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IN BRIEF - New fishing area provides wetlands access, honors conservationists

UNITED STATES
Monday, May 13, 2019

A few years ago, a lot on the water side of North Douglas Highway was overgrown and mostly forgotten, and became a spot for abandoned cars and drug use.

On Saturday 12ve of May 2019, that lot was full of children, kites and cookies. The property, about 2.7 miles north of the roundabout, is now the Marjory and Edgar Huizer Fishing Access Site, allowing anglers and hunters to access the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge easily from Douglas Island.

Allison Gillum, executive director of Southeast Alaska Land Trust — which bought and renovated the property — said the area is night and day from how it used to be.

Source: Juneau Empire


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Dept never issues deep-sea fishing licence to foreigners

MALAYSIA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

PUTRAJAYA - The Department of Fisheries (DOF) has never issued or leased any deep-sea fishing licence to foreigners, said its director-general, Datuk Munir Mohd Nawi.

"The licence issued by the DOF is only for individuals or local companies," he said in a statement released today in response to media reports on the encroachment of Vietnamese fishing vessels in Malaysian waters and the invasion of the area by local fishing trawlers.

Since 2017 to date, 341 foreign vessel arrests were carried out involving 285 Vietnamese vessel cases; 44 cases of Indonesian vessels; six Thai vessels and six vessels from other countries such as China, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, with a total seizure of RM682 million, he said.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Foreign fishing boat detained in Malaysian waters - RMN

MALAYSIA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

KUCHING - The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has detained a foreign fishing boat in Sarawak waters, 60 nautical miles north of Kuching during a routine patrol.

According to the statement by RMN, the boat with 31 crewmen including the skipper were arrested by RMN KD Todak on Sunday the 5th of May's morning.

“The Commanding Officer of KD Todak Lt Cdr Ahmad Zaki Ismail said that the foreign boat was found encroaching Malaysian waters and is believed to conduct an illegal and uncontrolled fishing activities.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Gulf herring quota surprisingly high, says researcher

CANADA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

An ocean researcher is questioning why the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has set a spring herring quota in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence that is double what was caught in 2018.

DFO says the spring herring stock has been in the critical zone since 2004, and there is a rebuilding plan in the works. Last year, 600 tonnes of this fish was caught in the region. DFO set a total allowable catch this year of 1,250 tonnes.

That was surprising to Katie Schleit, a senior fisheries advisor with Oceans North.

"We're also facing increasing threats from climate change, particularly in the gulf," said Schleit.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Financial practices in Kerala's fisheries sector are unhealthy, finds CMFRI study

INDIA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Throwing light into the unhealthy financial practices prevailing in Kerala’s fisheries sector, a study by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has found that financial inclusion in the sector is dismal with the credit transactions being dominated by informal money lenders.

Despite the presence of prominent co-operative financial institutions, fishermen are forced to borrow money from private financial players to go fishing. Borrowing from informal sources are preferred as it involves easy procedures compared to institutional sources and enables flexible repayment options based on fish catch. As a result, the fisher folk are bound to repay the loan with high interest rates.

Generally, fishermen take loan for their investment requirements from multiple sources including informal players such as auctioneer-middlemen, third-party shareholders, and private money lenders; and formal sources such as Matsyafed societies, co-operative banks, commercial banks, and non-banking financial entities.

Source: The Hindu Business Line


IN BRIEF - Seafood industry stress on sustainable farming as shrimp output set to fall

INDIA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

KOCHI - Shrimp production in the country, after showing a consistent growth in the last decade, is likely to drop by 10 to 15% this year as low prices and fear of spread of diseases among shrimps have forced aquaculture farmers to cut production in the farms. 

The stocking in the farms in south Andhra Pradesh is down by half while in north and central parts of the state, the situation is better with 80% of the farms well stocked, said D Ramraj, president of All India Shrimp Hatcheries Ass,

Source: Economic Times


IN BRIEF - EU ‘ban’ on fish import

PAKISTAN
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

The revelation that the European Union (EU) has not been importing fish and its related products from Pakistan for the last three years is another bad news about the country’s dwindling economy. In a country already caught up in a menace of circular debt and external debt servicing, any trade deficit due to imbalance in its imports and exports is always a bad omen.

A Senate panel was informed on Monday that EU member countries while not allowing any fish import from Pakistan in the last three years, are insisting to visit Karachi’s Fishery and other related facilities before deciding to allow import from Pakistan. The Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Haider Zaidi, informed the Senate Standing Committee that “The EU insists on visiting Karachi’s Fishery whose hall is not in proper condition at the moment. An inspection right now can even result in complete ban on Pakistan’s fish products.”

Source: The Express Tribune


IN BRIEF - Detection of pelagic habitats and abundance of skipjack tuna in relation to the environment in the Indian Ocean around Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA
Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Using remote sensing data of sea surface temperature (SST), chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) together with catch data, the pelagic hotspots of Skipjack tuna (SKPJ) were identified. MODIS/Aqua satellite data and the fish catch data were obtained during 2002-2016 period. Empirical cumulative distribution frequency (ECDF) model of satellite-based oceanographic data in relation to skipjack fishing was used for the initial statistical analysis and the results showed that key pelagic habitat corresponded mainly with the 0.4 – 0.7 mg m-3 Chl-a concentration.

Chl-a represents the phytoplankton that attracts the food items of SKPJ like zooplankton and nekton The favorable SST range for SKPJ is 26 - 27 0C which provides suitable thermocline and an optimum level of upwelling to circulate nutrients needed for the primary production.

The high total catches and CPUEs were found within the months of September to December and the optimum levels of Chl-a, SST also were observed in similar months. Hence, the South-West monsoon season was identified as the best and peak season of SKPJ fisheries.

Source: PeerJ


IN BRIEF - Dubai responds to rumours about unsafe tuna fish

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The Dubai Municipality has refuted rumours online concerning a specific brand of canned tuna that has been spotted in the UAE markets.

Social media platforms have been abuzz with rumours regarding the dangers of consuming a canned tuna sold under the brand name 'Anguelmo', local media reported.

According to online rumours,'Anguelmo' canned tuna is made from synthetic fibers that can cause deadly health problems.

In a statement, Dubai Municipality denied the rumours stating that it was not based on any scientific evidence or official sources.

It also added that the Food Safety Department inspects all imported products and ensures that they are safe for consumption.

Source: MSN


IN BRIEF - 'Vegan tuna' a 'slap in the face' for seafood producers, industry says

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The marketing tactics being used to sell a soy-based "vegan tuna", a product which has a similar name and packaging to the real thing, have upset the Australian seafood industry.

"Tuno" is being sold as "vegetarian fishless tuna" which tastes similar to regular tinned tuna but is made with water, soy flour, yeast extract, maltodextrin and salt, instead of fish.

Seafood Industry Australia chief executive Jane Lovell said fish-free substitutes were a "slap in the face" for the industry, which had worked hard to establish a solid reputation.

Source: ABC


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