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IN BRIEF - Overfishing does damage to more than just fish

SOUTH AFRICA
Monday, April 15, 2019

Overfishing threatens disaster not only for fish, oceans and the food supply, but for fishing itself. The industry’s prosperity declines right along with populations of tuna, shark, swordfish and other species. Yet all over the world it persists in taking more fish than nature can replace.

If this practice seems foolish, still more so are government efforts to encourage it. The largest fishing nations spend tens of billions of dollars annually to help fishing companies pay for fuel and new vessels. The US government has been a leader of international efforts to end subsidies, but is now proposing a new one of its own: low-interest loans for fishing-boat construction. The National Marine Fisheries Service should abandon this disturbing reversal of policy.

Subsidies make it possible for enormous boats to travel long distances to fish the deep waters that lie far from any coastline. More than half of this high-seas fishing would be unprofitable without subsidies. Curtailing it would boost populations of migratory fish, helping to restock coastal fisheries.

Source: Money Web


IN BRIEF - Nigeria Spends USD 1bn Annually on Fish Importation

NIGERIA
Monday, April 15, 2019

The Director of Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research Lagos, Dr. Adekunle Oresegun, has disclosed that Nigeria spends about USD 1 billion annually on the importation of fish.

He stated this in Abakaliki during a four-day vocational training and empowerment on aquaculture production and fish post harvest for youths and women from Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal constituency in Ebonyi State.

Oresegun said the 40 participants drawn from the area were part of the constituency project of the House of Representatives Committee chairman of Agricultural Colleges and Institution, Hon. Linus Okorie.

Source: This Day Live


IN BRIEF - Fish Cheaper in 2019, Thanks to Imports

ISRAEL
Monday, April 15, 2019

Israelis will eat 700 tons of carp, 550 tons of tilapia, 300 tons of tuna, and 150 tons of bass this Pesach season, the Israel Fish Growers Association said. No shortages are expected this year, even though Israeli carp production was down about 500 tons for the 2019.

That’s because imports have more than made up for the lack of Israeli production. Carp import limits were raised over the past year, and the duty on imported carp was slashed. As a result, there is more carp on the market, and the price is below what it was last year. The same phenomenon applies to other fish, but on a smaller scale. As a result, there has been a 300-percent increase in carp sales so far in the pre-Pesach season this year compared to last year. Tilapia sales are up 25 percent over last year, as are mullet (60 percent) and bass (30 percent).

Eli Sherir, chairman of the Israel Fish Growers Association, said that “as we do each year before Pesach, we’ve seen this year an increase in fish sales, and especially of fresh fish. The reduction in duty on imported fish has helped bring down the price of fish that Israeli growers can get for their fish substantially, but much of those savings have not been passed on to the consumer. As happen often, the extra profit has remained in the pockets of importers and heads of the large markets.”

Source: Hamo Dia


IN BRIEF - Reduced sandeel quota for Denmark

DENMARK
Monday, April 15, 2019

Denmark has been advised by the International Council for the Exploration (ICES) to reduce its total sandeel quotas for the 2019 season. ICES recommended reductions over the majority of fishing areas, however some quotas were increased. The biggest reductions occurred in the central and southern North Sea and Dogger Bank, which are key fishing areas.

Quotas fell from 134,461 tonnes to 91,916 tonnes. Other areas affected are the northern and central North Sea (divisions 4.a-b) with cuts from 59,345 tonnes to the monitoring levels of 5,000 tonnes. Levels for divisions 4.b-c and subdivision 20, sandeel area 2r (central and southern North Sea) are to remain at monitoring levels of 5,000 tonnes. Areas where the advice recommended an increase in quotas are in the northern and central North Sea and Skagerrak and the advice increased quotas from 108,365 tonnes to 133,610 tonnes.

Source: Eurofish Magazine


IN BRIEF - These tiny fish reveal our oceans’ biggest problem: plastic

WORLDWIDE
Monday, April 15, 2019

There's the plastic waste we can see—bottles, bags, discarded fishing nets, and all manner of other objects littering shorelines and bobbing in oceans. And then there’s the plastic waste we can’t see: microplastics, whittled by sun, wind, and waves into bits so small that some are visible only under a microscope. Scientists are just beginning to understand the impact these particles are having on fish, the food chain, and ultimately, us.

For this month’s story about microplastics—part of National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? initiative to reduce plastic waste—photographer David Liittschwager documented the ubiquity of plastics in ocean water samples. Writer Laura Parker’s reporting took her to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab in Honolulu, where oceanographer Jamison Gove and fish biologist Jonathan Whitney study microplastics in the slicks where larval fish spend their first days of life.

Source: National Geographic


IN BRIEF - VIV worldwide under new leadership from Asia

WORLDWIDE
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Effective April 1, 2019, Mr Heiko M. Stutzinger took full leadership of the VIV worldwide. This includes all trade shows executed by VNU Exhibitions Europe, a fully owned legal entity of Jaarbeurs B.V.

Heiko recently started as Managing Director at VNU Exhibitions Asia-Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand. The directorship of VNU Exhibitions Europe and VIV worldwide, including related events and VIV Online 24/7, will be combined with his role as MD of VNU Exhibitions Asia-Pacific.

Former VIV worldwide Director, Mr Ruwan Berculo, will continue to be on board and boost new business initiatives like VIV health & nutrition, while making Heiko acquainted with the world of VIV.


IN BRIEF - Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia fund projects to boost innovation and productivity in the fish and seafood sector

CANADA
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia — With the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s coastal communities rely on the fish and seafood industry as an important contributor to local economies. This is why the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia today announced funding support to 11 regional organizations through the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.

The funding—a total contribution of more than CAD 1.2 million—will see the implementation of innovative projects and new technologies in the fish and seafood sector.

Source: Canada


IN BRIEF - Ottawa releases first report on influence of climate change on Atlantic Ocean

CANADA
Thursday, April 11, 2019

The federal government has released the first of what will be regular reports examining how the Atlantic Ocean is being influenced by climate change.

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says in a release that Atlantic Ocean waters are warming, causing rising sea levels, changes to ocean currents and more acidic water.

Wilkinson says the changes are having serious impacts on the health of Atlantic Ocean ecosystems including shellfish, fish, marine mammals and seabirds.

Source: I Heart Radio


IN BRIEF - Atlantic mackerel stocks down 86% over past 20 years, says new DFO report

CANADA
Thursday, April 11, 2019

The latest stock assessment for Atlantic mackerel contains grim news for one of the region's most iconic fish.

Scientists say the spawning population is down 86 per cent from pre-2000 levels, and the number of fish surviving to breed is at all-time lows.

An assessment by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says mackerel are in the "critical zone" where serious harm is occurring and recovery is threatened by overfishing.

Adding to the uncertainty are changing environmental conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence where mackerel spawn.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - With herring decline, lobster industry looks at alternatives

ICELAND
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Atlantic herring, a small fish known to school in the several billions, is a favorite bait of the lobster industry.

They’re easy to catch. Lobsters love to eat them. But federal regulators have cut the herring catch quota by 70 percent for this year, in response to projections of substantial declines in herring biomass.

Now Maine lobster fishermen and regulators are looking for alternatives to fill the gap. Some are fish that, with proper oversight, can potentially be imported into Maine. Others are expanded markets of existing alternatives that lobstermen already use.

Source: Iceland Institute


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