IN BRIEF - Some Countries Defy China’s Ban on South China Sea Fishing
Saturday, June 17, 2017
China is enforcing new limits on fishing in the South China Sea, despite protests from countries with fishing operations in the disputed waterway.
The Chinese government said it began a new fishing moratorium last month to protect fishing stocks. The moratorium lasts for three months, 30 days longer than in previous years. It also covers more fishing operations than previous moratoriums.
Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines all claim control over waters within the area covered by the moratorium. Some fishing boat operators in those countries are defying the moratorium.
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce the formation of a new comprehensive fishery improvement project (FIP) designed to promote sustainable octopus fishing in Mauritania.
At Seafood Expo Global this week in Brussels, SFP signed a memorandum of understanding with a number of fisheries institutions and organizations, formalizing the FIP’s creation. Seafood suppliers Sea Delight and Marpefish were on hand and also signed the memorandum.
Organizations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Mauritanian Ministry of Fisheries have been working to promote a national octopus eco-labeling plan, along with a national strategy for octopus
The workplan for the FIP will include the fishery qualifying for sustainability certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC, which has supported the fishery’s interest in certification since 2010, participated in a workshop in January of this year that helped lay the groundwork for the new FIP.
A hard Brexit that banned EU fishermen from UK waters would lead to many more fish being landed by British boats and a corresponding drop in prices, according to new economic analysis.
But there’s a catch. Two-thirds of the fish UK consumers eat are imported from overseas, and the costs of those would rise, due to the trade barriers resulting from a hard Brexit. Moreover, the fall in the price of UK fish would lead to a drop in earnings for UK fishermen. Overall, the analysis shows closing the UK’s sea borders would be a “lose-lose situation” for both UK and EU consumers and fishing industries.
The issue of fishing has become one of the most highly charged Brexit issues. The current EU system is perceived as unfair, with vessels from other EU nations landing 10 times more fish from UK waters than vice versa.
Part of San Antonio Bay will be closed to commercial and recreational oyster harvesting beginning Tuesday 24th of April 2018.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is closing TX-25 in San Antonio Bay because recent samples showed there were not many legal-sized oysters there. Legal-sized oysters are greater than 3 inches.
“This closure is designed to provide some protection to undersized oysters so they can reach legal sizes. The area will be closely monitored by (the department) and will reopen next November unless sampling indicates a continuation of the closure is warranted,” said Lance Robinson, the Department’s Coastal Fisheries Deputy Director.
Parts of the water off the coast of New Brunswick will be closed to lobster fishing this season to protect the North Atlantic right whale, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has told lobster fishermen.
It's one of several new measures that will affect the lobster industry, after a historically deadly summer for the endangered whales.
Until now, the focus was mostly on snow crab fishing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, after necropsies revealed at least three whales likely died as a result of entanglement in fishing gear.
The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation has awarded CAD 99,476 to four conservation projects to be carried out in Prince Edward Island this summer.
The Central Queens Branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Federation has been approved for CAD 49,135 to carry out an assessment of Atlantic Salmon populations in the province, and a further CAD 21,750 for the first year of a two-year project involving the restoration of cold, freshwater habitat for Atlantic Salmon on the West and Clyde rivers.
The Abegweit Conservation Society will use CAD 22,591 for Phase 2 of its project rehabilitating, protecting and conserving salmon habitat in the Midgell River. And CAD 6,000 is going to the Souris and area branch of the P.E.I. Wildlife Federation for Atlantic salmon habitat restoration and monitoring in northeastern P.E.I. rivers.
Scientists have made a significant discovery about how a deadly virus infects juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. The finding could help hatchery managers protect their stock and ultimately release more fish into the ocean.
Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, or IHNV, is a virus that attacks a fish’s blood-producing tissues, causing hemorrhaging in the gills and surrounding skin. Steelhead and Chinook salmon are the most abundant IHNV-vulnerable species in the Columbia Basin and the disease is particularly deadly to their young. When it spreads to a hatchery, IHNV is capable of killing 90 percent of the fish it infects. Because there is no known cure, scientists have been trying for years to figure out how the disease makes its way into fish hatcheries. Until recently, the answer has remained elusive.
Rachel Breyta, a research scientist at the University of Washington and a co-author of the paper ‘An epidemiological model of virus transmission in salmonid fishes of the Columbia River Basin,’ said scientists have spent many years trying to understand how the virus moves around the main stem of the Columbia and its tributaries.
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine’s baby eel fishermen are on track to catch the entirety of their quota for the valuable fish after falling short in recent years.
The eels are sold to Asian aquaculture companies, and are part of the worldwide supply chain for Japanese food. Maine’s the only U.S. state with a significant fishery for the eels, called elvers, and regulators limit them to 9,688 pounds per year.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources says fishermen have caught more than 4,150 pounds of elvers through Monday 23rd of April 2018. That puts them in position to catch the whole quota this season, which ends in June.
“Neither Calais nor the Eurotunnel — two of our main routes into Europe — have the facilities required to accept fish imports from non-EU countries. The nearest port with the required facilities is Dunkirk, but it only has the capacity for a paltry 15 inspections a day.” (Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform, in The Times).
Five Seafood Processing and Aquaculture companies across Donegal are to benefit from grants of almost EUR 1.5 million.
Government Chief Whip Minister Joe McHugh has announced EUR 1,492,002 in funding, the highest amount in the country.
The grants are being funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme (EMFF).
On top of the grants for Donegal-based seafood enterprises, Jade Ireland Seafood Ltd, which has a presence in Donegal, Wexford and Cork, secured EUR 38,925 under the EMFF scheme as part of an overall investment of EUR 155,700 for development of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets.
The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research awarded a USD 300,000 grant to CEI to investigate the economic viability of a Japanese scallop production technique that has been shown to grow scallops faster as well as produce larger yields of meat.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, announced Monday that FFAR, a nonprofit corporation established by the 2014 Farm Bill, awarded the USD 300,000 research grant to Hugh Cowperthwaite of CEI, which is matching the award to double its impact.
It is one four grants totaling USD 1.5 million announced by FFAR that will fund research to improve economic opportunities for farmed fish, shellfish and marine invertebrate production and increase the supply of domestically-produced, nutritious foods in the United States.