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IN BRIEF - Paper on microplastics in fish is retracted

SWEDEN
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Last June, C&EN covered a paper in Science showing that polystyrene microplastics from personal care products ingested by perch could “inhibit hatching, stunt growth, and boost predation” of the fish (2016, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad8828). The paper has now been retracted.

After Oona Lönnstedt and Peter Eklöv of Uppsala University published the study, seven researchers filed a complaint with Uppsala, claiming missing data, statistical design and analysis problems, and discrepancies between how the researchers said they carried out the study and eyewitness accounts of the experiments.

A university-convened panel of researchers concluded on Aug. 31 that no evidence of research misconduct existed. At about the same time, Lönnstedt and Eklöv reported that a computer containing data from the study had been stolen and there was no backup.

Source: C&EN


IN BRIEF - Fish prices still high, sardine supply up

UGANDA
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Following the tight move against hunting and selling of immature fish, the fish supply has steadily gone down in most of the city markets.

Vendors say this has led to a hike in the price of fish for close to three years now.

Nile Perch is one of the common types of fish on the market and it is available when fresh or dried depending on one's choice, says Stella Nakku a vendor in Nakasero market. 

Source: New Vision


IN BRIEF - Environment groups seek hearings on GMO salmon on the Island

CANADA
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Environmental groups say public hearings should be held on a proposed facility in P.E.I. that would produce genetically modified salmon for human consumption.

Earth Action and the Council of Canadians say AquaBounty's plan to produce the eggs and fish on the Island is different from the proposal approved by the province last year.

The groups say they have written to Premier Wade MacLauchlan to ask for a series of public meetings on the proposal, but it wasn't clear if the province will agree to such hearings.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Hundreds of thousands of salmon survive spillway near-collapse but die after water pump fails

UNITED STATES
Saturday, May 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A quarter-million hatchery salmon survived the near-collapse of a California dam's spillway this winter, only to suffocate after a pump failed this week, officials said Thursday 11th of May 2017 . 

They were among about 5 million baby fall-run Chinook salmon that were rescued in February after tons of mud washed down the Feather River, said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan. The erosion came from the failing emergency spillway near the Oroville dam that caused the precautionary evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents.

Source: CBS News


IN BRIEF - AKVA group ASA: 1Q 2017 financial reporting

NORWAY
Friday, May 12, 2017

Good market activity across all regions.

AKVA group completed first quarter with strong growth in order intake and revenue. The revenue in first quarter of 2017 ended on 510 MNOK (393 MNOK) with an EBITDA of 54 MNOK (40 MNOK). First quarter EBITDA margin was 10.6% (10.1%). The Net Profit increased to 20 MNOK compared to 13 MNOK in Q1 2016.  

AKVA group is ending the quarter with an order backlog of approximately 1.1 BNOK.

A half-yearly dividend of 0.50 NOK per share was paid out in March 2017.

Press Release: AKVA Group


IN BRIEF - Fine of GBP 24,414 for fisheries offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, May 12, 2017

On 5 May 2017 Macduff Fishing Fleet Limited, owner of the scallop dredger “Cornelis Gert Jan” and its three masters Pawel Czerniak, Oliver Hughes and Robert Watt pleaded guilty to breaches of the Sea Fish Conservation Act 1967 at Worthing Magistrates Court.

The court heard how the vessel was permitted to retain non-quota species as a bycatch of its main catch of scallops. However, it had fished on a number of occasions in an area known to contain mixed species where a bycatch of quota species was inevitable.

Investigations by the MMO identified that GBP 6,000 worth of sole and anglerfish had been landed by the vessel in the period between 5 May 2015 and 26 November 2015. This was in breach of the vessel’s licence.

Source: Gov UK


EN BREVE - Exportaciones de salmón escocés a China se recuperan

CHINA
Friday, May 12, 2017

John MacLeod, gerente de Scottish Sea Farms, Lismore North farm, sostiene un salmon en Oban, Escocia.

China tiene un gusto mayor por el salmón fresco y ahumado, pero los piscicultores escoceses han tenido dificultades para satisfacer la demanda de este gran mercado.

El país europeo es uno de los mayores proveedores del mundo de esta especie criada, pero el crecimiento del sector se vio recientemente afectado por la invasión de piojos marinos que originó una caída en la producción. Este parásito se adhiere al pez e impide su desarrollo.

Datos del servicio de aduanas británico muestran que las exportaciones de salmón a China bajaron de 11 millones de kilos en 2015 a 8 millones el 2016, algo que el rubro atribuye a la plaga de piojos. En 2014, 13 millones llegaron a la segunda economía del mundo.

Source: China Org


IN BRIEF - European Commission adopts action plan to improve in Estonian fisheries control system

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, May 12, 2017

The European Commission has adopted an action plan setting out how Estonia can overcome identified shortcomings in its fisheries control system, following an audit programme on data management and control system in Estonian in 2015 and 2016.

This closely follows the plans recently adopted for Germany and Belgium.  The measures and timeline of implementation were agreed together with the Estonian authorities, in line with the procedure set out in Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 on fisheries control. 

Under the action plan, Estonia will work to improve data management; principally ensuring that catch data are comprehensively collected within the required time limits, validated, cross-checked, exchanged with other countries and applied to ensure effective monitoring and reporting of quota uptake. In addition, Estonia will improve the coordination between the relevant authorities involved in the control of marketing standards and traceability, and ensure that an effective risk-based analysis is applied to ensure inspections are targeted effectively.

Source: European Commision


IN BRIEF - DFO announces increased access to gulf cod

CANADA
Friday, May 12, 2017

On May the 11th pf 2017, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the multi-year management plan for gulf groundfish in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) divisions 3Pn and 4RST.

The quota for gulf cod has increased from 1500t to 3185t for the 2017 and 2018 fishing seasons. This increase is a positive step for the industry and is in line with the species’ rebuilding plan that was developed by DFO in consultation with industry.

FFAW has been at the forefront of building a new cod fishing economy. For the fishery to rebuild, harvesters need access to the resource. The announcement today that more than doubled the gulf cod quota will provide some stability for harvesters while effectively managing the stock,” said Keith Sullivan, FFAW-Unifor President.

Source: FFAW


IN BRIEF - WWF email reveals concern over salmon industry's 'negative impact on environment'

AUSTRALIA
Friday, May 12, 2017

An email from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) obtained by the ABC reveals concerns that Tasmania's salmon industry is having a "significant negative impact on the environment" despite the organisation being paid to endorse the environmental credentials of Australia's biggest producer, Tassal.

The Australian branch of the WWF allows Tassal to use its logo on its products as an assurance that the salmon is "responsibly sourced".

Concerns about the partnership between the WWF and Tassal were raised late last year, when ABC's Four Corners program revealed Tassal paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the organisation each year.

Source: ABC


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