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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”.


IN BRIEF - Vijayawada to be country’s fish capital

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Vijayawada - The State and the Central governments have started initiatives to make Vijayawada the country’s fish capital in future. The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA) have tied up with the State Fisheries department to promote globally-accepted Tilapia fish.



Leena Nair, MPEDA chairperson, and AP Fisheries principal secretary Dr Manmohan Singh jointly announced on Thursday that they would work together to promote fish production, particularly Tilapia, through more State seed production centres. The State government has set the target of increasing fish and prawn production from INR 20,000 crore to INR 65,000 crore in five years.

Source: The Hans India


IN BRIEF - WSU report says water plan overvalues fish recovery

Saturday, December 20, 2014


The 2015 federal budget bill Congress passed last week contained some good funding news for the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, but supporters’ celebration at a Wednesday meeting was tempered by some harsh comments from citizens concerned about a recent unfavorable economic review of the USD 4 billion plan.


The recently completed cost-benefit analysis for each aspect of the 30 year plan — new and improved reservoirs, fish ladders, water conservation and habitat restoration — found that the benefits will fall far short of earlier estimates by the Bureau of Reclamation.

Source: Seattle Times


IN BRIEF - Barramundi: calls to restrict the name to Australian fish

Saturday, December 20, 2014


The French have laid claim to the name 'champagne'. Now there's a push back. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon wants to reserve the name 'barramundi' for fish caught or farmed in Australia. Senator Xenophon will be introducing legislation next year requiring restaurants and take-away shops to label seafood as local or imported. He says preserving the barramundi name could boost the local industry.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Demand for trout increases as people choose fish over ham this Christmas

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Christmas lunch may be making a fishy change in 2014.


In the north of New South Wales, one rainbow trout producer has seen increased demand for smoked trout from butchers.

Russell Sydenham says the demand has been so high he has doubled his staff for the Christmas period and this week alone they have processed more than 1,200 fish by hand.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Call for fisheries experts for the Joint Scientific Committees within Sustainable Fisheries Agreements

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) aim to create a partnership to promote sustainable fisheries, based on the best available scientific advice. Therefore, a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of highly qualified scientific experts needs to be established in each SFPA, assuring that management measures are based on the best scientific advice available.

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - New record for deepest fish

Saturday, December 20, 2014


A new record has been set for the world's deepest fish.


The bizarre-looking creature, which is new to science, was filmed 8,145m beneath the waves, beating the previous depth record by nearly 500m.

Several other new species of fish were also caught on camera, as well as huge crustaceans called supergiants.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Finfish Farming Plan Goes Belly Up

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Ambitious plans to create a Coromandel-based caged finfish farming industry in the First of Thames appear to be dead in the water.


Despite active promotion by the Ministry for Primary Industry with backing from Waikato Regional Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council, the project has failed to progress past the early planning phase.

Internal WRC documents indicate that efforts to attract industry investors stalled in late 2013 with virtually no further progress toward tenders and consents being made since that time.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Seafood country-of-origin labelling may be extended to fish and chip shops

Saturday, December 20, 2014


A Senate review of seafood labelling laws has called for takeaway shops and restaurants to be required to state which countries fish comes from.


The rural and regional affairs and transport references committee recommended that the hospitality industry have 12 months until the “mandated extension of seafood country-of-origin labelling would be enforced”.

The committee’s report said the adoption of such labelling would “not be onerous” to the industry, citing the existing regime in the Northern Territory which requires prepared seafood be labelled “imported” if it is from another country.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - EPA to step in on fish consumption water rules

Saturday, December 20, 2014


SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday 18th of December 2014 said it plans to come up with updated water quality standards for Washington partly tied to how much fish people eat — in case the state doesn't do it by 2015.


The federal process will run parallel to the state's own, which is currently underway, and ensures the EPA can propose a rule in a timely manner should it be necessary, EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran wrote in a letter to Department of Ecology head Maia Bellon.

"We still hope that Washington will deliver us a water quality standards package that is approvable," McLerran said in an interview Thursday. "It's our preference to have states do their own, but again they need to be done timely."

Source: Sun Herald



IN BRIEF - Iglo Group to roll out MSC logo on all wild fish lines

Friday, December 19, 2014


Birds Eye owner Iglo Group has pledged to roll out the Marine Stewardship Council blue ecolabel on all its wild fish products across Europe.


The label, which indicates a product meets the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards of sustainability, will initially be added to 280 products. This will rise to 400 within a year, across 16 markets, including the UK, Germany, Franceand Italy. Igo claimed it would eventually use label on more products than any other food manufacturer in Europe.

Source: The Grocer

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