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IN BRIEF - Good outcome for Scots fishermen at EU-Norway negotiations

Friday, January 18, 2013

Scottish fishermen have broadly welcomed the outcome of negotiations between the EU and Norway to decide upon catching allocations for shared stocks in 2013.

The bilateral talks concluded this morning, and against a background of recovering stocks and the scientific advice, quota increases were agreed for a number of key stocks including North Sea haddock (15% increase), North Sea whiting (11%), North Sea plaice (15%), North Sea saithe (15%), and North Sea herring (18%). The North Sea cod quota remains unchanged at the 2011 level, with a facility for boats to increase their cod catch further if they participate in catch quota trials. There was also a 15% increase for West of Scotland saithe.

For mackerel, a catch limit was set that followed scientific advice and which will maintain the EU and Norway’s traditional share of the total allowable catch. This is an arrangement that will signal the resolve of the EU and Norway against the background of continuing failure to achieve an international management agreement for the stock with Iceland and the Faroes.

Source: SFF - Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

IN BRIEF - Morrisons recalls fish products over allergy fears

Saturday, October 01, 2016

One of the biggest supermarkets in Coventry and Warwickshire has moved to withdraw products from its shelves.

Morrisons, which operates numerous stores across the city and throughout the surrounding region, has recalled a fish product because of unlisted ingredients.

The retailer has confirmed is recalling its 2 Sea Bass Fillets with Lemongrass, Lime & Chilli Butter because it contains mustard which is not mentioned on the label.

This means the product is a possible risk for anyone with an allergy to mustard.

"We are asking all customers with a mustard allergy or intolerance not to consume this product and return it to their nearest store for a full refund," a Morrisons spokesman said.

Source: Coventry Telegraph

IN BRIEF - Whirling disease affecting fish confirmed in 6 more locations near Banff National Park

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Officials have confirmed the deadly whirling disease, which affects fish, has been found at six more locations in waterways near Banff National Park.

"Clearly, having the disease fairly well established in Banff National Park isn't positive news,"  Roger Ramcharita, a regional director for Alberta Environment and Parks.

"We're still very hopeful that the incidences of whirling disease hasn't spread throughout the Bow [River] system."

Posted to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website on Monday, the six latest locations include:

-Spray River upstream from the confluence of the Cascade River and Cascade Creek.
-Cascade Creek upstream from the confluence of the Cascade River and Cascade Creek.
-Carrot Creek upstream of the confluence of Cascade River and Cascade Creek.
-Bow River near Tunnel Mountain.
-Lower Cascade River upstream from the confluence of the Bow River and the Cascade River.
-Bow River downstream from the confluence of the Bow River and Carrot Creek.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Study suggests commercial fishing depletes key nutrients in coral reefs

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Many of the ecosystems most impacted by human activities, such as tropical forests and coral reefs, are also among the most biodiverse in the world. But a recent study determined that conserving biodiversity may not be enough to ensure coral reefs rebound from the impacts of exploitation by mankind.

In coral reef ecosystems, fish typically constitute a substantial portion of living biomass and thus represent an important reservoir of nutrients. So it makes sense that the removal of biomass via fishing impacts the nutrient capacity of coral reefs.

And because nutrient inputs from outside reef systems are scarce, the replacement of nutrients removed by fishing occurs at a slow rate — “a dynamic that is analogous to the disruption of nutrient cycles in tropical rainforests following intensive timber harvest,” according to an article published in the journal Nature Communications in August 2016.

But it is unknown exactly how much fishing — and, in particular, the selective exploitation of certain species — impacts the fish nutrient capacity of coral reef ecosystems, the authors of the article, a team led by Jacob Allgeier of the University of Washington, Seattle’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science, write in the article.

Source: Mongabay

IN BRIEF - Cocaine accumulation in fish eyes

Saturday, October 01, 2016

A study by Eawag and Zurich University researchers using a new imaging method has revealed that, surprisingly, cocaine accumulates in the eyes of zebrafish. The findings indicate that chemicals -- especially psychoactive drugs -- need to be assessed quite differently with waterborne exposure than, for example, when pharmaceutical substances are tested in mice. In particular, the uptake mechanisms and effects of cocaine in fish cannot simply be transferred to mammals or humans.

Zebrafish larvae a few days old are frequently used in toxicology tests -- e.g. to study the behavioural effects of drugs -- in order to avoid experiments in mammals. Taking the example of cocaine, researchers at Eawag, together with colleagues at Zurich University, have now shown that the uptake and distribution patterns and the effects of the drug in zebrafish differ in many ways from those in mammals. In their study, a complex imaging method (MALDI MSI[i]) was used for the first time to determine where cocaine accumulates in zebrafish. After being exposed to a defined concentration of the drug for eight hours, the larvae were euthanized and frozen. Tissue samples a few micrometres thick were then imaged by laser scanning.

The images show that the greatest accumulation of cocaine is to be found, not in the brain, but in the eyes, where concentrations over 1500 mg/kg were measured -- compared to around 300-400 mg/kg in the trunk and brain. This finding is striking: while increased concentrations have been observed in the head region in other fish studies, the highest concentrations were assumed (without more precise measurements) to occur in the brain. In addition, compared to mammals, these levels are very high: in mice, concentrations 100 times lower are generally lethal, and in humans, 1000 times lower. Environmental toxicologist Kristin Schirmer, who co-led the project with Thomas Kraemer of the Zurich Institute of Forensic Medicine, cannot yet fully explain their findings. It is, however, clear that cocaine is taken up rapidly and continuously by zebrafish larvae, which at this early stage have not yet a fully developed blood-brain barrier.

Source: Science Daily

IN BRIEF - Warm Pacific Ocean 'blob' facilitated vast toxic algae bloom

Saturday, October 01, 2016

SEATTLE - A new study finds that unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures helped cause a massive bloom of toxic algae in 2015 that closed lucrative fisheries from California to British Columbia and disrupted marine life from seabirds to sea lions.

Scientists linked the large patch of warm ocean water, nicknamed the "blob," to the vast ribbon of toxic algae that flourished in 2015 and produced record-breaking levels of a neurotoxin that is harmful to people, fish and marine life.

The outbreak of the toxin domoic acid, the largest ever recorded on the West Coast, closed razor clam seasons in Washington and Oregon and delayed lucrative Dungeness crab fisheries along the coast. High levels were also detected in many stranded marine mammals.

"We're not surprised now having looked at the data, but our study is the first to demonstrate that linkage," said Ryan McCabe, lead author and a research scientist at the University of Washington's Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean. "It's the first question that everyone was asking."

Source: NZ Herald

IN BRIEF - Conservation plan to boost fish stocks

Saturday, October 01, 2016

The public are being asked to back proposals to create new marine wildlife havens off the Fylde coast. The Wildlife Trust has called on Government to improve protection for threatened marine species by increasing the number of Marine Conservation Zones around he UK.

A list of 48 sites around the UK has been put forward by the Trust including three off Lancashire which would help improve conditions in spawning grounds in the Wyre, Ribble and Lune estuaries. The trust hopes that if all 48 zones it will complete a network of special places where habitats and wildlife can flourish to safeguard healthy and productive seas for the future.

The proposals would limit some trawler activity – a move which may not be popular with fishing industry bosses already concerned by the encroachment of wind farms on fishing grounds. 

Source: The Gazette

IN BRIEF - 'US cutting duty on shrimp imports to benefit Indian farmers'

Friday, September 30, 2016

US government's decision to roll back the hike in anti-dumping duty on shrimp imports from India will benefit the country's farmers and lead to higher production, rating agency Icra said today. 

"... The impact of any hike/decline in duty/tax will be passed on back to the farmers by the processors, and not to the end consumer.

"Hence, while farmers bear the price-risk, they stand to benefit from the current reduction in duty levels. This could lead to increase in sowing and higher shrimp production in the near term," Icra said in a report. 

The US Department of Commerce (US DoC) in its 10th annual review had increased the weighted average anti-dumping duty (ADD) on shrimp imports from India to 4.98 per cent up from 2.96 per cent. 

Source: Business Standard

IN BRIEF - Hungry seals find their way back to raid Tasmanian salmon pens

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hungry seals are repeat offenders when it comes to infiltrating salmon pens, documents obtained by the ABC under Right to Information show.

The data reveals salmon giants Tassal and Huon Aquaculture were kept busy last year removing a total of 232 seals from pens in Tasmania.

Almost half of the callouts were for "recaptures" meaning the seal had been in the salmon pen before.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - FDA warns Supervalu on seafood facility violations

Friday, September 30, 2016

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Supervalu regarding “serious violations” of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation at a seafood processing facility in Denver, Pa.

An inspection of Supervalu’s facility in August found 21 instances where seafood was stored at too high a temperature, according to the letter. FDA also found fault with Supervalu’s monitoring procedures and corrective action plan, as well as gaps in the loading bay doors of receiving and distribution areas. As a result, FDA deemed Supervalu’s products at the seafood facility to be adulterated.

The letter states that Supervalu responded to the inspection observations in early September 2016, but FDA found that response to be inadequate.

Source: Supermarket News

IN BRIEF - Tilapia, cashew draw Vietnamese investors

Friday, September 30, 2016

Vietnamese investors, currently on a one-week working visit to Ghana, are seeking to establish joint ventures with Ghanaian partners in the production of tilapia, cashew and rice.

At a Ghana-Vietnam Business Forum held in Accra, on Tuesday, Dao Manh Duc, who is the second Head of Trade, Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Nigeria, said the team is looking for opportunities in production, processing, and marketing of the said products.

The visit, facilitated by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ghana-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was initiated for both parties to strengthen the existing trade relations.

Source: Ghana Web

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