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IN BRIEF - Fish farm project helps Indonesian trafficking victims rebuild lives

Friday, April 21, 2017

GEGERBITUNG – Harvini worked quietly by a fish pond in a Javanese village surrounded by bottle-green paddy fields and rolling mountains, a world away from the horrors she has endured in recent years.

She is one of a group of Indonesian women who were exploited in Saudi Arabia and are now trying to rebuild their lives through a modest project farming catfish.

The 31-year-old’s story is similar to that of many women from her impoverished village on Java, Indonesia’s most populous island.

In 2009 she was lured by the promise of earning USD 200 a month by working as a maid in oil-rich Saudi Arabia – a small fortune in her home community. She decided to leave behind her toddler son to take up the offer.

Source: Coconuts

IN BRIEF - Channel Fish Processing Co., Inc. Recalls Siluriformes Fish Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Channel Fish Processing Co., Inc., a Boston, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,190 pounds of breaded Swai products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on June the 21st 2017. The products may contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the finished products labels.

The scope of this recall expansion now includes 350 pounds of breaded Swai products that were produced on Feb. 6, 2017. 

Source: USDA

IN BRIEF - Insecticide on fish: Food Safety officials raid outlet in Idukki

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Source: English Mathrubhumi 

IN BRIEF - Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta sees decline in fish stocks, affecting livelihoods

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Source: Mizzima

IN BRIEF - Omega 3 Supplement Market is expected to reach USD 57.07 billion by 2025

Thursday, June 22, 2017

LONDON - The global omega 3 supplements market is expected to reach USD 57.07 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.

Omega 3 supplements market is anticipated to witness a significant growth on account of high application scope coupled with increasing demand from infant formula.

Numerous factors such as urbanization and government efforts to educate consumers and provide superior healthcare services are likely to fuel the utilization of omega 3 based products.

In addition, increased consumer willingness to spend is anticipated to provide a positive outlook to the omega 3 supplements market.

Source: PR Newswire

IN BRIEF - Tokyo governor to move world's biggest fish market, redevelop area

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Eating fish can reduce arthritis pain

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Source: WPXI

IN BRIEF - EU market open for Georgia’s Black Sea fish

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Black Sea fish and fish products have a high chance of making an impression in Europe and becoming one of Georgia’s leading export products alongside wine, hazelnuts, blueberries, wool, and honey.

The European Union (EU) has just included Georgia in the list of "third countries” allowing Georgia’s Black Sea fish and fish products to be imported to the EU.

This will be the third animal product to be allowed into the EU market after Georgian wool and honey.

The next step is to present the list of business operators recognised by Georgia who will be allowed to export Black Sea fish and fish products to the EU.

Source: Agencia GE

IN BRIEF - 'Tassal’s pulp mill moment': the battle over Tasmania's $30m salmon farm

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Source: The Guardian 

IN BRIEF - World's Largest Wild Salmon Run Harvest Season Opens

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Source: Cross Roads Today

IN BRIEF - Scottish Salmon farming 'risk' to wild wrasse

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Concerns are being raised that stocks of a wild fish are being put at risk to protect Scotland's salmon farming industry.

There has been a sharp rise in the use of so-called "cleaner fish" which push down the amount salmon producers have to spend on medicinal treatment.

The fish - mostly wrasse - are housed in salmon cages to attack and eat parasitic sea lice.

The industry insists it is now getting a grip on the sea lice problem.

But environmental groups fear a lack of regulatory safeguards to protect the wild wrasse could lead to them being over-fished.

Source: BBC

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IN BRIEF - Minister Senzeni Zokwana hands over certificate for aquaculture project in Gariep, 23 Jun 2017

Australia temporarily suspends Vietnamese shrimp import ban
Viet Nam Australian government authorities have lifted the ban on uncooked Vietnamese shrimp product import, allowing wild shrimp caught in Australia to be processed in Vietnam, before re-entering the Australian market.
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.
Fishery-aquaculture resource rate for human consumption continues to grow
Chile Although fish landings have tended to decline, there has been an increase in the use of raw materials to add value to hydrobiological resources, according to the latest 2016 Statistical Yearbook of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service.
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