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IN BRIEF - Virus in escaped fish common, not harmful to salmon in Washington waters, state says

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

An independent Canadian lab that studied 19 Atlantic salmon escaped from Cooke Aquaculture’s Cypress Island net pen last August found they all were infected with a virus that can be spread to wild Pacific salmon.

The results were not a surprise to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which announced last month that its own tests on four Atlantic salmon from Cooke’s escape found all were infected with the virus, called Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV).

“PRV seems to be ubiquitous in farmed Atlantic salmon, and probably everywhere,” said Ken Warheit, supervisor of the fish-health and genetics lab at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“We assumed their fish had PRV,” he said of Cooke’s Atlantic salmon.

Kurt Beardslee, executive director of the Wild Fish Conservancy, a nonprofit that has sued Cooke over the August escape and wants its farms shut down, had the 19 fish tested in the lab of Frederick Kibenge at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Source: Seattle Times

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture experts want increased Tilapia production to boost export

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

IN a bid to boost fish export, fish farmers in the country were on Friday in Lagos urged to scale up Tilapia farming.

Aquaculture experts told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that mass production of Tilapia would help to meet the ever-increasing demands for Tilapia in Europe and the U.S.

A consultant and manager of Premium Aquaculture, Mr Raju Govin, an Indian, said the demand for Tilapia globally was on the increase, stressing the need to boost local production.

“Tilapia is an African fish but is being cultured worldwide.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

EN BREVE - Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ.

“The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega SEZ’s vision to host one of the largest ADZs in South Africaand, simultaneously, respond to the severe water shortages experienced in the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB),” Coega Development Corporation (CDC) project development manager Dr Keith du Plessis said in a statement issued on Monday.

Source: Engeneering News

IN BRIEF - Ocean tides could have driven ancient fish to walk

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tides that left fish high and dry hundreds of millions of years ago could have kick-started the evolution of land-walking vertebrates.

New calculations suggest that, around 400 million years ago, many coastlines experienced two-week tidal cycles that varied in height by four metres or more. Such a huge range could have stranded fish in tidal pools for a couple of weeks. Only the ones with fins strong enough to muscle themselves out would have been able to journey back into the ocean and survive. Fossil evidence for the earliest known land vertebrates comes from places that had such wide tidal ranges.

Hannah Byrne, who led the work while at Bangor University, UK, and is now a doctoral student at Uppsala University in Sweden, reported the findings on 15 February 2018 at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Source: Nature

IN BRIEF - FFAW-Unifor not voice for inshore harvesters: FISH-NL

Saturday, February 17, 2018

DFO clewed up a series of 20 outreach meetings this week that began in November and went around the province.

Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL (Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador), said in a release Friday that the most common issue during the meetings held around the province by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is that the FFAW-Unifor is no longer the voice of inshore harvesters.

“That sentiment was expressed at every single meeting — without exception — and with union representatives front and centre in the room,” Cleary stated. “The FFAW-Unifor no longer speaks for most harvesters, and that message should be loud, clear, and obvious to the entire fishing industry, including federal Minister Dominic LeBlanc.”

FISH-NL estimates the turnout for all meetings at just under 520 harvesters, which the release said is low considering their total number is estimated at between 4,500 and 10,200. The province’s Labour Relations Board still working to confirm the numbers.

Source: The Telegram

IN BRIEF - Macquarie Harbour salmon deaths called into question after fish farmer Petuna cuts 22 jobs

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Petuna Aquaculture has sacked 22 people from its fish-farming operations, after disease killed off thousands of its salmon in Macquarie Harbour.

The company said the decision was regrettable but a necessary step to ensure the business remained competitive.

All three of Tasmania's salmon companies farm in Macquarie Harbour and all have had pens affected by pilchard orthomyxovirus, or POMV, this summer.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - NZ sea lion killed in fishing net highlights need for action - WWF

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A New Zealand sea lion drowning this week in a squid fishing net in the Auckland Islands highlights the need to urgently address questions about the effectiveness of Sea Lion Exclusion Devices (SLEDs).

WWF-New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy says "We understand that accidents happen, but for NZ sea lions to recover, we need the government to work to reduce the number of sea lions accidentally killed in fishing nets to something very close to zero.

"NZ sea lions are the world’s rarest sea lion. Fishing nets are the biggest human-made threat to these precious animals, so it’s important that we take a precautionary approach to fishing in their habitat.

Source: Voxy

IN BRIEF - Strike brings mechanised fishing sector to a standstill

Saturday, February 17, 2018

KOLLAM - An indefinite strike kicked off on Thursday 15th of February 2018 by the mechanised fishing boat operators has brought the mechanised fishing sector in the state to a complete standstill.

The strike, under the banner of All Kerala Fishing Boat Operators Association, is estimated to have caused huge losses in foreign exchange earnings through seafood exports. Also, state and central governments will suffer a daily revenue loss of about INR 3 crore each, collected as goods and service tax (GST) and excise duty on diesel used by the boats. That is based on the calculation that each fishing boat on an average required more than 500 litres of diesel per day. There are close to 4,000 mechanised fishing boats based in Kerala.

Source: Times of India

IN BRIEF - Failure to report seabird and fish death 'commonplace' in industry, fishing company boss says

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A fishing company director says failure to report the deaths of seabirds and non-quota fish species is "commonplace" within the industry.

The statements, contained in an Employment Relation Authority (ERA) determination, have come to light two days after Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said scrapping the rollout of on-board monitoring cameras may be a possibility.

Andrew Robson, who runs Impulse Fishing Co. Ltd., operating from Neils Beach in South Westland, also admitted failing to report approximately 20 accidental seabird deaths per year between July 2011 and August 2014.

Source: Stuff

IN BRIEF - Young’s Seafood Recall Chip Shop Fish Cakes 6 Pack

Friday, February 16, 2018

As a precaution, Young’s Seafood are recalling packs of its Young’s Chip Shop Fish Cakes 6 Pack that have been manufactured from a batch where a small number of the fish cakes were found to have been contaminated with small pieces of hard plastic and potentially small pieces of metal. The ONLY affected Fish Cakes are those with the production codes AAL 7209K, AAL 7209L, AAK 7222J & AAL 7222K. The Best Before Date may be found on the side of the pack. Packs have been on sale at Farmfoods and Heron Foods. Customers are advised not to consume the product.

For details of how to return the product for a full refund please call the Young’s Seafood care line on: 0800 496 8647 or email.

The recall does not affect any other Young’s Seafood products.

Press Release: Young's Seafood

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