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IN BRIEF - Report: Canadian salmon firm admits using lobster-killing pesticide near Maine border

CANADA
Saturday, May 19, 2018

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.

Fuente: Bangor Daily News


IN BRIEF - Permit scheme facilitating slavery on Irish fishing boats, says union

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Saturday, May 19, 2018

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.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - Dunedin Salmon hatchery targeted by vandals, dozens of fish killed

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Dunedin Community Salmon hatchery in Sawyers Bay has suffered another break-in where its aerators were switched off, killing tens of thousands of dollars worth of fish.

Acting Senior Sergeant Trevor Thomson, of Dunedin, said the alleged attack happened overnight on Saturday. An estimated NZD 20,000 worth of salmon had been lost, he said.

In January, the hatchery was broken into and the aerators switched off, killing about 200 salmon worth NZD 30,000. Police were still investigating the first incident and had made no arrests.

Source: NZ Herald


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest ASA: Ex-dividend NOK 2.60 on May the 18th 2018

NORWAY
Saturday, May 19, 2018

The shares in Marine Harvest ASA will be traded ex-dividend NOK 2.60 as from today 18 May 2018.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Press Release: Marine Harvest ASA


IN BRIEF - Scientists race to prevent extinction of Atlantic whitefish in Nova Scotia

CANADA
Saturday, May 19, 2018

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.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture next objective of New Bedford officials

UNITED STATES
Saturday, May 19, 2018

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.

Source: South Coast Today


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture acreage again up for grabs

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 18, 2018

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.

Source: Cape Gazette


IN BRIEF - Uncertainty surrounding marine protected areas concerns N.S. seaweed company

CANADA
Friday, May 18, 2018

One of Nova Scotia's leading seafood companies is raising concerns about the Trudeau government's plan to create more marine protected areas in Atlantic Canada.

Acadian Seaplants pioneered the extraction of products from seaweed. Now it's trying to figure out if it will be squeezed out of a newly awarded harvest area in the name of environmental protection.

"Our concern regarding the marine protected areas is that we don't know what is going to happen," said company president Jean-Paul Deveau.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Blue Invest: EU plays business matchmaker for start-ups in the blue economy

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, May 18, 2018

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".

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - Algae behind shellfish warning and ban in Bay of Islands

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, May 18, 2018

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.

Source: NZ Herald


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