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IN BRIEF - Fukushima radiation yet, and unlikely, to affect Alaska seafood

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Alaskan seafood remains free of detectable Fukushima-related radiation. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The department along with other state, federal, and international agencies has been testing Alaskan seafood since 2013.

After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, food safety authorities, including the FDA, reported it would be highly unlikely that radiation would affect Pacific seafood in the U.S. But Marlena Brewer, the spokesperson for DEC, said there was still significant public concern in Alaska.

“Fishing is such a huge part of our lives here, so I think that there was this overwhelming concern,” Brewer said. “They wanted to see Alaska specific data.”

Food safety inspectors were already collecting samples around Alaska as a part of normal food safety operations. In 2013, they began collecting additional samples to send to the FDA lab in Massachusetts to test for Fukushima-related radiation. Species tested include king, chum, sockeye, and pink salmon, halibut, pollock, sable fish, herring and Pacific cod.

Source: Avery Lill, KDLG - Dillingham/alaskapublic.org


IN BRIEF - Young’s Seafood eyes China expansion as sale speculation intensifies

UNITED STATES
Monday, January 22, 2018

Young’s Seafood is planning to cast its net into the Chinese market as speculation intensifies over a multi-million pound sale of the business.

Chief executive William Showalter said the company was in talks with potential partners over an export push into the Asian nation after expanding the brand across supermarket shelves in America.

The food industry veteran refused to be drawn on rumours suggesting Britain’s biggest seafood firm could be snapped up by Princes’ Japanese-owner Mitsubishi Corporation.

However, he said it would not “take a huge leap of faith” to expect the group’s backers to start looking at “strategic alternatives” in the near future.

It comes as the Grimsby-based firm ploughs forward with an American expansion after partnering with Pennsylvania-based frozen fish supplier The Fishin’ Company to bring its products to US retailers such as Walmart.

By By Ben Woods, Press Association | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - A Lack Of Big Data Is Hampering Efforts To Curb Illegal Fishing In Africa

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, January 20, 2018

The lack of a comprehensive database on fishing vessels, their exact location, and if they were engaging in illicit activities is undermining the global efforts to curb illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, a new study says.

The lack of big data infrastructure and better cooperation mechanisms are hindering governments from tackling illegal trawling, says UK-based independent think tank Overseas Development Institute. The problem is especially severe for African nations who have limited access to enforcement capabilities and where illegal fishing annually cheats governmentsbillions of dollars in revenue. Private initiatives tackling overfishing were limited in their scope when it comes to collecting datasets or employing remote sensing capabilities, says the study.

To better monitor their location and movements, vessels are required to be fitted with communications equipment known as vessel management systems (VMS) or automatic identification systems (AIS). Yet many ships do not install them, especially in low-income countries where these new technologies aren’t accessible, or crews switch them off to evade arrest or surveillance. And while the AIS signals can detect the geography, speed, and direction of the boats, it is still limited in identifying the gear and techniques in use, or if a boat is pillaging marine beds or depleting vulnerable species.

By Abdi Latif Dahir/ilwareed.info | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Atlantic Fisheries Fund provides over $640,000 to fishing enterprises

CANADA
Saturday, January 20, 2018

CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR – The Government of Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador announced $641,518 to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector. The federal and provincial governments combined contributions will amount to over $400 million in investments in the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF), which will help generate opportunities and increase the market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.  This new investment under the Atlantic Growth Strategy will help strengthen the Atlantic economy and increase job opportunities for Atlantic Canadians.

The contributions fall under the infrastructure pillar of the AFF and will supply eight fishing enterprises with new automated longline hauler systems and insulated tubs. This equipment will help to diversify catches, allowing for more efficiency in deep water harvesting and improve the quality of the product and the efficiency of operations.

The AFF will continue to invest in projects over the next seven years. The commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, universities and academia and industry associations and organizations, including research institutions, may apply.


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture export looks to set new record

VIET NAM
Friday, January 19, 2018

Last year, despite a mountain of challenges like natural disasters, tax barriers such as high anti-dumping duties on frozen shrimp and tra fish, illegal, the fight against unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing to the "yellow card" warning of the European Union, more regular quarantine inspections, distorted information, and competition pressures, overseas shipment of Vietnamese aquaculture exports fetched US$ 8.3 billion, representing a year-on-year surge of 18.7%.

The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) attributed the good outcome to the robust growth of key exports especially shrimp which grew 21% and earned US$ 3.8 billion in export turnover or up 46% of the total. 


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Ministry to launch Aquaculture for Food and Jobs Programme

GHANA
Friday, January 19, 2018

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD) is expected to launch the Aquaculture for Food and Jobs Programme this year as part of moves to make fish farming a viable industry in Ghana.

The Deputy Minister of MoFAD, Mr Francis Ato Cudjoe who made this known Thursday at a stakeholders’ workshop to disseminate results of Zonation of the Volta Lake for Aquaculture Study said the Ministry was collaborating with identifiable institutions interested in undertaking fish farming to boost the country’s demand for fish.

The Zonation of the Volta Lake for Aquaculture study was carried out under the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project and coordinated by the Fisheries Commission between 205 and 2016.


in brief - N.S. fisheries minister dismisses critics of Cooke Aquaculture

CANADA
Friday, January 19, 2018

The cabinet minister responsible for overseeing Nova Scotia's aquaculture industry has dismissed the concerns of one of the harshest critics of the industry and Cooke Aquaculture, one of the province's key players.

Earlier this month, South Shore lobster fisherman Ricky Hallett told CBC News it appeared the company's operations in Jordan Bay had been severely damaged by high winds and heavy seas.

"Seventeen out of 20 of the pens have the tops off them and most of them have the sides smashed down," Hallett said. "I live just adjacent to the site and I can look right out on it." 

"There's no significant damage," he told reporters. "A couple of the cages were damaged. No fish escaped"...

By Jean Laroche · CBC News | Read full article here


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)


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