IN BRIEF - Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows
Friday, April 21, 2017
As shark populations decline, fish face less pressure from the top of the food chain. As a result, new research shows, fish are getting fatter.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science studied fish behavior in Rowley Shoals and Scott Reefs. The former, a marine preserve, hosts healthy shark populations. The latter, an atoll-like reef off the northern coast of Australia, is a popular location for shark fishermen from Indonesia.
The team of scientists observed reef fish spending more time hunting and feeding in the water column near Scott Reefs, where sharks are rare. Spending time in the water column puts fish at risk of ambush, but it's also home to more energy-rich prey.
Idukki - After a video purportedly showing a vendour spraying insecticide on fish kept for sale went viral on social media, Food Safety officials conducted inspection at the store at Vannappuram in Idukki.
The officials could not seize samples of the fish as the vendour had already removed them aftert he video was out. However, they found empty packets of the insecticide at the shops.
The shop owner had fled the scene by locking up the shop.
Nyo Win’s family relied on his small-scale fishing expeditions for more than 20 years. But now he is considering abandoning the work.
The supply is not what it once was.
Like other local residents of Ngwe Saung Township in Pathein district, the 44-year-old has witnessed a steep decline in daily output.
“In the past, each boat could catch about 300 fish a day. But now, it is hard to get 80 fish a day. On some days, we almost catch no fish,” he said. “So I am now thinking of changing to another livelihood as fishing is not a reliable business for our family.
Rampant overfishing and a lack of rules and regulations are the underlying cause. The use of poison, electric shock, explosives and dragnets, while successfully outlawed in other areas, continues in Ngwe Saung, said San Win, an official with the township’s Department of Fisheries.
The governor of Tokyo announced on Tuesday 20th of June 2017 a long-delayed plan to move the world's largest fish market, one of the Japanese capital's biggest tourist attractions, to a man-made island with contaminated soil.
The decision by Yuriko Koike, a former defense minister sometimes seen as a future prime minister, comes nearly a year after she halted the move of the Tsukiji market due to worry about high levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the soil at its new site.
The old site will be redeveloped as a tourist area.
The delay has complicated the construction of a road planned for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics to speed journeys from the yet-to-be-built Olympic village to the National Stadium, raising fears of traffic jams around key venues.
BOSTON - There's new evidence that eating fish may ease symptoms of arthritis. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston collected diet information from more than 150 arthritis patients. Those who ate various types of non-fried fish more than twice a week had less swelling and joint pain than those who rarely ate it. Symptoms improved the most among people with the highest fish consumption.
proposed AUD 30m salmon farm development on Tasmania’s pristine east coast and legal challenges against Tassal’s other operations are creating a storm of opposition that has been compared to campaigns against the infamous Gunns pulp mill.
More than 1,000 people, spread across 300 boats and Hobart’s Constitution Dock, staged a protest on Sunday opposing Tassal’s development of a new shallow-water fish farm at Okehampton Bay near Triabunna, about 90km from Hobart.
They claim it will undermine the region’s clean and green tourism brand, impact recreational fishing and potentially damage the nearby Maria Island marine park.
The protesters were drawn from recreational fishing groups, the Shooters and Fishers party, industry organisations and conservation groups.
NAKNEK, Alaska - Bristol Bay sockeye salmon season is here! Commercial harvesting of wild sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska begins in early June, with the harvest historically peaking around the 4th of July. The projected commercial harvest of 27.5 million sockeye salmon is on target with the 10-year average for Bristol Bay – which is home to the largest wild salmon run on the planet.
Bristol Bay, in southwest Alaska, is comprised of six major river systems (Naknek, Kvichak, Nushagak, Egegik, Togiak, and Ugashik). Together these rivers are home to the largest wild salmon fishery in the world. Of the five species of wild Alaska salmon, (king, sockeye, coho, keta and pink), it is sockeye that dominates Bristol Bay.
For over 130 years, generations of fishing families return to the waters of Bristol Bay each year to commercially harvest this national treasure. The Bristol Bay commercial driftnet salmon fishery is made up of 1,800 permit holders. Each boat represents a small business, employing an additional 2-3 crew members, supporting over 14,000 jobs in this rural region of Alaska. Bristol Bay sockeye salmon are hand-harvested by fishermen to ensure the highest quality. Look for this season's Bristol Bay sockeye salmon landing in grocery stores and restaurants across the U.S.
ICES recommends cod quota cut for 2018 Norway
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea recommends a 20 per cent drop in next year’s cod quota in the Barents Sea, which should not exceed 712,000 tonnes
Chile to support Latin American countries to eradicate illegal fishing Chile
Representatives from Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic are participating this week in the first international workshop to strengthen capacities and measures to prevent, discourage and eliminate IUU Fishing.