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IN BRIEF - 'Huge concerns' at fishing bycatch error - Forest and Bird

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, February 23, 2018

An environmental advocacy group says the Government needs to do more to hold the fishing industry accountable after an error highlighted significant bycatch issues.

The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed that 39 dolphin captures reported in December last year were actually a coding error. Two months later, it admitted the slip-up and the species caught was actually petrels.

Forest and Bird spokesman Geoff Keey said it was "hugely concerning" no one at the ministry or the fishing company involved seemed to notice or react at the time of the incident.

"Swapping dead dolphins for dead seabirds is no great relief for Forest and Bird," Keey said.

Source: NZ Herald


IN BRIEF - Resilience of Fishing Communities Being Strengthened

JAMAICA
Friday, February 23, 2018

The Government has allocated JMD 75.3 million for the promotion of community-based climate resilience in the fisheries sector.

The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, aims to enhance resilience to climate change among targeted fishing and aquaculture communities of Jamaica.

Details of the project are provided in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

Among the targets over the 2018/19 period are the engagement of a consultant to design and prepare specifications for the upgrade of the existing (fish) hatchery, and the procurement of advisory services to the Fisheries Division in order to strengthen its capacity.

Source: Jamaica Information Service


IN BRIEF - A & A Finest Recalls Frozen Pork and Shrimp Dumpling Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

UNITED STATES
Friday, February 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – A & A Finest, a Corona, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 572 pounds of frozen pork and shrimp dumpling products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The product contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. 

The frozen, ready-to-cook pork and shrimp dumpling items were packaged on various dates between May 2, 2017 and December 6, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]

37 cases containing 200 pieces of “PORK & SHRIMP SUI-MAI,” with an Item # of PS24-200, and packaging dates of 05/02/17, 06/23/17, 07/26/17, 11/29/17 and 12/06/17.

Source: FSIS


IN BRIEF - Russian red king crab fishery is MSC certified in world first

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, February 23, 2018

MOSCOW – The Russian Red King Crab fishery in the Barents Sea has become the first king crab fishery in the world to achieve MSC certification as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The certification was awarded by independent certifier Acoura Marine following a detailed assessment.

The red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) is also known as the Kamchatka crab or Alaskan king crab and is native to the Okhotsk and Japan seas, the Bering Sea and the northern Pacific Ocean. It was introduced to the Barents Sea by Soviet fishery scientists between 1961 and 1969. Today, this species is common in the southern Barents Sea shelf from northern Norway in the west to Kolguev Island in the east. The crab stock has been commercially fished in Russia since 2004.


IN BRIEF - Focus on seafood for Norwegian PM on visit to Japan

JAPAN
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, to honor the unique relationship between Japan and Norway. High on the agenda was how these two ocean nations can work even closer together in the future, and further strengthen mutually beneficial trade relations, also within the seafood category.

The visit marks an important step towards even stronger ties in the future. Japan and Norway already have a special relationship when it comes to seafood, and we are keen for this collaboration to continue evolving, says Gunvar Lenhard Wie, Country Director for the Norwegian Seafood Council in Japan.

The marriage between Norwegian seafood and Japanese culinary tradition is already a worldwide phenomenon and the Norwegian prime minister celebrated this very special union during a visit to sushi restaurant Sushizen in Tokyo.

Source: My News Desk


IN BRIEF - Hong Kong supermarkets need to do better at labelling seafood accurately, to help protect threatened marine life

HONG KONG
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hongkongers love seafood, but how many can really identify what kinds of seafood we consume? Accurate and detailed information on labels is critical, not only for consumers, but for retailers: the case last year in Taiwan of a hairy crab sample containing dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemicals shows the importance of correct labelling to prevent food-borne outbreaks.

When consumers purchase seafood in supermarkets, information about species, country of origin and production methods is crucial for them to know if the product is sustainable or not. However, the city’s nine major supermarket groups failed to provide this vital information in 82 per cent of seafood products investigated, according to a survey by WWF-Hong Kong.

DNA analyses by the University of Hong Kong in December 2016 found four cases of possible violations of Hong Kong’s Trade Descriptions Ordinance and one case of overcharging due to mislabelling. Worse, the lack of labelling information may hide the environmental costs of dynamite fishing, illegal poaching or poorly regulated aquaculture practices.

Source: SCMP


IN BRIEF - Fisheries body confirms presence of farmed Atlantic salmon in Galway rivers

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland has confirmed that farmed Atlantic salmon have been discovered in rivers across Galway and Mayo.

Escapee farmed salmon have been detected in the Delphi, Kylemore/Dawros, Newport and Bunowen rivers.

IFI says up to 500 escaped salmon may have entered western salmon rivers during August and September 2017.

The fisheries body says the presence of sexually mature farmed salmon in rivers poses a potential threat to local wild salmon populations.
It says it’ll continue to monitor the situation and may need to conduct longer-term genetic studies on the impact of the presence of farmed salmon in the river system.

Source: Connatch Tribune


IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture Threatens to Seek Damages from Washington State

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cooke Aquaculture, the Canadian fish farming operation responsible for the escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound, is threatening to seek millions of dollars in damages from the state of Washington, as KUOW reports.

In August, a massive failure of Cooke's Atlantic salmon net pens near Cypress Island in the San Juans resulted in the release of over 250,000 non-native fish into the Salish Sea, according to state officials (Cooke says it was 160,000 fish). The escaped Atlantic salmon compete with native species like Chinook for food and breeding grounds, plus they spread disease, and their escape alarmed conservationists, commercial fishers, and Native American tribes like the Lummi.

“This disaster could have devastating effects and could potentially decimate this year’s run of Chinook salmon,” the Lummi Tribe's Natural Resources Director Merle Jefferson told Indian Country Today after the release. “This is unacceptable for all residents of the Puget Sound. We are doing what we can to help limit the damage, but as far as we know, containment is indefinite. These invasive fish are going to find our rivers.”

Source: The Stranger


IN BRIEF - More must be done to boost local aquaculture

SINGAPORE
Thursday, February 22, 2018

There is an ongoing assumption that ornamental-fish farmers can move into aquaculture to help boost food security in Singapore.

While doing this may be easy, it is not the long-term solution to ensuring food security, which includes reducing the reliance on foreign imports, even for seed stock.

This is especially so when there are concerns such as biosecurity risks and the use of harmful chemicals.

Source: Straits Times


IN BRIEF - China seeks bigger catch from far-sea fishing fleet

CHINA
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

China plans to increase the catch from its far-sea fishing fleet as it clamps down on fishing in its own heavily depleted waters, in a move likely to heighten maritime tension with other coastal nations.

The state-subsidised long-distance fleet is targeting an increase in its annual catch from 2m tonnes in 2016 to 2.3m tonnes in 2020, according to the agriculture ministry. Some 90m tonnes of wild fish were caught globally in 2016, according to the UN. China’s far-ocean fleet increased its catch by nearly 50 per cent over the five years to 2016, according to China’s agriculture ministry.

The haul — often sold to Chinese fish processors that then export to Europe and the US — has fuelled international concerns over dwindling fish stocks and illegal fishing in territorial waters.

Source: Financial Times


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