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IN BRIEF - Wildlife and Fisheries removes old crab traps

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 21, 2017

More than 500 lost or abandoned crab traps, which can cause havoc for shrimpers, recreational boaters and marine wildlife, have been removed from state waters this year.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ holds annual derelict crab trap rodeos to address the problem.

In March, Wildlife and Fisheries employees and volunteers collected 493 derelict traps in Isle De Jean Charles Marina in Montegut. An additional 88 traps were picked up by LDWF workers during the period in which they are allowed to remove them.

“We try and get as many as we can,” said Jeff Marx, LDWF Crab and Shrimp Program manager. “It’s volunteer based. I think we got a good number of traps. It helps out the area where it was cleaned up.”

Source: Daily Comet


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest : Northern Harvest update: No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau

NORWAY
Sunday, June 24, 2018

With reference to the stock exchange announcement on 22 December 2017 and the acquisition of Northern Harvest.

Marine Harvest is pleased to announce that we have obtained a No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau regarding our acquisition of Northern Harvest. This means that we can proceed with closing the transaction.

Press Release: Marine Harvest


IN BRIEF - HB Grandi: Changes in management from 1st of October 2018

ICELAND
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Svavar Svavarsson, head of business development, will retire before the end of the year. His role will be taken over on 1st of October by Torfi Th. Thorsteinsson, head of the groundfish division, while Inga Jóna Friðgeirsdóttir will take over management of the company’s groundfish division from the same date.

Inga Jóna has been head of fish drying at HB Grandi since the merger with Laugafiskur ehf in the later part of 2013. She has been the managing director of Laugafiskur from 2004 and subsequently as managing director of Brim from 2007 to 2013.

Source: HB Grandi


IN BRIEF - Unlikely advocates: Chefs call on Congress to defend sustainable U.S. fisheries

UNITED STATES
Sunday, June 24, 2018

MONTEREY, Calif. - From heartland states to coastal regions, more than 50 celebrated chefs across the United States have emerged as unlikely advocates for sustainable U.S. seafood. They're working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, reaching out in their dining rooms and in letters and calls to Congress. The chefs are urging the House of Representatives to defeat H.R. 200, a bill that – if passed when it comes to a vote next week – would drastically undercut the sustainability of America's wild-caught ocean fisheries.

H.R. 200 is one of several bills currently before Congress that seek to weaken sustainability measures in the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), America's primary fisheries management law. Since its 2006 reauthorization, the MSA has been an unqualified success – nearly putting an end to overfishing in U.S. waters and enabling the recovery of 44 depleted species, while positioning the U.S. as a global leader in science-based fisheries management.

On June 14, chefs in cities including Omaha, Phoenix, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland, Sarasotaand New York joined together to celebrate the law's success in a #ChefsForFish evening. They served sustainable U.S. seafood dishes, and urged their customers to help defend it from threats in Congress.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north

UNITED STATES
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Over the past 50 years, as Atlantic waters have warmed, fish populations have headed north in search of colder temperatures. Lobsters have migrated 170 miles and the iconic cod about 65 miles, while mid-Atlantic species such as black sea bass have surged about 250 miles north, federal surveys show.

But fishing limits and other rules, by and large, haven’t shifted with them.

The rapid movement of fisheries, in New England and around the world, has outpaced regulations and exacerbated tensions between fishermen in competing regions and countries, threatening to spark conflicts that specialists fear could lead to overfishing.

Source: Boston Globe


IN BRIEF - Sticklebacks infected with parasites influence behavior of healthy fish

GERMANY
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Parasites which are passed on via the food chain often influence the behaviour of their host to their own benefit. One example of this is the tapeworm Schistocephalus solidus, which makes three-spined sticklebacks behave "carelessly." The infected fish venture more often into open waters, making themselves easier prey for piscivorous birds, e.g. kingfishers. This is just what the tapeworm wants because it reproduces in the bird's intestines. A team of evolutionary biologists around Dr. Jörn Peter Scharsack at the University of Münster (Germany) have now demonstrated for the first time that the tapeworm not only influences the behaviour of the infected fish -- indirectly, it can also induce equally risky behaviour in other healthy fish in the group. The study is published in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

In laboratory experiments, the researchers demonstrated that in schools of stickleback in which the number of infected fish exceeds that of healthy fish, this healthy minority imitates the changed behaviour of the infected members of their group.

"The reason for this 'wrong' decision on the part of the non-infected sticklebacks presumably has something to with shoaling behaviour," says Jörn Scharsack. "The urge to remain in the group is stronger than exercising caution against any attack by a bird independently." The other way round, however, it is different. The infected fish display risk-friendly behaviour in any case and do not take their lead from the cautious behaviour of the healthy fish when these are in the majority.

Source: Science Daily


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest | Northern Harvest update: No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau

CANADA
Friday, June 22, 2018

With reference to the stock exchange announcement on 22 December 2017 and the acquisition of Northern Harvest.

Marine Harvest is pleased to announce that we have obtained a No-Action Letter from the Canadian Competition Bureau regarding our acquisition of Northern Harvest. This means that we can proceed with closing the transaction.


IN BRIEF - Wyred for success: Scottish salmon farm wins top M&S accolade

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, June 22, 2018

M&S has named Scottish Sea Farms’ team at Wyre, Orkney as its Outstanding Producer of the year in the Farming for the Future Awards 2018.

The 1,909-tonne capacity farm, which was established by Scottish Sea Farms in 2015 to help meet the growing demand for responsibly farmed salmon including M&S Lochmuir salmon, differs from most other farms in that it performs a special dual role.

Not only does it rear its own salmon from smolt to adulthood, but it also acts as a nursery for young salmon headed to neighbouring Eday where conditions are more tidal. Only once the salmon are large enough to thrive in the strong tidal flow are they transferred out to Eday.


IN BRIEF - Deep-Sea Corals Win Protection in Gulf of Mexico

UNITED STATES
Friday, June 22, 2018

Gulf of Mexico deep-sea corals won protections today in a first-of-its-kind plan to safeguard some of the region’s coral hot spots and restrict damaging fishing gear in most of those areas.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, which governs fishing in the Gulf’s federal waters, unanimously approved the measure at its meeting in Key West, Fla.

These safeguards mark a major milestone in protecting ancient, fragile coral ecosystems that provide food, shelter, and breeding grounds for wildlife ranging from sharks and crabs to fish such as snapper and grouper. The council has recognized these corals as valuable habitat that plays an important role in the health and vitality of the Gulf of Mexico.

The council designated 21 sites totaling 484 square miles (more than twice the size of New Orleans) as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern—a status that highlights priority areas for conservation, management, and research efforts. It also allows the council to recommend measures to avoid, mitigate, or offset any adverse impacts from activities authorized by federal or state agencies at these sites, including oil and gas exploration and drilling. In  most of the new areas, the council restricted damaging fishing gear, such as trawls, traps, anchors, and longlines, which can break or smother corals. Trolling and other hook-and-line fishing will still be allowed, because those methods do not normally affect the deep ocean floor where these corals live.

By Holly Binns


IN BRIEF - Grimsby's Young's Seafood to lose huge GBP 30 m Asda contract

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, June 22, 2018

Grimsby's Young’s Seafood has been dealt a shock blow by Asda, after it was told it is to lose GBP 30 million of business from the supermarket giant.

The contract merry-go-round appears to have struck the Ross House team, with whitefish and prawn own-label work understood to be involved.

Once again, one Grimsby firm’s loss appears to be picked up by another, such is the strength of the cluster, with New England Seafood International reported to be lined up for the cod and haddock business.

Source: Grimsby News


IN BRIEF - SalMar - Purchase of increased capacity following auction of new aquaculture licences

NORWAY
Friday, June 22, 2018

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries' auction of new aquaculture licences closed today. 

At the auction, SalMar bought a total capacity of 2 132 tonnes MAB (maximum allowed biomass) for a total of NOK 363.1 million. 443 tonnes of the acquired capacity is in production area 7, with a total consideration of NOK 92.5 million. The remaining volume,1 689 tonnes, is distributed between the production areas 10 to 13, with a total consideration of NOK 270.6 million.

Source: Globenewswire


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