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IN BRIEF - Iran to increase caviar exports

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Iran exported about 500kg of sturgeon caviar in the last three quarters, Trend reports.

Issa Golshakhi, a spokesman of the Iranian Fishing Organization, said that the main buyers of Iranian caviar were Europe, USA, Japan and the UAE.

The official said that specialists were planning to increase the exports to 2 tons the next year (starting on March 21 in Iran).

Alaeddin Borujerdi, chairman of the parliamentary commission for national security and foreign policy, said at the second Caspian Sea Conference that caviar from the Caspian Sea is popular all over the world.

IN BRIEF - Vietnam's Agri-Forestry-Fishery Exports Fetch USD 15 Billion

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HANOI - Vietnam's combined agriculture-forestry-fishery export turnover reached USD 15.05 billion in the first six months of 2016, up 5.4 per cent from one year ago, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Agriproducts contributed USD 7.32 billion, a 5.1 per cent increase against the same period 2015 Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

In terms of rice, the country exported 2.69 million tonnes to earn USD 1.21 billion, down 9.8 per cent in volume and 5.9 per cent in value year-on-year...

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - Could climate change affect your day fishing? Ontario researcher presents findings in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Thunder Bay researcher with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has just returned from briefing Senate staff in Washington, D.C. on the potential impacts of climate change on North America's recreational fishery.

The invitation to speak on Capitol Hill came from the United States Geological Survey, following his participation in a number of conferences and workshops on the issue, says Len Hunt, who holds a PhD in geography and environmental studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Angola, Namibia Sign Documents For Co-operation In Fisheries

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

LUANDA - Angola and Namibia have signed four documents on co-operation in fisheries here between the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries and the Fisheries and Marine Resources Ministry of Namibia under a memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries in 2014.

The documents signed Friday 17th of June 2016 are agreements on economic co-operation, fisheries research, fisheries surveillance, fisheries management and aquaculture. In addition to the four documents, action plans for the implementation of co-operation in their respective fields were also approved.

Angola's Mminister of Fisheries, Victoria de Barros Neto, said the agreements would enable the heads of the respective sectors to follow up on the actions and control them...

Source: Bernama

IN BRIEF - Historic New England fishing industry faces warming world

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SEABROOK, N.H. -- The cod isn't just a fish to David Goethel. It's his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.

"I paid for my education, my wife's education, my house, my kids' education; my slice of America was paid for on cod," said Goethel, a 30-year veteran of these waters that once teemed with New England's signature fish.

But on this chilly, windy Saturday in April, after 12 hours out in the Gulf of Maine, he has caught exactly two cod, and he feels far removed from the 1990s, when he could catch 2,000 pounds in a day.

His boat, the Ellen Diane, a 44-foot fishing trawler named for his wife, is the only vessel pulling into the Yankee Fishermen's Co-op in Seabrook. Fifteen years ago, there might have been a half-dozen. He is carrying crates of silver hake, skates and flounder - all worth less than cod.

Source: CBS News

IN BRIEF - Fisheries breakthrough: Breeding ‘maya-maya’

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DAGUPAN CITY—Aquaculture experts here announced on Friday the successful breeding in captivity of the high-value fish maya-maya (red snapper).

“This is a breakthrough for the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and we are happy that for the first time, we were able to make our breeders spawn,” said Westly Rosario, chief of BFAR’s National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) here.

Rosario said maya-maya were caught only in the wild, making them difficult to find in fish markets.

“[The maya-maya] is expensive, costing about PHP 300 a kilogram,” he said.

“What we want is a diversification of species [in the food production trade] because I think we are the only Asian country which is familiar with only two species for aquaculture—Tilapia and bangus (milkfish),” he said.

Source: Inquirer

IN BRIEF - EU referendum result gives real hope for Scotland’s fishing communities

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The European Union referendum result on June 2016, which took so many in the country by surprise, opened up hope and ambition for Scotland’s fishing communities.   There is now real opportunity to implement sustainable and rationale stewardship of our fisheries, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said:  “After many years – in the consistent past words of the current party of Scottish Government of being ‘sold down the river’ with the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy –  we at last have the ability to recover proper, sustainable and rational stewardship through our own Exclusive Economic Zone for fisheries, just like Norway, Iceland and the Faroes. 

“With the Scottish Parliament emergency debate taking place today (28 June) aimed at the Scottish Government getting a mandate for arguing against the referendum result and attempting to stay in the EU, it must not be forgotten that the whole of the Scottish fishing community – who sustainably harvest seafood from some of the best fishing grounds in the world – does not agree with this stance in the slightest.

Press Release: SFF

IN BRIEF - Consumption of omega-3s linked to lower risk of fatal heart disease

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Blood levels of seafood and plant-based omega-3 fatty acids are moderately associated with a lower risk of dying from heart attacks, according to a new epidemiological study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, led by Liana C. Del Gobbo, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the division of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

Researchers from around the world joined together to form the Fatty acids and Outcomes Research Consortium (FORCE). By pooling findings from diverse large studies that had measured blood or tissue levels of omega-3 fatty acids, they evaluated relationships with heart disease events over time. Each study performed new standardized, individual-level analyses. Findings were then centrally pooled in a meta-analysis.

A total of 19 studies were involved from 16 countries and including 45,637 participants. Of these, 7,973 people developed a first heart attack over time, including 2,781 deaths and 7,157 nonfatal heart attacks.

Source: Science Daily

IN BRIEF - Experts suggest 10-year fishing ban in the Yangtze River

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

As overfishing has not been stopped in the Yangtze River, the community of aquaticorganisms, for which fish is part of, is suffering from continuous degradation.

Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Cao Wenxuan and other experts onfreshwater fish hold that it has entered into a critical phase that the government shouldimplement a ten-year fishing ban instead of a temporary moratorium on fishing in theYangtze River.

These experts argue that the ten-year ban can help restore the aquatic organisms andreverse the trend of the degradation of aquatic resources. Moreover, due to sharplydecreased catches of fish in these years, it is difficult for fishermen to make a living byselling the fish they capture. Therefore, the more fish they capture from the water, themore unlikely their way of living can be sustained. Furthermore, the aquatic organismsbecome increasingly worse because of overfishing.

Source: English People

IN BRIEF - A smooth bluefin tuna fishing campaign in 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The bluefin tuna fishing season in the Western and Central Mediterranean Sea and in the Adriatic Sea was open from 26 May to 24 June 2016 for purse seiners. Thanks to the implementation of an international recovery plan and to the efforts made by fishermen, catch limits for this stock could again be increased this year (the EU quota is just over 11200t in 2016, compared to 7938 t two years before).

While benefiting from this increase in fishing limits, the majority of the European vessels had fished to quota in early June, and were called back to port by their national authorities. Only in the Adriatic did fishing activities by Croatian small-scale vessels continue until the end date of the campaign.

The European Commission is pleased to report that the campaign ran smoothly and that inspections on European vessels did not reveal any systemic overfishing or illegal fishing. The Commission is equally pleased to confirm that the European purse seiner fleet is now using an electronic catch documentation system for Bluefin tuna developed by ICCAT (the Bluefin Catch Document or eBCD). The same tool will be used for all caging operations in European farms and for all fishing gears as of 1 July 2016, thus allowing for full catch traceability.

Source: European Commission

IN BRIEF - Black gill disease shows up early in Georgia shrimp

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SAVANNAH - Shrimp with a condition known as black gill have shown up in Georgia waters in June 2016, earlier than ever previously recorded.

“We’re seeing 40 percent of our white shrimp infected,” said Pat Geer, chief of fisheries at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “We have never seen that before. Ever. So why, why are we seeing it that much earlier?”

Geer put that question to a gathering of researchers, shrimpers and fisheries managers from Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday 29th of June at the University of Georgia Aquarium at Skidaway.

Source: Jacksonville

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First ambitious ocean-cleansing project presented
Netherlands At a port in The Hague, Dutch environment minister has launched the biggest prototype clean-up boom in an attempt to clear the Pacific of its plastic debris.
Brexit victory causes bitter-sweet reactions
United Kingdom The result of the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU has been received with mixed feelings of 'uncertainty' for some representatives of the fishing sector and 'excitement' for Brexiting fishermen.
New fisheries database may contribute to better fishery management
Worldwide A publicly accessible fisheries database that builds on the FAO statistics has been created, covering the fisheries of all maritime countries and territories of the world, from 1950 to 2010, and being regularly updated.
Grant regulation approved for market development and seafood promotion campaigns
Spain The Cabinet has approved a proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, a Royal Decree establishing the regulatory bases for the allocation, set in a competitive basis, of subsidies to develop new markets and promotion campaigns for fishery and aquaculture products.
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