IN BRIEF - Limfjord rope-grown blue shell mussel fishery propels Denmark to 100 per cent MSC certified mussel exports
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”.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that even though mercury levels in the brain increased with seafood consumption, the elevated levels may not be associated with increased brain neuropathologies (i.e., harm to the brain). In fact, the researchers found that seafood consumption was associated with less Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology despite the increased mercury levels.
The study findings were derived from 286 postmortem brain autopsies performed on a cohort of individuals initially free of dementia that the researchers followed for an average of 4.5 years until their death. Tissue concentrations of mercury and selenium were measured using instrumental neutron activation analyses. The participants’ seafood intake was measured by multiple food frequency questionnaires completed in the years before their death. It should be noted that the level of seafood intake in the study population was moderate, and therefore the findings cannot be generalized to populations with higher seafood consumption or to populations with high mercury exposure.
The researchers found that seafood consumption was significantly correlated with less Alzheimer disease pathology, including lower density of amyloid plaques in the brain and less severe and widespread tangles within the neurons. Whereas plaques and tangles are the defining features of Alzheimer’s dementia (characterized clinically by memory loss and decline in other thinking abilities), data suggest that some degree of plaques and tangles accumulate in the brains of most adults, even those without dementia.
In addition, the protective association of seafood was only observed among individuals with a common genotype (APOE-e4) that increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
PLAYA SAN DIEGO - With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world's latest mass health scare.
Scientists are devising numerous ways to try and stamp out the mosquitoes whose bites spread the virus, which they suspect can cause brain damage in babies and paralysis in adults.
Some want to wipe out baby mosquito larvae in standing water where the insects breed. Others propose to zap the male mosquitoes' privates with radiation to make them impotent.
Still others just want a plain old toad in their home to gobble any mosquitoes that buzz in.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2017 fiscal year budget, released on February 9, matched the growing attention to food safety in the United States across multiple departments. The $4.1 trillion budget provides $24.6 billion in discretionary resources for the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and $82.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), which includes $1.6 billion for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
RAJSHAHI - Live fishes especially the major carps are being sold at Rajshahi markets for the last couple of years and the practice is being adjudged as bright instance for the country.
When the people in general are anxious over frequent mixing of formalin with fishes and fruits the good practice has drawn attention of many consumers.
According to sources, different preservatives especially formalin is mixed in fishes and fruits in a bid to keep those good and green. Many people became infected with various chronic diseases due to the malpractice.
The government conducts mobile courts at different market places, which fined the shops who are found guilty and destroyed the goods mixed with formalin.
To get rid from the odd situation, the local farmers and traders have started selling live fishes in earthen pot and drum with full of water.
New Zealand needs to halt the substantial under-reporting of commercial fish catches and dumping that a new report suggests is widespread in the fishing industry, the Green Party said today.
“Systematic under-reporting of commercial catches undermines the credibility of the Quota Management System (QMS) and the fisheries data used to set the Total Allowable Catch. It means there is a big question mark over whether current catch limits and fisheries management are sustainable,” said Green Party fisheries spokesperson Eugenie Sage.
The comments come on the back of a report by the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia, which shows that New Zealand’s Quota Management System has been abused, potentially putting fish stocks at risk.
The report estimates that the actual fisheries catch in New Zealand waters since 1986 has been more than double that reported to Government and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. It says this is largely due to “deliberate, widespread and systematic under-reporting of commercial catch”.
Catania – As the High-level seminar on the state of stocks in the Mediterranean and on the Common Fisheries Policy approach is taking place in Catania, Italy, WWF calls on the EU Commissioner for Environment and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, to act with more than short-term measures. It is our last chance to establish a real and efficient long-term recovery for Mediterranean fish stocks. With the over-exploitation rate at an alarming 93%1 for the region’s evaluated fish stocks, the risk of losing crucial biodiversity and its related economies is serious. WWF also reiterates that effective solutions exist and they involve actors all along the fisheries production chain – from the sea to the plate.
Harvest strategy can maximise benefits from skipjack tuna Maldives
The Government of the Maldives and the International Pole & Line Foundation brought more than 50 fisheries officials and experts to the Maldives last week to discuss the management of the Indian Ocean’s tuna stocks and to align on an agreed proposal for the implementation of robust harvest control rules in the region.
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