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IN BRIEF - A wake-up call for EU fisheries ministers

EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Half a century of overfishing, including a devastating crash of the North Sea cod fishery in the nineties, should have been warning enough that we cannot negotiate nature’s limits.

Unfortunately not. Now ICES is advising that North Sea cod populations are at such depleted levels, that there should be a 70 percent cut to fishing limits in 2020, compared to 2019.

The need to drastically reduce fishing of North Sea Cod will be a disaster for many fishers. In many ways it is also a political disaster for fisheries ministers.

Source: The Parliament Magazine


IN BRIEF - 'Fish transportation system' could be used to move salmon trapped by slide near Lillooet

CANADA
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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.

Source: CTV News


IN BRIEF - P.E.I. tuna processing plant opens up new markets, bigger profits

CANADA
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A tuna buyer in North Lake, P.E.I., has just opened what he says is Canada's first federally-approved bluefin tuna processing facility. 

The cut house, as it's called, uses traditional Japanese knives to process the tuna.

Jason Tompkins has been in the tuna business for 18 years, the last six as a buyer in North Lake.

He said it was time to find a new way to sell tuna from Prince Edward Island.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Oceana renews call for ‘political will’ to enforce fisheries law

PHILIPPINES
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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.”

Source: Business Mirror


IN BRIEF - 20,000 more sturgeon juveniles released into Narva River

ESTONIA
Monday, July 29, 2019

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.

Source: The Baltic Times


IN BRIEF - Fishing Ban Suspended

KENYA
Monday, July 29, 2019

Nakuru county government has suspended the annual fishing ban at Lake Naivasha and instead introduced a restocking exercise to help improve fish production.

The ban which had been planned for between June and August 2019 had been proposed by the fisheries department as a way of addressing the dwindling fish stocks at the water resource.

But Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the lake was a critical resource to the economy of the county as it supports livelihoods of thousands of residents.

Source: Kenya News


IN BRIEF - Kochi: New subterranean mahabali fish wows researchers

INDIA
Monday, July 29, 2019

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.  

Source: Deccan Chronicle


IN BRIEF - North Korea releases detained Russian fishing boat: Russian embassy

NORTH KOREA
Monday, July 29, 2019

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.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - 'Hand Scot fisheries to EU?' Sturgeon ally accepts fisheries 'trade-off' for EU membership

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, July 29, 2019

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.

Source: Express


EN BREVE - Eating fish reduces risk of getting cancer, says study

KENYA
Monday, July 29, 2019

A recent research now says eating fish regularly can reduce one’s risk of colorectal cancer, which affects both the colon and rectum.

Colorectal cancer killed Kibra MP Ken Okoth on Friday. He was 41 years.

Data from the latest Globocan report, which has separated the two cancers, shows only 30 per cent of those diagnosed with colon cancer survived.

Source: Standard Media


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