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IN BRIEF - Crab Season Cut Short To Protect Whales

UNITED STATES
Monday, April 08, 2019

The commercial crab fishing season is being cut nearly in half this year. It ends statewide one week from today. The goal is to prevent whale and sea turtle entanglements in the crab fishing gear.

On a dock at Moss Landing Harbor, Roger Whitney looks into a bin full of Dungeness crabs.

“We bring them in off the boats and then we put them in nice fresh saltwater. And then we add oxygen to them, so they stay nice and lively for the market,” Whitney says.

Whitney owns Bay Fresh Seafoods. He buys seafood off boats that pull right up to his dock.  Then, he sells it to restaurants and fish markets.

Source: Kazu


IN BRIEF - County readies for aquaculture boom

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 05, 2019

Franklin County commissioners signaled Tuesday their support to the growing interest in farming aquaculture leases in Apalachicola Bay, but want to see priority extended to locals displaced from working the public oyster bars.

In addition, they plan to ask state officials to look into making grants available to those within the seafood industry here who might not have the tens of thousands of dollars in working capital needed to enter into aquaculture as a full-time occupation.

In a wide-ranging discussion Tuesday morning at their regular meeting, commissioners reviewed details of requests from three local men to secure four one-acre leases, each for 10 years, in St. George Sound, in waters within the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Source: Apalach Times


IN BRIEF - Lawsuit asks U.S. to revisit salmon fishing's effect on endangered killer whales

UNITED STATES
Friday, April 05, 2019

The survival of endangered killer whales off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington is being put at risk by salmon fishing authorized under a decade-old U.S. government biological opinion, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

The lawsuit’s complaint in U.S. District Court in Seattle argued the 2009 opinion is “outdated,” adding that research on Southern Resident killer whales since the opinion came out blames their population decline mostly on “prey depletion” caused by overfishing of primarily Chinook salmon in ocean nurseries.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture Industry May Be The Saving Grace For Nova Scotia’s Rural Communities

CANADA
Friday, April 05, 2019

And while the growth of urban centres is great, “improving productivity and competitiveness in our foundational rural industries – tourism, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, mining and manufacturing – is essential if we are to build a stronger trade economy for the province as a whole,” according to a 2014 report by One Nova Scotia’s Ivany Commission.

The growing aquaculture industry may just be the saving grace for rural communities.

The sector employs around 1,100 people directly in Nova Scotia, and 3,000 people in supporting industries, says Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s Executive Director Tom Smith. The bulk of them are in rural and coastal communities.

Source: Huddle


IN BRIEF - Marine debris likely to outnumber fish in sea by 2030: Minister Susi

INDONESIA
Friday, April 05, 2019

Franklin County commissioners signaled Tuesday their support to the growing interest in farming aquaculture leases in Apalachicola Bay, but want to see priority extended to locals displaced from working the public oyster bars.

In addition, they plan to ask state officials to look into making grants available to those within the seafood industry here who might not have the tens of thousands of dollars in working capital needed to enter into aquaculture as a full-time occupation.

In a wide-ranging discussion Tuesday morning at their regular meeting, commissioners reviewed details of requests from three local men to secure four one-acre leases, each for 10 years, in St. George Sound, in waters within the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Source: Antara News


IN BRIEF - EU sees 'significant' damage to fishing firms from no-deal Brexit

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, April 05, 2019

BRUSSELS - The European Union’s Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vela said on Friday the bloc was hoping to maintain reciprocal access to UK fishing waters after Brexit but was also preparing for the alternatives.

Vela told a news conference: “In case of a no-deal Brexit, EU fishing vessels would have to leave UK waters and UK vessels would have to leave EU waters. This would have significant negative economic consequences on the part of the EU fleet, which depends on access to UK waters.”

“Obviously, even on the part of the UK fleet fishing in EU waters.”

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Mowi ASA: Changes in Group Management Team structure

NORWAY
Friday, April 05, 2019

Catarina Martins has been appointed Chief Sustainability Officer ("CSO") in Mowi ASA. Catarina has a MSc in Marine Biology from Lisbon University in Portugal, a PhD in Animal Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a MBA in Global Seafood from Norwegian School of Economics. In addition, Catarina has supplementary education in Corporate Sustainability and other relevant education from Harvard University in the USA. She has both a scientific and business background that are of importance in this position. During the past five years Catarina has worked as Group Manager of Environment and Sustainability in Mowi ASA.

Following Mowi's strategy of being a leading integrated seafood provider and to support our MOWI branding strategy, we have identified a need to strengthen the area of sustainability. Mowi is a company that is living and producing in close cooperation with nature, and our success depends on sustainable and environmentally responsible interactions with the natural environment. A vital part of the CSO's responsibility is to strengthen and implement Mowi's sustainability strategy.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Malta declaration to protect juvenile fish stock ‘at risk’

MALTA
Friday, April 05, 2019

A political commitment signed in Malta two years ago to protect juvenile fish stocks in the Mediterranean was at risk, a sea and ocean protection NGO warned.

The Malta MedFish4Ever declaration was spearheaded by the European Commission and signed by 15 countries, including Malta, in March 2017. It set out a detailed programme to protect fish stocks in the Mediterranean through the setting up of protected areas and better data collection.

The declaration also aimed to eliminate illegal fishing by 2020 by ensuring that all signatories had the legal framework and the necessary human and technical capabilities to meet their control and inspection responsibilities.

Source: Times of Malta


IN BRIEF - NOAA maintains East Coast bluefish catch rules for 2019

UNITED STATES
Thursday, April 04, 2019

Federal fishing regulators said catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018.

Bluefish is an oily fish that is popular with some seafood fans on the East Coast, where it is fished commercially. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said rules for this year and only experiencing minor adjustments, in part because no states exceeded their quota allocations in 2018.

Fishermen will be able to harvest more than 7.7 million pounds of bluefish from Maine to Florida this year. The states with the most quota are North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts.

Source: Bangor Daily News


IN BRIEF - Maine lobster company pursues new customers in Korea, Vietnam to survive Chinese tariffs

UNITED STATES
Thursday, April 04, 2019

YORK, Maine — The most recent round of U.S. trade talks with China seem to be signaling an easing off of tariffs imposed last year, perhaps as soon as this month. That would be good news for Tom Adams, owner of lobster wholesale business Maine Coast Company.

Since “July 6,” he says, effortlessly recalling the exact date, a 25 percent tariff has been imposed on all lobster exported from the United States to China, as trade tensions between the two countries escalated. At the time, trade with Chinese companies comprised about 20 percent of all company revenue and business was growing, he said.

“The first couple of days we were stunned. We were very vested in the China business,” he said. Company officials had been monitoring trade talks in the early months of 2018, he said, but there was no sign that lobster would be included in the tariffs. Almost immediately afterward, trade with Chinese companies evaporated, resulting ultimately in an 80 percent drop in business to the country.

Source: Bangor Daily News


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