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IN BRIEF - Slow Fish Australia Keeps the Conversation about Sustainable Seafood Going

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Last month in Melbourne, the second Slow Fish Australia festival brought together fishers, marine scientists, seafood industry representatives, chefs, and consumers together to talk about the state of our oceans and fisheries.

Organised by Slow Food Melbourne, Slow Fish Australia sprung up largely in response to one particular event and its subsequent impact: the Victorian state government’s 2014 decision to close down commercial net fishing. This has made it almost impossible to buy fresh, local, sustainably caught seafood in Melbourne, a city of 4 million people that is renowned for its food scene. Instead, over 80% of the city’s seafood is now imported.

Not all net fishing is created equal, and the government ban has hit small, artisan fishers the hardest. The primary species caught around Melbourne, in Port Phillip Bay, are small, schooling fish that regenerate quickly. Fishers here use sustainable, traditional net-fishing methods like purse seining and haul seining, which include sorting the fish live, by hand, while they are still in the water. Bycatch is virtually zero, and the biennial State of Australian Fish Stocks reports routinely classify the commercial fish species caught here as totally sustainable.

Source: Slow Food


IN BRIEF - Illegal fishing and Liberia's battle to save the sea

LIBERIA
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Illegal fishing is a huge problem in West Africa. Seven million people live along the coast and the sea is their livelihood. This source of income is in jeopardy. Industrial fishing fleets from Europe and China and are ravaging coastal fish stocks. Liberia’s government has been working with Sea Shepherd for two years to try and stop illegal fishing.

Soure: DW


IN BRIEF - MoU on rice exports signed with Yunnan govt

MYANMAR
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and government of Yunnan Province, China, signed a memorandum of understanding on the export of Myanmar rice and other crops to China on April 21.

Under the agreement, Myanmar will be able to legally export crops such as rice as well as fisheries to China via the Muse border trade gate.

The MoU, which is a part of barter system, will see Myanmar importing construction materials and farming machinery manufactured in Yunnan Province in exchange for an equal amount in value of Myanmar-produced agricultural products.

Source: MMTimes


BioMar appoints Managing Director in Australia

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

BioMar is pleased to announce the appointment of David Whyte as the Managing Director of their new fish feed manufacturing plant in Tasmania. The plant, currently in its construction phase will be ready for commissioning in early 2020.

David is a marine biologist with 32 years’ experience in aquaculture production and supply companies in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. David was the first Technical Manager at BioMar’s UK plant in the late nineties and returns to BioMar to lead the start-up of the company’s first Australian mill.


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Department announces chinook fishing restrictions in B.C.

CANADA
Monday, April 22, 2019

The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in British Columbia as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season.

The Fisheries Department’s regional director general Rebecca Reid says urgent protection measures include the closure of a commercial fishery involving seven endangered stocks.

Reid says an independent committee of wildlife experts and scientists conducted an assessment last November and determined seven chinook populations on the Fraser River are endangered, four are threatened and one is of special concern.

One area salmon was considered not at risk while three others were not assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

Source: BC Local News


IN BRIEF - Anti-pollution booms deployed as fishing boat sinks at Oban

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, April 22, 2019

A fishing boat has sunk in Oban harbour just a short distance from the town's lifeboat station.

An RNLI boat with seven crew was sent at 05:23 to the Railway Pier but was unable to save the vessel. There was no one onboard.

A second fishing vessel tied alongside the sunken boat was moved to save it from damage.

Coastguards teams used anti-pollution booms to minimise the impact of diesel and oil leaking into the water.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Coast Guard check VN-China fishery agreement implementation

VIET NAM
Monday, April 22, 2019

H?I PHÒNG - Two coast guard ships from Region 1 High Command left the northern port city of H?i Phòng on Sunday, beginning a patrol to examine the enforcement of the Vi?t Nam-China agreement on fishery cooperation in the Gulf of Tonkin.

The trip will cover a visit to and an exchange programme on Vi?t Nam’s C?n C? Island, and communications activities to increase awareness on the agreement for fishermen at sea.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel Lê Huy, deputy political commissar of the Coast Guard Region 1, said over the past 15 years since the agreement took effect, Vi?t Nam’s competent agencies and fishermen have coordinated together to maintain production and ensure marine security on the shared fishing waters between the two nations.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - The fish you're eating in London might not be what it's labelled

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, April 18, 2019

When biology professor Jennifer McDonald got the DNA results back from her students' experiment on fish, a high number of the fish were not what was said on the label.  

As part of a class experiment at Fanshawe College, her students were sent to grocery stores and sushi restaurants in London to collect fish samples. 

The class extracted the DNA and compared how many samples were actually what they claimed to be.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Mowi buys Anglesey lumpfish farm

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Welsh lumpfish farmer, Ocean Matters, has been bought by Mowi Scotland, effective from April 15, the company confirmed today.

The facility, in Penmon, Anglesey, North Wales, has the capacity to produce two million of the cleaner fish, which it has been supplying to the salmon farming industry in Scotland to control sea lice.

Its main customer is Mowi, which has said it would need to deploy more than two million lumpfish by 2020.

Ocean Matters, formed in 2015 on the site of an old turbot farm, harvested its first lumpfish in 2016.

Production manager Daniel Phillips told Fish Farmer in 2017 that the facility had the potential to produce up to six million cleaner fish.  

Source: The Fish Update


IN BRIEF - Pink salmon expected to drive up Alaska commercial salmon harvest this season

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Expected increases in pink and chum salmon harvests are forecast to drive Alaska’s overall commercial salmon catch way up for the 2019 season, a state forecast says.

The state is predicted to see an 84% increase in its commercial salmon harvest this year by number of fish, according to the annual forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The agency projects a harvest of about 213 million salmon, compared to the 2018 harvest of about 116 million. Fishing starts in May 2019.

2018 was a difficult one for some Alaska commercial salmon fisheries. It’s not out of the ordinary for a harvest to oscillate so much from one year to the next, said McDowell Group economist Garrett Evridge. Even by 84%.

Source: Anchorage Daily News


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