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IN BRIEF - Oregon adopts Columbia River salmon reforms

Monday, March 20, 2017

Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission took another try Friday 17th of March 17 at adopting Columbia River salmon management reforms, but it’s still unclear if the policies will satisfy Washington’s commission.

Meeting in Corvallis, the Oregon commission voted 7-0 to:

• Allocate Endangered Species Act impacts of spring chinook salmon 80 percent to sportsmen and 20 percent to commercial fishermen. The commercial allocation first would be used for off-channel areas, but the potential for a tangle-net (small-mesh gillnet) fishery in the main Columbia would remain after a mid-May run-size update. The policy prohibits transfer of unused impacts to sport fishing.

Washington’s policy does not allow a tangle-net fishery for spring chinook in the main Columbia.

• Allocate summer chinook 80 percent to sportsmen and 20 percent to commercial fishermen. However, large-mesh gillnets could not be used. Currently, there is no other commercial method to catch summer chinook, but the 20 percent potential allocation would serve as an incentive to develop new methods.

Source: The Columbian

IN BRIEF - Seafood labels in Canada vague compared to U.S., Europe: environmental groups

Saturday, March 18, 2017

HALIFAX -- Environmental groups are giving Canada's seafood labelling requirements an F grade due to their lack of details compared to American and European packaging standards.

The report card released today says Canada has the lowest standards among the three jurisdictions.

Colleen Turlo, a spokeswoman from the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre, says basics like the species' scientific name, and where and how it was caught should be on the labels.

The group argues that "inadequate seafood labelling means consumers don't have adequate health and environmental information about the product."

The coalition says some seafood sellers and retailers are voluntarily labelling seafood more comprehensively, but the lack of uniform regulatory requirements means that only some consumers have the information they need to make informed decisions.

The coalition of environment groups, referred to as SeaChoice, and the Canadian Centre for Biodiversity Genomics says it is recruiting citizen science volunteers to conduct seafood genetic testing across Canada to check for fraud and mislabelling.

IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest ASA: Issuance of shares through partial conversion of bond and registration of share capital increase

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Based on conversion notices received, Marine Harvest ASA (the "Company") has converted EUR 100,000 of the outstanding loan of the EUR 375 million convertible bond issued by Marine Harvest ASA with ISIN NO 001 0710395 into 10,699 new shares in the Company, each with a nominal value of NOK 7.50.

The share capital increase pertaining to the conversion has been duly registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. Following the registration of the share capital increase, the Company's total share capital is NOK 3,392,254,042.50, divided into 452,300,539 total shares, each with a nominal value of NOK 7.50.


IN BRIEF - First Aquaculture Book for Children – Ever! News Conf MONDAY

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Boston, MA…“Texas Farm Girl Aquaculture Farming” is the first of its kind, a true children’s book on “farming in water” for parents and children. 

The Seafood Expo North America (SENA) held at the Boston Convention Center will be the site of the release and news conference on Monday, March 20th at 10:30AM in Room 156 B. 

Ms. Crownover will autograph books (complimentary) following her comments.  She will also be signing books for the special Show Price of $10 at Booth 3221 at NOON every day.  The “SSPI” booth (Sustainable Seafood Products International) is the sales, brokerage and “value added" processing arm of Global Blue Technologies whose Texas shrimp farm is the focus of Ms. Crownover’s  new book. 

Crownover is not only a prolific writer but also a mother and a farmer.  Her commitment to sustainable farming and conservation of the Earth’s resources led her to becoming a director of the International Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources (IFCNR).   

For further information see:      www.texasfarmgirl.com  and  http://www.ifcnr.org/

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA : Short comment on Government proposal for changes in regulatory framework for cod trawlers

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Government announced today a proposal that would imply in part significant changes to the regulatory framework for the fishing industry. Should the Storting adopt the proposed changes, this will have an impact on operations for Lerøy Seafood Group ASA's (Lerøy) subsidiaries, Havfisk AS and Norway Seafoods Group AS. The proposal is the result of a consultation process in which Lerøy also provided input. To date, the Lerøy Group has not had the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the proposal from the Government, and is therefore taking all necessary precautions.

The main elements in the proposal however seem to be that the Government proposes to remove the so-called trawler fleet land-lock obligation system parts in return for payment of financial compensation and parts a reduction in the company's basic quota. Forward-looking framework conditions, including predictability and a long-term perspective, are central in the effort to facilitate investments and create jobs in an industry exposed to tough competition and with high demands for capital. Lerøy is therefore not satisfied with the Government's proposal, which implies a reduction of the Group's basic quota of 20 %. It is our opinion that it is essential for the Group to sustain its raw material basis in order to substantiate the Group's long-term industrial investments both at sea and on land. The company plans to study the proposal in detail and assess it in its entirety, including the legal aspects. Lerøy is satisfied that the Government has understood the need for modernisation of the framework conditions, and hopes that the company's input to further political discussions will be heard, so that the final resolution provides the best possible grounds for the future development of our sector.

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IN BRIEF - Bakkafrost ISA suspicion: Decision to harvest the remaining fish at A-73 Hvannasund Norður

Friday, March 17, 2017

The farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður has been under suspicion of pathogenic ISA and is presently under increased surveillance. Reference is made to market announcement on 14 July 2016, 21 July 2016 and 20 January 2017.

As a precautionary action, Bakkafrost has decided to harvest the remaining fish at A-73 Hvannasund Norður. The accelerated harvest is expected to be finished by the end of April 2017. Farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður presently holds approximately 1.0 million fish with an average weight of 3.2 kg whole fish equivalent.

Consequently, the expected harvest volumes for 2017 will be reduced by around 2,000 tonnes gutted weight.

The ISA suspicion has not been confirmed, but the farming site A-73 Hvannasund Norður is still under increased surveillance.

IN BRIEF - China pledges firm response if Japan interferes in South China Sea

Friday, March 17, 2017

China on Thursday 16th of March 2017 pledged a firm response if Japan stirs up trouble in the South China Sea, after Reuters reported on a Japanese plan to send its largest warship to the disputed waters.

The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and U.S. naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July, sources told Reuters.

The trip would be Japan's biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Conservation groups sue U.S. Army Corps over Florida strip mining

Friday, March 17, 2017

IN BRIEF - Vietnamese workers call for Formosa Plastics exit

Friday, March 17, 2017

TAIPEI - A large crowd of Vietnamese workers in Taiwan protested outside the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei on Wednesday 15th of March 2017 morning, demanding that the Taiwan-based petrochemical conglomerate Formosa Plastics ceases operations in their homeland.

The demonstration came one month after several residents in Vietnam were allegedly beaten by Vietnamese authorities when they tried to submit litigation documents against Formosa Plastics' Ha Tinh steel plant on Feb. 14 2017.

Approximately 500 people, led by local priest Nguyen Dinh Thuc, had demanded that the plant cease all operations following a catastrophic environmental disaster that polluted waters in the surrounding regions in June 2016.

Source: China Post

IN BRIEF - Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate change

Friday, March 17, 2017

BANDAR AL-ROWDAH - The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India.

Scientists who study the algae say the microscopic organisms are thriving in new conditions brought about by climate change, and displacing the zooplankton that underpin the local food chain, threatening the entire marine ecosystem.

Khalid al-Hashmi, a marine biologist at the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, wrinkles his nose as the research vessel nears the bloom. "Sea stench," he says, referring to the algae's ammonia secretions. "It's here, you can smell it."

He signals the boat to stop as it speeds beneath a gigantic rock arch off the coast of Muscat, the capital of Oman, an arid sultanate on the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. The captain kills the engine and drops anchor into a slick of bright green muck surrounded by crystal-clear blue water.

Source: NZ Herald

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