IN BRIEF - Environmentalists warn about Trump Puget Sound budget
Monday, March 20, 2017
SEATTLE - State officials, environmental advocates and others are warning of dire environmental and economic consequences if President Donald Trump's cuts to Puget Sound and other environmental programs go through as proposed.
The Environmental Protection Agency's funding for Puget Sound — about USD 28 million last year — would be gutted under Trump's budget blueprint released Thursday 16th of March 2017.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 50-year-old Sea Grant program, which focuses on creating a healthy coastal environment and economy, would also be axed, including about a USD 4 million hit to the program in Washington state.
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Washington state Democrat, called the cuts "completely irresponsible" and vowed to fight the president's proposal.
So the dreaded white spot disease has moved from the Logan River and into Moreton Bay.
Now not only has this disease cost the prawn farmers in the Logan River their livelihood but now looks to have the potential to wipe out the prawn industry in all of south-east Queensland, including our famous Mooloolaba prawns.
This was a totally preventable disease.
Our prawn fishermen stood up and said that importing cheap nasty prawns from South-East Asia had the potential to wipe out our local industry if allowed, but, oh no, our government said our strict biosecurity measures would not allow disease into Australia. What a joke.
Fisheries division is set to boost the country's foreign exchange with the lifting of a ban on prawns fishing in Tanzanian waters, the government has announced.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Yohana Budeba, also said the new move would further boost government revenue from the fisheries sector.
Dr Budeba told the 'Daily News' yesterday that his ministry would closely monitor prawn-fishing activities, especially after removal of the ban, to ensure that the harvests were properly done to avoid further depletion of these marine resources.
Damen Shipyards Group has been won a contract to construct a fisheries research vessel for the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE).
The contract was awarded following an EU-wide tendering process,
To be called the Walther Herwig, the vessel will support Germany's fisheries and oceanographic research programs. Measuring 85 m x 17.4 m, it will be the largest vessel in the ministry's fleet and will accommodate 26 crew and 26 scientists.
In terms of scientific facilities and equipment, the vessel will be outfitted with two hangars, wet and dry laboratory areas and trawling gear for both demersal and pelagic fisheries research. For physical and biological oceanographic studies, the vessel's scientific teams will be able to utilize electric winches capable of lowering equipment to depths of down to 6,000 m.
The Chief Executive of the NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council, Daryl Sykes, has expressed disappointment that rock lobster fishery management decisions announced today by the Minister of Fisheries have not extended to definite actions and deadlines in relation to widespread fish thieving on the east coast of the North Island.
Mr. Sykes commented that – “We should be well past the time when shared fisheries management decisions can only impact on commercial operators to address observed declines in stock abundance. I expected that the Minister would be far more mindful of shared responsibility and shared accountability when confirming his decisions for CRA 3 and CRA 4. The risk that he takes is that commercial reductions announced today become re-allocations of catches across to other users, including the fish thieves, and his intended management outcomes are totally compromised.”
“The Minister announced important decisions, informed by good science and generally supported by the rock lobster industry, but regrettably he is silent as to instructing his officials to take the actions necessary to deal with a situation in which he finds himself obliged to make an explicit allowance for fish thieves to take over a hundred and sixty tonnes of rock lobsters from the Wellington, Hawkes Bay (CRA 4) and Gisborne/East Coast (CRA 3) lobster fisheries in every season,” said Mr. Sykes.
NEW BEDFORD - More than 8,000 pounds of stolen scallops valued at the time at USD 192,050 circulated through multiple seafood houses last December, according to court documents obtained by The Standard-Times.
New Bedford police began investigating the disappearance of the scallops from Continental Cold Storage in February.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Antonio Vieira and Michael Caton, claiming 8,350 pounds of scallops were stolen from Seatrade International and that Viera attempted to sell them to a number of seafood houses in New Bedford. Vieira, of Tiverton, and Caton, formerly a resident of East Providence, now resides in California.
Black-owned fishing company Sea Harvest Group on Thursday 23rd March 2017 listed in the Farming, Fishing and Plantations sector on the JSE’s main board.
The listing will provide investors with more choice and an opportunity to participate in the income streams and future capital growth of Sea Harvest. “Globally, consumers know that when they buy South African Cape Hake, they are getting superior quality from a well-managed fishery,” CEO Felix Ratheb said.
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.
Cautious fish evolve out of marine reserves Canada
New research supports the creation of more marine reserves in the world’s oceans because, the authors say, fish can evolve to be more cautious and stay away from fishing nets.
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.