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IN BRIEF - Trident Seafoods' president dies in Alaska

UNITED STATES
Saturday, August 11, 2012

SEATTLE - Trident Seafoods says company president Jerry Dowd suffered a heart attack and died Monday 6 August while on a family fly fishing trip in Alaska. He was 60.

Trident founder and Chairman Chuck Bundrant told employees Dowd's wife Patti, two children and other family members were with him at Sportsman's Lodge in Igiugig, in the Bristol Bay area.

Dowd joined Trident in 2004 and previously worked at ConAgra Foods, Tyson Foods and Swift and Company. At the time of his death he was expanding Trident's China operations.

Source: The Seattle Times

 


IN BRIEF - Study finds 'hidden harvest' in world's inland fisheries

WORLDWIDE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says we are dramatically underestimating the role inland fisheries play in global food security.

While it's widely known that people across the world rely on freshwater fishes caught in lakes, rivers and streams to supply protein in their diet, putting a number on the global catch—or even the catch from individual fisheries—has been challenging.

Every year, countries report on all their food production and trade to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. These statistics are the backbone of what we know about human nutrition worldwide, and this information is used by many organizations as their basis for targeted interventions to improve food security and alleviate malnutrition.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Mass death of herring on Sakhalin island: what is the cause?

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shocking pictures show thousands of herring washed up around Piltun Bay in northeastern  Sakhalin. 

Both state research bodies and ecological campaign groups are seeking to understand the reasons behind the mass death of the fish. 

Meanwhile, there are fears that herring could vanish from these waters. 

Activists from Ecowatch counted dead fish at 28 points along a 30 kilometre stretch of shore.

Source: Siberian Times


IN BRIEF - More temporary fisheries closures ordered after right whale sighting

CANADA
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The federal government has announced a temporary fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy following a North Atlantic right whale sighting.

The Fisheries Department says the area in Grand Manan Basin will be closed to fixed-gear fishing activities starting at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and will remain closed until further notice.

Ottawa says all gear must be removed from the area before the time of closure, and notice will be given prior to reopening.

It says the closure affects lobster, crab, groundfish, herring and mackerel licences.

Source: The Globe and Mail


IN BRIEF - How an innovative night imaging system could help curb illegal fishing

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Attention, fishing boats on the high seas, Big Brother is watching—and now he has night vision.

For the last few years, the non-profit Global Fishing Watch has tracked the movements of fishing vessels by using satellites and ship-based automated identification systems (AIS) to shed light on illegal and unreported fishing and monitor commercial fleet activities. Just last week, for example, researchers reported using the data to estimate profits brought in by vessels fishing international waters.

But the group hasn't been able to track all vessels, and neither have government officials. One challenge is that not all boats are required to use AIS. Others are, but may turn off the devices to intentionally avoid detection. That is now changing, however, as Global Fishing Watch expands its ability to tap new kinds of data.

Source: Ps Mag


IN BRIEF - Murkowski, Young respond to Chinese tariff on American seafood imports

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Alaska’s economy could suffer as a result of China’s 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports and that worries U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

China announced the new import tax Friday in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. They will take effect July 6 2018.

In a written statement, Murkowski urges President Donald Trump to reach a trade policy with China that protects the export market.

Congressman Don Young also will ask the administration to ensure Alaska’s seafood industry is protected.

Source: KTOO


IN BRIEF - One in four fish falsely labelled in Metro Vancouver

CANADA
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

That’s because the supply chain for seafood is both “complex” and “opaque,” said Yaxi Hu, lead author and food science PhD candidate at University of British Columbia.

Researchers used DNA bar coding testing to test 281 samples of fish sold and determined a quarter were another species altogether. Restaurants scored the highest in terms of mislabelling at 29 per cent, then grocery stores at 24 per cent and sushi bars at 22 per cent.

But there was evidence of both intentional and unintentional mislabelling. For instance, fish sold as snapper were far less valued species such as tilapia. Meanwhile, in other cases, sockeye was substituted as pink salmon where economic motivation was less likely, Hu explained.

Much of the confusion lies in vernacular, she added. For example, Canada only requires seafood labels to be generic names, which can include multi-species, Hu said, pointing to pacific snapper or rockfish being used interchangeably.

Source: The Star


IN BRIEF - Fishermen versus North Atlantic right whales: Which group gets priority?

CANADA
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's a difficult choice — defend the livelihood of hundreds of fishermen in the Maritimes or protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction as a species.

As more of the right whales come into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the predicament is still fairly new, said Shannon Arnold, the marine policy co-ordinator at the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre.

"We just don't have the data yet to know where the right whales are going to be, and how and when to avoid them," she said.

"We don't have the data on exactly where the traps are and exactly where the whales are."

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - New England Fishermen Worry About Trade Dispute With China

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New England fishermen could be caught in the middle of the escalating trade dispute between the United States and China.

In response to Trump administration tariff threats, China is planning its own 25 percent tariff on more than 500 U.S. products, including seafood.

Latest numbers from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries put the value of seafood caught in Massachusetts in 2016 at USD 551 million.

Source: Wbur


IN BRIEF - Salmon industry could be as big as dairy

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Salmon industry leaders boast they could one day overtake dairy and become the number one industry in New Zealand.

Salmon aquaculture is worth around NZD 300 million a year to the country, compared to dairy's NZD 16.6 billion.

But New Zealand King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne told Mike Hosking says they can produce NZD 25 million in revenue and 60 jobs, per surface hectare.

"In terms of using space well to get a good return for New Zealand, there's not a better opportunity than salmon.

Source: News Talk


IN BRIEF - First anchovy fishing season boosts economy growth in April

PERU
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lima - The National Fisheries Society (SNP) said today that the first anchovy fishing season in the north central zone has boosted the growth of the Peruvian economy in April, according to figures published by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI).

The owner of the fishing association, Elena Conterno said that these figures show that they are returning to previous levels of capture of the resource, which results in a boosting of the economy of the fishing areas of the country.

According to the INEI, in April the Gross Domestic Product grew 7.81%, its best result of the last five years. In the case of the fishing sector, the advance was 81.15%, which also boosted manufacturing activity, which increased 20.33%.


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