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IN BRIEF - Proposed regulations aim to reduce shrimp bycatch

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Proposed regulations on shrimpers could have significant impacts on the daily catches as well as the fishing industry in eastern North Carolina.

The biggest talking point between state and federal agencies and the fishermen is how to help the environment thrive without hindering the fishing industry.

The Division of Marine Fisheries is working to reduce bycatch, which is the number of fish accidentally caught in shrimping nets.

To do that, they’re proposing changes to bycatch reduction devices on shrimpers’ trawl nets.

The state currently requires 20 square-inch fish eyes on bycatch reduction devices. Federally, that number increases to 36 square inches.

Federal and state agencies met with fishermen in New Bern Monday to present research on different types of bycatch reduction devices.

The goal is to reduce bycatch by 40 percent federally and statewide by 60 percent.

Source: Elizabeth Tew/http://wnct.com/

IN BRIEF - FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be. Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Friday, January 20, 2017

For many pregnant women, understanding what seafood is safe and healthy, and what should be avoided because of mercury concerns comes with a lot of hand-wringing. In part, that’s because the federal government’s advice on the matter, first issued in 2004, has long been criticized as unclear.

That guidance has included advice on how much seafood to eat, and which species pregnant and nursing women should avoid over concerns about mercury contamination.

But critics say the government advisory has done more harm than good, scaring many pregnant and nursing women (and let’s be real — pretty much everyone else) away from eating seafood altogether.

Source: Clare Leschin-Hoar NPR / opb.org | Read full story here

IN BRIEF - Health effects of fish oil: Where do we stand?

Friday, January 20, 2017

(CNN)Study after study will say adding fish to your diet is a healthy move.

Fish oil supplements, though, are a more complicated story.

The federal advisory committee that wrote the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 advises adults to eat about 8 ounces of a variety of seafood each and every week.
This guideline is intended to provide you with healthy amounts of two essential omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

These nutrients play important roles in brain function, normal growth and development, metabolism and curbing inflammation, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Our bodies cannot manufacture these fatty acids, so we must consume them.

Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, are rich in both DHA and EPA. (There's a third omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), found in walnuts, canola oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds. Our bodies can convert ALA, in limited quantities, to DHA and EPA.)

Source: By Susan Scutti, CNN | Read full story here

IN BRIEF - $500 cash is available to trawl vessels who install seabird bafflers

Friday, January 20, 2017

SETFIA is committed to sustainable fishing practices  so members continually work to minimise their environmental impact while catching fresh fish for Australians.  This work includes minimising interactions with seabirds.  An interaction is any contact between the vessel and a seabird that causes injury, death or distress.

In 2014 SETFIA secured Australian Government funding to trial a number of mitigation devices, this trial showed that baffles are the best and cheapest mitigation.

Together with the Great Australian Bight Fishing Industry Association (GABIA), it called on AFMA to mandate that all vessels use one of the following three seabird mitigation strategies by May 2017:

  • Bafflers,
  • Sprayers or,
  • Pinkies and no offal discharge while fishing

SETFIA has secured funding to assist operators to install bafflers.  After a vessel’s baffler is approved that vessel will be given $500.

IN BRIEF - Manischewitz Company, leader in kosher foods, obtains Friend of the Sea certification

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Manischewitz Company – the largest manufacturer of processed kosher food in the U.S. – has recently obtained the Friend of the Sea certification for European anchovies, chub mackerel and European sardines. The company complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements and can display the official seal of approval on its products.

The Manischewitz Company receives raw materials from Friend of the Sea certified suppliers, based in Morocco. Certified fleets operate in the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean, where the fish stocks are not overfished or overexploited. Bycatch is also minimal and does not include any IUCN red listed species.

In addition, the presence of a specific traceability system assures that certified products respect the certification requirements, excluding the possibility of a mix with non-certified products.

IN BRIEF - World Ocean Council (WOC) partners in the European project Blue-Act

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has been selected as the only international business organization to participate in the European project Blue-Action, which is being launched this week in Berlin.

Blue-Action will provide fundamental and empirically-grounded, executable science that quantifies and explains the role of a changing Arctic in increasing predictive capability of weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere.

This project’s transdisciplinary approach will bridge scientific understanding with key stakeholder knowledge of the impacts of climatic weather extremes and hazardous events. Blue-Action will provide robust and reliable forecasting to meteorological and climate services to better deliver tailored predictions and advice. This reduces the risks for the business community and enables stakeholders to create business opportunities.

IN BRIEF - New fishing rules threaten livelihood of nearly 1 million people

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A recently passed regulation on fisheries jeopardizes the livelihood of nearly 1 million fisherfolk, according to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry Regulation No. 71/2016 on fishing zones and equipment, which entered into force on Jan. 1, mandates gillnet fishing instead of seine fishing.

The vice chairman of the fisheries division at the Kadin’s Jakarta chapter, Wajan Sudjana, said 48,000 fishing boats in four provinces – Banten, West Java, Central Java and East Java – had been idle since the new regulation took effect, posing a direct risk to the jobs of around 960,000 fisherfolk and affecting another 5 million jobs in the wider fisheries industry, such as boat mechanics and fish processors.

IN BRIEF - Diversification key to resilient fishing communities

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fishing communities can survive ? and even thrive ? as fish abundance and market prices shift if they can catch a variety of species and nimbly move from one fishery to the next.

These findings, published Jan. 16 in Nature Communications, draw upon 34 years of data collected in more than 100 fishing communities in Alaska that depend on fishing for livelihoods, cultural traditions and daily subsistence. The University of Washington researchers found that communities that fished for many different species and had the ability to shift what they harvested, and when, were more resilient to unpredictable downturns in fish abundance and market prices than communities that put all their effort into only a few fisheries.

Source: Michelle Ma / washington.edu | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Cermaq joins FReSH initiative to improve global food systems

Thursday, January 19, 2017

World Business Council for Sustainable development (WBCSD), EAT and 25 leading global companies join together to improve global food systems.

FReSH- the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health – is a program providing a platform for the private sector to achieve transformation in a pre-competitive space. In cooperation with science, academia, policy-makers and civil society, FReSH aims to catalyze change across the global food system.

  • Developing guidelines on healthy and sustainable diets taking into account social and environmental considerations;
  • Food production adjustment, including formulation and offering to help achieve healthy and sustainable diets;
  • Food consumption reorientationto strengthen demand for healthy and sustainable diets;
  • Improvement of food sourcing and reduction of food loss and waste
  • Measurement, reporting and communicatingprogress.

Cermaq will in particular take part in work streams 1 and 2.

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture workers call for protection of salmon farming

Thursday, January 19, 2017

AQUACULTURE industry workers and salmon industry backers have packed Salamanca Lawns to rally in support of the sector.

The Australian Workers Union hosted the lunchtime rally today to launch their “Tassie Salmon: Our Jobs, Our Future” campaign.

State Government, Opposition and some federal MPs also attended in a show of bipartisan support for the industry.

AWU national secretary Daniel Walton addressed the crowd, and later commented that the rally was the first opportunity for workers to demonstrate the importance of the industry to them.

“Workers feel as though their jobs are under threat because some of those environmental groups — some, not all — are taking a very hard-line approach,” Mr Walton said.


IN BRIEF - SD hatcheries raising Atlantic salmon

Thursday, January 19, 2017

South Dakota’s two cold water fish hatcheries received a total of 5,500 Atlantic salmon eggs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Coldwater Marine Aquaculture Center in Maine, Fisheries Program Administrator Will Sayler told the Capital Journal Wednesday.

It’s the latest development in a project the Game, Fish and Parks Department has been working on since the spring of 2014. It’s taken nearly three years to find a disease-free source of eggs. Now that some eggs have been found, Sayler said, they’ll be raised the state’s coldwater fish hatcheries for brood stock and to test whether raising atlantic salmon in South Dakota is even possible.

Atlantic salmon have proven difficult to raise in captivity in other states. It took Lake Superior State University’s Aquatic Research Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. about 10 years to figure out how to raise Atlantic salmon, for example.

Source: Nick Lowrey / capjournal.com

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Canarian lawmakers call for arrest of vessel transporting fish oil from Sahara
Spain The Port Authority of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria confirmed that Key Bay vessel, which docked on Saturday in the port of La Luz, is transporting fish oil from Western Sahara.
Thai Union urges the UK to commit to sustainability goals
United Kingdom In order to demonstrate its commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Thai Union Group joined more than 80 leading companies that united in a call on the Government of the United Kingdom.
Oceanic acidification could have a strong impact on Dungeness crab
United States Acidification of the ocean will impact the West Coast seafood network, but not necessarily in the expected way.
Tanner crab season canceled in Alaska
United States The Alaska Board of Fisheries finally decided not to open commercial tanner crab (Chionoecetes bairdi and C. opilio) fishery in the Bering Sea this season, after the last attempt to allow a limited catch failed.
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