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IN BRIEF - Lobster processing plant eyed by fisheries group

CANADA
Friday, January 18, 2013

The executive of a local fisheries group was anxiously awaiting the results of a feasibility study into a construction of a lobster processing plant owned by the community and fishermen.

In a letter to its members the 1688 Professional Lobster Fishermen Association wrote that the plant would be “one way we feel we can take back control over our industry.”

Once the feasibility study is complete, 1688 president James Mood said a business plan would need to be drafted and taken to government and potential investors.

Although in the beginning stages, Mood offered an ambitious hope that a new plant could be up and running in time to take part in the 2013-14 lobster season.

Source: Greg Bennett / thecoastguard.ca


IN BRIEF - We could eat 90% of the fish we feed other fish

WORLDWIDE
Saturday, February 18, 2017

There’s a reason why fish is fed other fish. You know how people say fish is good for you because it contains healthy fats such as omega 3? Well, most fish we eat today comes from aquaculture, and aquaculture fish doesn’t really have the oils we’re looking for. That’s why these cultured creatures are often fed other, wild fish — especially anchovy, menhaden or herring that nobody is clamoring for, anyway. It’s truly ironic and backward, isn’t it? We want to eat fish because it has good stuff, but the fish we eat doesn’t have good stuff. So we feed the fish with the good stuff to the fish without the good stuff so we can get the good stuff. So why aren’t we doing this directly?

Well, many growers will tell you that that’s not really possible, mostly for economic reasons. People don’t want to buy that kind of fish, there just isn’t a market for it. Well, this new study published on Monday in the journal Fish and Fisheries claims differently.

They found that out of the 20 million tons of fish destined for fishmeal production each year, 70% is destined for other fish to eat. The rest is fed to pig and chicken to speed growth and encourage the development of some nutrient. But this isn’t really necessary, and it adds a lot of unneeded pressure on already diminishing stocks. Furthermore, while many Americans often prefer shrimp and salmon, global preferences are quite different. Tilapia and carp top the preference list in China, for instance.

Author: MIHAI ANDREI / zmescience.com | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - IOF Seminar Series: Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries - live-streamed on Facebook IN FEW HOURS!

CANADA
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Today the Sea Around Us‘ Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller will be sharing their views on the importance of the Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries, the first book to provide accurate, country-by-country fishery data.

Their presentation is part of the IOF Seminar Series held every Friday at the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory 120, located at the University of British Columbia 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver.

Their presentation will start at 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed on Facebook. Just follow this link https://www.facebook.com/sea.aroundus.7/, join our community and submit your questions.

For a quick preview, watch Daniel Pauly explaining why the Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries is an indispensable resource for researchers, students, fishery managers, professionals in the fishing industry, and environmentalists.


IN BRIEF - NZ flagged vessels should employ New Zealanders - NZ First

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, February 18, 2017

It is unacceptable that foreign-owned and controlled companies with New Zealand flagged vessels fishing in New Zealand waters are favouring foreign crews ahead of New Zealanders, says New Zealand First Fisheries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.

"New Zealand First has been advised Jaico Ltd, a New Zealand listed fishing company based in Timaru with two directors - one in Korea, another in Timaru - want 100 crew for their trawler Pacinui and seek an Approval in Principle from Immigration NZ to do so. To get approval there must not be suitable New Zealand workers available.

"However, Jaico’s job advertisements are clearly biased in favour of employing Koreans in all of the key positions and excluding New Zealanders, even though Pacinui is a New Zealand flagged vessel and is fishing in New Zealand waters. It is clear Jaico want their ship crewed by Koreans in which case work conditions are less likely to meet New Zealand requirements.

"With Jaico favouring Korean qualifications in their job advertisements, Immigration NZ should suspend their request for an Approval in Principle because it is a manifest attempt to skirt around our laws and avoid hiring New Zealanders. "The employment criteria should be New Zealand qualifications or their equivalent.

"Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse appeared confused when questioned in Parliament today, at first confirming the system was working but later saying he wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t. National is not taking this seriously," says Mr Prosser.

Source: voxy.co.nz/


IN BRIEF - Albacore tuna gets second sustainability tick

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, February 17, 2017

New Zealand¹s albacore tuna troll fishery has been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as being sustainably managed. The certification is valid for a period of 5 years and requires annual audits to ensure the fishery maintains its high level of performance.

MSC Program Director for Oceania, Anne Gabriel, has congratulated the New Zealand albacore tuna fishery.

Doug Saunders-Loder, of the Tuna Management Association (TMA) says the fishery was first certified in 2011.

A fleet of around 140 vessels troll unbaited lures to capture the predominantly young albacore during a migration down New Zealand¹s west coast during the summer months,
The annual catch of around 2,500 tonnes is only a small fraction of the overall annual catch from the South Pacific albacore stock of around 85,000 tonnes, which is taken mainly by international longliners.

Source: voxy.co.nz


IN BRIEF - World's oceans losing oxygen, threatening marine life, study finds

GERMANY
Friday, February 17, 2017

The oxygen content in the world's oceans has decreased by more than two per cent in the past 50 years and could decrease by seven per cent by 2100, a new study shows. 

The study, conducted at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Keil, Germany, is being called the the first in-depth study of global ocean oxygen content, examining how global warming is impacting oceanic oxygen and why it is a concern. 

After studying 50 years of data, researchers found the greatest volume of oxygen losses had occurred in the North Pacific, while the largest percentage loss was in the Arctic Ocean. 

The main cause for the drop in oceanic oxygen is climate change, they say, specifically rising water temperatures. 

Warmer water temperatures account for 15 per cent of oxygen loss, the researchers found, the majority from reduced stratification — when surface water doesn't sink to the ocean floor — caused by changing temperatures in the Arctic and the melting of sea ice. 

Source: ABC | 
The study is published in the journal Nature


IN BRIEF - Rescue for the Sea of Glass

CANADA
Friday, February 17, 2017

Last living remains of an ancient European species, which built the foundations of our landscape, to be offered protection The Canadian government has increased protection for fragile 9,000 year-old glass sponge reefs to prevent their destruction by fishing trawlers.

The ancient reefs, which were discovered off the country’s Northwest coast only 30 years ago, are the only large-form, living examples of their type in the world. The reefs reach the height of an 8-storey building in parts and cover 1,000 km2 of ocean floor.  

Fossilized remains of the whole reef system today form giant cliffs that stretch across much of the European mainland from Russia, through Germany, France and all the way to Portugal.

The reefs were discovered in 1987 by a team of Canadian scientists surveying the seafloor in Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, off the North coast of British Columbia.

The new designation bans destructive fishing activity near the reef structures following pressure from the Canadian public and marine scientists around the world. Scientists estimate that about 50 per cent of the glass sponge reefs have already been destroyed by bottom trawlers and other heavy fishing gear.


IN BRIEF - Falkland prepares a tribute with the fishing fleet for the 30 years of activity in the islands

FALKLAND ISLANDS
Friday, February 17, 2017

The Government of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) will pay a tribute to the fishing fleet on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Interim Conservation and Administration Zone (FICZ), which regulates fishing activities. There will be represented the boats of Galician companies that operate every year in their waters in search of squid (Loligo), mainly.

The meeting will take place tomorrow and it is planned that the vessels fishing in its waters will be there, which will offer a unique image for this holiday, as reported by the president of the Shipowners Cooperative of Vigo (ARVI), Javier Touza, Of the visit of a delegation of the Government of the islands this week to Vigo. The next day, Sunday, the fleet will leave for a reconnaissance of the fishing ground.

According to the Director of Natural Resources, John Barton, fishing generated since 1987 about 564 million pounds (about 660.2 million euros to the current change) through the licenses to be able to fish delivered by the Department of Fisheries.


IN BRIEF - Halibut fishery certified as sustainable

UNITED STATES
Friday, February 17, 2017

Alaska’s halibut fishery has been awarded continued certification to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Certification Program, according to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Association.

The Alaska halibut fishery was first certified to the RFM certification program in April 2011 and in early 2016 began the process of reassessment, with the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association serving as the client for the fishery.

ASMI chose its responsible fisheries management model based on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations code and guidelines, which meets the highest benchmarks for credible certification.

The Alaska RFM program is a voluntary and internationally accredited certification assessment of whether an Alaska fishery is responsibly managed based on strict criteria, including fisheries standards and chain of custody standards.

Source: The Cordova Times


IN BRIEF - Irish trawler owners deny trafficking and employment offences

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Friday, February 17, 2017

The trial of two Irish trawler owners charged with offences under the Irish Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act and Employment Permits Act opened in Cork district court on Wednesday.

Leonard Hyde, 62, of Crosshaven, County Cork and Pat O’Mahony, 51, of Kinsale, County Cork, both denied knowingly facilitating the illegal immigration of a Filipino migrant fisherman, Demie Omol, who worked on their vessel in 2015. They also denied employing a non-EU national without a permit.

The court was told by prosecution witness Detective Garda Mairead Moriarty that she had made an inspection of the vessel owned by the two men, the Labardie Fisher, in October 2015 in Crosshaven, following a complaint. On board she found a Filipino fisherman, Lyndon Magale, who had no immigration stamp for Irelandin his passport and no work permit. She subsequently obtained letters of employment for the Labardie Fisher relating to Magale and a second Filipino, Omol, and invited Hyde and O’Mahony to interview under caution.

Source: The guardian | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Thai Union tops in Asia for CSR and Sustainability in latest Seafood Intelligence Top 100 Report

THAILAND
Friday, February 17, 2017

BANGKOK - Thai Union Group PCL ’s 2015 Sustainability Report has earned the number-one ranking in Asia for sustainability reporting in the recently-released Top 100 Seafood Firms’ Transparency Benchmark from Seafood Intelligence, a global news service that reports on the seafood sector and evaluates the industry’s sustainability data and transparency levels.

“Thai Union is incredibly proud to be named in Seafood Intelligence’s latest Top 100 report,” said Darian McBain, Ph.D., Thai Union’s global director for sustainable development. “Sustainability remains of critical importance for Thai Union. As a leading seafood company, we are determined to drive positive change throughout the industry.”

Thai Union’s report, released in May of last year, was ahead of 35 other firms headquartered on the Asian continent. Additionally, Thai Union was rated in the top five of all wild-catch fisheries firms worldwide and in the top three of wild-catch tuna fishing companies globally.

Source: Thai Union


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