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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 - Officials dismissed for certifying substandard aquaculture products

VIET NAM
Saturday, July 23, 2016

HÀ NOI - Deputy Prime Minister Tr?nh Ðình Dung has asked Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Deverlopment in co-operation with police to investigate a testing agency that reportedly falsified documents to allow 800 substandard aquaculture products to be sold.

The deputy PM on July 21, 2016 ordered that the detailed list of the substandard products as well as measures to recall them from the market had to be submitted to the Prime Minister by the middle of August 2016.

Dung’s order comes in the wake of recent local media reports. Officials of the aquaculture surveying, testing and accreditation centre under the directorate of fisheries allegedly prepared false documents to certify more than 800 aquaculture products such as 140 feeding products and 668 products used to improve aquaculture growth conditions, even though the products did not undergo any tests.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Offshore northern shrimp fishermen won't be compensated for quota cut

CANADA
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The federal fisheries minister says offshore shrimp fishermen in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will not be compensated for the reduction in their quota for catches off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dominic LeBlanc told reporters in Dartmouth on Thursday 21st of July 2016 he stands by his decision to reduce the catch for the offshore fleet by 53 per cent in favour of a bigger share for the inshore fleet in Newfoundland.

The overall available catch has been reduced.

"Frankly, I don't want to pretend that the government is about to compensate these fleets because we believe that this is still a viable fishery for both the offshore fleet and the inshore fleet," he said.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Biotech Startup Brings Red Algae-Based Shrimp from Lab to Plate

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Wave Foods has opened a seed round aimed at developing seafood that is healthier for humans and the planet. Efficient Capacity kicked off the round and New Crop Capital provided additional funding. New Wave Foods uses plant-based ingredients, such as red algae, to engineer new edible materials that replicate the taste and texture of fish and shellfish while improving their nutritional profiles. Its first product, which has already been served in Google’s cafeterias, will be a sustainable shrimp, the company said.

Shrimp is the nation’s most popular seafood, currently representing more than a quarter of the four billion pounds of fish and shellfish consumed by Americans annually. For each pound of shrimp caught, up to 15 pounds of other animals, including endangered dolphins, turtles, and sharks, die. The market for meat analogs is expected to surpass USD 5 billion by 2020, and investors are increasingly taking notice. In recent years, millions in venture capital has flowed into plant-based alternatives to animal foods from large food processors and investors like Bill Gates and Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest businessman, the company said.

“The astounding scale of our consumption of sea animals is decimating ocean ecosystems through overfishing, massive death through bycatch, water pollution, carbon emissions, derelict fishing gear, mangrove deforestation, and more,” said New Wave Foods Co-Founder and CEO Dominique Barnes. “Shrimping is also fraught with human rights abuses and slave labor, so we’re pleased to introduce a product that is better for people, the planet, and animals.”

Source: Quality Assurance & Food Safety


IN BRIEF - Pregnant women told 'don't take fish oil' after 'dramatic' finding

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pregnant women are being told to avoid taking fish oil supplements following the results of a study which shocked New Zealand scientists.

"Our recommendation at this time, until there is more information, is not to take fish oil during pregnancy," says lead researcher Professor Wayne Cutfield from the Liggins Institute.

Between 10 and 20 percent of pregnant women are estimated to take fish oil.

Auckland mum-to-be Diane Maxwell is expecting her first child and says she wants to give her baby the best start.

"They have been saying that fish oil helps the brain develop better and that's what I want for my baby."

Source: News Hub


IN BRIEF - BAKKAFROST: Acquisition of P/F Faroe Farming approved by the authorities

FAROE ISLANDS
Saturday, July 23, 2016

In market announcement on 29 June 2016, Bakkafrost announced that it had entered an agreement with Sp/f Hjallur to acquire 51% of the shares in P/F Faroe Farming, a salmon farming company that operates in the southern part of the Faroe Islands, Suðuroy. The agreement was conditioned on the approval of the Faroese Registry and the Competition Authorities. These authorities have now approved Bakkafrost's acquisition of the remaining outstanding shares of P/F Faroe Farming. Consequently, the acquisition is final and Bakkafrost hereafter owns 100 % of the shares in P/F Faroe Farming.

Press Release: Bakkafrost


IN BRIEF - Chinese research vessel prepares for exploration in sea waters near Papua New Guinea

CHINA
Saturday, July 23, 2016

ABOARD ZHANG JIAN - Photo taken on July 21, 2016 shows the research vessel Zhang Jian carrying "Rainbow Fish," a submersible capable of diving up to 11,000 meters in the sea, at Shenzhen Chiwan Wharf, south China. Chinese research vessel Zhang Jian took a break Thursday in Shenzhen after its exploration in the South China Seaand prepared for exploration in sea waters near Papua New Guinea. 

Source: English People


IN BRIEF - Former restaurateur fined NZD 15,000 for blackmarket fish trading

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, July 22, 2016

A former Christchurch restaurateur has been fined NZD 15,000 following an MPI undercover investigation into black market fish trading. 

Derek Yee, a 57-year-old courier driver, acted as a middleman supplying crayfish and paua to 2 Canterbury seafood restaurants.

Yee was supplied by a restaurant owner and another fisher and then on-sold the product to others.

He admitted the charge of dealing in fish otherwise in accordance with the Fisheries Act 1996 when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court. 

Yee was fined NZD 15,000, sentenced to 4 months community detention and 100 hours of community work. Upon conviction, his courier van and cell phone were forfeited.

Source: Ministry for Primary Industries


IN BRIEF - Researchers tag 3,000 shellfish to study microplastics in B.C. waters

CANADA
Friday, July 22, 2016

If you see a clam or oyster with a tag reading "experiment in progress" on a Vancouver Island beach this summer, don't touch them, a researcher says.

Those shellfish — 3,000 of them — are part of a Vancouver Island and University of Victoria experiment looking at microplastics in the B.C. marine environment.

The research is being supervised by Sarah Dudas, a VIU biology professor and Canada Research Chair in shellfish aquaculture ecosystem interaction and biology.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - DNR Issues Updated Fish Consumption Advisory

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 22, 2016

The DNR is out with an updated fish consumption guide. The advisory helps the public know about toxins that gather in the flesh of fish and what it might mean from a health standpoint says Candy Schrank, a DNR toxicologist.

Advice for some inland lakes and impoundments, where mercury is the primary fish contaminant, was also updated. Fish consumption advice varies by location and species of fish and ranges from unrestricted or one serving per week to "do not eat" says Schrank...

"....for northern Wisconsin we're adding some more stringent advice for some fish. The fish consumption advice for some species will change for a number of lakes, like Long Lake in Oneida county...."

Source: WPXR


IN BRIEF - Sri Lanka to respond to India after consulting its fishermen: Fisheries Minister

SRI LANKA
Friday, July 22, 2016

Sri Lanka has received a number of proposals from India to try and resolve the fishing row, but Colombo will take a decision only after consulting its fishermen, the Fisheries Minister said here on Thursday 21st of July 2016.

“We have not given consent to any of the proposals although there have been many” Minister of Fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters.

“No decisions will be taken without consulting our fishermen,” he said.

Source: The Indian Express


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