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IN BRIEF - Fish exports reach 1,112 MTs during first nine months

SRI LANKA
Friday, November 23, 2012

Sri Lanka exported 1,112 metric tons of fish during the first nine months of this year and earned LKR 20,195 million through fish exports, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said on 22 Nov.

“We have sold 626,013 ornamental fish from January to September and we have reduced importing several varieties of fish products, including canned fish, Maldives fish and dry fish with the aim of encouraging Sri Lankan fishermen, “he said.

Source: Ridma Dissanayake / Daily News

 


IN BRIEF - Donation of USD 40,000 to fund innovative aquaponics program

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

Some day in the near future, students at Whitthorne Middle School and at the Hampshire Unit School may have the opportunity to experience the life cycle of food production under a new aquaponics program the school board approved Thursday the 24 of July 2014.

 

The program is being funded by a USD 40,000 donation from the Martin Foundation to the Wellness and Aquatics Complex in Columbia. Additional donations are anticipated to help employ a trainer and teacher stipends, under the approved agreement.

Aquaponics farming combines aquaculture — raising snails, fish, and crayfish — with hydroponics — cultivating plants in water. The entire system is housed in a greenhouse where waste water from the aquaculture system is used to fertilize the plants and then recirculated.

Source : Columbia Daily Herald 

 


IN BRIEF - Salmon stocks at risk as sand eels are overfished

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

Fisheries are concerned about the future of salmon stocks as over-fishing of the sand eels they eat is causing fish to return to rivers smaller and thinner, making it more difficult for them to survive until spawning season.

Grilse salmon, which go out to sea to feed for just one winter before returning to rivers, are coming back to some watercourses earlier than normal, and thinner.

 

Fisheries believe this could be because their regular food supply, which is typically sand eels, is being overfished at sea to be made into fertiliser.
“The salmon that go out to the sea to feed for a year are definitely smaller now than they used to be,” said Chris Pearson, of Bishosptoke Water on the River Itchen in Hampshire.

“Sand eels and krill are being fished extensively, which means salmon can’t find a reliable food source like they used to be able to.
“They are coming back to the river very thin and coming in at this time of year means they have got to wait until January to spawn (2014).

Source: The Telegraph

 


IN BRIEF - Scientists produce sun protection from recycled fish bones

PORTUGAL
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

PORTO, Portugal - A team of researchers at Portuguese Catholic University in Porto has developed an effective new sunscreen derived from recycled cod fish bones.

 

Portugal scientists have made the new sunscreen by treating cod bones with FeCl2solution for three hours at 65-70 øC, Press TV reported.

"They then dried the bones overnight and calcined at 700 øC for one hour, yielding multiphasic materials containing HAp, iron-substituted HAp and a small amount of hematite that absorbs UV radiation," explained Clara Piccirillo from the Portuguese Catholic University.

"Iron oxide was already reported as a UV absorber; in our material, the presence of calcium iron hydrogen phosphate (Ca9FeH(PO4)7) increases the absorption and extends it over the whole UV range," Piccirillo also noted.

Source: Daily Times

 


IN BRIEF - China keeps fishing fleet connected and protected in disputed waters

CHINA
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

TANMEN ? On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his ageing vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he's fishing in the disputed South China Sea.

 

By the end of 2013, China's homegrown Beidou satellite system had been installed on more than 50,000 Chinese fishing boats, according to official media. On Hainan, China's gateway to the South China Sea, boat captains have paid no more than 10 per cent of the cost. The government has paid the rest.

It's a sign of China's growing financial support for its fishermen as they head deeper into Southeast Asian waters in search of new fishing grounds as stocks thin out closer to home.

Hainan authorities encourage fishermen to sail to disputed areas, the captain and several other fishermen told Reuters during interviews in the sleepy port of Tanmen. Government fuel subsidies make the trips possible, they added.

Source: The Malay Mail Online

 


IN BRIEF - FWP boat inspections stop illegal, non-native fish transfers

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

The “Inspect-Clean-Dry” checkpoints intended to keep invasive species out of Montana waters have also stopped a few improper game-fish transfers this summer.

 

Boat inspections at Coram, Ronan and Thompson Falls as well as other parts of Montana have turned up 58 live fish in water-filled tanks. Species included yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye. Many boats have such “live-wells” to keep bait fish or game fish alive for brief periods.

But Montana state law prohibits transporting live fish from the water where they were caught to any other water body. The rule is intended to prevent artificial introduction of non-native or destructive species into waters where they don’t belong.

“We think some people are taking fish home to eat and just don’t know any better,” said FWP state fisheries manager Bruce Rich. “In a couple of cases, the live well was drained but the fish were still alive and flopping. It’s hard to tell if there’s nefarious intent or not. But we have issued some citations.”

Source: Ravalli Republic

 


IN BRIEF - Governor asks feds to buy surplus salmon

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy about 1 million cases of canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year.

 

Parnell made the request in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He wants the USDA to purchase USD 37 million worth of canned pink salmon under a federal law that allows for buying surplus food from farmers and donating it to food banks or other programs.

USDA purchased USD 20 million worth of salmon earlier this year, which Parnell called an important first step in reducing inventories to help slow a price decline that he said threatened the 2014 fishing season.

Source: Juneau Empire

 


IN BRIEF - Fish catch in June has increased between years

ICELAND
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 40% higher in June 2014 than in June 2013. Most of the demersal catches increased as well as landing of Blue whiting. When 12 month periods are compared between years we see a 21.2% decrease in catch between July 2013 and June 2014 when compared to the same period one year earlier. For the same 12 month periods there was a decrease of 3.4% in fish catch at constant price when compared to the same period one year earlier.

Source: Statice

 


IN BRIEF - Pacific leaders to discuss climate change, sustainable fishing during Pacific Islands Forum in Palau

PALAU
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific are arriving in Koror in Palau to discuss climate change, non-communicable diseases and protecting marine life.

The 15 members of the Pacific Islands Forum include several countries made up of atolls that barely rise one metre above sea level.

They will be joined at the forum, running from July 29 to August 1, by observers from countries including the United States, China and India.

Palau's President, Tommy Remengesau Jr., has declared the theme of this year's forum to be 'The Ocean: Life & Future'.

The president's press secretary, Keobel Sakuma, says the theme recognises the importance of oceans in everyday Pacific life.

Source: Radio Australia

 


IN BRIEF - Deep-sea cameras reveal commercial fisheries having little impact on seafloor biodiversity

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

The Australia Antarctic Division has developed a new system of deep sea cameras to explore the impact of commercial fishing on biodiversity.

 

They spent eight years studying the seafloor in the Heard Island and McDonald Island Marine Reserve in the Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean, south-west of Australia.

Scientists found it in an almost completely pristine condition.

The cameras show 98 per cent of sensitive seafloor biodiversity remains pristine after 16 years of commercial fishing.

Source: ABC

 


IN BRIEF - Captain Keith Colburn of Deadliest Catch Becomes Ambassador for Seafood Nutrition Partnership

UNITED STATES
Monday, July 28, 2014

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Captain Keith Colburn, one of the stars of the hit television series Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel, has become an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP). In this role he will help to raise awareness among the public about seafood’s essential nutritional benefits.

“Seafood has meant everything to me, not just in my professional career, but in my own day-to-day life,” says Colburn. “I’ve always been a believer in the power of seafood for heart health and other benefits, and I’m proud to be able to work with Seafood Nutrition Partnership to get more people on board with seafood in their diets.”

Based in Seattle, Captain Colburn is a commercial crab fisherman who has spent 30 years fishing virtually every fishery in Alaska. At the helm of his crab fishing vessel, The Wizard, he has built a reputation as one of the Bering Sea’s most successful crabbers. He is also known as a tireless advocate for sustainable fisheries, speaking around the United States and abroad about the value of American fisheries and the health benefits of
seafood.

“Keith is a longtime friend and I not only have great admiration for his tough work out in the deep oceans, bringing seafood to our fellow Americans, but also for the passion he has for the industry,” says SNP board member Detlef Schrempf. “Those of us on the Board of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership are honored that he has become one of our Ambassadors, and will use his influence to champion our message of good health
through seafood.”

 

 

Seafood Nutrition Partnership: SNP Press Release - Capt. Keith Colburn


 

 


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