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New Technology Tracks Fish in Kenyan Lakes | Aquaculture Directory

New Technology Tracks Fish in Kenyan Lakes | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
New technology has been launched in Kenya to track fish and assist fishermen identify fish-rich areas in Lakes Turkana, Baringo, Victoria and Naivasha.
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Seafood Roundup - Your Weekly Industry Newsletter - 22 April 2014

Seafood Roundup - Your Weekly Industry Newsletter - 22 April 2014 | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

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11th International Congress on the Biology of Fish | Aquaculture Directory

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Worldwide Aquaculture Market is Growing at a CAGR of 2.0 percent from 2014 to 2020 Grand View Research Latest Report Says | Aquaculture Directory

Worldwide Aquaculture Market is Growing at a CAGR of 2.0 percent from 2014 to 2020 Grand View Research Latest Report Says | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Worldwide Aquaculture Market is Growing at a CAGR of 2.0 percent from 2014 to 2020 Grand View Research Latest Report Says New Market Research Reports "Global Aquaculture Market Analysis Size And Segment Forecasts To 2020 ” Has Been Added to GrandViewReseach.com Report Database. View full report With TOC - http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/aquaculture-market.
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The human factor will be a relevant topic in the International Conference AquaSur 2014 | Aquaculture Directory

The human factor will be a relevant topic in the International Conference AquaSur 2014 | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
The International Conference AquaSur 2014 named "The aquaculture industry, environment and opportunities", to be held on October 23rd at the Hotel Patagónico in Puerto Varas (Los Lagos Region), will bring together distinguished speakers who will discuss about relevant issues related to the development of the sector in health, policy and sustainability aspects, and one of the highlights will be the human factor.
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Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now | Aquaculture Directory

Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says there will be serious repercussions if the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill is not passed in the final sitting week of this Parliament.
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Aquaculture hearing set in Durham - Foster's Daily Democrat

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Aquaculture hearing set in Durham
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DURHAM — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on a proposed marine aquaculture application for license on Wednesday, July 30, at 9 a.m.
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Knowing What We Eat! | The Fisheries Law Centre

Knowing What We Eat! | The Fisheries Law Centre | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
RT @SolimanAdam: Knowing What We Eat! Farmed Fish Feed by Ramya Honnegowda http://t.co/l71WYOgc5I by #fisheries
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FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture - Topics

RT @FAOfish: #incaseyoumissedit #UNFAO Publication | The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture http://t.co/rFt1qwjiJo #SOFIA14
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UNITED KINGDOM: Salmon stocks at risk as sand eels are overfished

UNITED KINGDOM: Salmon stocks at risk as sand eels are overfished | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

Fisheries are concerned about the future of salmon stocks as over-fishing of the sand eels they eat is causing fish to return to rivers smaller and thinner, making it more difficult for them to survive until spawning season.

 

Grilse salmon, which go out to sea to feed for just one winter before returning to rivers, are coming back to some watercourses earlier than normal, and thinner.

 

Fisheries believe this could be because their regular food supply, which is typically sand eels, is being overfished at sea to be made into fertiliser.

 

“The salmon that go out to the sea to feed for a year are definitely smaller now than they used to be,” said Chris Pearson, of Bishosptoke Water on the River Itchen in Hampshire.

 

“Sand eels and krill are being fished extensively, which means salmon can’t find a reliable food source like they used to be able to.

 

“They are coming back to the river very thin and coming in at this time of year means they have got to wait until January to spawn.

 

“In these months they are not feeding in the river. The problem is, have they got enough muscles in them to survive?”

 

Mr Pearson said he believed the issues were being caused by the overfishing of sand eels, caught to be made into fertiliser, as well as krill, a type of crustacean that salmon also feed on.

 

He added: “They’ve got to find a reliable food source and they are becoming more difficult to find. It’s pretty depressing really. It’s also linked to global warming, which is moving the food source and putting all stocks under severe pressure.”

 

The warm temperatures of recent weeks have also had an impact on some salmon fisheries which have had to stop fishing entirely.

 

On the River Avon while grylse have not returned necessarily smaller they have been coming back earlier, which experts think could be due to a lack of food.

 

Salmon fishing on the Avon was stopped earlier this month and experts do not believe they will be able to fish the river at all this season, which ends in August.

 

Under guidelines issued by the Environment Agency salmon fishing has to stop when the water temperature exceeds 66F (19C), as fish must be returned to the water after being caught and become too stressed at this level.

 

John Levell, who manages the Somerley estate on the River Avon, said: “Only in the last fortnight has the temperature gone above 19C and we have had to stop.

 

“I would be very surprised if we salmon fish again this season. Essentially salmon fishing in the Avon is over this year, which is bad news for fisheries.”

 

Mr Levell also said while he has not seen the grilse return particularly small they had come back earlier.

 

He added: “This year we saw grilse in early June, they were slightly smaller and returning from feeding grounds earlier.

 

“A reason could be sand eels, we don’t really know why. They are in fine form now, but it was surprise they were turning up.”

 

 

 


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New approach recommended for Queensland's aquaculture regulation - FIS

New approach recommended for Queensland's aquaculture regulation - FIS | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
TheFishSite.com New approach recommended for Queensland's aquaculture regulation FIS “The State Government has asked the QCA to investigate regulatory reforms which would boost investment in Queensland's AUD 80 million (EUR 55.9 million)...
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Scotland's fishing industry will thrive with a Yes vote | Yes Scotland

Scotland's fishing industry will thrive with a Yes vote | Yes Scotland | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
RT @YesScotland: "The fishing industry in Scotland needs greater influence, better representation" http://t.co/0NIAkRp9QA #indyref
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Donation of $40000 to fund innovative aquaponics program - Columbia Daily Herald

Donation of $40000 to fund innovative aquaponics program - Columbia Daily Herald | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Donation of $40000 to fund innovative aquaponics program Columbia Daily Herald Some day in the near future, students at Whitthorne Middle School and at the Hampshire Unit School may have the opportunity to experience the life cycle of food...
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Costa Rican Fisheries Federation holds sport fishing tournament for kids - Tico Times

Costa Rican Fisheries Federation holds sport fishing tournament for kids - Tico Times | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Tico Times Costa Rican Fisheries Federation holds sport fishing tournament for kids Tico Times With the goal of promoting responsible fishing, the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation, or FECOP, last Saturday held a sport fishing tournament for...
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VietFish | Aquaculture Directory

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VIETFISH is one of the leading seafood shows in the world and greatest in ASEAN, when participating in the show you can: • Find new customers and reinforce your relationship with old partners. • Estimate consumers and seafood market trends. • Launch your new products into market. • Enhance your company’s image. - See more at: http://aquaculturedirectory.co.uk/event/vietfish/#sthash.vl65qpdu.dpuf

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ENTO – PRISE: Commercialising insect transformation of organic wastes to benefit farmers in Ghana | Aquaculture Directory

ENTO – PRISE: Commercialising insect transformation of organic wastes to benefit farmers in Ghana | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Rationale: Rapidly urbanizing Ghana is challenged with meeting the growing demand for animal source foods, ensuring sanitary waste disposal and creating livelihood opportunities for the poor whilst in a context of globalised commodity trade, indigenisation of primary industries is threatened by low-cost imports of agricultural inputs and finished products. Waste streams from food chains (e.g. livestock manures, fruit and fish processing waste, urban market waste) currently impose both financial and environmental costs which their reuse could mitigate. Transforming agricultural wastes through insects provides a mechanism for producing local inputs valuable for both fish and crop production.
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FDA Warning Letters: Three Dairies, Two Seafood Processors | Aquaculture Directory

FDA Warning Letters: Three Dairies, Two Seafood Processors | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
The US Food and Drug Administration recently published five warning letters it issued to dairies and seafood processors. Dueppengeisser Dairy Company of Perry, NY, and Todd & Patty Meech Dairy Farm of Sebeka, MN, received warning letters after selling a calf and a cow for slaughter that were considered adulterated because of unacceptable levels of drug residues in their tissues.
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Fred Woodman, veteran advocate for seafood industry, dead at 83 | Aquaculture Directory

Fred Woodman, veteran advocate for seafood industry, dead at 83 | Aquaculture Directory | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Fred Woodman Sr., a fish processor who spent much of his career advocating for Newfoundland and Labrador's fishing industry, has died. He was 83. Woodman founded Woodman's Fisheries in 1972, and turned New Harbour, Trinity Bay, into a hub of the industry. Woodman died Saturday at the Lions Manor in Placentia.
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Virginia aquaculture benefits the Bay and beyond - RVANews

Virginia aquaculture benefits the Bay and beyond - RVANews | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Family-owned oyster farms along the Chesapeake Bay are creating jobs and cleaning the Bay--one delicious mollusk at a time.
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Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) Technology Workshop

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) Technology Workshop | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Aquaculture, as a business, seems to be able to capture the imagination of a wide variety of individuals worldwide.
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Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt's Food Production - Global Issues

Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt's Food Production - Global Issues | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
But fish farming as it is predominantly practised in Egypt – by simply digging a pit and filling it with water and fish – has a major drawback. A decades-old government decree requires that drinking water and crop irrigation be ...
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Alltech to build aquaculture, layer facility in Kentucky

Alltech has plans to develop an aquaculture and poultry layer facility at the Marion Branch industrial site in Pikeville, Kentucky.
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CHINA: Keeps fishing fleet connected and protected in disputed waters

CHINA: Keeps fishing fleet connected and protected in disputed waters | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it

TANMEN, July 28 ― On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his ageing vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he's fishing in the disputed South China Sea.

 

By the end of last year, China's homegrown Beidou satellite system had been installed on more than 50,000 Chinese fishing boats, according to official media. On Hainan, China's gateway to the South China Sea, boat captains have paid no more than 10 per cent of the cost. The government has paid the rest.

 

It's a sign of China's growing financial support for its fishermen as they head deeper into Southeast Asian waters in search of new fishing grounds as stocks thin out closer to home.

 

Hainan authorities encourage fishermen to sail to disputed areas, the captain and several other fishermen told Reuters during interviews in the sleepy port of Tanmen. Government fuel subsidies make the trips possible, they added.

 

That has put Chinese fishing boats ― from privately owned craft to commercial trawlers belonging to publicly listed companies ― on the frontlines of one of Asia's flashpoints.

 

Most recently, they were a fixture around a Chinese oil rig positioned in disputed waters off Vietnam, where they jostled and collided with Vietnamese fishing boats for more than two months until China withdrew the drilling platform in mid-July.

 

Explanations for China's assertiveness in the South China Sea usually focus on the strategic significance of the waterway, through which US$5 trillion (RM15.9 trillion) in ship-borne trade passes each year, or Beijing's goal to increase its offshore oil and gas output.

 

Rarely mentioned is the importance of seafood to the Chinese diet, several experts said. A 2014 report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), for example, said China's per-capita fish consumption was 35.1 kg in 2010, nearly double the global average of 18.9 kg.

 

“Fish products are just so critical to China's way of life. I think this is something most people haven't factored into the equation when they've looked at these conflicts and disputes,” said Alan Dupont, a professor of international security at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

 

“It's pretty clear that the Chinese fishing fleet is being encouraged to fish in disputed waters. I think that's now become policy as distinct from an opportunistic thing, and that the government is encouraging its fishing fleet to do this for geopolitical as well as economic and commercial reasons.”

 

 

Distress signal

 

With 16 Chinese satellites in orbit above the Asia-Pacific at the end of 2012 and more planned, the 19-month-old Beidou system is a rival to the dominant US Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russia's GLONASS. China's military is already a big user of Beidou, or Big Dipper.

 

It's unclear how often Chinese fishermen use Beidou to seek help. None of the fishermen Reuters interviewed in Tanmen said they had sent a distress call.

 

But fishermen could use the system to alert authorities if they had mechanical trouble or had a run-in with foreign maritime agencies, Chinese official media has said.

 

The push of an emergency button sends a message straight to the Chinese authorities, which because Beidou actively transmits location data, could pinpoint the exact whereabouts of a vessel.

 

Beidou's unique short messaging system also allows users to communicate with other fishermen, family or friends.

 

When Philippine authorities boarded a Chinese fishing vessel in May in a contested reef in the Spratlys, one of the region's main island chains, they quickly turned off the Beidou system, China's official Xinhua news agency said at the time.

 

A senior Philippine police official disputed that report, saying the boat had no satellite tracking device. Nine Chinese fishermen from the boat are awaiting trial in the Philippines for catching endangered turtles.

 

Zhang Jie, deputy director of the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration, a government agency, said he did not have accurate information on Beidou usage but added that fishermen were encouraged to fish in any waters that belonged to China.

 

At the same time, Zhang told Reuters he did not believe the government wanted them to seek conflict with other countries.

 

Other authorities in Hainan, such as the provincial fisheries office and the bureau which enforces fishing regulations, did not respond to requests for comment. Nor did the China Satellite Navigation Office, which runs Beidou.

 

The Foreign Ministry along with the State Oceanic Administration, which has overall civilian responsibility for maritime affairs including the coastguard and fishing vessels, also did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Xi backs fishermen

 

Since President Xi Jinping took power in March last year, Beijing has increasingly flexed its muscles in the South China Sea. China claims 90 per cent of the 3.5 million sq km (1.35 million sq mile) waterway, with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claiming parts of the ocean.

 

China sent its sole aircraft carrier through the South China Sea for the first time in late 2013 while its coastguard has sought to block the Philippine navy from re-supplying a military outpost on a reef claimed by Manila in the Spratlys.

 

While some of China's actions have alarmed other claimants and drawn criticism from Washington, such as the placement of the oil rig off Vietnam, China says it has every right to conduct what it calls normal operations in its waters.

 

Only weeks after becoming president, Xi made what state media called a surprise visit to Tanmen, where he told fishermen the government would do more to protect them when they were in disputed waters.

 

Xi never elaborated, but a huge billboard near the port commemorates his visit, showing a picture of the president flanked by grinning fishermen with trawlers in the background.

 

Several fishermen from separate boats said the Hainan authorities encouraged fishing as far away as the Spratlys, roughly 1,100 km (670 miles) to the south.

 

The boat captain said he would head there as soon as his vessel underwent routine repairs.

 

“I've been there many times,” said the captain, who like the other fishermen declined to be identified because he was worried about repercussions for discussing sensitive maritime issues with a foreign journalist.

 

Another fisherman, relaxing in a hammock on a boat loaded with giant clam shells from the Spratlys, said captains received fuel subsidies for each journey. For a 500 horsepower engine, a captain could get 2,000-3,000 yuan (RM1,028-1,5420) a day, he said.

 

“The government tells us where to go and they pay fuel subsidies based on the engine size,” said the fisherman.

 

Added one weather-beaten captain: “The authorities support fishing in the South China Sea to protect China's sovereignty.”

 

To be sure, they have other reasons to make the journey. A study by the State Oceanic Administration said in October 2012 that fish stocks along the Chinese coast were in decline.

 

“Right now I would say competition for fishing resources is the main cause of tensions between China and regional countries," said Zhang Hongzhou, associate research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at nanyang technological university in singapore.

 

David versus Goliath

 

At least one big Chinese fishing company is also flying the flag in disputed waters and benefiting from government assistance.

 

In late February, Shanghai-listed Shandong Homey Aquatic Development Co Ltd, which has annual seafood sales of US$150 million, announced the launch of eight new 55-metre long (180-ft) trawlers from the port city of Dongfang on Hainan.

 

On its website, it said the move was a "response to the government's call to develop the South China Sea and safeguard national sovereignty".

 

Six weeks later, the Dongfang city government said Shandong Homey would get two million yuan for each boat in “renovation” grants, according to its website. Dongfang officials declined to comment.

 

Shandong Homey might need the money for repairs.

 

In late May, Vietnam's government accused a Chinese trawler of ramming and sinking a small Vietnamese wooden fishing boat near the Chinese oil rig in an incident captured on video. China said the Vietnamese boat was being aggressive.

 

While footage of the May 26 incident is too blurry for the naked eye to determine the number on the Chinese ship's hull, Vietnam's coastguard said it was #11209.

 

Dang Van Nhan, 42, the captain of the sunken boat and who was rescued along with nine crew, told Reuters during an interview in the coastal Vietnamese city of Danang that it was #11202, saying he got a clear look.

 

The Dongfang city government website lists vessels #11209 and #11202 and six others as Shandong Homey's eight new boats.

 

In the Dongfang harbour, several Shandong Homey boats lay anchored including vessels #11209 and #11202. Both have the same features as the trawler in the video.

 

Shandong Homey declined telephone and email requests to comment. One crew member at the port said the fleet returned to Dongfang in early June but then refused to say anything more.

 

Several Shandong Homey employees later surrounded a Reuters reporter and demanded to know why he was asking about the boats. They then turned him over to police, who briefly detained him. ― Reuters

 

 


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Bleckley County High dips in aquaculture - 13WMAZ

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Bleckley County High School decided to go beyond the land and dip into aquaculture. The school is raising fresh fish in the greenhouse as project for the agriculture class.
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Ministry pushes for more fish farming

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Official wants more residents to venture into the business to avoid depletion of tilapia in the lake.
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: Sustainable Fish Farming in Iceland

Matorka founder Stefania Karlsdottir chats with PickingAlpha (http://bit.ly/1eX6lXT) about the benefits of sustainable fish farming in Iceland; most notable ...
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NOAA May Save Bluefin Tuna with Commercial Fishing Ban - Nature World News

NOAA May Save Bluefin Tuna with Commercial Fishing Ban - Nature World News | Aquaculture Directory | Scoop.it
Nature World News NOAA May Save Bluefin Tuna with Commercial Fishing Ban Nature World News Commercial and recreational fisheries have targeted the Pacific bluefun tuna (Thunnus orientalis) for some time, but the rise of sushi and sashimi markets in...
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