A Seattle-based company is waiting to find out if its “fish transportation system” will be called into action to help move tens of thousands of spawning salmon trapped by a rockslide in the Fraser River north of Lillooet, B.C.
The slide was discovered in mid-June, and has left behind what’s been described a high-speed waterfall which is obstructing salmon trying to return to their spawning grounds.
The provincial and federal governments have been working to find ways to get the fish moving again, and are currently transporting tank-loads of fish via helicopter. Fisheries and Oceans Canada said so far, 1,340 fish have been moved above the slide using this method, but at the last available count, 40,000 had gathered below.
AN international ocean advocacy nongovernment organization (NGO) reiterated its call to the Duterte administration to exercise “political will” in implementing Republic Act 8550 as amended by Republic Act 10654 to protect the livelihood of small fishermen against commercial fishing vessels that regularly “raid” municipal fishing grounds.
In particular, Oceana said all commercial fishing vessels with a gross tonnage of 3.1 metric tons and above should be required to install a vessel monitoring device for proper monitoring and tracking of their movements.
At a news conference in Quezon City on Tuesday, Oceana President Jim Simon and Senior Advisor Michael Hirshfield together with Oceana Philippines Vice President Gloria Estenzo-Ramos said the installation of monitoring device will help prevent illegal fishing activities in areas where these commercial fishing vessels are supposed to be “off-limits.”
TALLINN - The six-year-old project in restocking Atlantic sturgeon in Narva River marked another milestone on Wednesday when 20,000 more sturgeon juveniles were released into the border river, regional newspaper Pohjarannik said.
The first Atlantic sturgeons -- 400 one-year-old juveniles brought here from Canada by plane -- were released into the river in October 2013. Of the next consignment, hatched in Germany, some were released into Narva River young while others were released in several portions later after growing bigger on the Haaslava fish farm.
Fish researcher Meelis Tambets told the newspaper that this time altogether 50,000 hatchlings were brought from Germany, 20,000 of which were released into the river at once. The remaining 30,000 were taken to the fish farms of Haaslava and Polula and will be released later.
KOCHI - Researchers have discovered yet another subterranean snakehead species from Kerala.
The newly discovered fish, a cousin of the well-known varaal and cher meen, is characterised by an elongate body, small size, a very large mouth, and most remarkably, the fin rays of the pectoral fin being greatly elongated as filamentous extensions. It is hypothesized that these extensions may be sensory in nature and used by the fish to find its way in the dark by touch. Resea-rchers at the Peninsular and Marine Fish Genetic Resources Centre of National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Kochi have described the species as Aenigmachanna mahabali. The fish was collected by Arun Vishwanath, a native of Thiruvalla from the well in his house in April, 2018.
The discovery of this species comes on the heels of Aenigmachanna gollum, that was discovered earlier this year from Malappuram.
SEOUL - North Korea has released a Russian fishing boat held after being accused of violating entry regulations, the Russian embassy in North Korea said on Sunday, in an incident that prompted a Russian warning of a freezing of talks on fisheries cooperation.
North Korea detained the 15 Russian and two South Korean crew members of the fishing boat on July 17 2019 for violating entry rules, according to the embassy. Russia said the boat did not breach any law.
The two South Korean men were also freed, the embassy said in a Facebook post.
Russia’s RIA news agency had earlier cited Russia’s fisheries agency Rosrybolovstvo as saying shipping data showed North Korea’s action had been illegal and the fishing boat had not entered its waters.
A LEADING SNP official was made to squirm during a BBC grilling this morning, after the Scottish minister backed giving away control of its fisheries in exchange for EU membership.
The SNP could face a crisis over its EU position as Britain heads towards a no deal exit under Boris Johnson. In a shocking slip-up, the SNP’s Derek Mackay told the BBC this morning that an independent Scotland could give back control of its fisheries to Brussels in exchange for EU membership. After being pressed by the BBC’s Martha Kearney, the Finance Secretary of Scotland admitted that the Scottish fisheries were an acceptable trade-off.