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IN BRIEF - Shrimp: a favourite of fish and columnists

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

So you know how sometimes you have those nights where it’s two o’clock in the morning, you are asleep and you hear a noise, or you think you heard a noise, or you dreamt you heard a noise, or something in a dream wakes you upset. Anyways, you are suddenly wide awake and you can’t seem to get back to sleep. That’s what happened to me last week, so after a while I got up and turned on the television. Nothing on the Space channel, nothing worth watching on TCM. I found myself aimlessly flicking through the channel and came upon a program on the one of the food channels, where a guy was cooking up shrimp. I love shrimp.

I didn’t know there were so many different types of shrimp or prawns as he kept referring to them – Maine shrimp, brown shrimp, rock shrimp and fresh water shrimp, not to mention banana prawns and the ever popular giant tiger prawn. Actually shrimp and prawns are different creatures, although they do have a lot in common. Both are crustaceans, they both have 10 legs, both can be found in salt and fresh waters and both live on or near the floor of whatever body of water they inhabit. Prawns have claws on three of their five pairs of legs while shrimp only have claws on two of their five pairs of legs. Their gills and body shape are different too. However, as far as cooking them, they are virtually identical and interchangeable.

Source: BC Local News

IN BRIEF - Dead fish in Lakhota lake raises pollution concerns

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

RAJKOT - Over 600 fish have died in Lakhota lake of Jamnagar in last three days, raising concerns over environment pollution and health risks for people living in the vicinity of one of the most visited tourist spots of the city.

Pollution watchdog Gujarat Pollution control Board (GPCB) has found deficiency of dissolved oxygen (DO) in lake water.

The Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC) had recently completed beautification of the historic Lakhota lake, also known as Ranmal Lake, but seems to have failed to address the issue of pollution.

People have been complaining of severe stink from the decaying dead fish and said that it has become very difficult for them to visit the lake which is a major tourist attraction. The lake periphery, which is a favourite hangout for locals, has seen decline in visitors. The famous Bala Hanuman temple is also situated near the lake.

Source: Times of India

IN BRIEF - New Chinese Cargo Carrier Aims To Carry Fish

Saturday, March 10, 2018

BEIJING—A new cargo airline is in the process of being established in Changsha in south-central China, aiming particularly at the market for carrying imported seafood. The company, with the Chinese name Beifang Airlines, has been set up, deputy general manager Wang Kuiguang told local media. But there is a difference between setting up the company and establishing it as an airline, for which permission from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is needed. 

By Bradley Perrett | Aviation Daily

IN BRIEF - Upgrade sought for Chilean bivalves

Saturday, March 10, 2018

An attempt to give special status to oysters and scallops from Chile’s Region IV, in order to increase their market value, has been launched.

The project "Sustainable aquaculture: regional oyster industry", is financed by the Regional Government of Coquimbo through the Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC), and executed by the Business Research and Modeling Center (CIMON) of Santo Tomás University (UST) of La Serena. It will last for two years and will seek to differentiate the oysters of the IV region with those of other parts of Chile, as well as those from other countries, by giving them a special designation.

"Through CIMON, the institution aims not only to promote the growth of academics and students, but to contribute to the region in the productive aspects that our inhabitants require. With this initiative we will strengthen one of the exclusive resources of our country," says Ramiro Trucco, rector UST of La Serena.

Source: The Fish Site

IN BRIEF - Hope for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture in Europe?

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Possible ways of overcoming the poor commercial performance of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) projects in Europe to date are included in a new paper, recently published in the journal Aquaculture.

The paper, Is Europe ready for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture? A survey on the perspectives of European farmers and scientists with IMTA experience, finds that – above all – the development of commercially viable IMTA projects in Europe has been hampered by a lack of support from governments, industry and funding agencies.

The authors note that: “The concept has long been in use in Asia and contributes significantly to the sustainability of aquaculture as it can potentially drive ecological efficiency, environmentally acceptability, product diversity, profitability and benefit society.”

Source: The Fish Site

IN BRIEF - VN boasts nearly 12,000 marine species: study

Saturday, March 10, 2018

HÀ N?I - Scientists have found nearly 12,000 Vietnamese marine creature species, including animals and plants, through studying the country’s marine biological resources, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

The study, carried out in three periods (before 1954, from 1954 to 1975 and from 1976 to now), proved that Vietnamese seafood sources are diversified, including over 2,000 fishes, nearly 6,000 benthic animals, 653 seaweed species, five tortoise species and 12 species of sea snakes.

It defined the distribution zone, reserves and exploitation potential of several groups of marine creatures with high economic value such as fish, shrimp and cuttlefish. Reserves of benthic fish and pelagic fish were from 3.0 to 3.5 million tonnes (not including distant migration pelagic fish and fish living in near islands), with exploitation potential of 1.5 to 1.7 million tonnes.

Source: Viet Nam News

IN BRIEF - UK ministers could push on with Brexit devolution plans despite opposition

Saturday, March 10, 2018

UK ministers could table their new offer on post-Brexit powers for Scotland and Wales in parliament next week even if the three governments fail to reach a deal, it has emerged.

Ministers from the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments are meeting in London on Thursday afternoon for a fresh round of talks to solve a long-running dispute over the sharing of the major powers that will be repatriated after Brexit.

UK government sources are now playing down the chances of a deal before Theresa May, the prime minister, meets Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones, the first ministers of Scotland and Wales, for inter-governmental talks next Wednesday that will be dominated by Brexit.

They remain deadlocked over the UK government’s insistence that up to 25 policy areas, including farming, fishing and food labelling, need to be controlled at UK level until common frameworks can be agreed between them.

Source: The Guardian

IN BRIEF - Scientists shine new light on salmon farming

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The numbers of sea lice on Scotland’s salmon farms are not increasing, farmers have better control of parasites today than in the past, and the risk of disease transfer from farmed to wild fish is low.

A very different picture of the state of Scotland’s salmon industry emerged yesterday when leading fish health experts appeared before Holyrood’s new inquiry into the sector.

Professors Herve Migaud and James Bron, both of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, were the first to give evidence – along with Professor Paul Tett, reader in Coastal Ecosystems, from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), and economist Steve Westbrook – at yesterday’s opening session of the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) committee’s investigation into salmon farming.

Source: Fish Update

IN BRIEF - Fisheries management at ‘rock bottom’, N.L. group says

Friday, March 09, 2018

The Fishery Community Alliance is claiming fish that is landed and exported from a number of ports in Newfoundland and Labrador with cold storage facilities is not being properly traced by the province or Ottawa.

In a news release Wednesday, March 7, the alliance called the lack of oversight further evidence of negligence in managing the resource on the part of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the provincial Department of Fisheries and Land Resources.

The alliance says its members found out about the issue after they became aware of increasing shipments of unprocessed fish leaving the province for final processing.

Alliance chair Gus Etchegary said that prompted further investigation into the quantities and species of unprocessed fish being landed by factory freezer trawlers in the ports, which have large cold storage facilities to keep the product before it is shipped. The release identifies St. Anthony and Harbour Grace as two of the ports.

Source: Southern Gazette

IN BRIEF - EU fishermen could still have access to British waters after Brexit Chancellor Philip Hammond admits

Friday, March 09, 2018

EU fishermen could still have access to British waters after Brexit , Chancellor Philip Hammond admitted.

He said the government would be open to negotiating “reciprocal access” for EU trawlers to fish in our waters as part of a future trade deal.

And the Tory chancellor signalled Britain could still crash out of the EU without a deal if the negotiations don’t come up with an arrangement that is “fair and balances the interests of both sides.”

He said: “Fishing is an iconically important British industry, and we’re very clear that we’re taking control of our waters.

Source: Mirror

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