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IN BRIEF - Fish Cheaper in 2019, Thanks to Imports

ISRAEL
Monday, April 15, 2019

Israelis will eat 700 tons of carp, 550 tons of tilapia, 300 tons of tuna, and 150 tons of bass this Pesach season, the Israel Fish Growers Association said. No shortages are expected this year, even though Israeli carp production was down about 500 tons for the 2019.

That’s because imports have more than made up for the lack of Israeli production. Carp import limits were raised over the past year, and the duty on imported carp was slashed. As a result, there is more carp on the market, and the price is below what it was last year. The same phenomenon applies to other fish, but on a smaller scale. As a result, there has been a 300-percent increase in carp sales so far in the pre-Pesach season this year compared to last year. Tilapia sales are up 25 percent over last year, as are mullet (60 percent) and bass (30 percent).

Eli Sherir, chairman of the Israel Fish Growers Association, said that “as we do each year before Pesach, we’ve seen this year an increase in fish sales, and especially of fresh fish. The reduction in duty on imported fish has helped bring down the price of fish that Israeli growers can get for their fish substantially, but much of those savings have not been passed on to the consumer. As happen often, the extra profit has remained in the pockets of importers and heads of the large markets.”

Source: Hamo Dia


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


IN BRIEF - Former pulp mill town ground zero in Nova Scotia fish farms debate

CANADA
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

On Main Street in Liverpool, N.S., opponents of salmon farming wave placards at passing traffic.

The signs read, "Save Liverpool Bay! Say No! Open-Pen Fish Farms."

Some vehicles honk in support, but many others do not during a recent afternoon in the South Shore community.

The former pulp mill town is now ground zero in a renewed debate about coastal salmon farms.

"Too many fish die, there's disease. It's not a clean business and it's just not right for Nova Scotia," said Brian Muldoon.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Electric fishing definitely buried by European Parliament

EUROPEAN UNION
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

571 against 60: with an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament adopted on 16 April the Trilogue agreement concluded on 13 February 2019 on the ‘Technical Measures’ Regulation, which includes electric fishing. The prohibition of this destructive method will become effective from 1 July 2021.

Between the publication of the regulation in the Official Journal in a few weeks and 1 July 2021, the number of trawlers authorized to conduct electric fishing will be drastically reduced from 84 to around a dozen Dutch trawlers. Furthermore, each Member State may also decide to prohibit electric fishing in its 12-nautical-mile coastal strip, i.e. 22.2 km. In France, a draft law was tabled to this effect by 126 Members of Parliament fromm all political groups. In Belgium, MEP Tom Vandenkendelaere (EPP) also wants a ban on electric fishing in Belgian waters. In the Netherlands, small-scale fishers from C-LIFE are fighting for this to be also applied, but their government is unfortunately clearly in favour of electric fishers.

Source: Bloom Asociation


IN BRIEF - Salmon industry 'paying pittance' for marine debris fines, Greens senator Nick McKim says

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tasmania's major salmon farmers have paid just a few thousand dollars in fines since the State Government introduced a "zero tolerance" approach to marine debris.

Since July last year when "zero tolerance" was introduced, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE) has issued eight infringement notices for marine debris or marine farming equipment located outside marine farming lease areas.

Information provided to the Greens by Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett at the end of last month revealed there had been seven fines issued by that time, to a total of $4075.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Managing recreational fisheries alongside commercial fisheries

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Arlinghaus et al. 2019, an article in last week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, outlined a 5-step plan for integrating recreational fishing into commercial fishery management. In the paper, scientists called for reforms on both the commercial and recreational side to produce better overall sustainability.

I write a lot about fisheries as food. Essentially, the entire point of commercial fisheries is to provide food; but with the massive scale of industrial harvest, it’s easy to forget that fish provide other benefits (like leisure and recreation) that have important economic and social outcomes. Recreational fishing provides jobs and income for tens of thousands of people and enjoyment for millions. Around 10% of people in developed nations fish for pleasure, amounting to over 200 million people worldwide.

Recreational fishers outnumber commercial fishers 5 to 1, yet commercial fishing brings in 8x the amount of fish. Naturally, this disparity creates resentment between the two sides and conflict is not unusual, e.g. Atlantic striped bass. Arlinghaus et al. 2019 proposes a 5-point framework for integrating recreational fishing into commercial management that will hopefully lead to conflict resolution and improved sustainability.

Source: Saving Seafood


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