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IN BRIEF - Impact of East Coast fisheries still playing out
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.
A metre-long fish that escaped from an aquatic centre during recent flooding has been found. The sturgeon, named Steve, swam out of World of Water in Romsey, Hampshire when it was inundated by flood water in early February 2014. But now staff at a car wash a mile from the centre have discovered him in a deep puddle.
They may look like guts stuffed in cellophane, but five fish hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand are providing scientists with new insights into how deep fish can survive.
In a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from the U.S., Britain and New Zealand describe catching translucent hadal snailfish at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles).
For many, many years, people living near the sea have caught fish, which they sell. In lagoons, such as those in Thua Thien-Hue province, they have caught shrimps using traps. Now, there are plans for those people to have a chance to also make a living from showing the lagoons to tourists.
Lanre Ogunsina, CEO of Fishmaster Ltd, an African catfish company based in Nigeria, has developed a new website that will help African catfish farmers better manage their ponds.
The new website will help catfish farmers know what quantity of feed to give to their fish on a daily basis and will explain the weights their fish should get to at appointed times in the culture period.
Scottish Fisheries Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has blamed the breakdown of EU/Norway fishing talks on the Norwegian delegation, which apparently walked out just when it appeared an agreement had been reached.
Speaking at the conclusion of the EU/Norway talks in Edinburgh Lochhead said: "Norway has taken the extremely disappointing and unprecedented step of walking away from the EU/Norway talk without signing the agreement after a conclusion had seemingly been reached. This agreement was in place on Friday night and had been approved by all Member States.
Bycatch in tuna fisheries, particularly in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, has been the focus of intense monitoring for the past few decades. With the realization in the 1980s that the purse seine fishery that set on tuna-dolphin associations resulted in substantial dolphin mortality, new fishing techniques were developed to mitigate that mortality. The use of these techniques became mandatory for the vessels that exploited tuna-dolphin associations, and a very ambitious observer program was implemented to document exhaustively the fishing operations by all large purse seiners in the region. As a result, a very valuable dataset has been accumulated over decades, which includes detailed information on catches and discards for all species caught. This has allowed scientists at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to quantify bycatch and to work closely with fishers to mitigate ecosystem impacts. This experience has led to a greater understanding of the role purse seine fishing plays in the greater marine ecosystem associated with tropical tunas.
The European Commission welcomes the positive outcome of the informal trilogue on the draft for a Framework Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning. If confirmed by the Council and the European Parliament, the Directive will help Member States cooperate more closely over cross-border sea areas, enabling them to take full account of land-sea interactions when developing their Maritime Spatial Planning.