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IN BRIEF - Fishermen catch lost gear in program using ocean trash for fuel

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

National organizations have partnered local fishermen in the Florida Keys to catch abandoned fishing gear as part of a program that turns ocean trash into energy.

Source: Nightly News

IN BRIEF - Scottish salmon farming petition signed by 30,500

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

More than 30,500 people have signed a petition urging the Scottish government to routinely test effluent from salmon processing plants for diseases.

Campaigners claimed that some polluted waste water contained pathogens that could "threaten" wild salmon stocks.

The Scottish government said the risk of disease transfer from farmed salmon to their wild counterparts was "low".

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - FFAW calls for dismissal of FISH-NL’s certification application

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union is calling for the immediate dismissal of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters’ (FISH-NL) certification application to the Labour Relations Board, stating FISH-NL has insufficient support to initiate a ratification vote.

FISH-NL and the FFAW are at odds over membership numbers stated in a board report released to the two parties for comment Friday afternoon.

The board’s report is the result of its investigation into FISH-NL’s 2016 application for union certification, and includes information on union membership numbers.

The FFAW says FISH-NL’s lack of support is proven with the report.

Source: Southern Gazette

IN BRIEF - Go extends aid to repatriated fishermen from Indonesia

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte’s special assistant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has pledged assistance and support to Filipino fishermen detained in Indonesia.

Go made the pledge a day after welcoming 31 fishermen repatriated from Indonesia on Friday in Davao City.

“I’m happy that our government has been doing its best to repatriate our countrymen from Indonesia,” he said.

Go, one of the possible Senate bets of the ruling PDP-Laban political party in the 2019 mid-term polls, said he would bring up the issue of overstaying Filipinos in Indonesia to the attention of the chief executive.

Source: Gulf Times

IN BRIEF - Small changes in rainforests cause big damage to fish ecosystems

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Freshwater fish diversity is harmed as much by selective logging in rainforests as they are by complete deforestation, according to a new study.

Researchers had expected the level of damage would rise depending on the amount of logging and were surprised to discover the impact of removing relatively few trees.

There are many types of logging that occur in rainforests, from 'selective logging' - only taking certain species - to complete logging and the transformation of the rainforest to oil-palm plantations.

Source: Eurekalert

IN BRIEF - Annual 5.0% Growth expected for Global Aquaculture Market by 2021

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The “Global Aquaculture Market Set For Rapid Growth, To Reach USD 209.42 Billion by 2021” gives a granular investigation of the different factors and patterns affecting the development direction of the global Aquaculture Market. It incorporates in-depth data relating to the overarching progression of the market and displays refined development forecasts for the market in light of solid information. An evaluation of the effect of government strategies and holistic on the market processes is likewise included to give an all-encompassing outline of the Aquaculture Market’s future viewpoint.

This report investigates Aquaculture Market based on its market fragments, chief geologies, and current market patterns.

Source: Technology 24

IN BRIEF - Local Shellfish Beds Restricted Due To Pollution

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Shellfish harvest limits have been implemented following pollution found in local waters.

The Washington State Department of Health announced that their annual water quality evaluation identified high bacteria levels in four of the 106 shellfish areas within the state.

In addition, 19 areas are threatened with closure due to bacterial pollution.

Locally, portions of Grays Harbor near the Elk River do not meet public health standards and shellfish harvesting in these areas will be restricted.

Source: KXRO

IN BRIEF - A rise in foreign industrial trawlers off the coast of Senegal is causing local fishermen to lose their livelihoods

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The beach in Dakar, Senegal is empty except for a group of singing fishermen, pushing their colorful wooden boat back to shore. The windy weather has kept many on land today – including Mamadou Mbaye, head of Senegal’s fishermen union. He says the sea is depleted of fish because of foreign trawlers, and fishermen often work three straight months in order to make just under USD 20 a day – half of which goes to expenses like gasoline. And here’s no guarantee they’ll catch something. The fish, he adds, started to go away about ten years ago.

While climate change is one issue leading to a depletion of fish stocks in West Africa, foreign industrial fleets – sometimes fishing illegally – come with their trawlers and capture large quantities of fish, leaving fewer fish for local fishermen to catch. One mega-trawler can capture up to 20,000 tons of fish a year, the annual capacity of about 1,700 of the large wooden canoes local West African fishermen use. As a result, West Africa is losing USD 1.3 billion a year. Senegal, one of the countries hardest hit, is losing USD 300 million a year, or 2 percent of its GDP.

Source: Market Place

IN BRIEF - Salmon packs recalled over health concern

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Food Standards Scotland has ordered the recall of two salmon products sold under the Ru An Fhoder Smokehouse brand.

The move followed concerns being raised about inadequate procedures to control Clostridium botulinum.

The products have been described as posing a "possible health risk".

The packs involved contain either Scottish farmed hot smoked salmon or Scottish farmed smoked salmon (cold smoked).

No other Ru An Fhoder Smokehouse products, which come from a company based at St Monans in Fife, are known to be affected.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - BC oyster farmers taking big hit as three farms still closed due to contamination

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The water south of Courtenay is a prime growing area for shellfish, including oysters, which are shipped to customers around the world.

But recent illnesses and farm closures are taking their toll on an industry already hit hard by an even larger outbreak last year.

"I would say that the hit to the industry is quite enormous and sales of over CAD 9 million were lost last year," said Steve Pocock, president of the BC Shellfish Growers Association.

Farmers this year have seen orders drop by 50 to 70 percent. The names of the specific farms haven't been released but everyone is taking a hit.

Source: Chek

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