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IN BRIEF - State opposes Goa’s plans to impose fish tax

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Karnataka Fisheries Minister Pramod Madhwaraj has opposed the Goa government’s move to impose tax on trucks transporting fish for sale outside the State and termed it “selfishness” on the part of Goa.

The Goa government’s plan will cause major problems, he said, adding that it was a “hasty proposal”.

In a bid to ensure better availability of good quality fish in the local markets, the Goa government was mulling over imposing tax on trucks carrying fish for sale to States like Karnataka. “The fee would be imposed at the State border,” Goa Fisheries Minister Vinod Paliencar has said.

If the Goa government levy fees on the border, other States will follow suit and this will cause major problems between States, said Mr. Madhwaraj. adding that “the proposal was not in good taste”.

A lot of fish from Goa is being transported to border districts, including Belagavi.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - Marine biologists seek answers in a warmer Bering Sea

Thursday, December 07, 2017

A group of marine scientists visited Western Alaska recently to discuss the results of a second bottom-trawl survey of the northern Bering Sea.

The team is with NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, based in Seattle. This round of research comes seven years after their first survey of the area in 2010. Bob Lauth is a research fisheries scientist, and he leads the Bering Strait survey program.

“We were really quite surprised and quite shocked at what a big difference there was,” Lauth said.

This summer, Lauth’s team used a large trawl net to survey and identify species in the northern Bering Sea.

Among the results: the pollock population jumped by 6,000 percent, and there were also large increases in Pacific cod and smaller snow crab. According to the surveys, the water is warmer than it was in 2010, so cold-water species like saffron cod were much sparser, with Arctic cod numbers down 90 percent.

Source: Alaska Public

IN BRIEF - Sanford pulls out after big salmon by-catch

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Fish & Game is praising fishing company Sanford for voluntarily withdrawing from trawling close in around Banks Peninsula to avoid catching salmon, after it legally netted almost 400 last week.

Sanford's decision was made after one of its vessels caught nearly 400 salmon as by-catch last weekend, of which 372 were escaped farm salmon and 22 were wild fish.

The seven nautical mile-wide exclusion zone runs clockwise from Okains Bay in the northeast of the peninsula down to the entrance of Akaroa harbour in the south.

Central South Island Fish & Game scientist Mark Webb welcomed Sanford's voluntary removal of its vessels from the area, even though they were legally entitled to fish there.

Source: Otago Daily News

IN BRIEF - Maine fishermen group to receive grant to preserve fisheries

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is giving a grant of nearly USD 100,000 to a Maine group that advocates for marine conservation and the livelihoods of small fishermen.

The grant is going to the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, which is based in Brunswick. The group says the money will help with its mission of restoring fisheries in the Gulf of Maine and preserving Maine fishing communities for the future.

The money is through the Fisheries Innovation Fund, which is a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Walton Family Foundation.

Source: CT Post

IN BRIEF - New grant program could increase Gulf aquaculture

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS - A new method is being tried to increase seafood production through the use of aquaculture. The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission is awarding grants totaling USD 450,000 for new and unique aquaculture projects in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The projects will range in size from USD 50,000 to USD 100,000 and will be given out starting in April to qualified projects. 

Most of us here in South Mississippi love our seafood, but there's a growing problem. There's not enough of it. That’s the word from the USM Director of Aquaculture, Dr. Kelly Lucas.

“Worldwide, the wild caught fisheries is stagnant, and we've know that for some time. And so, the only way to increase the amount of seafood we produce is aquaculture,” Lucas explained.

Source: WLOX

IN BRIEF - Russia bans 700-kilo fish and seafood supplies to Armenia

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance employees banned 710 kg of frozen fish and seafood to be sent to Armenia, press service of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance reported.

According to the statement, the shipments of frozen fish and seafood to be sent to Armenia were suspended, accompanied by veterinary certificates of the Customs Union on November 15, 2017. The part of the productions had no veterinary accompanying documents. The shipment of frozen fish and seafood was banned.

Source: News

IN BRIEF - Maine Coast Fishermen's Association gets USD 100,000 grant

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

BRUNSWICK - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association Dec. 1 2017 as one of seven recipients to receive a grant through the Fisheries Innovation Fund. This funding, USD 99,882 in total, will continue to drive the organization’s mission of working to identify and foster ways to restore the fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and sustain Maine’s fishing communities for future generations.

The Fishermen’s Association received funding to work on a project to develop the Next Generation of Permit Banking and Fishery Trusts. Permit banks are designed to anchor fishing access within communities and make fishing opportunities accessible for local fishermen. Access to a permit bank allows many to keep fishing, as adequate species’ quota is needed per trip, and provide an opportunity for new entrants into Maine’s historic groundfish industry. There are currently three permit banks in Maine.

The grant will allow the Fishermen’s Association develop new approaches to fishery trusts that expand upon current models and look to the future for community access and needs, according to MCFA officals. MCFA has worked over the past seven years with the Nature Conservancy to start a permit bank in Maine. This program will allow the association to work with partners from around the country to think about what it can do better to support local communities and the next generation of fishermen in Maine, New England and around the country.

Source: Knox Village Soup

IN BRIEF - Lund’s Fisheries Promotes, Hires as Part of Domestic Expansion

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

CAPE MAY, NJ - Lund’s Fisheries is pleased to announce a series of promotions and new hires as part of its expansion into innovative product lines and markets. Our reorganized team will focus on adding additional value-added products such as seafood mixes, sauces and gourmet meals to the company’s overall product mix, while further developing Lund’s long-standing product lines such as fresh and frozen seafood and bait products.

As part of this new focus, Wayne Reichle will be promoted from Vice President to President of Lund’s Fisheries. Wayne has worked with the company for 23 years, and has experience in all aspects of the industry, from commercial fishing to sales. As part of our expansion into value-added products, Wayne will manage all factory and fleet operations and Lund’s Fisheries’ domestic and foreign seafood trade.

Joe Davids’ promotion to Vice President of Operations will position him to oversee the production of Lund’s Fisheries’ new products as well as manage daily operations in Lund’s factories across the country from New Jersey to California. Starting as a dock mechanic at Lund’s over 22 years ago, Joe’s unceasing drive for efficiency paved the way for his steady rise from entry level to Vice President.

David Gray will become Vice President of our Value-Added Division. In this role, David will use his expertise in product development to create products that appeal to new markets – both domestic and international. Having worked for many years in the scallop business prior to coming to Lund’s, David developed innovative techniques to ensure a quality product to meet the toughest retailer requirements. He will play an integral part in creating Lund’s Fisheries’ new value-added line of products.  

Source: Globenewswire

IN BRIEF - A timeline of salmon farms in B.C.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

1950s: Federal and provincial hatcheries produce about 750 million salmon and freshwater trout annually for wild-stock enhancement and recreation

1970s: Commercial salmon aquaculture begins with small, local experiments. In B.C., salmon farming (chinook, coho and sockeye) is established around Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.

Source: Times Colonist

IN BRIEF - Kiribati fisheries minister appeals for more access to fish stocks

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

SYDNEY - The fisheries minister of Kiribati has appealed to the international fishing community for better access to fish stocks in the high seas in a bid to ensure sustainable development in the industry.

"We in Kiribati have no land-based natural resources available as a means of stable and secure livelihood for our people as our lands are made of poor coralline soils thus prompting Kiribati to look elsewhere for a sustainable source of revenue," the Pacific Islands News Association quoted Minister Tetabo Nakara as saying.

Nakara, who was speaking during the weekend at the 14th regular session of the Western Central Pacific Commission, stressed the importance of fishing on the high seas for his country's economy.

Source: Xihuanet

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