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IN BRIEF - Limfjord rope-grown blue shell mussel fishery propels Denmark to 100 per cent MSC certified mussel exports

DENMARK
Friday, April 27, 2012

The Vilsund Blue Limfjord rope-grown mussel fishery today secured certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The Limfjord fishery’s achievements means 100 per cent of Danish mussel exports are now eligible to carry the internationally recognized, blue MSC ecolabel.

The first Danish mussel fishery to enter the MSC program’s full assessment did so in April 2008. Since then, five Danish mussel fisheries have undergone the same rigorous and transparent process and have all succeeded in proving their activities to be sustainable and well-managed.

Minna Epps, Regional Manager for the Baltic Sea region says: “The dedication towards sustainable fishing practices demonstrated by the Danish mussel industry is truly an inspiration and a model to follow for others. We congratulate them warmly and hope their engagement will create a wave of support through customers who will choose their products”.

 


IN BRIEF - Russian goverment backs international agreement on Caspian bio-resources Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the prospective signing of an international agreement on the conservation and rational use of sea bio-resources of the Caspian Sea, the Russian government website reports.

The prime minister compelled the Russian Agriculture Ministry to sign the agreement with a possibility of making insignificant adjustments.

According to reference information, the agreement on the conservation and rational use of sea bio-resources of the Caspian Sea was drawn up in accordance with a protocol signed by the presidents of the Azerbaijani Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan upon the completion of the Third Caspian Summit held in Baku on November 18, 2010.

Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines

 


IN BRIEF - Concern at proposed Aran fish farm plan

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The state agency in charge of the country’s rivers has called on the Department of Agriculture to consider a study which concluded fish farming has a "general negative effect" on sea trout stocks, when deciding to grant permission to a planned 1,000-acre fish farm off the Aran Islands.

The Norwegian research concluded that fish farming generates increased numbers of sea lice, a naturally-occurring parasite that feed off salmon and sea trout, and this increase can lead to potentially 12-44% fewer salmon spawning in areas where there is intensive salmon farming. It also said intensive fish farming can lead to falling sea trout stocks and reduced growth in surviving sea trout stocks.

Inland Fisheries Ireland Chairman Brendan O’Mahony said: “This new study confirms the evidence collected since the early 1990s in Ireland regarding the impact of sea lice on wild sea trout stocks, particularly in relation to the collapse of Connemara’s sea trout stocks.

Source: Irish Examiner

 


IN BRIEF - China, US seek ways to benefit from carp

CHINA
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In China, Asian carp is considered a delicious dish, but in the United States, it is seen as a dangerous invasive species that threatens rivers, lakes and indigenous species.

In early September 2014, US scientists came to China to explore ways to prevent the fish's spread in their country and explore the possibility of exporting the invaders back to China.

"Chinese love eating the fish, and the US has too many of them, which makes exploring a business plan a win-win solution," said Yang Bo, a freshwater expert from The Nature Conservancy who accompanied the US scientists during their visit.

But implementing such a plan won't be easy, Yang added.

Source:

China Daily

 

 


IN BRIEF - Scottish Sea Farms Ltd reports 'record' year (2014) as salmon exports soar

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Salmon farmer Scottish Sea Farms Ltd has reported record GBP 130.8 million turnover for the 2013 year to December 31 as the value of exports increased by GBP 21.6 million year on year.

Pre-tax profits also rose by more than 370 per cent to GBP 22.19 million (2012: GBP 4.69 million) on a 28 per cent increase in turnover – the highest sales recorded in the company's 40 year history.

Operating profits rose to GBP 23 million against GBP 5.45 million the previous year and gross profits rose to GBP 30.6 million, up from GBP 10.8 million in 2012.

The London-based company notes in full-year results filed with Companies House it had enjoyed “stronger demand in all markets with higher price returns”.

Accounts filed by the company show its highest paid director's pay rose almost 82 per cent to GBP 469,000.

The company notes it repaid bank loans of GBP 24 million and GBP 8 million in April 2013, and agreed a new five-year GBP 30 million loan facility.

Scottish Sea Farms Ltd currently employs 375 staff and operates 66 marine sites as well as five freshwater sites and five hatcheries located around the west coast of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.

Source: Daily Record


IN BRIEF - Vietnam's shrimp exports see sharp increase

VIET NAM
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HANOI - Vietnam witnessed sharp increase in exports of shrimp to its major markets as of mid-August 2014, Vietnam Industry and Trade Information Center (VITIC) quoted statistics by the Vietnam Customs as saying on Monday 23rd of September 2014.

 

Specifically, as of August 15, 2014, shrimp export revenue to the United States reached USD 694.5 million, up 80.3 percent year-on-year. During the period, Vietnam earned USD 387.7 million from exporting shrimp to the European Union, up 98. 8 percent year-on-year, said VITIC under the Ministry of Industry and Trade that Monday.

Vietnam's shrimp exports to Japan were improved with an increase of 4.8 percent year-on-year while those to the Republic of Korea witnessed a 114.5 percent year-on-year hike during the period, bringing Vietnam USD 185.2 million, reported VITIC.

Source: Global Post

 


IN BRIEF - Maryport fish smoking plant closing over GBP 4 million losses

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A fish smoking factory in Cumbria in debt by more than GBP 4m is to shut with the loss of more than 40 jobs.

Owner Brookside Products Ltd said it had "done everything" but had failed to find a buyer for the plant.

Director Doug Aitchison, said it was a "sad" day, but that a third of the firm's 64 workers, had found other jobs or been redeployed within the firm.

The family business set up in 1987, moved to Maryport in 1995. The factory smokes and packages salmon.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Scotland's illegal shellfish trade more lucrative than drugs

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The trade in black market shellfish is worth more than the drug trade -- over GBP 65,000 per day. Eastern European gangs use electro-fishing to harvest razor clams off the coast of Scotland. The clams are then shipped to Asian markets, via Singapore. Police are concerned that the divers are being exploited.

 

He explained that the way the electro-fishing works is that a boat 'trawls' a couple of electrodes behind it; they are lowered into the seabed and powered by a small generator on board.

"The electric current is fed into the seabed which stuns the clams. Divers who are following the boat then simply scoop them up. The catch is collected onto the boat and landed and thereafter fed into the food chain and exported.

"It probably stems from traditional fishing methods and they've diversified, having seen the opportunity to make a lot more money in this type of fishing. The risks to the diver are significant. We know that many of the divers are eastern Europeans and our main concern is that they are being exploited; they are being exposed to danger - working in that type of environment with electricity in the seabed."

Source: Voice of Russia

 


IN BRIEF - Neptune Reaches Annualized Production Capacity of 100 Metric Tons

CANADA
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Laval, Québec - Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.("Neptune" or the "Corporation"), announces that its Sherbrooke plant is now operating at an annualized production capacity of 100 metric tons and customer shipments of Neptune manufactured krill oil products have commenced.

"We are pleased with our plant ramp-up progress to date and expect to reach full operational capacity of 150 metric tons of krill oil products annually in the October/November (2015) timeframe," commented Mr. André Godin, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Neptune.

Customer demand remains firm. As many clients decided to wait for Neptune manufactured krill oils, sales for the second quarter ended August 31, 2014 will be below levels seen in recent quarters. However, with production now further established the Corporation expects sales for the third quarter ending November 30, 2014 to be higher than recent quarters. "We remain focused on delivering on our production targets and re-establishing a solid growth path," concluded Mr. Godin.

Neptune: Neptune Reaches Annualized Production Capacity of 100 Metric Tons

 


IN BRIEF - Fishermen celebrate united support for Clean Water Act protections in Bristol Bay

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DILLINGHAM, AK – Bristol Bay, Alaska’s sockeye salmon runs support over 2,800 family fishing operations, and 14,000 jobs nationwide.

As those fishermen wrapped up their 2014 season with a sustainable harvest of 28 million salmon, they were given something more to celebrate. The 60-day public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) long-awaited proposal to protect their fishery from large-scale open-pit mining concluded on Friday with initial public comment counts demonstrating overwhelming support.

Preliminary counts of support show that over 625,000 public comments, including Bristol Bay’s fishermen, processors, Alaska’s fishing industry and commercial fishing groups and businesses across the nation, all weighed in supporting EPA protections for Bristol Bay. Alaskans alone sent roughly 20,000 comments supporting the proposed protections.

Sue Aspelund, a spokeswoman for the fishing fleet, was pleased that so many concerned citizens spoke up. “A massive open-pit mine planned for the heart of the salmon-rearing headwaters of our nation’s largest and most valuable salmon runs is not worth the risk. And based on these numbers, the American people clearly agree,” said Aspelund, executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA).

Although official numbers will be released later, a clear majority support the Clean Water Act process known as Section 404(c), which allows EPA to proactively restrict certain dredge and fill permits required in order for Pebble to move forward. During the multi-year effort to implement protections for the Bristol Bay fishery, some 1.5 million comments were received in support of strong protections for Bristol Bay from large-scale mining within the region.

 


IN BRIEF - Cast-netting white shrimp can be fruitful in the fall, but there are rules

UNITED STATES
Monday, September 22, 2014

 

Every fall when mature white shrimp numbering in the millions of pounds are carried by the tides out of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and through Mobile Bay, people near and far pull out their nets to reap the bounty.

 

Most commercial and recreational shrimpers use traditional shrimp nets towed behind boats to catch their share in large quantities. The regulations are pretty cut and dry for those methods.

The biggest questions usually arise when folks pull out their castnets, hoping to maybe catch enough to fry or boil for dinner or to fuel a day on the water fishing for speckled trout, redfish or bass.

Alabama Marine Resources Enforcement Division chief Maj. Scott Bannon said the rules for using a castnet to catch shrimp are pretty clear, but added that there is some room for enforcement discretion.

Source: Al

 


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