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IN BRIEF - N. Sumatra fishermen protest over lingering use of trawls

INDONESIA
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

More than 100 traditional fishermen under the Batubara Traditional Fishermen Union staged a protest at Batubara Police precinct on Monday demanding the law enforcement personnel take firm action against fishermen still using trawlers in Batubara regency, North Sumatra.

The head of the group, Syawaluddin Pane, said the fishermen were growing restless with those using fishing trawlers and vessels equipped with cantrang(seine nets) in the North Sumatra waters.

“We have protested so many times, but fishing activities using trawls remains here, instead of decreasing,” he said during the protest on Monday, adding that the fishermen would take the matter into their own hands if the authorities ignored their protests.

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry had issued two regulations in 2015 and 2016 banning the use of trawlers along with cantrang, considered as an unsustainable fishing method, as of Jan. 1.

Source: Jakarta Post


IN BRIEF - Bluff oyster parasite probe kept secret

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A senior Ministry for Primary Industries investigator has spent the last six months trying to establish how a lethal parasite infected farmed Bluff oysters. David Williams reports.

An investigation into the outbreak of a deadly parasite in oysters farmed in a Stewart Island bay is complete. But the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) doesn’t intend to release the results publicly.

On May 31 2017, MPI said the parasite bonamia ostreae had been found in two oyster farms in Stewart Island’s Big Glory Bay. Less than a fortnight later, marine farmers were ordered to remove millions of oysters, in a bid to save wild oysters in Foveaux Strait, which were not infected.

Source: News Room


IN BRIEF - Dutch fishermen accused of trafficking cocaine for Amsterdam criminals

NETHERLANDS
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Five fishermen from Urk are facing court on Monday for smuggling 261 kilograms of cocaine into the Netherlands in 2017. The Dutch authorities believe they did so on behalf of Amsterdam criminal Naoufal F., the Telegraaf reports.

The suspects are fishing boat owner Johannes N. (31) and his four crew members.

N. confessed to the court that he received 300 thousand euros for smuggling 261 kilograms of cocaine in June 2017. He told the court that he was intimidated by criminals. They showed him a list containing the names and addresses of his family members. "And a picture of my daughter. I was shocked."

The criminals behind the cocaine trafficking considered N. a risk and wanted to make sure he would not go to the police, according to the newspaper. Encrypted messages deciphered by the judiciary also show that the criminals were considering having N. murdered. N. refused to give the police the names of those behind the cocaine trafficking. "Then maybe I'll go home a bit earlier, but I'll have a few bullets in my head", he said in court.

Source: NL Times


IN BRIEF - Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections for 2018 Alaska Salmon Fisheries and Review of the 2017 Season Report Published

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Juneau - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces the release of the statewide report: Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections for 2018 Alaska Salmon Fisheries and Review of the 2017 Season.

The 2017 statewide commercial salmon harvest included 53.6 million sockeye salmon, the fifth largest harvest since 1970, and 24.9 million chum salmon, the largest harvest since 1970. The 2018 commercial salmon forecast is for a robust harvests of sockeye salmon (51.8 million), but for a substantially smaller harvest of pink salmon (70.2 million) compared to 2017. If realized, the 2018 forecast total harvest of 149 million salmon would be substantially less than the 225.7 million salmon harvested during 2017; mostly due to fewer projected pink salmon harvested.

Source: ADF&G


IN BRIEF - Eyman withdraws petitions seeking vote on Atlantic salmon net-pen ban

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

OLYMPIA - Tim Eyman, the anti-tax crusader and longtime initiative sponsor, has withdrawn his proposed referendums on the Atlantic salmon net-pen ban enacted by the Legislature.

The law, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, phases out open-water Atlantic salmon net pens in Washington by 2025. More than 12,000 people asked the Legislature and Inslee to support the ban, and the bill passed the Legislature by wide margins.

Eyman on March 15 2018 filed two referendum petitions that would have put all or part of HB 2957 to a public vote. He wrote the secretary of state's office Friday withdrawing both referendums, stopping what surely would have been an acrimonious campaign before it even started.

Source: The Lewiston Tribune


IN BRIEF - Thai Union’s Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ Wins Top Award at Boston’s Seafood Expo North America

THAILAND
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BANGKOK - Yellowfin Tuna Slices™, the newest seafood innovation from Thai Union’s Global Innovation Incubator (GII), has recently received the 2018 Seafood Excellence Award in the Best New Foodservice Product category at Boston’s Seafood Expo.

The pre-seasoned, ready-to-eat tuna slices, made from whole yellowfin tuna loins, has been voted the best new foodservice product by a panel of seafood experts. It beat the other three finalists to win the award due to its uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste, packaging, convenience, nutritional value and originality.

Now being rolled out across the US market under the Chicken of the Sea® brand, Yellowfin Tuna Slices™ was developed to provide restaurants and deli counters with a convenient alternative to traditional lunch meats for sandwiches, salads, wraps and other culinary delights.

Source: Thai Union


IN BRIEF - Revealed: Scottish Government bid to exempt salmon farming from US seal-killing ban

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Scottish Government has been secretly trying to wriggle out of a proposed US ban on imports of salmon from fish farms that shoot seals, according to documents seen by the Sunday Herald.

Internal emails released under freedom of information law reveal that officials have been trying to persuade the US government that the GBP 766 million salmon farming industry should be exempt from the ban. They have also been co-ordinating tactics with three other major fish farming nations, Canada, Norway and Chile.

Source: Herald Scotland


IN BRIEF - Decline in Pacific halibut fishery not as severe as feared

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pacific halibut catches for 2018 won't decline as severely as initially feared, but the fishery faces headwinds from several directions.

Federal fishery managers announced just a few days before the March 24 start of the halibut opener that commercial catches for Alaska will be down 10 percent for a total of 17.5 million pounds.

The industry was on tenterhooks awaiting the catch information, which typically is announced by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in late January. However, representatives from the U.S. and Canada could not agree on how to apportion the halibut catches in fishing regions that stretch from the West Coast and British Columbia to the Bering Sea.

Source: ADN


IN BRIEF - Report: Offshore Fish Farms Could Thrive in California

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

In the clear waters 10km (6 miles) from Huntington Beach, California, a 40-hectare (100-acre) cluster of shellfish rafts will yield its first commercial harvest this spring. Phil Cruver, founder of Catalina Sea Ranch, says seafood wholesalers have lined up to buy what he expects will be 680,000kg (1.5 million lb) of mussels.

Cruver’s enterprise is also experimenting with the cultivation of seaweed, oysters, sea urchins, scallops and even lobster. “But mussels are our cash crop,” he said. He hopes to be growing seafood across 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of the ocean within a few years.

In 2012, Catalina Sea Ranch became the first commercial aquaculture operation permitted in federal United States waters, and Cruver’s expansion vision reflects the consensus among some researchers and proponents that growing seafood in offshore waters could be a winning deal as wild fish catches flatline or diminish.

Source: Oceans Deeply


IN BRIEF - Important development could reduce numbers of fish required in toxicology research

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Scientists have developed a new technique to examine the effects of chemicals on digestive systems of fish and support research into gut related conditions.

The technique also has potential to reduce the number of animal experiments, in line with the principles of the 3Rs (Reduce, Refine and Replace).

There is a growing scientific, public and regulatory concern about dietary uptake of chemicals. But to implement legislation to assess the toxicity of some chemicals requires thousands of fish and there are currently no reliable alternative methods to assess their accumulation and toxic effects in the gut without using live animals.

Source: Eureka Alert


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