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IN BRIEF - Massachusetts prohibit the sale of escolar

UNITED STATES
Friday, January 18, 2013

Massachusetts would levy fines on supermarkets and restaurants that mislabel seafood and become the first state in the nation to ban the sale of escolar, an oily species known as the “ex-lax” fish that is often served as sushi, under legislation expected to be filed Friday.

The bill, proposed by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, comes more than a year after a Boston Globe report revealed widespread seafood substitution in restaurants across Massachusetts. In many instances, less desirable and cheaper species took the place of fresh local fish. A follow-up investigation published last fall found most of those restaurants were still mislabeling seafood.

Businesses caught misrepresenting fish such as Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut, red snapper, or grey sole could face fines of up to $800 and have their license to operate suspended or revoked after repeat offenses, according to the legislation.

The law would also prohibit the sale of escolar, frequently mislabeled as white tuna or ­albacore at sushi restaurants, and punish first-time violators with a minimum $400 fine or license suspension. Albacore, a white tuna desired for its mild taste, is not related to escolar and typically costs 20 percent more.

Source: Boston Globe


IN BRIEF - Latest on fishery regulations: Cox Ledge protections added

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal regulators are adding new protections to Cox Ledge south of Rhode Island before ending two days of changes to the rules governing New England fishing habitats.

The New England Fishery Management Council approved adding new areas for habitat protection in Cox Ledge. The council will take up more habitat protection changes when it meets from June 16 to 18 2015. Issues the council will consider those days include reconfiguring habitat closures in Georges Bank and protections for spawning groundfish such as cod and haddock.

The council's votes Wednesday and Thursday are also subject to final approval in June.

Source: Seattle Pi

 


IN BRIEF - Vets condemn EU rules which demand organic fish farms must treat any signs of illness using HOMEOPATHY

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Veterinarians have criticised EU rules on organic farming that demands that fish are treated with homoeopathic remedies.

In line with EU regulations, the first line of treatment for organic fish should be 'substances from plants, animals or minerals in a homeopathic dilution', before

British and Norwegian vets have called the directives 'scientifically illiterate', saying that the use of homeopathy could lead to 'serious animal health and welfare detriment.'

 

 

Source: Daily Mail

 


IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture cleaning up salmon cage debris from St. Mary's Bay

CANADA
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

FREEPORT – Earl Crocker just wants the mess from disintegrating salmon cages in St. Mary’s Bay cleaned up.

 

“It’s an awful mess and I don’t know what they can do now,” said the Freeport lobster fisherman. “If we’d want them in there around the fishing gear? If they’d cause further damage?”

While inspectors from the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries were checking to see what debris was floating in St. Mary’s Bay April 22, several fishermen were busy clearing a snarl of six to eight traps entangled on a piece of large tubing from a salmon cage.

Source: Nova News Now

 

 


IN BRIEF - Research shows impact of BMR on brain size in fish

WORLDWIDE
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

A commonly used term to describe nutritional needs and energy expenditure in humans – basal metabolic rate – could also be used to give insight into brain size of ocean fish, according to new research by Dr Teresa Iglesias and Dr Dan Warren at Macquarie University.

 

Research found that fishes living deeper in the ocean have smaller brains than expected given their body size, and the deeper in the ocean you go, the smaller-brained the fishes are.

The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is a measure of energy expenditure, and has been shown here to be a key factor in the decrease in brain size of deeper-ocean fishes.

Source: Phys

 


IN BRIEF - Fish imports gap widens

GHANA
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Domestic fish consumption has soared by about 10 percent within a year to further widen the gap between local fish production and consumption.

 

Ghana, which in 2013 imported half of its fish requirement, has seen imports increase by 10 percent to 60 percent in 12 months as local fish producers continue struggling to meet demands amidst declining fish stock.

Data available to the B&FT indicate that as of the end of 2014 fish consumption had reached a million metric tonnes, which is more than the 900,000 metric tonnes consumed in 2013.

Source: Ghana web

 


IN BRIEF - GBP 20m fish park dream unveiled

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

This is how Fleetwood’s planned GBP 20 million fish park is likely to look.

 

The developer behind the scheme, Reform Energy, has unveiled this new artist’s impression for the scheme, which will be powered by a GBP 60 million ‘energy from waste’ plant.

Source: The Gazette

 


IN BRIEF - Indonesia agrees to join fisheries panel

THAILAND
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Indonesia has accepted a Thai proposal to join a working group to plan long-term cooperation and solutions in the fishing industry.

 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the Asian-African Conference in Jakarta.

Government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp said the working group will include Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesian minister of maritime affairs and fisheries, Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, deputy prime minister and defence minister, and Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Source. Bangkok Post

 


IN BRIEF - Lobster season delayed because of ice conditions

CANADA
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

It was the right call to delay the lobster season because some harbours on the Island's north and south shores are still impassable with ice, says the P.E.I. Fishermen's Association.

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada sent out the notice Thursday 23rd of April 2015 afternoon that fishermen won't be setting and pulling traps the following Thursday, as initially planned, because of ice conditions in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Source: CBC

 


IN BRIEF - Customs nabs notorious illegal fishing boat

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Australian authorities have pounced on a notorious illegal fishing vessel suspected of illegally fishing for toothfish in the southern oceans.

 

The 67-metre vessel, known as the Perlon, was boarded on Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 by officers from Customs and Border Protection and the Australian Defence Force about 2900 nautical miles west of the Australian mainland, in the region west of the Cocos Islands.

Revelations about the boarding came as Trade Minister Andrew Robb told The Australian the 12-nation trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement presented an opportunity to strengthen regional efforts to tackle illegal fishing and overfishing.

Source: The Australian

 


IN BRIEF - Thailand eyes fast action to crack down on illegal fishing

THAILAND
Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

BANGKOK - Thailand said Thursday April 23rd 2015 it is considering fast-tracking a regulation under the tough new security law of its interim constitution, Article 44, to tackle illegal fishing practices.

 

The country is racing to clean up the fishing industry after the European Union warned that it would impose bans on Thai seafood if no action was taken within six months. Thai officials said the government has been working to fix illegal practices since last October with half of the work completed.

Thailand is the world's third largest exporter of fish, and the industry is worth about USD 8 billion.

Source: Channel News Asia

 


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