IN BRIEF - Norway's fisheries minister seeks to cut salmon mortality
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
OSLO - Norway’s fish farming industry must cut mortality rates to improve animal welfare and protect their reputation and profits, the country’s fisheries minister told industry executives on Tuesday 15th of May 2018.
While the survival of salmon in cages can vary greatly between individual farming sites, some 15-20 percent of the fish dies every year, according to the Food Safety Authority, up from 10-12 percent in 2012, due to outbreaks of sea lice and disease.
“To bring down the mortality is something everyone will benefit from, primarily the fish but also the fish farmers’ bottom line, and not at least their reputation,” Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg said.
VASEP named several websites that published false news on Vietnamese fish, such as realitate.net, ziuanews.ro, bzi.no, adevarul.ro, puppe.ro and secretulsanatatii.net.
Some of the articles even called for a boycott of tra fish in restaurants that serve it, according to VASEP, adding that the incorrect information in newspapers with a large following, such as adevarul.ro and realitatea.ro, could accelerate the spread of the false news.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Kings – Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will announce the Government of Canada’s plan to improve small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.
St. Andrews, New Brunswick - The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick announced CAD 460,000 to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector. The contribution derives from the CAD 400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund, jointly funded by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, focused on growing opportunities and increasing market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.
This project will assist Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Inc. with the purchase, installation and collection of data from two real-time monitoring buoys equipped with a suite of sensors. This data will be collected from the Passamaquoddy Bay and will provide real-time information that will be used to support decision making for both the aquaculture industry as well as other marine users such as fishers and tourism operators.
The Atlantic Fisheries Fund will continue to invest in projects over the next seven years. The commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, universities and academia and industry associations and organizations, including research institutions, may apply.
The Five Islands off Port Kembla will be part of a new marine park, including a new marine life sanctuary zone, under plans proposed by the State Government.
Flinders Islet (which most people know as Toothbrush Island) would become a sanctuary zone, where fishing of any sort would not be allowed, other than Aboriginal cultural and heritage usage.
The rest of the Five Islands zone would be a “special purpose zone”, where recreational and commercial fishing would be allowed, including spear fishing, taking abalone, and rock lobster fishing. But gathering shells and marine vegetation would be off-limits as the islands are an important seabird habitat.
Commercial salmon harvests in Prince William Sound are edging closer to the 24 million fish mark, with the catch to date still way behind the season’s forecast.
Preliminary harvest results posted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game through Aug. 14 were up by about two million fish from a week earlier, with deliveries of some 19 million humpies, 3.3 million chums, 1.8 million sockeyes, 35,000 silvers and 7,000 Chinooks.
The bulk of the chum catch to date, 1.8 million fish, were captured by drift gillnetters in the Coghill District, and the bulk of the pink salmon – more than 10 million humpies – were taken by purse seiners in eastern Prince William Sound, followed by other purse seiners in southwestern and northern areas of the sound.
An estimated USD 900 million worth of American-caught or -farmed seafood - from fish sticks to cod fillets - may get a lot more expensive thanks to the U.S.’s current trade war with China.
How? Well, last month the Trump administration proposed a 10% duty on a wide range of imports from China, including many varieties of fish. Trade representatives will finalize the tariffs, which could increase to 25%, in September. While these tariffs are designed to punish China for unfair trade practices, when it comes to seafood, it’s the U.S. that may be on the hook.
Here’s a surprising fact: In many cases seafood labeled as “from China” is actually American. That USD 900 million of seafood I mentioned earlier? It’s seafood that is first caught or raised in the U.S., sent to China for processing, and then subsequently imported back into the U.S. by companies that sell it to American consumers.
The fisheries ministry has cautioned the general public not to consume oysters and mussels originating from the Walvis Bay Aquaculture Production Area 1.
This caution comes after recent biotoxins tests done on oyster and mussel samples on aquaculture in the said area found the presence of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) at a level higher than the permissible level in these samples.
The sampling and testing were facilitated by the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) as part of the National Shellfish Sanitation Programme.