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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Look at the menu of any sushi shop in Japan and you will almost certainly see salmon: fatty, tender and bright orange. And for good reason, in a 2017 survey by the seafood company Maruha Nichiro, the fish was found to be the most popular neta (topping) for the sixth year in a row, ranked far higher than the more traditional tuna and halibut.
But salmon is a relatively new addition to the sushi menu making its rise to popularity remarkable, a story that is both an allegory of shifting taste trends across Japanese demographics and the opening of one of Japan’s most iconic cuisines, sushi, to the world.
So swift has been salmon’s success that there is a stark generational divide when it comes to which neta is preferred. Many older Japanese start with lean white fish and work their way up to tuna, while younger generations prefer salmon.
“20 years ago was when everything changed,” says Hideki Koike, the head chef at Masukomi Sushi Bar in Yurakucho, Tokyo. “There are still some restaurants without salmon,” he says. “But the demand is too great. You just have to serve it.”
Connecticut’s shellfish business has been experiencing a solid turnaround over the past few years — and a March 8 2018 Food & Drug Administration announcement is raising hopes even higher.
“It would be a great opportunity for us to diversify into new markets,” said Jeff Northrop, founder of Hummock Island, a venture-backed oyster farm startup in Westport. “It could drive up the value of the company and of the brand overall.”
“It” is the FDA’s announcement that it was beginning the process of restoring shellfish trade between the U.S. and the European Union (E.U.). To do this, the FDA would make a determination that E.U. shellfish is as safe as U.S. shellfish. The E.U., in turn, would make an administrative decision that U.S. shellfish is the equivalent theirs. The FDA is soliciting public comment on the decision through May 23; if finalized, it would permit the export of shellfish harvested from approved growing areas in Massachusetts and Washington state initially, although other states — including Connecticut — could be added over time.
Seeking to stave off the extinction of a storied species, state and federal wildlife officials are releasing 200,000 hatchery-raised salmon into a restored High Sierra creek where once-magnificent winter runs were wiped out over the past century.
The releases starting this month of endangered, winter-run chinook into Battle Creek — a Sacramento River tributary that winds through Shasta and Tehama counties — is part of a 19-year effort to rebuild a wild population of the migrating species before the effects of climate change become more pronounced and expected droughts take away the cold mountain water they need to survive.
“Each step we take to re-establish these endangered winter-run chinook salmon is vital and helps us remember that in less than a century a run of salmon nearly a million strong has been reduced to thousands,” said Charlton Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Key figures behind the Leave campaign had pledged Britain would be free to “take back control” over its waters after Brexit by scrapping the contentious common fisheries policy which grants foreign fleets fishing rights in UK waters.
The policy grants foreign vessels fishing rights between 12 and 200 nautical miles off the UK’s coastline, providing they abide by quotas set by the European Commission.
But the Government is now ready to capitulate to the European Union’s fishing policy demands on policy Monday in order to secure a transition deal, according to the Financial Times.
Scottish farmed salmon accounted for GBP 600 million of that figure, but politicians warned yesterday that Brexit could have severe consequences – given that 40 percent of Scottish food and drink exports go to the EU market.
Overall Scottish food and drink exports were valued at about £6 billion, of which food exports were worth GBP 1.6 billion – an increase of 15 percent (GBP 214 million) during the same period. Exports of food to Europe were worth GBP 1.1 billion after an increase of 13 percent, or GBP 125 million – enhancing concerns over the possible impact of Brexit.
Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said: “Scottish food and drink exports are at an all-time high – with world-renowned Scottish goods like salmon and whisky being consumed across the globe at record levels. That’s due in part to sectors working together to sell our remarkable products, and creating or enhancing our national brands.
This means that StofnFiskur is currently the only authorised company to export salmon eggs to Chile, and ensures that the Chilean border remains open for egg imports from the company's product units in Iceland. The renewal is the outcome of two years of team efforts, outstanding biosecurity standards and the favorable result of the independent quality audit on Stofnfiskur.
The decision of SERNAPESCA is based on the report presented by the Chilean Animal Health Department and the information provided by the MAST (the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority) on the system that allows them to evaluate and declare disease-free compartments.
Russia and South Korea agreed positions on co-operation over fisheries in the open part of the Sea of Okhotsk, as well as agreeing to facilitate joint activities on technology and aquaculture with the aim of attracting Korean investment for mariculture projects and fisheries in the Russian Far East. Agreement was reached to develop a plan for joint investment aquaculture projects up to 2020.
Seoul hosted the 27th session of the Russian-Korean Commission on Fisheries. The Russian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov, and the Korean delegation by the Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, Cho Seung-hwan.
Russia noted the great importance of the decision taken by the Korean side in April 1993 on the voluntary ending of unregulated fishing on pollock in the open part of the Sea of Okhotsk, which contributes to the conservation of stocks of this species. The Korean side confirmed that in 2018 the necessary measures will also be taken to prevent Korean fishing companies from fishing in the open part of the Sea of Okhotsk.
- A court in Mombasa sentenced a Chinese national to six months in jail after he was found guilty of selling fish without a working permit
- The court slapped Un Your with a KES 50,000 fine or be sent to jail for six months for breaking Kenyan laws
- Yours pleaded guilty but tld the court there had been delays in issuance of his work permit A Chinese national who came into the country as a tourist on a one-month visa was charged and jailed for six months or pay a fine of KES 50,000 after he was arrested selling fish without a working permit in Mombasa.