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IN BRIEF - NZ'ers Choose Sustainable Seafood For Future Generations

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In a new study, 83 percent of New Zealand respondents reported they believe we need to protect fish so our children and grandchildren can enjoy seafood. The research was produced by independent body, Globescan, commissioned on behalf of NGO the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

14th May, 2018, marks the first Sustainable Seafood Day in New Zealand, bringing together members of the seafood community including government, academia, industry and NGOs come together to celebrate sustainable fisheries, seafood and what more can be done to create a positive impact on the oceans.

Source: Scoop

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture reform group questions legality of Stephenville salmon hatchery expansion plans

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The owners of an aquaculture enterprise in Stephenville say there is no need for them to add more sea cages to correspond with a planned expansion of their hatchery.

Northern Harvest Smolt, an affiliate of Marine Harvest, has registered plans to modernize and expand on the land-based salmon hatchery with the provincial government for environmental assessment.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform, a group opposed to the project, issued a press release earlier this week that alleged Marine Harvest was illegally splitting the project by not also registering plans to expand its marine-based farming operations.

Source: The Telegram

IN BRIEF - MSC helps fund sustainability research in four oceans

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

London - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is proud to announce the five winners of the latest round of its scholarship program, including a project to study Arctic food webs, trials to monitor lobster stocks off the coast of Scotland and a project to monitor fish aggregating devices (FADs) in small-scale Indonesian tuna fisheries.

The program provides funding of up to GBP 4,000 per student to support research looking at environmental improvement, supply chain management or best practice in fisheries management. 2017’s winners have already started contributing to ocean sustainability, with their research providing new data and insights into the trade flow of octopus across East Africa, and the effectiveness of LED lights on turtle bycatch in Kenya.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018


IN BRIEF - Congress to suspend session so Duterte can lower tariffs on fish, corn

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MANILA – The 17th Congress will go on a 12-day break this August to allow President Rodrigo Duterte to sign an executive order (EO) reducing tariffs or taxes on imported fish and corn.

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya was asked on Monday, August 13, why Congress will be suspending session from August 16 to 27. Under the legislative calendar, Congress usually opens a regular session starting July then adjourns for about a month from mid-October to mid-November.

"One of the reasons would be to allow the President to zero out or reduce the tariffs.... For now, [on imported] fish and corn," said Andaya, who is also Camarines Sur 1st District representative.

Source: Rappler

IN BRIEF - City Battles to Save Fish as Heatwave Starves Lakes of Oxygen

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Authorities in the German city of Münster have been pumping millions of gallons of water into a lake in an effort to save local fish, as a searing heatwave kills algae vital to their survival.

Twenty tons of fish were found dead in Aasee lake earlier this week, victims of the unseasonably warm summer gripping much of Europe and North America. The extreme temperatures has killed the lake’s green algae, which produces oxygen required for the fish to survive.

According to Deutsche Welle, almost 925,000 gallons of oxygenated water were being pumped into Aasee each hour this weekend to push oxygen levels up and save the aquatic animals. The additional water supply will end on August the 13th of 2018.

Source: News Week

IN BRIEF - Fisheries Dept tightens inspections following reports of freshwater prawns dumping

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PUTRAJAYA - The Fisheries Department has upgraded its analysis of antibiotics and tightened the Sanitation and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures as well as disease inspections at the country’s entry points following reports of freshwater prawns dumping recently.

The department, in a statement issued today, said a joint committee on import and export has been established by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry together with the Ministry of Health, to discuss the issues from time to time, particularly when there was dumping of prawns from the neighbouring countries.

“The department will also implement monitoring and briefing programmes from time to time to the stakeholders and the public through the industrial consultative council to address this issue apart from acting as a facilitator to registered importers and exporters.

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - Western science, traditional knowledge combine in N.W.T. fish monitoring project

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cutting up fish, collecting mud samples and crunching data might sound like a messy, nerdy summer job to some high school students.

For 16-year-old Chaslyn McKay, it's changed the way she sees the lake that sustains her community.

McKay is a summer student working with the Deninu Kue First Nation in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., in 2018.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Departments deny fish mortality and raw sewage link

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

As the water and sanitation crisis on the Vaal River and its catchment escalates, two government departments have issued a joint statement denying a positive link between mass fish mortality and raw sewage flowing into the river.

Reports over the past weeks have shown fish kills as evidence of sewage discharge into tributaries on the north bank of the Vaal River, and linked that to health risks to millions of people and a constraint to development.

The presence of excessive levels of E.coli in the river is linked to disease outbreaks in especially poorer communities and threatens the phytosanitary status of export farmers who irrigate from the river.

Source: Business Day

IN BRIEF - Taleigao urges govt to stop import and export of fish

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PANJIM - The Taleigao gram sabha on Sunday resolved to urge the State government to stop imports and exports of fish while also demanding the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) or the Municipality to set up a counter in the Panjim market to carry out regular checks.

Gram sabha member Xavier Almeida said, “Export should be banned and Fisheries department should introduce counters to sell fresh fish at affordable rates. Also rotten fish should not be allowed to sell and there should be a check by authorities.”

He said, “At the moment there is no control on price and the hygiene. Also the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) or the Municipality should set up a counter in the Panjim market in a bid to carry our regular checks.”

Source: Herald

IN BRIEF - Bahamas Fishery Improvement Project Earns the Bahamas Spiny Lobster MSC Certification

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On August 7, 2018, The Bahamas’ spiny lobster fishery became the first Caribbean fishery to earn certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the leading global standard for wild-caught seafood environmental performance. Beaver Street Fisheries (BSF) and its subsidiary, Tropic Seafood Ltd., are proud and honored to have played a role in this initiative, in order to achieve this accomplishment for the fishery.

Over the past decade, Tropic Seafood has participated in the collaborative efforts to lead this major fishery improvement project (FIP) in the Bahamas. Tropic Seafood Ltd. has worked collaboratively with Bahamas Marine Exporters Association (BMEA), the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) of the Bahamas, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to address fishing practices and environmental impacts to help the lobster fishery thrive for generations to come.

“The goal of our fishery improvement projects is to ensure the long term sustainability of a fishery and to reach the Marine Stewardship Council standard. The Marine Stewardship Council is one of the most rigorous certification standards out there for well managed and responsible seafood,” said Wendy Goyert, a spokesperson for the World

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IN BRIEF - MSC helps fund sustainability research in four oceans
United Kingdom
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IN BRIEF - Aquaculture reform group questions legality of Stephenville salmon hatchery expansion plans
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Govt of Madeira and town authorities clash over aquaculture project
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Alaska seafood industry fears 'devastating' effect of trade war with China
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Galicia to launch an information campaign about anisakis parasite
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Chilean abalone catch period extension not recommended in macro southern area
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IN BRIEF - Western science, traditional knowledge combine in N.W.T. fish monitoring project
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IN BRIEF - Fisheries Dept tightens inspections following reports of freshwater prawns dumping
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IN BRIEF - City Battles to Save Fish as Heatwave Starves Lakes of Oxygen
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IN BRIEF - Congress to suspend session so Duterte can lower tariffs on fish, corn

Pacifical makes it possible to trace MSC tuna via Ethereum platform
Netherlands Global marketing company Pacifical, in cooperation with blockchain service provider Atato, has started publishing MSC tuna sustainability certification and traceability data using the Ethereum public blockchain.
Alaska complains about Chinese seafood import steep tariffs
United States Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is drafting a letter of complaint to be sent to the federal Government to protest its plan for steep tariffs on Chinese imports, including seafood.
New Galician trawler shows commitment to fishing vessel condition onboard
Spain The Government of Galicia defends the need to improve conditions on board ships to promote more incorporations to the fishing activity.
Lobster exports feel the impact of trade war with China
United States United States lobster exports to China, amounting to over USD 142 million last year, are expected to take a big hit after the the trade war between both countries.
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