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IN BRIEF - New Brunswick flooding creates bait challenges for P.E.I. lobster fishermen

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

There’s more than one way to lure a lobster.

The provincial government says it's working with P.E.I. Fisherman’s Association to diversify the type of bait used by lobster fishermen, with flooding in the Saint John River creating the most recent challenge.

During Tuesday’s question period, Fisheries Minister Robert Henderson said some lobster fishermen are already having difficulties with bait and part of that is from the N.B. flooding impacting Gaspereau catches.

Source: The Guardian

IN BRIEF - What does marine heatwave mean for future of New Zealand's fish?

Friday, January 18, 2019

A rare marine heatwave is under way in places around New Zealand, with fish and other marine life likely to spend the next couple of months swimming south to find cooler water.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) has confirmed marine heatwave conditions in parts of the Tasman Sea and the seas east of the country, for the second consecutive summer.

Sea-surface temperatures are now up to 4 degrees Celsius warmer than average in the Tasman and up to 3C hotter than normal in places off Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Canterbury.

Some eastern hot spots are even 1C or so warmer than they were at the same time during last summer's marine heatwave.

The warmer than normal waters increase the chance of subtropical sea life appearing around New Zealand. It also means fish that thrive in cooler water will have to drift further south to find it. (continue...)

Source: Paul Gorman | stuff.co.nz

IN BRIEF - Lobster wars continue as government claims extra catches kept by fishers themselves

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tensions between Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly and the Western Rock Lobster industry continue to simmer after Mr Kelly released findings of a review that found cray fishers were keeping portions of extra catches allowed under the local lobster program for themselves.

Mr Kelly was citing a 2018 Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development review of the local lobster program. The program was set up in 2016 by the Barnett government to provide more lobsters for the local market.

Fishermen have strongly denied the claim and criticised Mr Kelly for citing a report that isn't publicly available.

On Friday Mr Kelly pointed to several pitfalls of the local lobster program allegedly found by the review, including that during the first two phases of the program more than a quarter of the seafood was kept by the fishers themselves. (continue...)

Source: Hamish Hastie | watoday.com.au

IN BRIEF - After 20 years and $1 billion spent on Washington state salmon programs, fish still declining, new report says

Friday, January 18, 2019

The 2018 State of the Salmon report by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office is a sobering read: Across the state, and in its jewel, Puget Sound, salmon are struggling to survive despite efforts of every kind to prevent extinction.

The news isn’t all bad: some runs, such as summer chum on the Hood Canal and fall chinook in the Snake River are doing better and near their recovery goals. And habitat restoration, from taking out dikes to fixing highway culverts that block salmon migration boosts salmon populations, the report found.

The problem is that more habitat is being destroyed, more quickly than it can be fixed as the state continues a turbocharged growth spurt that is chewing up salmon habitat with roads, pavement, housing and commercial development.(continue...)

Source: Lynda V. Mapes | Seattle Times

IN BRIEF - Seaside town divided over Britain’s Brexit turmoil

Friday, January 18, 2019

For centuries, the English town of Hastings has been famous for its 1066 battle that defeated King Harold’s army and started the Norman conquest of Britain.

But the seaside town facing France is now caught up in a modern-day battle over Anglo-European relations as Brexit divides opinions among its locals.

Fishermen in Hastings want Prime Minister Theresa May to take Britain out of the EU without a deal but others are deeply concerned about the risks, reflecting sharp divisions in the country as a whole.

Hastings’ symbolism may not have been lost on opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who visited for a speech on Thursday to insist he would not discuss a possible way forward with May unless she ruled out Britain leaving the EU with no deal.

Hastings fishermen, with an eye on more maritime access, want the hardest possible Brexit: sailing out of the European Union with no deal at all come Brexit day, scheduled for March 29. (continue...)

Source expatica.com


Friday, January 18, 2019


IN BRIEF - New “OCEAN” magazine on Euronews explores sustainable EU fisheries

Thursday, January 17, 2019

23% of worldwide catches, that is, 30 million tons of fish are thrown overboard every year. In most cases, the fish don't survive. A wasteful practice that needs to stop and will stop in Europe.

The landing obligation, which compels fishermen to bring to shore all catches, fully entered into force in January. This will end the unsustainable practice of throwing unwanted fish back into the sea.

Researchers have anticipated the market's needs and have been working on creating innovative fishing gears. Fishermen across Europe are investing in selective nets that allow them to better target their fishery and reduce unwanted catches. The landed fish that is not suitable for direct human consumption will not go to waste either. It can be used to produce fish meal, fish oil, pet food, food additives, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

A Euronews team has recently visited fishermen and researchers in Sweden and France and tagged along fishing trips to film their innovations in action. This is the first episode of the brand new TV series Ocean, which premiered on Friday and can be watched online.

IN BRIEF - Tokyo protested because of the actions of Russian border guards near the Southern Kuril Islands

Thursday, January 17, 2019

MOSCOW — RIA Novosti. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan expressed protest to Moscow due to the fact that the Russian border guards fined the Japanese ships fishing near the island of Kunashir in the southern Kurils. About it RIA Novosti said the Japanese foreign Ministry.

In particular, in Tokyo claim that the January 7, employees of the Russian border guards stopped Japanese fishing trawler “Casamara-18”. The guards revealed violations, then escorted the trawler to the port on Kunashir, and then, after clarification, was released.

Tokyo has called the actions unacceptable. While in the Japanese foreign Ministry referring to its position as on the four disputed Islands, and the Agreement on fisheries off the southern Kuril Islands from 21 February 1998, according to which Japanese vessels may fish in the area for a fee according to the allocated quota.

IN BRIEF - Solar activity to blame for jellyfish surge, expert says, as warming waters 'rev up' metabolism

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A researcher has poured water on "emotive" claims that warming seas have spawned an abundance of jellyfish, and instead pointed the finger at a correlation with sunspot activity.

Stings by the deadly Irukandji jellyfish have more than doubled the 10-year average in Queensland, while tens of thousands of bluebottle stings have been reported from Queensland to New South Wales since December.

Marine science professor Kylie Pitt from Griffith University is seeking to publish a research paper connecting jellyfish numbers to the 22-year cycle of solar sunspot activity and subsequent changes in magnetic fields.

Pulling together worldwide datasets of jellyfish that go back decades, she said her team found the creatures would increase in abundance for 10 years, then decrease, then start again in what was found to be a 22-year cycle.

By Malcolm Sutton/ABC Radio Adelaide 

IN BRIEF - WWF using blockchain to track environmental impact of products

Thursday, January 17, 2019

WWF-Australia and BCG Digital Ventures have partnered to launch a new blockchain-based platform to track the environmental and ethical impact of food and products.

Launching the OpenSC platform in Sydney on Thursday, the organisations said they are hoping to help people and business avoid illegal, environmentally-damaging, or unethical products.

"Through OpenSC, businesses and consumers will have a whole new level of transparency about whether the food we eat is contributing to environmental degradation or social injustice such as slavery," said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O'Gorman.

OpenSC works by scanning product QR codes. Once a QR code is scanned, the user is shown information about where a specific product came from, when and how it was produced, and how it travelled along the supply chain.

By Asha McLean/zdnet.com

IN BRIEF - Australia to take drastic measures as up to a million fish die in lakes and rivers

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The official reason more than a million fish have died in a river in Australia is the hot dry weather, which has caused drought in New South Wales among other areas.

Amid the arid conditions, large algal blooms have drawn the oxygen out of the water, killing all the fish in stretches of the Darling River.

Tides of dead fish are now lining the banks where they are rotting quickly in record breaking temperatures which have seen parts of New South Wales facing an entire week over 40C, and highs of 46C in the area where the fish died.

A clean-up operation is underway, but water experts have warned that more fish are likely to die as the heatwave conditions continue. (Source: Harry Cockburn |   )

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Spain The Galician fleet that works in Falkland waters is already preparing to leave for the South Atlantic fishing ground, before the next opening of Loligo squid fishery.
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ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
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Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
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Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
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W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
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Icicle Seafoods, Inc
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American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
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BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
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Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
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FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
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Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
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Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
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Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
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WWF Centroamerica
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Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
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CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
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David Suzuki Foundation
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FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
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Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
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