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IN BRIEf - Fish in hot water as climate change

Friday, January 18, 2013

The east coast of Australia is now considered one of the fastest warming areas in the region.

The CSIRO says fish are moving south in search of cooler waters, and marine heatwaves like the recent one off Western Australia are likely to cause major damage to corals and fisheries.

Scientists also warn climate change is now considered the single greatest threat to the long-term survival of the Great Barrier Reef.

Every month for the past 70 years, the ocean temperature has been recorded at the Port Hacking station off New South Wales.

It is one of a network of sites set up around Australia observing coastal conditions including salinity and ocean temperatures.

While it creates new fisheries, there are also downsides.

One was recorded off Western Australia, with ocean temperatures 5 degrees above average over two weeks.

The Commonwealth says there were no records of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef before 1979

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IN BRIEF - Fish farm facing big court judgments, questions

Saturday, May 23, 2015


MUNCIE – An Albany-area fish farm that fell out of contact with Delaware County economic development officials is now facing more questions — and more than USD 200,000 in court judgments stemming from lawsuits.


Bell Aquaculture has been sued by businesses owed money by the fish farm. In at least two cases, Bell officials lost in court because they never responded to the lawsuits, court records show.

People who have done business with Bell tell The Star Press the company’s behavior is baffling and wonder if it indicates a business in serious trouble. Companies that won court judgments hope that is not the case.

Source: The Star Press


IN BRIEF - New model predicts fish population response to dams, other ecological factors

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Researchers have developed a model to assess how dams affect the viability of sea-run fish species that need to pass dams as they use both fresh and marine waters during their lifetimes. NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) have partnered on this project to test how varying passage efficiency at dams related to survival rates for these species.

Using a model of endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine's Penobscot River as a case study, NOAA researchers found that abundance, distribution and number of fish increased upstream when dams in the primary downstream segments of the river, also called "mainstem dams," were removed or fish passage survival was increased. The findings were recently published online in the ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Models like this one, which analyze population viability based on a variety of biological, environmental, and functional factors, can be used to predict ecological responses of fish populations. They can also provide a way to evaluate and prioritize management and restoration actions for fish that migrate between fresh and salt water.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Fire at seafood storage building cost billions

Saturday, May 23, 2015


KHANH HOA - A fire broke out at a seafood storage building in Nha Trang City in the coastal province of Khanh Hoa this morning.


Damage to the building was estimated at more than VND3.6 billion.

The storage building, owned by the Hoang Sa Seafood Co., Ltd., contained more than 120 tonnes of pompano and tuna, which were ready for export, said company Vice Director Le Thi Thanh Thuy.

The stored fish were completely destroyed by the blaze.

Firemen brought the fire under control after one hour with the help of the company's workers.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Fortune full-time jobs not part of OCI deal, fisheries minister says

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Newfoundland and Labrador government's agreement with Ocean Choice International (OCI) in Fortune does not actually require 110 jobs 52 weeks of 2015, according to Fisheries Minister Vaughn Granter.


The province agreed two and a half years ago to let OCI ship out all its redfish and 75 per cent of its yellowtail quota unprocessed in exchange for a "minimum of 110 full-time processing positions for a minimum of five years."

That's according to a press release issued when the Fortune deal was announced late on a Friday evening in December 2012.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - California declares emergency over oil spill

Saturday, May 23, 2015


A state of emergency has been declared in California after 21,000 gallons of oil spilled from a burst pipeline into the Pacific Ocean creating a nine mile long slick, tarring popular sunbathing beaches, and destroying wildlife.

The disaster happened near where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have a multi-million dollar oceanfront eco-compound on one of the state's most scenic stretches of coastline near Santa Barbara, two hours drive north of Los Angeles.

Source: The Telegraph


IN BRIEF - Findus Group Update – Q2 Financial Year Ending September 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015


James Hill, the Chief Executive of Findus Group, said: “Findus Group has delivered strong quarter two results, for the financial year ending September 2015, with sales for the quarter up 2% and EBITDA up 17% on last year (2014). We are focusing on commercial basics to drive market share, underpinned by our cost reduction programme and operational excellence. This approach, along with our continuing focus on our customers, has resulted in EBITDA growth in all our markets for the first half of 2015.

“Our strong UK EBITDA growth has been driven by continued chilled market growth and strong cost performance. In Southern Europe, we have achieved very strong top-line and bottom line growth, driven by continued momentum in France and Spain and the successful integration of the Lutosa acquisition in Belgium. The strong recovery in EBITDA in Sweden has been driven primarily by market recovery and price/mix management to recover inflation driven by adverse SEK/ USD FX rates. We have also achieved EBITDA growth in Norway and Finland for the first half of the financial year.

“Findus Group completed the acquisition of La Cocinera in Spain on 1st April 2015, we are in the process of integrating the operations and the early indicators are all positive. We have recently refreshed our senior management team in Norway and Southern Europe with Steven Libermann as our new CEO of Findus Southern Europe and Jørn-Gunnar Jacobsen as CEO of Findus Norway.

FINDUS: Findus Group Update – Q2 Financial Year Ending September 2015


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest: Sale of shares in Havfisk ASA

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Marine Harvest has on May 23rd of 2015 sold 10,092,923 shares in Havfisk ASA ("Havfisk"), representing 11.92% of the share capital and voting rights in Havfisk, to a group of institutional and other professional investors. The shares were sold at a price of NOK 25 per share.

Following this transaction Marine Harvest holds no shares in Havfisk.

MARINE HARVEST: Marine Harvest: Sale of shares in Havfisk ASA


IN BRIEF - Providence St. Peter Hospital achieves MSC certification for sustainable, wild-caught seafood

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Seattle - Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA, has announced that it is the first hospital in the Providence Health Care System, and the second hospital in North America, to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification for sustainable, wild-caught seafood. MSC certification ensures that seafood products bearing the blue MSC ecolabel are fully traceable to a fishery that has been certified to the global MSC standard as sustainable and well-managed.




In line with Providence Health & Services’ mission and core values of respect, compassion, justice, excellence and stewardship, patients and guests at Providence St. Peter Hospital now have the option to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by choosing menu items with the blue MSC ecolabel. More than 1500 meals are served daily at Providence St. Peter Hospital, which include MSC certified pan seared Pacific cod and Thai peanut salad or Caesar salad with Oregon pink shrimp.

MSC: Providence St. Peter Hospital achieves MSC certification for sustainable, wild-caught seafood


IN BRIEF - Malaysia Shrimp Industry Association demands Luas not to charge water extraction

Friday, May 22, 2015


PORT KLANG - The Malaysia Shrimp Industry Association is demanding that the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) put off its plans to charge aqua culture farmers for water extraction. The association, representing more than 1,500 operators from areas such as Banting and Sabak Bernam in Selangor, want Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to put a stop to the state’s move to charge them an annual fee of RM150 on top of the amount of water pumped from natural sources in the course of farming. Association chairman Syed Omar Syed Jaafar said its members feel it is inappropriate for Luas to collect the charges on water extraction for sea water which had been fixed at 0.05 Sen per cubic metre for commercial use.

Source: New Straits Times Online


IN BRIEF - Coveney Welcomes Proposed Ban on Fishing for Seabass in Waters Around Ireland

Friday, May 22, 2015


Minister Simon Coveney TD, today strongly welcomed an EU Commission proposal for a comprehensive prohibition on commercial fishing for seabass in the Irish & Celtic Seas which underpins the conservation actions already taken by Ireland with regard to this vulnerable stock.

The Minister said “Ireland has had stringent measures in place for the protection of seabass, a very important angling species, for a long number of years. However, those measures only applied to Irish vessels. I have been very active over the past six months, lobbying the EU Commission and relevant Member States, on this issue. I am delighted that the EU finally recognises the lead taken by Ireland by extending our ban on commercial fishing to all EU vessels operating in the waters around Ireland.”

Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


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