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IN BRIEF - Can aquaculture meet East Africa’s hunger for fish?

CHINA
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Driving along the shores of Lake Victoria near Entebbe in Uganda, local leader Matia Lwanga Bwanika asked his driver to stop. Getting out of the car, he walked slowly into the swamplands by the lake and shook his head disapprovingly at the sight in front of him.

Fish farmers had dug up a big area of the once marshy papyrus wetland, turning it into a series of tightly packed rectangular ponds.

“This is wrong,” said Bwanika, who is the district chairperson for Wakiso and has made a name for himself as a protector of forests and wetlands. “They are literally destroying the entire wetland.”

The wetlands surround Lake Victoria, which at 68,800 square kilometres is Africa’s largest body of freshwater and drains into the Nile River. They are a natural filter for waste and chemicals, giving them an essential role in maintaining the lake as a functioning ecosystem.

Source: China Dialogue Ocean


IN BRIEF - Giant fish’s comeback boosts Amazon preservation efforts

FINLAND
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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.

Source: Gulf Times


IN BRIEF - How Bumble Bee Foods And SAP Create Blockchain To Track Fresh Fish From Ocean To Table

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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.

Source: Forbes


IN BRIEF - Japan among top 10 importers of Việt Nam’s tra fish for first time

VIET NAM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

HÀ N?I - Vietnamese tra fish, a major foreign currency earner, has gradually won the trust of Japanese consumers as seen in the market’s emergence as one of the 10 biggest tra fish importers of Vi?t Nam.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), tra fish exports were estimated at USD 609 million  in the first four months of this year, up 4.2 percent from a year earlier.

The figure included USD 11.54 million from exports to Japan, soaring 61.5 percent, making the Northeast Asian country the eighth biggest market of Vietnamese tra fish – its debut in the top 10.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Viet Nam aquaculture has room to improve

VIET NAM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Viet Nam`s seaculture area is set to reach 270,000ha with expected marine production of 750,000 tonnes by 2020. 

The target is a part of the seaculture development strategy for 2030 with a vision to 2050 developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 

According to Tran Le Nguyen Hung, head of the Reservation Department under the Directorate of Fisheries, the strategy included ground-breaking orientations to develop modern aquafarming and meet domestic and international market demands. 

Source: Pulse News


IN BRIEF - Washington state’s fishing industry caught in US-China trade war

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SEATTLE — Much of the Alaskan fishing fleet is based at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle. 

Like the waves themselves, Washington state’s seafood industry has ridden the economic ups and downs for generations as the prices of fish and crab fluctuate.

When asked about the trade war and counter tariffs between the U.S. and China, people in the fishing industry told KING 5 more about the effects of the Trump admiration’s tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum than the U.S. exports of fish to China.

Source: King 5


EN BREVE - Consequences of the use of pesticides in salmon farming in Chile

CHILE
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Farmed salmon in Chile have long suffered from parasites that interfere with the normal development of the fish. Many of these parasites are found in moderate abundance; Caligus (Caligus rogercresseyi) are the most recognized genus and the one that causes the most epidemic outbreaks in salmon farms.

Caligus or “sea louse” is a small crustacean that attaches to the surface of the skin and gills of salmon, generating significant injuries to the fish. The presence of this parasite affects both the physical development of the salmon and the quality of the product that is ultimately exported, producing great economic losses and generating annual costs of $300 million in pest control measures. Adding insult to injury, the large amounts and variety of pesticides applied to salmon farms to control these parasites represents an important source of pollutants for southern Chile’s aquatic environment.

Over the last 20 years, there have been two massive proliferation events of Caligus, which coincided with an increase in salmon production. For the control of pests, Emamectin Benzoate (PROCLAIM ® FORTE) and Deltramethrin (DECIS FORTE) have been used orally, the frequent use of which generated resistance and loss of effectiveness. At present, baths of azametifos (Byelice®) are used, an antiparasitic that manages to diminish by up to 98% the abundance of Caligus.

Source: Latin American Science


IN BRIEF - Scientists Are Warning That We Absolutely Must Not Farm Octopuses

WORLDWIDE
Monday, May 13, 2019

There's no denying that keeping livestock has deeply benefited humanity over the millennia. But, while sheep and cows may have adapted well to farm life, there's one animal humans like to eat that would fare poorly in farms.

Octopuses, scientists have argued in a new essay, should never be farmed - not just because of their intelligence, but because of the environmental impacts such farms would create.

It's already started. Global demand for octopus as a food is on the rise, which last year saw prices soaring amid poor supply. Prices are expected to remain high for at least the rest of 2019.

Source: Science Alert


IN BRIEF - China, new growth market for Ireland's seafood exports

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Monday, May 13, 2019

DUBLIN - China has become a new growth market for Ireland's seafood exports, revealed a report obtained by Xinhua on Sunday.

The report, prepared by BIM (Irish Sea Fisheries Board in English), a state agency responsible for developing the Irish marine fishing and aquaculture industries, showed that Ireland exported a total of EUR 47 million (about USD 53 million) worth of seafood products to China in 2018, up by 68 percent compared with a year ago.

The growth in the Chinese market stood in sharp contrast with the performance of the other major export markets for the Irish seafood products.

Source: Xinhua Net


IN BRIEF - Inland fish industry set for larger target

SRI LANKA
Monday, May 13, 2019

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department will harvest inland fish island-wide in water sources larger than 800 hectares.

Agriculture Irrigation, Rural Economy, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister P. Harrison released 100,000 fish to the Nachchaduwa tank in Anuradhapura commencing the programme recently.

The Minister said on the occasion that Kalawewa, Mahakanadarawa, Padaviya, Wahalkada, Tissa Wewa, Huruluwewa, Balaluwewa, Nuwarawewa and Mahawilachchya will be used to carry out the programme.

Source: Daily News


IN BRIEF - Marine protection proposed for south eastern South Island

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, May 13, 2019

Action is underway to enhance the protection of our precious marine biodiversity in the face of the global biodiversity crisis.

An area of South Island coast and ocean the size of Auckland or three quarters the size of Rakiura/Stewart Island is being tagged for protection under a proposal supported by Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

The Ministers have decided to progress a comprehensive marine protection network in the south eastern South Island. Public views on the areas proposed for protection will again be sought.

Source: Scoop


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