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IN BRIEF - Mowi buys Anglesey lumpfish farm

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Welsh lumpfish farmer, Ocean Matters, has been bought by Mowi Scotland, effective from April 15, the company confirmed today.

The facility, in Penmon, Anglesey, North Wales, has the capacity to produce two million of the cleaner fish, which it has been supplying to the salmon farming industry in Scotland to control sea lice.

Its main customer is Mowi, which has said it would need to deploy more than two million lumpfish by 2020.

Ocean Matters, formed in 2015 on the site of an old turbot farm, harvested its first lumpfish in 2016.

Production manager Daniel Phillips told Fish Farmer in 2017 that the facility had the potential to produce up to six million cleaner fish.  

Source: The Fish Update

IN BRIEF - Pink salmon expected to drive up Alaska commercial salmon harvest this season

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Expected increases in pink and chum salmon harvests are forecast to drive Alaska’s overall commercial salmon catch way up for the 2019 season, a state forecast says.

The state is predicted to see an 84% increase in its commercial salmon harvest this year by number of fish, according to the annual forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The agency projects a harvest of about 213 million salmon, compared to the 2018 harvest of about 116 million. Fishing starts in May 2019.

2018 was a difficult one for some Alaska commercial salmon fisheries. It’s not out of the ordinary for a harvest to oscillate so much from one year to the next, said McDowell Group economist Garrett Evridge. Even by 84%.

Source: Anchorage Daily News

IN BRIEF - Former pulp mill town ground zero in Nova Scotia fish farms debate

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

On Main Street in Liverpool, N.S., opponents of salmon farming wave placards at passing traffic.

The signs read, "Save Liverpool Bay! Say No! Open-Pen Fish Farms."

Some vehicles honk in support, but many others do not during a recent afternoon in the South Shore community.

The former pulp mill town is now ground zero in a renewed debate about coastal salmon farms.

"Too many fish die, there's disease. It's not a clean business and it's just not right for Nova Scotia," said Brian Muldoon.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Electric fishing definitely buried by European Parliament

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

571 against 60: with an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament adopted on 16 April the Trilogue agreement concluded on 13 February 2019 on the ‘Technical Measures’ Regulation, which includes electric fishing. The prohibition of this destructive method will become effective from 1 July 2021.

Between the publication of the regulation in the Official Journal in a few weeks and 1 July 2021, the number of trawlers authorized to conduct electric fishing will be drastically reduced from 84 to around a dozen Dutch trawlers. Furthermore, each Member State may also decide to prohibit electric fishing in its 12-nautical-mile coastal strip, i.e. 22.2 km. In France, a draft law was tabled to this effect by 126 Members of Parliament fromm all political groups. In Belgium, MEP Tom Vandenkendelaere (EPP) also wants a ban on electric fishing in Belgian waters. In the Netherlands, small-scale fishers from C-LIFE are fighting for this to be also applied, but their government is unfortunately clearly in favour of electric fishers.

Source: Bloom Asociation

IN BRIEF - Salmon industry 'paying pittance' for marine debris fines, Greens senator Nick McKim says

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tasmania's major salmon farmers have paid just a few thousand dollars in fines since the State Government introduced a "zero tolerance" approach to marine debris.

Since July last year when "zero tolerance" was introduced, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE) has issued eight infringement notices for marine debris or marine farming equipment located outside marine farming lease areas.

Information provided to the Greens by Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett at the end of last month revealed there had been seven fines issued by that time, to a total of $4075.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - Managing recreational fisheries alongside commercial fisheries

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Arlinghaus et al. 2019, an article in last week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, outlined a 5-step plan for integrating recreational fishing into commercial fishery management. In the paper, scientists called for reforms on both the commercial and recreational side to produce better overall sustainability.

I write a lot about fisheries as food. Essentially, the entire point of commercial fisheries is to provide food; but with the massive scale of industrial harvest, it’s easy to forget that fish provide other benefits (like leisure and recreation) that have important economic and social outcomes. Recreational fishing provides jobs and income for tens of thousands of people and enjoyment for millions. Around 10% of people in developed nations fish for pleasure, amounting to over 200 million people worldwide.

Recreational fishers outnumber commercial fishers 5 to 1, yet commercial fishing brings in 8x the amount of fish. Naturally, this disparity creates resentment between the two sides and conflict is not unusual, e.g. Atlantic striped bass. Arlinghaus et al. 2019 proposes a 5-point framework for integrating recreational fishing into commercial management that will hopefully lead to conflict resolution and improved sustainability.

Source: Saving Seafood

IN BRIEF - Taiwan salmon or salmon in Taiwan? Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Formosa landlocked salmon

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Formosa landlocked salmon (FLS), Oncorhynchus formosanus, is a Critically Endangered species (IUCN Red List, Kottelat 1996) native to Taiwan and only remaining in a small mountain stream, Chichiawan Stream in Shei-Pa National Park (Yan 2000).

The species is at a critical crossroads; it is facing a variety of threats including small population numbers, fragmented habitat due to damming, invasive species, and climate change. It is thought that FLS originally migrated south from the Sea of Japan when ocean waters were cooler than they are today (Numachi et al. 1990; Gwo et al. 2008; Gwo 2019a).

They inhabited one river system, the Tachia River, and became landlocked when sea level rose. It is now relegated to small populations between flood and erosion control dams. Conservation strategies will depend on how the authorities answer the question posed in the title of this paper; do they want to conserve FLS as a distinct taxonomic entity with the likelihood that it will go extinct given.

Source: Springer Link

IN BRIEF - Salmon industry 'paying pittance' for marine debris fines, Greens senator Nick McKim says

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tasmania's major salmon farmers have paid just a few thousand dollars in fines since the State Government introduced a "zero tolerance" approach to marine debris.

Since July last year when "zero tolerance" was introduced, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE) has issued eight infringement notices for marine debris or marine farming equipment located outside marine farming lease areas.

Information provided to the Greens by Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett at the end of last month revealed there had been seven fines issued by that time, to a total of AUD 4075.

Information released under Right to Information laws earlier this year revealed Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) has separately issued three infringement notices to finfish farming companies since June 2017, totalling AUD 1956.

Source: ABC

IN BRIEF - The fish you're eating in London might not be what it's labelled

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

When biology professor Jennifer McDonald got the DNA results back from her students' experiment on fish, a high number of the fish were not what was said on the label.  

As part of a class experiment at Fanshawe College, her students were sent to grocery stores and sushi restaurants in London to collect fish samples. 

The class extracted the DNA and compared how many samples were actually what they claimed to be.

Source: CBC Canada

IN BRIEF - Grieg Seafoods: Annual Report 2018 published

Monday, April 15, 2019

Please find attached the Grieg Seafood Integrated Annual Report 2018, including sustainability reporting and complete annual accounts with notes, as adopted by the Board of Directors.

For further information, please contact:

CEO Andreas Kvame (cell phone: +47 907 71 441)
CFO Atle Harald Sandtorv (cell phone: +47 908 45 252)

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.

Source: Grieg Seafood

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ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
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I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
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Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
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Icicle Seafoods, Inc
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Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
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VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
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FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation
Marona S.A.
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
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Leardini Pescados Ltda
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CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
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NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
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Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
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Iceland Pelagic ehf
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Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
National Geographic Society
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