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IN BRIEF - Law to regulate fish auction and sales: Fisheries Minister J Mercykutty Amma

INDIA
Thursday, July 12, 2018

KOLLAM - The state government plans to streamline the fish auction and sales along with quality regulation through a law, said Fisheries Minister J Mercykutty Amma. She was speaking after inaugurating the National Fish Farmers’ Day at CSI Convention Centre here on Tuesday. The minister said the new law will be applicable for seas, lakes and other inland fishing sectors.

Mercykutty Amma, who introduced tough action against catching juvenile fish for the fertiliser industry, reiterated her stand against the practice. The department has collected `2 crore as fine against catching juvenile fish. Mercykutty Amma said efforts will be taken to expand fish farming in the state.

At present, only 20 per cent of the 68,000 hectares of water bodies in the state cultivates fish. “Pisciculture will be tried as an intercrop in more areas. We will focus on measures to protect the cultivation along with the expansion,” she said. She asked local bodies to come forward in promoting fish farming. According to her, the plan for increasing the number of Matsya Bhavans was under active consideration.

Source: New Indian Express


IN BRIEF - Sea Shepherd’s M/Y Steve Irwin retires after a life defending the oceans

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sea Shepherd’s flagship vessel the M/Y Steve Irwin has conducted multiple campaigns in defense of the world’s oceans, from protecting pilot whales in the Faroes, blue fin tuna in the Mediterranean, and humpback whales off the Kimberley coast, to shutting down six illegal Chinese drift-netters in the South Indian Ocean, and six illegal tooth fish poachers in the Southern Ocean. Not least, it has conducted nine Antarctic whale defence campaigns in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary helping save over 6,000 whales from the illegal Japanese whaling fleet. The Steve Irwin has safeguarded one of the last large intact marine ecosystems on the planet in the Great Australian Bight (knocking out BP and Chevron), most recently visiting the Great Barrier Reef in opposition of the Adani coal mine.

Prior to Sea Shepherd obtaining the M/Y Steve Irwin, it served as a Scottish fisheries patrol vessel, built in 1975. So, in essence, the Steve has been defending marine wildlife its whole life. Sea Shepherd has always taken great pride and appreciation in getting permission from the Irwin family to rename our ship the Steve Irwin back in 2007, in continuing the legacy and honoring Australia’s great wildlife warrior.

Sadly, our Steve is at the end of its life and we need to retire the vessel. We have reached out to many organisations and governments to look at options such as turning the Steve into a dive site or donating it to a maritime museum.  However, with none of these options eventuating or being practical, the Steve Irwin will be recycled.

Source: Global Lead


IN BRIEF - Phosphoproteomic analyses of kidneys of Atlantic salmon infected with Aeromonas salmonicida

CHINA
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Aeromonas salmonicida (A. salmonicida) is a pathogenic bacterium that causes furunculosis and poses a significant global risk, particularly in economic activities such as Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) farming. In a previous study, we identified proteins that are significantly upregulated in kidneys of Atlantic salmon challenged with A. salmonicida.

Phosphoproteomic analyses were conducted to further clarify the dynamic changes in protein phosphorylation patterns triggered by bacterial infection. To our knowledge, this is the first study to characterize phosphorylation events in proteins from A. salmonicida-infected Atlantic salmon. Overall, we identified over 5635 phosphorylation sites in 3112 proteins, and 1502 up-regulated and 77 down-regulated proteins quantified as a 1.5-fold or greater change relative to control levels.

Based on the combined data from proteomic and motif analyses, we hypothesize that five prospective novel kinases (VRK3, GAK, HCK, PKCd and RSK6) with common functions in inflammatory processes and cellular pathways to regulate apoptosis and the cytoskeleton could serve as potential biomarkers against bacterial propagation in fish. Data from STRING-based functional network analyses indicate that fga is the most central protein. Our collective findings provide new insights into protein phosphorylation patterns, which may serve as effective indicators of A. salmonicida infection in Atlantic salmon.

Source: Nature


IN BRIEF - Frozen Food Market Will Target Emerging Markets Over 2018-2025

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Freezing food preserves it from the time it is prepared to the time it is eaten. Since early times, farmers, fishermen, and trappers have preserved grains and produce in unheated buildings during the winter season. Freezing food slows down decomposition by turning residual moisture into ice, inhibiting the growth of most bacterial species. In the food commodity industry, there are two processes: mechanical and cryogenic (or flash freezing).

The freezing kinetics is important to preserve the food quality and texture. Quicker freezing generates smaller ice crystals and maintains cellular structure. Cryogenic freezing is the quickest freezing technology available due to the ultra low liquid nitrogen temperature 196 C (320 F).

Source: Honest Version


IN BRIEF - Feds provide AUD 250,000 for market research and development in establishing sugar kelp industry in Cape Breton

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

PETIT-DE-GRAT, N.S. - Three Cape Breton sea farms will explore market opportunities into the seaweed aquaculture industry over the next few years.

The federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced Tuesday afternoon in Petit de Grat, Richmond County, that it would provide AUD 248,816 in support of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia’s development of a burgeoning sugar kelp industry in Cape Breton.

The association will conduct on-site trials at Premium Seafoods in Arichat, Bounty Bay Shellfish in St. Anns and Louisbourg Seafoods’ Cape Breton Bivalve Inc. facility in Englishtown.

Source: Cape Breton Post


IN BRIEF - Work to identify obstacles for endangered fish in Wellington

NEW ZEALAND
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Many native fish species are declining in the Greater Wellington region in part because they are having trouble swimming through our waterways - and Greater Wellington Regional Council and Porirua City Council are partnering to address the issue.

The two councils have contracted students to assess the health of local Porirua streams, including locating potential barriers to fish passage. All data is being entered into a centralised national database via the app "NIWA Citizen Science".

Barriers found so far include man-made structures such as culverts and historic water supply weirs which span the width of a stream and may be difficult for some fish species to climb or swim over.

Source: Voxy


IN BRIEF - Coastal Line Fishery gets export approval, a big catch for NT seafood industry

AUSTRALIA
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Northern Territory's Coastal Line Fishery has received export approval from the Federal Government effectively immediately for three years.

Speaking to the Country Hour, fisherman Cam Druitt said after a lot of hard work, the accreditation was an exciting result for the industry.

"I'm just thrilled and it's wonderful when your dreams come true," he said.

"[The export markets in mind] is primarily China and through South East Asia.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Mowi ASA: Quarterly dividend

NORWAY
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Board of Mowi ASA has resolved on 13 February 2019 to distribute a quarterly dividend of NOK 2.60 per share in the form of ordinary dividend.

Mowi ASA's shares listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange will be traded including dividend up until and including 21 February 2019.

Mowi ASA's shares listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange will be traded ex dividend from and including 22 February 2019. Mowi ASA's shares listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange will have a Record Date on the 25 February 2019. The expected payment date is 4 March 2019.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - The scientists found the fish signs of consciousness

JAPAN
Monday, February 11, 2019

Scientists have found a small mirror opposite the wall of the aquarium.

Japanese scientists from Osaka University found that fish recognize themselves when looking in a mirror. According to the newspaper Asahi, these data are the first of its kind and may indicate that fish are the beginnings of consciousness.

During the experiment, Japanese researchers have placed in the aquarium with the tropical fish from the family of cleaners that are often found in the waters of Japan. The researchers then mounted a small mirror opposite the wall of the aquarium. The fish immediately began to attack his reflection, showing what it perceives as an invader in their territory. However, over time the animal began to study the movements of its “double”, to move up and down along the walls of the tank and rotated around its axis. On the fifth day of the experiment, the fish calmed down and stopped reacting to what is happening in the mirror.

Source: Mice Times


IN BRIEF - Govt. eyeing huge increase in fish production: Minister

INDIA
Monday, February 11, 2019

Minister for Fisheries J. Mercykutty Amma has said that the government is targeting a three-fold increase in domestic fish production.

“The government has been implementing innovative projects to expand fish production. Projects worth ?9.5 crore have been implemented in inland fisheries sector.

The four hatcheries in the district could produce 2,50,000 freshwater fish seeds and 43,50,000 shrimp seeds. Kulathupuzha and Kanatharkulam hatcheries have already received ?4.9 crore and ?9.5 crore has been sanctioned for the second phase,” she said.

The Minister was inaugurating the distribution of financial aid to fish farmers who suffered huge damages during the floods. Various freshwater farming projects implemented by the government with 40% subsidy had yielded 3766 ton fish so far, she added.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Is Hong Kong’s fishing industry being thrown a lifeline and will the farmers take the bait?

HONG KONG
Monday, February 11, 2019

Lee Muk-kam’s floating fish farm in the sheltered bay off Tai Po’s Sam Mun Tsai was one of the mariculture zones hardest hit by the onslaught.

By spring of the following year, 8,000 Sabah groupers, which he had raised from fry, had been wiped out by the oxygen-depleting blooms, also known as “red tides”.

“That was almost a million dollars in losses,” he said, pointing to a lone grouper frolicking in one of his sea cages. “Only one survived and, surprisingly, it is still alive.”

Source: SCMP


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