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IN BRIEF - 70,000 tonne sandeel quota for Norway

DENMARK
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has recommended a provisional quota of 70,000 tonnes of sandeel in 2018. Following an acoustic survey, a revised recommendation will be made.

The Institute of Marine Research states that the estimated biomass is one of the highest since 2009, with a high density of sandeel in many areas. According to the Institute, exceptionally good recruitment on the 2016 year class has contributed to this currently strong biomass, which also includes a relatively high volume of four-year old animals.

The combination of these older individuals and proportion of the 2016 year class believed to have reached reproductive indicates that the spawning stock is relatively high in areas 1 to 4. According to researchers, however, there is a high level of uncertainty concerning how the stock will develop, including it being a prey species for other fish.

Source: Fisker Forum


IN BRIEF - Boosting domestic aquaculture

NIGERIA
Friday, December 07, 2018

Fish farming is a promising business for small scale investors in Lagos. There are many ventures and job opportunities in the industry.To increase this, the state is partnering the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) to build a resource hub for aquaculture, with focus on fish breeding and technology, DANIEL ESSIET reports.

Lagos State is home to many fish farmers whose livelihoods depend on their harvests. But a problem facing the farmers is stemming fish losses which reduce their incomes. The high percentage of fish losses is due mainly to poor infrastructure, such as inadequate processing  facilities,  poor  fish  handling  and  lack  of  storage. Although the farmers have the capability to produce more fish they also lack the capacity to manage the entire production process – from hatchery to harvesting.

To address these, the state is partnering the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) which introduced the farmers to new hatchery and fish smoking technologies at the presentation of a fish processing facility in Lagos.

Source: The Nation


IN BRIEF - Nigeria’s depleting fish stocks may pose a threat to regional security

NIGERIA
Friday, December 07, 2018

Sometime in the next year or two, Nigeria will become the seventh country to reach a population of 200m or more. It is still growing considerably faster than all other nations towards the top of the list and, by 2050, the UN expects Nigeria to have the world’s third-largest population.

Keeping all those mouths fed will be a huge challenge, not least because millions of Nigerians depend on fish from the Atlantic coastline, mostly caught by small-scale artisanal fishermen. And those livelihoods are now threatened by climate change, pollution and illegal fishing.

Firstly, climate change: as oceans warm, habitats will be degraded and biodiversity will be lost. Many fish will migrate towards the poles to follow the cooler seas, making fishing at high latitudes more productive while tropical fisheries suffer. Nigeria, just above the equator, will be hit particularly hard. According to the World Bank, under a high CO2 emissions scenario there will be a 53% reduction in the country’s fish resources by 2050.

Source: The Conversation


IN BRIEF - Whirling disease-resistant fish thrives

UNITED STATES
Friday, December 07, 2018

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists recently found whirling disease-resistant rainbow trout thriving in the Arkansas River near Salida.

The finding offers a hopeful sign for wildlife conservation efforts aimed at overcoming whirling disease, which decimated trout populations in Colorado after its discovery in the 1980s, a CPW press release reported.

The rainbows in the Arkansas are the spawn of wild rainbows from the Gunnison River that are resistant to the deadly disease, which is caused by a parasite that leaves rainbows deformed and swimming in circles before it quickly kills the youngest fish.

Source: The Mountain Mail


IN BRIEF - Alaska Fish Factor: Pacific halibut stock from California to Bering Sea continues decline

UNITED STATES
Friday, December 07, 2018

Alaska fishermen are bracing for more cuts to their halibut harvest in 2019.

Results of this year’s surveys showed that the Pacific stock from California to the Bering Sea continues to decline, and will likely result in lower catches.

“We estimate that the stock went down until around 2010 from historical highs in the late 1990s.

Source: Petersburg Pilot


IN BRIEF - More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, study says

UNITED STATES
Friday, December 07, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The next time you take a dive in the ocean you might notice the water getting dirtier.

Leaders at the UN say by the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Officials say more than eight million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. That’s the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic dumping into the ocean every minute.

UN officials are calling for single-use plastics to be phased out, such as straws and plastic silverware and is launching a new global call to action to end plastic pollution in the ocean.

Source: Fox2Now


IN BRIEF - Final Rule for Groundfish Gear Restrictions

UNITED STATES
Friday, December 07, 2018

This rule revises Federal regulations that currently restrict the use and configuration of bottom and midwater trawl gear for vessels fishing under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery's Trawl Rationalization Program.

The revisions implemented through this rule were developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to address restrictions that are no longer necessary because of changes to the fishery including implementation of the Trawl Rationalization Program in 2011 and improved status of a number of overfished rockfish stocks.

This action will likely increase flexibility in how vessels can use and configure gear to increase access to target stocks and efficiency of fishing practices, while still limiting the catch of target and non-target discards to meet the conservation objectives of the Trawl Rationalization Program.

Source: Federal Register


IN BRIEF - Frenzy for fish means torturous life at sea for migrant fishermen

SOUTH AFRICA
Friday, December 07, 2018

CAPE TOWN - It was after nightfall when the folded sheet of paper was slipped under the door of the Mission to Seafarers building in South Africa’s Cape Town harbor.

“We are fishermen workers of the ship Fuh Sheng 11,” stated the letter written by the mostly Indonesian crew. “We have a problem in our ship.”

The letter helped to trigger an investigation which saw the Taiwanese trawler held in port in May. Over the following weeks, the crew showed photographs and video of squalid conditions on board - which they described as “hell”.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Early reports positive as scallop season opens

UNITED STATES
Thursday, December 06, 2018

BLUE HILL - The Downeast scallop season got underway this weekend and early reports are that the fleet was active, the fishing good and the price satisfactory.

Divers got the first crack at scallops in Blue Hill Bay as their season opened on Saturday. Draggers had to wait until Monday to get out on the water. According to Marine Patrol Sgt. Colin MacDonald, plenty of them did despite less than ideal conditions.

Saturday was a good day for diving. Though the temperature was chilly, scallop buyer Joshua Buxton said divers selling to him at the South Blue Hill pier all reported that there was no wind on the bay and that the water wasn’t rough.

Source: Ellsworth American


IN BRIEF - UBC study identifies destructive fisheries

UNITED STATES
Thursday, December 06, 2018

A University of British Columbia study says industrial fisheries who rely on bottom trawling threw 437 million tons of fish worth USD 560 billion overboard over the past 65 years.

“Industrial fisheries do not bring everything they catch to port,” said Tim Cashion, lead author of the study, and a researcher with SeaAroundUs, an initiative at UBS’s Institute for Oceans and Fisheries.  “During the period we studied, they threw out over 750 million tons of fish and 60 percent of that waste was due to bottom trawlers alone,”

To reach this conclusion, Cashion said he and his colleagues identified the fishing tools used by industrial and artisanal fisheries in each maritime country and territory and paired them with millions of records in the SeaAroundUs catch database that includes reported and unreported catches by fishing country, fishing sector, year and species.

Source: The Cordova Times


IN BRIEF - Sanford’s sale potentially affecting Tauranga jobs

NEW ZEALAND
Thursday, December 06, 2018

New Zealand seafood company Sanford has announced it now has an unconditional agreement to sell its Tauranga based pelagic business to local company Pelco NZ Ltd.

The assets included are three purse seine fishing vessels, processing equipment and pelagic quota in Fisheries Management Area 1.

The conditional sale was announced on November 19 and the deal has been finalised today.

A number of jobs in Tauranga are potentially affected by the transition, but Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch has confirmed that talks are already underway with Pelco about the potential for some of the impacted Sanford staff and contractors to find roles at the local Tauranga company.

Source: Sun Live


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