PORT OF BROWNSVILLE – Like hunters anxiously awaiting the start of deer season, shrimp boats from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi recently converged near the mouth of the Rio Grande along the southern Gulf Coast.
They were there to join local shrimpers for the opening of the Texas shrimp harvest season, according to Tony Reisinger, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for coastal and marine resources in Cameron County.
The shrimping business is competitive, financially risky and highly dangerous for crew members, Reisinger said, as he boarded vessels to help shrimpers stay compliant with federal rules and regulations.
“The traffic of shrimp boats trawling out there in the Gulf will be extremely heavy,” he said. “The payoff can be big if the catch is large and market prices are high, but the investment is very steep. And commercial fishing is the second most dangerous occupation, next to logging.”
Louisiana shrimpers caught about 10 percent more pounds of brown shrimp in June 2014 than compared to the past seven years, according to recently federal fisheries estimates. June was the last full month of the brown shrimp season, as most inshore waters closed in July that year.
On Monday the 21st of July 2014, the remainder of state waters, except for areas of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and a portion of the Mississippi Sound, closed to shrimpers.
Louisiana shrimpers' catch between January and June typically accounts for between 30 to 53 percent of the total annual harvest, according to a Southern Shrimp Alliance analysis.
The spring inshore brown shrimp season closes to protect young white shrimp from harvest, allowing them to grow to marketable sizes for the fall season. White shrimp mainly are harvested in August, September and October.
A shipment of frozen shishamo, a type of smelt, from Vietnam has been found to contain rat poison and feces, Japanese officials said Thursday the 24th of July 2014.
The products were made by Vietnamese seafood processor Rich Beauty Food Co. and imported through an agent by Imura Industry Co. in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, prefectural and health ministry officials said.
The tainted products have been distributed to at least 12 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including Tokyo, Aichi, Kyoto and Osaka, Yamaguchi prefectural officials said, warning that the number could rise further.
Local health officials ordered Imura to stop selling the products, while the company is recalling products already sold. There have been no reports of health problems, the authorities said.
UNIVERSITY PARK - Responding to the impact that a growing population and changing land use have had on the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays over the past 60 years is the focus of a research project led by Penn State and supported by a USD 1.4 million grant from NASA.
Researchers involved in the three-year study are taking an interdisciplinary approach, using both computer models and data from NASA remote sensing satellites to understand the impacts climate change, land cover modifications and rising nitrogen levels from fertilizers have had on the estuaries and near-shore ocean waters. The study will bring together models of the watersheds' ecosystems, estuarine water quality and shellfish, specifically oysters and Atlantic surfclams.
"Climate change is a wild card for how estuaries and coastal waters in general might change in the future," said Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography at Penn State and lead researcher on the project. "If we can understand the past 50 or 60 years, where there have been trends and variability in climate that have had a big effect on water quality and ecology, then we'll be better able to make predictions about the future and develop appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies."
The oysters in the Inner Harbor are all grown up and moving out.
Nine months after Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore Inc. planted nearly 40,000 baby oysters around the Inner Harbor, the oysters have reached maturity and are being transported to a sanctuary in the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteers from Constellation, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and T. Rowe Price Group Inc. on Thursday the 24th of July 2014 pulled up oysters from two oyster gardens at the Inner Harbor.
The oysters have been growing at five oyster gardens in the harbor since October. Of the 37,500 planted, 70 percent survived, said Adam Lindquist, Healthy Harbor Coordinator for the Waterfront Partnership. He noted that’s much better than oysters’ 1 percent survival rate in the wild.
On a cloudy muggy morning along the shores of Deep Creek in Newport News' Menchville area, third generation marina operator Lonnell Perok-Coffen carries on the business left in her hands nearly five years ago by her father Steven Perok.
"Business has been very good," Coffen said, shortly after zooming around on her forklift at Newport News' Menchville Marina. "The watermen are bringing in more, which is good to see."
Oysters, long a major catch along the shores and tributaries of Chesapeake Bay across Hampton Roads, are finally showing signs of a comeback.
Jim Wesson, who oversees the management of oyster fisheries for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, said the Commonwealth's oyster harvest is expected to top more than 500,000 bushels — its highest level since 1987, but millions of bushels short of totals that once topped 10 to 11 million in the late 1890s and 1930s, Wesson said.
There's still fish in the water, but seiners are done harvesting herring in the Aleutian Islands.
The purse seine fleet picked up their last load of herring on Saturday 19 of July 2014, night north of Akutan. Fish & Game biologist Nathaniel Nichols says that leaves about 160 tons of herring on the table out of the 1,805 tons up for harvest this season.
"The processors decided they had enough before we got to the allocation, so they quit fishing," says Nichols.
Westward, Trident, and Peter Pan Seafoods each sent a purse seine vessel to participate. Nichols says the processors paid between USD 300 and USD 550 per ton for herring -- toward the high end of their usual price range.
Aquapesca, a French-Mozambican company specialised in seafood farming has opened a new line for clam cultivation at its facilities in the city of Nacala-Porto, said laboratory technician Sidónio Juda Chan.
Chan told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that by opening this new clam production line the company now works with four species, the others being tiger prawns, “giga” or Japanese oysters and freshwater tilapia fish, following investment of just over EUR 40 million.
After being forced to bring production of “penaeus monodon” (Asian Tiger Prawn) shrimp larvae to a halt to due white spot syndrome virus that affected the entire Mozambican coast, Aquapesca launched other projects and is now one of the world’s biggest “meretrix metretrix” clam larvae or Asian hard shell clams.
In 2013 Aquapesca exported around 25 tons of clams to the Japanese market and this year expects to sell over 100 tons of shelled clams to that market. Collecting the clams involved around 3000 artisanal fishermen in the regions of Quelimane and Beira.
Icelandic Fisheries Minister Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson has said that he has drawn up the total catch quotas for most species of fish for the upcoming fishing year following recommendations from organisations such as the Marine Research Institute.
Jóhannsson explained that it was important to ensure the country’s reputation remains strong among other fishing nations, so the quotas have been based on science. He said that it was “imperative” they can guarantee the best kind of scientific research when making such decisions.
Darden Restaurants is “hiding” records related to the sale of its Red Lobster chain and the value of Red Lobster’s real estate, according to a lawsuit filed by hedge fund Starboard Value.
Starboard, which owns more than 7 percent of Darden stock, has a hostile bid to replace Darden’s board. The two companies have been feuding for more than year. Starboard has criticized Darden’s sale of Red Lobster for USD 2.1 billion to Golden Gate Capital.
“Darden should not be allowed to hide information regarding a deal of this magnitude which has had such negative consequences for its shareholders,” according to Starboard’s lawsuit, which was filed Wedesday the 23 of July 2014 in Orange County Circuit Court.
Starboard alleges that Red Lobster’s real estate alone was worth almost USD 2 billion, so that the company got almost nothing for the actual business operations. In the lawsuit, Starboard says it has attempted since June 5 to obtain records about Darden’s board meetings regarding the Red Lobster sale.
Genetically improved tilapia delivered to Ivory Coast Brazil
A shipment of genetically improved tilapia was delivered this week to the Government of Ivory Coast by the head of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture from Brazil continuing a relation that started more than four decades ago.
IATTC fails to improve tuna and shark conservation European Union
The European Commission has expressed its disappointment with the outcomes of the 87th Annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission, which finished on 18 July in Lima, Peru.
Squid skin protein can boost bioelectronics United States
A team of researchers has discovered that reflectin, a protein in the skin of the common pencil squid (Loliginidae) can conduct positive electrical charges, or protons, making it a promising material for building biologically inspired devices.
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