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IN BRIEF - Berlin responds to crayfish plague: If you can't beat them, eat them

GERMANY
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BERLIN - North American crayfish that spilled en masse onto Berlin streets last summer will soon be appearing in the city’s restaurants after its government authorized fishermen to remove them from public ponds.

The red swamp crayfish, or Procambarus clarkii, are on the European Union’s list of invasive alien species but also popular in German aquariums.

It is likely some were abandoned by their owners and started multiplying in favorable weather conditions, the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union believes.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - The decline of the Chinook salmon threatens a whole way of life

CANADA
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The salmon is not just a fish. It’s a culture. What the buffalo was to the First Nations of the North American Plains, the salmon is to the people of the Pacific Northwest. It used to be abundant up and down both coasts of the continent, but major hydroelectric projects and overfishing put an end to that. The largest remaining salmon run in the world is on the Yukon River, with headwaters at McNeil Lake, northeast of Whitehorse, and emptying into the Pacific in the western Alaskan town of Emmonak, more than 3,000 km away. Like the buffalo, the Chinook salmon—which the Americans call king salmon—is near extinction, threatening all adjacent society, but Indigenous cultures in particular.

British writer Adam Weymouth canoed those 3,000 km to explore the sanctity of the salmon’s journey. His observations and deep research form Kings of the Yukon: A River Journey In Search of the Chinook, a work that is equal parts travel writing, social science, biology and modern anthropology. The book demonstrates that people born to the North and people who have chosen the North share a generosity and resilience, as well as a sense of fatalism that comes from watching the world fall apart to the south. One man, originally from Boston, says, “There is at least one glimmer of hope: when the world comes to an end, the fish will recover just fine.” That suspicion of outsiders can be problematic when governments impose conservation measures, as in 2014–15, when an outright ban on fishing for Chinook was enacted on both sides of the international border along the Yukon River.

Source: Maclean's


IN BRIEF - NZ'ers Choose Sustainable Seafood For Future Generations

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In a new study, 83 percent of New Zealand respondents reported they believe we need to protect fish so our children and grandchildren can enjoy seafood. The research was produced by independent body, Globescan, commissioned on behalf of NGO the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

14th May, 2018, marks the first Sustainable Seafood Day in New Zealand, bringing together members of the seafood community including government, academia, industry and NGOs come together to celebrate sustainable fisheries, seafood and what more can be done to create a positive impact on the oceans.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Ministry proposes changes in regulations on marine resources

VIET NAM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HÀ N?I - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is developing a draft decree to replace Decree No 51/2014/NÐ-CP (Decree 51) allotting sea areas to organisations and individuals for exploiting marine resources.

According to the ministry, since Decree 51, dated 2014, came into effect in 2015, the ministry had received seven applications for marine resources exploitation and use. The provinces of Qu?ng Ninh, Qu?ng Tr?, Phú Yên, Bình Thu?n and Kiên Giang assigned 12 sea areas to private organisations and individuals for this purpose.

The assignment helped boost the marine economy of these localities as well as encouraged organisations/individuals to invest in projects on sea ports and wind energy. The investment is reportedly worth billions of US dollars.

Source: Vietnam News


IN BRIEF - Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation, with a fatality rate that is 23 times higher than for all other workers.

Vessel sinkings account for half of all fishing fatalities; second is falling overboard — deaths that are largely preventable.

From 2000 through 2016, 204 U.S. fishermen died after falling overboard, according to a recently released study called “Fatal Falls Overboard in Commercial Fishing” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Nearly 60 percent of the falls were not witnessed, and almost 90 percent of the victims were not found.

Source: Juneau Empire


IN BRIEF - In Madagascar, fishermen plant mangroves for the future

MADAGASCAR
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hunched over the soil, Malagasy villagers work feverishly—deft fingers planting stalks of mangrove to replace the swathes destroyed for firewood and building material.

In just two decades, Madagascar lost about a fifth of its mangrove forest area, exposing its coastline to the ocean's ravages and shrinking the nursery grounds of crabs and shrimp—two key exports.

With sea levels forecast to rise further due to global warming, coastal villagers are rushing to try and undo the damage, with the help of conservation group WWF.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Singapore firm to invest BND300M for fish farming

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Barramundi Asia, a Singaporean fish farming firm, will invest BND300 million to rear barramundi, or sea bass, in large cages in Brunei’s open seas.

The company will build an offshore cage farm to grow kuhlbarra barramundi (selungsong) using technology adopted from salmon farming in Norway, said Joep Staarman, Managing Director of Barramundi Asia in an interview.

Speaking on the sidelines of a signing ceremony between the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) and Barramundi Asia Pte Ltd to formalise the company’s investment, he said, “The attractiveness of Brunei is that it has almost virgin territories, clean and free from diseases. Brunei’s reputation as a clean, undisturbed place will make an excellent brand for export.”

Source: Borneo Bulletin


IN BRIEF - SNP would shackle Scottish fishermen to the EU forever, says David Duguid

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

North-east politicians have become embroiled in a war of words over Brexit, each claiming the other is selling-out Scotland’s fisherman.

Banff and Buchan Conservative MP David Duguid has accused the SNP of “staggering hypocrisy” and taking steps that would “shackle Scottish fisherman to the EU forever”.

His SNP rival, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson, has accused the UK Government of working against the industry for years.

Current Brexit plans will effectively keep Britain under the control of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) during the transition period and aim for the UK to become an independent coastal state by the end of 2020.

Source: Press and Journal


IN BRIEF - Ministry bans the export of these fish in Oman

OMAN
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Muscat - The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has banned the export of four varieties of fish, in a move to have more produce in the local market, according to a recently issued ministerial decision.

The Ministry has prohibited the export of the yellow fin tuna, kingfish, longtail tuna and jobfish. 

"According to the decision No. 1322018, the “Regulation of the Sultanate’s Exports of Species of Fish” Law prohibits the export of yellow fin tuna, kingfish, longtail tuna and jobfish. The law will be effective from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019, " the Ministry's statement read. The ban also prohibits carrying any of these fish by any means of transport through border crossings with the intention of selling it, during the ban period.

Source: Times of Oman


IN BRIEF - New pelagic flagship for Danish fleet

DENMARK
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The new Gitte Henning S-349, the latest in a long series of pelagic vessels to carry the name, has been built for Henning Kjeldsen and is designed by Salt Ship Design.

Gitte Henning has been completed at Kleven on a hull built at the Crist yard in Poland and measures 90.45 metres overall, with a moulded breadth of 17.80 metres and a 3600 cubic metre carrying capacity in its RSW tanks. MMC delivered the 3x1300kW RSWsystem, the 2 x 4.2 cubic metre vacuum system, the water separator and the ozone system. Karmøy Winch delivered the deck equipment.

There is a long history of fishing vessels with the Gitte Henning name, and the new pelagic vessel replaces a Norwegian-built former Icelandic pelagic vessel with the same name that was acquired in a swap when the last vessel built for Henning Kjeldsen was went to Icelandic operator Síldarvinnslan after having been on operation for little more than a year.

Source: Fisker Forum


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