Muscat - Work is continuing on 10 fishery projects in Oman that have seen investments of nearly half a billion rials, as the country moves to become more self-sufficient in terms of food security.
The 10 projects have been listed in the annual report of the government’s Implementation, Support and Follow-up Unit (ISFU), which oversees the nation’s Tanfeedh programme for economic expansion.
A total of OMR487.2 million has been earmarked for these 10 projects, which will involve the setting up of aquaculture farms where marine animals can be fed and raised for food, some of which will be exported to other markets. Of these projects, five are shrimp farms and two involve abalone farming, while a fish hatchery, algae cultivation and a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) are also under development.
Based on recent landings data, effective at 00:01 hours on August 21, the directed federal Illex squid fishery is closed for the remainder of the fishing year through December 31, 2019. Permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 10,000 lb of Illexsquid per trip Vessels can land Illex squid only once per calendar day. This prohibition is required by regulation because we project that 95 percent of the 2019 annual catch limit (quota) will have been caught by the effective date. This fishery will reopen at the beginning of the 2020 fishing year, at 00:01 hours, January 1, 2020.
Aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry and with the right tools, fish farmers can really reap the rewards of this method of farming.
Aquaculture can offer a high volume of product with a better economic yield for farmers while also becoming more environmentally sustainable. Aquaculture is just one way of meeting the world’s demand for high quality protein as the global population rapidly increases. Europe has been at the forefront of safety standards when it comes to aquaculture, with over 25% of the seafood consumed in the EU coming from the sector. The task of improving quality, however, does not end with the opportunity to improve methods; as waters are still at risk of threats that will need to be prevented or corrected. This means that aquaculture farmers still face many challenges, from reducing production costs and labour to losing stock to diseases and water contamination.
Ottawa is establishing a research team to study the impact of seals on fish populations in Atlantic Canada.
Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson today announced the creation of the Atlantic seal science task team.
A statement from the department said the work is meant to ensure management decisions for seals and sea lions are made with the best available science, in order to sustain “healthy and productive” ecosystems.
The federal government has taken action recently to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on land and in oceans, rivers and lakes.
In June, for example, it said it would ban single-use plastics by 2021. "It is tough to explain to your children why dead whales are washing up on our beaches with their stomachs jammed packed with plastic bags," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented at the time.
Despite this progress, one of the main plastic polluters—shellfish aquaculture—continues to threaten marine ecosystems.
Coastal British Columbia is rugged and jagged. Its drowned fjords are home to wild salmon and the ecosystems that depend on them. Tucked away between Vancouver and Denman islands is Baynes Sound, a serene inland sea, home to sea mammals, globally important duck and bird populations, and a biological diversity unmatched along our coast.
“Our results indicate that crowding mackerel during purse seine capture may cause a severe stress reaction that has the potential to affect the quality of their fillets” concludes Neil Anders, PhD student at the Centre for Research-based Innovation in Sustainable fish capture and Processing technology (CRISP) at the IMR.
“The industry should take note of this because the price they receive at auction can depend on the quality of the fish they are selling. Buyers want fish with no gaping, a nice uniform pale colour to the flesh and a firm texture. We have found that crowding has the potential to affect these qualities and therefore, potentially, it could also reduce the profitability of the fish”.
Kenya in conjunction with Canada is constructing fisheries infrastructure projects along the coast in order to boost the sector and attract more tourists.
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy principal secretary Prof Micheni Ntiba said the project will also include building of more recreational parks.
“We are going to construct a marine park in Kenya in conjunction with Canada to add to tourism attraction sites as well as leisure and learning activities. We will also build more parks in Lamu,” said Prof Ntiba on Saturday when he inspected the Sh460 Mama Ngina Waterfront project.
“The Liwatoni Fisheries Complex is the first Kenyan fish port that has been gazetted.”
The Rhode Island aquaculture industry saw modest increases in sales and employment in 2018, according to the latest report from the state Coastal Resources Management Council.
The council, which oversees aquaculture in Rhode Island, reported that the number of oyster farms increased from 73 to 76.
Oysters top the list of aquaculture products, with 8.5 million sold for consumption, but new crops have also been introduced. Those include sugar kelp, soft shell clams, surf clams, and bay scallops. The total value of aquaculture products sold during 2018 was USD 5.8 million.
THE Norwegian Seafood Council has revealed it is spending a lot of time and resources fighting fake news reports circulating around the safety of farmed salmon.
The battleground appears to be concentrated in Asia – and South Korea, in particular. Salmon exports to that country have increased by 172 per cent in volume and 300 per cent in value over the past five years.
In 2018, South Koreans bought 25,400 tonnes of salmon worth two billion kroner, most of it Norwegian.
But the Seafood Council has disclosed that in the past few months it has been forced to spend ‘a lot of resources on myth crushing and media handling’ after a blog at the beginning of this year came up with claims that salmon was a toxic food.
Significant environmental concerns have been raised about plans to build a large salmon farm just off the coast of Canna, a tiny Hebridean island near Skye.
Mowi, the world’s largest salmon producer, has tabled outline plans to install eight fish farm cages to grow thousands of tonnes of organic salmon in one of the most environmentally protected areas of sea in the UK.
The cages would be 160 metres in circumference, the largest installed in the UK, after Scottish ministers relaxed rules in an effort to push salmon farms further offshore to reduce the pollution and welfare problems that dog the industry.