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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 - Increased mercury levels from seafood may not harm the brain

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.

Source: IFT.org


EN BREVE - Fish, Other Mosquitoes Now Warriors In Zika Battle

EL SALVADOR
Thursday, February 11, 2016

 

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.

Source: NDTV

 


IN BRIEF - President Obama’s 2017 budget to invest $26 billion in food safety, health

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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).


IN BRIEF - Live fish selling now popular in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.

Source: The Financial Express


IN BRIEF - Tasmanian oyster industry set to lift prices to deal with disease outbreak

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Oyster prices are tipped to rise as the industry deals with a deadly disease.

DNA testing has confirmed the virus wiping out oysters in Tasmania is the same strain of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) found in the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales.

Tasmanian Oyster Company general manager James Calvert said price rises would prove crucial for the industry's survival.

"We are going to have to have a major price increase to try and support the debt, to get through," he said.

"This industry is probably as heavily geared as most primary industries in Australia, which is quite large unfortunately compared to the rest of the world.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Queensland net-free zones leaving seafood wholesalers searching for fresh fish

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, February 11, 2016

A commercial fisher in central Queensland says the State Government's net-free bans are crippling the local seafood industry.

David Swindells, a commercial angler from Yeppoon and board director of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association, claimed wholesalers were struggling to secure supplies.

"I've actually got people coming to my front door trying to buy fresh fish because they can't get it off local seafood wholesalers any more," he said.

"People are crying out for fresh fish."

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Zika: Can fish help stop the spread of the virus?

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 11, 2016

President Obama is asking the US Congress for more than USD 1.8bn in emergency funding to tackle the spread of the Zika virus.

The World Health Organisation has predicted there could be up to four million cases this year.

Some communities in El Salvador think they hold the key to stopping the spread of the Zika virus, as Katy Watson reports.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Govt needs to restore confidence in fisheries management

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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”.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Sea Around Us project - How Fish Breathe

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Water holds about 30 times less oxygen than air—and water that’s being warmed holds even less for fish to breathe.

In the video (link here) — produced by Oceana — hear Daniel Pauly describe how warming waters worldwide are driving fish toward more oxygen-rich waters near poles.

“A changing planet affects all of us,” he says, “including the fish who are finding it harder and harder to take a breath.


IN BRIEF - WWF calls for urgent international action to save Mediterranean fisheries

ITALY
Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.


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