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IN BRIEF - Record number of salmon return to Russian River

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 23, 2012

A record number of Chinook and Coho salmon are moving up the Russian River to spawn, an indication of rich ocean conditions necessary for those fish to survive, fisheries biologists said.

It may also be an indication that the millions of dollars being spent on habitat restoration to keep those fish from extinction may also be working.

There have been 6,348 Chinook salmon photographed as of Wednesday 21 Nov. moving through the fish ladders at the Sonoma County Water Agency's dam at Forestville, which is inflated during low river flows to create a pool for the agency's water pumping system.

Source: Bob Norberg / The Press Democrat

 


IN BRIEF - Fewer fish equal more money for commercial fishermen

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 01, 2015

MARQUETTE - A late start to last year's fishing season actually helped net Michigan fishermen more money.

 

Ice remaining on Lake Superior didn't allow fishermen on the lake until June 2015.

That's a full month later than usual.

The total catch for Michigan fishermen was about 200,000 pounds lower than in 2013.

But the total value rose USD 300,000 from the previous year.

Source: Upper Michigans Source

 


IN BRIEF - N.S. investigation finds farmed fish died because of winter weather, not disease

CANADA
Friday, May 01, 2015

HALIFAX - An investigation has found that the deaths of salmon and trout at three Nova Scotia aquaculture sites earlier in 2015 were caused by environmental factors, not disease.

 

Staff at the provincial Fisheries Department say the fish kill was caused by extremely cold temperatures experienced during a particularly harsh winter.

Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell says no significant disease agents were found at any of the sites.

The sites, operated by New Brunswick's Cooke Aquaculture, are at Shelburne Harbour, Jordan Bay and Port Wade.

Source: CTV News

 


IN BRIEF - Droughts lead to California's biggest salmon hatchery driving millions of fish to the coast

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, May 01, 2015

Pacific salmon are known for their great migrations.

Moving across continents, they can travel thousands of miles to find the ideal waters to breed in.

Usually they do this by swimming, but recently salmon in California have used transport to ensure their annual migration is completed.

This year in Anderson, California the state’s biggest fish hatchery has decided to give 12 million fish a helping hand by driving the fish down the road to be released in the San Francisco Bay.

Source: The Independent

 


IN BRIEF - Young proposes changes Magnuson Stevens Act

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 01, 2015

A proposed update to federal fishing laws is sparking a debate among fishermen and conservationists about whether the changes will undo years of work to rebuild key fish populations.

 

Alaska Republican Don Young is proposing several changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that he said will give fishery managers more flexibility in rebuilding fish stocks. But some fishermen and environmentalists say Young’s proposal creates dangerous exemptions from catch limits that are designed to prevent overfishing.

Young is defending his bill. He said the changes allow fishery managers to address the economic needs of fishermen.

Source: Juneau Empire

 


IN BRIEF - Iglo has demonstrable success in conserving fish stocks

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, May 01, 2015

Fisheries come under more pressure than almost any other food system on the planet. But as Iglo Group, purveryor of frozen food, has proved, fisheries, when sustainably managed, can be a healthy and renewable food source.

The story of Birds Eye fish fingers illustrates the work Iglo has done over the past two decades.

In 2006 Birds Eye – one of Iglo’s brands – launched an Omega-3 fish finger made from Alaskan pollock, challenging the prevailing market belief that UK consumers would only eat cod fish fingers. Within a year, 78% of consumers had switched to the new product, reducing Birds Eye’s annual cod catch by 1.5m fish. Still the largest ever branded launch of a sustainable fish product, the move was praised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the media and Greenpeace.

Source: The Guardian

 


IN BRIEF - Proposed changes to US fishing laws spark conservation row

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 01, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — A plan to update federal fishing laws has sparked a debate among fishermen and conservationists about whether proposed changes will undo years of work to rebuild key fish populations.

 

U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has proposed several changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that he says will give fishery managers more flexibility in rebuilding fish stocks. He has said the changes will allow fishery managers to address the economic needs of fishermen.

But some fishermen and environmentalists said Young's proposal creates dangerous exemptions from catch limits that are designed to prevent overfishing. They point to a recent federal report that says several economically valuable East Coast fish stocks are rebounding and no longer subject to overfishing as evidence that the Magnuson-Stevens act is effective in its current form.

Source: The Tribune

 


IN BRIEF - Nominations for 2016 Seafood Champion Awards Open

BELGIUM
Friday, May 01, 2015

Brussels - SeaWeb announced on April the 30th of 2015 the opening of nominations for the 2016 Seafood Champion Awards. The announcement was made to seafood professionals gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for the 23rd edition of Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood trade event, produced by Diversified Communications.

Helen Packer of Anova Food's Fishing & Living program, 2015 Seafood Champions for Innovation, said: "It's a prestigious and meaningful award and we see this as a perfect opportunity to show that our program can be a successful model and be replicated to other fisheries and well as other companies. Our mission is to be a leader by example. The private sector needs to be more involved in the field, needs to be part of the action."

Source: PR Web

 


IN BRIEF - Groups decry record number of whale entanglements off U.S. West Coast

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 01, 2015

Conservationists on Tuesday 28th of April 2015 called for new safeguards for gray whales and humpbacks after a record number of the federally protected mammals got entangled in fishing gear in coastal waters off California, Oregon and Washington.

 

Figures from federal fisheries managers show 30 of the outsized mammals were reported entangled last year off the U.S. West coast, the largest number in at least the past 15 years, conservationists said. At least two whales died.

Twenty of the 30 were in coastal waters between central and southern California and involved at least a dozen humpbacks entangled in fishing gear, including lines from crab pots or traps.

Source: Reuters

 


IN BRIEF - Vinh Hoan Corp earns exports reached USD 58.3 million

VIET NAM
Friday, May 01, 2015

The company earned USD 58.3 million in the first quarter of 2015. This represents a 33% year on year increase.

In QI/2015, Vinh Hoan Corp presented in exhibitions in the US and China with its own booth. Seafood Expo North America is a great trade fair in the US with 1,204 exhibitors from over 50 countries, creating opportunity for enterprises to seek customers and promoting exports to the US as North American markets.

Source: VASEP

 


IN BRIEF - New ice plant will boost Somaliland fisheries sector

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

The recent delivery of a new ice plant to Somaliland will provide a major boost for local fisheries by ensuring that catches are landed in premium condition and enabling the development of new markets.

In a project managed by fishery consultant MacAlister Elliott & Partners Ltd (MEP), the new containerised plant will be able to produce up to 10 tonnes of high quality ice per day. The ice plant will be operated by fishery company Pontus Marine which has the funding support of over 1,000 investors looking to improve the economic fisheries potential of Somaliland.

Benefiting fishing boats in the ports of Berbera and Maydh, the plant consists of four flake ice machines and one compactor that converts the flakes into blocks. These blocks can easily be stored by a fishing vessel and are able to keep their integrity in the fish hold. Once the catch is taken aboard, the blocks are smashed to create flake ice, which is efficient at quickly cooling the fish down to a low temperature.

MacAlister Elliott & Partners Ltd: New ice plant will boost Somaliland fisheries sector

 


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