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IN BRIEF - Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows

AUSTRALIA
Friday, April 21, 2017

As shark populations decline, fish face less pressure from the top of the food chain. As a result, new research shows, fish are getting fatter.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science studied fish behavior in Rowley Shoals and Scott Reefs. The former, a marine preserve, hosts healthy shark populations. The latter, an atoll-like reef off the northern coast of Australia, is a popular location for shark fishermen from Indonesia.

The team of scientists observed reef fish spending more time hunting and feeding in the water column near Scott Reefs, where sharks are rare. Spending time in the water column puts fish at risk of ambush, but it's also home to more energy-rich prey.

Source: UPI


IN BRIEF - Major reforms on cards in fish sale and auction sector

INDIA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

KOZHIKODE - The Fisheries department of Kerala government is all set for a major reform in the fish sale and auction sector. The move is aimed at restricting fish auction at harbours through permit and to protect fishermen from exploitation.

A comprehensive regulation is also being planned to protect fishermen and prevent middlemen in fish auction.

The fisheries department officials also decided to prohibit fish auction outside harbours and marketing centres. The decision was taken based on the suggestions by fishermen, fisheries officials and trade union members a few days ago.

Source: Times of India


IN BRIEF - Qantas considers compensation to fishers after toxic spill, food risk still unknown

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Qantas has said it will consider compensating Queensland fishers in the wake of a chemical spill at one of its Brisbane Airport hangars.

The airline's domestic chief executive Andrew David met with industry representatives on Saturday and publicly apologised for the mishap, which caused 22,000 litres of toxic firefighting foam to leak after a sprinkler failure.

Some has seeped into the Brisbane River, but it is not know at this stage how much.

Fishers complained they were not told for days, with some selling hundreds of kilograms of the potentially contaminated fish.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - US warning over continued killing of seals by Scots fish farms

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ministers have received a warning about the continued shooting of seals by fish farms as the US poses the threat of an export ban which could cost the Scottish economy GBP 200 million a year.

New figures reveal that despite the salmon industry giving a "clear intention" to cut the number of seals shot to zero, fish farms and fisheries were continuing to kill them at a rate of over eight a month last year, under licence from the Scottish Government.

The details have angered protesters who are concerned that that instead of finding alternative ways to deal with seals, fish farms are continuing to be content to shoot to kill.

The US is now requiring proof that its seafood imports are harvested in a way that minimises harm to marine mammals.

Source: Herald Scotland


IN BRIEF - Fishermen Accuse Government of Aiding Illegal Fishing

UGANDA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Masaka - The fishing community at Iambu Landing Site in Masaka District has blamed government for failure to end the persistent illegal fishing methods on Lake Victoria.

Speaking during a meeting between the fishing communities and the Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms Mary Karooro Okurut, the fishermen accused government of failing to penalise individuals involved in illegal fishing.

Some fishermen even accused police of escorting vehicles transporting immature fish.

Mr Richard Nsambu, a fisherman at Bukakkata Landing Site, told Ms Okurut that they have seen policemen guarding vehicles carrying immature fish from different landing sites to border posts.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Salmon giant Tassal cuts short press conference on 'dead zones' near World Heritage Area

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tasmania's biggest salmon producer, Tassal, has been accused of not being transparent, after the company cut short a press conference on Monday 24th of April 2017.

Earlier on Monday, Tassal had announced its in-house scientists had found a "dramatic environmental improvement" in results in fish farm leases in Macquarie Harbour on the state's west coast.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) had ordered Tassal in February to completely de-stock its farming lease closest to the World Heritage Area (WHA) because low oxygen levels had created a so-called 'dead zone' under one of the massive salmon leases belonging to the company.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Group pushing commercial fishing limits

PHILIPPINES
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The head of a group pushing to regulate commercial fishing on the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds and place limits on development along inshore waters told a group of local conservationists last week the ultimate goal of those efforts is "more fish for everybody."

David Knight, a former assistant secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (now called the N.C. Division of Environmental Quality) who works as a consultant for the N.C. Wildlife Federation, spoke to the Albemarle Conservation and Wildlife Club Thursday about the federation’s Sound Solutions campaign.

Knight said Sound Solutions is trying to get past the traditional divide between commercial and recreational fishermen.

Source: Daily Advance


IN BRIEF - Progress Made Towards Sustainable Tuna Fishing

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In its second canned tuna ranking, Greenpeace USA found that a number of U.S. retailers have made significant progress toward offering consumers more sustainable and ethical products. 

The tuna ranking evaluated the sourcing policies and practices of 20 brands, including whether the fishing method used to catch their tuna harms other marine life, whether they avoid shark finning and whether they can trace their products back to the sea. In addition, Greenpeace examined the equitability and social responsibility of tuna brands. 

Poor working conditions are systemic in the tuna industry, and in the worst cases, human rights violations and forced labor occur. Greenpeace’s Tuna Guide this year includes an increased focus on the treatment of workers in the rankings. The International Labour Organisation last month slammed the Thai Government for failing to address forced labor, human trafficking and murder in the fishing industry.

Source: The Maritime Executive


IN BRIEF - China and Norway sign agreement on food imports, exports

CHINA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

China and Norway have signed an agreement on the import and export of food products, Norway's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries said on Friday 21st of April 2017.

The two countries recently resumed full diplomatic relations after a six-year political conflict that was triggered by the 2010 award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Norway's fish farming industry is hoping the normalisation of relations will allow it to regain access to the Chinese market. Fish farmers include Marine Harvest, Leroy Seafood, SalMar and Norway Royal Salmon.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Underwater Drone Protects Salmon by Blasting Lice with Lasers

NORWAY
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

If you love to eat fish, particularly salmon, you might have noticed a significant price hike for fresh salmon products in the last few months. As the world’s appetite for salmon grows, we’re also seeing skyrocketing growth in salmon farms turn into an estimated $10 billion industry worldwide to keep up with the demand. But raising these fish in such close quarters has meant creating the perfect breeding ground for sea lice — tiny parasites that feed on the skin and blood of host fish. Sea lice infestations can harm and even kill farmed salmon, ultimately costing salmon producers millions of dollars in losses and raising the price for the fish that do survive.

To combat this growing problem, some big salmon farms in Norway and Scotland are turning to an unlikely technological solution: underwater drones equipped with cameras and lasers that literally incinerate the little blood-sucking critters off sick salmon. Built by Norwegian company Stingray­ Marine Solutions, the Stingray drone is housed in an aluminum case and outfitted with a pair of stereo cameras and a processor the runs image-recognition software. These tools are similar to the facial recognition software used on mobile devices, allowing the Stingray to zoom in and identify a sea louse on a salmon fish as it swims by.

It’s armed with a surgical diode laser, much like the kind that’s used in a dentist’s or ophthalmologist’s office, which can quickly zap a parasite with a 100-millisecond laser pulse as soon as it’s detected. Fortunately, the salmon are not harmed by the laser, thanks to their shiny scales, which readily reflect the laser blasts. The company estimates that the drone can eliminate tens of thousands of these tiny lice every day — a significant figure, if one considers it only takes less than a dozen sea lice to effectively maim and kill a smaller-sized salmon.

Source: The New Stack


IN BRIEF - Salmon farming giant Tassal says standardised regulation of all state aquaculture leases is needed

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tasmania's largest salmon producer, Tassal, is calling for an industry-funded watchdog to be set up to monitor all salmon farm leases in the state.

Tassal chief executive Mark Ryan said the regulatory body would ensure all companies followed the rules and regulations and would provide a level playing field.

Mr Ryan said such a move would also improve confidence in the industry.

“We would suggest that it would be a fisheries officer type role and would be funded by a levy on industry,” he said.

“We would suggest either the Environmental Protection Agency or through Marine Farming branch [of the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Department].”

Source: The Mercury


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