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IN BRIEF - Government encourages subsistence fish farming in rivers, lakes

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Subsistence fish farming projects are under way to protect freshwater fish in rivers and lakes in northern Myanmar, according to the Department of Fisheries in Nay Pyi Taw.

The main reason for the depletion of fish stocks in rivers and lakes is illegal fishing, including electric-shock fishing, in which batteries are used to kill or stun fish; the excessive use of pesticides; and natural disasters, said U Kyaw Moe Aung, a staff officer of the department. 

“Electric-shock fishing is the worst because even those fish that survive become infertile and cannnot reproduce. The reproduction of fish is decreasing. We are now educating people to practice subsistence fish farming,” he said.

Source: MMTimes

IN BRIEF - Fisheries warns against poisonous oyster, mussel

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The fisheries ministry has cautioned the general public not to consume oysters and mussels originating from the Walvis Bay Aquaculture Production Area 1.

This caution comes after recent biotoxins tests done on oyster and mussel samples on aquaculture in the said area found the presence of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) at a level higher than the permissible level in these samples.

The sampling and testing were facilitated by the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) as part of the National Shellfish Sanitation Programme.

Source: Namibian

IN BRIEF - Seafood consumers want ethical labels but sustainability trumped by price

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A significant new study from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) reveals mixed consumer attitudes to seafood sustainability, demonstrating demand for independent ethical labels but also a trend for price to motivate purchase.

Source: Food Navigator

IN BRIEF - Global boom in taste for octopus squeezes market as prices double for trendy cephalopod

Thursday, August 16, 2018

It has long been one of Spain’s most beloved dishes: simple, succulent slices of spiced octopus enjoyed in tavernas and on seafront terraces from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.

But the growing worldwide popularity of Japanese, Spanish and Hawaiian cuisines is squeezing the octopus market, with soaring demand forcing up prices to double that of two years ago.

Poor catches have aggravated the situation, and in the northern Spanish community of Galicia, home of the famed octopus dish, the mollusc is in increasingly short supply.

The average market price of regular-sized octopus in Galicia has risen from around EUR 7-14 per kilogramme, with larger specimens costing more.

Source: The Telegraph

IN BRIEF - Tiny cod fish re-emerge around Kodiak, giving scientists a window into climate change effects

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tiny cod fish are reappearing around Kodiak.

Researchers aim to find out if it is a blip, or a sign that the stock is recovering after warming waters caused the stocks to crash.

Alaska's seafood industry was shocked last fall when the annual surveys showed cod stocks in the Gulf of Alaska had plummeted by 80 percent to the lowest levels ever seen. Prior surveys indicated large year classes of cod starting in 2012 were expected to produce good fishing for six or more years. But a so-called "warm blob" of water depleted food supplies and wiped out that recruitment.

Source: Anchorage Daily News

IN BRIEF - Endangered eel larvae make a tasty treat for fish in an ocean desert

Thursday, August 16, 2018

European eels, besides being delicious, have mystified biologists for more than a century. They spend their adult lives in estuaries and rivers, and head to the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda to reproduce. Their tiny transparent larvae then hitch a ride back to Europe on the Gulf Stream. But eel populations have been mysteriously dropping, prompting desperate measures to replenish their numbers.

Now, researchers have a clue about one peril young eels face during their journey: hungry fish. The larvae were once considered too difficult for most predators to spot and catch, but a new study that looks at DNA traces in the guts of fish near eel-breeding waters suggests at least six marine species can make quick work of baby eels.

“The study shows that although eel larvae are likely difficult for predators to see, they do contribute to ocean food webs as prey for other species,” says Michael Miller, an eel expert at Nihon University in Fujisawa, Japan, who was not involved with the work.

Source: Science Mag

IN BRIEF - Esau urges //Karas to farm in fish

Thursday, August 16, 2018

KEETMANSHOOP – The //­Karas region has great potential for fish farming, fisheries minister Bernhard Esau said during a fish harvest session at the Fonteintjie fish farm in Keetmanshoop on Saturday 18th of August 2018.

“I am very pleased to note that there is potential to start fish farming, aquaculture, here in //Karas,” he said.

Esau said the government is committed to developing aquaculture, especially fresh water aquaculture as, while not discounting mariculture, fish farming must happen where there is water.

Source: The Namibian

IN BRIEF - Aquaculture reform group questions legality of Stephenville salmon hatchery expansion plans

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The owners of an aquaculture enterprise in Stephenville say there is no need for them to add more sea cages to correspond with a planned expansion of their hatchery.

Northern Harvest Smolt, an affiliate of Marine Harvest, has registered plans to modernize and expand on the land-based salmon hatchery with the provincial government for environmental assessment.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition for Aquaculture Reform, a group opposed to the project, issued a press release earlier this week that alleged Marine Harvest was illegally splitting the project by not also registering plans to expand its marine-based farming operations.

Source: The Telegram

IN BRIEF - MSC helps fund sustainability research in four oceans

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

London - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is proud to announce the five winners of the latest round of its scholarship program, including a project to study Arctic food webs, trials to monitor lobster stocks off the coast of Scotland and a project to monitor fish aggregating devices (FADs) in small-scale Indonesian tuna fisheries.

The program provides funding of up to GBP 4,000 per student to support research looking at environmental improvement, supply chain management or best practice in fisheries management. 2017’s winners have already started contributing to ocean sustainability, with their research providing new data and insights into the trade flow of octopus across East Africa, and the effectiveness of LED lights on turtle bycatch in Kenya.

Press Release


Wednesday, August 15, 2018


IN BRIEF - Congress to suspend session so Duterte can lower tariffs on fish, corn

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MANILA – The 17th Congress will go on a 12-day break this August to allow President Rodrigo Duterte to sign an executive order (EO) reducing tariffs or taxes on imported fish and corn.

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya was asked on Monday, August 13, why Congress will be suspending session from August 16 to 27. Under the legislative calendar, Congress usually opens a regular session starting July then adjourns for about a month from mid-October to mid-November.

"One of the reasons would be to allow the President to zero out or reduce the tariffs.... For now, [on imported] fish and corn," said Andaya, who is also Camarines Sur 1st District representative.

Source: Rappler

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IN BRIEF - Endangered eel larvae make a tasty treat for fish in an ocean desert
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IN BRIEF - Tiny cod fish re-emerge around Kodiak, giving scientists a window into climate change effects

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