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IN BRIEF - Fish cleaning station to be installed at Lake Wichita

UNITED STATES
Friday, October 12, 2018

WICHITA FALLS - The new fish cleaning station at Lake Wichita is paid for fully by donations and grants, which is part of the reason it's being installed.

"We still have a lot of work to do to get the lake fixed and to make it a great fishery again but you do it when the grant comes in," Texas Parks and Wildlife district supervisor Tom Lang said. "The money will go bad but the project won't. Let's go ahead and get those funds spent and put in what we can, when we can."

And, on top of providing people with a convenient place to clean their catch, it's going to be a place to swap stories or maybe tall fish tales.

Source: Texomas


IN BRIEF - China to assist Fiji with fisheries

FIJI
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fiji's Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau said the two countries inked a Memorandum of Understanding earlier in November 2018 on fisheries cooperation.

Under the agreement, officials from Hainan province in China will help Fiji set up fisheries aquaculture for threatened fish stocks, including trout.

This could include machinery, infrastructure, technology and financial assistance, but the details have not yet been finalised, Mr Koroilavesau said.

In September, the Fiji Times reported the Fisheries Ministry had developed two sea cucumber nurseries in Daku and Tailevu, in an attempt to replenish diminishing stocks.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - Fish oil cuts heart attack risk; vitamin D lowers odds of cancer death

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A large U.S. study designed to gauge the health benefits of vitamin D and fish oil supplements concludes that the omega-3 oil can dramatically reduce the odds of a heart attack while vitamin D's benefits seem to come from lowering the risk of death from cancer.

Neither vitamin D nor fish oil lowered the odds of stroke or of getting cancer in the first place in the trial, whose participants did not know whether they were taking the real supplements or a dummy pill.

The heart attack rate in fish oil recipients was 28 percent lower than among those who got the dummy pill, or placebo, and it was 77 percent lower among African American participants - although the lead author of the study told Reuters Health that this dramatic drop in risk among black participants needs to be confirmed.

Source: Japan News


IN BRIEF - Analysis: Shrimp may have 'no ability to recover'

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fishery regulators last week continued the moratorium on shrimping in the beleaguered Gulf of Maine northern shrimp fishery that began after the 2013 season because of unrelenting warning signs of a stock in free fall.

No surprise there. Leading up to the decisive meeting, regulators from the shrimp section of the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission had been candid about the bleak prospects of reopening the fishery in 2019.

They conceded that results from the most recent assessment of the imperiled shrimp stock showed no material improvement in abundance, spawning stock biomass, recruitment or any other metric used to gauge the health of a marine stock.

Source: Gloucester Times


IN BRIEF - Local fishermen approved to trawl commercially off coast of Virginia Beach

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - If you head to a restaurant in Virginia Beach, you might just find freshly caught Virginia shrimp on the menu.

That's thanks to an experimental fishing permit given to two local fishermen.

Deputy Chief of Fisheries Management for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Patrick Geer said in recent years, they have seen waters along the East Coast starting to warm. That, in combination with a few other factors, has caused an increase in larvae to settle in our area, meaning more shrimp are surviving in our waters.

"So folks have started asking, 'Hey, can we have a commercial fishery for this?'" Geer said.

Source: WTKR


IN BRIEF - ADF&G predicts weak pink salmon harvest in 2019

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The 2019 Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest is predicted to be weak once again, according to a forecast released Thursday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The forecast estimates a harvest of 18 million pink salmon, which is roughly half of the recent 10-year average. If the forecast is accurate, 2019 would be the lowest odd-year pink harvest since 1987.

The Gulf of Alaska experienced a warm water anomaly known as “the blob” from 2013 to 2016. Pink salmon that went to sea during those years returned in low numbers.

Source: KTOO


IN BRIEF - New Bedford Port Authority to become fisheries rep to offshore wind

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

NEW BEDFORD - The New Bedford Port Authority has reached an agreement with all offshore wind developers operating in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island market to serve as the designated Fisheries Representative of the commercial fishing industry to each of the development companies, according to a news release.

Under federal guidelines issued by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management offshore wind developers must establish a fisheries representative to be the fishing community’s primary point of contact for communicating project-related concerns to the developer.

“The NBPA has been contracted by the developers to represent the interests of commercial fishermen, and to be a conduit of information between the developers and the commercial fishing industry as offshore wind farms are developed on the Outer Continental Shelf,” said Port Authority Director Ed Anthes-Washburn in a statement. “We’re very excited to have all three developers on board for this timely announcement. Adequate and sustained engagement with the fishing industry will translate into more conciliatory communications and interactions with fishing communities up and down the eastern seaboard as the offshore wind industry begins in the United States.”

Source: South Coast Today


IN BRIEF - Symphony of Seafood: Trident’s Protein Noodle takes the plate

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Trident Seafoods’ Protein Noodle has taken the new product competition by storm this year. The Alaska Symphony of Seafood announced its winners from the show floor of Pacific Marine Expo, awarding the gluten-free pollock-based noodle first place in the Retail category as well as winner of the Seattle People’s Choice award.

“I really want to thank the founder of our company, Chuck Bundrant,” said John Salle of Trident Seafoods.

Salle thanked the fishermen and the research and development arm of Trident Seafoods for looking for ways to bring more fish to more people and make Alaska seafood more convenient.

Trident’s noodles will be available in Costco after the first of the year in 2019.

Source: National Fisherman


IN BRIEF - Fisheries output dips slightly in Q3

PHILIPPINES
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Fisheries output in the third quarter fell slightly to 972,910.73 metric tons, from 973,269.43 MT recorded in 2017, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

In its quarterly fisheries situation report, the PSA attributed the decline to the drop in the production of the commercial and municipal fisheries subsector. The PSA said in a separate report that bad weather hampered fishing operations in the July-to-September period.

Bad weather and fish kill in Central Luzon disrupted restocking in some regions, the PSA added.

Source: Business Mirror


IN BRIEF - Tentamus Taiwan offers Biotoxity Analysis

TAIWAN
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

 

Taipei - The biotoxicity analysis laboratory of Tentamus Analytics Taiwan Co. Ltd. uses the embryo of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) as the test system, to provide stable and effective information of acute biotoxicity for a wide range of substances. This testing service can ensure the safety of daily necessities such as food and water resources in a higher standard from the perspective of biological effects. Especially in recent years, the “cocktail effect” caused by the residue of multiple chemical substances can lead to severe harm to the health of human body. It seems hard to evaluate the tolerance effect of living beings only with the content of specific substances.

Compared to traditional chemical testing methods, which analyzes the content of specific components based on the comparison among standards, biotoxicity analysis service makes reliable analysis by evaluating the effect of total composition on living beings under the premise of “unknown component”. This biotoxicity analysis system has been fully established in the beginning of this year and started to offer service. It is expected to obtain the certification of ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 by next years Q2.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Single-use plastic: 'Fish and chips must help save our seas'

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

An award-winning fish and chip shop has called for takeaways to do more to protect the seas.

The Crispy Cod in Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taff, plans to eliminate plastic bags and polystyrene packaging from the shop.

It kicked off its efforts by launching a competition for school pupils to design a logo for its new paper bags.

The takeaway was recently crowned best fish and chip shop in Wales by industry body Seafish.

Source: BBC


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