Increased investment in crop and aquaculture farming are necessary to mitigate the high cost of living, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says.
JCTR social and economic development programme officer Chanda Chileshe said in a statement yesterday that the high cost of mealie meal and fish usually contributes to the continued increase in the food basket of basic needs.
LABUAN - The Federal Government has approved a total of MYR 418, 000 for housing financial assistance to benefit at least 13 fishermen in this duty-free-island in 2019.
Of the number, six of them will receive financial assistance for their housing repair jobs and the remaining seven will have new houses.
Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) Labuan director Pada Anak Bijo told Bernama that to eligible for the new housing financial assistance, the fishermen must be registered members of a fishermen’s association and have their own land, or their relatives allow them to build the new house on their land.
GANDERBAL - A hospital in India’s northern Srinagar city has been providing treatment to diseased fish to reduce the loss of life of the aquatic animal and help breeders increase its production.
The Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) has established a fish hospital that provides a proper diagnosis to the fish with all the high-tech facilities and medicines in order to control the disease from spreading among other fish and thus decrease the distress of the breeders.
Hilal Ahmad said that the hospital was a boon for fish breeders like him.
Save Maquoit Bay, a group formed to address issues with aquaculture, and lobstermen from around the state have submitted a petition to the Department of Marine Resources requesting an immediate moratorium on aquaculture leases greater than 10 acres in size.
The petition has 189 signatures, 39 more than required to open rulemaking around aquaculture leases, according to a news release.
Scientists are urging the government to crack down on fish farms after tests found high levels of antibiotic contamination in pangasius on sale in Thailand.
More commonly known as dory or pla sawai, pangasius is popular with Thai consumers.
The research earlier this year by Thammasat and Mahidol universities found that 25 per cent of dory fish-meat samples were contaminated with antibiotic residues above the World Health Organisation (WHO) safe limit.
Thailand annually imports 11,000 kilograms of the fish from regional neighbours, notably Vietnam, to meet the per-capita demand for an average 30 kilos of dory yearly, said Professor Chongrak Polprasert of Thammasat University, who a member of the research team.
Pelagic fish species, such as anchovies, sardines, mackerel, tuna, shad and menhaden are all valuable as food sources. They contain both valuable and easily digestible proteins, have a high content of essential fatty acids, such as DHA and EPA, and contain fat-soluble vitamins (E and D). However, this also makes the pelagic raw material highly susceptible to degradation (quality loss) during storage. Since the fisheries for many of the pelagic species are seasonal, this leads to a need for efficient preservation methods. The composition and stability of pelagic fish are also varying with both the seasons and fishing ground. This is also challenging with regard to finding efficient preservation methods.
In the project ProHealth (Innovative processing to preserve positive health effects in pelagic fish products), a project under the Joint programming initiative, a Healthy diet for a healthy life (JPIHDHL) has focused on developing new and improved methods for extending the shelf life of pelagic fish. The aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive toolbox of optimised existing and novel technologies for developing healthy, high quality, safe and sustainable fish products from pelagic fish species. The project has partners from Norway (NTNU and SINTEF), Ireland (Teagasc), Poland (NMFRI) and Italy (University of Perugia).
An international team of scientists, including those from the University of Hull have discovered jellyfish are more beneficial to other marine life in providing both food and shelter than previously thought.
Jellyfish are often described as ‘arguably the most important predators in the seas’, competing with adult fish for food, or by preying on eggs and larvae.
The research, led by Queen University Belfast, which has now been published in The Royal Society, has shown that many fish species associate closely with jellyfish for both shelter and sustenance when they are young.
Dr Isabella Capellini, Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Zoology, at the University of Hull, said: “Most surprisingly we found that association with jellyfish may have pre-empted a habitat shift in some species with fish moving over evolutionary time from open water habitats to life at the seabed, or even coral reefs”.
ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Health issuing new advice about the consumption of certain fish caught in specific waters, due to elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury.
The Department issues advice about eating sportfish (fish you catch) because some fish contain chemicals at levels that that could adversely affect health. Although the advisories are not regulations, they do help people choose which fish to limit or avoid and learn how to reduce their exposure to contaminants in the fish they eat. The health advice is based on information from fish collected by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Women in their childbearing years who eat highly contaminated fish and become pregnant may be at an increased risk of having children who are slower to develop and learn. Some chemicals may be passed on in mother's milk. Chemicals may also have a negative effect on the development of young children.