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IN BRIEF - Thousands of clams crowd the shore in Newport Beach

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Go out to Newport Pier this week at low tide and you’ll see copious amounts of tiny clams.

Thousands upon thousands of them — glinting like upended jellybeans in pearlescent shades of apricot, violet, cobalt and gray — have turned the beach into a field of living pebbles among the kelp clumps and scallop shells that the tide typically leaves behind.

Bruno Pernet, a professor of invertebrate biology at Cal State Long Beach, identified the fingernail-size organisms as donax gouldii, or bean clams. He speculated that a particularly large clam baby boom could have led to crowding under the sand that pushed some closer to the surface.

Source: LA Times

IN BRIEF - The Norwegian campaign behind Japan’s love of salmon sushi

Monday, March 19, 2018

Look at the menu of any sushi shop in Japan and you will almost certainly see salmon: fatty, tender and bright orange. And for good reason, in a 2017 survey by the seafood company Maruha Nichiro, the fish was found to be the most popular neta (topping) for the sixth year in a row, ranked far higher than the more traditional tuna and halibut.

But salmon is a relatively new addition to the sushi menu making its rise to popularity remarkable, a story that is both an allegory of shifting taste trends across Japanese demographics and the opening of one of Japan’s most iconic cuisines, sushi, to the world.

So swift has been salmon’s success that there is a stark generational divide when it comes to which neta is preferred. Many older Japanese start with lean white fish and work their way up to tuna, while younger generations prefer salmon.

“20 years ago was when everything changed,” says Hideki Koike, the head chef at Masukomi Sushi Bar in Yurakucho, Tokyo. “There are still some restaurants without salmon,” he says. “But the demand is too great. You just have to serve it.”

Source: Japan Times

IN BRIEF - CT shellfish industry, going strong, hopes for EU breakthrough

Monday, March 19, 2018

Connecticut’s shellfish business has been experiencing a solid turnaround over the past few years — and a March 8 2018 Food & Drug Administration announcement is raising hopes even higher.

“It would be a great opportunity for us to diversify into new markets,” said Jeff Northrop, founder of Hummock Island, a venture-backed oyster farm startup in Westport. “It could drive up the value of the company and of the brand overall.”

“It” is the FDA’s announcement that it was beginning the process of restoring shellfish trade between the U.S. and the European Union (E.U.). To do this, the FDA would make a determination that E.U. shellfish is as safe as U.S. shellfish. The E.U., in turn, would make an administrative decision that U.S. shellfish is the equivalent theirs. The FDA is soliciting public comment on the decision through May 23; if finalized, it would permit the export of shellfish harvested from approved growing areas in Massachusetts and Washington state initially, although other states — including Connecticut — could be added over time.

Source: West Fair Online

IN BRIEF - Hatchery-raised salmon released into Sierra creek to save endangered species

Monday, March 19, 2018

Seeking to stave off the extinction of a storied species, state and federal wildlife officials are releasing 200,000 hatchery-raised salmon into a restored High Sierra creek where once-magnificent winter runs were wiped out over the past century.

The releases starting this month of endangered, winter-run chinook into Battle Creek — a Sacramento River tributary that winds through Shasta and Tehama counties — is part of a 19-year effort to rebuild a wild population of the migrating species before the effects of climate change become more pronounced and expected droughts take away the cold mountain water they need to survive.

“Each step we take to re-establish these endangered winter-run chinook salmon is vital and helps us remember that in less than a century a run of salmon nearly a million strong has been reduced to thousands,” said Charlton Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Source: SF Chronicle

IN BRIEF - Fishermen BETRAYED as UK to see NO CHANGE in quotas after Brexit after BUCKLING to EU

Monday, March 19, 2018

Key figures behind the Leave campaign had pledged Britain would be free to “take back control” over its waters after Brexit by scrapping the contentious common fisheries policy which grants foreign fleets fishing rights in UK waters.

The policy grants foreign vessels fishing rights between 12 and 200 nautical miles off the UK’s coastline, providing they abide by quotas set by the European Commission.

But the Government is now ready to capitulate to the European Union’s fishing policy demands on policy Monday in order to secure a transition deal, according to the Financial Times.

Source: Express

IN BRIEF - Stop eating cod and tuna in favour of more sustainable fish, Britons told

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Consumers should avoid eating cod and tuna in favour of more sustainable fish, a leading marine charity has urged. 

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has issued an updated Good Fish Guide to encourage consumers to choose more sustainable options and verge away from the "big five".

Britons tend to favour cod, salmon, haddock, tuna and prawns, but the MCS said Britons should try more unusual options to help the seas and UK fishing industry.

Source: The Independent

IN BRIEF - Brexit threatens UK seafood exports

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Scottish farmed salmon accounted for GBP 600 million of that figure, but politicians warned yesterday that Brexit could have severe consequences – given that 40 percent of Scottish food and drink exports go to the EU market.

Overall Scottish food and drink exports were valued at about £6 billion, of which food exports were worth GBP 1.6 billion – an increase of 15 percent (GBP 214 million) during the same period. Exports of food to Europe were worth GBP 1.1 billion after an increase of 13 percent, or GBP 125 million – enhancing concerns over the possible impact of Brexit.

Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said: “Scottish food and drink exports are at an all-time high – with world-renowned Scottish goods like salmon and whisky being consumed across the globe at record levels. That’s due in part to sectors working together to sell our remarkable products, and creating or enhancing our national brands.

Source: The Fish Site

IN BRIEF - Stofnfiskur win approval to continue export of Atlantic salmon ova to Chile

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Chilean National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) has approved the two-year renewal of the import permit for Atlantic salmon eggs produced by the Iceland based company Stofnfiskur, owned by Benchmark Holdings.

This means that StofnFiskur is currently the only authorised company to export salmon eggs to Chile, and ensures that the Chilean border remains open for egg imports from the company's product units in Iceland. The renewal is the outcome of two years of team efforts, outstanding biosecurity standards and the favorable result of the independent quality audit on Stofnfiskur.

The decision of SERNAPESCA is based on the report presented by the Chilean Animal Health Department and the information provided by the MAST (the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority) on the system that allows them to evaluate and declare disease-free compartments.

Source: The Fish Site

IN BRIEF - Russia and the Republic of Korea plan joint aquaculture investments

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Russia and South Korea agreed positions on co-operation over fisheries in the open part of the Sea of Okhotsk, as well as agreeing to facilitate joint activities on technology and aquaculture with the aim of attracting Korean investment for mariculture projects and fisheries in the Russian Far East. Agreement was reached to develop a plan for joint investment aquaculture projects up to 2020.

Seoul hosted the 27th session of the Russian-Korean Commission on Fisheries. The Russian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture  and head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov, and the Korean delegation by the Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea, Cho Seung-hwan.

Russia noted the great importance of the decision taken by the Korean side in April 1993 on the voluntary ending of unregulated fishing on pollock in the open part of the Sea of Okhotsk, which contributes to the conservation of stocks of this species. The Korean side confirmed that in 2018 the necessary measures will also be taken to prevent Korean fishing companies from fishing in the open part of the Sea of Okhotsk.

Source: World Fish

IN BRIEF - Mombasa court fines Chinese KSh50,000 for selling fish in Kenya without permit

Saturday, March 17, 2018

- A court in Mombasa sentenced a Chinese national to six months in jail after he was found guilty of selling fish without a working permit

- The court slapped Un Your with a KES 50,000 fine or be sent to jail for six months for breaking Kenyan laws

- Yours pleaded guilty but tld the court there had been delays in issuance of his work permit A Chinese national who came into the country as a tourist on a one-month visa was charged and jailed for six months or pay a fine of KES 50,000 after he was arrested selling fish without a working permit in Mombasa.

Source: Tuko

IN BRIEF - Recycling system converts fish nutrients into a fertiliser vegetables love

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Native and ornamental fish are helping to provide nutrients for a vegetable grower on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

Well-known vegetables along with more exotic types, including a leafy vegetable that tastes like wasabi, are being watered with nutrients supplied by the fish.

"The basis of our farm is the fish becoming the fertilising agents for our produce," former chef Luke Tutt explained, standing at the top of a hill beside several tanks.

Source: ABC

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