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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 - PEIFA wants aquaculture lease moratorium maintained

CAPE VERDE
Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

CHARLOTTETOWN - Increases in aquaculture leases in and around Malpeque Bay would directly impact and displace local fish harvesters in an area where lobster, herring, crab and eel have been harvested for more than a century, the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association maintains.

 

The PEIFA made a presentation to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans two weeks ago, calling for the current moratorium, which prohibits an increase in aquaculture leases in the area, to be continued. On Tuesday the 2nd of October 2014 the association made its position public.

Source: Journal Pioneer

 


IN BRIEF - Algae kills 280K farmed fish

CANADA
Thursday, October 02, 2014

The largest salmon farming company in B.C. lost up to 280,000 fish the last week of September 2014 to a type of “harmful algae” associated with warm waters known to kill salmon.

 

Marine Harvest Canada communications manager Ian Roberts said on Tuesday the deaths represent up to 4% of the company’s annual production, adding there was 30 times more algae than needed to kill the fish present at a Port Hardy area farm earlier this month.

This type of algae, the Heterosigma akashiwo, is known to thrive in summertime weather, but typically subsides between late fall and early spring.

The company owns 30 active farms in B.C. — about half of all the salmon farms in the province, he said.

“Over the course of a couple of days we lost these fish,” Roberts said.

“Heterosigma at a certain time of its lifecycle is toxic to fish and it comes up against the gills and kills the fish through the gills.”

Source: Vancouver 24 Hrs

 


IN BRIEF - Study shows ‘alarming levels’ of toxics in Columbia River fish

CANADA
Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

Columbia Riverkeeper recently announced results from the second phase of the group’s “Is Your Fish Toxic Study,” and Riverkeepr reports that the findings show “alarming levels” of heavy metals, toxic flame retardants, cancer-causing PCBs, and endocrine disrupting chemicals in Columbia River fish.

 

“Fish advisories are not enough. We need immediate reduction and prevention of toxic pollution entering our river to protect the health of our communities,” said Lorri Epstein, water quality director with Columbia Riverkeeper.

Through interviews with participants, Riverkeeper reported it found that ethnic, immigrant, and low-income populations are eating fish with unsafe levels of toxic pollution. Contributing factors for increased risk were found to include higher fish consumption rates, and fish-preparation styles.

Source: Hood River News

 


IN BRIEF - SGPDA plans to redevelop wholesale fish market

INDIA
Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

Margao - The South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) is mulling over the redevelopment of the existing wholesale fish market into a modern fish market complex on its own so that the project serves the SGPDA as self-sustaining revenue resource.

 

Chairman of the SGPDA, Cuncolim MLA Subhash 'Rajan' Naik told TOI that the proposal has already been discussed with the chief minister who has promised to grant funds for the project.

"We are planning to construct a three storey building (G+2 structure) that will house a fish market on the ground floor, while offices and shops will be located on the upper floors. The chief minister has promised funds upto 25 cr for the project," Naik told TOI, adding that the project was still at a conceptual stage. "The chief minister has promised to have a meeting with me and the fisheries minister over the proposed project, soon," he said.

Source: Times of India

 


IN BRIEF - Masses of dead jellyfish in Alaska waters not unusual, says NOAA scientist

UNITED STATES
Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

A jellyfish graveyard that settled on the beach of Clam Gulch last week proved a peculiar sight for some locals and prompted curious phone calls to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

 

But there's nothing unusual about the high number of lifeless jellyfish pushed ashore there, a biologist says. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research fisheries biologist Kristen Cieciel says the jellyfish live only about a year and die off in the fall.

Chrysaora melanaster, more commonly known as the northern sea nettle, can grow to 23 inches across and weigh up to 8 pounds. "These sea nettles are the kinds of jellyfish people think of when they picture jellyfish," said Cieciel.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

 


IN BRIEF - Trade deal with Ecuador to secure jobs in Europe’s fish processing industry

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, October 02, 2014

In July 2014, the EU and Ecuador concluded negotiations for a trade and development agreement, which was also discussed at August the 1st of 2014's meeting of the College of Commissioners.

The deal will allow Ecuador to benefit from continued access to the EU for its main exports, particularly fish products which will enjoy duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market. This agreement will help us to secure jobs in Europe’s fish processing industry and will also benefit European consumers.

Source: European Commission


IN BRIEF - SeaDragon strengthens leadership team

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

SeaDragon strengthens leadership team to transition to Omega 3 production.

 

New Zealand’s largest refiner and blender of high-quality fish oils SeaDragon today announced it has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of a permanent Chief Financial Officer, a Director of Sales, a Head of Marketing and a Compliance Co-ordinator.

SeaDragon Chief Executive Ross Keeley said: “SeaDragon is growing and we are taking this opportunity to strengthen the bench ahead of commissioning our new fish oil refining facility in Nelson next year. This team equips us to convert into firm orders the strong expressions of interest we have received for our New Zealand sourced Omega-3 rich fish oils.

“At the same time, we expect to shortly ramp up squalene production after securing a more certain raw material supply earlier this year. The enhanced sales and marketing and capabilities that come with the new appointments will ensure we make the most of the significant opportunities we see.

Source: Scoop

 


IN BRIEF - Objection filed to proposed MSC certification of the SSLLC US North Atlantic swordfish longline fishery

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

Day Boat Seafoods, a registered stakeholder, has filed an objection to the outcome of an independent assessment of the Sustainable Swordfish LLC (SSLLC) US North Atlantic swordfish longline fishery.

 

Intertek Fisheries Certification’s (IFC) assessment determined that the fishery meets the robust criteria required to be certified to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) standard for sustainable fishing. Day Boat Seafoods has challenged this outcome on issues of harmonization of fishery assessments covering the same stock, condition-setting, and peer review and public comment.

The MSC program includes a formal objections procedure to provide an orderly, structured process by which concerns about certification decisions can be lodged, reviewed and resolved, fairly and transparently by an Independent Adjudicator (IA). When an objection is filed, the MSC refers it to an IA who will review the objection and decide whether there is sufficient merit to move forward. To make this decision, which is completely independent of the MSC, the IA will review material submitted by the objector, the fishery and the certifier and may hold a hearing involving these parties.

Source: MSC

 


IN BRIEF - Fish catch advice

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

New scientific assessment of important Scottish stocks.

 

Some of Scotland’s most valuable fish stocks, Mackerel and Blue Whiting, appear to be at relatively healthy levels, according to the latest scientific advice published on September the 30th of 2014.

However, the new guidance has recommended that catches in 2015 should be reduced in line with internationally agreed management plans to safeguard the long-term future of stocks.

New scientific advice is published each year by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) – an international network of marine and fisheries scientists – and helps to inform the fisheries negotiations that take place in the autumn each year to determine how much quota our fishermen will receive in 2015.

Source: Scottish Government

 


IN BRIEF - Many fisheries sector development projects under 2015 budget

SRI LANKA
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry will launch a number of development projects in the fisheries sector under the 2015 budget proposals.

 

Heads of both Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry and Finance Ministry recently held several rounds of discussions on providing reliefs and granting finance assistance for the development projects which have already launched by the Fisheries Ministry and for their new projects. These discussions were chaired by Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundara.

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, Secretary Dr. D. M. R. B. Dissanayake, chairmen of ministry affiliated institutions and representatives of the Finance Ministry were also present at the discussions. Finance Ministry Officials are visiting ministries and discuss their future plans and finance requirements before making the 2015 Budget.

Source: Daily News

 


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