fishing opportunities for the Atlantic, the North Sea and the Black Sea).
Tensions are mounting in the aquaculture industry, with a major trade organization accusing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of harassing fish farm workers, and at least one First Nation telling the environmental group they’re unwelcome in their traditional territories.
But Paul Watson, the seafaring environmentalist who founded the group, has denied claims of harassment.
And the group has said it intends to continue research on the impacts of farmed salmon, saying the practice endangers wild stocks and that fish farms violate the rights of Indigenous people opposed to aquaculture operations taking place without their consent.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says local fishermen should focus less on nearshore practices and instead take advantage of opportunities offered out in the deep ocean.
Addressing reporters at JAMPRO’s third staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on June 13, Mr. Shaw said it is an acknowledged fact that the deep sea is an untapped area with enormous resources that Jamaica should attempt to utilise.
“The whole area of fish and seafood is on the horizon for us. It’s an exciting area that can even be better. It needs to be expanded beyond aquaculture and fish farming, which is more in the inland area,” he added.
BETHEL, Alaska - Recent state data reveals that the number of king salmon returning to an Alaska river has been inflated for decades.
KYUK-AM reports the state now is recommending that the body governing the Bering Sea pollock fishery adopt this new information about the Kuskokwim River. If it does, restrictions on the fleet's bycatch of king salmon could tighten.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is scheduled to make a decision by Monday on how many king salmon can be caught incidentally by commercial fishing boats targeting pollock in the Bering Sea.
Hotel group Iberostar obtains MSC’s chain of custody Spain
Iberostar Group presented on Friday its new sustainable fisheries initiative together with the Marine Stewardship Council, becoming the first hotel chain in southern Europe to have the chain of custody of MSC.
Fresh cod exports grow but frozen cod sales fall Norway
A total of 5,700 tonnes of fresh cod, including fillets, were exported with a total value of USD 25.2 million in May, representing a 4 per cent growth in volume and a 12 per cent increase in value, according to the Norwegian Seafood Council.