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IN BRIEF - Impact of East Coast fisheries still playing out

UNITED STATES
Saturday, November 24, 2012

BATON ROUGE - If you thought Louisiana's seafood industry might get a boost from the lull in commercial fishing activity where Hurricane Sandy made landfall late last month, you were wrong.

Some seafood processors in southeast Louisiana said just the opposite is happening, that sales to buyers on the East Coast are down slightly as portions of states like New York and New Jersey continue to recover.

Source: Jeremy Alford / Houma Today

 


IN BRIEF - Fish test aids bid to tackle toxins

CHINA
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

Tiny fish that glow green and morph in the presence of toxins are joining front-line efforts in China to improve product safety.

 

Backed by a well-known Chinese venture capitalist, Hong Kong-based startup Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Ltd. says it's developed fish-based tests for more than 1,000 toxic chemicals that could help companies from drugmakers to food manufacturers identify disease-causing contaminants.

The technique relies on young transgenic zebrafish and medaka fish whose development is altered in specific ways by known toxins, indicating potential harm to human health. Vitargent's USD 300 screening test, which takes about two days to complete, could speed up product safety checks in a country beleaguered by scandals over tainted items, founder Eric Chen said.

Source: Arkansas Online

 


IN BRIEF - Researchers Develop New Model to Test How Dams Affect Viability of Sea-Run Fish Species

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

Using a model of endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine's Penobscot River as a case study, NOAA researchers found that abundance, distribution and number of fish increased upstream when dams in the primary downstream segments of the river, also called "mainstem dams," were removed or fish passage survival was increased. The findings were recently published online in the ICES Journal of Marine Science.

 

Models like this one, which analyze population viability based on a variety of biological, environmental, and functional factors, can be used to predict ecological responses of fish populations. They can also provide a way to evaluate and prioritize management and restoration actions for fish that migrate between fresh and salt water.

Source: AZO Cleantech

 


IN BRIEF - A call for research into climate change effect on aquaculture

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An international scientific group is calling for more research on the possible effects of climate change on aquaculture before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later in 2015.

The nonprofit research organisation WorldFish, says there's a lack of research on the impact of increased sea temperatures, salinity and seawater intrusion on the industry and this could compromise future fish supplies.

John Benzie, leader of the genetics group at WorldFish, says maintaining fish supplies despite climate change will be crucial to the health of Pacific nations.

Source: Radio Australia

 


IN BRIEF - Wildlife trust launches project to fish for litter in North Sea

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

The York-based Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is launching an ambitious project to tackle litter in the North Sea.

 

With the support of partners including the Holderness Fishing Industry Group, the trust will be working with local communities to collect and dispose of both fishing related and general marine rubbish.

The Fishing for Litter project, which is funded by the European Fisheries Fund, is also intended to raise awareness of the problems marine waste causes for the industry and reduce littering in future.

Source: The Press

 


IN BRIEF - Russia mulls longer food import ban against West

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday 23rd of May 2015 that the Russian government will decide in August whether to extend its food import ban against a host of Western countries, and the decision will be subject to the country's national interests.

"We will make these decisions from our national interests. We were forced to adopt these responsive measures by actions of our neighbors and trade partners, so we need to see what decisions they will make," Medvedev was quoted as saying by the TASS news agency.

As the ban is to expire for a year in August, he said, Russia will decide whether to extend it, adjust it or give it up completely.

Source: English People

 


IN BRIEF - 2 Alaska fisheries council representatives disqualified from voting on halibut bycatch

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

In a move that throws a curveball into the volatile halibut bycatch issue, two Alaska representatives have been disqualified from voting when the matter comes before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council when it meets June 1-9 in Sitka.

 

Seafood.com reports that Simon Kineen and David Long both must recuse themselves because of their employment by groundfish companies, creating a financial conflict of interest. Ironically, both had voted on the side of halibut small boat fishermen in December.

The move deprives Alaska representatives of their majority in the fish council on the issue, pitting Seattle flatfish factory trawlers against small Alaska longline halibut boats.

 

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

 


IN BRIEF - Fisheries sector urged to improve production technologies

VIET NAM
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

HA NOI - Viet Nam's fisheries industry should better utilise modern production technologies to improve its competitiveness in the global market, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat at a conference on Saturday the 23rd of May 2015.

 

The minister said that, though the fisheries industry made some remarkable achievements, it has performed less than expected, especially in applying the world's advanced technologies for the sector including the breeding.

He said that research institutions had not made the best use of the state budget to help developing the industry.

Source: Viet Nam News

 


IN BRIEF - Fishermen hit the Med w/ bigger bluefin quotas

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

Washingtong (DC) - 25th of May 2015 marks the opening of the Atlantic bluefin tuna purse seine (large nets) fishing season in the Mediterranean. The population is still at risk. On top of that quotas are up, one country is threatening to fish even more than its quota, and a system for keeping illegal catch out of the market is still not fully implemented.

Here’s the hook – the European Union has identified the fight against illegal fisheries as one of its key political priorities. It is making waves around the world, closely engaging with non-EU countries to improve their systems to combat illegal fishing - and this, at times, has resulted in a ban on the import of fish products from these countries into the EU. At the same time the European Union is hesitant to support the adoption of a system that would identify illegally caught Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of the highest profile species fished anywhere in the world, moving between its Member States. Why? That’s a good question for Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, who claims that the EU, “[has] made a lot of progress already” on fighting illegal fishing. Nevertheless, seizures of illegally caught tuna indicate that compliance with fisheries measures continues to be a challenge.

 


IN BRIEF - Fish farm facing big court judgments, questions

UNITED STATES
Saturday, May 23, 2015

 

MUNCIE – An Albany-area fish farm that fell out of contact with Delaware County economic development officials is now facing more questions — and more than USD 200,000 in court judgments stemming from lawsuits.

 

Bell Aquaculture has been sued by businesses owed money by the fish farm. In at least two cases, Bell officials lost in court because they never responded to the lawsuits, court records show.

People who have done business with Bell tell The Star Press the company’s behavior is baffling and wonder if it indicates a business in serious trouble. Companies that won court judgments hope that is not the case.

Source: The Star Press

 


IN BRIEF - New model predicts fish population response to dams, other ecological factors

UNITED STATES
Saturday, May 23, 2015

 

Researchers have developed a model to assess how dams affect the viability of sea-run fish species that need to pass dams as they use both fresh and marine waters during their lifetimes. NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) have partnered on this project to test how varying passage efficiency at dams related to survival rates for these species.

Using a model of endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine's Penobscot River as a case study, NOAA researchers found that abundance, distribution and number of fish increased upstream when dams in the primary downstream segments of the river, also called "mainstem dams," were removed or fish passage survival was increased. The findings were recently published online in the ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Models like this one, which analyze population viability based on a variety of biological, environmental, and functional factors, can be used to predict ecological responses of fish populations. They can also provide a way to evaluate and prioritize management and restoration actions for fish that migrate between fresh and salt water.

Source: Phys

 


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