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IN BRIEf - Fish in hot water as climate change

AUSTRALIA
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 - Bureaucracy linked to hike in prices of fish

KUWAIT
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

KUWAIT CITY - The bureaucratic routine associated with basic procedures for obtaining authorization to import fish into the country has led to hike in prices of fish and low supply in the markets, especially due to delay in arrival of consignments and trucks returning to the source of import, reports Al-Rai daily.

Officials from the companies that import fish urges the Fish Resources Department to break routine associated with the issuance of permits for importing fish, by reducing the duration from six months to three months.

They also pleaded with government to increase the validity period of permits to three months instead of one month. A source noted bureaucracy the importers face before they are able to obtain permits causes series of problems, including the cancellation of trucks that do not have permits to transport fish.

Source: Arab Times


IN BRIEF - Porter farm's organic fish project raises mining concerns

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PORTER - Thomas and Judith Fleckenstein have been looking to dedicate a 22-acre portion of their farm to raising organic fish for market. In May 2016, the variances for their project were approved after a zoning board of appeals public hearing.

The plan is to eventually have two ponds, a tank and a greenhouse. The ponds will house the fish as they approach market readiness, the tank will allow the fish to grow and wastewater from the tank will be used to fertilize and bring nutrients to the "leafy greens" grown in the greenhouse. From beginning to end, construction is estimated to take about four years. 

The project will also require the mining of clay on the farm — estimated to be about USD 3 million worth, according to Lewiston resident Amy Witryol, who spoke at a zoning board meeting last week. She had obtained the project application and business plan through a Freedom of Information Law request prior to the meeting and brought up some issues she saw.

Source: Niagara Gazette


IN BRIEF - Man found guilty of marine licensing offences relating to salvage of shipwreck

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tin ingots valued in excess of GBP 50,000 were removed during unlawful salvage operations off the north coast of Cornwall.

On 20 May 2016, Mr Neil Isherwood of Bury, Lancashire was sentenced to a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work after being found guilty of a marine licensing offence by a jury at Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court.

The court heard how Mr Isherwood was one of two responsible for the unlawful removal of tin ingots which were valued in excess of GBP 50,000 from the shipwreck of the SS Cheerful, a cargo ship which sunk in 1885 off the north coast of Cornwall.

The defendant, together with Mr Henk de Bloeme, a Dutch national and the owner of the Panamanian registered vessel Bela, had set off from Holland on 15 July 2013 and over the course of the next fortnight visited a number of wrecks situated around the coast of the United Kingdom.

Source: Gov UK


IN BRIEF - Fish Farming Could Provide Jobs - Kashuupulwa

NAMIBIA
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oshakati - Governor of the Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa is encouraging young and upcoming entrepreneurs to farm tilapia fish in the quest to address high unemployment in the region.

Speaking at a gala dinner aimed at raising funds to host the Tilapia Festival in June, Kashuupulwa urged entrepreneurs to farm with fish in order to create income and jobs for themselves and the many unemployed youths.

Kashuupulwa expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the aquaculture regional office at Ongwediva is barely utilised and hence has not met the required expectations.

"When the office was established five years ago, the expectation was that many people by now would be farming with fish. However, it is not the case today," he said. According to the governor only a small number of people frequent the office and are engaged in fish farming.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Land all fish caught to stop dumping - NZ First

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fisheries should be moving towards mandatory landing of all the catch, says New Zealand First.

"In the meantime, there must be an immediate crack down on illegal fish dumping with compulsory cameras and GPS monitoring on board all commercial fishing boats, says Spokesperson for Fisheries and Outdoor Recreation Richard Prosser.

"This will discourage fish dumping in a fair and economically sensible way.

"What is needed now is increased surveillance of commercial fishing boats with all registered vessels requiring cameras on deck and in the holds where fish is processed, and AIS tracking should be active 24/7.

"Additionally, large quota owners should be more accountable. They are avoiding any responsibility for over-fishing despite putting pressure on commercial fishermen to bring in huge catches.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Fish processing plant planned for False Creek as community supported fisheries grow

CANADA
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shaun and Sonia Strobel founded Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fishery in 2008 as a way for Otto Strobel — Shaun's father — to keep fishing independently at a time when it was becoming increasingly more difficult for fishermen like him to make a living in B.C.

Now, another 39 boats have joined their collective and more than 1700 customers pay up front — on average CAD 300 per year — to have the chance to order and pick-up fresh fish, shellfish and other food direct from B.C.'s waters.

"In my wildest dreams, eight years ago, I never believed that we would have this many families and this many members that we would actually be changing the local, small-scale seafood industry," said Sonia Strobel from the False Creek Fishermen's Wharf on Thursday 19th of May 2016 as customers lined up to collect bags of spot prawns.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Sanford to take NZD 5m impairment charge in sale of last Tuna vessel

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sanford, the country's largest listed fishing group, will book a NZD 5 million impairment charge on the sale of its last Pacific Tuna vessel when it reports half-year earnings on Thursday 19th of May 2016.

The Auckland-based company settled the sale of the San Nikunau having put that Pacific Tuna fleet up for sale when it decided to quit the business in September 2015, Sanford said in a statement. Weak tuna prices led to "very limited interest" in those type of vessels, it said.

"To complete the exit from this unsustainable business, Sanford has taken an impairment of NZD 5M to the book value of the San Nikunau," chief executive Volker Kuntzsch said.

"Whilst this is disappointing, we look forward to focusing on our strategy of value-add to our beautiful New Zealand seafood."

Source: NZ Herald


IN BRIEF - Fish prices rise due to scarcity

INDIA
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Panaji - The seasonal fishing ban in Goa is soon to commence, but even weeks prior to the government-imposed abstinence, the state is facing a fish scarcity that has resulted in fish prices rising by 10 to 15% and in some cases up to 20%.

Those involved in the trade blame weather conditions that are restricting them from venturing into the seas, the blatant exploitation of the waters due to LED fishing, bull trawling and night-fishing, and pollution in the seas.

"There's not enough fish in the market and the little that is there is beyond the daily budget of the average Goan consumer," lamented a resident of Divar, Sabina Menezes.

"The weather conditions create an unstable atmosphere preventing us from taking our boats out fishing," said a fisherman from Nerul, Ozer Mendes.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - Tens of countries sign up to shut pirate fishers out of their ports

WORLDWIDE
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In March 2016, the Argentinian coast guard shot at and sank a Chinese vessel that was alleged to be fishing illegally in Argentinian waters (the crew were all rescued). While it’s unclear whether the boat was committing crime, the incident showed that the tension surrounding pirate fishing is reaching a peak, marked elsewhere by increasing conflict, and the detainment and scuttling of illegal fishing fleets. But for pirate fishers, the financial gains appear to be worth these risks.

Illegal fishing vessels siphon off up to 26 million tons of illegally caught fish each year, which amounts to over GBP 16bn in profit. This not only deprives legitimate fishers of their catch, but as it’s an unregulated practice, it also undermines the stability of fisheries stocks around the world. Illegal fishing also has a hand in driving already threatened species closer to extinction—like the critically-endangered vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, whose fate is rapidly being worsened by illegal fishers in Mexico who tangle and drown the small, protected mammals in their gill nets.

The only common ground illegal fishing vessels share with ordinary fishing boats is their dependence on ports, where they dock with their catch so they can bring it to market. If they can’t take refuge in one port, they may try their luck at the next one, assuming they’ll always have some place else to go with their illicit fish.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - Commercial fishermen: Net ban would destroy N.C. seafood industry

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A state House bill first introduced 16 years ago has been resurrected that would ban the use of large trawling nets in state waters, a move that the commercial fishing industry says could destroy the livelihood for most North Carolina fishermen.

New Bern native Billy Richardson, D­-Cumberland, filed a bill that would let voters decide whether to outlaw gill and certain other nets in all state coastal waters. If the N.C. General Assembly supports House Bill 1122, the binding referendum would be on the November election ballot.

“It would be the end of North Carolina’s (commercial) fishery,” said Wayne Dunbar, a waterman for nearly 40 years, located in Pamlico County’s Paradise Shores on Lower Broad Creek, leading into the Pamlico Sound. “People that don’t fish wouldn’t get North Carolina seafood.”

Source: Sun Journal


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