IN BRIEF - Alaska salmon harvest expected to double in 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Alaska salmon fishermen could haul in a harvest nearly double last year's catch due to a projected uptick in the number of pinks.
An Alaska Department of Fish and Game report on 2017 salmon run forecasts and harvest projections pegs the catch at 204 million fish. That compares to just over 112 million salmon taken by fishermen in 2016.
The catch last season included 53 million sockeye salmon — the fifth-largest harvest since 1970 — but only 39 million pinks, the smallest since 1977.
This year's forecast calls for an average catch of sockeye salmon at 41 million, 12 million fewer than last year. For those hard-to-predict pinks, the harvest projection of nearly 142 million is nearly 103 million more than last summer.
O’LEARY, P.E.I. – Prince Edward Island scallop fishermen are proposing the money Maritime Electric is promising as compensation be applied towards rationalization.
The utility is offering CAD 500,000 as compensation for keeping scallop fishermen out of part of their zone this year.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has agreed to a request from Maritime Electric to impose a fishing exclusion zone across the Northumberland Strait off Borden where the utility is currently laying new submarine power cables. The area, which includes some of the best scallop fishing beds in Scallop Fishing Area 22, is expected to be in place for most of the month of May. The five-week scallop fishery opens May 1 and involves fishermen from both sides of the strait. Of the 130 license-holders in New Brunswick and 60 in P.E.I., about 60 to 70 of them are active each year.
About 40 P.E.I. fishermen attended a meeting between the Prince County Fishermen’s Association and Maritime Electric Monday night in O’Leary. Fishermen voiced displeasure that DFO agreed to Maritime Electric’s request without consulting with fishermen first.
Researchers writing in the journal Science Advances say blue mussels are rapidly evolving stronger shells to protect themselves against rising acid levels in sea water.
Bivalves like mussels, clams, and oysters aren’t good swimmers, and they don’t have teeth. Their hard shells are often the only things standing between themselves and a sea of dangers.
But even those shells have been threatened lately, as pollution and climate change push the ocean's carbon dioxide to dangerous levels. Too much carbon dioxide interferes with a bivalve’s ability to calcify (or harden) its shell, leaving it completely vulnerable.
A team of German scientists wondered what, if anything, the bivalves were doing to cope. They studied two populations of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis): one in the Baltic Sea, and another in the brackish waters of the North Sea.
BRUSSELS — Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce the beginning of a fishery improvement project (FIP) for small pelagic fisheries in the West African nation of Mauritania.
International fishing sector stakeholders, fishmeal and fish oil buyers, exporters, and processors, together with the Mauritanian fishery authority, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Seafood Expo in Brussels today, marking the FIP’s official beginning. The organizations share a common commitment to sustainable fisheries and collaborating to publicly evaluate and improve the fishery.
Although the Mauritanian small pelagic fishery does not yet have a finalized management plan, the country’s fisheries ministry said a legislative framework exists: a 2015 law establishing the code of fishing, and its decree of application and the ordinances and decrees attached to it. In addition, a Commission for Fisheries Management Support and a National Commission for Sustainable Management of Small Pelagics have been in place since 2012.
The first FIP meeting will be held later this summer in Nouakchott. Updates will be posted on the Fishery Progress website (fisheryprogress.org).
An annual evaluation of water quality in shellfish harvesting areas found that high bacteria levels will lead to harvest closures for six of Washington’s 105 commercial shellfish areas. An additional 16 areas currently meet water quality standards but are threatened with closure due to periodic bacterial pollution. The Washington State Department of Health uses national water quality standards to classify commercial shellfish harvesting areas to ensure that shellfish harvested in our state waters are safe to eat.
Water quality in Hood Canal near the Duckabush River (Jefferson County), Annas Bay (Mason County), North Bay (Mason County), Rocky Bay (Pierce County), Swinomish (Skagit County), and Port Susan (Snohomish County) does not meet public health standards and shellfish harvesting in these areas will be restricted. State health officials are working with local public health and county partners as well as shellfish growers to implement plans to find and fix pollution problems in these areas.
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Provenance and traceability are of increasing importance to consumers and are paramount to our business. Last year we became the first salmon producer in the UK to secure full GGN licensing, which provides even further reassurance of the premium quality of our Scottish salmon to our customers and consumers. By managing every stage of the production process, from broodstock through freshwater and marine farming to harvesting and packaging, as well as sales and marketing, we can ensure complete supply chain integrity, premium quality and full traceability.”
The Scottish Salmon Company is the leading 100% Scotland-based producer of the finest sea loch fresh Scottish salmon. The company employs over 480 people across its 60 sites on the West Coast of Scotland and the Hebrides.
KOCHI - The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has successfully developed the seed production technology of a food fish, a marine ornamental fish and a marine ornamental shrimp which are commercially important and high value species in the export market.
The Vizhinjam Research Centre of CMFRI developed the breeding technology of the food fish pink ear emperor, locally known as yeri, ornamental fish Marcia’s anthias and ornamental shrimp named camel shrimp.
The successful development of captive brood stock and breeding of all these species is the first of its kind in the world. CMFRI developed the technology after two years’ of continuous attempt using the Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) set up at the institute.
There has been a lot of talk on commercial fishing issues over the last 12 months but much of it has overlooked probably the biggest reforms ever seen in New Zealand's history.
This year we are going to see world-leading technology rolled out onto every commercial fishing vessel in the country, starting with vessel monitoring (similar to GPS) and electronic reporting from October 1 2017.
This will be followed by cameras on every vessel beginning on October 1 2018, giving us arguably the most transparent and open commercial fishery anywhere in the world.
It will mean every fishing vessel can be monitored at all times, no matter where they are, and any illegal activity cracked down upon.
Commercial fishers have taken some public criticism over the last year and some of it has been deserved. Public expectations are rising and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) as the regulator will soon have unprecedented ability to monitor every fishing vessel, no matter where they are at sea.
Tilapia production grew 223 pc in ten years Brazil
Between 2005 and 2015, the production of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Brazil experienced a 223 per cent growth thanks to the modernization and intensification of its production.