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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

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

IN BRIEF - Seafood Analytics Introduces New Electronic Fish Monitoring Device, Fishboard, at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Boston, MA– Certified Quality Foods (dba Seafood Analytics), announces the introduction of Fishboard, a fully integrated electronic fish-monitoring device. Fishboard allows researchers, aquaculture farms, processors, at-sea observers, fishermen, and other participants in the seafood industry to quickly and easily measure and store important electronic information about fish.

With Fishboard, users can quickly and easily assess length, weight, health, condition, and degradation status and body composition of individual fish. The device displays real-time observation and storage of all measurements. Stored values can be used for comparisons, growth trends, reports, and analysis while real-time data can be used for immediate evaluation of individual fish health and growth. GPS, pictures and other data can also be added. Fishboard is the first device to market with all of these capabilities.

The measurable benefit is a simple-to-use electronic monitoring device that can assess physiological condition, nutritional status, and body composition of fish in real-time. The user-friendly design and usage of the machine allows anyone to measure, store and send valuable fisheries data. Dr. Keith Cox developed the device while on assignment with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, with applicability ranging from fishermen to research agencies. Funding for the research and development was through the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB).

Press Release


Wednesday, March 21, 2018


IN BRIEF - Israeli navy opens fire at fishermen in Gaza

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

GAZA – Israeli navy Monday 19th of March 2018 opened fire at Palestinian fishermen and their fishing boats while they were sailing in al-Sudaniya sea to the northwest of the Gaza Strip.

The navy also propelled waste water at the boats forcing the fishermen to return to shore.

Despite the signed agreements between Palestinians and Israel, which allow fishermen to go 12 nautical miles inside the Mediterranean Sea, Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen almost daily and does not allow them to go further than three nautical miles, which the fishermen say is not enough to catch fish.

Source: WAFA

IN BRIEF - Danish fishermen trawling illegally in Øresund Despite

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In order to preserve its fragile ecosystem and fishing stocks, trawling in certain parts of the Øresund has been banned by law for more than 80 years.

However, after one month of concentrated surveillance, the environmental organisation Greenpeace has been able to document at least six cases of illegal fishing by trawlers based in Gilleleje Harbour, the organisation reports.

Trawling is completely illegal in some parts of the Øresund but is permitted in the northern part – except during the period from February 1 to Mach 31 2018, which is when cod are spawning.

Source: CPH Post

IN BRIEF - Fishermen, enviromentalists weigh potential impact of offshore drilling

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BRUNSWICK COUNTY - As Brunswick County commissioners discuss offshore drilling at their meeting Monday night, at least one group you may not expect is not opposed to bringing it to North Carolina.

The North Carolina Fisheries Association represents the state’s commercial fishermen. In response to Governor Roy Cooper fighting to stop drilling off our coast, the group recently decided to keep their options open about offshore energy exploration.

“There’s been some comments made by the governor, how detrimental it would be to the commercial fishermen and everything, but we burn a lot of diesel and gas, so we’re not closed to the idea of looking at it,” said Doug Todd, the NCFA’s board director of District Seven, which includes Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick Counties.

Source: WWAY 3

IN BRIEF - Fish exporters left lost at sea

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

HÀ N?I - Unfair and unreasonable – that’s how seafood exporters have branded a price hike in anti-dumping duty imposed by the United States on frozen fish fillets.

The levy is made when the country believes the tra fish they are being sent is priced too cheap. But here in Vi?t Nam, exporters have asked the US Department of Commerce (DOC) to reconsider the decision.

The US imposed anti-dumping duty of USD 2.39-7.74 per kilogramme on frozen tra fish fillets which were imported from Vi?t Nam between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016 following its 13th administrative review (POR 13), the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) said at its press release issued on March 2018.

Source: Viet Nam News

IN BRIEF - Researchers explore an alternative pathway to fast-tracking the global recovery of fisheries

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Short-term pain for long-term gain. When applied to the reform of global fisheries, this strategy could yield enormous benefits. If only it were that easy.

For many countries—especially those in the developing tropics where fishery reform is needed most—the required costly short-run reductions in fish catch would be difficult to implement because of dependency on fisheries for food and livelihoods.

There is another way, according to UC Santa Barbara researchers and colleagues. In a paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, they demonstrate that for countries where illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is prevalent, addressing such activity could kick-start fishery recovery without reducing local fishing effort, catch and profit. Indonesia has proved this to be true, and this new work is the first to show that the country's policies are effective.

Source: Phys

IN BRIEF - Trade agreement with the EU a boost for Western Cape exports

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and six Southern African countries has been a boost for the Western Cape, with strong gains for the wine and fishing industries since it came into effect in October 2016.

The EPA between the EU and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) member countries – South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland – plus Mozambique, allows increased market access for exports. More than half of South Africa’s fish exports are destined for the EU, with a growth rate of more than 50% since 2013, said the SADC-EU EPA Outreach Initiative. The EPA allows duty-free access to the EU for all fish products. Cape hake, which makes up 40% of South Africa’s total catch, is by far the most popular fisheries export, followed by squid. “We have been helped by the EPA which is liberalising all Cape hake lines. We are focusing on the value-add to products such as crumbed fillets and fish cakes,” said Fish SA executive director of commercial fishing Jeremy Marillier.

Source: Brussels Office Blog

IN BRIEF - Using food and fisheries waste to provide sustainable soil and cultivation for Europe

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The University of Portsmouth is playing a major role in a European project using agricultural and fisheries waste to develop sustainable methods and products to improve soil quality and reduce CO2 emissions.

The Horti-BlueC project has received EUR 3,353,732 funding from the European Regional Development Fund, under the Interreg2Seas programme, to increase the use of new circular economy solutions in the coastal areas of England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The circular economy is one that exchanges the typical cycle of make, use, dispose in favour of as much re-use and recycling as possible.

The aim of the project is to replace non-renewable horticultural resources (chemical fertilisers, pesticides and growing media such as peat, coir or stonewool) with local and renewable agriculture, food and fisheries waste. This waste can then be turned into bio-energy, biochar (charcoal that is used as a soil amendement which can hold carbon in soil for hundreds to thousands of years) and a biodegradable material called chitin to use as soil substrates and fertilisers.

Source: Eurekalert

IN BRIEF - Conflicts Could Curb Aquaculture’s Growth

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PINE KNOLL SHORES - Interest in aquaculture is on the rise, oyster restoration is progressing and shellfish leasing is booming, but with issues over siting and conflicting uses of public waters, there’s still room for improvement.

This was the takeaway message from presentations state Division of Marine Fisheries Director Steve Murphey gave Tuesday during a meeting of the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agricultural, Natural and Economic Resources. The committee met at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores and heard several presentations, including two from Murphey and an update on oyster research from Ami Wilbur, director of the shellfish research hatchery at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Murphey explained to the committee that progress was being made in implementing the 2017 Marine Aquaculture Development Act and gave an update on the state’s oyster/shellfish rehabilitation program.

Source: Coastal Review Online

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