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IN BRIEF - 352 GenSan fishers remain missing after ‘Pablo’

PHILIPPINES
Saturday, January 19, 2013

DAVAO CITY—The overall commander of the search operations for people missing 44 days after Typhoon Pablo struck the eastern part of Mindanao has called off the search.

Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) announced the decision in a statement on Wednesday but assured relatives of the missing that he has still placed on standby all the military assets used in combing the affected areas

For the meantime, he said, the personnel involved in the search would be shifted to the ongoing relief distribution for the affected villagers and the rehabilitation of the damaged rural areas and flattened towns.

Among the missing were 352 fishermen from General Santos City, who left days or weeks earlier before the typhoon struck on Dec. 4 last year. They were aboard 47 fishing vessels that also continued to be unaccounted for.

The last incident of a survivor rescued was on Jan. 12, he said, while the last retrieved body, all at sea, was on Jan. 10.

Source: http://businessmirror.com.ph


IN BRIEF - Banned pelagic trawling still prevalent in Kerala

INDIA
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

Banned pelagic fishing nets have been making a silent comeback to coastal fishing in Kerala, a move which many feel would pose a serious threat to the marine ecosystem of the state.

 

A tense situation was witnessed at Munambam fishing harbour recently when a section of BMS union-backed loading workers resisted the sale of fish caught through these nets. Last week, tonnes of ribbon fish caught through pelagic nets were abandoned on the decks of the harbour and destroyed later at Munambam.

Police and officials from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) reached the spot and cautioned fishing boat workers against the use of such unlawful methods.

Traditional fishermen have strongly oppose this and consider it a threat to the prospects of their marine catch.

Source: Business Standard

 


IN BRIEF - Russian fish processors turn to domestic resource base

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

Because of the food embargo, fish processing companies of the Russian North-West have to replace the fish from Norway, Finland and Baltic states by that from Russia and countries not subject to sanctions.

Several dozens of fish processing companies located in the Russian Northwestern Federal District are 10 to 100 percent dependent on fish supply from abroad. Now they take every possible measure to avoid drastic cuts in production and to minimize their losses.

 

Thus, the companies from the Murmansk region that were engaged in processing of Norwegian salmon are trying to reorient their production to Far East pink and sockeye salmon. However, they face significant problems. First, the logistics chain "Far East - Murmansk region" is longer and more expensive than the chain "Norway - Murmansk region". Secondly, the Far East fish has been long contracted, and not all traders are willing to give up their existing business connections in favor of new partners. Third, although sockeye salmon and Norwegian salmon are "close relatives", they are not the same species. Therefore, the reconstruction of the production lines can not be avoided.

Source: Barents Nova

 


IN BRIEF - Masaka Factory Forced To Shut Over Lack Of Mature Fish

UGANDA
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

The scarcity of mature fish in Lake Victoria has caused the closure of Fresh Water Fish factory at Kachanga Landing site in Bukakata sub-county, Masaka district.

 

The scarcity of mature fish in Lake Victoria has caused the closure of Fresh Water Fish factory at Kachanga Landing site in Bukakata sub-county, Masaka district. This follows a 40% decline in the numbers of mature fish there. Operations by fishery officials against those doing illegal fishing methods continue.

Source: NTV

 


IN BRIEF - Commercial Fishing Winds Down In Lower Cook Inlet

UNITED STATES
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

The season is wrapping up in the Southern, Outer, and Kamishak Bay districts.

 

“In general, things are winding down I would say,” says Glenn Hollowell, area management biologist for the Department of Fish and Game.

He says there may be a few areas that continue to produce.

“There might be some seiners interested in going over to Kamishak Bay to fish for coho, but the weather tends to get really nasty there in late August or early September,” says Hollowell. “I don’t know that we’re going to see a lot of effort over there at this time.”

Sockeye returns have not been consistent across lower Cook Inlet. In the Outer District, there was a system in McCarty Fjord that produced about 20,000 sockeye, which is very good for that area.

“Some of our other systems have just met escapement, like English Bay, for instance,” says Hollowell. “We have made our escapement goal pretty cleanly there. We’re right around the middle of the goal which is a good place to be. But, there was really not enough fish there to have a significant commercial harvest on them. The harvest went to subsistence users over in Port Graham, primarily.”

Source: Alaska Public 

 


IN BRIEF - Black market fishing is killing off local stocks

AUSTRALIA
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

Illegal fishing and a voracious black market for Gladstone's best species could be driving the decline of local fish stocks.

 

And if there's no fish, there's no fishing - so local fishers are worried.

Amateur fisherman of 30 years experience, Charles Hartridge, said Gladstone region fishers have observed the decline of key species.

"We all collect a lot of data, and over the years you can see the decline in the number of red throat emperor that are caught," he said.

"Fish stocks have gone down considerably but no changes have happened."

The highly prized deep-sea fish is a local favourite and is also exported, but because local knowledge doesn't match statewide trends, its population is deemed sustainable by the fisheries authority.

Source: The Observer

 


IN BRIEF - 'Walking fish' studied for clues about evolution of limbs

CANADA
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

Science marches on. Sometimes, it does so on fins.

Scientists at the University of Ottawa have studied the effect of a lifetime of walking on a certain type of fish. Yes, fish.

The results, say their paper in the journal Nature, suggest much about the evolution of complex pieces of anatomy such as arms and legs.

 

"What we wanted to pin down was: if you change the environment of this fish, does it change its behaviour or does its anatomy change?" said former McGill post-doctoral student Emily Standen.

Her team started with a fish called Polypterus. They have both lungs and gills and can live in water or on land. They also have lobelike fins, positioned so they can pull themselves awkwardly forward as if with stunted arms.

"Some people might say they're not as pretty as trout, but I think they're amazing," Standen said.

Source: CTV News

 

 


IN BRIEF - Warm waters divert sockeye salmon run to Canada instead of Washington

UNITED STATES
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

Unusually warm water off the Washington coast is sending the vast majority of the sockeye salmon run to Canadian waters, leaving Puget Sound fishermen with nearly empty nets.

 

According to data from the Pacific Salmon Commission, nearly 2.9 million sockeye salmon have been caught in Canadian waters, while only about 98,000 have been netted in Washington through Aug. 19 2014.

Source: The Globe and Mail

 


IN BRIEF - Alaska Crabbers Urge Obama to Impose Ban on Russian Crab Imports

UNITED STATES
Saturday, August 30, 2014

 

An Alaska crab fishing group is calling for President Obama to ban imports of seafood from Russia.

 

The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers issued a statement claiming there’s been a spike in illegal, unreported and unregulated crab fishing in Russia’s waters in the past two decades. This comes in response to a recent Russian ban on US seafood, which was in response to US and international sanctions.

Executive Director of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Mark Gleason says Russian illegal crab fishing is not a new phenomenon.

Source: KDLG

 


IN BRIEF - Slower fishing on mackerel

ICELAND
Friday, August 29, 2014

Mackerel fishing has begun to slow down after some excellent catches 2014's summer. According to Hjalti Einarsson who is skippering Faxi RE this trip, the mackerel are inclined to disappear down to the sea bed and are more of a problem to catch.

‘As things are at the moment it’s more of a lottery and we’re steaming while we search for good enough marks to shoot on. We started fishing two days ago and have 300 tonnes on board, so we need another hundred tonnes to have enough for production ashore, and hopefully we’ll have that by tonight. I expect to be alongside at at Vopnafjördur tomorrow,’ he said when we spoke to him on August the 27 2014 with Faxi off Hvalbak south-east of Iceland. Ingunn AK had just arrived on the fishing grounds and Lundey NS was still landing at Vopnafjördur

Source: HB Grandi

 


IN BRIEF - R.Domstein to own 74 pct of Domstein after bid

NORWAY
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

Domstein ASA : * R.Domstein & co says to buy all Domstein ASA shares tendered in bid, will hold 74.07 percent * R.Domstein & co says buying 1.9 mln shares at NOK 10 per share, on top of its previous holding of 3.79 mln shares.

Source: Reuters

 


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