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IN BRIEF - New technology of transforming fingerlings sex boosts the fish industry

KENYA
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The fish industry has gotten a major boost after the University of Eldoret introduced a new technology of transforming fingerlings sex. The innovators who are of Aqua culture and fisheries department students at the University are transforming the fingerlings by manipulating temperatures of the water after they hatch. They said the innovation will address food insecurity and over reliance of some food products such as meat.

See full report video here


IN BRIEF - NOAA Fisheries Announces 2018/2019 Atlantic Sea Scallops Research

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

NOAA Fisheries, in coordination with the New England Fishery Management Council, is soliciting Atlantic Sea Scallop research proposals under the 2018/2019 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program

Under this program, proceeds generated from the sale of set-aside scallops will be used to fund research activities and compensate vessels that participate in research activities and/or harvest set-aside quota.

Projects funded under the Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program must enhance the understanding of the scallop resource or contribute to scallop fishery management decisions. Priority is given to funding research proposals addressing the list of 2018 and 2019 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Priorities listed in the Funding Opportunity.

Read the complete 2018/2019 Atlantic Sea Scallop Federal Funding Opportunity.


IN BRIEF - Lerøy Seafood wins preliminary backing for experimental fish farm design «Pipefarm»

NORWAY
Monday, September 11, 2017

* Norway’s Fisheries Directorate gives preliminary backing to experimental fish farm design by Leroey Seafood Group to produce salmon and trout, the regulator said in a statement

* Leroey has applied for 9 development licences for its “pipefarm” concept

* Directorate says needs additional information to give final approval and to decide how many licenses it will allow

* Directorate did not say when it would make final decision

* Development licences are part of an initiative by the Norwegian Industry and Fisheries Ministry to spur growth in Norway’s salmon production

* To be awarded a licence under the scheme, companies must show that their plans bring technological innovation while also adhering to strict environmental and animal welfare procedures

* Each license holds up to around 780 tonnes of salmon or trout.

Source: Reuters


Fiji to clamp down on grouper fishing

FIJI
Monday, September 11, 2017

The fisheries minister, Semi Koroilavesau, said new regulations would be in force from June to September next year.

He said there would also be a permanent ban on the harvest, sale and export of beche de mer, as well as a ban on longline fishing within 10 nautical miles of barrier reefs.

The Fiji Times reported Mr Koroilavesau also promised increased enforcement of current size limits.

The measures are part commitments Fiji made at a United Nations oceans conference in June.


IN BRIEF - Ocean Disclosure Project launches as new website with 9 leading companies

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Ocean Disclosure Project – the leading corporate transparency platform for sustainable wild seafood – was launched today as an interactive website that presents seafood sourcing data from 9 companies, including US and UK retailers, suppliers and aquaculture feed manufacturers. The data includes locations where wild seafood is caught, gear types, fisheries management information, environmental impacts, certifications and fishery improvement projects. The ODP allows companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable fish and shellfish sourcing through complete transparency around the condition of their seafood sources and improvement efforts.

New ODP participants in 2017 include aquaculture feed manufacturer Cargill/EWOS and French food service company Davigel.

Other ODP participants include UK retailers Asda, Co-op Food and Morrisons along with UK seafood supplier Joseph Robertson, aquaculture feed manufacturers Biomar and Skretting as well as US retailer Publix Supermarkets. The new website is operated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership but it is intended that the website will become independent by the end of 2020. The project has been generously funded by the John Ellerman Foundation.


IN BRIEF - Sea Delight Europe, SL becomes the latest Member of the IPNLF

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

LONDON - Fresh and frozen seafood supplier, Sea Delight Europe, SL, has become the latest Member of 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.

Founded in 2012, Sea Delight’s large international customer base includes retail wholesalers, supermarket giants, foodservice distributors and restaurant chains. Committed to ensuring seafood remains a secure resource for future generations to enjoy, Sea Delight uses its buying power and position in the seafood supply chain to promote responsible practices globally. Its own principles, including strategic sourcing and research, have successfully leveraged positive change in the company’s suppliers and customers. 

As well as strengthening transparency in its supply chains, Sea Delight’s sustainable seafood policy includes commitments to improve data collection in order to help eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as educating its employees, suppliers and customers to establish a more conscious and responsible industry. It also engages in advocacy and directly invests in the future of fisheries through the funding of and participation in fishery improvement projects (FIPs).


IN BRIEF - Fish Vet Group Asia relocates to the heart of Thai aquaculture

THAILAND
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

International aquaculture health company Fish Vet Group (FVG), part of Benchmark Holdings plc, today announced the relocation of its diagnostic lab from Bangkok to Chonburi, a leading aquaculture region of Thailand.

As well as being closer to the farms, the new facilities are nearby INVE’s Tropical Aquaculture Research Centre (ITARC) – also part of the Benchmark Group.

The move has enabled the Group to upgrade their existing challenge facilities, with a second new aquarium already under construction to accommodate increased customer demand for trial work.

The Group are continuing to expand their suite of molecular diagnostic tests and industry training courses for which they have become well known in the region. A new vet, molecular biologist and scientist have been appointed as part of the establishment of the new diagnostic facility.


IN BRIEF - Govt has head in the sand over Fisheries Officer Strike

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Government has head in the sand over Fisheries Officer Strike

Fisheries Officers enter their second week of nationwide strike action as the government remains silent on the issue. “They have their heads in the sand” Says Janice Gemmell, Secretary of the Officer’s union, NUPE.

“We have an unprecedented situation where officers are refusing to leave their work premises and the Minister is silent”. “His leadership is needed”, says Gemmell.

The strike involves a refusal by the striking officers to work outside their MPI premises. “This means no beach patrols, no commercial services” says Gemmell. “The Scallop season started on Friday (1st September 2017) and while this action continues there is only 25 warranted officers protecting the whole of New Zealand’s 15,000 kilometres of coastline. The Minister must sort this”.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Calls for Commission of Inquiry into fisheries mismanagement grow

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Four political parties have joined LegaSea and the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council’s call for an inquiry into the state of New Zealand’s fisheries management practices.

New Zealand First, the MaÌ?ori Party, United Future and the New Zealand Outdoors Party have all agreed New Zealand’s fisheries management needs an overhaul and cannot continue the way it is currently going.

Support is also forthcoming from New Zealand’s largest iwi, Ngapuhi, and the Hokianga Accord, the mid-north iwi fisheries forum, who endorse the call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Chinese fishermen jailed for massive illegal fish and shark haul in the Galapagos Islands

ECUADOR
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

A group of Chinese fishermen have been jailed and fined a whopping USD 7.5 million just weeks after shocking photos emerged of their ship's hull filled with endangered sharks.

Twenty Chinese fisherman were sentenced to between three and four years jail time in Ecuador after authorities found 272 tonnes of frozen marine animals apparently from the Galapagos Marine Reserve, including protected sharks. The reserve lies about 960 kilometres west of the coast of Ecuador and the UNESCO World Heritage Site is said to have the highest abundance of sharks known in the world.

Source: NZHerald


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