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IN BRIEF - Commission set to consider Columbia salmon policy

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider updating the state’s anti-gillnet policy on Columbia River salmon management during a meeting scheduled Jan. 13-14 at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. both days.

Commissioners are scheduled to consider updating the next phase of a policy adopted in 2013 to restructure salmon fisheries below Bonneville Dam. The public will be allowed to provide comment on the proposed updates during the meeting.

Developed with Oregon, the policy was designed to promote conservation of salmon and steelhead, prioritize recreational salmon fishing in the Lower Columbia River, and transition gillnet fisheries into off-channel areas by Dec. 31, 2016. The policy also calls for increasing hatchery releases in these areas, while expanding commercial fishing opportunities through the use of alternative fishing gear.


IN BRIEF - Fishing to be banned in 83 nature reserves in central China

CHINA
Friday, January 19, 2018

WUHAN (Xinhua) -- Central China's Hubei Province will permanently ban fishing in 83 nature reserves in the Yangtze basin this year to restore the ecosystem of the river.

The ban has already been implemented on 10 aquatic nature reserves as of Jan. 1, and the others will be added by the end of 2018, according to provincial fisheries department.

The department has set up inspection teams to oversee the implementation of the ban.

The wildlife population in the Yangtze river has declined in recent years, leaving many species on the verge of extinction.

The stock of Yangtze's four species of domestic carp has plunged by 97 percent since the 1950s. The annual fish catch in the river has dropped to less than 100,000 tonnes from more than 400,000 tonnes some 60 years ago.

In 2003, China started imposing an annual three-month fishing ban on the Yangtze and extended the period to four months in 2015.


IN BRIEF - Indonesia steps up efforts to fight illegal fishing

INDONESIA
Friday, January 19, 2018

JAKARTA (Xinhua) -- Indonesian navy starts to build a military base in Anggrek sub-district of Gorontalo province, to strengthen security in waters off central Indonesia where illegal fishing has been rampant, Antara state's news agency quoted an official as saying on Thursday.

The province has 317 km coast line with 52 islands, and the waters are vulnerable on illegal fishing activity as it borders with waters of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, local official Indra Yasin said.

Illegal fishing has triggered a huge financial loss for Indonesia, an archipelagic nation with over 17,500 islands.

Last year the Indonesia maritime and fishery ministry sank at least 217 foreign boats for intruding the country's waters and stealing fish.

Most of the boats in the illegal activity were from Vietnam, followed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and other nations, according to Maritime and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti.


IN BRIEF - Fish farm plan cast adrift as rare marine species found on sea bed

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, January 19, 2018

Plans to open a controversial fish farm in a protected sea area have been dropped after unprecedented opposition due to fears for some of Scotland’s rarest marine life found living near the site.

The huge Sound of Jura development would have contained a dozen circular cages capable of hosting around one million fish, mainly rainbow trout.

But the plan has now been scrapped after sea-bed surveys showed a variety of rare marine species living near the site.

Environmental watchdogs refused to recommend the proposals got the go-ahead after the surveys found extremely rare northern sea fans directly below the planned site.

The plants have the highest level of marine protection and, along with the critically-endangered common skate, have seen the project rejected.


IN BRIEF - Alaska Crab Fisheries Achieve Alaska RFM Certification

UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is pleased to announce two new Alaska crab fisheries have been certified to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Standard and the three original RFM certified Alaska crab fisheries have earned continued certification. 

Alaska Crab Fisheries Newly Certified to Alaska RFM:
- Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi)
- Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab (Lithodes aequispinus) 

Alaska Crab Fisheries Re-Certified to Alaska RFM:
- Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus)
- St. Matthew Island Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus) 
- Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio)


IN BRIEF - Dutch trawlers may face pulse fishing ban as EU parliament says no

NETHERLANDS
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The European parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a ban on pulse fishing, a decision which it will use in negotiations with the European Commission and which will have a major impact on the Dutch fishing industry, if implemented.

Opponents of the system say it is a cruel and unnecessary method of fishing. It involves sending a current of electricity through sections of the sea bed, partially stunning sole and plaice and forcing some into the net. Its supporters, however, say pulse fishing is less destructive than beam trawling, which involves dragging a heavy metal bar across the sea bed.

Dutch fishermen have invested millions of euros in specialized equipment since the ban on pulse fishing was lifted several years ago under a scheme to allow ‘innovative methods’ in the name of research.

The Netherlands has at least 84 pulse fishing vessels – more than any other EU country. However, the Guardian says that other vessels, officially registered elsewhere in Europe, may also be financed and operated by Dutch owners.

Read more at
DutchNews.nl


IN BRIEF - Emergency Alert in Japan After Supermarket Accidentally Sold Extremely Toxic Fish

JAPAN
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Health authorities in the Japanese city of Gamagori were forced to activate an emergency warning system on Monday after a local supermarket accidentally sold five packages of potentially deadly pufferfish to customers.

The fish, called fugu in Japan, is prized as a delicacy, but has also been dubbed the 'Russian roulette' of dining because it contains a dangerous poison called tetrodotoxin, the consumption of which can be fatal to humans.

In fact, at least 10 Japanese people have died since 2006 from eating the toxic fish, and it used to be far worse – fugu's death toll peaked in 1958 with a stunning 176 victims, when awareness of the dangers was lower.

Since then, fugu chefs have to undergo a rigorous three-year apprenticeship in order to get a licence to serve the notorious seafood, with the training ensuring they know how to safely prepare the fish for diners.

By PETER DOCKRILL/.sciencealert.com | Read more here


IN BRIEF - King Island businesses boycott industrial fish farm products

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, January 18, 2018

King Island businesses are boycotting industrial fish farm products as community opposition to Tassal’s plans to expand to the island grows.

Spokesman for community group Keep King Island Fish Farm Free, Charlie Stubbs, said nine restaurants and shops had already joined the boycott, around half of those on the island.

“All the businesses approached so far have shown that they put their love of King Island and the environment ahead of profits,” he said.

“How ironic it would be if industrial fish farms were making millions of dollars on King Island … and not one business, not one organisation was willing to eat, stock or serve their products.”

Mr Stubbs said a boycott of all industrial fish farm products, not just Tassal’s, was necessary because other aquaculture companies could try to expand to King Island in the future.

A Tassal spokesman said the company was “sorry” to hear about the boycott.

By Lachlan Bennett/theadvocate.com.au | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Shanghai customs sees surge in seafood imports

CHINA
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Statistics from the Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that imports of aquatic products for 2017 came out to 52,900 shipments, with their total imported value being $810 million, up 9 percent and 19 percent respectively from 2016, Xinmin Evening News reported Monday.

The imports were from 42 countries and regions in five continents including the US, the Philippines, New Zealand, the UK and Madagascar.

Notably, imported Blue Crab grossed 10,000 tons in 2017, while crayfish, Dungeness Crab, lobsters and eels grossed over 5,000 tons. Moreover, King Crab grossed 35 tons by weight, 10 times higher than in previous years.

Customs officials attributed the recent rise to growing demand from Chinese consumers along with the emergence of new retail channels including online purchasing and live seafood markets, all which have made high-end live seafood more available and affordable to ordinary shoppers.


IN BRIEF - Indian White Shrimp gets full marks in farming trials

INDIA
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scientists at the Chennai-based Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) have completed farming trials on Indian White Shrimp (Penaeus indicus) in all the maritime States in the country, including Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, establishing the species as prime alternative to the exotic vannammei.

A team of scientists led by CIBA Director K.K. Vijayan will share their findings on Indian White Shrimp cultivation with aqua farmers on Thursday (January 11).

The shrimp seed was collected from the Bay of Bengal and other parts of India for the trials which began in 2016 with the support of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB).

By T. Appala Naidu/.thehindu.com | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Grieg, OCI Finalizing Ownership Agreement On Aquaculture Project

CANADA
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Newfoundland and Labrador - The Grieg Group and Ocean Choice International has announced the finalization of an ownership agreement to develop the massive Placentia Bay Aquaculture Project.

According to a release issued this morning, the agreement marries Grieg’s experience in the salmon industry with OCI’s expertise in seafood processing and marketing.

The agreement marks the continued long-term commitment to develop the Placentia Bay Aquaculture Project.


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