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

UNITED STATES
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 - Chinese investors to sink KES 1.2 billion to revive struggling fish industry in Kisumu

KENYA
Saturday, December 09, 2017

A group of Chinese investors is set to pump KES 1.2 billion (USD120 million) in Kisumu's struggling fish industry.

The foreign investors unveiled the mega project on Thursday, December 8 2017, while visiting Kisumu county's Deputy Governor Ochieng' Owili at his office.

The giant project is expected to create job opportunities for at least 500 households whose main economic activities include fishing A delegation of Chinese investors is set to inject KES 1.2 billion (USD120 million) in the struggling fish industry in Kisumu county. According to a Facebook post shared by Kisumu County Governor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o on Thursday, December 8, the investors unveiled the mega project while visiting the county's Deputy Governor Ochieng' Owili at his office.

Source: TUKO


IN BRIEF - Marine Institute scientist sees aquaculture potential for Northern Peninsula

CANADA
Saturday, December 09, 2017

NORTHERN PENINSULA, NL – In the midst of an ever-changing fishery, prospects for aquaculture projects along the Great Northern Peninsula are improving.

Cyr Couturier, an aquaculture research scientist and chair of aquaculture programs with the Marine Institute of Memorial University, says the possibilities are there, but can only succeed with hard work and serious investment.

“There is some potential for different types of aquaculture, land-based as well as ocean-based,” said Couturier. “It all depends on what species you’re talking about.”

“But it’s not for the faint of heart. If people are encouraged to invest and have the know-how, I’m sure they could do something.”

Source: The Gulf News


IN BRIEF - Falklands promotes fish in China from Fortuna's new processing plant in Stanley

FALKLAND ISLANDS
Saturday, December 09, 2017

Products from the Falkland Islands Fish Company, the trading name of Fortuna Ltd’s new Stanley fish processing plant, were featured recently in China and attracted favorable attention from trade media.

 Traditionally the Falklands fishing industry is a deep-sea operation with all the fish being caught, processed on board and frozen on the vessels, but when interviewed by Undercurrent News at the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao, James Wallace of Fortuna Ltdexplained that having a “fully owned plant 100 meters down the road” enabled the company to offer customers a wider variety of products than was normally possible and to guarantee quality.

Large-scale processing at sea limited companies to “producing basic products for small markets”, Mr. Wallace is quoted as saying.

Source: Merco Press


IN BRIEF - Brexit could have a devastating impact on your fish and chips

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, December 09, 2017

Fish and chips could be more expensive after Brexit, MPs have heard.

Former minister Ben Bradshaw's warning came after his Labour colleague Mel Onn (Great Grimsby) urged the Government to ensure the UK avoids "absolutely catastrophic" consequences for fishing jobs and industry.

Ms Onn said Norway is always cited as an example of how British fisheries could thrive outside the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) although she highlighted concerns over its position.

Source: Birmingham Mail


IN BRIEF - Proposals Sought for Marine Aquaculture Pilot Projects

UNITED STATES
Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is requesting proposals to develop potential marine aquaculture projects in the U.S. Atlantic coast region. NOAA Fisheries, through the commission, is making USD 450,000 available for the funding period of April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019. The Commission plans to award several projects ranging from USD 50,000 to USD 100,000 each, but will give consideration to projects that can justify a greater need. 

Anyone seeking support for this period must submit, as a single file, an electronic proposal by email no later than 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 1, 2018. For complete proposal details, qualifying requirements and submission instructions, see the Request for Proposals (RFP).

The Gulf and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commissions have also issued similar RFPs seeking proposals relevant to their respective regions. 

Source: Free Press Online


IN BRIEF - Fish health vital for profitable farming

ZIMBABWE
Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Zimbabwe Fish Producers’ Association, supported by the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society, invites stakeholders in the fish industry and all fish producers to a Workshop and Fish Information Day on December 12, 2017.

This event will be held in the Andy Millar Hall, Exhibition Park from 8:00am and costs $10 per person, inclusive of teas and a hot lunch. Topics include fish health and nutrition as well as an update on the fish industry and aquaculture strategy.

Following the watershed developments in aquaculture over the last two years, Zimbabwe is poised to develop the fish farming potential of the country. Like other livestock, fish will only achieve optimum growth rates when they are thriving and free from stress and disease.

Source: The Herald


IN BRIEF - VASEP: Tra fish exports to Spain continue falling

VIET NAM
Saturday, December 09, 2017

HÀ N?I — Vi?t Nam’s tra fish exports to Spain see no sign of recovery following inaccurate news broadcast by Spanish media early this year, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Producers and Exporters (VASEP) said.

As of November 15, export value dropped by 72.7 per cent from the same period last year, bringing the market down to sixth place from earlier being the third-largest importer of Vi?t Nam’s tra fish in the European bloc.

According to Globefish under the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Vi?t Nam’s tra fillet exports to Spain fell to 6,000 tonnes in the first six months of this year, half that of the same period last year.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - More than 200 nations promise to stop ocean plastic waste

NAMIBIA
Friday, December 08, 2017

NAIROBI - More than 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday 5th of December 2017 to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates hoped would pave the way to a legally binding treaty.

If current pollution rates continue, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, said the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which organized the meeting.

Eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, UNEP added.

“There is very strong language in this resolution,” Norway’s environment minister, Vidar Helgesen, told Reuters.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Representative Walsh Introduces Legislation To Ban Atlantic Salmon Farms

UNITED STATES
Friday, December 08, 2017

19th District Representative Jim Walsh, along with and Representative Drew MacEwen  of Union, have introduced a bill to ban Atlantic salmon farming in Washington waters.

The legislation follows an incident in August when a Cooke Aquaculture pen containing 305,000 Atlantic salmon collapsed, releasing an undetermined amount of fish into Puget Sound.

According to a release from Walsh, this was the fourth such incident since 1996.

After the incident, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved a permit for Cooke Aquaculture to handle one million more Atlantic salmon at a different facility in Puget Sound.

Source: KXRO


IN BRIEF - Caribou and salmon population declines warrant at-risk status

CANADA
Friday, December 08, 2017

TORONTO – Sockeye salmon populations in the Fraser River and an Arctic migratory caribou herd (Dolphin and Union) are among the species assessed as at risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife (COSEWIC) today. While these assessments are meant to be the first step in a federal process for the protection and recovery of these species, the process is hindered by missed legal deadlines, under-resourcing and failure to act on some of the committee’s assessments.  
   
Megan Leslie, CEO and president of WWF-Canada, says:
“While the recovery of the peregrine falcon, noted by COSEWIC, is to be celebrated, today’s assessments overall show that wildlife loss continues to be a grave issue in Canada. Both the re-assessment of the Dolphin and Union caribou herd to Endangered, and the at-risk assessment of 15 sockeye salmon groups, make it clear that with migratory species, the old single-species conservation approach isn’t feasible. This is more relevant now than ever before, given the state of wildlife loss in Canada. Our research showed that half of Canada’s monitored vertebrate species are in decline, and even at-risk species are suffering losses – at an increasing rate. 
 
“An at-risk designation should at least guarantee a timely recovery plan. It doesn’t. Improving the implementation of SARA, by meeting legal timelines and fully funding SARA-related programs (including COSEWIC activities), is an essential first step. 

Source: WWF


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