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IN BRIEF - New bill introduced on labeling GE salmon

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced new legislation mandating that genetically engineered salmon be so labeled.

The Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act would also require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to ensure a third-party independent scientific review of the Food and Drug Administration’s environmental assessment for all genetically engineered finfish, including salmon, for human consumption.

The legislation was introducing during the height of Alaska’s commercial and sport salmon fishing season. Preliminary harvest figures compiled by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game showed that as of July 15 commercial fishing vessels had caught in excess of 62 million salmon, including more than 32 million in Bristol Bay and 13.5 million in Prince William Sound. The multi-million dollar commercial and sport fishing industries together provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Alaska, from processing to shipping and marketing.

Source: The Cordova Times

IN BRIEF - Protest over fishing ban

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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.

Source: The Telegraph

IN BRIEF - King Salmon appoints David Whyte as Chief Operating Officer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


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.

Source: Scoop

IN BRIEF - Salmon population booms on state’s Mokelumne River as restoration efforts pay off

Friday, November 17, 2017

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.”

Source: SF Chronicle

IN BRIEF - Russia poised as ‘exciting’ market for PH shrimp

Friday, November 17, 2017

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.”

Source: GMA News Online

IN BRIEF - GAA’s Jeff Fort Takes on Role of COO

Friday, November 17, 2017

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.

Press Release

IN BRIEF - Alaska Crab Fishery: 30-Day Comment Period Open on RFM Draft Assessment Reports

Friday, November 17, 2017


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.

Press Release

IN BRIEF - Judge's errors led to environmental assessment order of Grieg fish farm proposal, says N.L. government

Friday, November 17, 2017

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.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Reef damage caused by Cyclone Debbie expected to hit fish stocks but farmed prawns doing OK

Friday, November 17, 2017

A north Queensland fisherman expects Cyclone Debbie to have long-lasting effects on the region's reef fish stocks.

While damage to the Great Barrier Reef is yet to be determined, commercial fisherman Terry Must expects fish numbers will be hit hard by coral damage.

Coral provides important fish habitat and protection for reef fish such as coral trout.

"Previous experience tells us there will be damage there, so it's just a matter of our boats going out to sea and seeing what trouble we're in," he said.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - Closure of Kaikōura fisheries extended

Friday, November 17, 2017

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.

Source: MPI

IN BRIEF - Fish farms made EUE 6.6m in 2016, half as much as in 2015

Friday, November 17, 2017

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.

Source: Times of Malta

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IN BRIEF - Protest over fishing ban
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Committee to promote aquaculture improvement in Andalusia
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United States
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Second anchovy season to begin on November 23 with exploratory fishing
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Spain intends to achieve greatest possible increase for bluefin tuna TAC
Morocco The General Secretary of Fisheries of Spain participates in the negotiations of the 25th ordinary session of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, which takes place in Marrakech from November 14 to 22.
AZTI to analyze climate change effects in four important Spanish fisheries
Spain Setting the effects of climate change on the fisheries of Spanish fleets is the aim of a project developed by AZTI until June 2018.
Galicia and Wales will sign an agreement to minimize 'Brexit' impact
Spain Galicia and Wales intend to sign their own bilateral agreement to try to minimize the impact that Brexit will have and avoid damage to the fishing sector.
Baltic illegal discarding worsens despite landing obligation
European Union Compliance with the reformed Common Fisheries Policy’s Landing Obligation is almost non-existent in the Baltic Sea, exposing the European seafood supply chain to unprecedented levels of illegal behaviour, a new report warns.
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