IN BRIEF - Delaware moving forward with first aquaculture program
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.
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SFP is pleased to announce it will be hosting its 2017 Americas Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum in San Jose, Costa Rica, next month, attracting major industry players who are looking to improve the sustainability of their seafood supply chains.
SFP has hosted the annual forum for partner companies and other industry stakeholders from the region for the past four years, but this marks the first time the forum has been held outside of the US and reflects growing interest in sustainable seafood in Latin America.
Chris Wirges, Co-founder and CEO of Chefs Trading, based in Washington, DC, is one stakeholder who is looking forward to the forum. His company, which procures seafood for US-based wholesale distributors, does a lot of business in Latin America. Wirges believes in a boots-on-the-ground approach and has been in conversations with exporters and representatives of fishermen’s associations that are producing the tuna and swordfish he sells.
A new fund to support fisheries and aquaculture in Dorset and East Devon has now opened. The Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) fund launched at the Crab House Café on Monday, March 13th 2017.
This GBP 800,000 investment in the fisheries industry from Swanage through to Beer, will help local representatives from the fishing, aquaculture and related industries help develop projects which boost the local economy.
Joe Miller, of Swanage and District Fishermen’s Association, said: “The award of the FLAG for the area will hopefully see the facilities around local harbours be brought up to date.
Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd has been selected as highly commended in the small exporter of the year category at the awards ceremony which took place in Glasgow on the 22nd of March 2017.
The awards recognise Scotland’s top exporting companies and serve as an important platform for internationally operating businesses to promote their brand, generate publicity and attract potential investors.
Wester Ross Fisheries employs 60 staff and is the largest private-sector employer in Ullapool.
Managing director of Wester Ross Fisheries, Gilpin Bradley, said: “Over the last forty years we have grown significantly and we are delighted to be highly commended at the Scottish Export Awards in what has been a very busy year for us.
The Western Australian salmon fishing industry will call on the new Minister for Fisheries to fund an independent assessment into current stock levels of Australian salmon.
For the past three years commercial operators have been appealing to the State Government and Department of Fisheries to get a Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) of at least 2,000 tonne a year in order to open up export opportunities.
As it currently stands there is no official TACC for WA salmon.
The Department of Fisheries has advised industry it was unable to guarantee an annual catch of 2,000 tonne.
Theodore Genge has a big beautiful new dragger that’ll be ready to head for “the Labrador” as soon as the sea ice loosens its grip on Anchor Point.
When the 63-year-old Newfoundland fisherman began building the $2.2 million trawler two years ago he had 750,000 pounds worth of shrimp quota to catch.
But plummeting shrimp numbers in the cold water off Labrador have led Fisheries and Oceans Canada to drastically carve into quotas for that coast. Genge expects that by April he’ll be left with a total of 300,000 lbs of quotas — 220,000 lbs in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where there is still plenty of shrimp, and 80,000 lbs on the Labrador coast.
Mechanisms underlying adaptive evolution can best be explored using paired populations displaying similar phenotypic divergence, illuminating the genomic changes associated with specific life history traits. Here we used paired migratory [anadromous vs. resident (kokanee)] and reproductive [shore- vs. stream-spawning] ecotypes of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) sampled from seven lakes and two rivers spanning three catchments (Columbia, Fraser, and Skeena) in British Columbia, Canada to investigate the patterns and processes underlying their divergence. Restriction-site associated DNA sequencing was used to genotype this sampling at 7,347 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), 334 of which were identified as outlier loci and candidates for divergent selection within at least one ecotype comparison. Eighty-six of these outliers were present in multiple comparisons, with thirty-three detected across multiple catchments. Of particular note, one outlier was detected as the most significant outlier between shore and stream-spawning ecotypes in several comparisons and across multiple catchments (Columbia, Fraser and Snake). We also detected several islands of divergence, some shared among comparisons, potentially showing linked signals of differential selection. The SNPs and genomic regions identified in our study offer a range of mechanistic hypotheses associated with the genetic basis of O. nerka life history variation and provide novel tools for informing fisheries management.
Commercial disasters declared for nine West Coast fisheries United Nations
The Commerce Secretariat determined that nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington experienced commercial failures, which will enable fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.
ICES identifies 'substantial' species distribution shifts Denmark
A total of 16 out of 21 species examined by experts of the Workshop on Fish Distribution Shifts in response to a request from the EC have shown changes in their distributions across the northeast Atlantic since 1985, with hake and mackerel shifting the most.