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IN BRIEF - State report shows salmon stocks still in decline

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Salmon throughout most of Washington will need continued investment by state, federal and local organizations if they are to be saved, according to a report released Jan. 4 by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office.

“Washington State has been investing in salmon recovery for nearly two decades, and we are seeing some results,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “Salmon are a crucial component of our economy. They are crucial to our identity as Washingtonians. We can’t give up on salmon recovery until they are taken off the endangered species list. Salmon are ours to save.”

The newly released State of Salmon in Watersheds report and interactive website show Washington’s progress in trying to recover the salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act. The website provides live data from around the state and offers interactive maps to help visitors learn about salmon recovery efforts in their communities.

By DAN HAMMOCK/thedailyworld.com

Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Salmon population booms on state’s Mokelumne River as restoration efforts pay off

Friday, November 17, 2017

CLEMENTS, San Joaquin County - Salmon crowded in and around the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery on Thursday, offering leaping and squiggling proof of what so far is a near-record return of the big pinkish delicacies after several years of low breeding numbers.

Schoolchildren watched as the fall-run chinook squirmed on conveyor belts into the “egg take” building, where, with help from about a dozen hatchery workers, they engaged in the decidedly unromantic process of spawning the next generation.

“It’s going to be one of the top three or four years that we’ve seen since 1940,” said Jose Setka, the manager of fisheries and wildlife for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which supplies Mokelumne River water to 1.4 million East Bay customers. “We are getting more of our fish back where they belong.”

Source: SF Chronicle

IN BRIEF - Russia poised as ‘exciting’ market for PH shrimp

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing Russia as an “exciting” market for the Philippines’ shrimp industry, its top official said.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who was guest of honor at the 11th National Shrimp Congress held at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City Thursday, said he recently talked with his Russian counterparts in Vietnam, during a bilateral meeting.

Piñol was with President Rodrigo Duterte, who met with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

In that meeting, Putin was very emphatic in telling Duterte to start delivering agriculture products as they have the money, he said.

“This is where I would like to bring the shrimp industry,” Piñol said, adding that Russia is the new exciting market “but we have to get our acts together. We cannot operate independently.”

Source: GMA News Online

IN BRIEF - GAA’s Jeff Fort Takes on Role of COO

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased to announce that Jeff Fort has agreed to take on the role of chief operating officer, effectively immediately, in addition to his existing role as chief financial officer, a position he has held with the organization since 2012.

Fort has been involved with GAA since its inception in 1997. His company, Delta Blue Aquaculture, is a GAA Founding Member. Fort is currently a member of the GAA board of directors and GAA executive committee.

Press Release

IN BRIEF - Alaska Crab Fishery: 30-Day Comment Period Open on RFM Draft Assessment Reports

Friday, November 17, 2017


The Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification draft reports for re-assessment and initial assessment of the following Alaska crab fisheries are now available for registered stakeholder comment:

Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus) and Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio)] (re-assessments) 

The Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi), Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab (Lithodes aequispinus) (initial assessments)

The comment period commences on November 17, 2017 
and closes on December 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM GMT.

Stakeholders already registered will receive a copy via e-mail from the Certification Body, Global Trust Certification Ltd.

Press Release

IN BRIEF - Reef damage caused by Cyclone Debbie expected to hit fish stocks but farmed prawns doing OK

Friday, November 17, 2017

A north Queensland fisherman expects Cyclone Debbie to have long-lasting effects on the region's reef fish stocks.

While damage to the Great Barrier Reef is yet to be determined, commercial fisherman Terry Must expects fish numbers will be hit hard by coral damage.

Coral provides important fish habitat and protection for reef fish such as coral trout.

"Previous experience tells us there will be damage there, so it's just a matter of our boats going out to sea and seeing what trouble we're in," he said.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - Closure of Kaikōura fisheries extended

Friday, November 17, 2017

The current emergency closure of some fisheries along the coast of Kaikoura is being extended to help the marine environment affected by the 2016 earthquakes to recover.

An emergency closure, in consultation with the local Kaikoura community, was imposed after the 2016 quakes and that applied to all shellfish and seaweed - excluding rock lobster (crayfish) and scampi.

MPI Acting Director Fisheries Management, Steve Halley, says the earthquakes had a devastating effect on the coastline between Marfell's Beach and the Conway River, raising the seabed by several metres in some areas.

Source: MPI

IN BRIEF - Fish farms made EUE 6.6m in 2016, half as much as in 2015

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fish farms made EUR 6.6 million in 2016, almost half what they earned in 2015 despite a 21.9% increased in output.

This was due to a 30.6% increase in costs due to increases in overheads, selling costs, variable production costs, and in purchases of live tuna and other fish.

The National Statistics Office said on Wednesay that EUR 144.9 million of fish were sold, of which EUR 133 million were tuna.

In 2016, the volume of fresh fish sold amounted to 12,466 tonnes, an increase of 15.4% over the preceding year. This was due to increases in the sales of seabass and tuna of 43.7% and 25.5%, respectively. On the other hand, sales of other fish and seabream decreased by 73% and 5% respectively.

Source: Times of Malta

IN BRIEF - Look out, king crab: Juneau area fishery opens for first time in six years

Friday, November 17, 2017

Starting today, Juneauites will have the chance to catch king crab in the waters surrounding their backyards. It’s the first time in six years a winter personal use fishery has been opened in Juneau area waters. 

A total of 1,965 king crab have been allocated for the fishery. That’s up from 1,300 crab when the fishery was last opened in 2011.

“I would say it’s on the higher end of what we’ve had for a winter fishery allocation,” said Karla Bush, Southeast Region Shellfish and Groundfish Program Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Personal use red and blue king crab fishing is typically open in other areas close to Juneau, but not in the areas surrounding the city, where low populations have kept the fishery closed.

Source: Juneau Empire

IN BRIEF - Brexit 'not a disaster' for Grimsby, says Norman Lamont

Friday, November 17, 2017

Brexit will "not be a disaster" for Grimsby, former Chancellor Norman Lamont has claimed.

His comments come after the town's fish processing industry asked for a special free trade status in the ports of Grimsby and Immingham post Brexit.

Nearly 70% of people living in North East Lincolnshire voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.

Lord Lamont, who voted for Brexit, said he believed the town would continue to thrive after the UK leaves the EU.

The ex-Conservative MP, who was brought up in the town, said: "Grimsby is a port. Trade will continue to flow in both directions.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Judge's errors led to environmental assessment order of Grieg fish farm proposal, says N.L. government

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Newfoundland and Labrador government says a judge failed to see that it was reasonable for the province's environment minister to release a massive Placentia Bay salmon farm proposal from further environmental assessment.

In court documents filed in St. John's, the province argues Supreme Court Justice Gillian Butler made errors that led her to order an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.

It's calling on the Newfoundland Court of Appeal to set aside Butler's decision and allow the minister's previous decision to stand.

Source: CBC

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ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
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Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
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American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
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David Suzuki Foundation
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