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IN BRIEF - New technologies needed as prawn, shrimp exports dwindle

MYANMAR
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Myanmar shrimp and prawn exporters are facing a growing shortage of supplies due to the erosion of their natural habitats and unsuccessful breeding techniques, according to a report analysing exports to Japan supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

A lack of preservation of fishery resources in Myanmar has led to a decline in wild supplies of fish and other marine life, including shrimp and prawns bound for exports, the report said.  

Meanwhile, in the farmed fisheries sector, viruses have culled substantial supplies of shrimp and prawns, too.

And that is all taking place at a time when local demand is rising. As incomes rise, demand for seafood as part of the daily Myanmar diet is increasing as more are able to afford the additional protein. Meanwhile, demand for local seafood by tourists to Myanmar has also been robust.

Source: Myanmar Times


IN BRIEF - British fishermen set to have better non-EU trading deals post Brexit

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Treasury’s secret Brexit analysis shows UK fishermen will be better off under every Brexit scenario - proving another Remain campaign pledge wrong.

During the referendum David Cameron told British fishermen they were “better off from within” the Common Fisheries Policy, which limits the amount of fish they can catch in UK waters.

But the sensitive Treasury document that forecasted the economic effect of three Brexit models - leaked to Buzzfeed last month - said Britain’s fishing industry will be better off under every possibility.

Source: The Sun


IN BRIEF - 70,000 tonne sandeel quota for Norway

DENMARK
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has recommended a provisional quota of 70,000 tonnes of sandeel in 2018. Following an acoustic survey, a revised recommendation will be made.

The Institute of Marine Research states that the estimated biomass is one of the highest since 2009, with a high density of sandeel in many areas. According to the Institute, exceptionally good recruitment on the 2016 year class has contributed to this currently strong biomass, which also includes a relatively high volume of four-year old animals.

The combination of these older individuals and proportion of the 2016 year class believed to have reached reproductive indicates that the spawning stock is relatively high in areas 1 to 4. According to researchers, however, there is a high level of uncertainty concerning how the stock will develop, including it being a prey species for other fish.

Source: Fisker Forum


IN BRIEF - Need for skill development in fishery sector emphasised upon

INDIA
Friday, February 09, 2018

KOCHI - The Fisheries Skill Development Board meeting held here has emphasised the need for skilling youth and enhancing job opportunities in the fishing sector.

Given the opportunities in the fisheries sector, the meeting focused on key aspects crucial for successful skill development in the fisheries sector such as prioritisation of job roles, mobilisation of resources, designing of training curriculum, selection of training partners, monitoring and course correction in skill development efforts.

India is the world’s second largest producer of fish, next only to China. Besides being a major source of revenue, fisheries sector is increasingly contributing to nutritional security of the country. With a coastline of 7,517 km, fishing is a major industry in India, employing over 14 million people

Source: The Hindu Business Line


IN BRIEF - VNPT helps Directorate of Fisheries improve management

VIET NAM
Friday, February 09, 2018

HÀ N?I — The Directorate of Fisheries (DoF) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has signed a cooperation agreement with Vi?t Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) for applying information technology (IT) in fishery resource management.

Under the six-year agreement signed on February 5, VNPT will give advice to DoF to select information and telecommunications technology for the management of fishery breeding and resource exploitation, development of the resource and ensure safety for humans and fishing boats.

The group will also help DoF build a database for farming and breeding activities, and apply IT solutions to prevent the problems of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Scotland's fish farmers to release salmon mortality figures

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Salmon farms are to publish data on sea lice and fish mortality amid growing concerns about the environmental impact of the industry.

David Sandison, general manager of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), gave the commitment at a meeting of Holyrood’s Environment Committee.

The committee is holding an inquiry into the environmental impact of salmon farming following a report that highlighted the potential for lice from farmed salmon to damage wild populations of fish.

Source: The National


IN BRIEF - Fish oil may not be as healthy as you think, new study suggests

SPAIN
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Fish oil has often been touted as an important part of a healthy diet, regularly praised for its numerous benefits. However, new research suggests that consistent fish oil consumption could lead to serious liver problems.

Fish oil caplets, which contain the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant substance omega-3, should be a staple in most people’s supplementation regimen.

The study, conducted by a group of international scientists and recently published in “The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry” found that long-term intake of sunflower or fish oils damages the liver, potentially causing alterations, which give rise to liver disease. Referred to as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the form of liver disease is serious and unrelated to alcohol consumption, worsening as an individual ages.

"[Our research] demonstrates that fat accumulates in the liver with age, but the most striking finding is that the type of fat accumulated differs depending on the oils consumed and this means that, regardless of this accumulation, some livers age in a healthier way than others and with a greater or lesser predisposition to certain diseases," Dr. José Luis Quiles Morales, who co-authored the study and works as a professor of physiology at the University of Granada in Spain, told Science Daily.

Source: AJC


IN BRIEF - EU risks 'serious' impact on financial markets without trade deal, watchdog warns

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, February 08, 2018

he EU should stop prevaricating and enter talks on a financial services trade agreement with the UK or face “serious” consequences for global markets, the head of Britain’s financial watchdog has warned.

Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), told an event in the City on Monday evening he did not buy Brussels’ position that frictionless cross-border trade between banks post-Brexit would be impossible to achieve.

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has ruled out special arrangements for financial firms, while specific proposals for mutual recognition drafted by City bosses have also been knocked back by Brussels in recent weeks.

Source: The Telegraph


IN BRIEF - New bill to expand protections for fish

CANADA
Thursday, February 08, 2018

OTTAWA - The federal government will spend CAD 284 million over the next five years to enforce new laws protecting habitat wherever fish are present, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says.

A number of amendments to the Fisheries Act were introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday 6th of February 2018 to expand the reach of a prohibition against anything that alters or impacts fish habitat to all waters where fish exist.

Changes to the act in 2012 meant the protections were enforced only for fish listed in provincial registries as being part of commercial, recreational or Indigenous fisheries.

Officials with Fisheries and Oceans Canada said in Ottawa the 2012 changes resulted in a lot of confusion about exactly what projects would require a federal government assessment, because it wasn't always clear which fish needed protecting and which didn't.

Source: Sachem


IN BRIEF - P.E.I. Fishermen's Association pleased with Fisheries Act changes

CANADA
Thursday, February 08, 2018

The P.E.I. Fishermen's Association likes what it's heard so far from the federal government about long-promised changes to the federal Fisheries Act. 

The government will spend CAD 284.2 million to restore protections lost under the Conservative Harper government and to introduce new ones in the proposed legislation, announced Tuesday.

"The money for protection, we can use that. It'll hire more fishery officers," said Bobby Jenkins, the association's president. 

Island fishermen had been calling for some of these changes locally for years, he said, including protection for fish habitat.

Source: CBC


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