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IN BRIEF - Fish Farm occupiers protest restocking of empty fish farm

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A group of First Nations who are calling for the removal of fish farms from their territory says they will be occupying a third fish farm in the Broughton Archipelago off the coast of North East Vancouver Island.

The action comes after a vessel called the Viktoria Viking was spotted transporting smolts, which are juvenile salmon, to Marine Harvest’s Port Elizabeth fish farm which had previously been an empty site.

“My relatives moved quickly as they are on route to the Port Elizabeth fish farm,” said Ernest Alfred, who has been occupying Swanson Island fish farm since late August 2017.

A meeting between Premier John Horgan, his accompanying ministers, and 40 hereditary and elected leaders of the Mamalilikala, ‘Namgis, Tlowitsis, Mamtagila, and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw took place in Alert Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 10 2017, where Horgan made no definitive statements as to the future of fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago.

Source: BC Local News

IN BRIEF - Tapping automation to make aquaculture more productive

Friday, October 13, 2017

Local fish farm Barramundi Asia looks nothing like the traditional kelongs that dot Singapore's northern coast.

Here, farming is not done in nets supported by a wooden structure in the middle of the sea. Instead, the white-fleshed fish are reared in more than 30 floating sea pens at a location south of Singapore, near Pulau Semakau.

The farm - reminiscent of large salmon farms in Norway, which has a developed aquaculture industry - does not just look different. As one of the few fish farms in Singapore that is embracing technology, Barramundi Asia operates differently too.

Source: Straits Times

IN BRIEF - Clean up complete: 123 dead fish recovered

Friday, October 13, 2017

Government officials have finished cleaning up after dead fish were reported in Hyde Creek, west of Charlottetown, says the Cornwall and Area Watershed Group.

The group told CBC News 116 brook trout and seven sticklebacks were recovered.

The dead fish were found on Tuesday and initial investigation was done by provincial officials that same day. Environment Canada officials joined provincial officials on Wednesday 11th of October 2017.

The cause of the incident is still being investigated.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - European Union to evaluate Taiwan’s efforts to curb illegal fishing

Friday, October 13, 2017

BRUSSELS – The European Union will soon send a team to Taiwan to evaluate the effectiveness of the country’s measures to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), an EU official told CNA Thursday 12ve of October 2017.

Taiwan was given a “yellow card” by the European Commission in October 2015 and was warned that the country risked being identified as uncooperative in the fight against IUU.

The EU official, who asked not to be named, said the withdrawal of the yellow card would depend on Taiwan’s efforts and the measures it has implemented to curb IUU.

Also on Wednesday, Chen Chi-chung (???), deputy head of the Council of Agriculture, said Taiwan’s fishing had been regulated and he was very confident the yellow card would be withdrawn.

Source: China Post

IN BRIEF - Boat contracted to clean Tassal fish farm nets sinks off Tasmania's east coast

Friday, October 13, 2017

A boat contracted by fish farming company Tassal has sunk at Triabunna on Tasmania's east coast overnight, with about 850 litres of diesel fuel onboard.

Nick Daft, a co-owner of the vessel, ruled out sabotage, saying "adverse weather conditions" were to blame for the Dawn Treader sinking at its mooring off Triabunna.

"It's just one of those things that happens, unfortunately," he said.

"Just adverse weather conditions — that's all we can put it down to."

Source: ABC

EN BREVE - European banks test Chile salmon farms' choppy waters

Friday, October 13, 2017

SANTIAGO - European banks are stepping up their financing of Chile’s embattled salmon farmers, sensing a rebound from years of environmental catastrophes and disease that have left Santiago-listed lenders more wary of the sector.

Three of Chile’s largest salmon producers - Pesquera Camanchaca, Australis Seafoods and Multiexport Foods - have announced debt refinancings involving Norway’s DNB ASA and the Netherlands’ Rabobank in recent weeks.

DNB is also advising Camanchaca on a possible listing on the Oslo stock exchange, in what would be the first Chilean IPO on the world’s main seafood industry bourse.

Those deals mark a wider disruption in how Chile, the world’s No. 2 salmon producer after Norway, is financed, as northern European banks have quietly overtaken local lenders, an analysis of company financial statements shows.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF - Fish-farming company offered money for Lummi Nation’s silence about net pens, letters show

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cooke Aquaculture offered to pay a premium price for Atlantic salmon caught by the Lummi Nation after a major spill from the company’s Cypress Island fish farm if the tribe would not advocate getting rid of net pen aquaculture.

The tribe tartly rejected the offer. “Your demand to keep quiet for a few extra dollars is insulting,” Timothy Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council, responded in a Sept. 14 letter.

Nell Halse, vice president for communications for Cooke, said Wednesday the offer “was not an attempt to muzzle or insult the Lummi Nation, but rather an effort to negotiate toward common ground and respect the interests and concerns of both parties at the table …”

Source: Seattle Times

IN BRIEF - Telangana PCB orders pharma companies to pay INR 1.03cr for fish kill in Gandigudem lake

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Telangana State Pollution Control Board (PCB) on Thursday 12ve of October 2017 ordered 29 industries, including several pharma companies, to pay INR 1.03 crore as compensation to fishermen cooperative societies, for polluting the Gandigudem Lake at the outskirts of Hyderabad. 

“We have directed 18 industries to pay INR 1.03 crore to the fisher men due to the death of fish in Gandigudem Cheruvu of Sultanpur based on the valuation of damage done by the Sangareddy district fisheries officer. Similarly , we have directed 11 industries to pay Rs 40,000 compensation to the fishermen due to the death of fish in Ayyamma Cheruvu of Gaddapotharam," TSPCB member secretary P Satyanarayana Reddy told the Times of India.

The ToI report adds that the decision came after the PCB held an emergency Task Force review meeting. The body has given time to companies till Saturday, to respond.

Source: The News Minute

IN BRIEF - Savannah researchers study black gill parasite in shrimp

Friday, October 13, 2017

SAVANNAH, GA - A single-cell organism continues to cause multiple problems for shrimping, an industry that's called the Georgia and Carolina coasts home for decades.

In their fourth year of research, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography took its Research Vessel Savannah out and gave WTOC a firsthand look at their continuing effort to understand a still relatively unknown foe: black gill. 

The group spent Tuesday cruising the intercoastal waterways and gathering samples of shrim as a part of an effort to learn more about black gill. 

The Annual Black Gill Stakeholder Cruise left early and brought together many different minds, perspectives, and experiences. From a lifelong shrimper to scientists from the Skidaway Institute of the Department of Natural Resources, the trip was about collaboration.

Source: WOTC

IN BRIEF - China-Myanmar scientific expedition discovers new shrimp genus

Friday, October 13, 2017

KUNMING - Scientists have discover a new terrestrial shrimp genus, with two species identified, during a China-Myanmar expedition on Mount Victoria in the southwest of Myanmar.

A paper on the finding was published in the latest issue of the international journal ZooKeys.

Since last year, the expedition, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has led to the finding of several samples of the new genus, said Hou Zhong'e, co-writer of the paper, from the CAS Institute of Zoology.

The team has named the genus Myanmarorchestia Hou.

Mount Victoria is known for its diverse endemic mountain species.

Source: Xinhua Net

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