IN BRIEF - Aquaculture company wants court-ordered buffer zone around fish farms
Thursday, June 14, 2018
VANCOUVER - A B.C. lawyer says an aquaculture company’s application for a court order banning specific protesters and the public from coming within 20 metres of its salmon farms is a breach of their licence and an attempt to prevent the public from monitoring the environmental impact of fish farms.
Marine Harvest, an Atlantic salmon farming company, filed the application in May asking the B.C. Supreme Court to ban three named protesters as well John and Jane Doe from entering the area within buoys surrounding structures at more than 30 sites.
Canada’s fisheries department has announced a new series of fishery closures while opening previously closed areas as the result of the presence of North Atlantic Right Whales.
The dynamic closures are part of measures the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced in April which are designed to protect the endangered species of whales — 18 of which were killed in Canadian and U.S. waters in 2017.
The closures, which are meant to respond to sightings of the whales, will shut down the zones until further notice.
One of Scotland’s most senior fish farm watchdogs has quit to join the fish farming industry, prompting concerns about the effectiveness of environmental regulation.
The Ferret can reveal that Anne Anderson has resigned as GBP 80,000-a-year chief officer for compliance at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa), where she oversaw the GBP 2 billion fish farming industry. She is going to become director of sustainability at the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), which represents multinational fish farming companies.
Her surprise move has sparked a chorus of criticism from environmental groups, who accuse Sepa of lacking “bark or bite”. They are calling on Scottish ministers to ensure that “revolving doors” between regulators and industry do not result in independent regulation falling prey to “industry creep”.
TACLOBAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will form a joint task force to strengthen the government’s fight against illegal fishing in Eastern Visayas.
BFAR Regional Director Juan Albaladejo and PNP Regional Director Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos will sign a deal on Friday creating the “Joint Task Force: Bantay Kadagatan”, with a mandate to strictly enforce existing fishery laws.
The team will focus its patrol in municipal waters, where production has been depleted by unregulated fishing and massive operation of commercial vessels. Municipal waters are within the 15-kilometer area from the shoreline.
The industry collective Stronger America Through Seafood will press for policies that support aquaculture, or the farming of fish and other sea creatures. The goal? To increase seafood production in the U.S., which is lagging behind other countries.
You may never have heard of aquaculture, but a new coalition of major players in the seafood industry want to boost its profile, especially among policymakers.
Aquaculture is the farming of fish or other sea creatures for food. With growing evidence that domestic seafood production isn’t meeting consumer demand, a new advocacy group called Stronger America Through Seafood is aiming to increase the industry’s production capacity through the use of aquaculture techniques. The group—which includes Cargill, Red Lobster, Sysco, and Pacific Seafood, among others—says those techniques been around for decades but aren’t being used to their full advantage in the U.S.
Fish is considered a healthy food. But which fish can you eat with a clear conscience, without depleting ocean stocks? Many consumers trust the blue MSC eco-label awarded by the Marine Stewardship Council. But for years it has faced much criticism.
This report questions the MSC’s certification standards. We meet fishermen who have acquired the MSC seal of approval primarily for marketing reasons, and who got it even though their fishing methods damage the seabed. "If it carries the MSC seal, no one asks any questions,” says the managing director of a plaice fishery. In Germany, entire supermarket chains offer predominantly MSC-certified goods. Fotry-one percent of consumers know the seal and trust it. But marine conservationists say its standards are too lax. A small-scale Galician fisherman who catches octopus and other species using traditional methods categorically rejects the MSC label. He and his colleagues could have applied for it, but the MSC had also negotiated with the owners of large fishing vessels, which through their size alone are a threat to stocks. "If the MSC is only interested in certifying the stock of a species, but not the fishing method, then we do not want MSC certification," the fisherman says. One of the seal's co-founders has also accused the MSC of following industry interests more than its own eco-standards, and of "switching to the dark side.” Is there any truth to the accusation?
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.