HA NOI - Viet Nam's exports of agricultural, forestry and fisheries products reached USD 1.78 billion in February 2014, taking the sector's total export value in the first two months to USD 4.177 billion, a year-on-year decrease of 1.9 per cent.
West coast fishery managers are poised to make a decision next week that could alter the future of fishing in federal waters off the Pacific Coast, as well as in Oregon's state-regulated nearshore waters.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council is scheduled to vote Monday 9th of March 2015 on a proposal to restrict new forage fisheries off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington unless prospective fishermen can prove harvesting a new species would not damage the ecosystem.
"It's really a visionary move," said Paul Shively, who manages the Pew Charitable Trusts' Pacific Ocean conservation efforts. "This puts the ocean first."
Seventy-five scientists from around the globe on Thursday 5th of March 2015 sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging the federal government not to move ahead with use of seismic airguns in the Atlantic Ocean for oil and gas exploration. They say the use of the guns, which create canonlike air blasts underwater, represents a "significant threat to marine life throughout the region." The air blasts fire every 10-12 seconds for weeks or months at a time, which the scientists say can harm marine mammals such as whales that rely on sound waves to communicate, feed, mate and travel. The blasting can disrupt the reproduction and feeding of blue whales and other endangered whales "over vast ocean areas," the letter says.
Nine permits are before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which must also be approved by NOAA Fisheries before being finalized. The government says no seismic applications will be approved without measures meant to mitigate harm to marine life.
The Indonesian fisheries ministry has introduced two divisive pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the sustainability of Indonesia’s depleted ocean fisheries. Permen KP 1/2015 imposes size limits on wild-caught lobsters and crab, and forbids catching egg-bearing crustaceans. Permen KP 2/2015 bans trawl and seine fisheries. Fishermen last Thursday demonstrated outside the Ministry to protest the damage this will cause to their livelihoods.
The new regulations will allow the fisheries to regenerate, according to the ministry. Size restrictions were introduced to stem the “natural decline in national lobster and crab populations.” The ministry’s background report on the issue noted: “For the long-term sustainability of the wild lobster population, the length of the average lobster landed in ports must be longer than the average length of lobster with mature gonads.” Seine nets and trawlers were banned because they “caused fish stocks in the Indonesian fishery management zone to decline and threatened conservation of stocks.”
The nation’s two largest conventional grocery chains, Kroger and Safeway, have announced that they will not sell genetically engineered salmon. They join several other chains, including Target, Whole Foods (of course) and Trader Joe’s. Now let’s hope the holdouts, such as Costco, do the same.
The Food and Drug Administration has not yet decided whether to approve the salmon, with DNA retooled so that the fish grow twice as fast as conventional salmon. But the agency already has decided that the fish are safe to eat and are very unlikely to pose an environmental threat if they’re grown, as planned, in land-locked tanks.
Simplot-owned tuna brand John West is launching a new range of ready to eat tuna meals, Tuna Brown Rice & Quinoa, in Australia.
The company said this new line, which features "ancient grain superfoods", combines tuna, vegetables and sauce together with the brown rice & quinoa. The range includes three flavours: Moroccan, Thai Red Curry and Mediterranean.
The line aims to deliver a "convenient, healthy lunch or snack alternative," Simplot said.
The lobster fishery on the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec along the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Atlantic Canada has achieved certification against the global, science-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard as a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Following an independent assessment conducted by the conformity assessment body, SAI Global, lobster sourced from this fishery is now eligible to bear the blue MSC ecolabel.
MSC: Gaspésie lobster fishery in Quebec, Canada, achieves MSC certification
Accusations voiced against Tasmanian salmon farmers Australia
There have been claims at the Parliament of Tasmania that Macquarie Harbour may not be healthy enough for salmon farming.
This waterway is home to large-scale fish farms owned by salmon producers Tas...