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IN BRIEF - Ocean could provide over six times more food than it does today

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

LONDON - The ocean could provide over six times more food than it does now with better management and more technological innovation, scientists said on Tuesday, adding that boosting cultivation of bivalves like mussels and clams could be especially beneficial.

They estimated the oceans could provide more than two thirds of the animal protein that U.N. food experts predict will be needed to feed the world in future. Fish currently accounts for about a fifth of animal protein consumed by humans.

Cultivating food from the ocean generally has a lower impact on the climate than land-based agriculture, and is not limited by the same land and water constraints, the scientists said.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Fishing vessels pushing vaquita porpoise to extinction: U.N. treaty head

UNITED NATIONS
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

GENEVA - A rare species of porpoise is facing imminent extinction as fishing vessels appear to be flouting an international ban on them entering its last sanctuary, off the coast of Mexico, the head of a U.N. treaty said.

There are thought to be fewer than 30 vaquita porposies left worldwide, mostly due to deaths caused by entanglement in fishing nets, despite calls by conservationists and film star Leonardo DiCaprio for urgent steps to protect them.

If the small, stub-nosed vaquita goes extinct, it would be the first species subject to maximum protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to vanish, raising questions about its effectiveness.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Dutch Aquaculture Company Lands in Jonesport

NETHERLANDS
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Dutch aquaculture company with plans to expand to the U.S. appears to have settled on Jonesport. Kingfish Zeeland will debut plans for a land-based fish farm to the town this week. The news was first reported by the Machias Valley News Observer.

Selectman Billy Milliken on November 15 told The Free Press that representatives of Kingfish Zeeland have been in Jonesport for “a few months” and have met with town officials during that time. Principals of the company are scheduled to unveil plans for the new facility Wednesday, November 20, at 6 p.m. at Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport.

Kingfish Zeeland operates a land-based recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility in the Netherlands with an annual production of 600 metric tons of yellowtail, also known as kingfish.

Source: Free Press Online


IN BRIEF - Canned Tuna Maker Bumble Bee Preps for Bankruptcy Filing

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Bumble Bee Foods LLC is preparing to file for bankruptcy within days over mounting legal expenses stemming from its involvement in a conspiracy to fix prices on canned tuna, according to people familiar with the matter.

The San Diego-based company, owned by London-based private-equity firm Lion Capital, is expected to file a chapter 11 petition shortly and will put itself up for sale, the people said. Bumble Bee didn’t respond to a request for comment. Lion Capital, which bought the company in 2010 for USD 980 million, also didn’t immediately respond.

Bumble Bee pleaded guilty in 2017 and agreed to pay a USD 25 million fine for having formed a cartel with its two main competitors, Chicken of the Sea and StarKist Co.

Source: Saving Seafood


IN BRIEF - An exciting display of advanced fish processing technology in Seattle

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Marel will host Demo Days at its Pier 91 facility in Seattle, Washington, 20-22 November 2019.

This open-house event for fish processors features demonstrations of the latest technology from Marel. A wide range of equipment and software will be on display including filleting, pinboning, portion cutting, slicing, grading, batching, end-of-line and key technology solutions. 


IN BRIEF - Commercial fishing and the effects of farmed salmon are leading to the decline in numbers of the species

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

'Salar the salmon ' , a novel written by the great naturalist Henry Williamson, is one of my favourite books and I recommend it to readers.

Atlantic salmon have been swimming up our rivers for some weeks, intent on arriving at the shallow upper reaches where they will spawn from November until February.

But the aptly named 'king of fish' is in trouble for a number of reasons with only a very small proportion of those hatched returning safely to breed years later, compared with many more a decade or so ago. Furthermore, any that do make it are much smaller than those in the past.

Source: Your Local Guardian


IN BRIEF - Senegal orders three patrol vessels from France

SENEGAL
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Senegal has ordered three OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels from France’s Piriou, which will start construction in early 2020. The vessels will be used for surveillance, interception and security missions.

The contract was signed on 17 November by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. Piriou said the construction of the vessels would take place over a period of 44 months, with the vessels to be supported in Senegal by Piriou subsidiary Pirou Ngom Senegal, created in October 2017 through a partnership with Ngom & Freres. This facility is dedicated to the maintenance of naval and commercial vessels as well as the construction of small fishing craft.

The OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels for Senegal will be 62 metres long, 9.5 metres wide and have a maximum draft of 2.9 metres. They will have steel hulls and aluminium superstructures with a 360 degree panoramic bridge, a rapid deployment/recovery system for two boats and be each able to accommodate up to 48 people, including 24 crew members. Top speed will be 21 knots with a range of 4 500 miles at 12 knots, for a 25 day endurance.

Source: Defence Web


IN BRIEF - Danish Parliament agrees on low-impact fishing scheme

DENMARK
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

An agreement has been reached by a broad majority of the Danish Parliament on a coastal fishing scheme which offers advantages for fishing with low-impact gear such as static nets and seine nets.

Under the scheme, fishing quotas are reserved for coastal fisheries and fishing with low-impact gears, with open and closed options, with fishermen in the open sector able to opt out after three years if they prefer not to be permanently committed.

The closed sector has been made more attractive with larger quota supplements when low-impact fishing gears are used. The open sector of the coastal scheme will be evaluated after three years.

Source: Fisker Forum


IN BRIEF - Sustainable fishing staying afloat in developed world, sinking in poorer regions

UNITED NATIONS
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

“Fisheries are facing an important crossroad and the world needs a new vision in the 21st century”, the UN agency lead with in a press statement, echoing the main message by it’s Director General, Qu Dongyu, at the opening of a major conference on the matter, which opened Monday 18th of November 2019.

By 2050, humans will be nearly 10 billion in number, and “land alone will not feed us”, Mr. Donguy explained, thus, the world will need to increasingly rely on aquatic species to eat.

The International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability, taking place from 18 to 21 November at FAO’s Rome headquarters, convenes researchers, business people and members of various other sectors to identify how to maximize food from the world’s rivers and oceans, without compromising the health of aquatic ecosystems.

Source: UN News


IN BRIEF - Fishing vessels 'bulldozing' oceans, destroying 3000 tonnes of coral in one year

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Commercial fishers are "bulldozing" ocean floors, says Greenpeace.

Its calculations show that in the 2017-2018 fishing season, New Zealand commercial fishing vessels destroyed up to 3000 tonnes of coral and other vulnerable species through bottom trawling.  

Greenpeace oceans campaigner Jessica Desmond said they're "scraping the sea floor clean", and showed no signs of stopping.

Source: Stuff


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