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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 - Mass fish deaths off Singapore coast spark concern

SINGAPORE
Saturday, March 07, 2015

 

On Sunday 22nd of February 2015 morning, Bryan Ang woke up onboard his floating fish farm on the Johor Strait between Malaysia and Singapore to find nearly all his stock had died.

 

"We woke up and saw all the fish floating belly-up," he said. "It's devastating."

He was not alone. Hundreds of tonnes of fish - both farmed and wild - died over the weekend in the eastern part of the strait. Fish farmers lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock overnight.

Source: BBC

 


IN BRIEF - Agro-forestry-fish exports decline 1.9%

VIET NAM
Saturday, March 07, 2015

 

HA NOI - Viet Nam's exports of agricultural, forestry and fisheries products reached USD 1.78 billion in February 2014, taking the sector's total export value in the first two months to USD 4.177 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 1.9 per cent.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the export value of major farm produce was USD 1.87 billion, down 5.3 per cent.

 

Fisheries exports reached USD 907 million, a decrease of 9.4 per cent.

Source: Viet Nam News

 


IN BRIEF - Lack of oxygen causes massive fish death in Sanya: authority

CHINA
Saturday, March 07, 2015

 

Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed up on Sanya River beaches in China's southern-most island province of Hainan. Locals have been left wondering if something or someone has poisoned the water.

However, the Sanya Department of Marine Fisheries said the fish were likely killed by a lack of oxygen caused by weather changes, it was reported on Wednesday 4th of March 2015.

Officials collected water samples for analysis at a laboratory and found all indicators to be normal other than low dissolved oxygen levels.

Source: English People

 


IN BRIEF - West Coast fishery managers days away from landmark decision on forage fish

UNITED STATES
Saturday, March 07, 2015

 

West coast fishery managers are poised to make a decision next week that could alter the future of fishing in federal waters off the Pacific Coast, as well as in Oregon's state-regulated nearshore waters.

 

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is scheduled to vote Monday 9th of March 2015 on a proposal to restrict new forage fisheries off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington unless prospective fishermen can prove harvesting a new species would not damage the ecosystem.

"It's really a visionary move," said Paul Shively, who manages the Pew Charitable Trusts' Pacific Ocean conservation efforts. "This puts the ocean first."

Source: Oregon Live

 


IN BRIEF - Scientists Warn Sound Blasting for Oil Threatens Atlantic Whales, Fish

UNITED STATES
Saturday, March 07, 2015

 

Seventy-five scientists from around the globe on Thursday 5th of March 2015 sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging the federal government not to move ahead with use of seismic airguns in the Atlantic Ocean for oil and gas exploration. They say the use of the guns, which create canonlike air blasts underwater, represents a "significant threat to marine life throughout the region." The air blasts fire every 10-12 seconds for weeks or months at a time, which the scientists say can harm marine mammals such as whales that rely on sound waves to communicate, feed, mate and travel. The blasting can disrupt the reproduction and feeding of blue whales and other endangered whales "over vast ocean areas," the letter says.

 

Nine permits are before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which must also be approved by NOAA Fisheries before being finalized. The government says no seismic applications will be approved without measures meant to mitigate harm to marine life.

Source: NBC News

 


IN BRIEF - Jobs boost as Maryport fish plant reopens

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, March 07, 2015

 

Fish production is returning to a Cumbrian town where 60 jobs were lost with the closure of its only factory six months ago.

 

Brookside Products shut its fish-smoking plant in Maryport in September 2014 with debts of more than GBP 4m.

The site has now been reopened by Harbourside Products, with the help of a GBP 60,000 grant from Allerdale Council.

Sixteen jobs will be created initially, with most of those being former Brookside employees.

Source: BBC

 


IN BRIEF - Indonesia Fisheries Limits on Gear and Fish Harvests

INDONESIA
Saturday, March 07, 2015

 

The Indonesian fisheries ministry has introduced two divisive pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the sustainability of Indonesia’s depleted ocean fisheries. Permen KP 1/2015 imposes size limits on wild-caught lobsters and crab, and forbids catching egg-bearing crustaceans. Permen KP 2/2015 bans trawl and seine fisheries. Fishermen last Thursday demonstrated outside the Ministry to protest the damage this will cause to their livelihoods.

 

The new regulations will allow the fisheries to regenerate, according to the ministry. Size restrictions were introduced to stem the “natural decline in national lobster and crab populations.” The ministry’s background report on the issue noted: “For the long-term sustainability of the wild lobster population, the length of the average lobster landed in ports must be longer than the average length of lobster with mature gonads.” Seine nets and trawlers were banned because they “caused fish stocks in the Indonesian fishery management zone to decline and threatened conservation of stocks.”

Source: Epoch Times

 


IN BRIEF - U.S. stores say no to genetically engineered salmon. Someone has to

UNITED STATES
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

The nation’s two largest conventional grocery chains, Kroger and Safeway, have announced that they will not sell genetically engineered salmon. They join several other chains, including Target, Whole Foods (of course) and Trader Joe’s. Now let’s hope the holdouts, such as Costco, do the same.

 

The Food and Drug Administration has not yet decided whether to approve the salmon, with DNA retooled so that the fish grow twice as fast as conventional salmon. But the agency already has decided that the fish are safe to eat and are very unlikely to pose an environmental threat if they’re grown, as planned, in land-locked tanks.

 

Source: LA Times

 


IN BRIEF - Simplot launches John West ancient grain tuna meals

AUSTRALIA
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

Simplot-owned tuna brand John West is launching a new range of ready to eat tuna meals, Tuna Brown Rice & Quinoa, in Australia.

 

The company said this new line, which features "ancient grain superfoods", combines tuna, vegetables and sauce together with the brown rice & quinoa. The range includes three flavours: Moroccan, Thai Red Curry and Mediterranean.

The line aims to deliver a "convenient, healthy lunch or snack alternative," Simplot said.

Source: Just Food

 


IN BRIEF - Gaspésie lobster fishery in Quebec, Canada, achieves MSC certification

CANADA
Friday, March 06, 2015

 

The lobster fishery on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec along the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Atlantic Canada has achieved certification against the global, science-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Following an independent assessment conducted by the conformity assessment body, SAI Global, lobster sourced from this fishery is now eligible to bear the blue MSC ecolabel.

MSC: Gaspésie lobster fishery in Quebec, Canada, achieves MSC certification

 


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