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IN BRIEF - Norwegian Company Casts Bid for Fish Farm; Questions raised about timing and lack of public input

NORWAY
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If everything goes as planned, fresh fish raised in tanks on the now blighted former pulp mill site will be making its way across the West Coast in four years, opening up new avenues for economic development in a region still reeling from downturns in the once mainstay lumber and fishing industries.

At least that is the realistic best hope of officials with Nordic Aquafarms, the Norwegian company behind the proposed land-based facility that looks to ultimately produce some 25,000 tons of farmed fish a year here on the North Coast.

The clock was set in motion Feb. 11 with the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District's decision to sign a 30-year lease with Nordic amid concerns that the deal was ushered through without public input.

Source: Humboldt Baykeeper


IN BRIEF - Lerøy acquitted of welfare charges after ‘witch hunt’

NORWAY
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Both the company’s Lerøy Midt division and Måsøval Fish Farming were reviewed by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority for having had very large numbers of lice on the fish at their farms in summer 2016.

The Authority wrote in a report that for Lerøy Midt the number of lice per fish during August 2016 developed to 60-100 lice per fish, and that the numbers had not been in the company’s weekly counts. According to the Authority, harvest data showed that 17% of the fish that were slaughtered were downgraded to so-called production fish because of open wounds.

Source: Fish Farming Expert


IN BRIEF - Lobster industry faces another deep cut in bait

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Lobster fishermen will likely have to contend with another deep cut to the availability of bait next year due to a Tuesday recommendation by a fishery management board.

Federal regulators have slashed the catch limits for Atlantic herring, which is an important source of bait for America's lucrative lobster fishery, over the past year. The New England Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to again reduce the catch limits, this time to a little more than 25 million pounds in 2020.

The cut would reduce the Atlantic herring catch to its lowest level in decades, and less than a quarter of the 2017 total. The reduction comes on the heels of an earlier cutback that reduced this year's quota to less than 35 million pounds when the catch had been more than 200 million pounds just five years ago.

Source: Newsday


IN BRIEF - Winners Announced for the 2019 Seafood Champion Awards

THAILAND
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bangkok - Diversified Communications and SeaWeb today announced the winners of the 2019 Seafood Champion Awards, an outstanding group of seafood sustainability leaders who exemplify the creativity and commitment of seafood leaders around the world.

“Once again the Seafood Champion Awards bring together a collection of inspirational stories that exemplify the great work being done to make seafood more sustainable and more ethical,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice President for Diversified Communications. “We want to recognize and thank all our Seafood Champion Awards Finalists for the important work they are doing. The 17 finalists show how companies, governments, non-profits and individuals are all having a positive impact on seafood across the globe.”

2019’s winners represent change and progress at many different levels. From changing how a country perceives sustainable seafood to changing industry and supply chains, how governments regulate fisheries and enforce the law, and how individuals and communities support and benefit from sustainable fisheries.

Press Release


IN BRIEF - Maine has ‘no interest’ in growing bioengineered salmon

UNITED STATES
Monday, June 10, 2019

PORTLAND - Genetically engineered salmon is heading to store shelves in the U.S., but it won’t be coming from the biggest salmon farming state in the country.

Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies has said American supermarkets could begin selling the much-debated fish by the end of 2020. Its fish are modified with added genes from other fish to grow about twice as fast as conventional salmon.

The company modifies Atlantic salmon, a species that forms the backbone of the worldwide salmon aquaculture industry. Maine is the biggest producer of conventional Atlantic salmon in the U.S., sometimes producing more than 35 million pounds of salmon per year, and its industry is poised to grow. Two new major salmon farms are in the approvals process in the state.

Source: Central Maine


IN BRIEF - In the race to commercialize land-based salmon farming, Maine company gains an ally

UNITED STATES
Monday, June 10, 2019

A Maine company’s pending acquisition of a foreign counterpart could give it a boost as it seeks to become one of the first in North America to prove the commercial viability of an emerging industry — fish farms that grow Atlantic salmon in large tanks instead of at sea.

Emergent Holdings’ plan to buy majority ownership of Kuterra, North America’s first land-based salmon grower, should give Emergent subsidiary Whole Oceans of Bucksport access to Kuterra’s experience using an old technology, land-based recirculating water systems, in a new way: to grow Atlantic salmon, said Jason Huffman, a senior reporter at the seafood industry trade journal Undercurrent News.

Source: Bangor Daily News


IN BRIEF - Ireland 'unwise' to pick a fight over fishing in Scottish waters

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, June 10, 2019

The head of Scotland's largest fishing industry organisation has said Ireland would be "unwise" to pick a fight over fishing rights in Scottish waters.

Bertie Armstrong from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF), said increased Irish activity around the islet of Rockall was clearly illegal.

He backed Scottish government threats of "enforcement action".

And he said it was time for Scotland to "put its money where its mouth is" and enforce control of its waters.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Hopes of algae retreat suffer setback

NORWAY
Monday, June 10, 2019

Earlier this week, Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries was reporting that the crisis in Nordland and Troms appeared to have peaked and that the algae was on the wane.

But on June 9th of 2019, new instances of fish mortality were reported at two sites in Troms belonging to Lerøy Aurora.

The Directorate said water samples had been taken for preliminary assessments to determine whether this was the start of something new, or related to the outbreak which started two weeks ago.

Source: Fisher Farmer Magazine


IN BRIEF - New mussel harvester launch a boast for Nelson boat builder

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, June 10, 2019

A Nelson-based marine engineering firm is harvesting good feedback from its latest vessel.

It was a day of celebration for Aroma Aquaculture as their new mussel harvester Kakara was officially launched at Havelock Marina on Friday.

Following a blessing by local iwi and the traditional breaking of a bottle over the bow, around 160 guests from the local community and aquaculture industry were given the chance to look on board the vessel while sampling the best of Havelock's aquaculture bounty.

Source: Stuff


IN BRIEF - Legislation increasing protection for fish and habitat clears Senate

CANADA
Monday, June 10, 2019

Trudeau government legislation that enshrines the independence of Atlantic Canada's inshore fishing fleets and enhances protections for fish stocks and fish habitat has cleared the Senate.

The news is a relief to Martin Mallet.

"This is great news. We've been waiting for this for a long while," said Mallet, executive director of the Maritime Fishermen's Union.

Inshore fishery associations like his lobbied hard for Bill C-68, which overhauls the Fisheries Act.

It will give the teeth of law to two key policies designed to prevent inshore fisheries — including lobster — from ending up in the hands of a few large companies.

Source: CBC


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