IN BRIEF - Alaska House passes resolution to protect Southeast Alaska’s troll fisheries from lawsuit
Tuesday, March 07, 2023
The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution to protect Southeast Alaska’s troll fishery on Wednesday. House Joint Resolution 5 calls for state and federal agencies to defend Alaska’s troll fisheries from a lawsuit that seeks to hold them accountable for the decline in killer whales in the Puget Sound area. The legislation passed on a 35-to-1 vote.
Rep. David Eastman, serving District 27 in Wasilla, was the only “no” vote.
The complainant is the Wild Fish Conservancy, a conservation organization based in Washington. Their official position is that terminating Southeast’s king salmon troll fishery might allow Chinook salmon to migrate back down the coast through key hunting grounds of the Southern Resident killer whales.
The resolution to protect Alaska’s troll fishery was introduced by freshman Rep. Rebecca Himschoot of Sitka, who sits on the House Special Committee on Fisheries.
Many of the region’s local governments have passed similar resolutions opposing the lawsuit, including Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Sitka.
The United States Department of Justice will appeal a federal court order forcing the closure of the commercial king salmon troll fishery in Southeast Alaska.
In early May, Washington U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones upheld an earlier recommendation that the Southeast summer and winter king fisheries were catching too much of the food source of a dwindling population of Puget Sound’s Southern Resident killer whales, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. Judge Jones’s order required the fishery closures and required the National Marine Fisheries Service to vacate and rewrite the rules that allow for the fisheries to happen.
The Justice Department’s notice to appeal was submitted on May 23 on behalf of the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The defendant intervenors in the case, the Alaska Trollers Association and the State of Alaska, filed motions earlier this month calling for a “partial stay” of the order, pending an appeal to allow the fisheries to proceed. The state argued that the court order had failed to account for the economic, cultural and social harm to the troll fleet and Southeast Alaska.[continues...]
Aquaculture is considered key to mitigating the challenges faced by the traditional fishing sector.
Aquaculture only contributes 20% of the European Union's consumption of seafood, well below the world average of 50%, something that the European Commission and professionals in the sector hope to change.
This industry is considered key to mitigating the challenges faced by the traditional fishing industry based on the capture of wild species.
"We have to look for success stories of alternative economic uses of the sea that we can expand and share in Europe's coastal areas and create new resilient jobs," Virginijus Sinkevicius, the European Commissioner for the Environment, recently told Euronews.
The Consellería do Mar wanted to respond to the statement signed by the Platform in Defense of Breeding regarding the obtaining of cheek in hatcherys. The department chaired by Rosa Quintana insists that the regional administration is working on different paths and that one of them is -indeed- the production of cheek in hatcheries. They stress from Mar that "it is a viable alternative that allows reducing both the dependence on the natural environment to obtain mexilla and the pressure on the stones" and that it is complemented with other options such as "capture by means of ropes or other collecting elements" . What they clarify from the department of the Xunta is that the intention has never been to cover 100% of the harvest with seed obtained artificially, but they understand that it would be a good solution for a large part of the production.
It should be remembered that from the Plataforma en Defensa da Cría they fear that the fact that the cheek is obtained in the hatchery could harm the loss of the Denomination of Orixe Protexida Mexillón de Galicia. The Ministry also responds to this, recalling that "around 80% of the mussel marketed in Galicia is not covered by the Denomination of Orixe" and that, therefore, the hatcherys would serve to provide breeding for most of the sector combining it with other methods. [continues...]
Attached is the program for the conference "Towards a more sustainable miticultura" organized by Opmega, which will take place this Friday, June 2, at 09:45 am in the Edificio Mexillón de Galicia (Vilagarcía).
The act includes a tribute to two bateeiros: Benigno Yáñez and Sabino Martínez.
FOOMA Special Feature: Record 953 Companies Showcase All Solutions Related to Food Manufacturing
The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturers Association (Nisshokuko) will hold "FOOMA JAPAN 2023", the world's largest comprehensive food manufacturing exhibition, from June 6 to 9 at Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall. The theme of this year's 46th event is "Accelerate FOOMA", and all food manufacturing related solutions that speed up problem solving in the food industry are available. The number of exhibitors is 953, the largest in history, and the space is 35,440 square meters (as of April 5, 874 companies last year).
Yesterday, representatives of IncubatecUfro from the Universidad de la Frontera, from the technological programs PTECAO/Consorcio SpA for oceanic aquaculture and the PTEC-Inva of vegetable inputs for fish nutrition from Corfo made a visit to the Huelmo farming center of the salmon farming company Mowi. , ProChile and industry suppliers, on the occasion of the visit to the Los Lagos Region of Pilar Neves, Innovation Norway project manager, an activity to which Salmonexpert was invited.
Author: Loreto Appel / SalmonExpert | Read the full articlehere
The fleet commanded by Grup Balfegó, led by "La Frau" and "Tio Gel II", has concluded the annual bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) fishing campaign and has managed to capture the assigned quota of 2830 tons, from trade agreements this year, in six days of effective fishing in the western Mediterranean. During this campaign, Grup Balfegó has generated around 300 direct jobs. The company hopes to have inspectors to move the tunas to the aquaculture facilities.
Source: IndustriasPesqueras | Read the full articlehere
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has announced plans to establish wild salmon protection zones, in which sea lice numbers on farms are strictly controlled in order to protect migratory salmonids from the parasites.
Under the plans, fish farm operators in these zones would have to keep sea lice numbers to low levels and face additional monitoring to help safeguard migrating smolts from the lice. About 120 potential zones have been identified in those areas of the west coast through which wild salmon migrate.
Japan’s imports of fish and fish preparations from Russia in 2022 rose to a new record value of JPY 155.2 billion (USD 1.14 billion, EUR 1.05 billion), up 12.9 percent from 2021, frustrating other nations, especially Canada, that have vowed to heavily limit or totally ban imports from the country following its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The previous record high value of seafood imports from Russia to Japan occurred in 2018, when Japan imported JPY 140.2 billion (USD 1.03 billion, EUR 950 million) worth of seafood.
Author: Cliff White / SeafoodSource | read the full articlehere
How IPNLF Maldives helps women fish processors turn fish into money.
In the Maldives, traditional one-by-one tuna fishing is largely considered a male-dominated industry, but “women are the ones that turn the fish into money”. Despite their significant contributions to household income and the fisheries sector, women fisherfolk face several challenges in expanding their small-scale businesses and reaping the maximum economic benefits.
Squid fisheries are booming in a regulatory vacuum Worldwide
The following is an excerpt from an article published by China Dialogue Ocean:
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