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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.
Puerto Montt, Chile – TheGlobal Salmon Initiative (GSI) launched on October the 23rd od 2014 its inaugural progress report ‘Building the Foundation for a Sustainable Future’. This is the first report to come from the industry-led collective, and highlights its approach and progress towards advancing significant improvements in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the salmon farming industry.
The release of the report comes just over a year since GSI was formally launched in August 2013, and the day before GSI member CEOs will speak at the AquaSur 2014 Pathways to Sustainability seminar in Puerto Montt, Chile.
The foreign inspectors will look into 25 seafood processing firms having their products exported to the markets, according to the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad).
Nafiqad said 41 seafood enterprises which are seeking approval for shipments to Russia will also be subject to the inspections.
Hoe said the United States, South Korea and other countries send their inspection teams to Vietnam checking the processing facilities of seafood exporters every year.
The most recent inspection by Russia into Vietnam’s seafood was made last year when its inspectors visited eight tra fish processing and trading firms and later issued a ban on tra export to Russia since January 31. However, tra fish fillets were allowed for re-export to Russia in August this year after negotiations between representatives of Nafiqad and VASEP and Russia.
We all know that fish, an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, provides many important health benefits. The evidence consistently suggests that the benefits of eating seafood surpass the risks. Yet, misconceptions about mercury in seafood have led some people to excessively restrict fish or even eliminate it altogether. In fact, it is likely you are not getting enough fish in your diet.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat at least two to three 4-ounce servings of a variety of fish a week. Yet, pregnant women currently eat less than 2 ounces of fish per week — that’s less than a quarter of the recommended weekly amount.
La Jolla, California - With only a tiny breeding stock now approaching the end of its lifecycle holding up the population, the fate of the Pacific Bluefin Tuna hangs on fishing nations’ support for drastically curtailed catch limits at a fisheries management meeting the week of October the 27th 2014. The outcome of a separate meeting covering the central and western Pacific in December is also critical.
The major bluefin tuna fishing nations in the area covered by the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) will reopen discussions about catch limits and rules for the Pacific Bluefin after failing to reach agreement at its annual meeting in July, in Lima, Peru. The meetings will take place in La Jolla, California.
Members of the IATTC, comprised of twenty individual countries and the European Union, have for some time been aware of International Scientific Committee advice that the spawning stock of Pacific Bluefin is at only four per cent of original levels. Ninety per cent of the current catch is comprised of young juveniles yet to breed.
WASHINGTON, DC – The country’s largest seafood trade association produces its 100th video blog, a channel where viewers can keep up with the latest news from the seafood community – in under a minute.
“Data continues to show that the sweet spot for video length online is less than 60 seconds,” said Lynsee Fowler, NFI’s communications manager. “And we’re able to provide snippets about the latest in seafood science, press coverage, new products and more, in just that time.”
Fowler, who oversees NFI’s social media presence, helped launch the association’s entrance into visual content when she hosted the first video blog (vlog) on AboutSeafood.com in September of 2012.
Shrimp exports are facing a slowdown in the wake of reduced demand for locally-grown black tiger shrimps in major markets.
An increased supply of vannamei or white shrimps from other exporting countries and their reduced prices account for the slowdown.
Buyers are more interested in low-priced vannamei than in expensive black tiger shrimps, said Khan Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director of Lockpur Group, a leading seafood exporter.
Shrimp exports rose 3.59 percent year-on-year to BDT 180.3 million between July and September 2014. In contrast, 52 percent growth was recorded in the same period of the previous fiscal year, according to Export Promotion Bureau.
Qingdao, China, 4 November 2014 – The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and WWF China in partnership with CAPPMA and ASC will be holding China’s 2nd Sustainable Seafood Business Forum, in Qingdao, on 4 November, 2014. The event will bring together local and international fisheries, sustainable seafood suppliers and processors, policy makers, and technical experts to drive sustainability throughout the seafood supply chain. This initiative rode on the successes and learning from last year’s forum and the Sustainable Seafood Festival in June 2014, and continues to promote sustainable fishing, procurement and consumption practices for MSC and ASC certified seafood.
“We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the best practices of our certified companies and to also take this chance to mobilise the Chinese sector towards more sustainable fishing and sourcing, and thus protecting our precious resources for future generations,” explained Mr Kelvin Ng, Asia Pacific Director, MSC.
The Iceland Responsible Fisheries Foundation has received full accreditation for their Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM) Specification. The accreditation is to the internationally recognised ISO/IEC Guide 65 Standard for certification of product and process schemes.
According to Dr. Kristjan Thorarinsson, chair of the IRFF Technical Committee, this is an important achievement of a major goal for the IRFM programme. „This achievement puts us in a strong position to maintain and develop our programme into the future, ensuring that it remains credible and continues to meet the needs of our clients“.
IRFF: The Icelandic FAO Based RFM Specification is now ISO Accredited