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IN BRIEF - NEW FRILLED GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS DISCOVERED IN ALASKA

UNITED STATES
Thursday, January 04, 2018

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant Pacific octopus swimming right under their noses. Suspected for years, this is the first time researchers have confirmed the species both genetically and visually.

Called the frilled giant Pacific octopus, the mysterious creature has a bumpy ridge across its body, weird fleshy “eyelashes” and two white spots on its head.

Scientists published two papers on the species in the American Malacological Bulletin in November; one on its genetics and one on its body patterns. The research is part of Alaska Pacific University’s Alaska Octopus Project.

The existence of another species has been suspected since at least 2012, Earther reports. Alaska Pacific University and U.S. Geological Survey researchers found different DNA among giant Pacific octopuses in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. After taking tissue samples, the scientists released the animals back into the wild.

This left the task of visual identification to Nathan Hollenbeck. He cataloged the distinguishing features of the species as part of his undergraduate senior thesis at Alaska Pacific University.


IN BRIEF - Illegal fishing clampdown

THAILAND
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Among the many pressing issues accorded priority by the Thai Government, the problem of IUU fishing is at the forefront. Over the past three years, the Government has spared no effort in its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand, with the battle being waged on many fronts simultaneously. It is worth highlighting some of them.

A strong legal framework is an essential foundation for the Government’s endeavours and, in this regard, a new law was passed in 2015 governing the entire fisheries sector. Furthermore, necessary amendments to existing legislation have been made and over 100 new implementing regulations have been enacted. This comprehensive legal reform of the fishing industry has enabled the Government to gain complete oversight over fishing activities, while also providing the tools to punish violators of the law.

Fisheries management is of utmost importance in order to prevent overfishing and ensure the sustainability of marine resources. New regulations were issued to control fishing gears with high-catch capacities. Fishing methods deemed to be highly destructive were prohibited. The period of validity of fishing licenses issued to fishing vessels will henceforth take into account the quantity of existing fish stocks that can be caught on a sustainable basis.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Official: Move of Japan fish market could have been better

JAPAN
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

TOKYO - A top market official acknowledged Tuesday 16th of October 2018that the recent move of Japan’s main fish market from Tsukiji to a site found contaminated by arsenic could have been better handled.

“I can’t say that discussions were sufficient,” Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Toyosu Market Association, told reporters.

A few businesses are staying in Tsukiji, selling their products in the morning, even as dismantling work starts around them. But nearly all of the 500-plus wholesalers and other businesses have now shifted to Toyosu.

The move was delayed for two years after contamination, including arsenic, was found in the groundwater and soil at Toyosu, the former site of a gas plant.

Source: Washington Post


IN BRIEF - Reports of 'fish piracy' on Solomons fishing boats

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The general manager at Solomon Islands National Fisheries Developments Ltd, Frank Wickham, said there had been multiple incidents of people boarding his company's boats at sea and stealing its fish.

Mr Wickham told the Solomon Star some of his crew were being threatened.

He said the "pirates" - who boarded in provincial waters - were also sabotaging expensive fishing equipment.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - ABARES report shows status of AUD 400 million fisheries is improving

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dolphin deterrents, turtle excluders and bird bafflers are all at work in the nation’s fisheries in an effort to protect many sea species.

The latest report on Australia’s 95 fishing species noted good progress in protecting species such as sea birds, turtles, seals and sea lions during commercial fishing of wild stocks.

“All vessels in the … fisheries must use sprayers, bird bafflers or pinkies - large floats attached in front of trawl warps to scare birds away, combined with zero discharge of fish waste,” the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences Fishery Status Report 2018 said.

Source: Advocate


IN BRIEF - Caraga region is rich in tuna

INDIA
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Commercial fishing of tuna and processing is one of the potential investment opportunities in Caraga Region.

Visa Tan-Dimerin, the new Regional Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga, said that the region is rich in high-value fish such as tuna.

“We have an abundance of tuna in Caraga Region but the bulk of our catch goes to other places in Mindanao where post-harvest and processing centers are located such as in General Santos City,” the director said.

Dimerin said that Surigao del Sur is one of the sources of fresh tuna for the tuna processing industry in General Santos.

Source: Philippine Information Agency


IN BRIEF - Australian Farmer of the Year 2018 sees family founders of Huon Aquaculture take first top gong for seafood

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

For the first time in the award's history, a salmon farmer has taken out the Australian Farmer of the Year award.

Peter and Frances Bender from Huon Aquaculture in Hobart, Tasmania, were selected by an independent judging panel for the ABC Rural and Kondinin Group award which recognises rural champions both on and off-farm.

Kondinin Group's Ben White said this years awards challenged the stereotypical view of 'a farmer', acknowledging fish farmers, a mushroom farmer, innovators and inventors.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Checkpoint uncovers massive illegal paua haul

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A joint Ministry for Primary Industries and NZ Police checkpoint in Taranaki has uncovered a massive illegal haul of paua, the majority of which were undersized.

MPI fishery officers and Police stopped and inspected cars travelling on State Highway 45 near Okato last week to co-incide with low spring tides – an event that traditionally sees large numbers of people take excessive amounts of shellfish, particularly paua.

MPI spokesman Jason Howat says the south Taranaki coastline is an area of high risk of offending, in part, due to its isolation and vastness.

He says a number of people received warnings and infringements for exceeding the daily limit of paua and kina and for taking undersized paua.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Tra fish exports to exceed VND 2b

VIET NAM
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

HÀ N?I - Tra fish export value is expected to exceed USD 2 billion this year, higher than the industry’s target, due to the US-China trade war, according to experts.

Truong Ðình Hòe, general secretary of the Vi?t Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said tra fish exports will continue to increase in the last months of this year so total export value will reach VND 2.1 billion, up 22 per cent compared to 2017.

The export value of this product in the first nine months of the year surged year-on-year by 24 per cent to VND 1.6 billion, the association said.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Victorian trawl fishers cheer as massive seismic survey rejected

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The trawl fishing industry is relieved the national offshore regulator has rejected plans for a massive seismic survey off the Victorian coast.

French company CGG Services planned to map 16,850km square of the seabed, east of Melbourne, for oil and gas reserves.

CGG Services applied to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for a permit to survey off the coast of Ninety Mile beach over a seven-month period.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Restaurant fish fraud not being caught, experts warn

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rogue restaurants think they can get away with passing off catfish as cod because there is so little testing of seafood, experts have warned.

"Fish fraud" sees cheaper fish being passed off or mislabelled as a more expensive type to boost profit margins.

In 2017, seven of the 91 fish samples submitted to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were a cheaper substitute.

The number tested is far lower than the 665 meat samples submitted in 2017.

Source: BBC


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