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IN BRIEF - Saving the albatross: 'The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline'

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


We are living in a plastic age and the solutions may seem glaringly obvious, so why aren’t all 7.6 billion of us already doing things differently? Shocking statistics don’t guarantee effective change. So what’s the alternative? American photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan believes the focus should be on forcing people to have a stronger emotional engagement with the problems plastic causes. His famous photographs of dead albatross chicks and the colourful plastic they have ingested serve as a blunt reminder that the planet is in a state of emergency.

While making his feature-length film Albatross, Jordan considered Picasso’s approach: “The role of the artist is to respect you, help you connect more deeply, and then leave it up to you to decide how to behave.”

Most nature documentaries devote their final few minutes to hopeful solutions, but Jordan avoids this. He simply shines a light on the crisis facing the huge colonies of Laysan albatrosses on the remote Pacific island of Midway. “There’s something so archetypal about these legendary birds and seeing bright colours of ocean plastic against dead sterility is a powerful symbol for our human culture right now. We’re in a state of emotional bankruptcy,” says Jordan.

Source: The Guardian

IN BRIEF - ZimParks embark on ambitious command fisheries programme

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has introduced 100 000 kapenta fish in the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam under the government’s ambitious command fisheries programme that will see the decentralisation of the pelagic and non-migratory sardine-like fish from Kariba Dam.

Zimparks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said the introduction of the kapenta in the country’s largest inland dam in Masvingo on Monday marks the beginning of the wildlife management authority’s effort to decentralise kapenta fishing and take it to the country’s 10 provinces.

“The project will be monitored by ecologists and if it succeeds, it will cascade to other dams in the country’s 10 provinces,” he said.

Kapenta, the freshwater, pelagic and non-migratory sardine-like fish flourishes in waters with a depth ranging from 20 to 40 metres under tropical temperatures between temperature of 21°C and 29°C and Farawo said the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam offers such conditions.

Source: News Day

EN BREVE - FJD 20m aquaculture bill

Saturday, March 24, 2018

FIJI spends more than FJD 20 million on the importation of aquaculture products.

Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau said they were currently working on securing 200 hectares of land at Korovatu in Macuata for brackish water aquaculture farming to reduce import expenses.

Mr Koroilavesau said aquaculture was a new interest for the ministry, adding that they had been identifying sites for the project.

"With the rising sea level, most of the land, about 200 hectares of land in Korovatu has been inundated by sea water," he said.

"The implementation of aquaculture in areas like this will ensure that farmers who lose out on agriculture farming have a substitute form of livelihood.

Source: Fiji Times

IN BRIEF - Peruvian company Pesquera Centinela obtains Friend of the Sea certification for fish meal and fish oil

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Peruvian seafood company Pesquera Centinela S.A. achieves Friend of the Sea's certification for fish meal and fish oil from Engraulis ringens fished in the South East Pacific Ocean (FAO Area 87) only by Friend of the Sea approved purse seine fleets. 

Friend of the Sea's standard for sustainable fish feed, fish meal, fish oil and Omega-3certifies that the oil originates only from fisheries that are compliant with Friend of the Sea’ssustainable fishing requirements (including good fishery management, selective fishing gears and social responsibility) and that a full chain of custody is in place throughout the supply and production chain.

Pesquera Centinela S.A. operates as a subsidiary of The Romeo Group. The two audited processing plants are located at Tambo de Mora and Chancay, North of Lima. 58% of the raw material used for fish meal and fish oil comes from the company’s own fleet, whereas 41% from a third party fishing fleet, which is monitored by the Peruvian Government. 

Press Release: Friend of the Sea

IN BRIEF - Tasmanian EPA flags reducing salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour to 2012 levels

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tasmania's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has flagged a dramatic reduction of allowable salmon stocks in Macquarie Harbour to levels not seen for five years.

One third of the harbour on Tasmania's west coast is inside the World Heritage Area and has seen a series of mass fish deaths and stock reductions over the past two years.

The revelation about an official reduction emerged in the Federal Court on Thursday in a case brought by Huon Aquaculture against the Commonwealth and commercial rivals Tassal and Petuna.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - Groups seek ban on Mexican seafood from Gulf of California

Friday, March 23, 2018

MEXICO CITY - A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of International Trade, seeking a ban on Mexican seafood from the upper Gulf of California.

The groups say shrimp and fish imported from the Gulf endanger the vaquita porpoise, which are critically endangered.

Vaquitas have been decimated by nets et for the totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China and commands high prices. Some nets set for shrimp and other fish may also endanger the species.

The Center for Biological Diversity and others said Wednesday the U.S. government has failed to ban seafood that endangers marine mammals, despite a petition and lawsuit filed in 2017.

Source: Fox 2 News

IN BRIEF - Scallop fishermen near end of season

Friday, March 23, 2018

PEMBROKE - The Maine scallop fishing season opened during the first week of December 2017 and now, with two weeks or less remaining, reports on how good a season it has been are decidedly mixed.

On the good side of the ledger, there seemed to be plenty of scallops, often in places where none have been seen for years, Melissa Smith, who coordinates scallop management for the Department of Marine Resources, said last week.

With the season ending for draggers on March 29 2018 along the Downeast coast (divers get six more days between March 30 and April 14), Smith said, only one of the seven rotational management zones that were open to fishing at the start of the season has been fully closed to fishing. Last year as the season ran down, only two of the seven rotational areas open at the season’s start remained fully open at its end.

Source: The Ellesworth American

IN BRIEF - Alaska Salmon Completes Audit #2

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Re-certified in March 2017, the objective of the annual audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. For a copy of the audit report, click here - Salmon Report.

IN BRIEF - Alaska halibut fishermen gear up for March 24 2018 season opener

Thursday, March 22, 2018

From Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea, Alaska halibut fishermen are gearing up to head out to sea as the 2018 halibut season opens at noon March 24. It's an annual ritual for both commercial fishermen and charter operators seeking to make their living through the pursuit of the tasty flatfish.

Out of concern for the health of the halibut stock, the 2018 Pacific halibut catch limits are lower and charter management measures are tighter compared to previous year.

Source: Sit News

IN BRIEF - Baby eel fishermen hopeful to get started this week

Thursday, March 22, 2018

PORTLAND, MAINE - Spring is in the air and baby eels are in the rivers. Or at least that's what Maine fishermen hope.

The state's big-money baby eel fishery is scheduled to get started on Thursday. Fishermen seek the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock.

The elvers are frequently worth more than USD 1,000 per pound, and this year is expected to be especially lucrative because of supply issues elsewhere in the world. Maine is the only state in the U.S. with a significant elver fishery.

Source: News Observer

IN BRIEF - Seafood Analytics Introduces New Electronic Fish Monitoring Device, Fishboard, at Seafood Expo North America 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Boston, MA– Certified Quality Foods (dba Seafood Analytics), announces the introduction of Fishboard, a fully integrated electronic fish-monitoring device. Fishboard allows researchers, aquaculture farms, processors, at-sea observers, fishermen, and other participants in the seafood industry to quickly and easily measure and store important electronic information about fish.

With Fishboard, users can quickly and easily assess length, weight, health, condition, and degradation status and body composition of individual fish. The device displays real-time observation and storage of all measurements. Stored values can be used for comparisons, growth trends, reports, and analysis while real-time data can be used for immediate evaluation of individual fish health and growth. GPS, pictures and other data can also be added. Fishboard is the first device to market with all of these capabilities.

The measurable benefit is a simple-to-use electronic monitoring device that can assess physiological condition, nutritional status, and body composition of fish in real-time. The user-friendly design and usage of the machine allows anyone to measure, store and send valuable fisheries data. Dr. Keith Cox developed the device while on assignment with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, with applicability ranging from fishermen to research agencies. Funding for the research and development was through the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB).

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IN BRIEF - Tasmanian EPA flags reducing salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour to 2012 levels
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IN BRIEF - Peruvian company Pesquera Centinela obtains Friend of the Sea certification for fish meal and fish oil
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EN BREVE - FJD 20m aquaculture bill
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IN BRIEF - ZimParks embark on ambitious command fisheries programme
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New multi-annual plan proposed for western water fisheries
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Soft cutting-edge robotic fish allows close marine life observations
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Washignton aquaculture sector questions 'anti-aquaculture law'
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Washington passes Atlantic salmon farm ban law
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Japanese will use boats with robots to catch giant squid in Sonora
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EDF: Fishing quotas contribute to fisheries resource sustainability
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EU to decide in a month whether to withdraw 'yellow card' from Taiwan

EU and Côte d'Ivoire renew fishing agreement
European Union The negotiations held in Abidjan have allowed the European Union and Côte d'Ivoire to agree on a new fisheries partnership protocol that gives access to Ivory Coast waters to 36 EU vessels.
Seafood sector firms call for effective fishing regulations
United Kingdom A coalition of 17 supermarkets, processors and industry groups urge the United Kingdom Government to adopt robust fisheries regulations after Brexit.
Snow crab trap fishery MSC certificate suspended
Canada The Marine Stewardship Ccouncil certificate for the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab trap fishery in Canada has been suspended by certifier SAI Global.
Private equity fund acquires Morenot majority stake
Norway FSN Capital V has acquired a majority stake in Norway based Mørenot Holding II, a world leading supplier of equipment and services to the world’s fishery- and aquaculture industries as well as marine seismic.
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