After receiving a call about dead fish along Wolf Creek in Jasper County, Bill Gibbons, an environmental specialist at the Iowa Department of Natural Reserves (DNR), went to investigate. Upon his arrival, he measured the level of the fertilizer ammonia in the water and found the ammonia levels to be so high that he couldn’t get a reading.
“They’re above the capability of my kit to measure,” he said. Finishing with inspection, the DNR found the ammonia leak had killed 66,500 fish.
The DNR believes last week’s leak stemmed from a tile line coming into the creek. Tile lines are used for draining farm land of wastewater. As Gibbons inspected the creek, he noticed how there were dead fish downstream of tile and live meadow upstream.
The DNR does not know who caused the leak or where it began. Gibbons looked into farm fields near the spillage and an agriculture cooperation in Collins, where the tile line extended, but could not find any evidence of a spill. Ultimately, the leak could have come from other counties, miles away.
LONDON - The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, is delighted to announce that Martin Purves has been appointed as Managing Director with immediate effect.
Purves joined IPNLF in July 2015 as Fisheries Development Director and has been instrumental in its expansion and development throughout the past 15 months. During an illustrious career in the fisheries sector, he has been a sea-going observer, fisheries scientist and resource manager and has conducted consultancy work on numerous international projects. Until joining the IPNLF team, Martin led the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Southern Africa Programme for seven years after establishing MSC’s first African office in 2008.
Surat Thani - For many years, farmer Noppadol Tawee lived with the constant fear of waking up and finding all the shrimp that were growing in his pond floating dead in the water.
"The shrimp used to get sick, and I lost all of them several times. Some years, I could make a lot of money; in others, I could lose everything," explains Noppadol, a shrimp farmer living in Kanchanadit, a district in the province of Surat Thani in Southern Thailand.
His neighbours advised him that the solution to his problem was related to a very specific kind of tree: the mangrove. Years ago, before shrimp production came to the region, mangroves had covered the coastline of the region, housing dozens of marine animals, including shrimp, small fish and crabs.
VISHAKAPATTANAM - Two major forces in the seafood sector Japan and Korea have expressed interest in investing in value addition of seafood products in India, according to union commerce minister Nirmala Sitaraman.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the 20th India International Seafood Show being held at Vishakapattanam on Friday, she invited the trade members of both the countries to visit the aquaculture farms in the country,particularly Andhra Pradesh, which is leading in aquaculture production in the country.
She said both the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government are keen to increase the value addition of Indian seafood exports which have touched INR 30000 crore annually. "They can bring the technology and best practices from the world over and implement it here in a cost effective manner,'' she said.
A federal appeals court has ruled the U.S. government must produce a management plan for an Alaskan salmon fishery open to net-fishing before it can delegate oversight to the state.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday 21st of September 2016 that a 2012 amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act incorrectly removed a part of Cook Inlet, one of the nation's most productive salmon fisheries, from a federal fishery management plan.
High microplastic content found in commercial fish Spain
Researchers at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography who analyzed micro-plastics intake in fish species of the Spanish Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts found a high percentage of them in the stomachs of several commercially important fish.
Tuna firm sues Aldi for trademark infringement United States
US-based tuna company American Tuna has filed a suit against discount supermarket chain Aldi accusing it of misusing its ‘Pole & Line’ mark to sell canned fish and related products similar to those of the company.
Hanjin’s shares grow 28pc after loan approval South Korea
Hanjin Shipping’s shares have experienced a 28 per cent growth after the board at Korean Air Lines, the firm's biggest shareholder, approved a loan for the troubled shipping firm.
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