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IN BRIEF - Amirix Systems acquired by InnovaSea Systems

CANADA
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Amirix Systems of Bedford announced on Tuesday it has been acquired by InnovaSea Systems of Boston, Mass.

Amirix is the parent company of Vemco and Realtime Aquaculture, both of Bedford, and HTI-Vemco of Seattle, Wash. Vemco and HTI-Vemco provide fish tracking and monitoring products for fisheries researchers worldwide, while Realtime Aquaculture specializes in environmental monitoring of fish farms.

InnovaSea supports open-ocean fish farming by designing and producing environmentally focused, advanced and sustainable technology for the fish farming industry.


IN BRIEF - Fishermen urged not to catch small bluefin tuna until the end of June

JAPAN
Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Fisheries Agency has urged fishermen to refrain from catching small Pacific bluefin tuna weighing less than 30 kilograms until the end of June.

The agency thinks it is a necessary step so Japan will not exceed the 3,424-ton quota allocated to the country for the season, officials said Tuesday.

Pacific bluefin tuna fishing is managed based on international rules. Experts have warned against over-fishing and the depletion of stocks.

As of January, Japanese fisherman had harvested 3,201 tons of small bluefin tuna, or 93 percent of the quota.

According to the agency, the figure chiefly reflected massive catches by some fishery operators in Hokkaido.

Bluefin tuna may be caught in fixed nets targeting yellowtails and other fish, the agency added.


IN BRIEF - LDWF to close fall shrimp season

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BATON ROUGE-The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced that the fall shrimp season will close Jan 26 at sunset.

Waterways that will be closed to shrimping will include:

-Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), and a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.

-The portion of state outside waters extending to the three-mile line from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude

Waterways that will remain open will include:

-The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds

-All state outside waters east of Caillou Boca as well as all state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal.


IN BRIEF - Fish Board cuts king salmon fishing

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Alaska Board of Fisheries has passed an “action plan” to help conserve struggling king salmon stocks on Southeast rivers during their last day of deliberations Tuesday in Sitka.

The plan will keep troll, sport and gillnet fishermen on the docks for significant parts of the fishing season. Commercial trollers, who made about half of their money fishing Chinook, had their pocketbooks significantly affected.

It was the best and most equitable solution the board and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game could come up with under dire circumstances for Chinook stocks on the Unuk, Chilkat, Taku and King Salmon rivers.

All six of the voting board members voted for the plan.

By KEVIN GULLUFSEN/Juneau Empire | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Tighter requirements for commercial fishing licenses proposed

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A proposal to tighten the requirements to get a commercial fishing license in North Carolina is nearing review by the state Marine Fisheries Commission following recommendations from a committee last week.

But any changes to the rules for being able to carry what is known as the Standard Commercial License would require the final approval of the N.C. General Assembly.

The panel, which was made up of commission Chairman Sammy Corbett, a commercial fisherman and dealer, recreation member Chuck Laughridge and scientist Mike Wickre, has submitted a list of five requirements. They will be subject to public comment before their presentation to the full commission at its February meeting in Wrightsville Beach.

Corbett noted in a press release from the Division of Marine Fisheries following the Jan. 11 meeting that the committee’s proposals “are not etched in stone.”

While the group’s meeting last week in Morehead City was open to the public, concerns have been raised over how they came about the proposal.

By Sam Walker / outerbanksvoice.com| Read full story here


IN BRIEF - IPNLF welcomes Alasdair Harris, Founder of Blue Ventures, to its Board of Trustees

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

LONDON, The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains, is delighted to announce that Dr Alasdair Harris, Founder and Executive Director of marine conservation charity Blue Ventures has joined its Board of Trustees. In the role, alongside his fellow trustees, Harris will help guide IPNLF’s future progress, overseeing the governance of the organisation and informing its international work.

Harris holds a PhD in tropical marine ecology, and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Edinburgh. He is a TED Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, and was the 2015 winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

As social entrepreneur, Harris’s work focuses on developing scalable solutions to challenges in the marine environment, utilising approaches that bring economic value to coastal communities engaged in conservation efforts. Through these endeavours, he has helped set up some of the world’s largest locally run marine conservation areas.


IN BRIEF - Cabinet clashes over when Britain should ‘take back control’ of fishing from EU

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Cabinet split has opened over whether Britain should try to break with European Union rules on fishing during the post-Brexit transitional period. 


Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, is leading calls for the UK to pull out of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in March 2019 to enable it to set its own rules over fishing quotas.

Other ministers, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, are arguing that Britain should not use up capital in forthcoming negotiations with Brussels to try to carve out a special deal for the fishing industry. Theresa May is under pressure from both sides of the argument as she prepares for talks over the details of the transitional period which follows Brexit.

By Nigel Morris / inews.co.uk | Read full article here

IN BRIEF - Investing in innovative technology to solve demand for naturally-grown shrimp products

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Transparency in food labels is set to emerge as one of the most significant food trends next year, as consumers become more conscientious about food safety. In the United States, trust is the primary factor that influences customers to buy products and what motivates companies to be more straightforward with their packaging.

In a 2016 study made by Label Insight, knowing where the food was sourced and how it was prepared is now part of people’s decision-making when it comes to purchasing what to eat.

Due to recent widespread scandals about food preparation, the call for natural, ethical and sustainable food has increased. For instance, Yorgo’s Foods Inc. and True North Seafood were recently involved in a massive recall of their respective products — the Greek-style food brands and Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes — because of potential Listeria contamination. Imperial Caviar also issued a recall and a warning for its products due to the possible presence of dangerous bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.

By Anne Lu /ibtimes.com.au


IN BRIEF - Bidders hungry for part of Arctic surf clam fishery after decades-long monopoly

CANADA
Monday, January 22, 2018

The competition for newly available Arctic surf clam quota off Cape Breton has three times more applicants than previously reported, which is a sign of the interest in a fishery that has been controlled by a single company for decades.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it is evaluating nine proposals vying for 8,924 tonnes of surf clams in 2018.

The quota will be worth many millions of dollars a year to the winner.

Until this year, the surf clam fishery was held entirely by Clearwater Seafoods, which sells the bright red meat in Asia for sushi.

By Paul Withers · CBC News | Read full article here


IN BRIEF - Seafood importers, exporters meet to address shrimp antibiotic issue

INDIA
Monday, January 22, 2018

A high-level meeting of Indian and European stakeholders engaged in the seafood sector is slated to take place later this month in Goa to discuss solutions for complying with food safety regulations in the production and trade of shrimp.

The meeting is slated to be held on the sidelines of India International Seafood Show to be held in Goa from January 27 to 29, 2018.

Over the last 10 years, the EU Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) is increasingly focused on Indian shrimp.There was a growing concern that the EU is seriously worried over the use of antibiotics in Indian shrimps- a fact that has surfaced at regular intervals in its findings.

By Nirmalya Behera/business-standard.com | Read full article here


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