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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 - Oman fish sales top OMR 62.5 million mark

Monday, August 03, 2015


Muscat - Fish sales have been on the rise since the beginning of 2015 and remained so till the end of April, according to figures issued by the National Centre of Statistics and Information's (NCSI) monthly statistical bulletin for July 2015.


Since the beginning of 2015 until the end of April, the total value of fish increased by 1.4 per cent to OMR 62.563 million, compared to OMR 61.683 million in the same period the previous year.

Al Wusta Governorate landed most fish by traditional fishery methods which contributed 22,323 tonnes, followed by Asharqiyah with 21,117 tonnes and Dhofar with 13,202 tonnes. Al Batinah Governorate followed with 10,354 tonnes and Musandam with 7,065 tonnes, leaving Muscat with the least amount of fish with only 4,084 tonnes.

Source: Zawya


IN BRIEF - Prawn farmers say Australian aquaculture industry being left behind

Monday, August 03, 2015


A Queensland prawn farmer says aquaculture may be booming around the world, but not in Australia.


The national industry is worth AUD 80 million a year, with 80 per cent of farmed prawns produced in Queensland.

But Gold coast prawn farmer Nick Moore said Australian aquaculture was being held back by over-regulation.

Mr Moore said the industry's growth had been road-blocked for the past decade, when it was potentially worth AUD billions.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Fishermen dismayed by low sockeye prices

Monday, August 03, 2015


Shock and dismay were heard from Bristol Bay fishermen when they finally got word last week that major buyers would pay USD 0.50 a pound for their sockeye salmon? That's a throwback to the dock prices paid from 2002 through 2004, and compares to USD 1.20 advanced in 2014 (USD 1.33 on average after price adjustments)?

A late surge of reds produced catches of nearly 13 million in its final week, bringing the total by July 23 2015 to 34.5 million fish. The fish were still trickling in, and state managers, who called the season an 'anomaly,' said the final tally will likely reach the projected harvest of 37.6 million sockeye salmon.

Fishermen were prepared for lower prices this summer, due to a plugged global market, sockeye holdovers from last summer's big run, the continuing Russian embargo against U.S. seafood, and a strong dollar that makes it more expensive for foreign customers to buy U.S. salmon? Typically, 60-70 percent of Alaska's seafood sales are in exports.

Source: The Bristol Bay Times


IN BRIEF - Eyemouth company loses GBP 100,000 after Calais chaos

Monday, August 03, 2015


A Scottish Borders company is appealing to politicians, because disruption to Channel Tunnel transport has cost it tens of thousands of pounds.


DR Collin, based in Eyemouth, exports seafood including mackerel, squid and lobster to many companies in France, by sending two lorries across the Channel every day.

However, there have been major delays along the M20, in Kent, as Channel crossings have been disrupted by migrant activity in Calais.

Source: ITV


IN BRIEF - Fishcor's Performance Vindicates Esau's Stance

Monday, August 03, 2015


Lüderitz - Impressive production statistics from the state-owned fishing company, the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor), has seemingly vindicated fisheries minister, Bernhard Esau, who was heavily criticised in 2014 for allocating a massive bailout quota to the company.


Esau had allocated a 10,000 metric tonne horse mackerel quota to Fishcor to help revive its operations.

The company at the time faced fleet problems, which adversely affected production - to the extent that the company had to halt operations and send its workers home on full pay. Fishcor yesterday welcomed two wet hake trawlers - procured at a combined cost of N$80 million - to its existing fleet. The vessels were christened MVF Monte San Roque and MVF Farillon.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Thailand seen as unlikely to meet EU's fishing standards

Monday, August 03, 2015


The authorities, the business sector and NGOs all predict that Thailand's rank on the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) list will not improve, despite the strict measures being implemented by the government.


After four months of effort to tackle the IUU fishing situation since Thailand received the yellow card from the European Union in April 2015, no one is confident that Thailand's situation will be any better when the next IUU ranking is released in October that year.

Many controversies have also emerged from the implementation of the policy to stop illegal fishing and regulate the long-ignored problems within the fishing industry. Many trawler owners complained that they cannot go fishing because their boats are now illegal, but local fishermen still think the government's policy is not strict enough to pass the IUU standard.

Source: Nation Multimedia


IN BRIEF - Listeria Recall for Kirkland, Marine Harvest Chilean Atlantic Salmon Filets

Monday, August 03, 2015

Chilean Atlantic salmon filets sold at Costco and other stores are being recalled for Listeria. Customers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death.

Marine Harvest is recalling the raw, fresh, farmed Chilean Atlantic salmon that was distributed to California, Arizona and Nevada. The lot codes/item numbers are #700354 ATLFS00050, ATLFS00388, ATLFS00764, ATLFS20997, ATLFS20999 lot #700152, ATLFS00059, ATLFS00388, ATLFS00429, ATLFS0997, ATLFS20999, ATLFS20995.

At Costco, the recalled products were sold between May 2 and May 9 2015. They were labeled Kirkland Signature Fresh Farmed Atlantic Salmon Fillet Product of Chile Processed in USA, sold in styrofoam trays, wrapped in plastic weighing approximately two pounds.

Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin


IN BRIEF - New fish vaccination research gets cash injection

Monday, August 03, 2015


Aqualife, a family-owned business based in Stirling, has received GBP 117,000 from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) for a research project to develop new fish vaccination techniques.


The study, aimed at protecting wrasse and lumpfish, which eat the sea lice that can attack farmed salmon, has also secured GBP 168,400 from partners including the University of Stirling and Scottish Sea Farms.

Demand in the salmon industry for “cleaner fish” species such as wrasse and lumpfish is high, due to research demonstrating their success in sea lice control, but providing enough of the species requires a boost in production of robust specimens that can operate effectively through the salmon growth cycle.

Source: The Scotsman


IN BRIEF - Heat and drought devastate sockeye salmon fishing and spawning on Washington rivers

Monday, August 03, 2015


Here at the confluence of the Okanogan and Columbia rivers, tens of thousands of sockeye and chinook salmon stage themselves every summer in an underwater base camp, waiting to make a final push to higher elevations in Canada and their cold-stream destiny: spawning.


Their layover here in the "Brewster Pool," home of the annual Brewster King Salmon Derby, is usually brief but it can make for fishing bliss.

In 2015, though, the only salmon that can legally be caught in the derby that began Friday are big chinooks. The much smaller sockeye salmon — to many mouths much tastier — have suddenly become off-limits, as fishery managers report a sudden and alarming plunge in their numbers.

Source: LA Times


IN BRIEF - Public submits 70 proposals for changes to Bristol Bay fisheries

Monday, August 03, 2015


DILLINGHAM - Alaska's Board of Fisheries will meet in December 2015 to discuss possible changes to Bristol Bay sport, commercial and subsistence fisheries.


Forrest Bowers, from Fish and Game's division of commercial fisheries, says there are fewer proposals this year than in 2012, when the board last took up Bristol Bay fisheries.

The board considers changes to each region on a three-year cycle. Proposals are submitted by members of the public, regional advisory committees and other organizations. For this winter’s meeting, they were due last spring.

In 2015, the largest chunk of the proposals - 24 - target district-specific management plans and regulations for Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon fishery.

Source: KDLG



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