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IN BRIEF - Government Invests $6m into a Seaweed Project

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Waikaitu Ltd is proud to be a partner with Auckland University in a novel project awarded with $6m through the Endeavour Fund 2018.

Auckland University is spearheading an international research project to use biology to convert an invasive species of seaweed into fish food and organic fertiliser. A consortium of top international Universities and businesses has been granted with $6.1m for developing a new technology which aims to create several new products for the global farming and aquaculture industries. When fully developed this project has the potential to save millions of tons of wild caught fish which is currently being used to feed farmed fish such as salmon.

Scientific research revealed that symbiotic microbes discovered in the stomach of NZ seaweed-eating fishes convert seaweed and atmospheric nitrogen into compounds of nutritional value to fish. These microbes provide an important source of dietary protein to the fish and will make it possible to greatly reduce or eliminate wild caught fish as an ingredient in fish food. Fish food giant Ridley Aquafeeds in Australia is a key member of the consortium with a goal to create sustainable and environmentally sensitive fish production.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - CIFT joins hands with MPEDA to promote value added fish products

INDIA
Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), a dedicated research body under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, has joined hands with the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) to impart training on how to increase earnings by value addition to the technocrats engaged in fish processing units.

Many technocrats from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, during a three-day training here on Thursday, were taught the theory and practical demonstration on the process of value addition to fish, shrimp and cephalopods.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ices shrimp rule

UNITED STATES
Saturday, September 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE - Shrimp harvested in Florida waters and shipped out for human consumption literally won’t have to be put on ice any longer.

With an eye on growing Asian markets across the U.S., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a rule change Thursday that required shrimp harvested as food to be dead and put on ice when transported from the docks to stores.

The change clarifies that the icing requirement no longer applies to food shrimp prior to sale, according to commission staff.

Source: Herald Tribune


IN BRIEF - Report says fishing rule might put whales at greater risk

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 28, 2018

A report by federal scientists about a critically endangered whale says some regulations intended to protect them aren't working and might have unintended consequences for the animals.

The report is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration technical memo and it concerns the North Atlantic right whale. The right whale is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world, numbering only about 450.

Lobster fishing rules are designed to protect the whales by requiring fewer trap lines that can ensnare the giant animals. But the NOAA report asserts that some lobstermen have adapted to the rules by putting more traps on a single line, and using stronger rope.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Development of aquaculture in Ghana gains momentum

GHANA
Friday, September 28, 2018

Ghana, which consumes over 950,000 metric tons of fish annually, currently imports more than 60 per cent of its fish.

While in 2016 the country imported 192,131.47 tons of fish, the figure increased by 2.57 per cent in 2017 to 197,063.45 tons. 

Expectedly, the value of fish imports also rose from USD 131 million in 2016 to USD 146 million in 2017, representing 11.22 per cent increase.

The government, in an effort to reduce fish imports and boost the country’s production, has begun the development of a commercially viable aquaculture industry.

Source: Graohic Online


IN BRIEF - Herring quota’s sting may lead Maine lobstermen to sit out next spring

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 28, 2018

At the height of the season, Brooklin lobsterman David Tarr spends USD 600 to 800 a day to bait his traps with herring, pogies or redfish.

While some Maine lobstermen swear by herring, Tarr is willing to play the field based on price and availability. Unlike most of his peers, Tarr also has the luxury of a personal bait cooler, which allows him to buy bait when the price is right, salt it himself and store up to 200 barrels of it away – USD 40,000 of bait, enough for a half-season of fishing – for use during tough times.

On Wednesday, one day after the New England Fisheriesy Management Council voted to recommend slashing the yearly herring quota by 80 percent, Tarr figured tough times are coming. He plans to spend the spring stocking his bait cooler before the lobster season kicks into high gear and bait prices go up, possibly doubling at the peak of the season.

Source: Press Herald


IN BRIEF - Province Sets CAD 590k To Assist Aquaculture Recruitment, Retention

CANADA
Friday, September 28, 2018

Government funding is being provided to help recruit and retain workers in the province’s growing aquaculture industry.

Minister Al Hawkins made the announcement at the launch of the NL Aquaculture Association conference and trade show this afternoon at the Delta Hotel.

The Provincial government is giving the association close to CAD 590,000 to develop labour market tools and products, like a full suite of video assets to use when marketing the local industry online, on television or at trade shows.

Souce: VOCM


IN BRIEF - Brits Could Learn From Icelandic Fishing Expertise, Says Minister

ICELAND
Thursday, September 27, 2018

The British could learn about creating a fisheries policy from Icelanders says Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. RÚV reports that Guðlaugur says that Iceland is prepared to lend the UK a hand in the task, which is one of the many logistical projects that the latter needs to resolve in advance of Brexit.

“The British have shown a lot of interest in our fishing system and they aren’t alone in that,” said Guðlaugur in an interview with RÚV. He noted that Michael Gove, Britain’s current Secretary of State for the Environment, has visited Iceland, “among other things, to familiarize himself with this very thing.”

Other nations have also shown an interest in Iceland’s sustainable fishing industry, Guðlaugur continued. “Last time I checked, we are the only nation within the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] which is getting a net tax from natural fishing resources or from the fishing industry as a whole,” he said.

Source: Iceland Review


IN BRIEF - Big changes about small fish are in store for fishermen

UNITED STATES
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fisheries managers are adopting a host of potentially major changes for Atlantic herring, an economically important fish that serves as a key part of the ocean ecosystem in New England.

Atlantic herring is a small, schooling fish that is the target of an industry that collects more than 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) of catch every year. The fish is also the subject of concern from environmentalists and fishery managers, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said a recent assessment of the herring stock shows a decline.

On Tuesday, the New England Fishery Management Council adopted a new formula that will help guide how it sets catch limits in the future. Catch limits will change based on the health of the fishery, which is updated through stock assessments.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Tripura fish market in crisis as Bangladeshi traders halt export

INDIA
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fish markets in Tripura are reeling under severe crisis after export and import activities came to a halt at Agartala-Akhaura International Check Post (ICP) due to hefty demand of “illegal tax” from a group of goons three weeks ago.

Bangladeshi traders had stopped exporting fish to the state after 10,000 kg of fishes were rendered unfit for consumption on September 4 2018. A group of goons had demanded “hefty illegal tax” and had stalled the passage of the supply. While negotiations failed, the entire bulk of fish worth USD 26,000 decomposed. Since then, no more consignments of fish have come from Bangladesh.

Traders from Tulsibati market and Battala market said the prices of fishes like Rohu, Katla, and prawns have nearly doubled and the supply of others like ‘Bhetki’ – a famous freshwater fish – has stopped.

Source: Indian Express


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