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IN BRIEF - Lower catches for Pacific halibut are in the forecast for 2020

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Lower catches for halibut appear to be in the forecast for 2020 and beyond.

At the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting on Monday in Seattle, lead scientist Ian Stewart summarized the outlook for commercial fisheries from Northern California and British Columbia to the Bering Sea.

“In short, the model survey trends as you’ve seen from the previous presentations are down both in numbers and weight per unit of effort. And what we’ve seen from the commercial fishery’s CPUE (catch per unit of effort) is we have mixed trends, however relatively flat at the coast wide levels with some brighter spots and some not so good spots across the coast.”  

Source: Alaska Fish Radio


IN BRIEF - BBC says sorry for salmon sector bias

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The head of news at BBC Radio 5 Live, Jonathan Crawford, issued an apology after the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) complained about Campbell’s broadcast earlier in November 2019.

In two programmes, Your Call, which he presented on November 6, and then on 5 Live Breakfast the following day, he claimed the Scottish salmon sector was ‘highly polluting and unregulated’. He also claimed farms were ‘terrible for the environment’.

The SSPO refuted the claims by Campbell as wrong, misleading and factually inaccurate, and argued that he had breached the BBC’s editorial guidelines, both in terms of accuracy and impartiality.

Source: Fish Farmer Magazine


IN BRIEF - FDA Company Announcement: Northern Fisheries voluntary recall Tuna Medallions (product of Vietnam)

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Northern Fisheries Ltd. of Little Compton, RI, has expanded their voluntary recall of frozen, wild-caught yellowfin Tuna Medallions (product of Vietnam) to include product sold directly to consumers. This recall is due to potentially elevated levels of histamine. Elevated levels of histamines can produce an allergic reaction called scombroid fish poisoning that may result in symptoms that can generally appear within minutes to several hours after eating the affected fish.


 


IN BRIEF - Beijing-Based Supermarket Chain Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood

CHINA
Friday, November 22, 2019

Beijing Shouhang Guoli Trading Co. has committed to sourcing seafood from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities for its Beijing-based supermarket chain, known as Sofly, as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).

Sofly, which has about 50 stores, agreed to start sourcing BAP seafood and to gradually expand the percentage of BAP seafood that it sources to strengthen its commitment to sustainable seafood. Sofly is a regional supermarket chain that focuses on fresh foods.


IN BRIEF - Red Lobster seafood chain optimistic as it prepares to open first Hong Kong outlet in protest hotspot Causeway Bay

HONG KONG
Thursday, November 21, 2019

International brands are pressing ahead with their expansion plans in Hong Kong even as consumer spending and tourists numbers have taken a hit from the social unrest in the city. And with the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill on Wednesday, there is a likelihood of the city returning to normality and boosting consumer confidence.

In November, American seafood chain Red Lobster will open its first restaurant in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay, one of the city’s busiest shopping districts which has been hit by the months-long protests.

Cosmetic retailer Sephora opened a new store at the IFC Mall on Tuesday, after a nine-year absence in Hong Kong.

Source: South China Morning Post


IN BRIEF - Pangasius exports to Japan went up slightly

VIET NAM
Thursday, November 21, 2019

By the end of September 2019, the total export value of pangasius to Japan reached nearly US $ 25 million, up 2.6% compared to the same period in 2018. Particularly in September 2019, pangasius export to this market reached US $ 3 million, up 2%.

Vietnam Pangasius has begun to be noticed by Japanese customers so far. Consumers in this country also know more about pangasius products of Vietnam. In 2019, for the first time, Japan entered the top 10 largest pangasius importers of Vietnamese enterprises. In the first quarter of 2019, pangasius export value to this market grew very positively from 31.6 to 98.5% over the same period in 2018. However, in the second quarter, the export value decreased in several months, resulting in declining in the general growth. By the end of September 2019, export growth increased by only 2.6% and it was not as expected. But up to this point, it can be said that Japan is a new and potential market for Vietnamese pangasius.

Source: VASEP


IN BRIEF - NOAA Releases New Strategies to Apply Emerging Science and Technology

UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 21, 2019

NOAA announces new strategies to dramatically expand the agency’s application of four emerging science and technology focus areas — NOAA Unmanned Systems, Artificial Intelligence, ‘Omics, and the Cloud — to guide transformative advancements in the quality and timeliness of NOAA science, products and services.

Source: Fisheries


IN BRIEF - Availability of Preliminary Survey Findings for the Arctic for 2019

UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 21, 2019

NOAA Fisheries today released preliminary findings from its 2019 surveys in the Arctic. 

The surveys include:

Ice Seal and Polar Bear Aerial Survey Test
Groundfish, Crab, Bottom-Dwelling Species Survey in Southeastern Bering Sea
Arctic Larval Fish and Plankton Community Survey
Aerial Survey of Bowhead Abundance
Groundfish, Crab, Bottom-Dwelling Species Survey in Northern Bering Sea
Arctic Ecosystem Assessment
Aerial Survey of Arctic Marine Mammals
Surface/Mid-water Column Community Survey
Ecosystem Surveys in Bering Sea
Passive Acoustic Whale Monitoring

Source: Fisheries NOAA


IN BRIEF - Rebound in Groundfish Leads to New Flexibility for Fishermen, Protection for Deep-Sea Corals

UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sweeping changes in West Coast groundfish fisheries adopted this week will reopen access for fishermen to productive fishing grounds where fish populations have rebounded. These changes will also protect sensitive deep-water habitat and deep-sea corals from bottom fishing.

The changes come in the form of an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for groundfish off the West Coast. The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended the amendment to NOAA Fisheries, which finalized it this week. The new provisions take effect January 1, 2020, and are widely supported by fishermen and other stakeholders.

The changes affect what is known as Essential Fish Habitat, or EFH, the habitat necessary to support sustainable fisheries. By law, the Council must minimize effects on EFH, and in 2005 did so for groundfish habitat. It established area closures that limited bottom trawling and other types of gear that contact the sea floor.

Source: NOAA Fisheries


IN BRIEF - Milestone as 15-year rights granted to small-scale fishing community in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA
Thursday, November 21, 2019

More than 1,500 people represented by 20 small-scale fishing co-operatives were awarded subsistence and commercial fishing rights at a celebratory event in the Lilian Ngoyi Community Sports Centre in Kwazakhele, South Africa, at the weekend.

The 15-year rights, which give the holders access to a range of species from rock lobster and hake to squid and perlemoen, were issued by environment, forestry and fisheries minister Barbara Creecy on Saturday.

The ceremony was part of a series of events scheduled for rollout under the department’s new strategy that looks to allocate “a share of the economy” to SA coastal communities that have historically and traditionally relied on the sea.

Source: ICSF


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