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IN BRIEF - Boosting the Philippine fisheries sector

PHILIPPINES
Friday, November 23, 2012

More government attention is being given the country’s fisheries sector. The aim is to replenish fish populations in key marine biodiversity areas nationwide.

On 17 October, 2012, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the five-year (2012-2017) Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (Ecofish) project as part of the 2012 celebration of Fish Conservation Month. The target is a 10 per cent increase in fish biomass and in the number of jobs for rural folk.

Source: Manila Bulletin

 


IN BRIEF - QL Resources net profit marginally increase on fish-based products sales

MALAYSIA
Friday, August 26, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR - QL Resources, a Malaysian agro-food company, said on Wednesday that net profit rose 3% year-on-year to MYR 42.12 million for the first quarter ended in June due to increased sales of marine products including fish paste and fish feed.

It also reported a 2.2% increase in revenue to 669.53 million ringgit in the corresponding quarter, it noted in the filing to the Bursa Malaysia. Revenue from its marine product segment rose 16% while its other divisions saw a drop in sales due to raw material production or delivery issues.

QL Resources' three main businesses are marine product manufacturing, palm oil production, and integrated livestock farming.Each contribute 32.18%, 13.33% and 54.47% respectively to the company.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review


IN BRIEF - Nova Scotia oyster producers guarding against bacteria spread by climate change

CANADA
Friday, August 26, 2016

An oyster-dwelling species of bacteria is moving northward because of warming ocean temperatures, and oyster producers and regulators in Nova Scotia are already preparing themselves for the migration.

Vibrio parahaemolyticus, or VP — which can cause serious illness and is occasionally fatal — is spread by the consumption of raw or undercooked seafood.

A recent study found that the spread of Vibrio bacteria was directly related to rising water temperatures. Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, said that the association began crafting a strategy to deal with VP in 2015.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Florida Deaths Linked to Eating Raw Shellfish

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 26, 2016

As ocean-surface temperatures rise, the bacteria Vibrio is infecting people

Five people in Florida have died this year from an infection linked to eating raw shellfish.

As scalloping season opens across the Gulf Coast, officials are warning people to be careful around popular raw seafoods like scallops, oysters and crabs that carry the Vibrio bacteria, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Source: Time


IN BRIEF - Climate change is making oysters and other shellfish dangerous to eat

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 26, 2016

Oyster happy hours are going to be getting sadder in the coming years—and we probably have climate change to blame. The connection comes from a new study (paywall) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that links the rapid rise in sea temperatures in the North Atlantic with a surge in Vibrio, a genus of bacteria that thrives in shellfish and teems in coastal waters—and can be fatal to humans.

In the US, for instance, Vibrio infections have killed a little more than 40 people a year since 2009, while landing another 300 or so in the hospital. And these figures are probably conservative estimates; Vibriocases are likely underreported, reports Maryn McKenna, an expert in bacteria and public policy.

Source: QZ


IN BRIEF - Nomad Foods Limited Announces Financial Results For The Periods Ended June 30, 2016

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, August 26, 2016

Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was EUR 455.9 million, resulting in a EUR 7.3 million loss after tax, which includes exceptional items of EUR 55.1 million.

For the three months ended June 30, 2015, revenue was EUR 102.8 million, resulting in a loss after tax of EUR 396.6 million, primarily resulting from exceptional non-cash charges related to the Founder Preferred Shares Annual Dividend Amount of EUR 349.0 million.

For the three months ended June 30, 2016, loss per share was EUR 0.04 compared to a loss per share of EUR 4.41 in the three months ended June 30, 2015.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - Fishermen admit to dumping fish

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Friday, August 26, 2016

Fishermen claimed on August 2016 they were to blame for schools of dead fish washing ashore in the southwestern peninsular.

The admission came almost a month after reports of dead fish washing ashore and claims that they were poisoned from oil spills.

The fishermen said they have seen others dumping herrings, cat fish and mullet, trapped in their nets, back into the ocean.

The mystery fish kill which surfaced last month has already eroded the public’s confidence in the consumption of fish. 

Fish sales also declined drastically when secretary of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, Gary Aboud, called on the public not to purchase bottom dwelling fish caught in the Gulf of Paria saying total petroleum hydrocarbon levels were too high.

However, at the Claxton Bay fishing port yesterday several people admitted to dumping by-catch, saying it was not true the dead fish surfaced because of pollution and toxicity in the Gulf.

Source: Guardian


IN BRIEF - UK FISHING FARCE: BAN foreign ships netting 80 PER CENT of our catch, urge experts

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, August 26, 2016

As much as half of fish caught in UK territories is thrown back dead or dying to the water, as a result of the damaging European Common Fisheries Policy (ECFP), according to the Adam Smith Institute.

The Government has now been urged to take back control of the waters following the vote to leave the European Union (EU) to help boost British businesses and the economy.

Last year alone there were 1.7 million tonnes of fish dumped into the sea, said the think tank in a new paper on fishing policies.

Source: Express


IN BRIEF - Fish ladders offer hope to native fish

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, August 26, 2016

The idea of installing ladders for something without arms or legs may seem a little crazy; but for Whangarei’s threatened native fish it might literally prove a life saver.

More than two-thirds of New Zealand’s 35 native fish species are classed as ‘threatened’ or ‘at risk’ and many of these need to migrate hundreds of kilometres between rivers and streams and the sea to reach suitable habitat/spawning areas.

However, regional council Freshwater Ecologist Carol Nicholson says all too often migrating fish – including whitebait (the juvenile fish of five species of galaxiidae) – encounter obstacles in the form of culverts, weirs, tide gates, dams or other structures.

While some fish like banded kokopu are strong climbers able to negotiate natural barriers like waterfalls, for others obstacles, especially man-made ones, can stop them reaching critical habitats altogether.

Ms Nicholson says legally both the Department of Conservation (DOC) and regional council have responsibilities to manage fish passage in waterways.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - College fish lab releases its first run of Coho salmon

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 26, 2016

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the fish lab at Grays Harbor College has been resurrected from an abandoned building to a working fish hatchery. This June it released its first bumper crop of 4,700 Coho salmon into Alder Creek.

The driving force behind the behind the resurrection is Amanda Gunn and her crew of volunteers.

“I started at the college three years ago,” said Gunn, a microbiology instructor at the college. “When I got here the building had been abandoned for about five years.”

Gunn said at first she had only three students to help to get the hatchery up and running. Now, she says she has 10-20 students per day at the fish lab.

Source: The Daily World


IN BRIEF - True World Foods Cleared in Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 26, 2016

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. - True World Foods, a major seafood distributor based in New Jersey, has been exonerated in the hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people in Hawaii this summer. Initial reports of the company's involvement were withdrawn when the Hawaii Department of Health discovered that the raw Sea Port Bay Scallops that caused the outbreak at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai were supplied by another distributor. 

True World Foods purchases Sea Port Bay Scallops but had not yet shipped the affected lots from its warehouse. "The scallops received by True World Foods have not been distributed to any restaurants in the state and were embargoed at their warehouse," according to the Hawaii Department of Health's website.

True World Foods Hawaii is in the process of destroying the suspect scallops from the Philippines under the supervision of the FDA.  None of the scallops at True World Foods' 22 other warehouses in the U.S. come from the lots implicated in the outbreak. Nevertheless, the company has suspended the sale of any seafood products produced by the scallops supplier in the Philippinespending the completion of an internal food safety investigation. 

Source: PR Newswire


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