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IN BRIEF - Foreign workers in Hawaii may be catching seafood illegally

UNITED STATES
Saturday, February 11, 2017

HONOLULU - Hawaii authorities may have been violating their own state laws for years by issuing commercial fishing licenses to thousands of foreign workers who were refused entry into the country, The Associated Press has found.

About 700 of these men are currently confined to vessels in Honolulu without visas, some making less than USD 1 an hour. They work without most basic labor protections just a few miles from Waikiki's white sand beaches, catching premium tuna and swordfish sold at some of America's most upscale grocery stores, hotels and restaurants.

The AP found that under state law, these workers — who make up most of the crew in a fleet catching USD 110 million worth of seafood annually — may not be allowed to fish at all.

Source: News Day


IN BRIEF - DENR starts inspection of Laguna de Bay fish pens

PHILIPPINES
Saturday, February 11, 2017

SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna - The government on Friday 3rd of February 2017 began inspecting fish pens in Laguna de Bay after receiving reports that guards hired by operators were armed with unlicensed guns.

Environment Undersecretary Arturo Valdez said the inspection was in preparation for another round of demolition of the aquaculture structures on Feb. 14 2017.

Valdez said the inspection would cover “Sector A” of the lake, referring to sections of Muntinlupa City and this city in Laguna province.

He said they target to inspect about 15 fish pens owned by large corporations spanning about 2,000 hectares.

Source: Inquirer Net


IN BRIEF - Evidence points to fish oil to fight asthma

UNITED STATES
Saturday, February 11, 2017

University of Rochester Medical Center scientists have discovered new essential information about omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish oil and how they could be used for asthma patients.

In a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation - Insight, researchers using cell cultures from local asthma patients, found that:

-Omega-3 fatty acid products can reduce the production of IgE, the antibodies that cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in people with milder cases of asthma;
-But in patients with severe asthma who use high doses of oral steroids, the omega-3 fatty acids are less effective because the corticosteroids block the beneficial effects.

Source: Science Daily


IN BRIEF - Surprise raids conducted at fish markets

INDIA
Saturday, February 11, 2017

KOCHI - Following complaints about unhealthy practices in the fish industry, the food safety department is strengthening its operations with the launch of a new campaign named 'Operation Sagar Rani'. The department conducted surprise checking at various fish markets across the district to investigate on health standards at the fish markets.The series of raids were conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The raids were conducted in fish markets in Aluva, Parur, Kalady, Muvattupuzha, Varapuzha, Champakara and Ernakulam. It was also conducted in harbours at Thoppumpady and Munambam.

"The raids were conducted at both wholesale and retail outlets. Many dealers are not aware of the norms and most do not have licence from the food safety department," said senior food safety officer with the Ernakulam circle.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - Marlborough council has 'no choice' on shifting salmon farms

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, February 11, 2017

A controversial plan to relocate salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds is out of the council's hands, and the short time-frame the public has to get to grips with it is worrying, the mayor says. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries has suggested it could override the council's resource management plan to move up to six New Zealand King Salmon farms, a move it says will bring economic and environmental benefits. 

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett said on Friday the council would be making a submission, but councillors' hands were tied when it came to the proposal.

Source: Stuff


EN BREVE - Former executives voice concerns about sustainability of Tasmania's AUD 700m salmon industry

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Two former salmon industry executives have added their voices to concerns raised about the sustainability of parts of Tasmania's AUD 700 million salmon industry.

This week the country's second-largest salmon farmer, Huon Aquaculture, took the extraordinary step of launching legal action over its environmental concerns about overstocking against the State and Federal Governments.

It has been dismissed by some as competitive tension between companies, but one of the original salmon farmers from Macquarie Harbour, Ron Morrison, said he had been raising the same concerns for four years.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Ghana bans fishing to save dwindling stock

GHANA
Friday, February 10, 2017

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fisheries Commission in Ghana have placed a ban on fishing in the country. This step was taken to protect the fish and ensure more breeding to replenish declining stocks. The ban will last for the next two months.

About ten percent of the Ghana's population relies on fish but the government says there could soon be a shortage if measures are not taken to protect the sea.

Godfred Baidoo Tsibu, Deputy Director for Monitoring, Control and Surveillance at the Fisheries Commission, explained to DW the motives behind the ban: "There is need for us to put in these measures. When you put in these measures, the expectation is that we are allowing the fishes to have more time to breed. The fish that we are talking about mature very quickly," Tsibu said.

Source: DW


IN BRIEF - Govt cheered by fish farming growth

ZAMBIA
Friday, February 10, 2017

Government is happy with the rapid growth of the fish farming industry in Mpulungu District of Northern Province.

Mpulungu District Commissioner Dennis Sikazwe says over one thousand kilograms of fish have been harvested from fish ponds of three farmers out of twenty ponds due for harvesting in the district.

Mr Sikazwe said this  when he graced the  first phase of fish cropping exercise by beneficiaries under the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission -CEEC- program in  Mpulungu.

And CEEC Northern Province Coordinator Walusungu Banda revealed that his office has already secured market for the fish being cropped by fish farmers in the area.

Source: ZNBC


IN BRIEF - Council slams cut in fishing: Limited halibut season hurts economy, Port Angeles council says

UNITED STATES
Friday, February 10, 2017

PORT ANGELES - The Port Angeles City Council has joined the chorus of business and fishing interests who object to this year’s limited halibut fishing season as hurting the economy and compromising sport fishers’ safety.

The 7-0 vote supported a resolution for a longer season than the one planned for 2017.

Council members said a three-day May 4, May 6 and May 11 season for 2017 in Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and off the coast of Neah Bay, La Push and Westport was too short.

Source: Peninsula Daily News


IN BRIEF - Chronic labour shortage hobbling Meteghan lobster plant

CANADA
Friday, February 10, 2017

David Deveau is doing everything he can to find and keep local workers for his modern lobster processing plant in western Nova Scotia, but it is a battle he is losing.

"We do have great local people here. I love them all. I respect them all," said Deveau, CEO of Riverside Lobster International in the Meteghan area.

"I don't have enough. I just don't have enough."

Deveau's company now operates five buses daily to bring workers in from Digby and Yarmouth. Workers are paid about $13 per hour and enrolled in a defined contribution pension plan and get health benefits.

Source: CBC


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