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IN BRIEF - 70,000 tonne sandeel quota for Norway

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Norway’s Institute of Marine Research has recommended a provisional quota of 70,000 tonnes of sandeel in 2018. Following an acoustic survey, a revised recommendation will be made.

The Institute of Marine Research states that the estimated biomass is one of the highest since 2009, with a high density of sandeel in many areas. According to the Institute, exceptionally good recruitment on the 2016 year class has contributed to this currently strong biomass, which also includes a relatively high volume of four-year old animals.

The combination of these older individuals and proportion of the 2016 year class believed to have reached reproductive indicates that the spawning stock is relatively high in areas 1 to 4. According to researchers, however, there is a high level of uncertainty concerning how the stock will develop, including it being a prey species for other fish.

Source: Fisker Forum

IN BRIEF - Brexit: MPs 'disappointed' with response to inquiry into future of fishing in NI

Friday, December 14, 2018

MPs have said they are disappointed with the government's response to an inquiry into the future of the fishing industry in Northern Ireland.

In a letter to the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, members of the NI Affairs Committee said they believed it lacked the detail they had sought.

The committee carried out an inquiry into challenges facing the industry here after Brexit. These included "crushing manpower shortages".

The suspension of fishing rights for the Northern Ireland fleet in the inshore waters of the Republic of Ireland is also a concern.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Makerere unveils fat research deal to improve fish farming

Friday, December 14, 2018

KAMPALA – Makerere University’s Department of Zoology and Fisheries sciences has entered a partnership with RUFORUM and Carnegie Foundation to help fish farming communities boost their earnings through value addition.

The research fellowship according to the university will also contribute to improvement in the areas of fish feed formulation, fish production through the integrated farming system and multidisciplinary approaches.

The University says it will train graduate students on post-doctoral fellowship and research in key areas of aquaculture and that these will come up with new innovations to boost the sector.

Source: PM Daily

IN BRIEF - Warmer Arctic temperatures are killing cod and the effects are being felt in Oregon

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest research report card.

The effects are already being felt locally along the Oregon Coast.

Scientists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport are studying the impacts of warmer ocean conditions in the Arctic. Inside temperature-controlled rooms are tanks full of subzero seawater. In the tank are Arctic cod.

Source: KGW8

IN BRIEF - Ship transporting live fish breaks down off Ardnamurchan

Friday, December 14, 2018

The crew of a ship carrying live fish had to be rescued on Tuesday 11th of December 2018 night after the vessel broke down.

The Migdale, with four people onboard, got into difficulty close to Ardnamurchan Point.

The skipper dropped anchor at the end of the Sound of Mull while awaiting assistance.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - Why the wrasse is the UK's most expensive fish

Friday, December 14, 2018

They are colourful and plentiful around Britain's coast, but they've never been prized for their taste.

So why are wrasse so expensive?

The answer lies in their ability to eat parasites, providing a more eco-friendly option for fish farms.

The price of the little fish has peaked at more than GBP 50,000-per-tonne.

But there are concerns about overfishing in some areas of the UK.

Source: BBC

IN BRIEF - DFO confirms that investigation of fish habitat destruction in the Fraser River is underway

Friday, December 14, 2018

Department of Fisheries and Oceans launched an investigation last month into allegations of habitat destruction on islands eyed for development in the Fraser River.

“On November 22, 2018, Conservation and Protection (enforcement branch of DFO) directed the Herrling and Carey Island property owners to take corrective measures,” said Leri Davies, strategic media advisor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

“Failure to comply with the corrective measures issued by DFO is a serious matter that may result in further investigation by fishery officers and possible prosecution.”

Several groups have been calling for protection of the world-class salmon and sturgeon spawning habitat that those islands provide, like the B.C. Outdoor Recreation Council and the Watershed Watch Salmon Society. Some were pleased to hear about the investigation launched by DFO.

Source: BCL Local News

IN BRIEF - Chinese Continue Rampant Fish Poaching in Latin American Waters

Friday, December 14, 2018

In March 2016, the Argentine coast guard intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel illegally operating in the waters of Argentina’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Such Chinese vessels had routinely violated the zone, as they had in numerous other countries in the region.

On this occasion, however, when the Argentine Coast Guard ship fired a warning shot to halt the perpetrator’s attempted escape to international waters, the ship, the Lu Yan Yuan Yu, responded by attempting to ram its pursuer, obliging a defensive response by the Coast Guard ship that inadvertently capsized the aged Chinese vessel. As the ship sunk and the Argentines shifted to rescue operations, most of the Chinese crew chose to swim to the numerous other Chinese fishing boats, observing from just outside the EEZ in international waters.

In recent months, U.S. authorities and the media have highlighted numerous ways in which Chinese economic engagement in the hemisphere has been prejudicial to the region, including commercial espionage and non-transparent contracts, in which Latin American elites commit their countries to significant debt to pay for projects of questionable economic value performed by Chinese companies and workers, sometimes guaranteed through critical national resources such as oil.

Source: News Max

IN BRIEF - Federal Judge Orders Stronger Cold-Water Fish Protections In Oregon Rivers

Friday, December 14, 2018

A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite its pollution cleanup plans for Oregon rivers.

U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernández rejected water quality standards that were submitted to the EPA by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Hernández’s ruling Wednesday came in response to a lawsuit filed by Northwest Environmental Advocates. The group charged in its lawsuit that the EPA should not have accepted those plans. They were used to decide regulation for activities that affect water temperatures — like cutting trees along river banks and discharging treated wastewater.

Source: OPB

IN BRIEF - North Dakota fisheries continue epic expansion

Thursday, December 13, 2018

I’ve been typing and talking about the epic expansion of fisheries in North Dakota since the current wet cycle began in the early 1990s.

Since this fortuitous natural phenomenon began 25 years ago, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists have stocked millions of walleyes into more than 50 prairie fisheries that now cover more than 61,000 acres. Many of these waters had no fish when the wet cycle first started.

And just when it might seem like all the waters that could possibly have potential have already been tapped, the November 2018 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine tells us this amazing run might not be finished yet.

Source: The Bismarck Tribune

IN BRIEF - NL Industry Lead Pleased By Federal Aquaculture Blueprint

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Executive Director of the province’s Aquaculture Industry Association says he’s very pleased with a new federal blueprint for the aquaculture industry.

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has announced a single, comprehensive set of regulations to offer clarity on how the industry is run.

A study has also been ordered on alternative aquaculture technologies and the development of a risk management framework with area-based management plans.

Source: VOCM

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