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IN BRIEF - Hi-tech in aquaculture needed: experts

VIET NAM
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

HCM CITY –  The use of modern technologies in aquaculture would ensure sustainable development, experts said at a conference on water monitoring systems in HCM City on Thursday 20th of September 2018.

Hu?nh Qu?c Kh?i from the B?c Liêu Province Agricultural Extension Centre said that hi-tech in aquaculture, such as water monitoring systems or recirculating aquaculture systems, permits easier detection of anomalies and better control of fish farms.

It also requires less manual work and time, and is more environmentally friendly.

Phan Thanh Lâm of the Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 2 said that water monitoring systems were especially crucial for shrimp farming, as shrimp are highly susceptible to external factors such as temperature, pH levels and salinity.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Minister fails New Zealand's fishery - Macindoe

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The recreational advocacy group LegaSea is bitterly disappointed the Minister of Fisheries has deferred making decisive cuts to commercial catches of tarakihi on New Zealand’s east coast for at least another year. In October Stuart Nash will apply a 20% cut to the commercial catch, while LegaSea has been campaigning for a 65% reduction.

LegaSea spokesperson Scott Macindoe says the decision is a blow for the fishery as the 20% will be negated in some areas by the fishing industry’s ability to carry forward 10% of uncaught catch from the previous year. There are fears that commercial interests will succeed in keeping the stock low to maintain jobs in an unproductive fishery.

"It’s a body blow for one of New Zealand’s best loved fish. The fishery has been on the downward slide for 30 years. It is disappointing that Stuart Nash has decided on a 20% cut this year and only signaled further cuts in 2019, unless industry can deliver a "plan to rebuild the stock within 10 years." It is the Minister’s job to rebuild depleted stocks."

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - All of Malta's tuna farms fined for breaching permit conditions

MALTA
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

All of Malta’s five tuna farms have been fined for the occurrence of so-called ‘slime’ and other breaches of permit conditions over the past two months, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt.

The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has been imposing daily fines on the farms.

For two months running, members of the ERA’s enforcement directorate have been conducting inspections on the fish farms on alternate days, covering north and then the south. On some days all farms were examined in a blitz of inspections.

Some of the farms have since come into line with environmental legislation while others are cooperating with the ERA to move towards compliance. Fines of up to EUR 70 daily are lifted as soon as compliance is achieved.

Source: Times of Malta


IN BRIEF - Salmon expert chides DFO for potentially reckless fisheries management

CANADA
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SCOTCH CREEK, B.C. — A B.C. salmon expert is sounding the alarm about what may be lower-than-expected numbers for the world famous Adams River salmon return in 2018.

A dominant year for spawning salmon in the Fraser River system arrives every four years, and 2018 is a dominant year.

That means it's expected as many as two million salmon arrive in the Adams to spawn during the month of October.

But Greg Taylor, a fisheries advisor for the Watershed Watch Salmon Society, says no one knows if that will be the case.

Source: CFJC Today


IN BRIEF - Reaping the benefits of China-Arab ties

CHINA
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As the well-known Chinese saying goes, "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

This proverb reflects the reality of a Chinese fish farming workshop offered by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs to help develop aquaculture in Egypt.

Reham Adel, a young woman in her late 20s, is one of 50 trainees registered to attend the 21-day workshop.

At a large hall in Suez Canal University in Ismailia province, northeast of Cairo, Adel is waiting for her first aquaculture class given by a Chinese instructor.

Source: Global Times


IN BRIEF - Dismal returns for chinook salmon on B.C.’s Fraser River reveal latest threat to endangered orcas

CANADA
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A test fishery for chinook salmon on the Fraser River this year is reporting dismal returns, raising new concerns for the endangered southern resident killer whales who rely heavily on these fish for their survival.

The federal government announced in May a reduction in harvest of chinook by roughly one-third and closures in some key whale foraging areas after declaring the southern resident killer whales are facing an imminent threat to their survival. The federal government acknowledges that lack of prey is one of the critical factors affecting the whales’ recovery.

But Misty MacDuffee, wild salmon program director for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, said the daily results from the Albion test fishery on the Fraser had already demonstrated the need for a complete closure of both marine commercial and sport fisheries on chinook, in order to leave prey for the whales.

Source: The Global News


IN BRIEF - Amarin shares surge nearly 300% after fish oil capsule showed benefits to heart patients in trial

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Amarin shares surged in Monday's premarket after the biopharmaceutical company's fish oil capsule showed dramatic benefits to heart patients in a clinical trial.

Amarin said its capsule, Vascepa, significantly reduced the risk of serious cardiovascular events over a placebo in trial results involving 8,179 statin-treated adults with elevated cardiovascular risk.

"We are delighted with these topline study results," John Thero, president and CEO of Amarin, said in a press release. The company said the trial met the primary endpoint with a 25 percent risk reduction.

Shares of Amarin were nearly 300 percent higher in premarket trading Monday 24th of September 2018, around USD 11.85 a share. By midmorning, the stock was up more than 220 percent.

Source: CNBC


IN BRIEF - How climate change could derail fish farmers

WORLDWIDE
Friday, September 21, 2018

The study explores how climate change could affect marine aquaculture production, specifically of finfish and bivalves (such as oysters), around the world. The findings reveal that climate change is not only a threat to global production in the future, but affects producers today.

“Climate change is impacting marine aquatic farmers now, and it’s likely to get worse for most of the world if we don’t take mitigating measures,” says Halley Froehlich, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara and lead author of the paper, which appears in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

The new analysis reports an important and previously missing piece of the puzzle in understanding how climate change will affect the future of global food security and provides an essential first step toward helping ocean farmers and coastal countries prepare for the coming changes to ensure sustainable seafood production worldwide.

Source: Futurity


IN BRIEF - EU and Sweden pledge funds for fish fraud fight

SWEDEN
Friday, September 21, 2018

The EU and Sweden have agreed to contribute EUR 45m (USD 52m) to a project that aims to  help protect marine biodiversity in the Pacific – and crack down on illegal activities such as fish ‘laundering’.

The Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership Programme (PEUMP) – backed with EUR 35m from the EU and EUR 10m from Sweden’s government – will try to help regional organisations tackle issues like unsustainable fishing, the impact of climate change and exploitation of people working in the sector.

It’s also planning to crack down on fraudulent behaviour like laundering. That involves a process called transhipment, in which large cargo ships with legitimate fishing permits taken catches from smaller, illegal fishing vessels to bypass controls, according to a report from the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Source: Securing Industry


IN BRIEF - Cornwall crab pots 'deliberately' damaged by French trawlers

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, September 21, 2018

A fresh fishing row has broken out after claims that British crab pots are being damaged "deliberately" by French trawlers.

The alleged incidents occurred between the six and 12-mile limit off the Cornwall coast.

The latest tensions come days after a deal was struck to end the scallops wars in the English Channel.

The Cornish Fish Producers Organisation is discussing the issue with French fishermen in Plymouth.

Source: BBC


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