IN BRIEF - Slow Fish Australia Keeps the Conversation about Sustainable Seafood Going
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.
A new study finds that the low-cost, extreme draining of a reservoir in Oregon aided downstream migration of juvenile chinook salmon -- and led to the gradual disappearance of two species of predatory invasive fish in the artificial lake.
The study is published in the journal Ecohydrology.
The elimination of largemouth bass and crappie from Fall Creek Reservoir, about 30 miles southeast of Eugene in in the Willamette River basin, could have management implications for reservoirs that have been invaded by certain species of fish that eat other fish, according to Christina Murphy, a recent Oregon State University doctoral graduate and lead author on the study.
FEW parts of Scotland’s economy have attracted more interest over the last couple of years than aquaculture – particularly its largest constituent, salmon farming. In the past six months alone, it has been the subject of new environmental regulations, reports from ScottishParliament committees, and a subsequent parliamentary debate, and a BBC Panorama report.
Such a level of inquiry and debate is to be welcomed – if anything, it underlines the increasingly important role that aquaculture is playing in Scotland. Indeed, the sector’s latent potential was highlighted by a recent report from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which found that the marine economy could be worth as much GBP 5 billion by 2035.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — This time of year, Mohammad Shamsuddin normally earns about USD 120 a month working with the crew of a fishing boat off the coast of Bangladesh.
But on Monday, the central government imposed a 65-day national ban on coastal fishing — the most restrictive ever in Bangladesh, a poor and densely populated country where fish play a central role in the economy and diet.
Mr. Shamsuddin, 30, promptly reduced by about a third the amount of food that he buys for himself, his wife and their three children.
“But I won’t be able to run my family for the next two months with this little amount of savings,” he said by telephone from Bhola District, about a 155-mile drive south from the capital, Dhaka. “And when the savings run dry, my life will be a nightmare.”
Cameroonian fish farmers met on May 14 and 15, 2019, under the supervision of the Ministry of Livestock, to define a strategy to increase aquaculture production in the country, it is officially reported.
Current aquaculture production is about 15,000 tons a year for an estimated 230,000 tons of total fish production. The farmers intend to increase aquaculture to limit massive imports, which absorbed XAF114 billion in 2017.
Government’s mid-term ambition is to increase its aquaculture production to 100,000 tons per annum.
Moana New Zealand welcomes the news that the revolutionary new Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) fishing technology has been given the green light for the North Island inshore fisheries.
After seven years of trials by the programme, Fisheries New Zealand has approved the use of the new kiwi developed technology, known as the Modular Harvest System (MHS) in North Island inshore fisheries for snapper, tarakihi, trevally, red gurnard, and john dory with specific conditions.
The technology also known as the PSH used with specific conditions provides an alternative future fishing method for many New Zealand fish species that also supports the sustainability of our fish stocks and protects marine mammals.
Several metres long and weighing hundreds of kilograms, the Amazon’s pirarucu was almost fished to extinction.
But the creation of sustainable development reserves in Brazil has ensured the giant fish — and its indigenous hunters — are flourishing again.
The resurgence of one of the world’s largest freshwater fish is the result of Brazil’s years-long efforts to combine scientific and traditional know-how to preserve the country’s rich biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods for indigenous communities in the Amazon.
Spanning more than 7.4mn acres, the Mamiraua and neighbouring Amana Sustainable Development Reserves in the upper reaches of the Amazon river were created in the 1990s by the state government.
Shoppers buying Bumble Bee branded tuna later this year will be able to take advantage of blockchain technology to ensure the fish they are buying is fresh and from a sustainable source.
As over-fishing and the knock-on effects it can have on ocean ecosystems becomes an increasing problem worldwide, consumers are growing more cautious than ever about where their food is coming from.
Blockchain – the technology made famous by cryptocurrency Bitcoin but with potential to be used anywhere where ledgers are used in a supply chain - has been suggested as a possible solution to this problem.
A special forum for research and innovation Norway
If you are interested in research and innovation for the aquaculture industry, Research Plaza is the place to visit at the Aqua Nor aquaculture exhibition in Trondheim in August.
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More improvisation with foreign trade measures Argentina
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