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IN BRIEF - North Sea cod certification suspended by Marine Stewardship Council

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

North Sea cod is to lose its sustainability certification due to concerns about stock levels.

The Marine Stewardship Council said certificates for North Sea cod fisheries would be suspended as stocks were below the "safe biological level".

A "blue tick" had been awarded in 2017, meaning cod could be eaten "with a clear conscience".

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) said the suspension was "devastating" but that stock levels were "worrying".

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Quebec First Nation challenging commercial lobster fishing limits

CANADA
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

LISTUGUJ, Que. — An Indigenous band in eastern Quebec is challenging the limits of its commercial fishing licence, saying the federal government should allow its members to sell lobster caught during its fall fishery in the Bay of Chaleur.

The Mi'kmaq community of Listuguj, on the Restigouche River near Cambellton, N.B., has the right to fish for lobster in the fall, but the catch can't be sold because it's supposed to be part of a sustainable food fishery — not a commercial enterprise.

The Listuguj band issued a statement Monday saying it plans to sell some of its catch to cover its costs.

"The fishery will be conducted without a licence ... but will be regulated by the community's own law and fishing plan," the band said in the statement that was aimed at getting the attention of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Source: St. Albert Today 


IN BRIEF - The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) trains Gambian fisheries inspectors

GAMBIA
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Twenty fisheries inspectors from the Republic of The Gambia received training in control techniques to fight and deter Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

The training ended with a practical exercise in the fishing port of Banjul, allowing fisheries inspectors from The Gambia to discover new methods of fisheries control and to become familiar with EFCA's e-learning platform.

The theoretical and practical training was organised in the framework of the PESCAO programme, financed and implemented since 2018 by the European Union.

Source: EC Europa


IN BRIEF - IPCC report on oceans predicts 'sweeping and severe' climate change

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

For decades the world's oceans have been absorbing the extra heat that's come about through global warming, effectively limiting climate change, but in coming years the oceans will no longer protect us: warming waters will generate powerful storms that will swamp cities already threatened by rising sea levels, while marine heatwaves and creeping acidity will turn productive fisheries barren, creating food shortages.

Meanwhile, wildfires will sweep across the high tundra, and even ecosystems on the deep seafloor will change in composition.

Some of this is unavoidable, with a certain amount of global warming already locked in. But the coming century can be a lot less scary if we radically cut emissions within the next decade, according to the IPCC's latest report on climate change, released on Wednesday.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Jellyfish thrive in the man-made disruption of the oceans

WORLDWIDE
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Thousands of them plague our beaches to the horror of holidaymakers who dread their sting, but thanks to man’s disruption of the oceans, jellyfish are thriving.

Jellyfish have been on Earth longer than we have — they are believed to have roamed the oceans for nearly 600 million years.

But human activity, from over-fishing to plastic waste and climate change, has created an environment in which they are even more at home.

The proliferation of the jellyfish could lead to what some observers are calling the “jellyfication” of the oceans, which are facing profound changes according to a draft UN report due out on Wednesday.

Source: Raw Story


IN BRIEF - A National Standard for Climate-Ready Fisheries

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On September the 25th of 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release the first “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.” This report will compile the most advanced science on the severe consequences of climate change for the ocean and the millions of people who depend on ocean ecosystems. But fishermen across the United States don’t need to wait until tomorrow to see the effects that a warming world has on their livelihoods—they are living the effects of climate change every day.

Sixty-five percent of fishermen surveyed by CAP in 2015 believed that climate change could limit their profits and ultimately force them out of their fishery, and recent evidence supports their belief. For example, the Atlantic northern shrimp fishery has been closed for years because the population is below target levels due to warm water in the Gulf of Maine. Meanwhile, the lobster population from the once-thriving southern New England lobster fishery has dropped below minimum threshold levels, causing trap reductions and season closures, among other management measures. Dungeness crabbers on the West Coast experienced such severe losses linked to climate change in 2016 that they have sued fossil fuel companies.

Source: American Progress


IN BRIEF - Golden opportunity for fisheries research

UNITED STATES
Monday, September 23, 2019

When Dave Kjelstrup landed an internship with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in the mid-1960s as a UND biology student, there wasn’t much for fish in Devils Lake.

As a student of John Owen, a renowned UND fisheries professor who retired in 1986, Kjelstrup spent three summers working out of the old University of North Dakota Biological Station on Creel Bay, where he learned the fisheries trade from veteran Game and Fish Department biologists such as Dale Henegar and Al Kreil.

Devils Lake in those days was more of a duck slough than a fishing destination, Kjelstrup says, but he and his Game and Fish mentors occasionally would trap perch out of reservoirs in northeastern North Dakota and stock them in Devils Lake.

Source: Grand Forks Herald


IN BRIEF - Kiên Giang expands marine aquaculture on industrial scale

VIET NAM
Monday, September 23, 2019

KIÊN GIANG — The C?u Long (Mekong) Delta province of Kiên Giang will expand marine aquaculture on an industrial scale in an aim to improve residents' income and protect the environment on islands and coastal areas from now until 2030.

The province plans to set aside zones for marine aquaculture in Phú Qu?c, Kiên H?i and Kiên Luong districts, Hà Tiên City, Long Xuyên Quadrangle and U Minh Thu?ng areas, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Nguy?n Van Tâm, director of the department, said the province would develop marine aquaculture in combination with fishery services and tourism.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Nha Trang sets up zone for cage aquaculture

VIET NAM
Monday, September 23, 2019

KHÁNH HÒA – Nha Trang City has set aside a zone covering 70ha of surface water in Nha Trang Bay for cage aquaculture, according to the city’s People’s Committee.

Located in the south-central province of Khánh Hòa, the city will focus on cage farming on Trí Nguyên and Bích Ð?m islands and a 50ha water surface area between Bích Ð?m and Ð?m B?y islands in Nha Trang Bay.

Under an aquaculture plan to 2035 in the bay, approved by the city’s People’s Committee, there will be 100 floating rafts with 2,931 traditional cages in Trí Nguyên and 30 floating rafts with 1,125 traditional cages in Bích Ð?m by 2025.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Bangladesh ranks eighth in fish production

BANGLADESH
Monday, September 23, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has recognised Bangladesh as the eighth top fish producing country in the world.

Based on 2017 data, the Economist Intelligence Unit's regular publication World in Figure has published this recently.

According to the publication, Bangladesh produces 4.1 million tonnes of fish while China tops the list with 62.2 million tonnes of fish. Indonesia, India, Vietnam, USA, Russia and Peru are next on the list.

Source: Prothom Alo


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