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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 - First oyster farm certified against ASC Bivalves Standard

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

Utrecht - The Jersey Oyster Company has become the first oyster farm in the world to meet the ASC standard for responsible bivalve aquaculture.

 

"I am delighted to welcome Jersey Oyster Company to the ranks of ASC certified farms. Now I very much look forward to the first ASC certified oysters entering the market in the near future," said Chris Ninnes, ASC's CEO.

"It is exciting to see farms that have chosen to engage with our bivalves programme, such as Jersey Oyster Company, meeting the ASC standard."

Source: ASC

 


IN BRIEF - Louisiana shrimping: Lower prices this year and rise in imported shrimp

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

DELCAMBRE - Louisiana State University researchers say Louisiana shrimpers face lower prices this year with an expected rise in imported shrimp.

 

The Daily World reports that imports 2014 were hit by a virus called Early Mortality Syndrome, or EMS. But 2015 imports are re-entering the market and that is expected to drive prices down.

Julie Anderson-Lively, assistant professor at Louisiana State University's AgCenter, said a lot of imports were killed off during 2014 and never entered the market.

Source: Gulf Live

 


IN BRIEF - GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification in Saudi Arabia - A First for the Country and the MENA Region

SAUDI ARABIA
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

Saudi Arabia’s National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) is the first company in the country to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture (Shrimp & Fish) and Compound Feed Manufacturing Certification. This success also makes the NAQUA Group the first company in the MENA Region to achieve both GLOBALG.A.P. Standards, and the fifth company in the world to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for Barramundi Fish. This also makes Saudi Arabia the ninth country in the world to be GLOBALG.A.P. certified for White-leg Shrimp [Litopenaeus Vannamei].

 

Commenting on this historical success, engineer Ahmed R. Al-Ballaa, NAQUA’s Managing Director, stated: “GLOBALG.A.P. Certification was a strategic target, which brings us to the front line of leading aquaculture systems in the world. This proves that NAQUA has well defined measures on complying with all local and global norms for animal welfare, sustained aquaculture and feed manufacturing systems, professional and talented human resources, and a platform for producing world-class seafood products.”

Source: GlobalG.A.P.

 


IN BRIEF - Seafish and Marine Stewardship Council unveil first of their kind ‘roadmaps’ for sustainable fisheries throughout England

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, alongside the Marine Stewardship Council, has announced on March 30th 2015 its findings from a three year project which, for the first time, has mapped all English inshore fisheries and developed sustainability 'roadmaps' for them to help secure seafood supplies from these traditional inshore fleets.

Named 'Project Inshore' and the first exercise of its kind on this scale in the world, the project has produced bespoke reports for each of the English Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authorities (IFCAs), and will now enable these inshore fisheries managers to come together to co-ordinate efforts. Project Inshore will also provide an evidence-base for IFCAs that do not have sufficient resources to approach funders.

Source: Sea Fish

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood farms hold sway in Bay State

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

Massachusetts defines aquaculture to include farms that raise trout, salmon, tilapia, barramundi, bait, mollusks (clams and oysters), leeches, alligators and eels.

 

Christopher Sherman, president of the Massachusetts Aquaculture Association as well as Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, said the majority of the state's 350 aquaculture permit holders are traditional shellfish growers and harvesters.

"The vast majority of our 85 members are growing oysters and clams," Mr. Sherman said. "But the industry is growing, and I'm very excited to aquaculture get stretched into new ways."

Source: Business Telegram

 


IN BRIEF - Future of shrimp fishery to be debated at public hearing

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishery regulators are holding a public hearing in Portland to discuss the future of New England's closed Maine shrimp fishery.

 

The shrimp fishery closed in 2013 and has yet to reopen because of concerns about shrimp population levels. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is collecting feedback from the public about establishing a limited fishery for the shrimp "for use in the future if and when the stock recovers and the fishery can be re-opened."

The Portland hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday 30th March 2015 at the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Conference Room.

Source: Wcsh 6

 


IN BRIEF - Deepwater Shrimp Biomass Estimated At 4,570 Tons

ANGOLA
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

Luanda — The Angolan deepwater shrimp biomass is currently estimated at 4,570 tons, said Friday in Luanda the head of the Department of Studies and Planning of the Fisheries Ministry, Isabel Cristóvão.

 

The official was presenting the sector's Annual Report for 2014, during the Ministry's Consultative Council.

According to the official, the species of deepwater, short-living and fast-growing shrimp and their amounts depend much on recruitment and variability of the oceanographic parameters.

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Produce Alliance lauches major re-branding effort at Annual Conference

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

CHICAGO - Produce Alliance, a produce management, procurement and consulting company represented by a network of best-in-class food service distributors and growers throughout North America, unveiled a new rebranding initiative at their 2015 National Conference in Charleston, SC.

More than 200 members made up of Produce Alliance’s top distributors and premium growers attended the annual meeting. The three-day conference, which took place at the Belmond Charleston Place hotel, March 17-19, highlighted the importance of building existing relationships and strengthening partnerships.

A highlight of the conference was Produce Alliance’s launch of their rebranding efforts. The upcoming campaign will include a new logo, re-designed website, mobile app, and client service tool enhancements.

“I know as a group we are so much stronger when we work together to ensure our collective success,” says PA President and CEO, George Melshenker. “We believe this new branding campaign will give our organization a fresher and bolder look, leading to even greater success for our partners in the future.”


 

 


IN BRIEF - Ngāti Kahungunu's new fishing net reduces undersized fish catch

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, March 28, 2015

 

Ngati Kahungunu has committed to using a new fishing net design that will drastically reduce the number of undersize fish that get trapped in the nets.

 

It's technology that will aid in repopulating our oceans.

The New Zealand fisheries is a multi-billion dollar industry, but it needs to be sustainable if it's to get the thumbs up for the future.

Mike Terry says, “They are improving. Over the last three years I've seen a gradual increase but the fish that we're catching now traditionally we've caught them in closer, but we're starting to catch them in deeper water.”

Source: Maori Television

 


IN BRIEF - Bill to ax Alaska fish commission passes out of committee

UNITED STATES
Saturday, March 28, 2015

 

The House Fisheries Committee on Thursday 26th of March 2015 passed a bill that would eliminate the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and move its duties to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

 

The unanimous vote came despite fishermen's objections that the bill upends the separation of power between the commission that oversees Alaska’s limited-entry fisheries like salmon and the agency that regulates commercial fishing.

The legislation, House Bill 112, goes next to the House Resources Committee. A referral to House Finance is expected, according to Reid Harris, aide to the fisheries committee that’s chaired by bill author Rep. Louise Stutes, a Kodiak Republican.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

 


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