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IN BRIEF - Kenya, Belgium partner to revamp the fishing industry

KENYA
Friday, November 23, 2012

Kenya is taking big steps to improve the fishing industry. "Our government is making great efforts to improve the fisheries sector to boost to our economy," the marine and coastal fisheries principal officer John Wanyoike said on 21 Nov.

The world celebrated the World Fisheries day on 22 Nov. Fisheries Ministry and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research institute said the government intends to bolster the fishing industry to make it sustainable and spur the country's economic growth.

Source: Benedict Mutuku / All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - CRFM and Norway collaborating on new fisheries project

BELIZE
Thursday, January 19, 2017

BELMOPAN –  The Belize-based Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in collaboration with the Norway government have launched a two-week mission to explore the development of a regional project that would support the region’s fisheries and aquaculture sector by strengthening evidence-based management.

The project is to be funded by Norway.

Senior Scientist at the Norway-based Institute of Marine Research, Dr. Åge Høines, and Dr. Johán Williams, Specialist Director, Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, began meeting this week with the CRFM Executive Director Milton Haughton.

A CRFM statement said that following the talks the team embarked on a two-week dialogue with seven CRFM member states including Belize.

The CRFM said that the engagement between Norway and the CRFM member states will focus of building human resource capacity, institutional capacity, and the accuracy and volume of fisheries data and information, with an emphasis on pursuing the ecosystems approach to fisheries development and management.

From Belize, the team, which includes Haughton will travel to Haiti, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and The Bahamas.


IN BRIEF - Bipartisan support for union's rally backing Tasmanian salmon industry

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, January 19, 2017

A rally backing Tasmania's salmon industry and its plans to expand along the east coast has drawn bipartisan support from politicians.

Liberal and Labor MPs stood side by side among about 150 people gathered on Parliament Lawns in Hobart holding signs and banners proclaiming the economic benefits of salmon farming.

The rally aimed to garner support for the Australian Workers Union's Support Tassie Salmon campaign.

One of the contentious issues facing the industry is Tassal's plan to start farming 800,000 fish in Okehampton Bay on Tasmania's east coast.

The company's plan featured as part of a Four Corners report into the Tasmanian salmon farming industry.

Source: Ted O'Connor / abc.net.au


IN BRIEF - EPA Director releases latest finfish biomass Determinations for Macquarie Harbour

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Mr Wes Ford today released his latest Determinations, lowering the maximum permissible biomass to 14,000 tonnes of finfish per hectare in Macquarie Harbour for the period from 14 February to 30 April 2017.

Mr Ford said he based the new Determinations on a range of information, including a review of the most recent research findings provided by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

He considered the very low levels of dissolved oxygen (DO) in the deeper waters of Macquarie Harbour, the extent of the presence of Beggiatoa species in the harbour currently, and its increase over the past six months, as well as a decline in benthic fauna in the vicinity of the marine farms.

The Director’s announcement today follows his advice to the three Macquarie Harbour salmon aquaculture companies and the State Government on Monday 16 January regarding the changes and his intention to release a copy of the latest Determinations on the EPA website


IN BRIEF - Press Release: New Zealand fishery named in global top five

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, January 19, 2017

In the survey of 28 countries, which included the 20 countries that landed the most fish, a strong correlation was found between the state of the country’s fish stocks and the quality of its fisheries management.

The research by Michael Melnychuck, a research scientist at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, and three co-authors was published by Washington’s National Academy of Sciences.

Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Tim Pankhurst, said the study was pleasing but not surprising.

The healthy state of New Zealand’s fisheries has also been recognised by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which last month certified the three main orange roughy fisheries on the Chatham Rise and Challenger Plateau. Hoki, hake, southern blue whiting, albacore tuna, and ling have also gained this valuable eco-label – which means 70 percent of New Zealand’s deep water catch has MSC certification.

The United States, Iceland, Norway and Russia were also in the top five healthiest fisheries in the world.


IN BRIEF - PRODUCE: sets 2017 horse mackerel quota

PERU
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) has set a total catch allowance of horse mackerel (Trachurus murphyi) of 100,000 tonnes for 2017.

The restriction is applicable to all fishing activities and all types of fleet.

This quota is subject to changes in the event that the Peruvian Institute of the Sea (IMARPE) verifies that there is greater availability of the resource. This information


IN BRIEF - Algal bloom in Lake Forsyth/Te Roto o Wairewa

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Lake Forsyth/Te Roto o Wairewa.

People and animals, particularly dogs, should avoid Lake Forsyth/Te Roto o Wairewa until the health warning has been lifted.

The type of cyanobacteria currently present in high concentrations is Anabaena, which typically forms green globules that float in the water column.

Consumption of fish and shellfish should also be avoided because they can concentrate toxins, he says.

Environment Canterbury monitors the lake weekly during summer and the public will be advised of any changes in water quality that are of public health significance.


IN BRIEF - Louisiana: LDWF to close shrimp season in portions of state inside waters

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters effective Friday, January 20, 2017, at official sunset.

Those waters that will close to shrimping include:

Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.
  • State outside waters not currently closed.

Existing data does not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, the department will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters and will close additional waters if necessary.


IN BRIEF - Report: $242 Billion Aquaculture Market 2014-2022 | Press Release

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Aquaculture Market by Environment and by Fish Type - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022" report to their offering.

The global aquaculture market was valued at $169 billion, and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 5.3% to reach $242 billion by 2022, as per Allied Market Research.

The global food supply security issue due to increase in global population drives the aquaculture market. New technological advancement in the rearing of fish and cultivation of sea plants also lead to market growth. Increase in the global protein demand, and zooplankton being a major source of proteins, drives the market for aquaculture companies.

Comprehensive competitive analysis and profiles of the major market players include:

  • Cermaq Group AS (Mitsubishi Corporation)
  • Cooke Aquaculture Inc.
  • Grupo Farallon Aquaculture
  • Leroy Sea Food Group
  • Marine Harvest ASA

IN BRIEF - Shellfish chemistry combined with polymer to create new biodegradable adhesive

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A new type of adhesive that combines the bonding chemistry of shellfish with a bio-based polymer has been shown to perform as well as commercially available products and can be easily degraded, representing a potential non-toxic alternative.

"Adhesives releasing toxins including carcinogenic formaldehyde are almost everywhere in our homes and offices. The plywood in our walls, the chairs we sit on, and the carpet beneath our feet are all off-gassing reactive chemicals" said Jonathan Wilker, a professor of chemistry and materials engineering at Purdue University. "Most of these glues are also permanent, preventing disassembly and recycling of electronics, furniture and automobiles. In order to develop the next generation of advanced adhesives we have turned to biology for inspiration."

Mussels extend hair-like fibers that attach to surfaces using plaques of adhesive. Proteins in the glue contain the amino acid DOPA, which harbors the chemistry needed to facilitate the "cross-linking" of protein molecules, providing strength and adhesion. Purdue researchers have now combined this bonding chemistry of mussel proteins with a polymer called poly(lactic acid), or PLA, a bio-based polymer that can be derived from corn. The adhesive was created by harnessing the chemistry of compounds called catechols, contained in DOPA.

Source: Emil Venere / phys.org

IN BRIEF - Press Release: Marine Harvest ASA (OSE:MHG, NYSE:MHG): Q4 2016 Trading update

NORWAY
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Harvest volumes Q4 2016 (1)

Farming Norway   64 thousand tonnes
Farming Scotland 12 thousand tonnes
Farming Canada 9.5 thousand tonnes
Farming Chile     7.5 thousand tonnes
Other                      7 thousand tonnes
Total                   100 thousand tonnes

In connection with the presentation of the Q3 2016 results, Marine Harvest guided a total harvest volume of 100 thousand tonnes (GWE) for Q4 2016.

Note:
(1) The harvest volumes are provided in gutted weight equivalents (GWE). The figures include salmonid species only.

Additional information
Operational EBIT for the Group was approximately EUR 257 million (EUR/NOK 9.0327) in Q4 2016 (EUR 90 million in Q4 2015, EUR/NOK 9.3351).


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