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IN BRIEF - Study: California fish hatcheries lack proper protocols

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 10, 2012

California needs to dramatically reform its fish hatcheries in order to maintain healthy salmon and steelhead populations, according to a major new study.

The USD 2 million study, released Tuesday 7 August by state and federal wildlife agencies, concludes nearly two years of work by a panel of fishery experts. It found, among other things, that the state lacks standard protocols to manage the 40 million salmon it produces each year at eight hatcheries. It also does not do enough field monitoring to fully understand the fate of all those fish.

The hatcheries, most of them on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, were built to atone for the spawning habitat eliminated by dams. But artificial breeding can also weaken the wild salmon that remain, making the entire population more vulnerable to environmental disruptions.

Source: Matt Weiser / Inside Bay Area

 


IN BRIEF - Alaska Fishing Industry sends help to Japan fishing fleets

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 31, 2012

The Alaska Fishing Industry Relief Mission (AFIRM) is delivering aid to help fishing fleets of Northern Japan affected by last year’s tsunamis.

The Alaska seafood industry, led by major contributors UniSea and American Seafoods initiated the relief fund shortly after the March 2011 tsunami devastated the fishing communities of Northern Japan. Seattle-based Unisea, American Seafoods, and Glacier Fish Company inspired donations from their vessel, plant and office employees and then matched them, effectively doubling the industry’s grassroots fundraising efforts. All in all, over 180 fishing and processing industry participants donated over USD 375,000 with the purpose of helping the affected fishing industry of northeastern Japan rebuild their fishing and processing infrastructure.

Source: Alaska Business Monthly

 


IN BRIEF - Draft fishing aid package: USD 100M in 'buyouts,' 80M in subsidies

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 31, 2012

A draft letter that outlines a proposed disaster relief program for the Northeast groundfishery - featuring a USD 100 million permit and boat buyback program, and USD 87.5 million in various subsidies for those who stay in business - is circulating among members of the New England congressional delegation.

Under the program, the government would front the buyback money, which would be repaid from charges on the revenue generated by the industry survivors, according to the draft letter. The government would also put up USD 10 million to cover the anticipated default rate in the program.

Source: Richard Gaines / Gloucester Times

 


IN BRIEF - Greenpeace intercepts super trawler Margiris in southern Australia

AUSTRALIA
Friday, August 31, 2012

PORT LINCOLN - Greenpeace activists on an inflatable boat intercepted the world's second largest factory fishing trawler, the FV Margiris, and are blocking the monster ship's attempt to sneak into Port Lincoln in South Australia.

Greenpeace is calling on the Australian government to refuse to grant a fishing license to the FV Margiris and introduce a policy to ban all
super trawlers from Australian waters.

"These ships literally vacuum up entire schools of fish. You could fly a jumbo Jet through the opening of its net with room to spare," said
Greenpeace Australia Pacific oceans campaigner Nathaniel Pelle from the deck of the Margiris." Wherever these super trawlers go, they leave
devastated fisheries in their wake. If we want healthy oceans and ample seafood for the future, we need fewer massive boats and more fish."

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IN BRIEF - Early coho action described as 'best fishing in years'

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 31, 2012

Knowledgeable salmon fishermen are using superlatives to describe early coho action in local waters: "Best fishing I've seen in years and years," said Mike Chamberlain at Ted's Sport Center in Lynnwood. "One of the best early seasons I've seen here in a long time," said Gary Krein, owner of All Star Charters in Everett. "There have been lots of coho around, and lots of people catching them, since the selective chinook fishery closed."

Krein put five limits in his boat by 8 a.m. both Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 Aug., fishing off Edmonds in anywhere from 300 to 600 feet of water and with his 'riggers at 40 to 60 feet. Hot setup was a flasher or dodger followed by a white squid, on 20 to 21 inches of leader with the dodger, and 28 inches with the Hot Spot flasher.

Source: Wayne Kruse / The Herald

 


IN BRIEF - New scallop survey technology to displace SMAST

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 31, 2012

NEW BEDFORD - The decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service to use new technology to assess the abundance of scallop stocks means the end for the annual survey that SMAST has been conducting in cooperation with the fishing industry for the past 10 years.

The decision has been met with resistance in New Bedford. "It's very disheartening," said SMAST's Kevin Stokesbury, a professor at the school's Department of Fisheries Oceanography who developed the SMAST survey. "Our survey estimates are accurate and precise and have been completely accepted by the fisheries service," he said, The data has been published in 25 scientific papers, according to Stokesbury.

"I don't think the new method has been subjected to the same amount of statistical review," he said.

Source: Don Cuddy / South Coast Today

 


IN BRIEF - Russia to ban food imports from several companies in Australia, Spain, China

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, August 31, 2012

MOSCOW - Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia's federal veterinary and phytosanitary oversight service, is banning food imports from several companies in Australia, Spain and China on 9 September.

The watchdog's press office said the ban would apply to beef from Australia's JBS Australia Pty Ltd., where mesophilic anerobic and facultative anerobic microorganisms have been discovered. A consignment of pork from Frecarn S.A. in Spain was found to be contaminated by listeria and frozen mussels from China's Rizhao Longxing with E-coli.

Temporary restrictions on imports were imposed as all these cases were repeat violations.

Source: Kyiv Post

 


IN BRIEF - Isaac slams rural fishing areas

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 31, 2012

GULFPORT,(MS) - Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans on Wednesday 29 August, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages that had few defenses against the slow-moving storm that could bring days of unending rain.

Isaac arrived exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina and passed slightly to the west of New Orleans, where the city's fortified levee system easily handled the assault.

The city's biggest problems seemed to be downed power lines, scattered tree limbs and minor flooding. Just one person was reported killed, compared with 1,800 deaths from Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. And police reported few problems with looting. Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew just to be sure.

Source: Seacost Online

 


IN BRIEF - Cannery in American Samoa not hiring till later 2013

AMERICAN SAMOA
Friday, August 31, 2012

Samoa Tuna Processors says its hiring for its new fish processing plant in American Samoa will not happen until the 3rd quarter of next year.

Alfonso Pete Galeai told the Senate Budget and Operations Committee they plan to hire more than 1,000 workers next year. He was being questioned on projections in the new fiscal year budget for the American Samoa Government of increased tax revenues due to hiring at the canneries. But Alfonso says the hiring will depend on market demand and when the renovations for the plant at Atu’u will be completed.

Source: Radio New Zealand International

 


IN BRIEF - Statistical Office of The Republic of Slovenia: Fishery – persons in employment and production area, Slovenia, 2011 – final data

SLOVENIA
Friday, August 31, 2012

Persons in employment in Slovene fishery: In 2011, 332 persons were engaged in fishery in Slovenia: 62 per cent of those persons were engaged in aquaculture, and the remaining 38 per cent were engaged in marine fishing Compared to 2010, in 2011 their total number decreased by 3 per cent due to the reduction in the number of persons in employment in inland aquaculture production.

Marine fishing: In 2011 in marine fishing the total number of persons in employment increased by 2 per cent over 2010. The number of persons employed in enterprises or by registered self-employed persons also increased (by 4 per cent). Nevertheless, in marine fishing as economic activity self-employed persons still dominated.

Aquaculture: In aquaculture in 2011 the number of persons in employment decreased by 5 per cent over 2010. In inland fish farming the number of persons in employment decreased by 7 per cent, while in mariculture it increased by 7 per cent.

Source: 4-Traders

 


IN BRIEF - First silver smelt fishery gains MSC certification

FAROE ISLANDS
Friday, August 31, 2012

On 30 August, the Faroese fishery of Great Silver Smelt has been successfully certified in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) global standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. Great silver smelt (Argentina silus) taken from this fishery are now eligible to bear the MSC ecolabel and the Faroe Islands fishery is the first MSC certified silver smelt fishery in the world. The assessment was carried out by independent certifier Det Norske Veritas.

 


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