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IN BRIEF - Undisclosed GMO salmon soon to be offered at restaurants, health-conscious consumers beware

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Wild caught salmon is a well-known source of protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and nutrients including selenium, vitamin B12, and potassium.  Compared to their farm-raised cousins, salmon caught in the wild are also generally lower in contaminants.  But, now, GMO salmon presents a whole new set of concerns for health-conscious consumers.

Obviously, wild caught fish tends to be more expensive –  which is why restaurant owners (and grocery stores) find ‘farm-raised’ or GMO salmon to be so attractive.  But, do most people fully understand the health impact of this change in our food supply?

Source: Before its News


IN BRIEF - Russian Aquaculture harvested over over 17,000 tonnes of fish in 2019

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, July 11, 2019

In total, Russia’s largest aquaculture company harvested 17,032 tonnes of salmon and trout.

Russian Aquaculture harvested 10,067 tonnes of salmon and 7,864 tonnes of trout between August 2018 and June 2019, the company reported on its site.

The company farms salmon in the Barents Sea in the Murmansk region, while its trout operations are in lakes of the Republic of Karelia. Both regions are in the northwest of Russia. Among the owners of the company are Maksim Vorobyov, the brother of the governor of Moscow.

The total is up from 2017’s 12,500 tonnes of fish.

Source: Salmon Business


IN BRIEF - Cook Inlet salmon fisheries into full swing after rough 2018

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Upper Cook Inlet salmon fisheries are now in full swing, with promising sockeye returns finally showing up.

East Side setnetters in the sections north of Kasilof opened for their first period July 8, and the personal-use dipnet fishery on the Kenai River opened July 10 2019. They join the drift gillnet fleet and other Upper Cook Inlet setnetters as well as the inriver sportfishery and the Kasilof River personal-use fishery.

As of July 8, nearly 80,000 sockeye salmon had passed the sonar in the Kenai River. That’s more than double the number that had passed through on the previous date in 2018, when only 37,513 had passed, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The Kasilof River sonar has registered about 98,635 sockeye, ahead of the 81,076 counted in 2018. Both rivers saw an uptick in daily passage on July 8 compared to July 7.

Source: Alaska Journal


IN BRIEF - Turkey's world share in aquaculture rises: Minister

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Thursday, July 11, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG - Turkey's aquaculture sector has a significant share in the world production, the country's agriculture and forestry minister said on Wednesday the 10th of July 2019.

Speaking at 3rd Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo in St. Petersburg, Russia, Bekir Pakdemirli said since 2002, the number of facilities for the aquaculture has increased by 83% and reached 2,686.

Thus, aquaculture production increased by 416% to 315,000 tons, Pakdemirli added.

Source: AA


IN BRIEF - Rattled by sardine stock crash, India begins regulating its fisheries

INDIA
Thursday, July 11, 2019

MUMBAI - In June 2019, the Indian government created its first ministry for fisheries. Although it clubs fishing together rather oddly with animal husbandry and dairy, the move fulfills a long-standing demand of the country’s fishing community and becomes the latest, and potentially the most important, of India’s slowly growing efforts to better regulate and manage its fisheries.

Fishing has transformed over the decades from a small-scale artisanal practice into an increasingly industrialized sector. The widespread adoption of mechanized boats helped hike India’s fish catch from an estimated 0.53 million metric tons in 1950 to 3.83 million metric tons in 2017.

Until recently, this growth was largely unregulated, leading to over-capacity of fishing boats, inter-state conflict, and overfishing of some species. But as yields have slowed in the past decade, including an unexpected crash in the sardine catch, India’s coastal states have begun to take measures to make fishing more sustainable. Some are also pressing for better national regulation.

Source: Mongabay


IN BRIEF - MMEA seizes 10 banned fish traps abandoned by fishermen off Perlis

MALAYSIA
Monday, July 08, 2019

KANGAR - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) seized 10 ‘Bubu Naga’ (Bubu Kambang) fish traps, which have been banned, in Kuala Perlis yesterday.

Kuala Perlis Maritime Zone MMEA director Commander Nurulazme Zakariah in a statement said the trap, the use of which violates the Fisheries Department's regulations because the size of the net is very small and could damage the marine ecosystem, were left by the fishermen about 0.4 nautical miles off the west coast of Kurong Tengar.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Bình Thuận sees jump in fish catch

VIET NAM
Monday, July 08, 2019

BÌNH THU?N - The south-central province of Bình Thu?n has caught and bred more than 100,000 tonnes of fish and other aquatic species in the first half of the year, up 2.02 per cent against the same period 2018.

Favourable weather and the appearance of a large quantity of pelagic fish in waters offshore contributed to the increase.

Fishermen in the province, one of the country's largest fishing grounds, caught 93,000 tonnes of aquatic species in the period, up 2 per cent against the same period last year. 

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Vietnam’s fisheries exports expected to reach over USD 10 billion in 2019

VIET NAM
Thursday, July 04, 2019

Nguyen Ngoc Oai, Acting Director of the General Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made the statement at a conference held in Hanoi on July 4 to review the performance of the sector in the first half of the year and deploy tasks for the second half of 2019.

Over the last few months the fisheries sector has set a number of key targets including export revenue recording over USD 10.5 billion; and the GDP growth rate and production value growth rate reaching 4.65% and 4.69%, respectively, Oai said, adding that the sector will also focus on devising measures to overcome the European Commission’s yellow card on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Some delegates at the conference proposed that in order to improve the quality of seafood exports, businesses should focus on building brands for high-quality products while promoting the processing of products with high added value and reduce the amount of waste created in the process.

Source: Nhan Dan


IN BRIEF - Ocean currents spin a web of interconnected fisheries around the world

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 04, 2019

Chances are the locally caught fish you bought down by the wharf was spawned thousands of miles away, migrating on ocean currents, a new study has found.

An estimated 90 percent of marine catches are caught within 200 miles, or 320 kilometers, of countries’ shores, but they most likely originated in spawning grounds under the jurisdiction of a different country, according to the study published June 21 in the journal Science.

Analyzing data of catch and known spawning grounds of more than 700 fish species, coupled with ocean current data, the paper’s researchers developed a computer model to show where the various species tended to be born and caught.

Source: Mongabay


IN BRIEF - Brexit risk to Jersey finance industry ‘very small’ but aquaculture threatened

UNITED KINGDOM
Thursday, July 04, 2019

Sir Mark Boleat, former chairman of the City of London Policy Committee, Jersey Development Committee and the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities, was in the Island for the International Banking Forum, Future of Wealth conference.

Speaking to delegates, Sir Mark said that financial services firms have already moved from the City of London and will stay moved, whatever the outcome of the Brexit situation.

He praised Jersey for its handling of the situation, but said it could be influenced by the damage to London and the UK, and one of the dangers is France using the Island as a bargaining tool or pressure point.

Source: Jersey Evening Post


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