IN BRIEF - Fisheries - Disposal of Seized Prohibited Fishing Equipment
Friday, October 13, 2017
The Fisheries Protection Service proceeded on October the 11th 2017 at Mare Chicose Landfill with the annual disposal of seized prohibited articles related to illegal fishing activities. Most of the equipment were seized in the northern region of the country. The disposal exercise was carried out in presence of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo.
In a statement to the press at the Fisheries Post in Mahebourg where the seized prohibited articles were stocked, Minister Koonjoo highlighted that eliminating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is at the core of Government's agenda to conserve and use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
The Minister highlighted that the seized prohibited articles included 10 100 metres of fishing net, 15 shotguns and 150 underwater equipment, valued at Rs 10.5 million. He added that there has been an increase of 3.3 % in the amount of seized items, which indicates that illicit fishing activities and the use of prohibited equipment are on the rise. According to him, this also reflects the relentless efforts of the 15 Fisheries Protection Service Posts and the five Flying Squads to help free the country's lagoon from unregulated fishing by ensuring efficient control, strict surveillance and enforcement of the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act of 2007.
The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) has been monitoring the mercury levels in Oslofjord cod since 1984.
It noticed that as the size of the cod caught in the fjord south of the capital increased, so too did the amount of mercury in their bodies. The concentration has nearly doubled since records began, from around 0.15mg/kg to just less than 0.3mg/kg. Both of these are well below the levels deemed unsafe for human consumption.
The size increase has been linked to global warming, but hasn’t been as straight forward as the increase in mercury concentration. In the 1980s, the average North Sea cod measured 70cm when it reached sexual maturity at four years old. By 2000, the length had dropped by 29 per cent to 50cm, but they were reaching sexual maturity at 2.5 years old. Nowadays, the length has returned to 1980s levels and the species has retained its early maturation.
TWIN FALLS - Identifying new diseases or infections in livestock is key to isolating the problem and reducing losses. But ensuring the information is shared with producers and organizations to stop an epidemic can be difficult.
That’s particularly true in the trout industry, which is relatively young in Idaho and has not developed partnerships with state and federal agencies as other livestock industries have. To help remedy that shortfall, trout producers are taking a close look at the Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS) and how it might help protect their operations from emerging pathogens.
One concern Idaho trout producers have is that federal intervention in case of a disease outbreak is limited to pathogens listed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). That list includes 10 fish pathogens but not the ones Magic Valley trout producers are most concerned with.
Cooke [Aquaculture representative were] incapable of recovering all of their invasive fish stock so tribes stepped in to protect our treaty fishing waters. Since then, we have also been active observers of the company’s response. There is still a long way to go to even begin to repair the damage done to our tribal fishery by a faulty net pen that should never have been used to hold non-native species in our waters.
The company may have offered to recoup some of the costs of recovery, but you can never put a price on our treaty rights. Our treaty protects our right to fish because it is inseparable from who we are as Lummi people. What the Cooke Aquaculture fails to mention is that the company was unable to clean up the mess they created. If it were not for our fisherman, it is likely the spill would have been much worse.
KOCHI - Spurred by a soaring demand for frozen shrimp and frozen squid in international markets, the domestic marine products industry exported 2,51,735 tonnes of seafood, valued at INR 9,066.06 crore (USD 1.42 billion), in April-June 2017 compared to 2,01,223 tonnes and USD 1.17 billion, respectively, a year earlier.
The US and South-East Asia retained their positions as major importers, followed by the European Union and Japan, while demand from China saw a healthy surge during the period.
Frozen shrimp continued to be the top export item in the marine products basket, accounting for a share of 50.66 per cent in quantity and 74.90 per cent of the total earnings in dollar terms. Shrimp exports increased by 20.87 per cent in terms of quantity and 21.64 per cent in dollar terms.
New Delhi - For well over two decades, Norwegian seafood is being served at high-end eateries in India but the imports have been significantly small due to high customs duties.
Now, there is a push to promote it in India, thanks to the efforts of the body which promotes the Nordic country’s seafood.
“Earlier, due to high customs duties the price had been above the local fish, so import volumes remained small. However, with an increasingly affluent middle class, our analysis has shown that there are potentially 20-30 million Indians who can afford to buy our products like salmon and Atlantic cod,” the Oslo-based Yogi Shergill, Director of Norwegian Seafood Council, told IANS during a visit here.“We are aware that convincing the consumer to purchase Norwegian seafood will be a challenge and will take time. However, we now see that some local fish like pomfret is priced very close to our salmon, and higher than what Atlantic cod is sold at, so the prospects looks good,” Shergill said adding that Norwegian exporters have to be patient and have staying power to capture part of the market in India.
A member of a Wellington-based paua poaching operation has been banned from fishing for three years and ordered to serve seven months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to more than 20 charges under the Fisheries Act.
Thirty-nine-year-old Sonny Gilbert Wairau from Brooklyn was sentenced for his part in a black market operation involving three main offenders that called themselves The Paua Corporation when he appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday.
The men illegally took, over seven months, 257kg of greenweight paua and 31kg of sea cucumbers from around the Wellington coastline and then illegally sold the paua and sea cucumbers.
Trader Joe's to stop buying Mexican shrimp United States
Grocery store chain Trader Joe’s, located in Monrovia, California, has declared it will stop buying shrimp from Mexico amid the pressure exercised by the Boycott Mexican Shrimp campaign launched earlier this year by more than 45 organizations.