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IN BRIEF - Seafood Without The Sea: Will Lab-Grown Fish Hook Consumers?

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, May 07, 2019

[In April], the Impossible Burger marked a meatless milestone with its debut as a Burger King Whopper. Meanwhile, Lou Cooperhouse was in a San Diego office park quietly forging plans to disrupt another more fragmented and opaque sector of the food industry: seafood.

His company, BlueNalu …. is racing to bring to market what’s known as cell-based seafood — that is, seafood grown from cells in a lab, not harvested from the oceans. BlueNalu is aiming for serious scalability …. enough cell-based seafood to meet the consumption demands of more than 10 million nearby residents.

Source: Generic Generacy Project


IN BRIEF - Illegal Indonesian fishing numbers plummet, but rubbish still drifting into NT waters

INDONESIA
Monday, May 06, 2019

Cases of illegal foreign vessels intercepted in Northern Australian waters have plummeted in recent years, according to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), but another "concerning" new issue is raising its head.

Instances of large, rogue fishing pontoons being retrieved after drifting into Australian waters has more than tripled in the past year, from five in 2017/18, to 18 already in 2018/19.

The figures come off the back of a suspected illegal Indonesian fishing vessel being seized by authorities in NT waters off East Arnhem Land late last month, which resulted in the apprehension of 14 crew members and the discovery of hundreds of kilograms of frozen fish.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Government should pay serious attention to trans-shipment of fish – Canoe Council

GHANA
Monday, May 06, 2019

The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council has appealed to the Government to, as a matter of urgency, set up a body of fish scientists to carry out investigation into the trans-shipment of fish, also known as “Saiko”, on the high seas.

“SAIKO” is one of the deadliest fishing practices, which have been outlawed worldwide, and the Fisheries Law of Ghana, Act 625, also prohibits it.

“Unfortunately, however, in Ghana, it is still actively done in the Central and Western regions and it is causing inestimable havoc to Ghana’s fisheries because it emboldens the industrial trawlers to ‘steal’ the fish from the artisanal or small-scale fishermen,” Nii Abeo Kyerekuandah IV, the Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council, said at a press conference on Thursday.

Source: Ghana Business


IN BRIEF - And finally some good news: oyster farms could flourish once again

MALTA
Monday, May 06, 2019

When we think of mass habitat extinction, colourful, diverse and highly visible ecosystems such as tropical rain forests and coral reefs come to mind. Approximately half of global shallow water coral reefs and forests have been lost over the last few hundred years, but there are glimmers of hope. Deforestation rates are declining and some corals have shown resilience to stress from climate change.

A far less visible ecosystem crisis has occurred relatively recently beneath the ocean’s surface. A study revealed that 85% of global oyster reefs have been lost over the last 150 years. Of those remaining, over one third are so depleted that they no longer function as ecosystems, particularly those in Europe, North America and Australia. Only a few healthy oyster reefs remain in South America, and even these are 50% of their prior abundance, making oyster reefs one of the most threatened habitats on Earth.

Source: Times of Malta


IN BRIEF - Transition to new maritime safety system now complete

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, May 06, 2019

Yesterday marked an important milestone in New Zealand’s maritime industry as the last of almost 1200 commercial operators transferred to the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS).

"It has been a successful, five year process," Maritime NZ Deputy Director, Compliance, Pelin Fantham said.

MOSS was introduced on 1 July 2014, and Maritime NZ ran a gradual transition to help make the change from the old safety system to the new as smooth as possible for the industry.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Transition to new maritime safety system now complete

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, May 03, 2019

Yesterday marked an important milestone in New Zealand’s maritime industry as the last of almost 1200 commercial operators transferred to the new Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS).

"It has been a successful, five year process," Maritime NZ Deputy Director, Compliance, Pelin Fantham said.

MOSS was introduced on 1 July 2014, and Maritime NZ ran a gradual transition to help make the change from the old safety system to the new as smooth as possible for the industry.

Yesterday, Ms Fantham presented Penwarden Holdings Ltd with its certification in a small ceremony on Whangarei Harbour.

She congratulated Penwarden Holdings Ltd for completing the transition and bringing its fishing vessels the Bilyara, and the brand new Karearea, into MOSS.

"Transitioning from the old system to MOSS has been one of the most significant changes in the maritime sector for in the past 15 years.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - And finally some good news: oyster farms could flourish once again

MALTA
Friday, May 03, 2019

When we think of mass habitat extinction, colourful, diverse and highly visible ecosystems such as tropical rain forests and coral reefs come to mind. Approximately half of global shallow water coral reefs and forests have been lost over the last few hundred years, but there are glimmers of hope. Deforestation rates are declining and some corals have shown resilience to stress from climate change.

A far less visible ecosystem crisis has occurred relatively recently beneath the ocean’s surface. A study revealed that 85% of global oyster reefs have been lost over the last 150 years. Of those remaining, over one third are so depleted that they no longer function as ecosystems, particularly those in Europe, North America and Australia. Only a few healthy oyster reefs remain in South America, and even these are 50% of their prior abundance, making oyster reefs one of the most threatened habitats on Earth.

Oysters are “ecosystem engineers” like corals – they create three-dimensional structures as they settle and grow on each other. Left undisturbed, these oyster reefs provide a habitat for an incredible biodiversity of organisms, serving as a food source, nursery ground and refuge for many species, boosting fish stocks.

Source: Times of Malta


IN BRIEF - Illegal Indonesian fishing numbers plummet, but rubbish still drifting into NT waters

INDONESIA
Friday, May 03, 2019

Cases of illegal foreign vessels intercepted in Northern Australian waters have plummeted in recent years, according to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), but another "concerning" new issue is raising its head.

Instances of large, rogue fishing pontoons being retrieved after drifting into Australian waters has more than tripled in the past year, from five in 2017/18, to 18 already in 2018/19.

The figures come off the back of a suspected illegal Indonesian fishing vessel being seized by authorities in NT waters off East Arnhem Land late last month, which resulted in the apprehension of 14 crew members and the discovery of hundreds of kilograms of frozen fish.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Louisiana bill requiring disclosure of imported shrimp advances

UNITED STATES
Thursday, May 02, 2019

THIBODAUX, La. - Due to the health risks associated with foreign shrimp, a bill in the House would require restaurants to notify consumers if its seafood is imported.

The bill, proposed by Rep. Jerry “Truck” Gisclair, D-Larose, unanimously passed through the House Committee on Health and Welfare on Thursday 2nd of May 2019.

In 2018, shrimpers along Louisiana’s coast called for state and federal legislators to provide some assistance during tough economic times.

Source: WWL TV


IN BRIEF - As some fisheries crashed, lobster and aquaculture filled the gap

UNITED STATES
Thursday, May 02, 2019

Maine’s wild fisheries have experienced numerous challenges over the past 25 years. A booming lobster resource has helped keep fishermen employed. And emerging aquaculture sectors are viewed as having great potential for diversifying the economy.

As the shrimp fishery and groundfish like cod and haddock have faded as a part of Maine’s fishery, the past few decades have seen the expansion of oyster and Atlantic salmon farming. Lobster fishing has remained a constant and Maine lobster is the product most identified with the state.

Yet there’s been an ongoing effort to maintain diversity in the fisheries.

A major advance in the growing of farmed salmon is the system of site rotation and “fallowing” — similar to farming on land, which was developed by Cooke Aquaculture at sites Downeast and in New Brunswick. The system has become a model nationwide.

Source: Maine Biz


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