IN BRIEF - Commission set to consider Columbia salmon policy
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.
BRUSSELS — Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce the beginning of a fishery improvement project (FIP) for small pelagic fisheries in the West African nation of Mauritania.
International fishing sector stakeholders, fishmeal and fish oil buyers, exporters, and processors, together with the Mauritanian fishery authority, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Seafood Expo in Brussels today, marking the FIP’s official beginning. The organizations share a common commitment to sustainable fisheries and collaborating to publicly evaluate and improve the fishery.
Although the Mauritanian small pelagic fishery does not yet have a finalized management plan, the country’s fisheries ministry said a legislative framework exists: a 2015 law establishing the code of fishing, and its decree of application and the ordinances and decrees attached to it. In addition, a Commission for Fisheries Management Support and a National Commission for Sustainable Management of Small Pelagics have been in place since 2012.
The first FIP meeting will be held later this summer in Nouakchott. Updates will be posted on the Fishery Progress website (fisheryprogress.org).
An annual evaluation of water quality in shellfish harvesting areas found that high bacteria levels will lead to harvest closures for six of Washington’s 105 commercial shellfish areas. An additional 16 areas currently meet water quality standards but are threatened with closure due to periodic bacterial pollution. The Washington State Department of Health uses national water quality standards to classify commercial shellfish harvesting areas to ensure that shellfish harvested in our state waters are safe to eat.
Water quality in Hood Canal near the Duckabush River (Jefferson County), Annas Bay (Mason County), North Bay (Mason County), Rocky Bay (Pierce County), Swinomish (Skagit County), and Port Susan (Snohomish County) does not meet public health standards and shellfish harvesting in these areas will be restricted. State health officials are working with local public health and county partners as well as shellfish growers to implement plans to find and fix pollution problems in these areas.
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Provenance and traceability are of increasing importance to consumers and are paramount to our business. Last year we became the first salmon producer in the UK to secure full GGN licensing, which provides even further reassurance of the premium quality of our Scottish salmon to our customers and consumers. By managing every stage of the production process, from broodstock through freshwater and marine farming to harvesting and packaging, as well as sales and marketing, we can ensure complete supply chain integrity, premium quality and full traceability.”
The Scottish Salmon Company is the leading 100% Scotland-based producer of the finest sea loch fresh Scottish salmon. The company employs over 480 people across its 60 sites on the West Coast of Scotland and the Hebrides.
KOCHI - The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has successfully developed the seed production technology of a food fish, a marine ornamental fish and a marine ornamental shrimp which are commercially important and high value species in the export market.
The Vizhinjam Research Centre of CMFRI developed the breeding technology of the food fish pink ear emperor, locally known as yeri, ornamental fish Marcia’s anthias and ornamental shrimp named camel shrimp.
The successful development of captive brood stock and breeding of all these species is the first of its kind in the world. CMFRI developed the technology after two years’ of continuous attempt using the Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) set up at the institute.
There has been a lot of talk on commercial fishing issues over the last 12 months but much of it has overlooked probably the biggest reforms ever seen in New Zealand's history.
This year we are going to see world-leading technology rolled out onto every commercial fishing vessel in the country, starting with vessel monitoring (similar to GPS) and electronic reporting from October 1 2017.
This will be followed by cameras on every vessel beginning on October 1 2018, giving us arguably the most transparent and open commercial fishery anywhere in the world.
It will mean every fishing vessel can be monitored at all times, no matter where they are, and any illegal activity cracked down upon.
Commercial fishers have taken some public criticism over the last year and some of it has been deserved. Public expectations are rising and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) as the regulator will soon have unprecedented ability to monitor every fishing vessel, no matter where they are at sea.
The Department of Fisheries has expressed concern over the prevalent use of coral by business houses, restaurants, hotels, craft vendors and home owners. As there appears to be an increasing trend to use corals for decoration and handicrafts.
Under the Fisheries Act Cap 7.15, it is illegal to collect, damage, use, sell, buy or be in possession of any type of coral. This includes live and dead coral, and refers to both “hard” and “soft” corals, including sea fans, sea whips, black coral, and brown coral. The prohibited use includes the collection and use of coral from the wild, and all coral rubble which may be found on the beach or along the coastline.
Coral found on the beach breaks down over time to form the basis of our white sandy beaches. These beaches provide critical habitats for numerous species and areas for recreation by locals and visitors alike. Constant extraction or removal of coral from the environment can impact our beaches and have long term negative implications.
India has a coastline that extends over 8,000 km, so it’s no surprise that the country is one of the world’s biggest fish producers and a top exporter of fish and fish products.
In 2014, India’s total production, which includes marine and inland catches, as well as aquaculture production, was around 9.6 million tonnes, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2016 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report (pdf). This is a huge jump from the paltry 0.75 million tonnes (pdf) the country produced in 1950-51.
However, a lack of reliable domestic infrastructure to transport perishable goods meant that Indians have all this time been primarily eating fresh fish, which is at the heart of a number of regional cuisines. But that may now be changing.
A recent survey of seafood offerings from six restaurants in Washington, D.C., found a third of the offerings were mislabeled. However, the George Washington University researchers found no evidence of outright fraud.
Previous studies have shown rates of mislabeling and fraud vary between 26 to 87 percent at seafood and sushi restaurants, as well grocery stores, across the United States. Scientists at GW wanted to find out how District eateries stacked up in the honesty and accuracy department.
Of the 12 tested seafood samples, scientists found four were mislabeled. However, the four samples featured closely related species or acceptable substitutes for the listed fish.
"Diners that ordered tuna got tuna -- although maybe a slightly different type of tuna," Keith Crandall, director of GW's Computational Biology Institute, said in a news release. "We didn't see the kind of outright seafood fraud that has been reported in other cities."
China reopens market to live Irish crab Republic of Ireland
Minister of Agriculture of Ireland reached an agreement with a Chinese official on the proposed certificate to accompany consignments of crab exports to the Chinese market, which should facilitate the resumption of the crab trade between both countries.
Microplastics dumped on Atlantic shores reach the Arctic Spain
A study performed by an international team of researchers for the first time outlines the large-scale transport of microplastics from the Atlantic ocean to the Arctic, and highlights the global extent that has reached this problem in just a few decades.