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IN BRIEF - Aquaculture offers lifeline to floundering Moroccan fishermen

MOROCCO
Friday, November 01, 2019

With fish stocks declining in the Mediterranean, struggling Moroccan fishermen are hoping to turn to aquaculture as a way to secure their future.

"We don't get anything from the sea anymore, we're paying for the mistakes of our fathers," said Mohamed Bouajra, a fisherman in Ras Kebdana, a port town near Morocco's eastern border with Algeria.

But aquaculture offers a "glimmer of hope for escaping poverty", he said.

In Ras Kebdana, the Al Amal cooperative for independent fishermen is banking on the development of an offshore mussel farm to maintain future livelihoods.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Supporting women into aquaculture

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, November 01, 2019

A total of GBP 50,000 is being invested to help increase the number of women working in Scottish aquaculture.

The funding will deliver a mentoring scheme to support women already working in the sector to develop their careers, and a website to promote aquaculture and job opportunities to women.

The Scottish Government will provide GBP 20,000 to Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA), with a further GBP 30,000 of industry sponsorship. In 2018 only 11% of salmon farm workers and 15% of shellfish farm workers were women.

Source: Scottish Government


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture industry under pressure on both coasts

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 01, 2019

ELLSWORTH — Maquoit Bay in Brunswick and Puget Sound in Washington state are separated by thousands of miles, but shellfish farmers in both places are feeling some heat.

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit that authorizes virtually all shellfish aquaculture in Washington state was void because “the Corps has failed to adequately consider the impacts of commercial shellfish aquaculture activities” as required by the federal Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The court’s order could force Washington’s shellfish farmers to cease activities other than the harvest of animals already in the water until the Corps issues individual permits for each shellfish farming site.

Source: Ellsworth American


IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture seeks renewal of salmon pen lease

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

FRENCHBORO - Just weeks after Cooke Aquaculture agreed to pay the state more than USD 150,000 to settle numerous violations at several of its salmon net pen sites in eastern Maine, the Department of Marine Resources is asking for public comment on the company’s application for a 20-year lease renewal.

The renewal is of a lease to grow salmon, other finfish and blue mussels on a 15-acre site located between Black Island and Placentia Island south of Bass Harbor and Great and Little Gott islands.

DMR gave notice last week that it had received a completed application from Cooke and notice that it would accept written comment on the application until 4 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 28 2019, Thanksgiving Day. No hearing is required on lease renewals unless the department receives at least five written requests during the comment period.

Source: MD Islander


EN BREVE - Opinion: Newsom must fight Trump’s Delta fish extinction plan

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Trump administration last week launched an attack on the health of San Francisco Bay and Delta and California’s salmon fishing industry with new rules allowing big increases in water diversions from this teetering, vulnerable ecosystem.

Under the federal Endangered Species Act, these rules are supposed to protect a half-dozen listed fish species, including two Chinook salmon runs, from harm caused by the massive state and federal dams, reservoirs, canals, pipes and pumps that move billions of gallons of water annually.

The new Trump administration rules replace prior ones that weren’t strong enough to protect salmon and other wildlife in the last drought. They only make the situation worse.

Source: The Mercury News


IN BRIEF - Coastal fishermen ready as ‘fish drying season’ starts Nov 1 2019

INDIA
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Thousands of fishermen are preparing to go to the Bay for netting fish as six-month-long ‘fish drying season’ starts on November 1 2019.

During the period, around 20,000 fishermen from different districts including Bagerhat, Patuakhali and Barishal will catch fish in the Bay and dry them in coastal island areas like Alorchar, Majherchar, Dublarchar, Shalerchar, Narkelbaria and Majherkella in the Sundarbans, said forest department officials.

For repairing nets and trawlers and arranging food and other necessary things, they often borrow money from the moneylenders and NGOs with high interest.

Leaving their families amid uncertainty, they work in the sea and island areas for months, braving various odds like rough weather and abduction for ransom by robbers in the coastal areas, said several fishermen.

Source: The Daily Star


IN BRIEF - EU Yes to Contested Snow Crab Fisheries Near Svalbard

NORWAY
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Norway has the right to refuse EU countries to fish snow crab in the protected zone around Svalbard, according to a ruling from the Norwegian Supreme Court in February 2019.

However, news came that the EU once again will award 20 licences for snow crab fishing near Svalbard, contrary to the February ruling from the Supreme Court.

The EU argues that Norway violates the Svalbard Treaty because it discriminates between Norwegian and foreign fishing vessels.

Source: High North News


IN BRIEF - Manufacturing, fish-processing industries have largest incident rate, says WorkplaceNL

CANADA
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

At the fish plant where she works, Doretta Strickland says one item is more popular in employee lunch boxes than any others: inhalers.

That's because many of the employees — 20 to 30 out of about 120 total, she estimates — have shellfish occupational asthma, a specific type of asthma associated with processing shellfish species. The condition is what required Strickland herself to move from the butchering line to working in other parts of the plant.

"I gets emotional when I talk about it because every year, you're going back to work and you know you're going back into something that could kill you," Strickland told The Broadcast.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Less iron at sea means fewer fish

EUROPEAN UNION
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New research suggests that the areas of the ocean with lower iron are likely to have fewer fish, demonstrating a possible solution to the current lack of biodiversity.

A new paper led by researcher Eric Galbraith and Priscilla Le Mézo from the University of Barcelona, proposes that the available iron supply in large areas of the ocean is insufficient for more fish and as a result, there are fewer fish in the ocean than there would be if iron was more plentiful.

Despite animals only needing a small amount of iron, they cannot live without it. Red-blooded animals rely on iron to form haemoglobin in order to transport oxygen in their blood. Iron is difficult to absorb and can only be obtained by eating it.

Source: Sci Tech Europa


IN BRIEF - North Korea raps Japan's release of video showing fishing boat collision

CHINA
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

BEIJING – North Korea has criticized Japan for releasing video footage showing the collision between a North Korean fishing boat and a Japanese patrol ship earlier this month.

“The fishing vessel incident obviously is nothing but a deliberate barbarity as it is a vivid expression of the Japanese authorities’ insane hostile policy toward the DPRK,” the official Korean Central News Agency said Monday, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The video which shows only a scene of the collision of the vessels and the sinking of the DPRK vessel lays bare the foul mind of the Japanese authorities to hush up the truth of the incident,” KCNA said in its English report.

Source: Japan Times


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