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IN BRIEF - Loch Duart plans for growth with GBP 4m cash injection

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, November 23, 2012

Loch Duart, founded in 1999 and with about 60 employees across its operations in Sutherland, provided fish for the royal wedding last year and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It also counts a wide range of fine dining restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's in London and the Dornoch Castle Hotel, among its customers.

Now Loch Duart is being backed by the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) and Capicorn Investment Group and will use the money to upgrade equipment and infrastructure plus invest in business development.

Source: Herald Scotland

 


IN BRIEF - 'Fed Govt spends NGN 500 million yearly on fish importation'

NIGERIA
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) on September the 14th of 2014 said the Federal Government imports1.96 million tons of fish valued at NGN 500 million annually to augument the shortfall of fish in the country.

Its President, Mr. Ken Ukuoha, who spoke at a stakeholders’workshop on the Aquaculture sub-sector of the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) and Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) in Abuja, said the massive importation of frozen fish ranked it the largest fish importer in Africa.

He lamented that this is causing serious depletion of the nation’s resources while about six million employment from the sector is lost.
He said: “Nigeria has all it takes in terms of water, human capital and other resources not only to bridge importation but also to become a fish exporting nation while also filling the regional fish market gap and opportunities.

Source: The Nation

 


IN BRIEF - Rampant battery fishing threatens river fish stocks

MYANMAR
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

Fishermen from Kyayt Myaung village in Singgu township in Mandalay Region told the workshop that battery fishing had depleted the number of juvenile fish in the river, which fishermen using traditional techniques had avoided catching.

 

The fishermen also said they were too scared to tackle the rogue fishermen – who use powerful motorboats with a crew of 20 to 25 men and a generator to power the battery – because they fear reprisals if they intervened.

U Nyunt Wai from Kyee Ta Pa Linn Wae fisheries in Singgu township said battery fishing first became a problem in 2000 and, despite sending a letter of complaint to the district fisheries department, he has yet to receive a reply.

Source: Myanmar Times

 


IN BRIEF - USD 1.1 million in relief to go to groundwater fishing industry

UNITED STATES
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

PORTSMOUTH — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are holding two hearings on a draft plan to distribute USD 1.1 million in economic relief funds to the state's groundwater fishing industry.

The hearings will be held Monday 15th and Tuesday16th of September 2014's night at 6 at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.
Monday's meeting focuses on the commercial groundfish industry and Tuesday's on the for-hire groundfish industry.

In September 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department declared a fisheries resource disaster for the Northeast after research showed several key fish stocks, such as cod and flounder, were not rebuilding despite catch limits. The declaration also predicted those species would continue to decline.

Source: Sea Coast Online

 


IN BRIEF - Unusual species in Alaska waters indicate parts of Pacific warming dramatically

UNITED STATES
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

A giant hotspot in the North Pacific Ocean may help explain why a massive ocean sunfish was spotted in Prince William Sound during 2014's September and a skipjack tuna was caught in a gillnet weeks earlier near the mouth of the Copper River, scientists say.

 

Both species are unusual visitors to Alaska. Steve Moffitt, a research biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Cordova, believes the tuna might be the northernmost ever recorded.

"'Fishes of Alaska' (a 2002 book by Catherine Mecklenburg) has one confirmed documentation caught in a setnet in Yakutat Bay in 1981 and a personal communication that some were caught off southern southeastern Alaska,'' he noted in an email to colleagues.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

 


IN BRIEF - Strong salmon runs recorded in Yukon River

UNITED STATES
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

FAIRBANKS — The Yukon River is having strong runs of silver and chum salmon this fall, giving a boost to fishermen after another tepid summer for king salmon.

 

Sonar counts on the Lower Yukon at Pilot Station had tallied 233,000 silver salmon by Sept. 3 2014, far above the historical median of 126,600 by that date. At that pace, more than 245,000 silvers are expected on the Yukon 2014's summer.

Jeff Estensen, an area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said it should be the strongest run of silvers in at least four years, allowing for commercial and subsistence openings last week on the lower Yukon. Last year, only about 80,000 silvers passed the sonar at Pilot Station.

Source: Juneau Empire


IN BRIEF - Wild Chinese sturgeon on brink of extinction in polluted Yangtze

CHINA
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river during 2013.

 

One of the world’s oldest living species, the wild Chinese sturgeon is thought to have existed for more than 140m years but has seen its numbers crash as China’s economic boom has brought pollution, dams and boat traffic along the world’s third-longest river.

For the first time since researchers began keeping records 32 years ago, there was no natural reproduction of wild Chinese sturgeon in 2013, according to a report published by the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences.

No eggs were found to have been laid by wild sturgeons in an area in central China’s Hubei province, and no young sturgeons were found swimming along the Yangtze toward the sea in August, the month when they typically do so.

Source: The Guardian

 


IN BRIEF - Mekong Delta aims to boost tra fish exports

VIET NAM
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

HCM CITY — The Mekong Delta targets reaching tra fish export turnover of USD 2-2.5 billion in 2016, according to a master plan for tra fish breeding and processing in the region.

 

Under the master plan, by 2016 the areas under tra fish breeding in the Mekong Delta will be less than 5,400ha, producing from 1.25 million to 1.3 million tonnes of tra fish.

By 2020, the areas under tra fish breeding will reach 7,600 to 7,800 ha, producing from 1.8 million to 1.9 million tonnes of tra fish.

By that time, 15 to 20 per cent of tra fish production will be processed to become value-added export products. The value-added processing will help raise the export turnover of the tra fish products from USD 2.6 billion to USD 3 billion.

The areas under tra fish breeding, estimated to be from 1,700 to 2,500 ha, are zoned for Mekong provinces of Dong Thap, An Giang, Hau Giang, Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Can Tho City.

Source: Viet Nam News

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood industry asked to consider response to climate change impacts

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

Seafood businesses and organisations in the UK are being asked for their views on the impact of climate change on the seafood industry and how they might respond, in order to help the industry to adapt in the future.

 

Seafish, the authority on seafood in the UK, together with the MCCIP (Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership), are currently reviewing climate change impacts on the seafood industry as part of a project to ensure the industry is prepared to respond. A number of workshops are being held to support industry in understanding these impacts and explore potential adaptation actions for industry, Seafish, and others with the first workshop held on 24th September in Aberdeen. The work will result in a Climate Change Adaptation report for the UK seafood industry detailing ways in which it can respond to these developments.

The report is being developed to contribute to the UK Government National Adaptation Programme as required under the Climate Change Act 2008. Other industry sectors are also being asked to conduct a similar exercise. The scope of the seafood industry work is confined to wild capture fisheries only and will consider the domestic and international supply chains for white fish, pelagic and shellfish species.

Source: SeaFish

 


EN BREVE - 100kg of heroin, methamphetamines seized from fish shipment; two men charged

AUSTRALIA
Monday, September 15, 2014

 

Two men have been charged over a haul of more than 100 kilograms of illegal drugs found inside a shipment container of frozen fish in New South Wales.

 

Police say 88 kilograms of heroin and 21 kilograms of methamphetamine were seized as a result of a joint operation involving federal and state police, Customs and the Crime Commission.

A 57-year-old man was charged with attempting to possess commercial quantities of heroin and methamphetamine and importing the drugs.

A 55-year-old man was charged with attempting to possess commercial quantities of heroin and methamphetamine.

Both men appeared at Sydney's Central Local Court on September 12 2014, it has been revealed.

Source: ABC

 


IN BRIEF - UMaine USD 20 million NSF grant to research aquaculture

UNITED STATES
Monday, September 15, 2014

ORONO, Maine — A USD 20 million research grant from the National Science Foundation will fund the development of a multi-institutional research network focused around the social, economic and ecological factors influencing aquaculture in the state of Maine.

“The overall mission is to establish a research and education network that will enhance the value of ocean foods in this bioregion, so that ultimately we will become a global center for recruiting the best and brightest students and faculty,” said Barry Costa-Pierce, director of Marine Sciences at the University of New England.

The Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) created and funded by the grant will be headed by the University of Maine but rely heavily on partnerships between public and private academic institutions around the state. The grant, which was awarded to Maine’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) started on Aug. 1 2014 and will run a five-year tenure.

Source: Maine Campus


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