IN BRIEF - Record number of salmon return to Russian River
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.
Vadodara - In the backdrop of Pakistan releasing 163 Indian fishermen lodged in a Karachi jail, police here on Tuesday 4th of August 2015 said the fishermen from the neighbouring country jailed in Gujarat's Dwarka prison will be released only after "confirmation" of their nationality by the Centre.
At present, 25 fishermen are lodged in jail at Dwarka, District Superintendent of Police Jagdish Patel told a news agency on phone today.
"The nationality of nine fishermen out of the total of 25 fishermen has been confirmed by the government of Pakistan, while no communication regarding the nationality of remaining 16 is received till date," Patel said.
The team of scientists believe a polymer, derived from chitin, found naturally in the seafood shells can be extracted and used instead of synthetic polymers to make personal and home care products.
Their findings come at the latter end of a GBP 1 million, two year long research project.
They say essence of prawn - when used as a shampoo ingredient - could help keep hair moisturised and reduce split ends using the polymer 'chitosan'.
Chitosan has been around for a long time but we have developed a method of modifying it to give it enhanced properties. The prawn shells would normally be disposed of as waste so, ultimately, the aim of the project is to make the production of personal and home care products greener.
The recent hot weather on the West Coast may be great news for outdoor enthusiasts, but health agencies warn it’s responsible for an unprecedented number of shellfish-related illnesses.
The BC Centre for Disease Control says 35 people have fallen ill in the past two months from vibrio parahaemolyticus, a bacteria that’s naturally-occurring in shellfish like oysters, clams, mussels and scallops.
The BCCDC says the bacteria spikes during the summer as water temperatures rise.
Commended for maintaining international best practices in shrimps production, Nigeria has been re-certified to export shrimps to the United States of America.
The Fisheries, Gear Specialist, Department of Commerce, USA, Mr. Jack Forrester during the United States Turtle Excluder Device (TED) inspection team’s visit to re-certify Nigeria export rights, explained that the re-certification is coming on the heels of the nation’s resilience to maintain global best practices despite experiencing macro-economic challenges.
Meanwhile, Forrester also stated that of the 16 countries in Africa certified to export shrimps to the US, Nigeria’s has remained the number one preferred nation to export the commodity to the United States.
BILOXI - Mississippi fishermen remain intent on harvesting this year’s shrimp crop in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico despite low prices and a season paused and restarted.
Dave Burrage, Mississippi State University Extension professor of marine resources at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the shrimp season first opened June 3, closed June 19 when shrimp were too small, and then reopened July 13 2015.
“This season has been an anomaly so far,” Burrage said.
The Mississippi season opened with 310 boats this year, down from 368 boats on opening day in 2014. Shrimpers landed 630,000 pounds of shrimp in Biloxi during the first two weeks of the season. This amount compares to 760,000 pounds landed there the first two weeks of last shrimp season.
?The State Government has committed to working with industry to build a brighter future for aquaculture in Western Australia.
Launching a Statement of Commitment for Western Australia's aquaculture industry in Fremantle today, Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett and Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said the Government recognised aquaculture as a strategically important industry.
The document identifies several key areas in which the Government is committed to assisting in the development of a strong aquaculture sector.
MSC certification is only awarded to venues that serve and sell fish caught using the highest standards of sustainability.
MSC certification follows Waves Café’s blue Fish2fork rating last year, when Head Chef Craig Walker received a glowing report from the online sustainable dining guide. Craig and his team at the Aquarium received a 3.5 Blue Fish rating (out of a possible 5) due to his approach to sustainable sourcing.
Saturday night the oldest restaurant in Dallas closed. Vincent’s Seafood was opened by Peter Vincent in 1898. The original location was in downtown Dallas on Poydras Street, between Main and Commerce. In 1955, Vincent sold it to John Kastanos, who would run the place for the next half-century with his brother-in-law Angelo Stergios and Angelo’s brother Bill.
Peter Simek published an interesting historical essay on Vincent’s last week. Simek chronicles the 117-year run of the restaurant. It’s a great read.
My sister-in-law, Sarah, and her father went to lunch at Vincent’s on Saturday 1st of August 2015. By 10:45 AM, there was a long line. They didn’t open the doors until 11:40, forty minutes past their regular time. Apparently they wanted to go out silently, but when the news leaked they were closing, the restaurant was bombarded by devoted diners. “They were out of almost everything,” Sarah said. “I felt bad for them.”
Sales and adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2015 grew by 2.9% and 9.4% to CAD 116.7 million and CAD 22.2 million versus 2014 comparative figures of CAD 113.4 million and CAD 20.3 million, respectively, due to higher prices and higher average exchange rates, partially offset by lower sales volumes.
Strong market demand in all regions for our core species continues to positively impact selling prices.
Strong operating cash flows in the second quarter and year-to-date periods were offset by the timing of planned investments in working capital in 2015. These results are in line with management's expectations and position the company well to generate strong annual free cash flows.
Successfully launched its new state-of-the-art factory clam vessel, the Belle Carnell. At CAD 65 million, this vessel is the single-largest vessel investment in Clearwater's history and will harvest Arctic Surf Clams, Cockle Clams and Propeller Clams year-round.
Management expects markedly improved harvest conditions and strong market conditions for core species will continue for the balance of 2015, positively impacting sales prices, volumes and operating margins.
Declares quarterly dividend of CAD 0.04 per share payable on September 2, 2015 to shareholders of record as of August 19, 2015
Seafood Intelligence has again ranked Cermaq as #1 in sustainability reporting among 35 salmon farming companies globally. In addition Cermaq stands out by having external auditing of its integrated sustainability report.
Cermaq has a strong record for acknowledgement of its sustainability reporting, rated against the largest companies in Norway and against the salmon farming companies globally. Last week Seafood Intelligence again rated Cermaq as number one of the global salmon farming companies.
- Transparent reporting on important topics is the basis for earning trust. It is also a knowledgebase for identifying and discussing areas of improvement with our stakeholders, says CEO of Cermaq Jon Hindar.
MPA considers association with major environmental NGO Brazil
One of the main issues discussed by the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture with representatives of The Nature Conservancy was how to develop fish farming in the Amazon region, and at the same time avoid the pressure of deforestation, particularly in the region of Xingu.
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