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IN BRIEF - Scientists Are Warning That We Absolutely Must Not Farm Octopuses

WORLDWIDE
Monday, May 13, 2019

There's no denying that keeping livestock has deeply benefited humanity over the millennia. But, while sheep and cows may have adapted well to farm life, there's one animal humans like to eat that would fare poorly in farms.

Octopuses, scientists have argued in a new essay, should never be farmed - not just because of their intelligence, but because of the environmental impacts such farms would create.

It's already started. Global demand for octopus as a food is on the rise, which last year saw prices soaring amid poor supply. Prices are expected to remain high for at least the rest of 2019.

Source: Science Alert


IN BRIEF - Marine protection proposed for south eastern South Island

NEW ZEALAND
Monday, May 13, 2019

Action is underway to enhance the protection of our precious marine biodiversity in the face of the global biodiversity crisis.

An area of South Island coast and ocean the size of Auckland or three quarters the size of Rakiura/Stewart Island is being tagged for protection under a proposal supported by Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

The Ministers have decided to progress a comprehensive marine protection network in the south eastern South Island. Public views on the areas proposed for protection will again be sought.

Source: Scoop


IN BRIEF - Inland fish industry set for larger target

SRI LANKA
Monday, May 13, 2019

The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department will harvest inland fish island-wide in water sources larger than 800 hectares.

Agriculture Irrigation, Rural Economy, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister P. Harrison released 100,000 fish to the Nachchaduwa tank in Anuradhapura commencing the programme recently.

The Minister said on the occasion that Kalawewa, Mahakanadarawa, Padaviya, Wahalkada, Tissa Wewa, Huruluwewa, Balaluwewa, Nuwarawewa and Mahawilachchya will be used to carry out the programme.

Source: Daily News


IN BRIEF - China, new growth market for Ireland's seafood exports

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Monday, May 13, 2019

DUBLIN - China has become a new growth market for Ireland's seafood exports, revealed a report obtained by Xinhua on Sunday.

The report, prepared by BIM (Irish Sea Fisheries Board in English), a state agency responsible for developing the Irish marine fishing and aquaculture industries, showed that Ireland exported a total of EUR 47 million (about USD 53 million) worth of seafood products to China in 2018, up by 68 percent compared with a year ago.

The growth in the Chinese market stood in sharp contrast with the performance of the other major export markets for the Irish seafood products.

Source: Xinhua Net


IN BRIEF - New fishing area provides wetlands access, honors conservationists

UNITED STATES
Monday, May 13, 2019

A few years ago, a lot on the water side of North Douglas Highway was overgrown and mostly forgotten, and became a spot for abandoned cars and drug use.

On Saturday 12ve of May 2019, that lot was full of children, kites and cookies. The property, about 2.7 miles north of the roundabout, is now the Marjory and Edgar Huizer Fishing Access Site, allowing anglers and hunters to access the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge easily from Douglas Island.

Allison Gillum, executive director of Southeast Alaska Land Trust — which bought and renovated the property — said the area is night and day from how it used to be.

Source: Juneau Empire


IN BRIEF - The costs of poor fishery management

TAIWAN
Monday, May 13, 2019

Indonesia’s efforts to protect its fisheries, an important food source for the world’s fourth most populous country, by seizing and blowing up foreign poaching vessels has become well known globally and is paying off.

But, poaching is not the only problem the country’s intensively fished seas face. From the moment seafood are caught by local Indonesian fishers to being served on our plates, almost 40 per cent of them are lost and wasted due to poor fishery management. That’s worth around USD 7.28 billion worth of fish products annually.

Source: Eco Business


IN BRIEF - Petition against plans for fish farms on the Clyde

UNITED KINGDOM
Monday, May 13, 2019

A petition has been launched against plans for fish farms at Ardentinny and three other sites on the Firth of Clyde.

Dawn Fresh want to farm Rainbow Trout in Loch Long and off Bute, Great Cumbrae and Little Cumbrae.

Now Elaine Allan has launched Against Fish Farming (AFF) the Firth of Clyde, saying: “Caged farming on land or water is innately cruel and severely damaging to our environment and the natural habitat of other species.

Source: The Loch Side Press


IN BRIEF - Fisheries Dept never issues deep-sea fishing licence to foreigners

MALAYSIA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

PUTRAJAYA - The Department of Fisheries (DOF) has never issued or leased any deep-sea fishing licence to foreigners, said its director-general, Datuk Munir Mohd Nawi.

"The licence issued by the DOF is only for individuals or local companies," he said in a statement released today in response to media reports on the encroachment of Vietnamese fishing vessels in Malaysian waters and the invasion of the area by local fishing trawlers.

Since 2017 to date, 341 foreign vessel arrests were carried out involving 285 Vietnamese vessel cases; 44 cases of Indonesian vessels; six Thai vessels and six vessels from other countries such as China, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, with a total seizure of RM682 million, he said.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Foreign fishing boat detained in Malaysian waters - RMN

MALAYSIA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

KUCHING - The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has detained a foreign fishing boat in Sarawak waters, 60 nautical miles north of Kuching during a routine patrol.

According to the statement by RMN, the boat with 31 crewmen including the skipper were arrested by RMN KD Todak on Sunday the 5th of May's morning.

“The Commanding Officer of KD Todak Lt Cdr Ahmad Zaki Ismail said that the foreign boat was found encroaching Malaysian waters and is believed to conduct an illegal and uncontrolled fishing activities.

Source: Bernama


IN BRIEF - Gulf herring quota surprisingly high, says researcher

CANADA
Wednesday, May 08, 2019

An ocean researcher is questioning why the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans has set a spring herring quota in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence that is double what was caught in 2018.

DFO says the spring herring stock has been in the critical zone since 2004, and there is a rebuilding plan in the works. Last year, 600 tonnes of this fish was caught in the region. DFO set a total allowable catch this year of 1,250 tonnes.

That was surprising to Katie Schleit, a senior fisheries advisor with Oceans North.

"We're also facing increasing threats from climate change, particularly in the gulf," said Schleit.

Source: CBC


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