IN BRIEF - Province agrees to third-party review of fish management
Thursday, July 12, 2018
After hearing the concerns of organizations across the province, the provincial government has agreed to a third-party science review of fish management in Alberta.
Alberta Environment and Parks has been receiving backlash from the angling population since they announced proposed changes to fishing regulations.
Volunteer fisheries biologist Ray Makowecki is part of the Next Step Team (NST), a local group made-up of concerned anglers about fish management in Alberta. He attended a meeting on fish management, along with members of the volunteer biologist group.
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.
PThe Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a seafood certification industry benchmark.
To meet the ASC standard, producers must demonstrate responsible aquaculture to minimise both environmental and social impacts.
It requires an unprecedented level of transparency and traceability, said the ASC. The salmon certification programme has grown steadily since its launch in 2012, with 240 salmon farms now certified.
Michiel Fransen, head of standards and science at the ASC, said: ‘With the ASC’s commitment to constant updates and stakeholder engagement, our standard has been a driving force behind improvements in salmon aquaculture.
A group of scientists say they have discovered three species of fish lurking in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
The three types of fish – temporarily named the pink, blue and purple Atacama snailfish – were found in the Atacama Trench, an 8,000-meter deep trench off the west coast of South America, according to researchers from Newcastle University.
The species of snailfish are small, translucent and have no scales. Their bodies are built to handle the extreme pressure found in the deepest parts of the ocean, scientists said.
Spanish supermarket group Eroski has posted a 24% increase in the purchase of certified sustainable fish, with the total volume of sustainable fish purchased now exceeding one million kilos in the first half of 2018.
All sustainable fish is purchased according to MSC and GLOBALG.A.P. certification and marketed under the retailer's Eroski Natur brand.
Eroski made the announcement to reinforce its commitment to the importance of eco-labels when sourcing fresh fish – a commitment that offers 'fundamental support' to the fishing sector.
The negative perception of working in the seafood processing industry is one of the main barriers to recruiting enough British staff, company chiefs have said.
Their comments are contained in the latest comprehensive Seafish quarterly update on the labour situation, first launched late last year in the light of Brexit.
The result is that, for a variety of reasons including Brexit, seafood processors are finding it harder to recruit enough people. The survey says that 38 per cent of firms in the sample told Seafish it became more difficult to fill vacancies in the three month period between April and June 2018, compared with the previous quarter. Only five per cent said things were easier.
HB Grandi hf has agreed to buy the entire shareholding in fishing company Ögurvík ehf from Brim hf. The purchase price is around ISK 12.30 billion (EUR 95 million) and a correction is expected to be applied to this once the results of the company’s financial performance to 31st August 2018 is available.
The purchase agreement is subject to approval by the board of HB Grandi and the shareholders meeting of the company. Furthermore the purchase is also subject to the approval of the Icelandic Competition Authority on the merger that such an acquisition leads to. The purchase is funded from cash reserves and loans. The shares will be handed over on payment. In addition, HB Grandi board has made clear the intention to explore the possibility of the sale of the trawler currently under construction in Spain.
In a milestone development, the Russian Pollock Catchers Association's Sea of Okhotsk Pollock fishery has received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for a second time. Once again confirmed as sustainable and well-managed, the fishery's catch can carry the blue MSC label.
The fishery is one of the world’s largest suppliers of Pollock from the North Pacific, serving over 20 countries across five continents. Every five years MSC certified fisheries have to go through the full assessment process again to ensure they are continuing to meet the MSC Fisheries Standard. The assessment was carried out by third-party conformity assessment body Acoura Marine.
Pacific Forum leaders have welcomed the increased air surveillance capacity of the new Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Aerial Surveillance Program funded by Australia under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, PMSP.
In a special event hosted at Nauru International Airport, leaders were able to inspect one of two King Air200 aircraft, fitted with high tech sensor, avionics and communications technologies capable of detecting fishing vessels over a broad range of ocean.
"The Aerial Surveillance program is ensuring we have more Pacific eyes in the sky on fisheries activity across the exclusive economic zones of our Pacific member nations," said FFA director general James Movick.