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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.
The Ministry of Fisheries has launched a project with which it hopes to make the sector contribute significantly to food security in the country.
The “Fish4Food” project seeks to ensure an all-year-round availability and access to fish for use at homes and restaurants.
The Minister of Fisheries, Ms Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, in an address read on her behalf, said the ministry was currently implementing the Fisheries Management Plan (a component of the Fish4Food project launched last year) to improve production in the marine sub-sector.
She said this at a stakeholders’ workshop in Accra on February 21st 2017 to strategise about the effective implementation of the mother project, Fish4Food.
The federal government can redirect water from a Northern California dam to prevent mass die-offs of salmon in drought years, water that otherwise would be shipped to Central Valley farmers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday 21st of February 2017.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had authority under a 1955 federal law to release Trinity River water from the Lewiston Dam in 2013 into the Klamath River, where salmon were migrating to their spawning grounds, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
That law allowed the government to take “appropriate measures” to preserve fish and wildlife, the court said. And it gave the Bureau of Reclamation “substantial discretion to determine what constitutes ‘appropriate measures’ in the face of unforeseen or changing circumstances,” Judge N. Randy Smith said in the 3-0 ruling. He said the law specified maintaining Trinity River water flow as one of the “appropriate measures” the bureau could take.
Tasmania’s world class sustainable salmon farming industry should be celebrated for growing Tasmania’s quality brand and for delivering sustainable jobs in regional Tasmania. The independent Marine Farming Planning Review Panel has supported Tasmania’s world’s best practice salmon industry and the environmental management of salmon farming at Okehampton Bay.
This is a panel of eminent people with the rights skills to consider and assess scientific data, including from the institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies. The majority of the panel membership was appointed when the Greens were in government. The government will listen and back the independent science, which is why we support recommendations for further studies to allow the establishment of an environmental management regime overseen by the EPA.
Suriname shrimp importers and sellers yesterday afternoon held a counter protest in front of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Representative in Port Mourant, Corentyne in response to local shrimp vendors who protested on Friday to have the Suriname shrimp banned from coming into Guyana.
According to the Suriname shrimp importers and sellers, they depend on the Suriname shrimp to make a living for themselves and family.
Rajendra Roberts, 41, one of the protesters stated that he does not mind paying a fee to bring the Suriname shrimp into Guyana, but has no choice but to smuggle the shrimp into the country as local authorities refuse to accept the documentation he has from the Suriname authorities. “The problem we have, me a bring shrimps from Suriname but when we come here now the custom a make me take the shrimps and throw it away,” he complained. “Me na mind pay a duty when me come here but me na want to smuggle the shrimps into the country. Me just want make a living.” According to the importer, Guyana does not have as many shrimp ponds as Suriname thus it is easier to import a large quantity of shrimp from Suriname.…to continue reading this article, please subscribe. Already a subscriber ? Sign In.
Casting a wider net to increase soybean meal demand is paying off, according to the soy checkoff. The checkoff, along with the Soy Aquaculture Alliance and many others, has been working to open doors to increase soybean use in U.S. aqua feeds.
Following years of checkoff-funded research, the Association of American Feed Control Officials recently authorized a new definition for the use of synthetic taurine in fish feeds. Approving taurine from additional sources reduces the need to incorporate fish meal in feeds and allows for more inclusion of soy protein — a change that could directly affect farmers’ bottom lines, the soy checkoff said.
“Years ago, we recognized that taurine was a limiting factor to maximizing our share of a fast-growing market,” said United Soybean Board director Mike Beard, a soybean farmer from Frankfort, Ind. “This new approval opens up a significant part of the aquaculture diet for soy.”
The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behaviour of marine life, scientists have warned, after a new study found oceanic oxygen levels had fallen by 2% in 50 years.
The study, carried out at Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Germany, was the most comprehensive of the subject to date. The fall in oxygen levels has been attributed to global warming and the authors warn that if it continues unchecked, the amount of oxygen lost could reach up to 7% by 2100. Very few marine organisms are able to adapt to low levels of oxygen.
The paper contains analysis of wide-ranging data from 1960 to 2010, documenting changes in oxygen distribution in the entire ocean for the first time. “Since large fish in particular avoid or do not survive in areas with low oxygen content, these changes can have far-reaching biological consequences,” said Dr Sunke Schmidtko, the report’s lead author.