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IN BRIEF - Translucent fish without scales discovered deep in the Pacific Ocean

UNITED STATES
Friday, September 14, 2018

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.

Source: USA Today


IN BRIEF - Canada Has a New Fisheries Act. How Does It Stack Up?

CANADA
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Canada has the longest coastline in the world, yet it has long been a lax outlier in fisheries management. But with an overhaul of the federal Fisheries Act now complete, the sense among advocates and fisheries experts is that the tide is about to turn.

The passage of Bill C-68 on June 21 means that for the first time since the Fisheries Act was enacted in 1868, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is required to manage fish stocks sustainably and put rebuilding plans in place for those that are depleted.

Josh Laughren, executive director of the non-profit advocacy organization Oceana Canada, says that in 20 years we may look back and see the new criteria around sustainable management and rebuilding stocks as a transformational change.

Source: The Tyee


IN BRIEF - Sharing data key in fight against illegal fishing

WORLDWIDE
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sharing data may be a vital element in ending illegal fishing—a crime currently robbing nations of approximately USD 23 billion annually while also undermining legal fisheries management and industry practices. A perpetrator of human trafficking, smuggling, human rights violations and environmental degradation, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing poses a serious threat to the economies, environment and security of nations. A new paper examines how data sharing between countries committed to Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14), which entails ending IUU fishing by 2020, can be successfully implemented globally.

"The paper is really about creating a pathway to better implement the UN Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) globally. This work is all about making fisheries more sustainable, marine ecosystems more resilient, and coastal nation economies healthier," said Annie Brett, André Hoffman Fellow at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and World Economic Forum Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Source: Phys


IN BRIEF - Fish Sanctuary Reaping Success

JAMAICA
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Alligator Head Foundation, that has successfully established a fish sanctuary in east Portland, is reaping huge success in its quest to restore marine life.

Founded six years ago by Franscesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, the foundation has been integrally involved in communities across east Portland while creating job opportunities for some residents.

Speaking at the foundation’s open-day event last Friday, Thyssen-Bornemisza pointed out that it has been difficult to achieve success at the fish sanctuary as it is challenging for some fisherfolk to adapt to the necessary changes.

Source: The Gleaner


IN BRIEF - Updated FDA advice for women on eating fish

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new information for women on eating fish. The document updates advice issued jointly by FDA and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017.

The advice categorizing fish based on their mercury levels has not changed but the update further promotes science-based recommendations in Dietary Guidelines for Americans on the importance of fish in healthy eating patterns. FDA/EPA advice has been expanded and fish and shellfish now are referred to collectively as “fish” in text and a chart that highlight:

The nutritional value of fish;
The potential health benefits of eating fish; and
Recommendations from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Source: Contemporary OB GYN


IN BRIEF - Former executive sentenced to 9 years in fish fraud scheme

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A former executive accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an USD 11 million fish farm in South Dakota has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday also ordered Tobias Ritesman to pay USD 680,000 in restitution.

The 42-year-old Ritesman, who had nicknamed himself “The Tiger,” earlier pleaded guilty to 18 felonies in connection with the Global Aquaponics project near Brookings.

Source: AP News


IN BRIEF - ASC Response to SeaChoice Statement on Updates to the ASC Salmon Standard

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

ASC welcomes constructive feedback from all its varied stakeholders, and notes that SeaChoice continues to consider ASC’s standards more rigorous than other aquaculture certifications. However, SeaChoice’s criticism of the latest changes to the ASC Salmon Standard includes misleading inaccuracies and seeks to pre-emptively undermine the progress that will be made in addressing sealice with the new approach. The original PTI methodology was created amidst a lack of information about the actual performance of salmon farms and their use of parasiticides and as such was essentially untested.

ASC strongly believes in the importance of regularly monitoring and assessing its standards and is proud to be able to do so in this case by using data that would not be publicly available without the ASC programme. This update is based on several years of analysis of information collected through our programme and other performance data generated by governments and salmon producers across the world. We found that while PTI was an innovative solution at the time, advances in technology and knowledge since then have left it less effective.

Source: ASC


IN BRIEF - India and Sri Lanka’s violent fight over fish

SRI LANKA
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fishing is the economic lifeline for villages in northern Sri Lanka. But after a decades-long civil war, fishers returned to find their fish stocks depleted — and they pointed a finger squarely at neighboring India.

As people in India developed methods to increase hauls, and crossed a maritime border that was more permeable during the war, they depleted the fish stock for both sides. Now the Sri Lankan Navy is retaliating with force, making the relationship between the two communities that rely on these waters worse.

This is the latest episode of Vox Borders: India. In this episode, Vox Borders looks at how the drawing of a maritime border and lack of access to fish caused a conflict between two communities that used to live in harmony.

Source: Vox


IN BRIEF - Empty Nets as Overfishing and Climate Change Sap Lake Malawi

MALAWI
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

The crew of six deliver a single net of chambo, sardine and tiny usipa fish from the boat, just one of 72 vessels that land their catch every day on the beach at Senga Bay.

But overfishing and climate change have taken their toll.

Hundreds of local traders gather each morning and afternoon at Senga only to find that fish populations are falling in Lake Malawi, Africa’s third-largest body of freshwater.

Source: The Globe Post


IN BRIEF - Global Fish Processing Market 2019-2025 Pelagia, Leroy, Pescanova, Maruha Nichiro, Thai Union

WORLDWIDE
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Source: Rise Media


IN BRIEF - Norwegian company brings innovative fishing gear to Nova Scotia’s waters

CANADA
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Norway-based company is bringing a fishing device to Nova Scotia that it says will reduce the amount of lost fishing gear in the water.

ResQunit CEO Helge Tretto Olsen says its flotation device that attaches to gear such as lobster traps and crab pots has features that will allow for owners to find them.

“After a certain amount of days there is a cotton twine that dissolves and the flotation device floats to the surface,” says Olsen.

Source: Global News


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