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IN BRIEF - Official says Taiwan hopes to ink new fishery deal soon

TAIWAN
Saturday, January 19, 2013

Taiwan hopes to sign an agreement with Japan on fishery rights as soon as possible, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday in the wake of a report that Japan hopes to ink the deal in the first half of this year.

“We hope to have it [the agreement] signed as soon as possible,” ministry spokesman Steve Hsia said.

He made the remarks in response to a report published on Wednesday that said Japan’s representative to Taiwan, Sumio Tarui, expressed hope in a speech in Taipei that Taiwan and Japan can ink a fishery agreement no later than the first half of this year.

Taiwan and Japan held a preparatory meeting in November to discuss a resumption of formal fishery talks to address the issue of fishing rights in the waters surrounding the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea, Hsia said.

No timetable has been set for the next meeting, although Taiwan and Japan have a common goal of resuming talks as soon as possible, he said.

The previous 16 rounds of talks, dating back to 1996, failed to deliver concrete results, but Taiwanese officials have expressed hope that progress will be achieved when talks resume.

Taiwan and Japan last held talks on fishing rights in their overlapping territories in 2009, but discussions have been stalled since then.

Taiwanese fishermen consider the waters near the Diaoyutais as their traditional fishing grounds, but are routinely chased away by Japanese authorities when venturing too close to what Japan sees as its territorial waters.

Source: taipeitimes.com


IN BRIEF - Irish Water guilty over 3000 river fish deaths

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Friday, July 29, 2016

Irish Water is to work with Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) on rehabilitation works on a river the utility polluted last year, causing the death of more than 3,000 fish.

A district court judge instructed Irish Water to carry out a full review of its waste water treatment plants, and provide a report to her by July 21, 2017.

Judge Catherine Staines’ decision at Portlaoise District Court came after the IFI successfully prosecuted Irish Water for the discharge of chemicals into the Clodiagh River, on August 18 2016.

Source: Irish Examiner


IN BRIEF - Commercial fishers say country of origin menu labelling vital to ensure consumers are informed

AUSTRALIA
Friday, July 29, 2016

For lovers of fresh fish and seafood, the introduction of country of origin labelling into cafes and restaurants has been a long time coming.

Across the country imports account for 70 per cent of seafood consumed, and in New South Wales it sits at 85 per cent.

The NSW Government announced earlier this year it would push ahead with plans to introduce seafood labelling in restaurants and cafes.

Eden fisherman Drew Mudaliar believes promoting local seafood will create a new market for fish not currently on the menu.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Gulf of Carpentaria trawl operators on track to cut bycatch by one third with new prawn net devices

AUSTRALIA
Friday, July 29, 2016

Trawler operators in the Gulf of Carpentaria believe they're on track to achieving an ambitious target of cutting bycatch by 30 per cent in three years.

The northern prawn fishery's been offering cash incentives to promote and develop new ideas for limiting the amount of non-target species caught in prawn nets.

Trawler skipper Jamie Ball admitted he was worried at first about potential prawn losses when trialling a new bycatch reduction device on board his fishing vessel, Xanadu.

But after measuring and comparing catches in separate nets over a two-week period, the skipper and his crew were convinced the industry was on a winner.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - RAF Launches New Online Courses in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 29, 2016

The Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF) has broadened its online education program with translations in Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish of courses on managing major shrimp diseases at aquaculture farms and hatcheries. 

The translated versions of Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Farms, Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Hatcheries, Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Farms and Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Hatcheries are now available.

Press Release: GAA


IN BRIEF - Worm found in Costco salmon, man says

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 29, 2016

NOVATO, California - A Costco customer says he found a worm inside a fish he bought at a store. 

During Darren Oyobio's birthday dinner turned into a rather slimy affair when he discovered a moving parasite on the salmon he was about the cook.

"I had seasoning in one hand the tongs in the other hand I flip this thing and I see the worm coming out of the salmon," Oyobio said.

The salmon had been purchased earlier in the day from the Costco in Novato.

Source: Click 2 Houston


IN BRIEF - Debate continues over CAD 250 million aquaculture development for Placentia Bay

CANADA
Friday, July 29, 2016

Reaction is mixed to news that a Norwegian-based company's CAD 250-million plan to create one of the largest farmed salmon operations in Canada has passed another significant hurdle.

Late Friday afternoon of July the  22nd of 2016, the province announced that an aquaculture project proposed by Grieg NL Seafarms Ltd. in Placentia Bay has been released from provincial environmental assessments on several conditions.

"They are still very far away from production," says Mark Lane, executive director of the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association. "This is the very initial first step as an environmental assessment."

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Eco-friendly aquaculture and agriculture centre for Malaysia

MALAYSIA
Friday, July 29, 2016

Raub, a district in the Malaysian city of Pahang, is set to benefit from a new aquaculture and agriculture centre, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this year.

The MOU was signed by integrated water treatment specialist, Ronser Bio-Tech, Casabrina Vacation Villas, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and Japan’s Asia Water Business Consultant (AWBC) to build the new centre at the resort in Raub. The university and AWBC will be the technology partners on the project.

Green technology will be a strong focus for the centre with Ronser CEO, Dr. Pua Eng Teck, saying that it will use the Mass Bio System it developed, as well as leveraging AWBC’s nano technology and SJTU’s expertise in developing environmentally friendly technology for aquaculture and agriculture.

Source: Far Eastern Agriculture


IN BRIEF . A shrimp apocalypse? Anything is possible, says DFO scientist

CANADA
Thursday, July 28, 2016

A scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is defending its bleak assessment of shrimp stocks off Newfoundland's northeast coast and Labrador, and is blaming the resurgent codfish – which feed on shrimp – as a "driving factor." 

Katherine Skanes is also firing back at those questioning the status of the stock.

"When the biomass was going up, they had confidence in our survey. Then when the biomass goes down, they lose confidence," she said.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - No typical salmon run: Fish spill across highway in Alaska

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Alaskans are always excited by salmon runs, unless it's across a highway.

A truck carrying salmon to a cannery in Alaska's capital city rolled Monday, spilling fish across most of the highway's lanes and backing up traffic for an hour and a half.

Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson responded with other officers and confirmed the fish left a stinky smell.

Police Lt. David Campbell says the number of fish spilled wasn't known, but workers who looked like fishermen in slickers cleaned salmon off Egan Highway.

The fish was destined to one of the canneries in Juneau. Campbell says he didn't know if those doing the cleanup were from the cannery or the transport company.

Source: Canada


IN BRIEF - Deepest-ever reef survey by divers discovers new fish species

MICRONESIA
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Looking for fish under pressure. Two marine biologists say they’ve set a record for the deepest underwater survey performed by human divers, at 136 metres down, off the coast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.

“We are seeing a lot of species previously unknown to science,” says Luiz Rocha at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

He and Hudson Pinheiro at the University of Santa Cruz have been looking for new fish species at these little-explored depths. The previous record for the deepest human survey, also set by Rocha’s team, was 130 meters. Many of the species they have seen are found only in these deep reef habitats.

Source: New Micronesia


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