IN BRIEF - Irish trawler owners deny trafficking and employment offences
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Friday, February 17, 2017
The trial of two Irish trawler owners charged with offences under the Irish Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act and Employment Permits Act opened in Cork district court on Wednesday.
Leonard Hyde, 62, of Crosshaven, County Cork and Pat O’Mahony, 51, of Kinsale, County Cork, both denied knowingly facilitating the illegal immigration of a Filipino migrant fisherman, Demie Omol, who worked on their vessel in 2015. They also denied employing a non-EU national without a permit.
The court was told by prosecution witness Detective Garda Mairead Moriarty that she had made an inspection of the vessel owned by the two men, the Labardie Fisher, in October 2015 in Crosshaven, following a complaint. On board she found a Filipino fisherman, Lyndon Magale, who had no immigration stamp for Irelandin his passport and no work permit. She subsequently obtained letters of employment for the Labardie Fisher relating to Magale and a second Filipino, Omol, and invited Hyde and O’Mahony to interview under caution.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andalusia claims Mediterranean trawling fleet stoppage change Spain
The Undersecretary of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment to transfer to the month of October the stoppage of the Mediterranean trawling fleet scheduled for April.
China reopens market to live Irish crab Republic of Ireland
Minister of Agriculture of Ireland reached an agreement with a Chinese official on the proposed certificate to accompany consignments of crab exports to the Chinese market, which should facilitate the resumption of the crab trade between both countries.