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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 - Malaysia Shrimp Industry Association demands Luas not to charge water extraction

Friday, May 22, 2015


PORT KLANG - The Malaysia Shrimp Industry Association is demanding that the Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) put off its plans to charge aqua culture farmers for water extraction. The association, representing more than 1,500 operators from areas such as Banting and Sabak Bernam in Selangor, want Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to put a stop to the state’s move to charge them an annual fee of RM150 on top of the amount of water pumped from natural sources in the course of farming. Association chairman Syed Omar Syed Jaafar said its members feel it is inappropriate for Luas to collect the charges on water extraction for sea water which had been fixed at 0.05 Sen per cubic metre for commercial use.

Source: New Straits Times Online


IN BRIEF - Coveney Welcomes Proposed Ban on Fishing for Seabass in Waters Around Ireland

Friday, May 22, 2015


Minister Simon Coveney TD, today strongly welcomed an EU Commission proposal for a comprehensive prohibition on commercial fishing for seabass in the Irish & Celtic Seas which underpins the conservation actions already taken by Ireland with regard to this vulnerable stock.

The Minister said “Ireland has had stringent measures in place for the protection of seabass, a very important angling species, for a long number of years. However, those measures only applied to Irish vessels. I have been very active over the past six months, lobbying the EU Commission and relevant Member States, on this issue. I am delighted that the EU finally recognises the lead taken by Ireland by extending our ban on commercial fishing to all EU vessels operating in the waters around Ireland.”

Source: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


IN BRIEF - Fujian's law enforcement cracks down on illegal fishing

Friday, May 22, 2015


Violators are detained on the sea in southeast China's Fujian Province May 15, 2015. The Fujian maritime law enforcement department has taken measures to crack down on illegal fishing in the three-month fishing suspension in the Fujian sea areas starting on May 1 2015.

Source: English People


IN BRIEF - Australia's commercial fishing industry catches millions of tonnes more than reported: researchers

Friday, May 22, 2015


Australia's long-term commercial fish catch is estimated to be millions of tonnes more than what has been officially reported, analysis has found.


A catch of more than 8 million tonnes has been reported for 1950-2010 to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

However, researchers from the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre estimate that an extra 4 million tonnes of fish was caught in that period, although it was deemed to be "discards".

Source: ABC News


IN BRIEF - Geoduck farming takes off as demand for clams grows in Asia

Friday, May 22, 2015


HARSTINE ISLAND - John King plunges his arm up to his shoulder into the mudflats of Puget Sound, roots around and soon pulls from the muck the world’s largest burrowing clam. The mollusk squirts water from its long obscene-looking neck. King dodges the spray, already using a water hose to loosen sand and harvest the next one.

Within hours, the geoduck (pronounced gooey duck) is packed live on ice at nearby Taylor Shellfish Farms — on its way to be served raw as sashimi or added to hot-pot dishes to satisfy a growing appetite for the unique Pacific Northwest delicacy.

Source: Gloucester Times


IN BRIEF - Drought leaves no water to combat salmon-killing parasite

Friday, May 22, 2015


GRANS PASS - A deadly salmon parasite is thriving in the drought, infecting nearly all the juvenile chinook in the Klamath River in Northern California as they prepare to migrate to the ocean.


The Klamath Fish Healthy Advisory Team, made up of state and federal agencies and Indian tribes, warns a major fish kill is likely, and the Yurok Tribe and NOAA Fisheries Service have asked for extra water releases to flush out worms that carry the parasite, known as C shasta.

But the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says after four years of drought, it has no water to spare for chinook salmon.

Source: U T San Diego


IN BRIEF - Cermaq Group AS: Cermaq becomes partner to EAT

Friday, May 22, 2015


Cermaq supports the ambition to create a healthy and sustainable global food system, and has entered into a partner agreement with EAT. As partner, Cermaq participates in EAT's activities and research projects and supports EAT financially.


- EAT is an important initiative because it combines global health with sustainable food production. Fish farming will play a significant role in this area, and contributing to this work is very motivating says Jon Hindar, CEO of Cermaq.

EAT's ambition is to create a healthy and sustainable food system. An important fundament for this work is cooperation cross the fields of academia, politics and business.

- We are very pleased to have Cermaq as a Business Partner to EAT. Our partners are carefully selected institutions and companies that contribute with economic support, strategic advice and important competence. Aquaculture is an important area for us, and Cermaq has a clear sustainability profile in its operations that we look forward to gaining knowledge from, says EAT's Senior Director Dag Hvaring.

CERMAQ: Cermaq Group AS: Cermaq becomes partner to EAT


IN BRIEF - Blue crabs lead banner North Carolina fish catch

Thursday, May 21, 2015

OUTER BANKS, N.C. - Blue crabs were the stars in a banner year for North Carolina commercial fishing.

Fishermen sold 61.7 million pounds of finfish and shellfish in 2014, a 23 percent increase over the previous year, according to a news release from the state's Division of Marine Fisheries. It was the first year landings had increased since 2010. The dockside value was USD 93.8 million, the most since 2002.

"It's certainly good news, and good news is needed," said Jerry Schill, president of the North Carolina Fisheries Association.

Source: Pilot Online


IN BRIEF - Ghana to produce 100,000 metric tonnes of fish by 2016

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Ghana is aiming to produce over 100,000 metric tonnes of fish annually by 2016.


Currently, the country produces 38,000 metric tonnes of fish annually; Dr. Seth Koranteng Agyenkwa of the Water Research Institute (WRI) disclosed at the Eastern Regional Research, Extension Farmer Linkage Committee Review meeting at Koforidua.

He said the WRI has developed a technology for breeding of either only male fish or mixed tilapia and catfish, was also developing fish feed locally, to help reduce the cost of fish farming in the country.

Source: Starr FM Online


IN BRIEF - Mitsui restaurant urged to cease using tainted fish by Greenpeace

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TAIPEI - A popular Japanese restaurant chain with several outlets in Taipei was urged Monday 18th of May 2015 by Greenpeace International to stop selling sashimi and sushi made with bluefin and big eye tuna, which have been found to contain high levels of methylmercury.


After Greenpeace visited Mitsui earlier this year, the restaurant chain agreed to gradually stop selling dishes containing the two types of fish, but the environmental group later found that the fish was still on the menu.

Greenpeace selected eight samples of sashimi April 27 and April 29 2015 for heavy metal testing, according to Yen Ning, an ocean campaigner from Greenpeace East Asia.

Source: China Post


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