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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

ABC - Full Story Here

IN BRIEF - Plans for PE fish farm rejected by minister

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Plans to build a controversial fish farm 2km offshore of a popular tourist beach in Port Elizabeth have been turned down by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.


The proposal, which had drawn strong opposition from a variety of sectors, was that the fish farm would be built by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

Molewa has sent the Fisheries Department back to the drawing board to find a different site for the fish farm.

This comes after the Department of Environmental Affairs gave the proposed fish farm the go-ahead last year in spite of strong opposition from the public, academics and tourism officials.

Source: Cape Times


IN BRIEF - Salmon farming: Calls for boycott of Scottish producers 'dripping with the blood of seals'

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


At least one seal has been shot dead on more than half of Scotland’s salmon farms in the past two years as part of efforts to protect the fish farming industry, which is worth £500m a year in exports, according to new official figures.


The statistics, which were released following a four-year legal battle between conservationists and the authorities, prompted campaigners to call for a boycott of producers responsible for the culling of a total of 180 seals between 2013 and 2014.

Salmon farmers who had opposed the publication of the information, on the grounds that “naming and shaming” individual farms could lead to reprisals, insist that seals are only shot as a last resort and the total number killed has halved since 2011.

Source: The Independent


IN BRIEF - The BioMar Group appoints Niels Alsted as Vice President Asia

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Following the announcement of the signature of a Joint-Venture agreement between the BioMar Group and Chinese Tongwei, the BioMar Group has announced that Niels Alsted will become the first Vice President for BioMar’s new Asian market region.

Carlos Diaz, CEO of the BioMar Group, stated that it was a great pleasure to be able to assign one of BioMar’s most experienced and respected people for this very important new role in BioMar. 

“Niels Alsted will be responsible for building up the new Chinese Joint-Venture together with Tongwei, ensuring that we within a short time frame will be able to supply the Chinese market with high quality feed to the growing production of high value species,” explained Carlos Diaz.

Niels Alsted will relocate to China before the end of the year (2015), however is already intensely engaged in setting up the new business unit.

Press Release: BioMar Group


IN BRIEF - MMEA Detains 4 Vietnamese Boats For Intrusion Into Malaysian Waters

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


KUALA TERENGGANU - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has detained 24 Vietnamese fishermen and seized four fishing boats for encroaching into Malaysian waters to fish.


A team of MMEA personnel in a vessel made the arrests and seizures on Thursday the 2th of August 2015, about 118 nautical miles from Kuala Terengganu.

Kuala Terengganu MMEA logistics director Lt Cdr Mohamad Zainal said the operation to bring the culprits to book was launched about 9am, after an MMEA air unit detected the boats moving in a suspicuous manner.

"With the information, we directed a ship with 23 officers and men to track down the four fishing boats.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - SFF comment on deep-sea trawling study

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Researchers at the University of Glasgow and Marine Scotland Science published a study (27 August 2015) on the impact of deep-sea trawling at depths of 600m or more.

According to the researchers in the study 'A Scientific Basis for Regulating Deep-Sea Fishing by Depth', results from the research suggest there are conservation benefits to limiting deep-sea trawling down to depths of 600m and not any deeper.

However, commenting upon the study, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “Whilst the number of Scottish boats working a deep-water fishery is small, they do nonetheless make a significant contribution to the economies of local communities, catching and landing only the limited and sustainable quotas allocated.

“We have a number of concerns about the robustness of this research in terms of the real world of deep-sea fisheries. Using scientific survey data to draw conclusions upon commercial fishing activity is fraught with danger. This is because such information is normally collected via random trawl sampling, whereas commercial fishing tows are very targeted and aimed at specific species or groups of species.

Source: SFF


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture increasingly important to fill global demand for seafood

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Australia's AUD 1 billion aquaculture industry is expected to keep growing as global demand for seafood increases.


Seafood is one of the world's most traded commodities and is worth $150 billion annually.

Manager of fisheries economics at commodity forecaster ABARESA (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences), Robert Curtotti, said as wild caught seafood levels plateau, aquaculture is increasingly important in filling the demand gap.

He said this presented opportunities for the industry in Australia to expand.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Scale of Success at SA Seafood Industry Awards

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


The excellent work of the women and men of the seafood industry - including the state’s best fish and chips - was recognised at the Seafood Industry Awards last night.


Speaking at the event at the Adelaide Oval, Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said the Awards acknowledged one of South Australia’s most important industries.

“South Australia has a large, diverse range of aquaculture and wild catch sectors with a world class reputation for producing premium quality, sustainable seafood,” Mr Bignell said.

“Our products are highly sought after by local and international markets and demand for it continues to grow.

Source: Government of South Australia


IN BRIEF - Shrimp fishing season begins on September 1 2015

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Mahout - The three-month shrimp fishing season will begin on September 1 2015. As many as 12 varieties of shrimps have been recorded in Omani waters.


The sultanate’s total shrimp production in 2014 from artisanal fishing and aquaculture stood at 1,416 tonnes including 1,139 tonnes from non-traditional fishing. Of the total catch, 94 per cent was registered in Al Wusta while another four per cent was recorded in South Sharqiyah governorate.

In 2014, the sultanate exported 437 tonnes of shrimps including 378 tonnes to GCC countries. Of the total export to GCC countries, 363 tonnes were exported to UAE.

Source: Muscat Daily


IN BRIEF - Shrimp refrigeration cost-share program

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is opening a shrimp refrigeration cost-share program for eligible industry members on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 at 10 a.m.


This program will offer eligible industry shrimp vessel owners, docks and processing facilities the opportunity to qualify for 50 percent of any authorized refrigeration equipment costs, up to USD 30,000.

Participants who qualify may purchase and install advanced refrigeration equipment onboard their vessels or at their facility in efforts to produce high-quality seafood products.

Wholesale/Retail dealers who want to participate must first be enrolled in the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program.

Source: KATC


IN BRIEF - Peter Carpenter Hired As BAP Certification Manager

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division has expanded its management team with the addition of Peter Carpenter as BAP certification manager, effective immediately.

Carpenter comes to BAP with more than 30 years of seafood experience, most recently with Aqua Star.

As BAP certification manager, Carpenter will provide full customer service to BAP-certified facilities pursuing re-certification.

Press Release: BAP - GAA

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