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IN BRIEF - Clean up complete: 123 dead fish recovered

CANADA
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

TAIWAN
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the Council of Agriculture, said Taiwan’s fishing had been regulated and he was very confident the yellow card would be withdrawn.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

AUSTRALIA
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

CHILE
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

UNITED STATES
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

INDIA
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

UNITED STATES
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

MYANMAR
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


IN BRIEF - Shrimp quota cuts expected to have effect on St. Anthony area businesses

CANADA
Friday, October 13, 2017

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. - The St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the effect cuts to the northern shrimp quota could have on the local economy.

“These cuts have the potential to be devastating,” says Chamber of Commerce president Desmond McDonald.

For now, McDonald feels it’s hard to determine at this point what the specific effects are going to be. Currently, he says, there is no way of knowing exactly how much income fishers will make or how many hours of work will be available for people in the processing plants.

However, in the event that jobs are lost and many workers may not be getting enough hours for unemployment insurance (EI), McDonald says there wouldn’t be as many dollars going back into the local economy.

Indeed, plant workers may even have to move elsewhere just to find jobs.

Source: The Gulf News


IN BRIEF - Fisheries - Disposal of Seized Prohibited Fishing Equipment

MAURITIUS
Friday, October 13, 2017

The Fisheries Protection Service proceeded on October the 11th 2017 at Mare Chicose Landfill with the annual disposal of seized prohibited articles related to illegal fishing activities. Most of the equipment were seized in the northern region of the country. The disposal exercise was carried out in presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo.

In a statement to the press at the Fisheries Post in Mahebourg where the seized prohibited articles were stocked, Minister Koonjoo highlighted that eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is at the core of Government's agenda to conserve and use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The Minister highlighted that the seized prohibited articles included 10 100 metres of fishing net, 15 shotguns and 150 underwater equipment, valued at Rs 10.5 million. He added that there has been an increase of 3.3 % in the amount of seized items, which indicates that illicit fishing activities and the use of prohibited equipment are on the rise. According to him, this also reflects the relentless efforts of the 15 Fisheries Protection Service Posts and the five Flying Squads to help free the country's lagoon from unregulated fishing by ensuring efficient control, strict surveillance and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act of 2007.

Source: All Africa


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