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IN BRIEF - Delaware moving forward with first aquaculture program

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

State officials recently announced approval of a streamlined permitting process for the state's first commercial aquaculture program, but it will still be a while before Delawareans see locally harvested shellfish on the menu.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control proposed a statewide activity approval process for aquaculture in spring 2016 – three years after commercial shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays was signed into law. Officials announced Dec. 22 that the streamlined permitting process, which will simplify how acreage in the Inland Bays will be leased, had been officially adopted.

But fishermen like Steve Friend, who has invested more than $70,000 in equipment in anticipation of the state's first aquaculture program, still have to wait a while longer before they can plant their first oyster seed in the bays.

Maddy Lauria/ capegazette.com | Read full story here


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

UNITED STATES
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?

UNITED STATES
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

AUSTRALIA
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

UNITED STATES
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

GERMANY
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

INDONESIA
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

UNITED STATES
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

NORWAY
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

AUSTRALIA
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.

Source:ALEXANDRA HUMPHRIES, Mercury


IN BRIEF - SD hatcheries raising Atlantic salmon

UNITED STATES
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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