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IN BRIEF - Oyster farmers struggle with bushfires

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oyster farmers on the Tasman Peninsula are concerned that any heavy rain could close their industry after the devastation of the Forcett bushfire.

Oyster farmers say the bushfire came at the busiest time of the year and many farmers lost homes, buildings and equipment needed to farm the oysters.

Dunalley oyster farmer Max Cunningham who lost his in the fire says any heavy rain would halt oyster production.

He says the rain would wash ash and silt into the bay which could cause major pollution problems in the short term.

Source: By Flint Duxfield/ABC

IN BRIEF - Commercial fishing ban sought

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Two area residents have launched a petition urging the City of North Bay to ban Nipissing commercial fishing and net fishing.


Matty Desroches and Robert Dufresne are spearheading a campaign to garner public support from area residents.

The group is asking the general public to petition the City of North Bay and urge mayor and council to take a stand and ban commercial fishing and net fishing.

The petition states the lake is being over-fished.

“If this is allowed to continue it will mean no fishing in the near future, (be)cause all the fish would be gone. There is no program restocking the lake with fish anymore. Meaning fish are being removed at an alarming rate and not replenished. I strongly feel that this is a huge environmental impact throwing our lake out of balance. This will cause an ecological collapse on the fish ruining it for future generations to come.”

Source: Nugget


IN BRIEF - Thousands of fish killed after chemicals dumped in Dublin's Tolka River

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Thousands of fish have been killed after chemicals were dumped in the Tolka River.


The tragic scene was discovered yesterday after the river was covered in a bubble bath-like foam.

Dublin City Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched an investigation into the source of the contaminating material that caused the incident.

Brian Beckett of Inland Fisheries Ireland said that thousands of fish had been killed by the pollution.

He said the body had an environmental team on the site from Tuesday the 22nd of July 2014 after receiving a tip off through their environmental helpline - 1890 34 24 74.

He said they "followed the foam" up the river to an area around the Finglas Road Bridge but added: "We have to be careful to protect the integrity of the case as it is an ongoing investigation.

"We took water samples, but it can be difficult to pin point the source if the source has already gone."

Source: Irish Mirror


IN BRIEF - FUNAAB starts multiplication scheme on aquaculture

Thursday, July 24, 2014


The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has established a scheme on acquaculture aimed at massive production of fingerlings and brood stocks of various species of fish for onward distribution to farmers.


This shows that efforts of the Federal Government targeted towards reduction of fish imports from different countries of the world might have been yielding desired result. This has been made possible through collaborative effort of FUNAAB and West African Agriculture Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria), an assignment that was carried out as a follow-up to Federal Government Acquaculture Scheme from which farmers get about 500 juveniles and five bags of floating feeds each annually.

Before now, a NGN 47.5 million monetary grant was given to FUNAAB by the West African Agriculture Productivity Programme (WAAPP-Nigeria) in 2013, for improved collaborative activities in the multiplication of cassava, tuber cuttings, maize seed and fingerlings multiplication and brood stock production for Southwest farmers.

Source: Business Day Online


IN BRIEF - Federal fisheries minister stands by shrimp quota cuts in Newfoundland

Thursday, July 24, 2014


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea has told an all-party committee in Newfoundland and Labrador that Ottawa’s shrimp quota cuts won’t be changed.


Shea met with the provincial committee Tuesday the 22nd of July 2014 in St. John’s.

She says the decision to reduce shrimp quotas for the inshore fishery by 10,000 tonnes was not an easy one, but it was made on clear science and long-standing policies.

Shea also says had the province reduced the processing sector like it said it would back in 2007, the impact of the quota reductions would have been limited.

Provincial Fisheries Minister Keith Hutchings says no one is arguing the science, but what the all-party committee wants is the quota distributed more equitably.

Source: Cape Breton Post


IN BRIEF - Jellyfish set for record number of sightings

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Wales has been hailed as a jellyfish "hotspot" by researchers who say they could hit record numbers this summer.


Mild winters and warm summers have led to more sightings in recent years, the Marine Conservation Society claimed.

Harlech was a haven for barrel jellyfish, with the lion's mane jellyfish being seen off north Wales.

The findings come in what is claimed to be the first UK-wide survey of jellyfish in more than 40 years.

Jellyfish had a major economic impact through their effect on tourism and fish stocks, and gave a guide to the state of the planet, the MCS said.

MCS biodiversity programme manager Dr Peter Richardson said Wales was one of the most rewarding parts of the UK for jellyfish study, with more reports and more species.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Blue Salmon Caught in Reykjavík

Thursday, July 24, 2014


A blue salmon was caught on Monday the 21st of July 2014 in the river Elliðaá, in the Reykjavík area, by amateur fisherman Rögnvaldur Geir Sigurðsson. The fish had garnered attention for its unusual color earlier this summer when it was spotted in the river by fishermen and passersby.


“I noticed it right away, that this was that fish. It was azure almost, very beautiful. I have been fishing all my life and never seen this before,” said Rögnvaldur in an interview with RÚV.

The fish weighed about three pounds and the color, intense when it was first caught, faded as the day went on.

“Control of pigmentation appears to be very universal with salmon, with only the occasional one differing from the rest, so perhaps this is a result of some sort of misfiring with the system. It’s somehow connected to the eye, for instance blind salmon are black,” biologist Jóhann Sturlaugsson said.

Source: Iceland Review



Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Reference is made to our release on 31 March 2014 in respect of the EU Commission's review of the Morpol acquisition process.


Marine Harvest has been advised on July the 23rd of 2014 that the Commission has decided to impose a fine on it in the amount of EUR 20 mill as a consequence of an alleged breach of the provisions of the European Merger Control Rules.

Marine Harvest remains of the opinion that it acted in accordance with the requirements of the exception applying to public takeovers in its acquisition of Morpol and thus disagrees with the Commission on the applicability of a fine.

The take-over of Morpol was structured as an acquisition of the initial shareholding followed by an immediate mandatory offer. Marine Harvest made it clear to both the market and Morpol that no control would be taken before the acquisition had been cleared by the EU.

The Company notified the Commission immediately following the acquisition and loyally adhered to the principle of not exercising its shareholders rights in Morpol until the Commission had cleared the transaction. The Company has also, throughout the period of the Commission's review, cooperated fully with the Commission.

Marine Harvest also notes that the size of the fine appears to deviate significantly from similar cases where fines have been applied by the Commission.

Marine Harvest will now carefully consider the options available to it. It appears, however, more likely than not that the decision to fine the company will be referred to the EU courts.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)


IN BRIEF - Dongwon seeks growth with dried seaweed

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Seaweed and laver are not considered as food by many people across the world.


When it comes to typical side dish on the Korean table, many people would come up with kimchi first. However, things are different in Korea and Japan. There another side dish which is second famous following kimchi. It's seasoned "gim," a type of laver, or dried seaweed.

While eating the staple of steamed rice, for example, Koreans wrap it with dried crispy seaweed. Seasoned with the right amount of salt and sesame oil, they are perfect side dishes satisfying Koreans.

As far as the products gim is concerned, Dongwon F&B is second to none here and extends its presence beyond the country's boundary.

Source: Korea Times


IN BRIEF - Khanh Hoa to become Vietnam’s major tuna trading center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) plans to implement a project to ease difficulties of tuna sector and boost tuna production and exports. Through the project, Khanh Hoa province will become a major tuna trading center of the country.


The center is expected to comprise fishing port, fish market, auction platform, cold storage serving for tuna trading.

According to the project, by 2020, about VND5,770 billion from the state budget will be invested in upgrading current vessels and building new fishing vessels, establishing a tuna trading center in Khanh Hoa, developing logistic service activities at fishing ports to ensure the product quality and reduce post-harvest loss. Of total investment fund, VND2,700 billion will be spent on upgrading 2,600 current boats, building 1,000 new fishing boats and service boats. In particular, Khanh Hoa will build 260 new vessels and upgrade 365 current vessels.

Fuente: VASEP


IN BRIEF - Fishing safety moves forward

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The reduction in fishermen fatalities in 2013, as revealed in the recent publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s annual report, is a welcome development and indicative of the wide reaching work of the industry to reduce accident rates, says Derek Cardno, Safety Officer for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

However, the ultimate aim is for the elimination of all fatalities and an even greater reduction in accidents at sea. According, to the MAIB report, there were four fatalities in 2013 – a historical low. The statistics reveal that 42% of injuries involved the upper limbs and there were nine cases of traumatic amputation.

Derek Cardno said: “We welcome the reduction in fatalities, although one death is still one too many. The reduction does, however, reflect the industry’s serious efforts to make fishing a safer profession and shows that our various initiatives are working.

Fuente: SFF


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Codex once again discusses biotoxin standards in bivalve molluscs
Chile The Chilean government managed to have the proposed performance criteria for identification methods of marine biotoxins in live and raw bivalve molluscs once again discussed at the general meeting of the Codex Alimentarius, held in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Squid skin protein can boost bioelectronics
United States A team of researchers has discovered that reflectin, a protein in the skin of the common pencil squid (Loliginidae) can conduct positive electrical charges, or protons, making it a promising material for building biologically inspired devices.
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