IN BRIEF - The decline of the Chinook salmon threatens a whole way of life
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The salmon is not just a fish. It’s a culture. What the buffalo was to the First Nations of the North American Plains, the salmon is to the people of the Pacific Northwest. It used to be abundant up and down both coasts of the continent, but major hydroelectric projects and overfishing put an end to that. The largest remaining salmon run in the world is on the Yukon River, with headwaters at McNeil Lake, northeast of Whitehorse, and emptying into the Pacific in the western Alaskan town of Emmonak, more than 3,000 km away. Like the buffalo, the Chinook salmon—which the Americans call king salmon—is near extinction, threatening all adjacent society, but Indigenous cultures in particular.
British writer Adam Weymouth canoed those 3,000 km to explore the sanctity of the salmon’s journey. His observations and deep research form Kings of the Yukon: A River Journey In Search of the Chinook, a work that is equal parts travel writing, social science, biology and modern anthropology. The book demonstrates that people born to the North and people who have chosen the North share a generosity and resilience, as well as a sense of fatalism that comes from watching the world fall apart to the south. One man, originally from Boston, says, “There is at least one glimmer of hope: when the world comes to an end, the fish will recover just fine.” That suspicion of outsiders can be problematic when governments impose conservation measures, as in 2014–15, when an outright ban on fishing for Chinook was enacted on both sides of the international border along the Yukon River.
HCM CITY - Farmers in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang have bred giant river prawns on 74ha so far this year, up 40.6 per cent against the same period last year, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Most giant river prawn farming areas are in Tho?i Son, Châu Thành and Châu Phú districts, and Long Xuyên City.
The breeding of giant river prawns in An Giang has developed since 2000, mostly in ponds or under rice-shrimp rotation models in rice fields.
The Fortune Group comprises three prawn farms located at Yamba, New South Wales, Proserpine, Queensland, and Mission Beach, Queensland.
The company stated that with prawn farming being land based the deal provides Tassal with a footprint in high demand aquaculture beyond Tasmania, adding that it aims to modernise Australian prawn farming and increase yield and returns.
The acquisition price was AUD 31.9 million including inventory, with AUD 1 million deferred to support the transition of the business. The arrangement is being funded through a new AUD 75 million debt facility and will include a capital investment program over the next 2-3 years of circa AUD 34 million.
MADURAI - Hundreds of fishermen and women on Monday staged a protest against the construction of a coal jetty in Kallamoli coastal village (between Manapad and Tiruchendur) for bringing coal to the upcoming 1,320 MW supercritical thermal power plant at Udangudi in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu.
Hundreds of women from nearly 26 coastal villages and hamlets formed a human chain close to sea at Alanthalai. Hundreds of fishermen picketed the site where the coal jetty is under construction, with black flags tied to their boats. They raised slogans that the jetty would affect their livelihood.
Participatory Management Councils, one of the new amendments to the Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, will play a crucial role in revamping the fisheries management system in the state, according to experts here Tuesday.
Marine scientists who spoke at a workshop on 'Scientific management of marine fisheries, Kerala,' at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here, said the councils would ensure involvement of all the stakeholders, including fishermen, in management and policy formation in the sector.
HÀ N?I - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) under the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed continuing Vi?t Nam’s eligibility to export Siluriformes fish, commonly known as catfish, and fish products to the United States.
The US Federal Register has published a draft of a proposal to recognise three countries—Vi?t Nam, China and Thailand—as maintaining their eligibility to export catfish and fish products to the United States as proposed by FSIS.
In the draft recommendation, FSIS has recognised the catfish inspection system in Vi?t Nam, China and Thailand as equivalent to the US system. If this draft is approved, these three Asian countries will officially be allowed to continue exporting catfish to this market, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
Seventeen New Zealand fisheries harvesting hoki, hake, ling and southern blue whiting have been re-certified against the gold standard for sustainable seafood, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
After a 12-month independent assessment process to review the science and management of these fisheries in detail, the final public consultation period closed on 12 September with no objections and no conditions (which are given when a fishery meets the standard but improvements are required).
Only 12 percent of the world’s wild-caught seafood is MSC certified and very few fisheries are MSC certified without
People are being urged to stop fishing with super-strength magnets after guns and grenades were dredged from the Midlands canal network.
Magnet fishing is becoming increasingly popular, but two people died this summer after falling into a canal in Huddersfield. The Canal & River Trust is urging people to stop putting their safety at risk.
The Price family, from Rugby in Warwickshire, have recovered old guns during their fishing expeditions and have reported them to local police.
Fishermen pull fishing nets on the Changdang Lake in Changzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 15, 2018. Fishermen here restarted fishing after about 20-month-long fishing ban on the Changdang Lake.
Chinese fishermen detected illegally catching blue crab Spain
Agents of Civil Guard of Deprona of the Delta de l'Ebre natural park and of the Territorial Tax Patrol of Sant Carles de la Ràpita carried out various operations to detect poachers engaged in blue crab illegal capture and marketing.
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