For the second time in five years, a Canadian salmon aquaculture firm has admitted in a New Brunswick courtroom to illegally using a pesticide known to kill lobsters for treating salmon off an island that abuts the Maine border.
According to a CBC report, Northern Harvest Sea Farms admitted Tuesday to knowingly using the pesticide Salmosan 50 WP, without getting prior approval from the province, in an attempt to combat a sea lice outbreak at a salmon farm off Head Harbour on Campobello Island. Campobello Island is connected to the Maine town of Lubec via the Roosevelt International Bridge.
Sea lice are small, parasitic crustaceans that attach themselves to fish, weakening them and exposing them to infection and disease. Farmed fish, which are kept penned in high densities, are particularly vulnerable to sea lice outbreaks.
Migrants from Africa and Asia brought to Ireland to work on trawlers under an official permit scheme have a significant chance of becoming victims of trafficking, according to the seamen’s union, the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
The union gave formal notice on Thursday that it would be taking the Irish government to court to stop the scheme, which it says is facilitating modern slavery.
The unprecedented move follows the union referring 12 foreign fishermen on Irish boats to Irish police as suspected victims of trafficking for cheap labour in recent months. The Garda National Immigration Bureau’s anti-trafficking unit has already formally identified seven of the workers as suspected victims, and the other five are still under investigation.
There are now so few endangered Atlantic whitefish alive in Nova Scotia that researchers are capturing every juvenile they can find this year and whisking them from the wild to a federal fish hatchery for safekeeping.
It's part of the latest effort by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to prevent what is widely seen as the looming extinction of this ancient relative of the Atlantic salmon.
The good news is that juvenile Atlantic whitefish are being seen in their last refuge in the Petite Rivière watershed near Bridgewater, N.S. No adults have been seen in 2014.
NEW BEDFORD - Mayor Jon Mitchell was taking his daily run atop the hurricane barrier late in 2017 when he had a realization: There are a lot of things one cannot do amid the huge granite blocks on the barrier’s sides.
Development is out. Swimming, out. Boating, out. It defied the imagination. Then he thought of aquaculture. The barrier now was a sheltered spot where aquaculture might be practiced while annoying as few people as possible in places such as Clark’s Cove.
One thing led to another, until Tuesday when a lengthy survey report was made public, spelling out the advantages and disadvantages of shellfish farming on the SouthCoast shore of Buzzards Bay.
After state officials did not receive completed applications within a 1-year deadline, 106 acres of Delaware’s Inland Bays were made available for shellfish aquaculture May 2 2018.
The majority of the 106 acres, representing nearly one-third of the program’s total acreage, was made available in Rehoboth Bay. Acreage is also available for shellfish aquaculture sites in Little Assawoman Bay. Sites in Indian River Bay and the western portion of Rehoboth Bay showed no new availability.
DNREC held the state’s first lottery drawing for lease sites May 2, 2017, drawing 58 applicants for 343 acres.
Hundreds of innovative entrepreneurs and leading investors from across Europe are coming to Brussels today, looking for partners to create sustainable economic growth from our seas and oceans. Why? Because the European Commission is organising Blue Invest, the first-ever, EU-wide matchmaking event between start-ups and investors in the blue economy.
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: "Boosting investment is a core priority for this Commission. We have been successful in developing our financial instruments to mobilise private capital for sustainable investments. For example the Investment Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments has already catalysed investments worth over €280 billion in Europe. I encourage everyone to make the most of the EU financial instruments available when developing the future blue economy".
A chain of conditions has led to warnings for people not to collect shellfish anywhere inside the Bay of Islands due to a potentially deadly toxin.
Higher than usual levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) in shellfish has seen the Ministry for Primary Industries issue a health warning for the area from the outer heads between Cape Wiwiki on the north to Cape Brett on the south. The warning includes all inlets and estuaries. Similar warnings are in place in Hawke's Bay and parts of Marlborough Sounds.
Pacific bluefin tuna status remains worrying, Pew warns United States
A group of scientists assessing the Pacific bluefin tuna population has determined that it is at just 3.3 per cent of its unfished level, a conclusion that according to the organisation Pew Charitable Trust confirms the species’ severely depleted status.