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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 - EU and Faroe Islands: Discussions about sustainable fisheries in North-East Atlantic

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

Commissioner Damanaki will receive the Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands, Mr Jacob Vestergaard, in Athens on Friday 29 August 2014 to discuss the common interests between the European Union and Faroe Islands in the sustainable management of pelagic stocks in the North-East Atlantic.

The meeting follows the recent political understanding between the EU and the Faroe Islands to end their dispute on the management of Atlanto-Scandian herring in the North-East Atlantic.

Source: European Commission

 


IN BRIEF - Filey fisherman on collaborative, international exchange to save seabirds

UNITED STATES
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

Salmon and sea trout netsman Rex Harrison has been funded by international fisheries research project, GAP2, to travel to the Puget Sound, near Seattle, alongside RSPB’s Rory Crawford. Their mission is to, together, share knowledge and develop new ideas on how to implement bird-friendly net fishing techniques, reducing bycatch in net fisheries.

 

Every year, around 400,000 seabirds die after becoming entangled in gillnets – a type of fishing net used commonly in the Filey Bay area, hung vertically in the water column to catch fish by their gills.

This unintentional ‘seabird bycatch’ occurs globally, particularly affecting diving birds and, until now, little has been done to investigate ways of fishing which could help reduce this kind of bird mortality.

 


IN BRIEF - New President and Vice President for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ross Dougal has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its Annual General Meeting. Previously the Vice President of the SFF and the Chairman of the Fishing Vessel Agents & Owners Association (Scotland) Ltd, Mr Dougal comes from a well-known Eyemouth fishing family and has worked in a wide variety of senior positions in the vessel management and fish selling sectors. He succeeds Alan Coghill who has been President since 2010.

Mr Dougal said: “I’m delighted to have been elected as President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and would like to thank my predecessor Alan Coghill for his hard work in representing our fishermen during some incredibly challenging periods.

“Of course, many challenges still remain – most notably the forthcoming discards ban which could prove devastating for our industry if it is implemented without careful thought and flexibility. I am determined to work hard on behalf of our members to help ensure a prosperous future for our industry.”

Source: SFF

 


IN BRIEF - Scientists search for answers to Chinook decline

UNITED STATES
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

More than 100 researchers and three dozen projects are underway to find clues as to why Alaska’s Chinook salmon production has declined since 2007.

The ambitious effort marks the start of a state-backed, five-year, USD 30 million Chinook Salmon Research Initiative that includes 12 major river systems from Southeast Alaska to the Yukon. And while it will be years before the project yields definitive data, the scientists have pinned down some early findings.

“It’s not the fresh water production of the juvenile Chinook that is the reason this decline is occurring, it’s being driven by poor marine survival,” said Ed Jones, the lead for the Initiative and Sport Fish Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “We don’t know why, but once these juvenile Chinook salmon are entering the ocean, they are not surviving at the rates they once did.”
At each river system, the Chinook team is estimating how many young fish are going to the ocean, refining estimates of how many older fish are returning to spawn, and tracking the marine catches.

Source: Homer Tribune

 


IN BRIEF - Fish catch in July decreased by 13.4%% between years

ICELAND
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

The total catch of Icelandic vessels was 13.4% lower in July 2014 than in July 2013. When 12 month periods are compared between years we see a 32% decrease in pelagic catch between August 2013 and July 2014 when compared to the same period one year earlier. For the same 12 month periods there was a decrease of 5.3% in fish catch at constant price when compared to the same period one year earlier while the fixed price rate within July dropped by 17.3% between 2013 and 2014.

Source: Statistics Iceland

 


IN BRIEF - Eel fishermen meet with DFO to prevent gear conflicts

CANADA
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

The eel fishing season has started on Prince Edward Island and representatives from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans have met with fishermen to help prevent any trouble.

 

Higher eel prices and a decline in other fishing industries have encouraged people to harvest eels.

George Dowdle has been fishing eel for 14 years and says more fishermen mean new problems.

"There's things being said and threats being made,” he says. “It got really ugly and the wife was kind of scared to even go in her own boat at the end of it. Nets being tampered with and cut up and moved."

To prevent gear conflicts, DFO met with the Eel Advisory Committee before the season started last week. At the meeting, fishermen were advised on how the government would handle gear conflicts if they did happen.

Fisheries Officer Kent MacRae says before the season starts, ground rules were in place.

Source: CBC

 


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture industry continues to modernize

CANADA
Thursday, August 28, 2014

The aquaculture industry in the Coast of Bays continues to grow and modernize.

This trend is very important as the industry continues to produce sustainable high-quality products that have to compete with other aquaculture producing areas in the world.

In order to help continue the modernization on the industry the provincial government recently provided about CAD 80,000 to implement a software-based Sea Lice Decision Support System within the province.

This Internet-based software monitoring system is another important tool in the management of sea lice.

It means the industry will now have a far greater capacity to monitor and mitigate the impact of sea lice as this powerful tool will be used to monitor their prevalence and in evaluating control programs.

Miranda Pryor is the Executive Director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA).

Source: The Pilot

 


IN BRIEF - Shrimp farm coming to Elkhart County

UNITED STATES
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

NEW PARIS - Americans are eating more shrimp than any other seafood, according to a study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

That prompted Gilbert Schrock of New Paris to create a shrimp farming business.

"90% of shrimp is imported," says Schrock. "There's a big market."

Schrock's building design was just approved by Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals.

"The building is about 40x80 and would house the raising of shrimp," says Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement Manager Brian Mabry. "It's a unique proposal."

Schrock's business is the ninth shrimp farming business in the state.

"He did it because he felt it was a missing niche in the market in our area," says Mabry.

Schrock says there will be six salt-water tanks in the building. Each tank will hold roughly 5,000 shrimp.

Each batch of shrimp will stay in the tank for 90-days at 74 degrees. Schrock says shrimp are sensitive to temperature, light, and noises.

Once they are big enough, Schrock will sell them both in a retail shop and wholesale. He says he's already had interest from locals.

Source: WSBT

 


IN BRIEF - Russia’s ban on US products a boon for Indian trade

INDIA
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

Major Indian seafood exporters ready to fill the gap. After the separatist violence in Eastern Ukraine set the stage for Russian invasion and the US blaming Russia for Malaysian Airlines Passenger Flight MH17 crash recently, Russia has imposed embargo on food imports from US, Canada, Australia and European Union.

 

The ban imposed by Russia on marine produce imports from United States, Australia, European Union and Canada may create opportunities for Indian producers to increase exports to Russia.

The Indo-Russia consultants and export firms have become active and are contacting major Indian seafood exporters to fill the gap and book more consignments to Russia.

After the separatist violence in Eastern Ukraine set the stage for Russian invasion and the US blaming Russia for Malaysian Airlines Passenger Flight MH17 crash recently, Russia has imposed embargo on food imports from US, Canada, Australia and European Union. The banned items are diary products, meat, fish, shell fish, fruits and vegetables from those countries.

Source: The Hindu

 


IN BRIEF - Predicts record year for king crab

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, August 28, 2014

 

Ruud believes that as much as 50-60 percent of the 1100 tons of king crab Norway will catch in 2014, will be sold abroad alive. Live sea food is trendy, it has a long tradition in Asia and the Middle East, and it brings a higher market value than processed crab.

 

King crab exporters, fishers, scientists and policy makers were gathered in Kirkenes on Monday 25 of August 2014 for the annual King Crab Conference.

Norway King Crab exports live crab to places like Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Paris and – until Russia imposed a ban on import of sea food from Norway – to Moscow.

Russia stood for 16 percent of the market for Ruud, but the import ban has not had any serious consequences for his company. He has even sold more crab than before the ban. “The market can’t seem to get enough king crab right now,” Ruud says. “Of course it is sad to suddenly lose 16 percent of the market, but it is not drastic for us.”

Source: Barents Observer

 


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