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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 - Captain Keith Colburn of Deadliest Catch Becomes Ambassador for Seafood Nutrition Partnership

UNITED STATES
Monday, July 28, 2014

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Captain Keith Colburn, one of the stars of the hit television series Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel, has become an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP). In this role he will help to raise awareness among the public about seafood’s essential nutritional benefits.

“Seafood has meant everything to me, not just in my professional career, but in my own day-to-day life,” says Colburn. “I’ve always been a believer in the power of seafood for heart health and other benefits, and I’m proud to be able to work with Seafood Nutrition Partnership to get more people on board with seafood in their diets.”

Based in Seattle, Captain Colburn is a commercial crab fisherman who has spent 30 years fishing virtually every fishery in Alaska. At the helm of his crab fishing vessel, The Wizard, he has built a reputation as one of the Bering Sea’s most successful crabbers. He is also known as a tireless advocate for sustainable fisheries, speaking around the United States and abroad about the value of American fisheries and the health benefits of
seafood.

“Keith is a longtime friend and I not only have great admiration for his tough work out in the deep oceans, bringing seafood to our fellow Americans, but also for the passion he has for the industry,” says SNP board member Detlef Schrempf. “Those of us on the Board of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership are honored that he has become one of our Ambassadors, and will use his influence to champion our message of good health
through seafood.”

 

 

Seafood Nutrition Partnership: SNP Press Release - Capt. Keith Colburn


 

 


IN BRIEF - Gulf shrimping season off to a 'good' start

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

PORT OF BROWNSVILLE – Like hunters anxiously awaiting the start of deer season, shrimp boats from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi recently converged near the mouth of the Rio Grande along the southern Gulf Coast.

They were there to join local shrimpers for the opening of the Texas shrimp harvest season, according to Tony Reisinger, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for coastal and marine resources in Cameron County.

The shrimping business is competitive, financially risky and highly dangerous for crew members, Reisinger said, as he boarded vessels to help shrimpers stay compliant with federal rules and regulations.

“The traffic of shrimp boats trawling out there in the Gulf will be extremely heavy,” he said. “The payoff can be big if the catch is large and market prices are high, but the investment is very steep. And commercial fishing is the second most dangerous occupation, next to logging.”

Source: The Monitor

 


IN BRIEF - Louisiana shrimpers' catch is up in June compared to previous years

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

Louisiana shrimpers caught about 10 percent more pounds of brown shrimp in June 2014 than compared to the past seven years, according to recently federal fisheries estimates. June was the last full month of the brown shrimp season, as most inshore waters closed in July that year.

 

On Monday the 21st of July 2014, the remainder of state waters, except for areas of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a portion of the Mississippi Sound, closed to shrimpers.

Louisiana shrimpers' catch between January and June typically accounts for between 30 to 53 percent of the total annual harvest, according to a Southern Shrimp Alliance analysis.

The spring inshore brown shrimp season closes to protect young white shrimp from harvest, allowing them to grow to marketable sizes for the fall season. White shrimp mainly are harvested in August, September and October.

Source: Nola

 


IN BRIEF - Feces, poison found on Vietnam shishamo fish

JAPAN
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

A shipment of frozen shishamo, a type of smelt, from Vietnam has been found to contain rat poison and feces, Japanese officials said Thursday the 24th of July 2014.

 

The products were made by Vietnamese seafood processor Rich Beauty Food Co. and imported through an agent by Imura Industry Co. in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, prefectural and health ministry officials said.

The tainted products have been distributed to at least 12 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including Tokyo, Aichi, Kyoto and Osaka, Yamaguchi prefectural officials said, warning that the number could rise further.

Local health officials ordered Imura to stop selling the products, while the company is recalling products already sold. There have been no reports of health problems, the authorities said.

Source: The Japan News

 


IN BRIEF - NASA funds study of changing climate, land use on Chesapeake and Delaware Bays

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

UNIVERSITY PARK - Responding to the impact that a growing population and changing land use have had on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays over the past 60 years is the focus of a research project led by Penn State and supported by a USD 1.4 million grant from NASA.

 

Researchers involved in the three-year study are taking an interdisciplinary approach, using both computer models and data from NASA remote sensing satellites to understand the impacts climate change, land cover modifications and rising nitrogen levels from fertilizers have had on the estuaries and near-shore ocean waters. The study will bring together models of the watersheds' ecosystems, estuarine water quality and shellfish, specifically oysters and Atlantic surfclams.

"Climate change is a wild card for how estuaries and coastal waters in general might change in the future," said Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography at Penn State and lead researcher on the project. "If we can understand the past 50 or 60 years, where there have been trends and variability in climate that have had a big effect on water quality and ecology, then we'll be better able to make predictions about the future and develop appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies."

Source: Penn State News

 


IN BRIEF - After surviving a year of wild weather, nearly 30,000 oysters are moving out of the Inner Harbor

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

The oysters in the Inner Harbor are all grown up and moving out.

Nine months after Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore Inc. planted nearly 40,000 baby oysters around the Inner Harbor, the oysters have reached maturity and are being transported to a sanctuary in the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteers from Constellation, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and T. Rowe Price Group Inc. on Thursday the 24th of July 2014 pulled up oysters from two oyster gardens at the Inner Harbor.

The oysters have been growing at five oyster gardens in the harbor since October. Of the 37,500 planted, 70 percent survived, said Adam Lindquist, Healthy Harbor Coordinator for the Waterfront Partnership. He noted that’s much better than oysters’ 1 percent survival rate in the wild.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal

 


IN BRIEF - Oyster harvesters see unloading fees increase at some Peninsula docks

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

On a cloudy muggy morning along the shores of Deep Creek in Newport News' Menchville area, third generation marina operator Lonnell Perok-Coffen carries on the business left in her hands nearly five years ago by her father Steven Perok.

 

"Business has been very good," Coffen said, shortly after zooming around on her forklift at Newport News' Menchville Marina. "The watermen are bringing in more, which is good to see."

Oysters, long a major catch along the shores and tributaries of Chesapeake Bay across Hampton Roads, are finally showing signs of a comeback.

Jim Wesson, who oversees the management of oyster fisheries for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, said the Commonwealth's oyster harvest is expected to top more than 500,000 bushels — its highest level since 1987, but millions of bushels short of totals that once topped 10 to 11 million in the late 1890s and 1930s, Wesson said.

Source: Daily Press

 

 


IN BRIEF - Season Winds Down for Aleutian Herring Fleet

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

There's still fish in the water, but seiners are done harvesting herring in the Aleutian Islands.

 

The purse seine fleet picked up their last load of herring on Saturday 19 of July 2014, night north of Akutan. Fish & Game biologist Nathaniel Nichols says that leaves about 160 tons of herring on the table out of the 1,805 tons up for harvest this season.

"The processors decided they had enough before we got to the allocation, so they quit fishing," says Nichols.

Westward, Trident, and Peter Pan Seafoods each sent a purse seine vessel to participate. Nichols says the processors paid between USD 300 and USD 550 per ton for herring -- toward the high end of their usual price range.

Source: KUCB

 


IN BRIEF - French-Mozambican company expands clam farming in Nacala, northern Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

Aquapesca, a French-Mozambican company specialised in seafood farming has opened a new line for clam cultivation at its facilities in the city of Nacala-Porto, said laboratory technician Sidónio Juda Chan.

 

Chan told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that by opening this new clam production line the company now works with four species, the others being tiger prawns, “giga” or Japanese oysters and freshwater tilapia fish, following investment of just over EUR 40 million.

After being forced to bring production of “penaeus monodon” (Asian Tiger Prawn) shrimp larvae to a halt to due white spot syndrome virus that affected the entire Mozambican coast, Aquapesca launched other projects and is now one of the world’s biggest “meretrix metretrix” clam larvae or Asian hard shell clams.

In 2013 Aquapesca exported around 25 tons of clams to the Japanese market and this year expects to sell over 100 tons of shelled clams to that market. Collecting the clams involved around 3000 artisanal fishermen in the regions of Quelimane and Beira.

Source: Maca Hub

 


IN BRIEF - Icelandic Fisheries Minister: Quotas ‘based on science’

ICELAND
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

Icelandic Fisheries Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson has said that he has drawn up the total catch quotas for most species of fish for the upcoming fishing year following recommendations from organisations such as the Marine Research Institute.

 

Jóhannsson explained that it was important to ensure the country’s reputation remains strong among other fishing nations, so the quotas have been based on science. He said that it was “imperative” they can guarantee the best kind of scientific research when making such decisions.

Source: Ice News

 


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