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IN BRIEF - Shrimp: a favourite of fish and columnists

CANADA
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

So you know how sometimes you have those nights where it’s two o’clock in the morning, you are asleep and you hear a noise, or you think you heard a noise, or you dreamt you heard a noise, or something in a dream wakes you upset. Anyways, you are suddenly wide awake and you can’t seem to get back to sleep. That’s what happened to me last week, so after a while I got up and turned on the television. Nothing on the Space channel, nothing worth watching on TCM. I found myself aimlessly flicking through the channel and came upon a program on the one of the food channels, where a guy was cooking up shrimp. I love shrimp.

I didn’t know there were so many different types of shrimp or prawns as he kept referring to them – Maine shrimp, brown shrimp, rock shrimp and fresh water shrimp, not to mention banana prawns and the ever popular giant tiger prawn. Actually shrimp and prawns are different creatures, although they do have a lot in common. Both are crustaceans, they both have 10 legs, both can be found in salt and fresh waters and both live on or near the floor of whatever body of water they inhabit. Prawns have claws on three of their five pairs of legs while shrimp only have claws on two of their five pairs of legs. Their gills and body shape are different too. However, as far as cooking them, they are virtually identical and interchangeable.

Source: BC Local News


IN BRIEF - Cepesca regrets that consensus has not been reached for the renewal of the agreement between the EU and Morocco

SPAIN
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Madrid - The Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA) regretted that consensus has not been reached for the renewal of the fisheries agreement between the European Union (EU) and Morocco, and asks the Administrations to speed up the management of the aid provided for in the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (FEMP) to the fleets that will be affected and that as of midnight this Saturday, the day on which the current protocol expires, they will no longer be able to fish in the Moroccan fishing ground.

Despite the failure of the negotiations, which have lasted for four rounds held in Rabat and Brussels, the fishing sector trusts that the parties will continue working to bring positions closer and that negotiations, as reported by the Government will resume next week , lead to a new agreement beneficial to both. Likewise, and given the impossibility of continuing to develop the fishing activity regulated by the protocol previously in force, Cepesca requests that the Government be agile in processing the aid to the shipowners and crew members affected by the temporary stoppage.

? Of the 90 possible licenses for Spain contemplated in the protocol, the fishing sector has made use, this year 2018, of 49 licenses: 35 Andalusian boats, 10 Canarian and 4 Galician

? The 49 Spanish fishing vessels that have carried out their activity under the agreement during 2018 employ 534 crew members, of whom 107 are Moroccan


IN BRIEF - Heat is ‘disastrous’ for salmon industry

UNITED KINGDOM
Saturday, July 14, 2018

The heatwave is threatening to plunge Scotland’s angling industry into crisis as the water levels of some of the most popular salmon rivers have fallen to drastically low levels after record temperatures and weeks without rain.

The salmon will not swim in to the rivers if the water levels are low. Salmon and sea trout fishing brings tens of millions of pounds a year to rural areas and supports more than 1,000 jobs.

Andrew Douglas-Home, former chairman of the River Tweed Commission, said that salmon fishing had all but ceased on the river. “At a time when salmon numbers in Scotland are low anyway, it is a pretty disastrous situation for everyone connected with the salmon fishing industry,” he said.

Source: The Times


IN BRIEF - Gov’t suspends fish meal operation in Sanyang, closes Kartong’s operations

GAMBIA
Saturday, July 14, 2018

After a much talked-about environmental degradation fish meal operations situated in the Kombo South settlements of Sanyang and Kartong, the government of The Gambia has decided to suspend and closed fish meal operations in these two communities.

At a press briefing held at State House on Wednesday, the Director of Press at President’s Office Aminata Bojang Sissoho, disclosed that the fish meal operation in Sanyang has been suspended, while similar operation in Kartong has been closed down because of their shortcomings in meeting the standard requirements.

“On environment, operations of the fish meal in Sanyang have been suspended until the requirements have been fulfilled,” she said.

Source: The Point


IN BRIEF - Assessing seafood retailers’ progress helps consumers and industry

UNITED STATES
Friday, July 13, 2018

A warm summer day, a cold drink and fish on the grill. It doesn’t get much better. But how do you know if your fish is sustainable? It can be a challenge — especially considering SeaChoice found just 11 per cent of seafood available in Canada in 2016 was rated as a “best choice.” Many retailers have sustainable seafood policies, but how good are they?

To help consumers choose wisely, SeaChoice used to rank seafood using a traffic light system — red (avoid), yellow (some concerns) and green (best choice). U.S.-based Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and Canada’s Ocean Wise continue to offer similar rankings. SeaChoice recently launched its Seafood Progress online resource to shift the focus to retailers, but with consumers in mind.

Source: Commox Valley Record


IN BRIEF - Mauritania harvests 1m tons of pelagic fish each year

MAURITANIA
Friday, July 13, 2018

Pelagic fishing boats in Mauritania capture more than a million tons per year, the Fisheries and Maritime Economy minister, Nany Ould Chrougha said on Wednesday.He was speaking at the opening of a workshop organized by the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic and Fisheries Research (IMROP) on the exploitation and management systems of pelagic fisheries.

The workshop is intended to provide a framework for consultation and follow-up on the implementation of the National Strategy for the Responsible Management of Fisheries Resources for Sustainable Development (2015-2019), which focuses on the preservation of fisheries resources and marine biodiversity.

Source: Jurnal du Cameroun


IN BRIEF - Formalin Found In Fish In Assam's Guwahati Markets

INDIA
Friday, July 13, 2018

GUWAHATI - The Assam government has banned import and sale of fish from Andhra Pradesh and other states for a period of 10 days after cancer-causing chemical formalin content was found in the imported fish.

The decision was taken after formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical which is used to keep dead fish fresh, was detected in fish being sold in markets areas of Guwahati.

Minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush Hazarika said, "The government has taken a decision to ban fishes brought from outside after analysis of growing health issues due to the consumption of fish containing formalin (Formaldehyde)."

Source: NDTV


IN BRIEF - Factbox: Britain proposes new fishing arrangements after Brexit

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, July 13, 2018

LONDON - Britain published on Thursday its proposals for future trade with the European Union after it leaves the bloc next March.

In the White Paper’s section on fishing, the government proposed annual negotiations and “fairer” access to waters based on more scientific methods which also promote sustainable management of stocks.

Many fisherman in Britain supported Brexit, hoping it would give them a bigger share of the catch in one of the world’s richest fishing grounds surrounding the country.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Maine salmon farms can be models of sustainable aquaculture

UNITED STATES
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mainers treasure healthy, wild places, but as a state, we also need prosperity and good jobs for people and their families. There are two developments on the horizon that can protect our waters and native fish while making Maine a leader in sustainable aquaculture.

Recently, Whole Oceans in Bucksport and Nordic Aquafarms in Belfastannounced plans to build land-based salmon farms, part of an emerging trend that’s attracting global investment. The race is on to bring larger volumes of environmentally friendly, U.S.-grown salmon to market.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation’s support for these proposed salmon farms may come as a surprise. Two decades ago, we were on the front page of Maine’s newspapers expressing our concern that wild salmon stocks and the health of our coastal bays were being threatened by a sea-cage industry plagued by large escapes, increased densities of sea lice and diseases such as infectious salmon anemia.

Source: Bangor Daily News


EN BREVE - Shrimp season to re-open Saturday 14th of July 2018

MEXICO
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Good news for everyone craving fresh Gulf shrimp – the commercial shrimp season will re-open for both state and federal waters on Saturday, July 15 2018.

The official re-opening is set for 30 minutes after sunset.

“The Gulf season was closed to protect brown shrimp until they can reach larger, more valuable sizes during their major period of migration from the bays to the Gulf of Mexico,” a press release from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council said.

Source: Port Aransas


IN BRIEF - DFO announces shellfish harvesting closure off northern B.C.

CANADA
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Geoducks and horse clams off Haida Gwaii and Tofino are now on DFO’s no-harvest list.

DFO announced its latest harvesting closure on July 10, which includes Area 2 and 24. On Haida Gwaii, North Beach remains open for razor-clam harvesting.

People who eat contaminated geoduck could get paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), which in extreme cases can be deadly.

“One result was because the sample came back above acceptable standards,” said DFO’s Elysha Gordon, the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program Coordinator. “I will open and close an area based on test results, whether the area is clean and free of toxic algae or not.”

Source: The Northern View


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