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IN BRIEF - Verlasso Smoked Salmon by Blue Hill Bay at Fancy Food Show

UNITED STATES
Friday, January 18, 2013

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verlasso(r), the world's first provider of harmoniously raised fish, and Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based producer and distributor of smoked fish, will unveil Verlasso Smoked Salmon during the 2013 Fancy Food Show, Jan. 20-22, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The new product will be available to retail and food industry seafood purveyors through Acme's premium, all-natural Blue Hill Bay(r) Smoked Seafood brand. Show attendees can sample and learn more about Verlasso Smoked Salmon at the Acme booth #883.

Verlasso's Harmoniously Raised difference creates a better environment for fish to grow into great-tasting salmon with a shimmery quality, full fins and bright eyes. A critical aspect of the Verlasso approach protects ocean biodiversity through an innovative solution to the depletion of our world's fisheries. Specifically, Verlasso lowers the "fish in, fish out" ratio of the salmon's diet - the pounds of wild caught feeder fish needed to produce one pound of salmon - from the industry standard of 4:1 for fish oil and fish meal to 1:1 without compromising healthy levels of Omega-3s in the salmon's diet.

Verlasso and Acme collaborated to create right-sized smoked salmon options for grocery stores, delis, gourmet and specialty stores, and select catalogue and online gourmet retailers


IN BRIEF - Scots fishermen express disappointment at EU-Norway blue whiting catch arrangements

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment at the blue whiting catch arrangements for 2017 finalised at the EU-Norway talks for shared stocks which concluded in Bergen tonight (2 December).

The agreement, which the Scottish negotiating team voted against, will see an increased access arrangement for Norway, which will enable them to catch 68% of their blue whiting catch allocation to the west of British Isles (compared to 61% before). On top of that, there will be an additional transfer of 110,000 tonnes of EU blue whiting to Norway in comparison to the previous 75,000 tonnes figure.


IN BRIEF - Oslo Airport considers seafood centre after recent freighter wins

NORWAY
Friday, December 02, 2016

Oslo Airport’s recent freighter service wins, fuelled by rapidly rising demand for seafood, has led the airport to consider building a new seafood centre and new areas for air cargo.

The Norwegian airport’s operator, Avinor, said that in conjunction with exporters it has been working on a feasibility study to look at building a 15,000 sq m air cargo seafood centre.

The airport operator is also considering making new areas available for air cargo, although what this would entail was not revealed.

Avinor chief executive Dag Falk-Petersen said: “The current direct flight capacity from Norway is not sufficient to meet the increased demand for fresh seafood in Asia and North America.

Source: Air Cargo News


IN BRIEF - Chemical-soaked microplastics don't change fish personalities, but could accumulate in our sea food

WORLDWIDE
Friday, December 02, 2016

Increasing levels of microplastics – tiny pieces of plastic – in marine environments is of great concern to scientists, particularly in terms of how these pollutants accumulate in the food chain and their impact on fish behaviour. However, a new study from Macquarie University has found that while pollutant-coated microplastics can accumulate in fish, the ingestion of these pollutants does not appear to influence the personalities of these animals.

"Animals often first respond to pollution by changing their behaviour. When we fed contaminated crustaceans – which were fed microplastics soaked in polluted Sydney Harbour water – to gobies, a small coastal fish species, for an extended period they didn't show any changes in personality compared to gobies that were fed on microplastic-free crustaceans," explained lead-author Louise Tosetto.

"There have been no previous studies that have examined the transfer of polluting microplastics through the food chain in an ecologically relevant setting, making this the first study to investigate the effect of this type of pollutant on how an animal functions in its natural environment," she added.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Company to pay USD 207,000 after spill killed Big Thompson fish

UNITED STATES
Friday, December 02, 2016

LOVELAND, Colo - A construction company has agreed to pay USD 207,000 after a chemical spill killed more than 5,600 fish in northern Colorado's Big Thompson River.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the settlement Thursday and said the money would be spent restoring fish habitat in the river.

The spill occurred in March while American Civil Contractors was reconstructing U.S. 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland after the destructive flood of 2013.

Parks and Wildlife said rainbow trout, brown trout, suckers and dace died in an 8-mile section of the river from Drake to west Loveland.

Source: The Denver Channel


EN BREVE - Scottish Fishermen’s Federation scoops green energy award

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, December 02, 2016

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) scooped a prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award for its work in enabling the fishing fleet to diversify into the offshore wind sector.

The SFF and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were jointly nominated by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd for the ‘Contribution to Skills’ award in recognition of their efforts in enabling active participation in the offshore wind sector in the Moray Firth.

This was achieved through the adaptation of support services originally developed for the oil & gas industry for use in the offshore wind sector. Aided by SDS, this included the upskilling and training of fishermen to participate in such work.

Commenting on the award, John Watt Operations Director/Industry Advisor for the SFF, said: “Winning this award in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland is a tremendous achievement that reflects the ability of our fishing fleet to adapt their skills-base to meet the support requirements of the offshore energy sector.”

The winners of the Scottish Renewables Scottish Green Energy Awards were announced at a glittering event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night (1 December 2016).


IN BRIEF - Pew: Pacific Bluefin Tuna Management Proposal Will Not End Overfishing

FIJI
Friday, December 02, 2016

NADI, Fiji - The Pacific bluefin tuna has been overfished for decades and has seen population declines of 97 percent, but a management proposal to be considered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) would not improve the status quo and must be rejected by member governments, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The WCPFC, which oversees the tuna fisheries of the western Pacific Ocean, meets here Dec. 5-9 2016 to discuss management measures for Pacific bluefin. Management of the stock has long been directed by the Northern Committee, a WCPFC subcommittee; in past years, the committee's recommendations have been approved by the full Commission with little review or discussion, much to the detriment of Pacific bluefin.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - Community groups oppose plans to expand salmon fish farming in Arran

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, December 02, 2016

COMMUNITY groups and individuals from Arran are setting sail to oppose what they consider a short-sighted and unsustainable proposal from the Scottish Salmon Company to expand their salmon fish farm production by 62 per cent in Lamlash Bay.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Roseanna Cunningham will consider calling in this expansion and her department has stated they “will aim to make this decision by December 7, 2016”.

Arran’s Community Council rejects this proposal, as does Stuart Turner of the Lamlash Improvements Association.

Source: Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald


IN BRIEF - Cap on salmon farms in Macquarie Harbour needs to go further to reduce damage, environmentalists say

AUSTRALIA
Friday, December 02, 2016

Directives to reduce the amount of salmon farmed in Tasmania's Macquarie Harbour do not go far enough, environmentalists say.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has told the state's three salmon producers it wants to reduce the salmon cap in the harbour from 21,000 tonnes to 14,000 tonnes.

It has released a draft decision based on the latest scientific data which showed concerning levels of bacteria and oxygen in the harbour.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Best fish guide doesn't paint an accurate picture - Moana NZ

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, December 02, 2016

The Best Fish Guide published by Forest and Bird Society lists very few species of fish that we can eat with a clear conscience but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

All commonly eaten species are part of New Zealand’s Quota Management System which uses independent scientific data to manage fish stocks. If stocks are depleted the total allowable catch is reduced, sometimes to zero if that’s necessary. Where fish stocks are not where they should be, management plans are in place.

While Moana New Zealand are respectful of different perspectives and understand that the role of the Forest and Bird Society in raising awareness, they do not agree with their analysis because it is not based on science.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Salmon farmer Tassal records increase in bacterial detection in Macquarie Harbour

AUSTRALIA
Friday, December 02, 2016

Salmon producer Tassal has recorded a jump in a bacteria responsible for "visual impact" near its salmon pens in the intensively farmed Macquarie Harbour, according to the latest data.

Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna all farm in the harbour on Tasmania's west coast.

As a condition of their leases the companies use underwater cameras to monitor for "unacceptable visual impact" from the beggiatoa bacteria, which appears as a white mat on the sea floor.

Source: ABC


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