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IN BRIEF - Fall P.E.I. lobster landings believed to be on par with 2016 records

CANADA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SKINNERS POND, P.E.I. - The president of the Prince County Fishermen’s Association says his members are hoping for a significant price adjustment once lobster buyers and processors move their inventories.

Lee Knox said Friday landings for the fall season, which ended on Monday, are believed to be on par with record landings in 2016. What’s different this year, though, is the price is nearly 
CAD 2 less per pound.

Knox said fishermen received CAD 6.15 per pound for canners and CAD 6.50 per pound for markets, after adjustments, last year. Fishermen received CAD 4 a pound for canners and CAD 4.50 for markets this fall, but Knox said there are indications from buyers of a 25-cent per pound adjustment later on.

Buyers have blamed the lower prices in the fall, in part, on the value of Canadian dollar in relation to the U.S. currency and a shift in market demand. At most, Knox said, that might account for a one dollar a pound drop.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - Food Recall Warning - Yummy Market brand Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper recalled

CANADA
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What you should do:

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.

Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking or including slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness.

Symptoms of foodborne botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis. In all cases, botulism does not cause a fever. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency


IN BRIEF - 30-Day Comment Period Open for Alaska Pollock Fishery Draft Assessment Report for RFM Re-Certification

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Alaska RFM Certification Draft Assessment Report for the re-certification of the Alaska pollock fishery is now available for registered stakeholder comment. The 30-day comment period runs from October 16, 2017 through November 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM Pacific. 

Certification Body, DNV GL, is conducting the re-assessment for the Alaska pollock fishery. All registered stakeholders will be sent a copy of the report. Stakeholders who have not registered, but would like to receive a copy of the report, should first register by providing the following details below to Anna Kiseleva at [email protected] or +47 993 18 529:

1. Name and company, together with contact information;
2. Your association with the fishery.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Minh Phu due for a comeback: What will the “King of Shrimp” bring to the table?

VIET NAM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Founded in 1992, Minh Phu Seafood Company is not only known as “the King of Shrimp” in Vietnam but also among the leading shrimp exporters in the world.

The period of 2009-2014 was MPC’s golden age, with unceasing growth in business activities. In particular, 2014 was considered the peak when the company reported VND15,094 billion (USD 664.93) in revenue, VND921 billion (USD 40.57) in after-tax profit, plus USD 729 million in export value, accounting for 18.8 per cent of the national shrimp export turnover, 4.24 per cent of US shrimp imports, and 5.6 per cent of Japanese shrimp imports.

Amid positive business prospects, the 2015 business plan set the ambitious target of VND19,333 billion (USD 851.64 million) of revenue and VND1,452 billion (USD 63.96 million) of after-tax profit. At the end of March 2015, MPC officially delisted from HoSE, following a decision approved by all shareholders a year earlier. The reason given by MPC was that the market value of MPC’s stock did not reflect the true value of the corporation and MPC left the stock exchange to seek strategic partners to restructure the company and secure capital sources for further development.

 

Source: Vietnam Net


IN BRIEF - B.C. VIEWS: Salmon farm smear campaign sinks

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

After more than a decade of U.S.-funded attacks targeted exclusively on B.C.’s salmon farm industry, the tide is finally turning. The fake-news tactics of hired protesters have become so obvious that even some news media aren’t biting any more.

Noted marine biologist Pamela Anderson wasn’t able to assist this summer’s second season of the Sea Shepherd Society’s unreality show in the Broughton Archipelago. That’s the island group between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland.

This year Sea Shepherd was reduced to begging for “embedded” “journalists” to join them aboard the MV Martin Sheen, a floating vanity mirror for another faded celebrity. They hoped their first season of propaganda visuals and guerrilla visits to B.C. salmon farms would be featured on National Geographic TV, but producers checked it out and passed.

This season, two Marine Harvest farms have been occupied since late August by local aboriginal people, organized and publicized via Sea Shepherd. This B.C. campaign was launched and supported by Tides Canada, the middle-man for U.S. charitable foundations that funded the Great Bear Rainforest campaign.

Source: Surrey Now Leader


IN BRIEF - Solving the mystery of mercury in Norwegian cod

NORWAY
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) has been monitoring the mercury levels in Oslofjord cod since 1984.

It noticed that as the size of the cod caught in the fjord south of the capital increased, so too did the amount of mercury in their bodies. The concentration has nearly doubled since records began, from around 0.15mg/kg to just less than 0.3mg/kg. Both of these are well below the levels deemed unsafe for human consumption.

The size increase has been linked to global warming, but hasn’t been as straight forward as the increase in mercury concentration. In the 1980s, the average North Sea cod measured 70cm when it reached sexual maturity at four years old. By 2000, the length had dropped by 29 per cent to 50cm, but they were reaching sexual maturity at 2.5 years old. Nowadays, the length has returned to 1980s levels and the species has retained its early maturation.

Source: New Food Magazine


IN BRIEF - Company to grow lettuce in Virginia using fish waste

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

RICHMOND, VA. - A company that uses fish waste to grow organic baby lettuce and arugula plans to create 21 new jobs in Northern Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Friday that Kappa Farms will invest USD 865,000 to open a new "aquaponics" operation in Loudoun County.

McAuliffe approved a USD 40,000 grant from the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which Loudoun will match with local funds.

Source: The News Tribune


IN BRIEF - Industry considers aquaculture health plan

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TWIN FALLS - Identifying new diseases or infections in livestock is key to isolating the problem and reducing losses. But ensuring the information is shared with producers and organizations to stop an epidemic can be difficult.

That’s particularly true in the trout industry, which is relatively young in Idaho and has not developed partnerships with state and federal agencies as other livestock industries have. To help remedy that shortfall, trout producers are taking a close look at the Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS) and how it might help protect their operations from emerging pathogens.

One concern Idaho trout producers have is that federal intervention in case of a disease outbreak is limited to pathogens listed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). That list includes 10 fish pathogens but not the ones Magic Valley trout producers are most concerned with.

Source: Magic Valley


IN BRIEF - Lummi Nation chairman responds to escaped salmon recovery

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cooke [Aquaculture representative were] incapable of recovering all of their invasive fish stock so tribes stepped in to protect our treaty fishing waters. Since then, we have also been active observers of the company’s response. There is still a long way to go to even begin to repair the damage done to our tribal fishery by a faulty net pen that should never have been used to hold non-native species in our waters.

The company may have offered to recoup some of the costs of recovery, but you can never put a price on our treaty rights. Our treaty protects our right to fish because it is inseparable from who we are as Lummi people. What the Cooke Aquaculture fails to mention is that the company was unable to clean up the mess they created. If it were not for our fisherman, it is likely the spill would have been much worse.

Source: San Juan Journal


IN BRIEF - Protests against plans for large scale fishing in Marquesas

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

More protests are planned in the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia against plans for large scale fishing.

Earlier in October 2017, hundreds of people in Hiva Oa marched against the project, and now another march is planned on neighbouring Nuku Hiva later this month.

This follows a government decision to allow 24 tuna fishing vessels to set up a base in the islands to catch about 3000 tonnes of fish a year.

Opponents say they want to protect their fisheries against unsustainable exploitation and keep their tourism and way of life.

Source: Radio NZ


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