IN BRIEF - UMaine awarded grant for Atlantic salmon farming research, Mainebiz reports
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Mainebiz reported the University of Maine is one of six companies to receive a Maine Technology Institute TechStart grant. The salmon louse is a common parasite affecting the Atlantic salmon farming industry that causes global economic losses in excess of USD 750 million a year, according to the article. The USD 4,500 TechStart grant, which will be matched by USD 6,450, will be used to evaluate an alternative to current industry practices, the article states.
SEDRO WOOLLEY - Washington state officials say an Atlantic salmon that escaped from a collapsed net pen at Cypress Island has been captured in a drift net 40 miles up the Skagit River.
Fish veterinarian Jed Varney of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tells The Seattle Times in a story on Friday that the 3-foot fish was thin but looked good with no significant bacteria or parasites.
Varney says he found several vertebrae of an unidentified small fish in the Atlantic salmon’s stomach.
A member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe caught the fish Tuesday while drift-net fishing for hatchery chinook.
A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health. Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson's disease.
Fish has long been considered a healthy food, linked to improved long-term cognitive health, but the reasons for this have been unclear. Omega-3 and -6, fatty acids commonly found in fish, are often assumed to be responsible, and are commonly marketed in this fashion. However, the scientific research regarding this topic has drawn mixed conclusions. Now, new research from Chalmers has shown that the protein parvalbumin, which is very common in many fish species, may be contributing to this effect.
One of the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease is amyloid formation of a particular human protein, called alpha-synuclein. Alpha-synuclein is even sometimes referred to as the 'Parkinson's protein'.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. - A record-breaking algae bloom in Narragansett Bay is setting the stage for a booming shellfish season.
The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island’s algae bloom this past winter was the largest on record, and could fuel a spike in clam and scallop numbers.
University of Rhode Island scientists have tracked the January bloom, which they say is a result of high rainfall in October. Blooms occurring during the winter are positive because they won’t lead to low-oxygen conditions for other species.
JEDDAH - Saudi shrimp roam European and East Asian countries, traveling between the world’s finest restaurants and hotels, and are given a warm welcome in 32 countries.
The story behind the rise of Saudi shrimp started 36 years ago. In the 1970s, a Saudi engineer with a vision and an enthusiasm for marine products traveled to the Philippines to recruit workers for civil engineering projects in Saudi Arabia. During his stay, he went to a restaurant where the Red Sea shrimp was on the menu, which gave him the idea of establishing farms on the Red Sea coast to produce shrimp in his country.
His enthusiasm encouraged Filipino technicians to start working on the shrimp-farming project on the Red Sea. Then came the launch of the National Aquaculture Group. It is considered one of the largest integrated aquaculture projects on the Saharan coasts in the world and the largest in the Middle East and Africa. The group is also the leader in aquaculture in the Kingdom.
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union is calling for the immediate dismissal of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters’ (FISH-NL) certification application to the Labour Relations Board, stating FISH-NL has insufficient support to initiate a ratification vote.
FISH-NL and the FFAW are at odds over membership numbers stated in a board report released to the two parties for comment Friday afternoon.
The board’s report is the result of its investigation into FISH-NL’s 2016 application for union certification, and includes information on union membership numbers.
The FFAW says FISH-NL’s lack of support is proven with the report.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has pledged assistance and support to Filipino fishermen detained in Indonesia.
Go made the pledge a day after welcoming 31 fishermen repatriated from Indonesia on Friday in Davao City.
“I’m happy that our government has been doing its best to repatriate our countrymen from Indonesia,” he said.
Go, one of the possible Senate bets of the ruling PDP-Laban political party in the 2019 mid-term polls, said he would bring up the issue of overstaying Filipinos in Indonesia to the attention of the chief executive.
Freshwater fish diversity is harmed as much by selective logging in rainforests as they are by complete deforestation, according to a new study.
Researchers had expected the level of damage would rise depending on the amount of logging and were surprised to discover the impact of removing relatively few trees.
There are many types of logging that occur in rainforests, from 'selective logging' - only taking certain species - to complete logging and the transformation of the rainforest to oil-palm plantations.