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IN BRIEF - Are these shrimp actually local? Falsely labeled seafood coming to forefront in North Carolina

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Seafood may be labeled as local from North Carolina, but often it actually comes from Asian ponds and arrives infused with harmful supplements, according to a new study.

A third of the shrimp marked as harvested from North Carolina waters likely was farm raised in a foreign country with fewer laws and oversight, according to a new study by the University of North Carolina.

Members of the study group bought 106 shrimp from 60 vendors, including 14 in Dare County and 15 in Hyde County. DNA tests determined the species.

The study highlights a practice where companies falsely label foreign seafood as local to sell at higher prices, double the amount in some cases.

Source: The Virginian Plot

IN BRIEF - Meeting to improve management of the Spanish mackerel fishery set for September 12 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A meeting will be held Thursday, September 12 2019, 4 PM, at the Hatteras Village Community Building for commercial fishermen to identify ways to improve management of the Spanish mackerel fishery.

Fishermen will have an opportunity to review landings and other data and discuss short-term and long-term management options with Steve Poland and Randy Gregory from the NC Division of Marine Fisheries. Poland is the executive assistant for councils and serves as the agency’s designee on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and Gregory is the lead biologist for Spanish mackerel.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council manages the Spanish mackerel fishery and will meet September 16 – 20 in Charleston, SC.

Source: Island Free Press

IN BRIEF - New law creates Professional Regulatory Board of Fisheries

Thursday, August 29, 2019

MANILA - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the law creating Professional Regulatory Board of Fisheries (PRBF) to professionalize the practice of the fisheries profession in the country.

Duterte signed the “Philippine Fisheries Profession Act” or Republic Act 11398 on Aug. 22 2019 but a copy of the document was released to media on Wednesday (August 28).

Under the law, the government must “provide a program to set up an appropriate and healthy environment for the practice of the fisheries profession" and "establish quality standards for fisheries professionals that will guide fisheries schools/colleges".

Source: Philippine News Agency

IN BRIEF - Massive tuna hit Lerøy salmon cage

Thursday, August 29, 2019

On Tuesday the 27th of August 2019's afternoon, Lerøy Seafood Group discovered a tuna in one of the cages at one of its production sites in Trøndelag, Central Norway.

So far, no salmon escape has been reported due to the incident.

On August 27, a 233-kilogram tuna was discovered by a subsea feeding camera at about seven-meter depth in one of the cages, according to a press release from the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries.

Divers were called in to check the damage to the cage and repair the hole of about 0.5 meters in the net.

Source: Salmon Business

IN BRIEF - Government helps fund efforts to restore shellfish beds of Hauraki Gulf

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Government is taking action to improve the health of the Hauraki Gulf by supporting the restoration of shellfish reefs and beds announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage at a meeting of the Hauraki Gulf Forum in Auckland on Tuesday evening.

”Shellfish beds and reefs are vital to the healthy ecological functioning of the Hauraki Gulf. They filter sediments and contaminants from seawater, provide habitat for fish nurseries, stabilise the seabed, and enhance biodiversity – it’s important we do all we can to restore them” said Eugenie Sage.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Fisheries New Zealand (FNZ) are partnering with community group Revive our Gulf and international environmental organisation, The Nature Conservancy, to improve the health of the Hauraki Gulf by restoring lost shellfish reefs and beds with $400,000 of support for the restoration ($100,000 each from DOC and FNZ and $200,000 from The Nature Conservancy).  

Source: Beehive

IN BRIEF - Cuba introduces new fishing policy as fish stocks drop drastically

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Havana - In the sleepy Cuban fishing village of Cojímar that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, locals say they are struggling to catch fish.

Cuba’s fish stocks have dropped drastically in recent decades due to over-fishing and environmental factors, scientists say, prompting the country to pass a law last month imposing new regulations on the fishing industry.

“We catch less, about half of what we once did,” said Carlos Duran, who has been fishing for more than four decades. “Some people go out 10 times without catching anything at all.”

Source: Business Day

IN BRIEF - China’s first Costco opens in Shanghai, chaos and crowds ensue forcing store to close early

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

hina’s first Costco opened on Tuesday 27th of August 2019's morning in suburban Shanghai, only to close early in the afternoon as bargain-hungry shoppers swarmed the store.

Clips have gone viral on Weibo and WeChat showing the pandemonium and chaos that was the outlet’s opening day. Shoppers are seen standing in massive lines, making their way through jam-packed aisles, and even fighting over some poultry.

Source: Shangai Ist

IN BRIEF - America’s seafood exports to lobster-loving China plummet, snared in tariff trap

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

U.S. lobster exports to China have fallen off a cliff this year as new retaliatory tariffs shift the seafood business farther north.

China, a huge and growing customer for lobster, placed heavy tariffs on U.S. lobsters — and many other food products — in July 2018 amid rising trade hostilities between the Chinese and the Trump administration.

Meanwhile, business is booming in Canada, where cargo planes are coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick, to handle a growing bump in exports. Canadian fishermen catch the same species of lobster as American lobstermen, who are based mostly in Maine.

Source: Chicago Tribune

IN BRIEF - Fisheries Panel OKs Southern Flounder Plan

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

RALEIGH - The state Marine Fisheries Commission in a split vote Friday gave final approval to controversial changes to the management plan for southern flounder, one of the state’s largest and most valuable fisheries, using commercial and recreational season closures and other measures in an effort to end overfishing and rebuild stocks.

The action came during the commission’s meeting at the Doubletree by Hilton University Brownstone in Raleigh.

With the commission’s 6-3 approval of the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2, officials with the Division of Marine Fisheries anticipate issuing a proclamation this week that closes the commercial and recreational season for southern flounder around Sept. 4.

Source: Coastal Review Online

IN BRIEF - Former Bumble Bee CEO in an attempt to avoid personal problems

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A California federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal price-fixing trial of Bumble Bee Foods' former CEO, Chris Lischewski, fielded potential questions for the jury pool on Tuesday, allowing the onetime tuna titan to ask prospective San Francisco jurors about their support for Greenpeace, anti-corporate leanings, and feelings about commercial fishing.

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