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IN BRIEF - Chinese fishing boat fined after trying to fish in Taiwan's waters

Friday, January 11, 2019

Taipei - A Chinese fishing boat was ordered to leave Thursday 10th of January 2019 after attempting to poach in Taiwan's waters and paying a fine of TWD 1.6 million, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).

The Chinese fishing ship was spotted preparing to fish illegally 25 nautical miles off the coast of Hsinchu in northern Taiwan on Dec. 3, 2018, before being seized by CGA officers, the CGA said in a statement.

No fish were found on the boat, but personnel from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine disinfected the boat after discovering 4.8 kilograms of pork in the freezer on board the vessel, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan

IN BRIEF - JEP deposits tilapia fish in Old Harbour gullies to combat dengue

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Just under 2,000 tilapia fish were yesterday placed in gullies in the Old Harbour community of St Catherine as part of an anti-dengue programme being carried out by Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP), the Public Health Department, and the Aquaculture Branch of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

“This will significantly reduce the number of larvae that exist in these waters,” JEP said in a news release yesterday. “A larvae count will be conducted in the upcoming weeks to assess the effectiveness of this environmentally friendly approach of reducing the reproduction of these vectors.”

Last Friday, JEP representatives hosted a sensitisation meeting at the Old Harbour Bay Community Centre to raise awareness on dengue, as well as how to prevent and contain its spread.

IN BRIEF - Questions about federal shutdown’s impact on upcoming halibut season go unanswered

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

As the federal government shutdown wears on, Alaska’s fishermen have started to see some of its impacts percolate to the surface.

But a major question the industry has is going unanswered: Does the National Marine Fisheries Service have a plan to open Alaska’s halibut and sablefish fisheries if the shutdown lasts?

There have been some problems that have come with the shuttering of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

It’s delayed the catch of some Pacific cod quota, costing fishermen thousands of dollars in the short-term. Others have been unable to update their federal fishery permits, potentially costing some cod fishermen their entire season.

But a big unknown is whether the agency has a plan to open the halibut and sablefish seasons in March.

Buck Laukitus is a commercial fisherman and a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.  He explains that not even fishermen in a position such as his, with regular access to NMFS employees, have a crystal ball.(read full story here)

Written by  Aaron Bolton, KBBI - Homer/alaskapublic.org

IN BRIEF - An overview of emerging diseases in the salmonid farming industry - Technical report

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

This report aims to serve as a helpful resource for fish health professionals, academics and for the global salmon farming industry in the important effort to improve the comprehension and management of health challenges in salmonid farming.

This publication is a series of six scientific reviews with authorship and input from 19 international experts.

The report covers six important diseases or health challenges affecting farmed salmon globally:

  • Sea lice resistance
  • Amoebic gill disease (AGD)
  • Infectious salmon anemia (ISA)
  • Heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI) and Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV)
  • Tenacibaculosis
  • Bacterial kidney disease (BKD)

These diseases were identified as emerging, according to the foreword of the report, “as there is new knowledge on agent dynamics, they re-occur or they are well described in one region and may well become a threat to other regions with the same type of production”. (Read report here

Source: Edgar Brun/vetinst.no

IN BRIEF - Radar tags to monitor albatross interactions with fishing vessels

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Threatened and endangered albatrosses in the South Atlantic are getting a break as British Antarctic Survey (BAS) seabird ecologist Richard Phillips has received funding to put newly developed radar-detecting tags on the seabirds. The tags show when and where the birds are scanned by ship navigation radar, and could lead to greater protection.

"Bycatch" is a word used by the fishing industry to refer to incidents where fishing vessels go out after one type of fish and then accidentally haul in some other species of fish, crustacean, mollusc, or even mammal or bird. It's a worldwide problem that affect legal fishing, but is exacerbated by illegal fishing, resulting in about 100,000 albatrosses being killed every year.

It may seem odd that fishermen could end up catching a soaring seabird, but albatrosses find offal a delicacy and have a habit of swooping down and grabbing the bait put out by line fisherman. Since 19 species of albatrosses are threatened and two are endangered, this is a serious problem.

Written by David Szondy/newatlas.com

IN BRIEF - Stolt Sea Farm Awarded IFS

Monday, January 21, 2019

Stolt Sea farm achieved IFS (International Featured Standards) in December 2018 for its main packing room, located at Lira, Carnota, A Coruña, Spain.

IFS is a recognised international certification that assures food safety as well as well as the optimisation of processes.

Stolt Sea Farm is a world leader in turbot farming, with 5300 tons produced per year. The company, which maintains the ISO 9001 quality management certifications, ISO 14001 environmental management, Friend of The Sea and Global G.A.P., endorses its activity as sustainable, now incorporates the IFS certification for its processing room for turbot and sole species.

The successful cultivation of the Premium species (turbot, sole and sturgeon) that Stolt Sea Farm produces requires extensive scientific knowledge, sophisticated technology and highly specialized facilities. Since its foundation in 1972, the organization focuses on advancing aquaculture as a sustainable source of high quality, healthy food. Stolt Sea Farm is a division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited.

This represents the achievement of a milestone that will allow Stolt Sea Farm to offer the highest requirements in terms of legality, quality and food safety, offering all the transparency and efficiency to an increasing international customer base.

IN BRIEF - Salmon Village brand Atlantic salmon nuggets recalled over listeria concerns

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says B.C.-based Delta Pacific Seafoods is recalling certain Salmon Village brand Hot Smoked Salmon Nuggets over possible bacterial contamination.

The agency says the company’s maple variety Hot Smoked Atlantic Salmon Nuggets in 150 gram packets labelled “1227.18 F26.18,” and all best-before codes, could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall applies to Alberta, B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell contaminated, but can still make you sick, said the CFIA.

Source: Simon Little - Online Journalist | Global News

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Monday, January 21, 2019

Nets of diseased, lice-ridden salmon. Escapee fish polluting the gene pools of wild populations. Miles of mangroves bulldozed to build shrimp farms.

Aquaculture is often portrayed as an environmental risk, and if poorly managed, it can pose a serious threat to the surrounding ecosystem.

But aquaculture doesn’t have to be an environmental liability. A new paper from scientists at The Nature Conservancy and the University of Adelaide shows that aquaculture could be a valuable tool for conservation, restoring lost ecosystem services while providing food for people.

Is Aquaculture Bad for the Environment?

Many of the environmental concerns about aquaculture — and the resulting bad press — focus on salmon and other finfish aquaculture. But these species represent a very small portion of the overall industry. In fact, most aquaculture production focuses on seaweed and shellfish, like oysters and mussels.

Whether we like it or not, aquaculture is here to stay. (read full article here)

Written by JUSTINE E. HAUSHEER/blog.nature.org

IN BRIEF - The tuna auction observation deck at Toyosu Market is now open to public

Monday, January 21, 2019

Getting up before sunrise requires a very good reason, and the legendary tuna auction at Tokyo’s fish market is just that. (In case you missed the memo, the fish market relocated from Tsukiji to Toyosu in October last year.) It is one of the top things to do in Tokyo, and recently in the New Year, a massive tuna was sold at Toyosu Market for a record ¥333.6 million.

To see the tuna auction, there are two options: one is the visitors’ gallery behind glass windows on the second floor. You don’t need a ticket for this – you can come and go as you like but just make sure you’re here before 6.30am if you want to see the tuna.

For those wanting a more intimate viewing of the action, the elevated Tuna Auction Observation Deck is now open. Here you’ll feel like you’re almost part of the action: watch the bidders’ hand signals and expressions, see the rows of frosted tuna, and even smell the fish through the partly open space. The auction goes for a brief 30 minutes – from 5.45am to 6.15am – so you’ll need to be punctual. Once it’s over, head to the multitude of excellent sushi restaurants for breakfast – you’re bound to beat the crowds at that time of day.

Read up on our guide to Toyosu Market before you go, including the best restaurants at the market. By Jessica Thompson/
Time Out Tokyo Editors

IN BRIEF - Aqua Bridge aims to transform fish farming in UAE

Monday, January 21, 2019

Being a nation that prides on its coastal heritage, fishing is a deeply embedded tradition in the UAE’s culture. However, increased demand for fish as a rich source of protein over the years has resulted in significant depletion of fish stocks.

Recognising the growing market demand for sustainable aquaculture-produced fish, Dubai-based start-up Aqua Bridge was set up in 2017 to support local fish farmers to produce high quality, competitively priced, safe and delicious fish using sustainable technology, while preserving the environment.

The firm focuses on marine fish farming and hatcheries to support the local aquaculture industry and reduce the dependency on imported fish.

According to the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the average annual seafood consumption in the UAE is nearly 226,000 tonnes, while the UAE’s local fish catch from natural fish stocks in the Gulf is a mere 70,000 tonnes, forcing the country to depend on imports for more than 70 per cent its seafood. Fish from aquaculture is about 3,255 tonnes.

Aqua Bridge aims to empower the local aquaculture industry, as well as boost small farmers and coastal fish workers, developing seafood productive capacities of all actors in the UAE. Of the 13 registered fish farms across the UAE, Aqua Bridge is supporting 11...(read full article here)


IN BRIEF - Steep decline in predatory fish population in past 40 years, says study

Monday, January 21, 2019

A study by a team of European and Canadian scientists has revealed that there has been a drastic decline in the number of top predatory fish species in the world’s oceans in the past century.

The study, titled “A century of fish biomass decline in the ocean” and published on October 9, states in its findings that the biomass (the mass of living biological organisms in a given area or ecosystem at a given time) of predatory fish declined by two-thirds in the 20th century due to over-fishing, with 55 per cent of the decline taking place in the last 40 years.

“Our results show major declines in the biomass of predatory fish, amounting to a decline of two-thirds over the last century, with 55 per cent of the decline occurring in the last 40 years. Indications are that the decline was sharpest during the period between 1970 and 1990, and has since levelled off somewhat.

This does not mean, however, that conditions have started to improve globally; we found no indications of increase in bio-mass of predatory fish. There may be regional improvements. However, this is not evident yet at a global scale,” the study, led by Villy Christiansen of the Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia in Vancouver said.(read full article here)

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