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IN BRIEF - House denies funding for state fishery disasters

UNITED STATES
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Aid for communities affected by fisheries disasters is still uncertain after the House of Representatives passed a second disaster relief bill this month that didn’t include Alaska.

The House passed a $50.7 billion Disaster Relief Appropriations Act Jan. 15, which went only to Hurricane Sandy aid, and did not include any of the fisheries disasters declared last fall in Alaska, New England and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Senate must pass a corresponding bill to be reconciled with the House version before it can be signed into law.

The Senate passed a $60 billion Hurricane Sandy bill in December, which included funding for fishery disasters and tsunami marine debris cleanup, but the House did not vote on the entirety of that bill before the 112th Congress came to an end

By Molly Dischner - Alaska Alaska Journal of Commerce (read full story here)


IN BRIEF - `Pakistan's fishermen to be freed after nationality confirmation'

PAKISTAN
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

Vadodara - In the backdrop of Pakistan releasing 163 Indian fishermen lodged in a Karachi jail, police here on Tuesday 4th of August 2015 said the fishermen from the neighbouring country jailed in Gujarat's Dwarka prison will be released only after "confirmation" of their nationality by the Centre.

 

At present, 25 fishermen are lodged in jail at Dwarka, District Superintendent of Police Jagdish Patel told a news agency on phone today.

"The nationality of nine fishermen out of the total of 25 fishermen has been confirmed by the government of Pakistan, while no communication regarding the nationality of remaining 16 is received till date," Patel said.

Source: Zee News

 


IN BRIEF - Shellfish shampoo... Scientists' solution to split ends

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

The team of scientists believe a polymer, derived from chitin, found naturally in the seafood shells can be extracted and used instead of synthetic polymers to make personal and home care products.

 

Their findings come at the latter end of a GBP 1 million, two year long research project.

They say essence of prawn - when used as a shampoo ingredient - could help keep hair moisturised and reduce split ends using the polymer 'chitosan'.

Chitosan has been around for a long time but we have developed a method of modifying it to give it enhanced properties. The prawn shells would normally be disposed of as waste so, ultimately, the aim of the project is to make the production of personal and home care products greener.

Source: ITV

 


IN BRIEF - Hot weather blamed for rash of shellfish-related illnesses

CANADA
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

The recent hot weather on the West Coast may be great news for outdoor enthusiasts, but health agencies warn it’s responsible for an unprecedented number of shellfish-related illnesses.

The BC Centre for Disease Control says 35 people have fallen ill in the past two months from vibrio parahaemolyticus, a bacteria that’s naturally-occurring in shellfish like oysters, clams, mussels and scallops.

The BCCDC says the bacteria spikes during the summer as water temperatures rise.

Source: CTV News

 


IN BRIEF - US Renews Nigeria’s Certification for Fisheries Export

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

Commended for maintaining international best practices in shrimps production, Nigeria has been re-certified to export shrimps to the United States of America.

 

The Fisheries, Gear Specialist, Department of Commerce, USA, Mr. Jack Forrester during the United States Turtle Excluder Device (TED) inspection team’s visit to re-certify Nigeria export rights, explained that the re-certification is coming on the heels of the nation’s resilience to maintain global best practices despite experiencing macro-economic challenges.

Meanwhile, Forrester also stated that of the 16 countries in Africa certified to export shrimps to the US, Nigeria’s has remained the number one preferred nation to export the commodity to the United States.

Source: This Day Live

 


IN BRIEF - Shrimp season interruption, low prices make tough year

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

BILOXI - Mississippi fishermen remain intent on harvesting this year’s shrimp crop in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico despite low prices and a season paused and restarted.

Dave Burrage, Mississippi State University Extension professor of marine resources at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the shrimp season first opened June 3, closed June 19 when shrimp were too small, and then reopened July 13 2015.

“This season has been an anomaly so far,” Burrage said.

The Mississippi season opened with 310 boats this year, down from 368 boats on opening day in 2014. Shrimpers landed 630,000 pounds of shrimp in Biloxi during the first two weeks of the season. This amount compares to 760,000 pounds landed there the first two weeks of last shrimp season.

Source: Mississipi Business Journal

 


IN BRIEF - Bright future for WA aquaculture

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

?The State Government has committed to working with industry to build a brighter future for aquaculture in Western Australia.

Launching a Statement of Commitment for Western Australia's aquaculture industry in Fremantle today, Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett and Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said the Government recognised aquaculture as a strategically important industry.

The document identifies several key areas in which the Government is committed to assisting in the development of a strong aquaculture sector.

Source: Department of Fisheries

 


IN BRIEF - Aquarium gets fish conservation award - for the ones that get eaten in its cafe

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium has been given a fish conservation award - for the ones that get eaten in the attraction's cafe.

 

Waves Café has been Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, demonstrating 'exemplary sustainable fish sourcing practices'.

MSC certification is only awarded to venues that serve and sell fish caught using the highest standards of sustainability.

MSC certification follows Waves Café’s blue Fish2fork rating last year, when Head Chef Craig Walker received a glowing report from the online sustainable dining guide. Craig and his team at the Aquarium received a 3.5 Blue Fish rating (out of a possible 5) due to his approach to sustainable sourcing.

Source: The Herald

 


IN BRIEF - Vincent’s Seafood, The Oldest Restaurant in Dallas, is Closed

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

Saturday night the oldest restaurant in Dallas closed. Vincent’s Seafood was opened by Peter Vincent in 1898. The original location was in downtown Dallas on Poydras Street, between Main and Commerce. In 1955, Vincent sold it to John Kastanos, who would run the place for the next half-century with his brother-in-law Angelo Stergios and Angelo’s brother Bill.

 

Peter Simek published an interesting historical essay on Vincent’s last week. Simek chronicles the 117-year run of the restaurant. It’s a great read.

My sister-in-law, Sarah, and her father went to lunch at Vincent’s on Saturday 1st of August 2015. By 10:45 AM, there was a long line. They didn’t open the doors until 11:40, forty minutes past their regular time. Apparently they wanted to go out silently, but when the news leaked they were closing, the restaurant was bombarded by devoted diners. “They were out of almost everything,” Sarah said. “I felt bad for them.”

Source: Side/Dish

 


IN BRIEF - Clearwater reports strong second quarter results and positive outlook for 2015

CANADA
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

On August the 4th of 2015, Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated reported its second quarter results for the period ended July 4th, 2015:

 

Sales and adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2015 grew by 2.9% and 9.4% to CAD 116.7 million and CAD 22.2 million versus 2014 comparative figures of CAD 113.4 million and CAD 20.3 million, respectively, due to higher prices and higher average exchange rates, partially offset by lower sales volumes.

Strong market demand in all regions for our core species continues to positively impact selling prices.

Strong operating cash flows in the second quarter and year-to-date periods were offset by the timing of planned investments in working capital in 2015. These results are in line with management's expectations and position the company well to generate strong annual free cash flows.

Successfully launched its new state-of-the-art factory clam vessel, the Belle Carnell. At CAD 65 million, this vessel is the single-largest vessel investment in Clearwater's history and will harvest Arctic Surf Clams, Cockle Clams and Propeller Clams year-round.

Management expects markedly improved harvest conditions and strong market conditions for core species will continue for the balance of 2015, positively impacting sales prices, volumes and operating margins.

Declares quarterly dividend of CAD 0.04 per share payable on September 2, 2015 to shareholders of record as of August 19, 2015

Press Release: Clearwater Seafood Incorporated

 


IN BRIEF - Cermaq Group AS: Cermaq ranked #1 for its sustainability report

NORWAY
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

Seafood Intelligence has again ranked Cermaq as #1 in sustainability reporting among 35 salmon farming companies globally. In addition Cermaq stands out by having external auditing of its integrated sustainability report.

 

Cermaq has a strong record for acknowledgement of its sustainability reporting, rated against the largest companies in Norway and against the salmon farming companies globally. Last week Seafood Intelligence again rated Cermaq as number one of the global salmon farming companies.

- Transparent reporting on important topics is the basis for earning trust. It is also a knowledgebase for identifying and discussing areas of improvement with our stakeholders, says CEO of Cermaq Jon Hindar.

Press Release: Cermaq

 


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