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IN BRIEF - French fund ups stake in Vinh Hoan

Friday, November 23, 2012

A French investment fund part of Financiere Pinault has upped its stake in the Vietnamese pangasius producer Vinh Hoan to 18.15 per cent.

Red River Holding, which is led by Jean Eric Jacquemin, is a USD 253 million Vietnam-focused investment fund launched by Groupe Artemis, a holding group itself owned by Financiere Pinault.

Source: Under Current News


IN BRIEF - Greenpeace Video Shows Endangered Species Caught by Floating Fish Traps Share Tweet

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Greenpeace has stepped up its fight against fish aggregating devices (FADs), a controversial non-selective fishing method, with the release of undercover footage which shows European vessels accidentally capturing endangered species such as whale sharks.


According to the influential environmental NGO, this fishing technique — which is widely used in tuna fisheries — poses a serious threat to what is known as bycatch, or fish caught unintentionally in the taking of the target species. The organization has been actively advocating against the method for over a decade.

The video released on Tuesday 21st of October 2014, which reveals the fishing practices of two French and three Spanish vessels, was edited from footage sent to Greenpeace from sailors on five tuna fishing boats in the Indian Ocean.

Source: Vice News


IN BREIF - Long-range surveillance gear targets fish poachers

Thursday, October 23, 2014


The "photoscope" technology is being used by inspectors from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) in an increasing number of covert surveillance operations around the country.


Previously, surveillance operations were rarely sited more than 2 kilometres from any suspicious activity.

The move comes amid a 14pc increase in illegal fishing cases last year. The IFI initiated 112 prosecutions in 2013 over fishing during closed season, illegal netting, spearing fish and the hand-picking of oysters.

It also issued 294 on-the-spot fines and seized 24,000 metres of illegal netting, according to its latest annual report, which has been laid before the Oireachtas.

The body is responsible for protecting and managing the country's inland and sea angling waters.

The report said angling was worth EUR 755 million annually to the economy and supported around 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Source: Independent


IN BRIEF - Fish switching genders studied by Cambridge scientist

Thursday, October 23, 2014


The fascination behind how chemicals are leading to fish switching genders is being studied by a Cambridge scientist.


Dr Janelle Lamoreaux, an anthropologist in the department of sociology at the University of Cambridge, is researching why fish changing sex is such an object of concern.

Her work focuses on a recent study carried out by the Ecotoxicology and Aquatic Biology Research Group at the University of Exeter which found up to third of fish in British waters have some sort of disruption to their sex which is caused by a variety of chemicals released into our rivers.

They initially found fish could be swimming in a sea of oestrogen released into waterways from 'the pill'. Chemical oestrogen leads to changes in the reproductive system as it mimics oestrogen in fish.

Source: Cambridge News


IN BRIEF - Innovative aquaculture program grows oysters

Thursday, October 23, 2014


PASS CHRISTIAN - A seafood dealer in Pass Christian is testing a new method for growing oysters. It involves raising oyster larvae in large tanks, then transplanting the young oysters onto reefs. The process is called remote setting and it's proven successful on both the East and West coasts. The big question now is: How will it work in the Mississippi Sound?


Cages filled with oyster shells sit in large tanks at the new Pass Christian Harbor. It could be just what's needed to jump start the oyster industry here.

"We've decided we need to rev up our oyster production a little bit. So we're going to start trying to do this," said Jennifer Jenkins of Crystal Seas Oysters.

The Jenkins family has invested in an aquaculture program that involves raising oyster larvae in large, onshore tanks. Auburn University's Dr. Bill Walton is a consultant on the project.

Source: WLOX


IN BRIEF - Eating fish may make antidepressants more effective, study says

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Up to 42 percent of people who take antidepressants find the medication ineffective, but a new study suggests that a simple diet change may trigger a response, Medical News Today reported.


In the research, published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, scientists discovered a link between a diet rich in fatty fish and reported efficacy of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants.

“We were looking for biological alterations that could explain depression and antidepressant non-response, so we combined two apparently unrelated measures: metabolism of fatty acids and stress hormone regulation,” lead researcher Roel Mocking said. “Interestingly, we saw that depressed patients had an altered metabolism of fatty acids, and that this changed metabolism was regulated in a different way by stress hormones.”

Source: Fox News


IN BRIEF - Europe lifts 'yellow card' on Fiji tuna but problems remain

Thursday, October 23, 2014


The European Union - the biggest market in the world for fish - has has lifted its 'yellow card' warning against Fiji's fish exports.


The move is a result of Fiji's efforts crack down on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities in its waters.

The lifting of the 'yellow card' means tuna products from Fiji's albacore tuna fishery are no longer at risk of being banned by the EU.

While it is welcome news there are still many problems in the industry.

Source: Radio Australia


IN BREIF - Researchers, shrimpers look for black gill shrimp in Georgia

Thursday, October 23, 2014


For starters, the day-long journey around Chatham County waterways on the 92-foot R/V Savannah on Thursday was focused on a tiny parasite on shrimp that turns their gills an unsightly and unmarketable black.


And instead of scientists researching the problem by themselves and reporting their results in a scientific journal years from now, they invited along shrimpers, fisheries managers and outreach workers, even a pathologist from Mercer University Medical School who has been studying the parasite in her lab.

“Everybody here has some expertise and brings their perspective to it,” professor Marc Frischer of the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography told the assembled stakeholders as the R/V Savannah made its way out to shrimping grounds off Wassaw Island. “The real opportunity here is to share our stories and our information as we’re doing a little bit of work.”

Source: Savannah Now


IN BRIEF - Pacific nations agree to historic tuna fishery pact to protect local industries

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Pacific Island nations will take more control over the southern albacore tuna fishery after reaching a historic agreement on joint harvest control measures.


In the past 10 years, an influx of new boats to the albacore fishery, including large numbers of heavily-subsidised Chinese vessels, have depleted fish stocks and driven many Pacific-island tuna businesses to the wall.

Officials from the Pacific Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) countries, meeting in Solomon Islands, have agreed on the text for a framework for managing the fishery, known as the Tokelau Arrangement for the Management of the South Pacific Longline Fishery.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Maritime Broadband Opens Office in Greece to Service Growing International Demand for C-Bird VSAT Communications Solution

Thursday, October 23, 2014


New York - Maritime Broadband has expanded its worldwide footprint by opening an office, Maritime Broadband Hellas, in Athens, Greece. The new office addresses the growing international demand for its C-Bird VSAT communications solution and spearheads sales and service support in the region. The office will be located at 44 Adramyttiou Street 17121 in Athens.

Maritime Broadband Hellas, which is headed by Managing Director, Thanasis Giamas, employs a four-person staff fluent in English, Greek and French to serve the most prolific shipping companies throughout Europe and the world via its global channel partners.

The C-Bird VSAT communications solution is fast becoming recognized as the world’s best, most reliable and affordable system by major shipping industry players. Its satellite network utilizes the highest quality C-band technology and enhances the operation and safety of ships while enabling personnel to stay connected with family, friends and the world through the Internet for access to news, professional development websites, changing weather patterns and other crucial information.

Maritime Broadband: Maritime Broadband Opens Office in Greece to Service Growing International Demand for C-Bird VSAT Communications Solution


IN BRIEF - Kiribati tightens control over fishing waters

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Kiribati's decision to greatly restrict the number of fishing days US vessels has sent shockwaves across the Pacific.


Kiribati will provide only 300 fishing days to the US under a new fisheries treaty, down from thousands of days in previous years.

Editor of the Marshall Islands Journal Giff Johnson says the move reflects a shift in Pacific islands' autonomy over its own waters.

Source: Radio Australia


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Large scale commercial fisheries restricted in Beaufort Sea
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