Due to timing and cost savings considerations, the board has decided to cancel its February 16-17 meeting in Bellingham and will next convene on March 3-4 in Anchorage. Having just met on January 19th - and in the absence of pressing business that couldn't wait two weeks - the decision was made to reduce costs and meet as planned in Anchorage.
We welcome any members that live or will be in the Anchorage area to attend in March. For members who planned to attend the Bellingham meeting, we hope to see you in Anchorage or at our annual member meeting in the Bay in June.
And as always, members unable to attend meetings are encouraged to submit comments to the board for inclusion in both board and committee discussions. Please send to email@example.com.
All lot codes up to and including February 8, 2016 of Giant Eagle brand Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets, prepared and sold from the Seafood department inside Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets through February 4, 2016 have been voluntarily recalled by Giant Eagle due to an undeclared soy allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The product is safe for consumption by those who do not have soy allergies.
Approximately 420 packages of Japanese Breaded Cod Fillets were purchased by customers in Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets in Pennsylvania and Ohio. There are no reported illnesses to date associated with this recall.
The fillets were sold from the Seafood department with a UPC beginning with 268106.
Giant Eagle became aware of the issue during ongoing ingredient declaration monitoring. The product label for the fillets, which contain soy, omitted soy as an allergen.
Customers with a soy allergy who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return it to their local Giant Eagle or Market District store for a refund. Customers with questions may call Giant Eagle Customer Care at 1-800-553-2324 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.
Eight Scottish local fisheries groups, including in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland, have won a GBP 6.5m share in a European fund to develop the fishing industry.
More than GBP 500k goes to the Western Isles, with Shetland and Orkney each receiving more than GBP 400k.
More groups in the fishing and aquaculture industries are being encouraged to apply for a share of a GBP 100m European and Maritime Fisheries Fund pot.
Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead encouraged further applications as he announced that, in a UK first, the eight Scottish fisheries local action groups (see below for full list) have won a share of the EMFF worth GBP 6.5 million to support and develop the fishing industry in key areas.
Oyster aquaculture is seeing a boost in the southern regions of the Chesapeake and as far south as Florida. Recent legislation signed by Gov. McAuliffe in Virginia opened up the “Virginia Oyster Trail,” which is akin to the state’s wine trail, showcasing the varietal differences associated with growing oysters in different regions.
Virginia is the largest producer of farm-raised oysters on the East Coast. Sweet, salty, mild and briny notes distinguish oysters grown in one watershed versus another, and gives them a specific flavor profile, or merrier. Virginia boasts seven distinct regions, from the salts of the Eastern Shore to the sweets of the Rappahannock River.
Thanks to advances in oyster genetics, growers can utilize an enhanced triploid oyster that reaches maturity in two years as opposed to the three years that is characteristic of wild oysters. A triploid oyster has three sex chromosomes instead of two and is inherently sterile. This allows the oyster to put all of its energy into growing. The concept is similar to that of a seedless watermelon. These triploid oysters can also be harvested year-round as opposed to seasonally, like wild oysters.
MAJURO - As Pacific fisheries officials gather in Nadi, Fiji from Monday for a three-day series of meeting focused on the future of a tuna treaty with the United States, the head of a powerful island fisheries bloc says the U.S. treaty is a “distraction” taking valuable time away from managing the fishing industry.
Dr. Transform Aqorau, CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA, said the recent collapse of the nearly 30-year-old treaty with the U.S. government and its tuna industry opens “a huge opportunity for PNA to re-assert control over the fishery.”
The Forum Fisheries Agency called the three-day meeting this week in Fiji so the islands can respond to the U.S. State Department’s formal announcement last month that it is withdrawing from the treaty that has governed the U.S. tuna industry since the late 1980s. U.S. government and industry were to pay the Pacific islands USD 89 million in 2016 for licenses for about 40 tuna boats. But, after agreeing last August to this amount for buying 6,200 fishing days, a portion of the U.S. industry said it couldn’t pay. As of January 1 2016, the U.S. fleet is no longer licensed to fish in the region following its default.
Some islands that reserved large numbers of days for the U.S. fleet or where fishing revenue from the U.S. makes up a high percentage of the government budget have been hit hard by the U.S. default, Aqorau acknowledged. “The lesson for those putting all their eggs in the U.S. treaty basket is diversify in the future,” he said.
Namibe - A factory with the capacity to produce 90 tons of fishmeal was inaugurated on Thursday the 4th of February 2016 in Tômbwa Municipality, south-western Namibe Province, by the Fisheries minister, Vitoria de Barros Neto.
The new plant, inaugurated in the ambit of the commemorations of the 55th anniversary of the start of the armed struggle against the colonial occupation, will employ in its initial stage 150 new workers, mainly young people.
The minister said on the occasion that the Namibe Province has the capacity to develop the activity of catching mussels and shrimps, sea products that are much sought after in the internal and external markets.
"In this context the Executive has taken important measures aimed at improving the business activities linked to the fisheries sector (... )", she explained.
The study focused only on freshwater fish farming, which accounts for 95 percent of Myanmar’s reported aquaculture. Myanmar is a “rice-fish” culture, the researchers said, meaning that rice provides most of the energy in the diet, and fish provides a large share of micro-nutrients.
Almost as much is spent by households on fish (14pc of total food spending) as on rice (around 19pc), the report found.
Yet only 20pc of fish consumed in Myanmar is home-grown, compared with 80pc in neighbouring Thailand and 55pc in Bangladesh.
Three Cuban aquaculture experts, who were provided to Namibia by that country’s Ministry of Food and Industry, assisted in attaining a record fish production of 60 tons at Epalela fish farm during 2014.
“This is the highest production ever attained at the fish farm since its establishment, which is a commendable job,” said Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau.
He revealed this record production during official talks with Cuba’s Minister of Food and Industry, María del Carmen Concepción, in the capital on Thursday the 4th of Febbruary 2016.
Esau added that last year the three aquaculture experts, whose contracts in Namibia have been extended by three years, were relocated to Mpungu fish farm in the Kavango West Region to provide technical expertise and improve fish production there.
“Mpungu has a production capacity of 20 tons of fish and during their stay they managed to stock all the production ponds with a total of 78 000 fingerlings and the harvest is expected to be done in March (2016),” said Esau.
The parliamentary standing committee on ministry of fisheries and livestock on Sunday 7th of February 2016 recommended increasing the duration of the ban on the catching of Hilsa fish to 22 days from 15 days.
The committee based on a report prepared by the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute also recommended the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry to engage local government representatives and local lawmakers concerned to ensure ban.
The government last year increased the yearly ban to 15 days from previous 11 days, which is timed to coincide with the spawning season of the fish.
The committee, earlier, suggested increasing the ban for 30 days which BFRI opposed the idea saying natural balance of the marine species could be hampered if catching ban on Hilsa continues for one month.
“Overall growth of the fish particularly size will be hampered and capacity of laying eggs of mother Hilsa will also be reduced if we allow mother fish to lay eggs for around one month,” said BFRI report.
Researchers are finding that even in some of the cleanest waters in the U.S., pollution appears to be altering the sex functions of fish and making them intersex, a condition that hinders reproduction.
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, near the U.S.-Canada border, is among the “most productive and pristine wetland ecosystems” in the Northeast. Yet even there, researchers are seeing troubling abnormalities in fish populations, and it is raising concerns about water quality across the country.
The problem at hand: endocrine disruption. In fish populations, this refers to “the presence of female eggs in male testes indicates some kind of hormonal confusion,” National Geographic reported.
In a new study, “scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey studied fish in 19 national wildlife refuges in the U.S. Northeast, including Missisquoi,” the report said.
Switzerland launches USD 2m-project to boost Egyptian aquaculture Egypt
The Embassy of Switzerland’s Office for International Cooperation, in collaboration with WorldFish and CARE International, has launched a project aimed at boosting production of inexpensive, nutritious and safe fish from sustainable aquaculture systems in Egypt.
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