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IN BRIEF - PH needs fisheries department, aquaculture experts say

PHILIPPINES
Friday, December 01, 2017

DAGUPAN CITY — The government needs to create a Department of Fisheries in order to improve fish production for domestic consumption and for export, leading aquaculture experts said here on Tuesday.

Rafael Guerrero, the scientist who developed the sex reversal technology used in culturing all-male tilapia, said the country trailed behind China, Indonesia and other Asian countries in the production of tilapia, bangus (milkfish) and seaweeds.

Guerrero, who was honored along with another scientist by the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center here, said the creation of a fisheries department would also enable the country to take care of its waters.

Source: Inquirer Net


IN BRIEF - Sample of B.C. farmed-salmon ‘blood water’ tests positive for virus: critic

CANADA
Friday, December 01, 2017

Video of “blood water” being pumped into the ocean near Campbell River is prompting the province to take a look at the farmed-fish processing plant it came from.

The video, recorded by photographer Tavish Campbell, shows red effluent going into the water near the Browns Bay Packing Company, which processes farmed Atlantic salmon, at its plant near Campbell River

Campbell said samples taken from the site were analyzed by the Atlantic Veterinary College and tested positive for piscine reovirus, or PRV, a highly contagious virus that most farmed salmon carry. The virus has been linked to a disease — heart and skeletal muscular disease — that makes fish lethargic and more vulnerable to predators.

Source: Vancouver Sun


IN BRIEF - Bloody sewage from Canada fish plant 'threatens' wild salmon

CANADA
Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Canadian fish processing plant is under scrutiny after footage was released showing bloody effluent being discharged into British Columbia's waters. The "very graphic" images have raised concerns the wastewater could spread disease to the province's Pacific wild salmon population.

A constant stream of billowing bright red liquid is seen rippling and mixing into the otherwise clear waters.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," says photographer Tavish Campbell who filmed the footage during underwater dives between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

"I was grossed out at the same time I was feeling mad," he says. "I was just in shock."

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - The global canned seafood market is expected to reach USD 27.8 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.2%

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, November 30, 2017

LONDON - The global canned seafood market is expected to reach USD 27.8 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.2% according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.

The industry is anticipated to grow on account of rising demand for processed food due to ease of consumption.

The health benefits offered by canned sea food such as essential nutrients added during canning process including vitamin B12, D and A leading to the metabolism improvement, is expected to drive growth over next eight years. In addition, high demand for the ready to eat seafood is expected to translate into an increased product consumption.

The product offers health benefits including improvement eye sight, reduced risk of depression, increased immunity. In addition, the calcium content provided by this product helps in increasing bone strength thereby driving the demand for such products. Use of sustainable fish farming techniques is expected to result in an increased yield, leading to abundance of raw material for the market.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - Japan’s Edoya to make halal salmon skin chips in Malaysia

MALAYSIA
Thursday, November 30, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR – Japanese processed seafood firm Edoya Co. will produce halal salmon skin chips in Malaysia in collaboration with a local food producer, looking to cater to Muslims in Japan and Southeast Asia.

Edoya, based in Obihiro, Hokkaido, said Jabi Rice Sdn. Bhd. has agreed to make halal-certified chips, with production expected to start next year for export to Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and then for overseas markets, including Malaysia.

Using salmon skin imported from the Tokachi region, where Obihiro is located, Malaysian-made halal salmon skin chips are expected to be exported to Japan beginning in mid-2018, Edoya President Kazuo Shionoya said at an agreement signing ceremony last week in Kuala Lumpur.

Source: The Japan Times


IN BRIEF - Seafood processors present united front

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jimmy Buchan, celebrity fishing skipper and business manager for the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) – the trade body representing processors in Scotland – travelled south to meet representatives of Grimsby’s Fish Merchants Association and industry group Seafood Grimsby and Humber.

Mr Buchan, who starred in the BBC’s popular Trawlermen series, said there was plenty of common ground on a range of issues affecting the sector in the run-up to Brexit and beyond.

Themes discussed included the supply of labour and processors’ ability to transport cargo in and out of the UK after March 2019.

“Very important contentious issues were raised, including discussion on a free and frictionless border to keep trade flowing,” Mr Buchan said.

Source: Press and Journal


IN BRIEF - Queensland Government set to continue scallop fishery closures until stock levels improve

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The State Government says it will continue to close parts of Queensland's scallop fishery until it is confident the stock is recovering and can support commercial fishing.

In January six replenishment areas (SRAs) off the central Queensland coast were closed after the scallop biomass dropped to 6 per cent of 1977 levels.

The fishery reopened in November after a six-month winter closure, but the SRAs off Yeppoon, Bustard Head and Hervey Bay that represent about 40 per cent of the available catch remain closed.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - High-Tech satellite tags give unique view into the behavior of king salmon

UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cornell University, New York Sea Grant, and charter boat captains have teamed up on a high-tech mission to learn more about the behavior of King Salmon in the Lake Ontario ecosystem.  They’re already getting valuable information from pop-off satellite tags attached to the fish. 

WAER's Scott Willis reports, Cornell University, New York Sea Grant, and charter boat captains have teamed up on a high tech mission to learn more about the behavior of King Salmon in the Lake Ontario ecosystem.

New York Sea Grant Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist Jesse Lepak narrated a video that shows the tagging process with the help of charter captains.  It took about a month to tag 10 fish starting in early July.

"Once the fish are landed, they're put in a Styrofoam cradle to help keep them calm, and lake water is pumped across their gills so they can  breathe.  The fish are then tagged with a monofilament harness that connects the tag to the fish.  The harness is crimped, and the excess monofilament is cut off.  The tagged fish is ready to go."

Source: Waer


IN BRIEF - Higher Than Expected Number Of Chinook Salmon Return To American River

UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 30, 2017

It appears this is an average year for the number of fall-fun Chinook Salmon returning to spawn in the American River.

The numbers were expected to be much lower because of high water temperatures and predators when the fish were juveniles heading to the ocean during the drought.

Efforts to help salmon populations in recent years include releases of cold water during the beginning and end of the salmon's life cycle and the rehabilitation of 30 acres of American River spawning ground with 100,000 tons of gravel.

Laura Drath with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said the daily reports show the numbers of returning salmon are on par with an average year.

Source: Capital Public Radio


IN BRIEF - Residents oppose shrimp farm

INDIA
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Members of the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) and residents of Vedhalai, a coastal panchayat in Mandapam block, have opposed the establishment of a shrimp farm in the village.

JNTJ local coordinator M.A. Seeni Mohamed, who led a group of Jamaat members and residents of Maraikayar Pattinam and Vedhalai to the collectorate here on Monday, said a set of people, who ‘wielded political influence’ have come out with the project on more than two acre area and dug the land for the depth of 18 ft to store water for the farm.

The farm was coming up in between Vedhalai and Maraikayar Pattinam and if the farm was established, it would spoil the groundwater in the entire area and pose a grave threat to cultivation of coconut, he said.

Source: The Hindu


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