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IN BRIEF - Thai Union tops in Asia for CSR and Sustainability in latest Seafood Intelligence Top 100 Report

THAILAND
Friday, February 17, 2017

BANGKOK - Thai Union Group PCL ’s 2015 Sustainability Report has earned the number-one ranking in Asia for sustainability reporting in the recently-released Top 100 Seafood Firms’ Transparency Benchmark from Seafood Intelligence, a global news service that reports on the seafood sector and evaluates the industry’s sustainability data and transparency levels.

“Thai Union is incredibly proud to be named in Seafood Intelligence’s latest Top 100 report,” said Darian McBain, Ph.D., Thai Union’s global director for sustainable development. “Sustainability remains of critical importance for Thai Union. As a leading seafood company, we are determined to drive positive change throughout the industry.”

Thai Union’s report, released in May of last year, was ahead of 35 other firms headquartered on the Asian continent. Additionally, Thai Union was rated in the top five of all wild-catch fisheries firms worldwide and in the top three of wild-catch tuna fishing companies globally.

Source: Thai Union


IN BRIEF - Fish Oil Component Boosts Damaged Brain, Retinal Cells

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Researchers at Louisiana State University have determined that fish oil boosts damaged brain cells as well as damaged retinal cells. The study was spearheaded by Nicolas Bazan, the Director of LSU's Health New Orleans School of Medicine's Neuroscience Center of Excellence. The research was performed in a model of human retinal pigment epithelial cells and ischemic stroke. 

NPD1 is an acronym that stands for neuroprotectin D1. This is a lipid messenger made from omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid or DHA. It is made in an on-demand fashion when cell survival is threatened. NPD1 was identified and named back in 2004 by Dr. Bazan. Oxidative stress is created by the steady production of harmful free radicals. It sets the stage for cell death. Such death is hastened by catastrophic happenings like blinding-eye diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and ischemic stroke.

Source: World Health


IN BRIEF - What Trump’s Budget Means for the Filet-O-Fish

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It is the most voluminously caught fish in the United States, accounting for a quarter of everything Americans catch. As such it is the major bulwark against the United States’ multibillion-dollar seafood trade deficit — the second-largest deficit in our trade portfolio, after crude oil. And it is, today, the main component in the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, or the “fish delight,” as Donald Trump likes to call it.

Now consider the president’s budget for the people who make his preferred sandwich possible.

If Congress seriously entertains the White House’s suggestions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — a popular target for conservatives, who see it primarily as a source of pesky climate-change research — and the National Marine Fisheries Service it oversees will lose 17 percent of its funding. This despite Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s desire to “try to figure how we can become much more self-sufficient in fishing and perhaps even a net exporter.”

Source: New York Times


IN BRIEF - A truck overturned in China spreading 1.5 tonnes of fish across the motorway

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A truckload of fish covered a motorway in east China's Anhui Province, after a truck overturned when its driver became distracted by a phone call.

Over 1.5 tonnes fish were scattered across dozens of metres on the Chuzhou section of the Jingtai expressway following the accident on April 15 2017.

The driver and another passenger in the truck sustained no injuries in the crash.

Traffic police arrived at the site and directed traffic to avoid further accidents, with much of the road blocked off with shoals of fish spread all over the road.

Source: UK Business Insider


IN BRIEF - Relaxed Fishing Proposal Criticized

ICELAND
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Icelandic Seamen’s Association has stated its opposition to a parliamentary proposal to relax rules on so-called coastal fishing.

The Pirate Party’s Gunnar Guðmundsson has put forward a plan to extend the coastal fishing season from four months to eight, as well as raising the limit on how much they can catch.

Under Icelandic law, anyone can apply for a license to catch a set amount of pelagic fish from May to August each year, outside the country’s strict quota system.

Each person or company can only apply for one license per boat, and the license supersedes any other quota allowance for that boat. In other words, it is not intended for full-time fishing ships or major fishing companies.

Source: Iceland Review


IN BRIEF - Government Aims To Increase Fishermen 's Income To MYR 5,000 A Month

MYANMAR
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ISKANDAR PUTERI - The government aims to increase the income of fishermen in the country from the current MYR 1,500 to MYR 2,000 up to MYR 5,000 per month by year 2020 via aquaculture programmes.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the programmes could help fishermen who often faced unstable income, especially during the monsoon season.

According to a study conducted by the Department of Fisheries Malaysia, there are over 100,000 registered fishermen and 70 per cent of them earn more than MYR 1,500 a month.

"However, this amount is still very little and does not really guarantee they have pulled themselves out of poverty .

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Proposed GMO facility would see salmon grown from egg to market-size in P.E.I.

CANADA
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FORTUNE, P.E.I. - Islanders will be able to give their thoughts tomorrow on whether genetically modified salmon should be produced and grown in P.E.I.

A public information session being held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fortune Community Centre will deal with AquaBounty Technologies’ proposed redevelopment of an aquaculture facility in Rollo Bay West to allow for production of the Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).

The company first filed an application to renovate the facility last year, although at the time did not have plans for any production of genetically modified salmon at the site. Instead, it proposed to use the location to raise normal salmon to produce eggs.

An amended application filed by the company earlier this month now proposes to rear the GMO salmon from egg to market-size within an expanded facility.

Source: The Guardian


IN BRIEF - China, under pressure at WTO, suggests revamp of dumping rules

CHINA
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

China has proposed tightening the rules on when countries can impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs, saying their use was rising and that such charges were often misused and distorted international trade.

In a filing published by the World Trade Organization on Monday, China said it wanted to stop anti-dumping measures from "over-reaching" and becoming permanent, giving special consideration to small- and medium-sized firms, and imposing tougher standards for the use of such tariffs.

The five-page proposal is unlikely to get the required unanimous support of the body's 164 members, and may be flatly rejected by the United States, where Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been a fierce critic of China's trade practices.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Major reforms on cards in fish sale and auction sector

INDIA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

KOZHIKODE - The Fisheries department of Kerala government is all set for a major reform in the fish sale and auction sector. The move is aimed at restricting fish auction at harbours through permit and to protect fishermen from exploitation.

A comprehensive regulation is also being planned to protect fishermen and prevent middlemen in fish auction.

The fisheries department officials also decided to prohibit fish auction outside harbours and marketing centres. The decision was taken based on the suggestions by fishermen, fisheries officials and trade union members a few days ago.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - Qantas considers compensation to fishers after toxic spill, food risk still unknown

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Qantas has said it will consider compensating Queensland fishers in the wake of a chemical spill at one of its Brisbane Airport hangars.

The airline's domestic chief executive Andrew David met with industry representatives on Saturday and publicly apologised for the mishap, which caused 22,000 litres of toxic firefighting foam to leak after a sprinkler failure.

Some has seeped into the Brisbane River, but it is not know at this stage how much.

Fishers complained they were not told for days, with some selling hundreds of kilograms of the potentially contaminated fish.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - US warning over continued killing of seals by Scots fish farms

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ministers have received a warning about the continued shooting of seals by fish farms as the US poses the threat of an export ban which could cost the Scottish economy GBP 200 million a year.

New figures reveal that despite the salmon industry giving a "clear intention" to cut the number of seals shot to zero, fish farms and fisheries were continuing to kill them at a rate of over eight a month last year, under licence from the Scottish Government.

The details have angered protesters who are concerned that that instead of finding alternative ways to deal with seals, fish farms are continuing to be content to shoot to kill.

The US is now requiring proof that its seafood imports are harvested in a way that minimises harm to marine mammals.

Source: Herald Scotland


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