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.
ROCKPORT - Governor Paul LePage said Friday aa company from China is talking about buying one of Maine’s pulp and paper mills.
The Governor told an international trade conference in Rockport he has met with the company –which he wouldn’t name- and while there are no commitments yet, said they are very interested in Maine. He said it would be one more example of how Maine is expanding international trade, especially with Asia. Canada is the state’s biggest export market, but Asia is second.
BLACKS HARBOUR, N.B.– Cooke Aquaculture, a family-owned sea farming operation based in Blacks Harbour, will create up to 100 new jobs in New Brunswick over the next five years with support from the provincial government, the company announced Thursday 17th of May 2018.
Cooke currently has more than 1,300 employees at various locations in the province. The new jobs are expected to be marine site workers, technicians and managers, logistics experts and truck drivers.
Twenty-five of the new positions will be created at the company’s office in Saint John, while the remaining 75 will be spread across Cooke Aquaculture’s head office in Blacks Harbour, and at operations in St. George and Grand Manan.
Among the various conveyor-belt sushi chains across Japan, Kurazushi is one of the most prominent, thanks in part to their creative offerings like sushi rice cola, sushi rice cola shaved ice, and sushi rice cola shaved ice flavored cream puffs.
This time, Kurazushi is serving up perhaps their most daring creation yet: salmon and amberjack sushi.
That might not sound so amazing until you understand how it arrives on the belt.
Typically, these fish are caught in the ocean and then sent to one of Kurazushi’s processing facilities where they are deboned and cut up before being delivered to a nearby Kurazushi restaurant for the final touches.
However, this standard operation on such a large scale is quite wasteful resulting in 600 tons of unusable meat, bone, and other scraps every year. The challenge for Kurazushi is to find a way to cost-effectively handle this enormous pile of fish entrails.
For the second time in five years, a Canadian salmon aquaculture firm has admitted in a New Brunswick courtroom to illegally using a pesticide known to kill lobsters for treating salmon off an island that abuts the Maine border.
According to a CBC report, Northern Harvest Sea Farms admitted Tuesday to knowingly using the pesticide Salmosan 50 WP, without getting prior approval from the province, in an attempt to combat a sea lice outbreak at a salmon farm off Head Harbour on Campobello Island. Campobello Island is connected to the Maine town of Lubec via the Roosevelt International Bridge.
Sea lice are small, parasitic crustaceans that attach themselves to fish, weakening them and exposing them to infection and disease. Farmed fish, which are kept penned in high densities, are particularly vulnerable to sea lice outbreaks.
Migrants from Africa and Asia brought to Ireland to work on trawlers under an official permit scheme have a significant chance of becoming victims of trafficking, according to the seamen’s union, the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
The union gave formal notice on Thursday that it would be taking the Irish government to court to stop the scheme, which it says is facilitating modern slavery.
The unprecedented move follows the union referring 12 foreign fishermen on Irish boats to Irish police as suspected victims of trafficking for cheap labour in recent months. The Garda National Immigration Bureau’s anti-trafficking unit has already formally identified seven of the workers as suspected victims, and the other five are still under investigation.
There are now so few endangered Atlantic whitefish alive in Nova Scotia that researchers are capturing every juvenile they can find this year and whisking them from the wild to a federal fish hatchery for safekeeping.
It's part of the latest effort by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to prevent what is widely seen as the looming extinction of this ancient relative of the Atlantic salmon.
The good news is that juvenile Atlantic whitefish are being seen in their last refuge in the Petite Rivière watershed near Bridgewater, N.S. No adults have been seen in 2014.
NEW BEDFORD - Mayor Jon Mitchell was taking his daily run atop the hurricane barrier late in 2017 when he had a realization: There are a lot of things one cannot do amid the huge granite blocks on the barrier’s sides.
Development is out. Swimming, out. Boating, out. It defied the imagination. Then he thought of aquaculture. The barrier now was a sheltered spot where aquaculture might be practiced while annoying as few people as possible in places such as Clark’s Cove.
One thing led to another, until Tuesday when a lengthy survey report was made public, spelling out the advantages and disadvantages of shellfish farming on the SouthCoast shore of Buzzards Bay.
After state officials did not receive completed applications within a 1-year deadline, 106 acres of Delaware’s Inland Bays were made available for shellfish aquaculture May 2 2018.
The majority of the 106 acres, representing nearly one-third of the program’s total acreage, was made available in Rehoboth Bay. Acreage is also available for shellfish aquaculture sites in Little Assawoman Bay. Sites in Indian River Bay and the western portion of Rehoboth Bay showed no new availability.
DNREC held the state’s first lottery drawing for lease sites May 2, 2017, drawing 58 applicants for 343 acres.
EU to keep yellow card for Thailand Thailand
The European Union has decided to keep a yellow card for Thailand over the country’s illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing problems, a source at the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry revealed.