Currently, 95 of every 100 young wild salmon will die at sea. Only five will return to their native river as adults. This low rate of return occurs throughout wild salmon’s natural range including both Scotland’s east and west coasts. Sea lice from salmon farming is often said to contribute to this high mortality but actually, just one fish out of the 95 will die as a result of sea lice that might have originated from a salmon farm. Wild salmon must contend with much bigger issues whilst at sea than sea lice.
With such high mortality, even for fish from some of Scotland’s most well-known rivers, conservation groups might be expected to be working hard to identify any way of ensuring more fish return to Scottish rivers. Far from it, they have instead focused their ire at the salmon farming industry, even about issues that have no direct relevance to the wild fish they aim to protect.
Salmon farming has received a great deal of media attention, much more than it truly deserves. It is accused of having a negative impact on the marine environment but the reality is that the impact from salmon farming is relatively small and salmon farmers are working continuously to reduce any impacts they have. Salmon farming is no different to any other form of agriculture.
Bhubaneswar - Traditional fishermen have urged state government to relax the ban imposed on fishing in the sea to protect olive ridley turtles as they are facing livelihood threat.
They have also sought a raise in the compensation offered by the government to compensate for the fishing ban. The seven-month-long ban, clamped on November 1 2017, will affect nearly 30, 000 fishermen in the coastal districts, especially Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur.
"The ban on fishing is applied up to 20km in the sea from the shore. But that is illogical for the traditional fishermen. Their small boats equipped with outboard engines cannot go that far into the sea. The prohibition on fishing should be restricted to an area of 10 km," said Narayan Haldar, president, Odisha Matsyajivi Forum.
New Zealand King Salmon Investments is pleased to announce the appointment of David Whyte as Chief Operating Officer for the company, commencing in January 2018.
Currently based in Tasmania, David is originally from Scotland and brings more than thirty years of experience in the aquaculture industry. David and his family emigrated to Tasmania in 2001 and he has spent the last eleven years at the Huon Aquaculture Company.
At Huon, David led business improvement projects on feed, technology, planning, customer service, third party certification and, more recently, new species diversification and new site acquisition.
CLEMENTS, San Joaquin County - Salmon crowded in and around the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery on Thursday, offering leaping and squiggling proof of what so far is a near-record return of the big pinkish delicacies after several years of low breeding numbers.
Schoolchildren watched as the fall-run chinook squirmed on conveyor belts into the “egg take” building, where, with help from about a dozen hatchery workers, they engaged in the decidedly unromantic process of spawning the next generation.
“It’s going to be one of the top three or four years that we’ve seen since 1940,” said Jose Setka, the manager of fisheries and wildlife for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which supplies Mokelumne River water to 1.4 million East Bay customers. “We are getting more of our fish back where they belong.”
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing Russia as an “exciting” market for the Philippines’ shrimp industry, its top official said.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who was guest of honor at the 11th National Shrimp Congress held at SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City Thursday, said he recently talked with his Russian counterparts in Vietnam, during a bilateral meeting.
Piñol was with President Rodrigo Duterte, who met with Russia President Vladimir Putin.
In that meeting, Putin was very emphatic in telling Duterte to start delivering agriculture products as they have the money, he said.
“This is where I would like to bring the shrimp industry,” Piñol said, adding that Russia is the new exciting market “but we have to get our acts together. We cannot operate independently.”
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased to announce that Jeff Fort has agreed to take on the role of chief operating officer, effectively immediately, in addition to his existing role as chief financial officer, a position he has held with the organization since 2012.
Fort has been involved with GAA since its inception in 1997. His company, Delta Blue Aquaculture, is a GAA Founding Member. Fort is currently a member of the GAA board of directors and GAA executive committee.
The Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification draft reports for re-assessment and initial assessment of the following Alaska crab fisheries are now available for registered stakeholder comment:
Bristol Bay Red King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), St. Matthew Island Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus) and Eastern Bering Sea Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio)] (re-assessments)
The Eastern Bering Sea Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi), Aleutian Islands Golden King Crab (Lithodes aequispinus) (initial assessments)
The comment period commences on November 17, 2017 and closes on December 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM GMT.
Stakeholders already registered will receive a copy via e-mail from the Certification Body, Global Trust Certification Ltd.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government says a judge failed to see that it was reasonable for the province's environment minister to release a massive Placentia Bay salmon farm proposal from further environmental assessment.
In court documents filed in St. John's, the province argues Supreme Court Justice Gillian Butler made errors that led her to order an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project.
It's calling on the Newfoundland Court of Appeal to set aside Butler's decision and allow the minister's previous decision to stand.
The current emergency closure of some fisheries along the coast of Kaikoura is being extended to help the marine environment affected by the 2016 earthquakes to recover.
An emergency closure, in consultation with the local Kaikoura community, was imposed after the 2016 quakes and that applied to all shellfish and seaweed - excluding rock lobster (crayfish) and scampi.
MPI Acting Director Fisheries Management, Steve Halley, says the earthquakes had a devastating effect on the coastline between Marfell's Beach and the Conway River, raising the seabed by several metres in some areas.
Fish farms made EUR 6.6 million in 2016, almost half what they earned in 2015 despite a 21.9% increased in output.
This was due to a 30.6% increase in costs due to increases in overheads, selling costs, variable production costs, and in purchases of live tuna and other fish.
The National Statistics Office said on Wednesay that EUR 144.9 million of fish were sold, of which EUR 133 million were tuna.
In 2016, the volume of fresh fish sold amounted to 12,466 tonnes, an increase of 15.4% over the preceding year. This was due to increases in the sales of seabass and tuna of 43.7% and 25.5%, respectively. On the other hand, sales of other fish and seabream decreased by 73% and 5% respectively.