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IN BRIEF - Govt. eyeing huge increase in fish production: Minister

INDIA
Monday, February 11, 2019

Minister for Fisheries J. Mercykutty Amma has said that the government is targeting a three-fold increase in domestic fish production.

“The government has been implementing innovative projects to expand fish production. Projects worth ?9.5 crore have been implemented in inland fisheries sector.

The four hatcheries in the district could produce 2,50,000 freshwater fish seeds and 43,50,000 shrimp seeds. Kulathupuzha and Kanatharkulam hatcheries have already received ?4.9 crore and ?9.5 crore has been sanctioned for the second phase,” she said.

The Minister was inaugurating the distribution of financial aid to fish farmers who suffered huge damages during the floods. Various freshwater farming projects implemented by the government with 40% subsidy had yielded 3766 ton fish so far, she added.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - EU to provide USD 135M fishing industry grant

CAMBODIA
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The EU will provide the Cambodian government with a more than USD 100 million grant to promote the country’s fisheries sector, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday.

The announcement was made on the Prime Minister’s Facebook official page after he met with outgoing EU Ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar.

The grant is set to be officially signed on Wednesday.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries spokeswoman Srey Vuthy told The Post that the EU will provide a USD 135 million grant to be used for two projects.

Source: The Phnom Phen Post


IN BRIEF - Benchmark wins prestigious Aquaculture Innovation Award

NORWAY
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Benchmark is delighted to announce that it has won the prestigious AquaNor Innovation Award 2019 for CleanTreat, a new water purification system that removes medicines from treatment water before releasing purified water back into the sea.

CleanTreat is designed to reduce the environmental impact of chemical based bath treatments and to date the system has purified more than 300,000m3 of treatment water in Norway.

Commenting on the award, Neil Robertson, Benchmark’s Head of CleanTreat says.

Source: Benchmark Plc


EN BREVE - A seafood fraud investigation DNA tested fish sold in the US. Here’s what they found

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here’s a fishy riddle. Question: when is a sea bass not a sea bass? Answer: when it’s a giant perch. That’s the conclusion of a recent study on fish sold to consumers in the United States, which found that 20% of the samples tested were mislabelled.

The study, by Oceana, a US non-profit dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, sampled 449 fish purchased from shops and restaurants in 24 US states and the District of Columbia. DNA testing was used to establish the true identity of the samples.

Source: World Economic Forum


IN BRIEF - We're taking back our fisheries – and THESE countries won't be happy, says fishing boss

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union at the end of October, with the Prime Minister insisting the UK could still leave the bloc without a Brexit deal. Bertie Armstrong, the CEO of the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation, has listed the countries whose fishing industries are facing the biggest impact of Brexit. Mr Armstrong claimed France, Denmark and the Netherlands would see the biggest impact, as a result of the “consequences” of Brexit.

Source: Express


IN BRIEF - Half a billion invested in fisheries projects

OMAN
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Muscat - Work is continuing on 10 fishery projects in Oman that have seen investments of nearly half a billion rials, as the country moves to become more self-sufficient in terms of food security.

The 10 projects have been listed in the annual report of the government’s Implementation, Support and Follow-up Unit (ISFU), which oversees the nation’s Tanfeedh programme for economic expansion.

A total of OMR487.2 million has been earmarked for these 10 projects, which will involve the setting up of aquaculture farms where marine animals can be fed and raised for food, some of which will be exported to other markets. Of these projects, five are shrimp farms and two involve abalone farming, while a fish hatchery, algae cultivation and a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) are also under development.

Source: Times of Oman


IN BRIEF - Closure of the Directed Federal Illex Squid Fishery

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Based on recent landings data, effective at 00:01 hours on August 21, the directed federal Illex squid fishery is closed for the remainder of the fishing year through December 31, 2019. Permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring, or landing more than 10,000 lb of Illexsquid per trip Vessels can land Illex squid only once per calendar day. This prohibition is required by regulation because we project that 95 percent of the 2019 annual catch limit (quota) will have been caught by the effective date. This fishery will reopen at the beginning of the 2020 fishing year, at 00:01 hours, January 1, 2020.

Source: NOAA Fisheries


EN BREVE - Enabling precision aquaculture with real time data and forecasting

EUROPEAN UNION
Friday, August 16, 2019

Aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry and with the right tools, fish farmers can really reap the rewards of this method of farming.

Aquaculture can offer a high volume of product with a better economic yield for farmers while also becoming more environmentally sustainable. Aquaculture is just one way of meeting the world’s demand for high quality protein as the global population rapidly increases. Europe has been at the forefront of safety standards when it comes to aquaculture, with over 25% of the seafood consumed in the EU coming from the sector. The task of improving quality, however, does not end with the opportunity to improve methods; as waters are still at risk of threats that will need to be prevented or corrected. This means that aquaculture farmers still face many challenges, from reducing production costs and labour to losing stock to diseases and water contamination.

Source: Government Europa


IN BRIEF - Fishing industry given say in federal research on Atlantic seals, fish

CANADA
Friday, August 16, 2019

Ottawa is establishing a research team to study the impact of seals on fish populations in Atlantic Canada.

Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson today announced the creation of the Atlantic seal science task team.

A statement from the department said the work is meant to ensure management decisions for seals and sea lions are made with the best available science, in order to sustain “healthy and productive” ecosystems.

Source: Global News Canada


IN BRIEF - The demand for luxury shellfish is polluting the ocean with plastic

CANADA
Friday, August 16, 2019

The federal government has taken action recently to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on land and in oceans, rivers and lakes.

In June, for example, it said it would ban single-use plastics by 2021. "It is tough to explain to your children why dead whales are washing up on our beaches with their stomachs jammed packed with plastic bags," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented at the time.

Despite this progress, one of the main plastic polluters—shellfish aquaculture—continues to threaten marine ecosystems.

Coastal British Columbia is rugged and jagged. Its drowned fjords are home to wild salmon and the ecosystems that depend on them. Tucked away between Vancouver and Denman islands is Baynes Sound, a serene inland sea, home to sea mammals, globally important duck and bird populations, and a biological diversity unmatched along our coast.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Crowding mackerel can affect the fillets

NORWAY
Friday, August 16, 2019

“Our results indicate that crowding mackerel during purse seine capture may cause a severe stress reaction that has the potential to affect the quality of their fillets” concludes Neil Anders, PhD student at the Centre for Research-based Innovation in Sustainable fish capture and Processing technology (CRISP) at the IMR.

“The industry should take note of this because the price they receive at auction can depend on the quality of the fish they are selling. Buyers want fish with no gaping, a nice uniform pale colour to the flesh and a firm texture. We have found that crowding has the potential to affect these qualities and therefore, potentially, it could also reduce the profitability of the fish”.

Source: Institute of Marine Research


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