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IN BRIEF - UMass ecologists on-board to help state's fishing industry

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The city of Gloucester, which received a USD 1 million grant to renovate its harbormaster offices and construct a new visiting boater center at that site, wasn't the only Cape Ann beneficiary of the Seaport Economic Council's largesse on Wednesday.

The University of Massachusetts system, which includes UMass Amherst's Gloucester Marine Station at Hodgkins Cove, received a USD 276,854 grant from the council to identify economic growth opportunities for the Massachusetts commercial fishing industry. ...

In awarding the grant, the Seaport Economic Council touted the UMass system's ability to "leverage the diverse expertise and research capacity of its five campuses to take an innovative, multidisciplinary approach" in addressing habitat, fishery management, marketing and economic forces.

Source: CNS


IN BRIEF - Fish fights: Britain has a long history of trading away access to coastal waters

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The British boats were outnumbered by about eight to one by the French. Before long there were collisions and projectiles were thrown. The British were forced to retreat, returning to port with broken windows but luckily no injuries.

The conflict behind this skirmish between British and French fishers in the Bay de Seine at the end of August 2018 was quickly dubbed the "scallop war" in the press. The French had been trying to prevent the British scallop dredgers from legally fishing the beds in French national waters. But the incident exposed tensions that have been simmering for many years.

Under the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the British fishers had the legal right to fish in these waters, as did any boats from an EU member state. The complication came from a French regulation that prevented local boats from fishing these waters between May 16 and September 30 each year, in order to allow stocks to recover from the annual harvest. But under the CFP, an EU country has no authority to prevent another member state's fleet from fishing its waters.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Scottish Salmon Company wins three-star award

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, March 25, 2019

The Scottish Salmon Company has become the UK’s first salmon producer to be recognised with a three-star ‘Best Aquaculture Practice’ (BAP) certification.

SSC was awarded a third star for sourcing its feed from BAP-certified suppliers.

The company already holds two stars for its processing sites at  Cairndow and Marybank, and all its marine sites throughout the West Coast of Scotland and Hebrides.

SSC accepted its third star at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston on Sunday, where the company is showcasing its Lochlander Salmon.

Source: The Lochside Press


IN BRIEF - Turkish police find cocaine smuggled in fish

TURKEY
Monday, March 25, 2019

There is no limit to smugglers' imagination when it comes to concealing their illicit merchandise, a fact which was revealed once again when Turkish police said it had seized cocaine stuffed in frozen fish.

Anti-narcotic police teams cut open 5 bonitos filled with sachets of cocaine - 55 grams (0.12 pounds) in total - after a sniffer dog made the finding in a styrofoam box ferried a bus in the southern Turkish province of Mersin.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the illegal stash.

Source: AA


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture Market will Grasp USD 209.42 Billion by 2021

UNITED STATES
Monday, March 25, 2019

Zion Market Research analysts forecast the latest report on “Global Aquaculture Market Set For Rapid Growth, To Reach USD 209.42 Billion by 2021”, (Sample Copy Here) is expansive research reliant on Aquaculture Market, which inspects the raised structure of the present market all around the globe. Arranged by the adequate methodical framework, for instance, SWOT examination, the Aquaculture Market report exhibits a total evaluation of the significant players of the market. The estimates for CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) are calculated by the Aquaculture Market report in terms of extent for the specific time length. This will similarly help the customer with comprehension and settle on a correct choice depends on a normal chart.

The worldwide geological analysis of the Aquaculture Market plan has furthermore been done cautiously in this report. The dynamic establishment of the overall Aquaculture Market depends on the assessment of item circulated in various markets, limitations, general benefits made by every association, and future aspirations. The major application areas of Aquaculture Market are also covered on the basis of their implementation.

Source: Times of Market


IN BRIEF - How certification can prevent seafood fraud

SOUTH AFRICA
Monday, March 25, 2019

About 30% of seafood products – like cod or salmon – across the world may be mislabelled, according to a recent review. 

The analysis showed that on average nearly a third of all fish products that were tested didn’t match the species state on average nearly a third of all fish products that were tested didn’t match the species stated on the label or food menu on the label or food menu.

Seafood fraud undermines consumer trust and threatens the reputation of seafood businesses and the sustainability of global fishery resources.

Source: IOL


IN BRIEF - More drama at fisheries over theft of abalone worth ZAR 7m

SOUTH AFRICA
Monday, March 25, 2019

Mike Mlengana, director-general of the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, has withdrawn disciplinary proceedings against two officials charged with fraud and theft, following the theft of R7 million worth of abalone.

In May last year, Mlengana charged the department’s deputy director-general, Siphokazi Ndudane; its monitoring and surveillance acting boss, Thembalethu Vico; and former chief financial officer Nazima Parker after three tons of abalone were stolen from its facilities in Gansbaai, Western Cape.

An internal investigation found that Ndudane, Vico and Parker were involved in the theft.

Source: City Press


IN BRIEF - Locky Maclean: Feds should impose a moratorium on commercial roe herring fishery to allow stocks to recover

CANADA
Monday, March 25, 2019

The Sea Shepherd crew have been on the ground and in boats documenting this year’s roe herring fishery in the Strait of Georgia. The sea lion shot in the head that washed up on Hornby Island on Tuesday leaves no doubt about the abuse of pinnipeds our crew has been observing on the water. With juvenile fish washing ashore dead — likely victims of test seines — as well as torn gill nets on the beach, our small team was left pondering the gauntlet of more than 200 commercial fishing vessels stringing the entire 10 kilometres of spawn on the Denman Island coast.

Despite Fisheries and Oceans Canada official Brenda Spence’s proclamations that the fishery is being conducted at a sustainable level, exporting nearly two trillion eggs to Japan and grinding herring into fish-farm food rather than letting them grow into healthy, wild herring, is not sustainable. But as Fisheries and Oceans officials are not present during the gillnet component of the fishery and have no fisheries inspectors on the ground to observe, perhaps it does look sustainable — from behind a desk in Nanaimo.

The seine fleet has failed to meet its quotas several years in a row. Sea Shepherd has witnessed test seines pursuing juvenile fish, with many floating on the surface belly up once the seine is released.

Source: Vancouver Sun


IN BRIEF - New CEO to lead Australian fisheries into the future

AUSTRALIA
Monday, March 25, 2019

Joint media release Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

Mr Wez Norris has today been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). 

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Assistant Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed Mr Norris to the role, recognising his experience in all aspects of fisheries management, regulation and development.

Source: AFMA


IN BRIEF - President Kenyatta visits Namibia’s flagship fish processing facility

NAMIBIA
Monday, March 25, 2019

THE inner workings of Namibia’s flagship fish factory, Seaflower Pelagic Processing, was for the first time revealed to the public during a visit by Kenyan head of state.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a visit to the port town of Walvis Bay also included a visit to the mega fish factory that started production in January. The visiting head of state had the opportunity to look at the unique way the factory processes and adds value to horse mackerel on land.

President Kenyatta during his visit on Saturday said that Namibia and Kenya can learn a lot from each other with regards to the protection of its fish resources from illegal and unreported fishing activities. With regards to the development of the so-called Blue Economy the visiting Head of State also took note of the principle of value addition to resources to create work and eradicate poverty.

Source: Informatè


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