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IN BRIEF - Powered by nature: Norwegian cruise operator signs rotten fish biogas deal

NORWAY
Friday, May 24, 2019

OSLO - Norwegian cruise ship operator Hurtigruten has signed a 7.5-year deal to buy liquefied biogas (LBG) made from dead fish and other organic waste to help power its vessels, the firm said on Thursday 23.

Under the contract with Biokraft, Hurtigruten ships will start receiving near-daily supplies of LBG, with the first delivery taking place in 2020, it added.

The company last year said it would invest about USD 800 million to refit six vessels to partly run on the renewable fuel.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Conservationists raise alarm over wild fish killed inside B.C. salmon farms

CANADA
Thursday, June 13, 2019

A conservation charity said it's concerned by what it calls a "growing trend" of wild fish killed by the salmon farming industry on British Columbia's coast.

Stan Proboszcz, science advisor with Watershed Watch Salmon Society, said nine times as many wild fish were reported inside open-net pen farms in 2017 compared with 2011.

"We saw quite a staggering increase in incidental catch over the years," he said. "Something's wrong here if we're seeing this large increase in wild fish being killed inside salmon farms."

The society crunched the number of "incidental catches" self-reported by industry to government during harvests, fish transfers and farm relocations.

Source: CBC


EN BREVE - Cyclone batters fishing hub but veers away from Indian coast

INDIA
Thursday, June 13, 2019

VERAVAL - A cyclone in the Arabian Sea battered an Indian fishing hub with heavy wind, wave and rain Thursday and was forecast to still bring dangerous weather even as it veered away from the western coast.

The India Meteorological Department says Cyclone Vayu, the season's second major storm and named after the Hindi word for wind, has jogged west, skirting the coast of the western state of Gujarat and unlikely to hit it head on as previously forecast. Pakistan warned of rough seas and dangerous heat, though the cyclone wasn't expected to directly hit the port city of Karachi.

In anticipation of the storm, rescue workers evacuated nearly 300,000 people, taking a cue from Cyclone Fani, which came ashore on India's eastern coast in May, killing 34 people in India and 15 in neighboring Bangladesh.

Source: The Publics Radio


IN BRIEF - NFI, SIRF partner on seafood blockchain pilot with IBM

UNITED STATES
Thursday, June 13, 2019

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI), with financial support from the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF), announced 11 June 2019 it is partnering with IBM’s Food Trust to create a blockchain-based seafood supply chain traceability program.

NFI is the largest U.S. seafood industry trade group. IBM’s Food Trust is a blockchain-based system that creates a shared record of food data, and that system will introduced to NFI members. Members – including harvesters, importers, processers, cold storage, foodservice restaurants, and retailers – are all involved with the program.

Source: Saving Seafood


IN BRIEF - Early sockeye run greets combat fishermen on Russian River opener

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

COOPER LANDING, Alaska - In the three days leading up to the opening of the Kenai and Russian River, close to 8,000 salmon passed the Department of Fish and Games fish counter in the Russian River.

During the same period leading up to the opening date last season, fewer than 200 fish had been tallied at the same spot.

Many anglers who scouted spots late Monday night were able to quickly catch their limit of three sockeye shortly after midnight, and the good fishing continued through Tuesday morning.

By early Tuesday afternoon, crowds at on the river thinned as many anglers caught their limit in a short period. However, sections of the river near parking areas would still be best described as 'combat fishing'.

Source: KTOO


IN BRIEF - Fisheries outcomes maximized through traditional practice

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A new study led by a University of Rhode Island doctoral student and published in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found a possible solution to one of the biggest conservation and livelihood challenges in the marine realm.

Paul Carvalho, along with URI Assistant Professor Austin Humphries and colleagues from several other institutions, found that fishing grounds with areas that are closed to fisheries but are periodically harvested are better than fishing grounds with permanent, no-take marine protected areas.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Renewables anchoring tech could be used for aquaculture

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

If successful, the initiative could help to promote the sustainable development of fish farming by allowing new sites to be located further out to sea.

Salmon farming critics claim coastal operations damage wild fish stocks, particularly through the spread of sea-lice, although the industry insists its impact on the environment is minimal.

Source: Energy Voice


IN BRIREF - Invasive pink salmon could return to Scottish rivers

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A non-native species of fish could return to Scottish rivers in large numbers in 2019.

Pink salmon are native to Pacific Ocean waters but have spread to parts of northern Europe after being released into rivers in Russia in the 1960s.

Fisheries Management Scotland said 2017 saw "unprecedented numbers" of pink salmon in UK rivers.

It said due to the fishes' two-year life cycle the salmon could be seen again this year.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - UK company proposes salmon aquaculture in Millinocket

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A London-based company is proposing a salmon aquaculture operation in Millinocket, Maine.

Aquaculture Management & Holding Co. said Tuesday that it is ready to begin building the plant after two years of planning and preparation. The Bangor Daily News reports that the company said earlier this year it intended to open a land-based salmon farm in the U.S. by 2022.

Steve Sanders, director of mill site redevelopment at Our Katahdin, tells the newspaper that the organization has been in discussion with several companies.

Source: Bandenton


IN BRIEF - EU executive says - be ready for 'very possible' no-deal Brexit

EUROPEAN UNION
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

BRUSSELS - The European Commission on Wednesday said a no-deal Brexit was “very much possible” as it updated its contingency preparations and told countries, companies and people to be ready for the expected economic fallout.

The European Union’s executive said it would pay particular attention in coming months to crucial areas including citizens rights, financial services, transport and fisheries, ahead of Britain’s departure from the bloc, now due on Oct.31.

Its latest review of the EU’s no-deal plans comes as Britain’s Conservative Party is picking a new prime minister to replace Theresa May, defeated by her inability to pass through the UK parliament the deal she secured with the bloc seven months ago.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Lerøy acquitted of welfare charges after ‘witch hunt’

NORWAY
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Both the company’s Lerøy Midt division and Måsøval Fish Farming were reviewed by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority for having had very large numbers of lice on the fish at their farms in summer 2016.

The Authority wrote in a report that for Lerøy Midt the number of lice per fish during August 2016 developed to 60-100 lice per fish, and that the numbers had not been in the company’s weekly counts. According to the Authority, harvest data showed that 17% of the fish that were slaughtered were downgraded to so-called production fish because of open wounds.

Source: Fish Farming Expert


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