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IN BRIEF - Western science, traditional knowledge combine in N.W.T. fish monitoring project

CANADA
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cutting up fish, collecting mud samples and crunching data might sound like a messy, nerdy summer job to some high school students.

For 16-year-old Chaslyn McKay, it's changed the way she sees the lake that sustains her community.

McKay is a summer student working with the Deninu Kue First Nation in Fort Resolution, N.W.T., in 2018.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Departments deny fish mortality and raw sewage link

ZAMBIA
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

As the water and sanitation crisis on the Vaal River and its catchment escalates, two government departments have issued a joint statement denying a positive link between mass fish mortality and raw sewage flowing into the river.

Reports over the past weeks have shown fish kills as evidence of sewage discharge into tributaries on the north bank of the Vaal River, and linked that to health risks to millions of people and a constraint to development.

The presence of excessive levels of E.coli in the river is linked to disease outbreaks in especially poorer communities and threatens the phytosanitary status of export farmers who irrigate from the river.

Source: Business Day


IN BRIEF - Taleigao urges govt to stop import and export of fish

INDIA
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PANJIM - The Taleigao gram sabha on Sunday resolved to urge the State government to stop imports and exports of fish while also demanding the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) or the Municipality to set up a counter in the Panjim market to carry out regular checks.

Gram sabha member Xavier Almeida said, “Export should be banned and Fisheries department should introduce counters to sell fresh fish at affordable rates. Also rotten fish should not be allowed to sell and there should be a check by authorities.”

He said, “At the moment there is no control on price and the hygiene. Also the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) or the Municipality should set up a counter in the Panjim market in a bid to carry our regular checks.”

Source: Herald


IN BRIEF - Bahamas Fishery Improvement Project Earns the Bahamas Spiny Lobster MSC Certification

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On August 7, 2018, The Bahamas’ spiny lobster fishery became the first Caribbean fishery to earn certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the leading global standard for wild-caught seafood environmental performance. Beaver Street Fisheries (BSF) and its subsidiary, Tropic Seafood Ltd., are proud and honored to have played a role in this initiative, in order to achieve this accomplishment for the fishery.

Over the past decade, Tropic Seafood has participated in the collaborative efforts to lead this major fishery improvement project (FIP) in the Bahamas. Tropic Seafood Ltd. has worked collaboratively with Bahamas Marine Exporters Association (BMEA), the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) of the Bahamas, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to address fishing practices and environmental impacts to help the lobster fishery thrive for generations to come.

“The goal of our fishery improvement projects is to ensure the long term sustainability of a fishery and to reach the Marine Stewardship Council standard. The Marine Stewardship Council is one of the most rigorous certification standards out there for well managed and responsible seafood,” said Wendy Goyert, a spokesperson for the World


IN BRIEF - Gambia’s environmental campaigners are calling time on fishmeal

GAMBIA
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

By the afternoon of 22 March 2018, a crowd had gathered in the Gambian fishing village of Gunjur. Police had arrived by truck. Rumours were circulating that arrests would be made. 

After months of frustration and anger, Golden Lead, the Chinese-owned plant that had become the lifeblood the village's fishing trade, had been given a seven-day ultimatum. Villagers removed a factory pipe that was allegedly pumping waste directly into the ocean. 

Local environmental activist Lamin Jassey said: “The police didn't stop us. They just said we should remove it peacefully. I think they too felt for us.”

Source: The Ecologist


IN BRIEF - Three charged over Ramsgate fishing boat migrants

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Three British men have been charged after four suspected Iraqi nationals were rescued from a fishing boat drifting out to sea off the Kent coast.

Two men, one pregnant woman and a child were aboard the boat, which was towed by the RNLI into Ramsgate Harbour on Thursday.

Border Force said the migrants, who presented themselves as Iraqis, had been interviewed.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - UC research may save the Canterbury mudfish from extinction

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New University of Canterbury research into the nationally critical kōwaro/Canterbury mudfish, and how they are likely to respond to increased drought intensity, offers some hope for saving the native species from extinction.

As a newly released Department of Conservation report shows kōwaro/Canterbury mudfish are slipping towards extinction, UC Master of Science student Christopher Meijer describes his new research as a first for kōwaro.

"Particularly for identifying the risk of climate change to this unique species," he says.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Master and vessel owner ordered to pay GBP 22,459 for fisheries offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, August 10, 2018

The court heard that in February 2017 information was received by MMOofficers that led them to investigate the landing and subsequent sale of fish that had been declared by the fishing vessel Charisma (NN111).

Through analysis of CCTV footage from Sutton Harbour in Plymouth, officers identified that the vessel had not been out to sea. The vessel owner, Graham Searle was also master of the Emma Louise (PH5557), which had been fishing at the relevant time. It became clear that the incorrect vessel had been declared as having made the landing in order for the Emma Louise to land excess Pollock over her quota limit.

Mr Searle pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing on 9 July 2018, which was adjourned for sentencing until 31 July 2018. He was ordered to pay a fine of GBP 13,295, costs of GBP 8,994.30 and a GBP 170 victim surcharge.

Source: Gov UK


IN BRIEF - Fisheries spawn endangered giant clam species

FIJI
Friday, August 10, 2018

Clams or vasua is a seafood delicacy in Fiji and in some places where it once was in abundance, some species of clam shell are slowly becoming extinct.

The Fiji Times visited Makogai and Wakaya islands, two centres that the Ministry of Fisheries have chosen to spawn some of the endangered clam species in Fiji today.

Clams are incredible creatures and their size alone is impressive with some of the species growing to almost 5 feet or 1.5metres and weigh up to 440 pounds or 200 kilograms.

Source: Fiji Times


IN BRIEF - Researchers say high seas fisheries play limited role in feeding the world

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 10, 2018

According to a recent study undertaken by a team of fisheries and social scientists from Dalhousie University, New York University, and National Geographic, fishing fleets operating outside of national waters contribute less than 3% to the world's seafood supply. This finding goes against the common assertion that high seas fisheries are important for food security.

The study paired a global database of marine catches developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia with a seafood trade database maintained by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for the analysis and considered the amount of fish and marine invertebrates produced by marine capture fisheries, as well as freshwater fisheries, and aquaculture.

In addition to the low volume, researchers also found that most of the high seas catch is destined for upscale markets in the EU, the US, and Asia. "I think many people have the misconception that because the area is so large, the high seas must be contributing a massive supply of food to the world, but that's just not the case", said lead author Laurenne Schiller, Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. student at Dalhousie University. "Only a handful of countries are fishing in the high seas and the fish they catch are not feeding those most in need".

Source: Phys


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