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IN BRIEF - McDonald's pulls Filet-o-Fish dad ad which 'exploited' childhood bereavement

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, May 19, 2017

McDonald’s has pulled a UK TV ad that was accused of using child bereavement to sell fish burgers after it courted complaints from grief support groups.

The ad in question provoked around 100 complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and sparked a backlash on both Facebook and Twitter.

The spot was created by the McDonald's UK creative agency Leo Burnett, and tells the story of a little boy who is shown asking his mum about his late father in a bid to suss out what the pair had in common. He asks about eye colour, sporting prowess and matters of the heart, before his mum reveals that while they may have been different in these respects, dad loved McDonald's Filet-O-Fish burgers too.

Source: The Drum


IN BRIEF - Feds to gain control over Kuskokwim king salmon management

UNITED STATES
Monday, May 29, 2017

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) – Starting on June 2017, the management of king salmon on a southwestern Alaska river will transfer from state control to federal.

KYUK-AM reports that as of June 12 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin to oversee the salmon living on lower and middle Kuskokwim River. Under federal law, the switch is necessary when there is poor return of king salmon. By taking over the fishery, the service is responsible for ensuring that local people receive subsistence priority.

According to the report, the feds may announce gillnet fishing openings depending on the condition of the run.

Source: KTVA


IN BRIEF - 4 Senate bills about aquaculture near finality

PHILIPPINES
Monday, May 29, 2017

With the Senate set to approve on third reading 14 bills creating multi-species marine hatcheries, Senator Cynthia Villar said aquaculture will now get  a needed boost in the provinces.

“It is not surprising that aquaculture now has an uptrend globally given the dwindling catch from the wild. With the creation of these hatcheries and more in the future, our people are now assured of a source of food,” Villar said.

After hurdling the second reading last week,  14 bills seeking the creation of marine hatcheries in various municipalities in Quezon, Surigao del Sur and Albay are up for  third and final reading.

Source: The Standard


IN BRIEF - Cyclone churns toward Bangladesh as storm toll reaches at least 201 in Sri Lanka, India

BANGLADESH
Monday, May 29, 2017

A severe and intensifying cyclone churned north toward Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed at least 201 people, with more torrential downpours forecast.

Impoverished Bangladesh, hit by cyclones every year, warned that some low-lying coastal areas were "likely to be inundated by a storm surge of four to five feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters)" above normal and raised the storm danger signal, on a scale of one to 10, to seven.

Cyclone Mora was expected to make landfall on Tuesday 30th of May 2017's morning.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Prawn prices fall, aqua farmers worried

INDIA
Monday, May 29, 2017

Kakinada - The aqua farmers are caught between the traders and the unscrupulous middlemen. While the government has been walking all the way to banks with the income generated from aqua culture, it paid no attention to the plight of the farmers cultivating prawns.  

The farmers accused the traders of hiking the prices at the beginning of the season and slashing those of the prawns during the time of harvest. The profits and losses from the aqua-sector showed huge gaps. The farmers are frequently getting caught in the teeth of marketing web. There is no scope for price stabilisation and also no cold storage facilities to enable the farmer to sell the prawns when the prices are higher. 

Source: The Hans India


IN BRIEF - North Carolina shrimp catch soared to new record in 2016 – why is a mystery

UNITED STATES
Monday, May 29, 2017

North Carolina shrimp trawlers caught more of America’s favorite seafood last year than any time on record. The verdict on why is unclear. 

Shrimpers in 2016 harvested a record 13.2 million pounds worth USD 28 million, a 45 percent increase over 2015, according to state biologists.

A warm autumn gets much of the credit leading to big hauls through New Year’s Day, some two months longer than usual, according to a release from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

Source: The Virginian Pilot


IN BRIEF - Oregon, California governors seek salmon disaster aid

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 26, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown are seeking a federal disaster declaration to help salmon fishermen enduring a second bad year in a row.

A record-low number of fall-run Chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River has led to fisheries restrictions, including the cancellation of the season along a large stretch of coastal southern Oregon and Northern California.

In letter dated Wednesday, the governors asked Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for an expedited declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster, a move necessary for fishing businesses to request federal assistance.

The letter asserts that Oregon’s commercial ocean salmon fisheries are projected to earn 63 percent less revenue than what they averaged from 2012-16. California fisheries are expected to make 72 percent less.(AP)


IN BRIEF - MSC label for Greenland halibut fishery

ICELAND
Friday, May 26, 2017

This is the first MSC certified Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) fishery in the world and represents half of the total allowable catch (TAC) of the stock.

“The Greenlandic fishery client, SFG has made tremendous effort in getting key fisheries certified against the MSC standard,” said Gisli Gislason, MSC senior programme manager for Iceland, the Faroes and Greenland.

“That applies for both their prawn, lumpfish and now the Greenland halibut fishery. By getting this certified as sustainable and well managed against the MSC Standard we hope it will be well received in the global markets, both in Europe and Asia.”

Sustainable Fisheries Greenland (SFG) entered the fishery into MSC assessment in March 2016 and the fish can now be sold globally carrying the blue MSC label


IN BRIEF - Expert report warns of 'overwhelming threat' to KI abalone farm

AUSTRALIA
Friday, May 26, 2017

A deep-sea timber port planned for Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island's northern coast would likely kill a nearby abalone farm's entire stock and ruin its business, a marine biologist says.

An environmental report by Dr Paul McShane says a deep-sea port – proposed by Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) – poses an “overwhelming threat” to Yumbah Aquaculture’s abalone farm in Smith Bay, and risks undermining the pristine marine ecology of the bay.

McShane’s report says large quantities of sediment from the construction and operation of the port pose “an unacceptable risk to the viable operation of the abalone farm that cannot be effectively mitigated either during construction or continuing operation”.

Source: IN Daily


IN BRIEF - Shrimp exporters to move US trade body for full waiver of anti-dumping duty

UNITED STATES
Friday, May 26, 2017

Indian seafood exporters will move the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), a quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade, for complete waiver of anti-dumping duty after five years.

Recently, the commission had voted against revoking the existing anti-dumping duty orders on imports of frozen warm water shrimps from India jolting the USD 4.7 billion seafood industry here.

It also voted to extend the anti-dumping orders on shrimp imports for five more years on shrimp from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Business Standard


IN BRIEF - NZD 30.5m boost to fisheries management

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, May 26, 2017

 

A significant boost of NZD 30.5 million of operating funding over the next four years in Budget 2017 will upgrade and modernise the fisheries management system, including the roll-out of cameras, monitoring, and electronic reporting on all commercial vessels, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

“This funding will help introduce the world-leading Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS), which will give us arguably the most transparent and accountable commercial fishery anywhere in the world,” Mr Guy says.

Source: Scoop


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