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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.

Source: ADN

IN BRIEF - New study maps out salmon hotspots across B.C. for bears

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The long term salmon-eating habits of British Columbia's bears have been documented in a new study by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of Victoria. 

Published Thursday in the peer-reviewed open-access journal Ecosphere, the study determined which specific locations in B.C. over 1,400 black and grizzly bears had a salmon meal —  by collecting bits of their hair from single strand barb wire corrals.

"You place a really disgusting fermented fish sauce bait in a centre of the barb wire corral," said Megan Adams, a Hakai-Raincoast scholar and PhD student at the University of Victoria.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Kiribati Now Has An EU Competent Authority

Saturday, June 24, 2017

We are pleased to greet you today with very positive news: The European Union has now officially approved Kiribati as an EU competent authority!

The official decision has been published this week; please find the link to the EU Commission implementing decision here.

This means that Pacifical is now able to offer MSC certified skipjack and yellowfin tuna to European partners from Kiribati flag fishing vessels and Kiribati processing facilities, allowing Pacifical's EU clients to buy sustainable MSC certified tuna at zero percent duty. This is something we have been longing to offer to the European market for quite sometime, as Kiribati has one of the most tuna-rich EEZs in the PNA region. 

As you might know, The Republic of Kiribati was previously handed a yellow card warning on IUU from the EU, and has since then been cooperating closely with the European Union in order to implement procedures and regulations that battle and prevent many EU concerns over potential IUU fishing, transshipment checks and landings, as well as VDS transparency. We are very happy to see that progress being made by the country has been recognized by the EU. 

Press Release: Pacifical

IN BRIEF - High demand for Alaskan wild caught salmon in China, according to study

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Most of the Alaskan salmon harvest is exported, and according to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a third of those exports go to China. Some of that salmon is consumed domestically by the Chinese, and some is processed and re-exported to other countries.

The Sea Grant survey shows a growing interest in Alaskan salmon among a burgeoning Chinese middle class with disposable income.

“Most of the consumers know Alaska, and then when we asked those questions they were excited about Alaskan seafood or salmon,” said Angie Zheng, co-author of the Sea Grant report.

Zheng’s consumer study called for the surveying of more than a thousand Chinese grocery shoppers in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Consumers were questioned on their shopping habits, and on their interest and perception of Alaska. She says the Chinese recognize Alaskan seafood as some of the cleanest, healthiest protein in the world.

Source: KDLG

IN BRIEF - Ocean Acidification Is Threatening The Massachusetts Shellfish Industry

Saturday, June 24, 2017

One of the bright spots in the state’s struggling fishing industry is shellfish, a lucrative crop of oysters, clams and sea scallops that generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Massachusetts economy.

But climate change is affecting the water chemistry these shellfish need to grow and thrive. The process is called ocean acidification, and Massachusetts is playing catch-up on addressing the threat.

Six other coastal states with big shellfishing economies have already formed task forces to grapple with the problem, but Massachusetts legislators are still debating such a step.

Scientists say ocean water has grown 30 percent more acidic since the Industrial Revolution and is on track to get worse in coming decades as it soaks up excess carbon dioxide from air fouled with fossil fuel emissions.

Source: WGBH

IN BRIEF - Marine Minister slammed over ongoing uncertainty of Donegal oyster farms

Friday, June 23, 2017

Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has slammed the Government over the continuing delays in making determinations in respect of controversial aquaculture licence applications and appeals for oyster farm developments which have been proposed at a number of scenic Donegal beaches and strands.

Deputy Doherty was speaking during a Dáil debate which he secured with the Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed.

During the exchange, Deputy Doherty highlighted the mounting fears and distress of marine communities throughout west Donegal caused due to decisions yet to have been made in relation to a number of planned oyster farms throughout the region.

Speaking during the debate this evening, Deputy Doherty said: “Minster, I raise this matter with you here in the Dáil chamber this afternoon whilst countless coastal communities are living in a state of constant dread and unease as their coasts face an uncertain future.

Source: Donegal Now

IN BRIEF - Superior Taste Award for NIREUS’ Pagrus

Friday, June 23, 2017

Nireus’ new product Pagrus received the Superior Taste Award 2017 by the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi), the world’s leading organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink products. The evaluation process was held in Brussels in April 2017.

Nireus’ Pagrus was awarded with 2 gold stars, a very high distinction corresponding to a remarkable taste.

The “Superior Taste Award” is the only stamp of quality in taste granted by food and drink opinion leaders that are Michelin starred Chefs and Sommeliers. The iTQi jury, regrouping 17 different nationalities, is composed of members of prestigious culinary institutions of Europe. Their evaluation is based on blind tasting according to a rigorous sensory analysis procedure.

Press Release: Nireus

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture centre handed over to SA

Friday, June 23, 2017

The China-South Africa Aquaculture Technology Demonstration Centre (ATDC) at Gariep Dam is going to be handed over to Minister Senzeni Zokwana from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Friday 23rd of June 2017.

Bomikazi Molapo, spokesperson of the department, says this centre that has been operating in partnership between China and South Africa is fully functional.

Now the full control of the centre will be given to the South African government.

This centre is playing a crucial role in upskilling people in aquaculture and especially fisheries.

Source: OFM

IN BRIEF - Taoyuan officials step up measures to contain tilapia lake virus

Friday, June 23, 2017

Taipei - Officials in Taoyuan have stepped up measures to contain an outbreak of tilapia lake virus (TiLV), which has so far infected seven fish farms in the northern municipality.

Taoyuan's Department of Agriculture said Tuesday 21st of June 2017 that it has urged tilapia fish farms to purchase their fish fry from reputable suppliers, raise them and observe their condition in isolated ponds for at least two weeks before moving them to regular ponds, and prevent mixing them with fish from unknown origins.

The department said it has also asked fish farms to maintain good water quality and ensure reasonable stocking density, and to report any abnormal behavior, illness or deaths of their fish to the authorities.

Source: Focus Taiwan

IN BRIEF - SADSTIA elects a new Executive Committee

Friday, June 23, 2017

“The Marine Living Resources Act prescribes the need to restructure the fishing industry to address historical imbalances and to achieve equity within all branches of the industry. The deep-sea trawl fishery is surely on its way to achieve this equity”.

So says newly elected chairman of SADSTIA, Terence Brown, who has announced a radical change in the racial make-up of the SADSTIA Executive Committee (Exco).

“Both the chairman, vice-chairman and the new members of the Exco are from historically disadvantaged backgrounds,” he said.

The new members are:

Terence Brown, operations director of Sea Harvest
Donovan Brickles, group quality assurance manager at I&J
Trevor Wilson, shareholder in the Viking Fishing Group of companies
Madoda Khumalo, strategic services executive at Sea Harvest.

Arthur Shipalana, a director of ZWM Fishing, Visko See Produkte and Basani Fishing and a long-standing member of the SADSTIA Exco, has retained his position.


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture is main driver of mangrove losses

Friday, June 23, 2017

JAKARTA - Expanding aquaculture in South-East Asia over the last two decades has been the main driver of mangrove loss in the world, says a study published in PLOS One on June 2017.

The study, conducted by a team of scientists at Global Mangrove Watch (GMW), mapped the distribution and changes of mangrove ecosystems in the world during 1996 — 2010 using satellite imagery. The team analysed 1,168 mangrove areas in North, Central and South America, Africa, Middle East, India, and South-East Asia.

Nathan Thomas, lead author of the study, found 38 per cent of mangrove areas observed in the study are affected by human activity. South-East Asia, home to 33.8 per cent of the world’s mangroves, as well as 90 per cent of the world’s aquaculture, was the worst affected region with half of its mangrove areas suffering degradation

Source: Sci Dev Net

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