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IN BRIEF - DFO abandoning tags for Newfoundland and Labrador food fishery

CANADA
Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is abandoning the idea of a tag system for the recreational food fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador for 2017. 

At an announcement on Friday, DFO said the same rules from last year will remain in effect, despite some talk of bringing in a licence and tag system.

Last year's move to extend the season by 14 days will be repeated, which means this year's season will once again be 46 days in total. It also means the same allowable catch limit of five fish per person and 15 fish per boat, per day.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Salmon sales surge as UK food exports hit record high

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sales of British salmon helped the UK to export a record value of food and drink in the first half of the year, according to industry figures.

Exports of the fish jumped more than 53% by value to GBP 408 million, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said.

UK food and drink exports rose 8.5% to GBP 10.2 billion, helped by the fall in the pound after last year's Brexit vote.

But the FDF warned that without a favourable Brexit trade deal, British exports could become less competitive.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - New fish-feeds factory boosts production, lowers imports

RWANDA
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The cost of fish feed has reduced by half, from about RWF 1,500 to  RWF 800, thanks to a new fish feed factory that has started operations in the country.

The factory, located at Kigali Special Economic Zone (KSEZ), has capacity to produce about 700 kilogrammes of feed per hour, and is expected to boost fish farming in the country.

The plant will save farmers from the difficulties they have been facing in importing fish feeds.

Local fish farmers have been importing feeds from Israel, Germany, Mauritius, and Uganda, and they say this was costly because of freight charges.

Source: New Times


IN BRIEF - Low salmon returns in the Fraser River mean few fishery openings

CANADA
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fraser River salmon returns for 2017 have been very low.

The fish heading up-river to spawn are significantly below forecast levels, so that means limited fishing opportunities for everyone.

Following conservation in terms of DFO priorities is providing Indigenous communities with food, social and ceremonial (FSC) fishery openings, which have been few so far in 2017.

"It is challenging," acknowledged Jennifer Nener, DFO Pacific Region's director of salmon management, on a conference call to offer an in-season update on Fraser salmon with West Coast media on Friday.

Complaints about the lack of recreational openings for chinook salmon have been received by DFO in the wake of its cautious management adopted for conservation reasons.

Source: BC Local News


IN BRIEF - Angola to resume export of canned fish

ANGOLA
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Angola is due to start exporting canned fish to the European market following the inauguration on Friday in the municipality of Tômbwa, Namibe province, of two new units for canning, freezing and preserving fish, according to the Angolan press.

Pes-Sul, the unit for production of canned fish, has two processing lines and daily production of 125,000. Its owners are considering setting up a line to produce fish paste later this year.

The Minister of Fisheries, Vitória de Barros Neto, noted that the recovery of this unit allows Angola to have canned fish produced in the country again and in the medium term to start exporting to markets such as Europe, “where our canned fish previously had a presence.”

Source: Maca Hub


IN BRIEF - Arctic voyage finds global warming impact on ice, animals

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

VICTORIA STRAIT, Nunavut - The email arrived in mid-June, seeking to explode any notion that global warming might turn our Arctic expedition into a summer cruise.

"The most important piece of clothing to pack is good, sturdy and warm boots. There is going to be snow and ice on the deck of the icebreaker," it read. "Quality boots are key."

The Associated Press was joining international researchers on a month-long, 10,000 kilometer (6,200-mile) journey to document the impact of climate change on the forbidding ice and frigid waters of the Far North. But once the ship entered the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, there would be nowhere to stop for supplies, no port to shelter in and no help for hundreds of miles if things went wrong. A change in the weather might cause the mercury to drop suddenly or push the polar pack into the Canadian Archipelago, creating a sea of rock-hard ice.

Source: NZ Herald


IN BRIEF - ‘Suspend Asia fish importation’

ZAMBIA
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka - Governement has been urged to suspend importation of fish from Asia where the tilapia lake virus disease has broken out and is affecting consumers and the productivity of the fish farming sub-sector.

Aquaculture Development of Zambia (ADAZ) trustee Fisho Mwale said Government should also start issuing health certificates prior to imports.

Mr Mwale said there is need to intensify health inspections of all imported fish if the country is to avoid having ‘discarded’ fish from Asia that is bad for consumption.

He called for the increased awareness by border staff of the mislabelling of Asian tilapia as Namibian Mackerel aimed at avoiding paying the normal tax duties.
Mr Mwale said the outbreak of the tilapia lake virus poses a threat to Zambia’s growing aquaculture sector.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail


IN BRIEF - Kerala: CMFRI develops breeding tech for Indian pompano

INDIA
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kochi - Mariculture in India gets a major boost with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) successfully developing the seed production technology of Indian pompano (locally known as avoli vatta), which has high commercial value both in domestic and international markets.

According to CMFRI director Dr A. Gopalakrishnan, this is the first report of the successful mass scale seed production of Indian pompano in the world. “The achievement is a major breakthrough in Indian mariculture business which will help the farming community to use the hatchery-produced seeds of Indian pompano for cage farming,” he said adding that mariculture activities would be diversified with CMFRI developing seed production technology of one more high value marine fish.

This is the fifth of its kind of an achievement made by the CMFRI after the institute developed seed production technology of cobia, silver pompano, orange spotted grouper and pink ear emperor. Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) is the most suitable species for cage culture considering its fast growth rate, easy adaptability to culture conditions, quick acceptance of artificial feed, good meat quality and high consumer preference.

Source: Deccan Chronicle


IN BRIEF - New vessel design to bring hybrid propulsion to aquaculture industry

NORWAY
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wärtsilä has won a contract from Norway’s Hav Shipping AS to design the first hybrid-powered processing and transportation vessel for use in the fish farming industry.

According to Wärtsilä, a new, hybrid battery configuration will minimise exhaust emissions from the vessel by absorbing most of the engine’s load fluctuations and vessel load variations. The batteries also power the onboard hybrid propulsion machinery’s PTI/PTO (power take-in/power take-off).

A representative from Wärtsilä told Riviera Maritime Media that the hybrid operation is expected to result in fuel savings of 10-15% and reduced costs in engine maintenance.

“The batteries installed assist the diesel engine with variable loads coming from both sea conditions and onboard power needs, allowing the diesel engines to run on a stable load.”

Source: Marine E&C


IN BRIEF - Study reveals new salmon species

UNITED STATES
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Orleans, Calif – On August 2017 a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis led by Dr. Michael Miller, published a report in the journal Science Advances that may have sweeping ramifications for salmon fisheries management all along the west coast and Alaska. The report describes the genetic difference between Chinook (or King) salmon that migrate into rivers in the spring versus the fall. The research provides new insights into salmon evolution and reveals that spring Chinook salmon deserve to be treated as its own evolutionarily distinct unit separate from fall Chinook. Before the age of dams, industrial mining, and clear-cut logging, spring Chinook salmon were the most abundant run of salmon in many Pacific Northwest Rivers. Today these fish are nearly extinct throughout much of its historic range.

Already, the report has led the Karuk Tribe to start the process necessary to have spring Chinook in the Klamath River added to the Endangered Species List. The Klamath River flows from southeastern Oregon to California’s north coast and is one of three rivers that power the West Coast commercial salmon fleet. Klamath spring Chinook were specifically used in Miller’s study.

Spring Chinook enter rivers in the spring when snow melt swells rivers allowing the fish travel into the upper reaches of a watershed. Then they must reside in cold water areas all summer until they spawn and die in the fall. Fall Chinook migrate into rivers in the fall where they spawn and die relatively soon after entering fresh water. “Having two life strategies allow Chinook to take advantage of the entire watershed instead of just the upper or lower reaches,” explains Toz Soto, Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Karuk Tribe. “This behavioral diversity enhances the chances of long term survival for the entire population.”

Source: Yuba Net


IN BRIEF - Mackerel picking up south of Hvalbak

ICELAND
Saturday, August 19, 2017

HB Grandi’s pelagic vessel Víkingur docked this morning in Vopnafjörður with 900 tonnes on board, of which 750 tonnes are mackerel. According to skipper Hjalti Einarsson, fishing for mackerel has fluctuated and there have been a few good shots.

Yesterday the fleet was aware of a good amount of mackerel south of Hvalbak and that’s where most of the fleet has been.

‘We were quite a way further east when we heard that there was mackerel breaking the surface south of Hvalbak. We didn’t get there until yesterday evening, and we managed one 260 tonne haul before we started steaming to Vopnafjörður,’ he said.

Source: HB Grandi


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