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IN BRIEF - House denies funding for state fishery disasters
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
KUALA LUMPUR - QL Resources, a Malaysian agro-food company, said on Wednesday that net profit rose 3% year-on-year to MYR 42.12 million for the first quarter ended in June due to increased sales of marine products including fish paste and fish feed.
It also reported a 2.2% increase in revenue to 669.53 million ringgit in the corresponding quarter, it noted in the filing to the Bursa Malaysia. Revenue from its marine product segment rose 16% while its other divisions saw a drop in sales due to raw material production or delivery issues.
QL Resources' three main businesses are marine product manufacturing, palm oil production, and integrated livestock farming.Each contribute 32.18%, 13.33% and 54.47% respectively to the company.
An oyster-dwelling species of bacteria is moving northward because of warming ocean temperatures, and oyster producers and regulators in Nova Scotia are already preparing themselves for the migration.
Vibrio parahaemolyticus, or VP — which can cause serious illness and is occasionally fatal — is spread by the consumption of raw or undercooked seafood.
A recent study found that the spread of Vibrio bacteria was directly related to rising water temperatures. Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, said that the association began crafting a strategy to deal with VP in 2015.
As ocean-surface temperatures rise, the bacteria Vibrio is infecting people
Five people in Florida have died this year from an infection linked to eating raw shellfish.
As scalloping season opens across the Gulf Coast, officials are warning people to be careful around popular raw seafoods like scallops, oysters and crabs that carry the Vibrio bacteria, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Fishermen claimed on August 2016 they were to blame for schools of dead fish washing ashore in the southwestern peninsular.
The admission came almost a month after reports of dead fish washing ashore and claims that they were poisoned from oil spills.
The fishermen said they have seen others dumping herrings, cat fish and mullet, trapped in their nets, back into the ocean.
The mystery fish kill which surfaced last month has already eroded the public’s confidence in the consumption of fish.
Fish sales also declined drastically when secretary of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, Gary Aboud, called on the public not to purchase bottom dwelling fish caught in the Gulf of Paria saying total petroleum hydrocarbon levels were too high.
However, at the Claxton Bay fishing port yesterday several people admitted to dumping by-catch, saying it was not true the dead fish surfaced because of pollution and toxicity in the Gulf.
The idea of installing ladders for something without arms or legs may seem a little crazy; but for Whangarei’s threatened native fish it might literally prove a life saver.
More than two-thirds of New Zealand’s 35 native fish species are classed as ‘threatened’ or ‘at risk’ and many of these need to migrate hundreds of kilometres between rivers and streams and the sea to reach suitable habitat/spawning areas.
However, regional council Freshwater Ecologist Carol Nicholson says all too often migrating fish – including whitebait (the juvenile fish of five species of galaxiidae) – encounter obstacles in the form of culverts, weirs, tide gates, dams or other structures.
While some fish like banded kokopu are strong climbers able to negotiate natural barriers like waterfalls, for others obstacles, especially man-made ones, can stop them reaching critical habitats altogether.
Ms Nicholson says legally both the Department of Conservation (DOC) and regional council have responsibilities to manage fish passage in waterways.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the fish lab at Grays Harbor College has been resurrected from an abandoned building to a working fish hatchery. This June it released its first bumper crop of 4,700 Coho salmon into Alder Creek.
The driving force behind the behind the resurrection is Amanda Gunn and her crew of volunteers.
“I started at the college three years ago,” said Gunn, a microbiology instructor at the college. “When I got here the building had been abandoned for about five years.”
Gunn said at first she had only three students to help to get the hatchery up and running. Now, she says she has 10-20 students per day at the fish lab.
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. - True World Foods, a major seafood distributor based in New Jersey, has been exonerated in the hepatitis A outbreak that has sickened more than 200 people in Hawaii this summer. Initial reports of the company's involvement were withdrawn when the Hawaii Department of Health discovered that the raw Sea Port Bay Scallops that caused the outbreak at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai were supplied by another distributor.
True World Foods purchases Sea Port Bay Scallops but had not yet shipped the affected lots from its warehouse. "The scallops received by True World Foods have not been distributed to any restaurants in the state and were embargoed at their warehouse," according to the Hawaii Department of Health's website.
True World Foods Hawaii is in the process of destroying the suspect scallops from the Philippines under the supervision of the FDA. None of the scallops at True World Foods' 22 other warehouses in the U.S. come from the lots implicated in the outbreak. Nevertheless, the company has suspended the sale of any seafood products produced by the scallops supplier in the Philippinespending the completion of an internal food safety investigation.
Seattle-based American Seafoods Company has settled a suit from a 2013 incident involving the trawler American Dynasty and the Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg in Esquimalt, British Columbia.
ASC will pay the Canadian government USD 3 million to end a legal action stemming from the casualty. Canada has not released a figure for the cost of the damage to the frigate, but the repairs to her hull, deck and frame took five weeks.
The ice-classed trawler Dynasty was bound for the graving dock in Esquimalt on April 23, 2013 when she lost electrical power and the control of her controllable pitch propulsion system.
The RCMP has arrested and released four Indigenous protesters in the community of Ahousaht, B.C. for trying to obstruct a fish farm company from restocking an empty feedlot with new Atlantic smolts.
The incident happened Monday evening when Lennie John, Sacheen Seitcham and two other residents of the Ahousaht community protested at the Dixon Bay farm north of Tofino as a barge attempted to stock the previously closed farm with new smolts, or young Atlantic salmon.
The RCMP arrested the protesters the following day after the company, Cermaq/Mitsubishi, lodged complaints about the incident. Charges have not yet been laid.
Seitcham and her husband, Joe James Rampanen, told The Tyee in an email sent together that they participated in the protest “because it is our inherent right to protect wild salmon, it is our duty and responsibility to ensure we have Indigenous food security and we are upholding our rights to do so.”
Russia and China to sign deal on fisheries Russia Fed.
Russian Far Eastern Auction Fish House and China’s Liaoning Runzeng Industrial Co., Ltd. will sign an agreement on exchange transactions in fisheries sphere at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
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