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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 - Grant puts aquaculture program front and center

INDIA
Thursday, June 29, 2017

After receiving a more than USD 147,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky State research and extension associate Ken Thompson will get the chance to share his knowledge and love of agriculture with students across Kentucky — and hopefully get some of them to attend KSU.

The grant will enable Thompson and KSU’s agriculture program to partner with five high schools across the state each year. Thompson will educate STEM classes about aquaculture, a form of underwater agriculture.

“The goal is to educate,” Thompson said. “But also, we need to increase our student enrollment. My hope is to establish relationships with teachers, school administrators, parents and kids that are involved. Obviously we’re not going to get all those students, but hopefully some of those students would consider KSU that hadn’t thought about it before.”

Source: State Journal


IN BRIEF - Online conference to examine impact of plastic waste

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, June 29, 2017

An online conference examining the social and environmental impact of mega-tonnes of plastic waste infiltrating land, oceans and our bodies is setting a clean example with its "nearly carbon neutral" format.

The Lives and After-Lives of Plastic conference hosted by Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) brings together diverse speakers from universities, think tanks and environmental and political organisations around the world. By hosting it entirely online, organisers are ‘walking the talk’ by showcasing an innovative, sustainable approach to fostering global conversations and knowledge sharing.

That’s because none of the participants need fossil fuel-guzzling long haul flights, taxis, or other prohibitive travel expenses to take part. The conference, which starts today and runs until July 14, has reduced its carbon footprint for travel-related costs by a whopping 99 per cent compared with a conventional conference, say organisers Dr Sy Taffel and Dr Trisia Farrelly from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Norway salmon biomass up 5 pct y-o-y in May 2017-Seafood Norway

NORWAY
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The volume of salmon in cages at Norwegian fish farms, as measured by weight, was up by five percent year-on-year in May 2017, industry lobby Seafood Norway said in a statement.

Also known under the term biomass, the quantity was estimated at 589,000 tonnes of salmon, it added.

Seafood Norway represents about 500 Norwegian seafood companies.

Big Norwegian salmon producers, including Marine Harvest , Leroey, Grieg and Norway Royal Salmon expect Norwegian export volumes to rise by around 2 percent in 2017 after falling 5 percent in 2016.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - South Korean businessmen to build fish processing house in Russia

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, June 29, 2017

A consortium of companies from South Korea plans to build a major fish processing house and logistic complex in the Primorsky region, Russia.

As Construction.RU was told by the press office of the regional administration, this Association includes such large firms, as Korea Trading & Industries, Korean Seafoods, Incheon Port Authority, Unico Logistics. They seek to develop business in Russia on the basis of the port of Busan and invest there more than USD 130 million.

In particular, first of all, the consortium will build a fishing port and container terminal, plant processing fish fillets and crab meat, as well as a logistics center for fish and meat products. This will allow to create about 4400 jobs.

Source: Russian Construction


IN BRIEF - Climate change takes its toll on fish: experts

BANGLADESH
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Climate change has started taking its toll in Bangladesh as sizes of fish are becoming smaller as sea and river waters are getting warmer day by day, according to experts.

They said in Dhaka, in addition, discharge of untreated industrial effluents, rising sea and river beds due to siltation, over catching, indiscriminate killing and destruction of fish sanctuaries are contributing to the extinction of different species. 

Around eight species of freshwater fishes have already become extinct in Bangladesh.

“Warm water is affecting the habitat and breeding places of fish. Besides, rampant discharge of untreated wastes is also destroying wetlands including living places of fishes,” said Prof Gulshan Ara Latifa of Stamford University in Bangladesh.

Warm water denudes oxygen content of water, which deprives the fish of its vital need for the gas for surviving under water, she said, adding, “The reduction in the depth of water in rivers, coastal sea beds and wetlands due to heavy sedimentation are also causing a reduction in the size of the fish.”

The use of pesticides also needs to be properly managed to protect aquatic lives, she observed.

Source: Gulf Times


IN BRIEF - Jellied sea creatures confound scientists, fishermen on U.S. Pacific Coast

UNITED STATES
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Drifting throngs of jelly-like, glowing organisms native to tropical seas far from shore have invaded Pacific coastal waters from Southern California to the Gulf of Alaska in 2017, baffling researchers and frustrating fishing crews.

Known as pyrosomes, they are tubular colonies of hundreds or thousands of tiny individual creatures called zooids, enmeshed together in a gelatinous tunic roughly the consistency of gummy bear candy.

No relation to jellyfish, they resemble bumpy, opaque pickles in the water, typically a few centimeters or inches long, though some grow 1 or 2 feet (30cm or 60cm) in length.

They feed by filtering microscopic algae, or phytoplankton, as they float with the current, and are known to glow in the dark - a bioluminescent characteristic that gives the organism its scientific name -- Pyrosoma, Greek for "fire body."

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - DFO plan for at-sea observers met with skepticism by lobster fishermen

CANADA
Thursday, June 29, 2017

A federal government proposal to introduce mandatory at-sea observers on board the southwest Nova Scotia lobster fleet is getting a cold shoulder from representatives of three fisheries groups.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants observers to monitor bycatch of cod and cusk caught inadvertently in lobster traps.

Bernie Berry of the Coldwater Lobster Association said the plan would require all fishermen to notify the government every time they plan to leave port — a process known as hailing out. Some would be randomly selected to have an observer from an existing monitoring company meet them at the dock prior to sailing.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - UK risks becoming 'dumping ground' for plastic after Brexit

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The UK risks becoming the “dirty man of Europe” after Brexit with no plan to deal with the millions of plastic bottles dumped by consumers every week, according to politicians and leading environmental campaigners.

The EU is currently drawing up an ambitious “circular economy” strategy which aims to make manufacturers take greater responsibility for the way the billions of plastic bottles produced each year are disposed of, collected and recycled.

But leading EU figures and environmental groups warn that the UK will not be bound by the new deal once outside the EU and so risks becoming a dumping ground for plastic and other waste.

Javor Benedek, vice-chair of the EU environment committee, said: “The UK risks falling behind the rest of the EU in the way it deals with the issue of plastic waste and plastic bottles, with little effort for waste prevention and better recycling, less onus on big producers to take responsibility and ultimately more plastic ending up in illegal dump sites or the ocean.”

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - Govt Fears Fish Export Ban Over Pollution

UGANDA
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kampala - The next time you buy fish from the market it might contain harmful traces of mercury, the environmental watchdog, National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has warned in a new report.

Artisanal gold mining and burning of coal to power cement factories are some of the activities that Nema says are responsible for almost 20,000Kgs of mercury that are released in the air, more than 3700Kgs dumped in the country's wetlands and lakes including Lake Victoria, and 4770Kgs in fields.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - MSC Board strengthens stakeholder engagement and consultation

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Board of Trustees meeting in Hamburg, June 21 – 23 2017 has agreed new measures to strengthen multi-stakeholder engagement and consultation in the MSC program.

The MSC Board includes representatives from across the seafood industry, NGO, market sector and science community. It agreed to recruit an NGO Development Director to strengthen the MSC’s capacity to engage effectively with the environment and conservation community. The Board also agreed to establish new two working groups to advise the Board; they will comprise members of the Board, Stakeholder Advisory Council and Technical Advisory Board. One will focus on the MSC’s systems, processes and certification performance, and the other on scope of the MSC program.

The Board has directed the Technical Advisory Board and these two working groups, with immediate effect, to consider the issues raised recently by NGO and commercial stakeholders. This includes the issues raised in the roundtable consultation on Units of Assessment (6-7 June, 2017), as well as those resulting from internal reviews of the program. These groups will report to the Board by the end of the year.

Source: MSC


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