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IN BRIEF - Salmon producer Tassal off the hook over water restrictions, says TasWater

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

TasWater says salmon company Tassal is not to blame for stage one water restrictions at Orford and Triabunna, but concedes it "didn't help".

The region has been asked to limit its outdoor water use by 20 per cent, as the Prosser Dam dwindles.

Earlier in the year Tassal used the dam over two days to draw huge amounts of water in order to bathe its Okehampton Bay salmon in order to prevent gill disease.

The company has a desalination barge it uses to convert seawater into fresh water at the farm's site, but it was out of action.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - ‘Galunggong’ imports to stabilize fish prices

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allowed the importation of “galunggong” (round scad) to address the rising prices of the fish variety in the market.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol signed an administrative order on Wednesday night allowing the importation of 17,000 metric tons of galunggong, to be sold in wet markets.

According to Ed Gongona, director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the importation would ensure that prices of the fish would stabilize “despite the lack of supply in the market.”

Source: Inquirer Net

IN BRIEF - VASEP rejects fake news on tra fish in Romania

Saturday, August 18, 2018

HCM CITY - Inaccurate information about Vietnamese tra fish on several Romanian websites could negatively affect Vi?t Nam’s tra fish exports to this market, said the Vi?t Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) in an article published on its website on August 15 2018.

VASEP named several websites that published false news on Vietnamese fish, such as realitate.net, ziuanews.ro, bzi.no, adevarul.ro, puppe.ro and secretulsanatatii.net. 

Some of the articles even called for a boycott of tra fish in restaurants that serve it, according to VASEP, adding that the incorrect information in newspapers with a large following, such as adevarul.ro and realitatea.ro, could accelerate the spread of the false news.

Source: Viet Nam News

IN BRIEF - Minister Brison to announce Government of Canada investments in Nova Scotia’s small craft harbours

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Kings – Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will announce the Government of Canada’s plan to improve small craft harbours in Nova Scotia.

Source: Government Canada

IN BRIEF - Atlantic Fisheries Fund provides CAD 460,000 to Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Inc.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

St. Andrews, New Brunswick - The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick announced CAD 460,000 to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustainability of the fish and seafood sector. The contribution derives from the CAD 400 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund, jointly funded by the federal, provincial and territorial governments, focused on growing opportunities and increasing market value for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products from Atlantic Canada.

This project will assist Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Inc. with the purchase, installation and collection of data from two real-time monitoring buoys equipped with a suite of sensors. This data will be collected from the Passamaquoddy Bay and will provide real-time information that will be used to support decision making for both the aquaculture industry as well as other marine users such as fishers and tourism operators.

The Atlantic Fisheries Fund will continue to invest in projects over the next seven years. The commercial fisheries and aquaculture industry, Indigenous groups, universities and academia and industry associations and organizations, including research institutions, may apply.

Source: Canada

IN BRIEF - Department of Fisheries and Oceans says science behind salmon management in Newfoundland and Labrador is reliable

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The federal agency was responding to a recent call from the Citizens Outdoor Rights Alliance for more measures to be taken to protect salmon in the province.

The western Newfoundland-based alliance announced what it called its action plan at a public meeting in Deer Lake just over a week ago.

Some of that plan called on DFO to improve its science by changing the index rivers at which it counts salmon returns and establishing a hatchery to restock rivers where salmon numbers are down.

Source: The Telegram

IN BRIEF - Five Islands to include new no-fish sanctuary zone

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Five Islands off Port Kembla will be part of a new marine park, including a new marine life sanctuary zone, under plans proposed by the State Government.

Flinders Islet (which most people know as Toothbrush Island) would become a sanctuary zone, where fishing of any sort would not be allowed, other than Aboriginal cultural and heritage usage.

The rest of the Five Islands zone would be a “special purpose zone”, where recreational and commercial fishing would be allowed, including spear fishing, taking abalone, and rock lobster fishing. But gathering shells and marine vegetation would be off-limits as the islands are an important seabird habitat.

Source: Illawarra Mercury

IN BRIEF - PWS salmon harvest nears 24M

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Commercial salmon harvests in Prince William Sound are edging closer to the 24 million fish mark, with the catch to date still way behind the season’s forecast.

Preliminary harvest results posted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game through Aug. 14 were up by about two million fish from a week earlier, with deliveries of some 19 million humpies, 3.3 million chums, 1.8 million sockeyes, 35,000 silvers and 7,000 Chinooks.

The bulk of the chum catch to date, 1.8 million fish, were captured by drift gillnetters in the Coghill District, and the bulk of the pink salmon – more than 10 million humpies – were taken by purse seiners in eastern Prince William Sound, followed by other purse seiners in southwestern and northern areas of the sound.

Source: The Cordova Times

IN BRIEF - Chinese boats head to fish East, South China seas

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A large fleet of Chinese boats left port on Friday, one day after Chinese authorities lifted a seasonal fishing ban on parts of the South China Sea and East China Sea.

A departure ceremony took place in the southern province of Guangdong. The ban had been in place since May.

Some of the boats are expected to head to the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, where China, Vietnam and Taiwan are in dispute over sovereignty.

Source: NHK

IN BRIEF - Will Trade Tariffs Cause The American Fish Industry To Flop?

Saturday, August 18, 2018

An estimated USD 900 million worth of American-caught or -farmed seafood - from fish sticks to cod fillets - may get a lot more expensive thanks to the U.S.’s current trade war with China.

How? Well, last month the Trump administration proposed a 10% duty on a wide range of imports from China, including many varieties of fish. Trade representatives will finalize the tariffs, which could increase to 25%, in September. While these tariffs are designed to punish China for unfair trade practices, when it comes to seafood, it’s the U.S. that may be on the hook.

Here’s a surprising fact: In many cases seafood labeled as “from China” is actually American. That USD 900 million of seafood I mentioned earlier? It’s seafood that is first caught or raised in the U.S., sent to China for processing, and then subsequently imported back into the U.S. by companies that sell it to American consumers.

Source: Forbes

IN BRIEF - Fisheries warns against poisonous oyster, mussel

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The fisheries ministry has cautioned the general public not to consume oysters and mussels originating from the Walvis Bay Aquaculture Production Area 1.

This caution comes after recent biotoxins tests done on oyster and mussel samples on aquaculture in the said area found the presence of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) at a level higher than the permissible level in these samples.

The sampling and testing were facilitated by the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) as part of the National Shellfish Sanitation Programme.

Source: Namibian

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IN BRIEF - Five Islands to include new no-fish sanctuary zone
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IN BRIEF - Department of Fisheries and Oceans says science behind salmon management in Newfoundland and Labrador is reliable
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IN BRIEF - Atlantic Fisheries Fund provides CAD 460,000 to Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association Inc.
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IN BRIEF - Minister Brison to announce Government of Canada investments in Nova Scotia’s small craft harbours
Viet Nam
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IN BRIEF - VASEP rejects fake news on tra fish in Romania
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Proposal of drone fishing surveillance raises strong controversy
United States
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IN BRIEF - Will Trade Tariffs Cause The American Fish Industry To Flop?
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Estremar joins Patagonian toothfish exploration project in ZCPAU
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Banned chemicals found in seafood sold at supermarkets
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BioMar achieves strong results in H1 despite strong Norwegian competitiveness
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Authorities and artisanal fishermen sign commitment document ratifying exclusive strip control

High Liner Foods’ income drop reflects continued sale challenges
Canada Frozen seafood company High Liner Foods reported a decline in its adjusted net income and in the adjunsted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same period a year ago.
Fishcor records revenue growth thanks to better price and volume
Namibia Fishcor recorded consolidated revenue increase by 26 per cent in 2017, thanks to increased volumes and favourable prices achieved for hake in Europe and South Africa.
Alaska seafood industry fears 'devastating' effect of trade war with China
United States Alaska fishermen have expressed serious concern about the ‘devastating’ consequences that the United States’ trade war with China could have for the this state's seafood industry.
Scottish salmon producers reveal mortality rates
United Kingdom A new report on the salmon farming industry in Scotland, released by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, shows monthly salmon mortality figures in Scottish farms as part of its efforts to offer increased transparency and understanding of this key sector.
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