IN BRIEF - Fukushima radiation yet, and unlikely, to affect Alaska seafood
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.
The new owner of an eastern Indiana fish farm says it plans to restart production there in 2018.
Maynard, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies has acquired the facilities formerly used by Bell Aquaculture near the Delaware County town of Albany for USD 14 million.
AquaBounty spokesman Dave Conley said the last Bell-raised fish, rainbow trout, were harvested before the sale closed. He said AquaBounty plans to use the facility about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis to produce its genetically engineered salmon, for which it received federal approval in 2015.
Thousands of fishers throng Marine Drive for Matsyotsavam; 40 stalls on various aspects of modern fisheries
Minister for Fisheries J. Mercykuttyamma said here on Tuesday that the fisheries sector would be freed of middlemen by strengthening the auctioning of catch through societies under the apex cooperative Matsyafed. She was speaking at the inauguration of ‘Matsyotsavam’ fisheries festival and Matsya Adalat at Marine Drive in the city.
She said that fishermen, who were unable to pay back loans on account of disability and diseases would be given interest-free loans. Matsyafed was planning to take a loan of INR 100 crore from Natioanl Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister said.
French retailer Les Mousquetaires has partnered with Pêcheurs d'Opale and Groupe Le Garrec to develop a new aquaculture cooperative, Scopale.
Scopale will finance the construction of fishing vessels in the form of joint ownership with local fishermen. For each boat, costing about EUR 2.5 million, fishermen or local fishing collectives will contribute one third of the budget and Scopale the other two thirds.
Created in 2015 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Scopale is owned by Scapêche (40%), Pêcheurs d'Opale (40%) and Groupe Le Garrec (20%). It had already developed three 19.20 meter vessels at the Manche Industrie Marine (Dieppe) and Padmos (Netherlands) shipyards.
The Aquaculture Development Association of Zambia (ADAZ) has urged Government to put in place measures that will regulate the importation of fish to ensure quality products enter the market.
ADAZ chairman Fisho Mwale said there is need to safeguard the sub-sector from imports that have an adverse effect on the health of both the humans and the fish.
Mr Mwale said currently, there is an outbreak of tilapia lake virus, which has ravaged most East Asian countries.
“Zambia has been importing most of her fish from East Asia following shortages of fish in the country. Most fish coming from East Asia is [very] cheap, but is diseased fish, throw-away fish usually called rants, and it is finding its way into our market.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking public input on proposed national environmental standards that it hopes will improve the aquaculture industry.
The ministry is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday at the Invercargill Working Men's Club that is part of a series of meetings being held throughout the country as part of the consultation.
In June, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced the proposal for marine aquaculture to make re-consenting existing marine farms more consistent and efficient.
A national environment standard is established under the Resource Management Act 1991 and sets national rules that replace regional council rules.
Premier Dwight Ball says his government is considering whether to appeal a Supreme Court decision that ordered more environmental review of the Grieg aquaculture project in Placentia Bay. NTV’s Don Bradshaw reports.
With support from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congress is preparing to renew a ban on the importation of genetically engineered salmon.
On Friday 28th of July 2017, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill funding agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for another year. Included within that budget bill, which now faces a vote of the full Senate, is a provision renewing the ban.
“This is important stuff to our local economies,” Murkowski said before the committee approved the bill.
The target of the bill is a fast-growing engineered salmon approved for human consumption by the FDA in 2015. That salmon, known as the AquAdvantage, is produced by AquaBounty Technologies. The salmon is fertilized in Canada and farmed in Panamanian pens.