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New Chilean Law Ensures Sustainable Fishing, Aq...

New Chilean Law Ensures Sustainable Fishing, Aq... | Aquaculture (Global Aqua Link) | Scoop.it
During the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, the Chilean authorities unveiled a new ambitious national legislation that will ensure the seafood exported by the South American country is produced in a sustainable manner.
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Thai Seafood Sector – Sustainable and Beating I...

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The Thai fisheries and aquaculture sector is moving towards a sustainable future that will allow it to have an impact on global markets, writes Chris Harris.
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CIFT celebrates foundation day - The New Indian Express

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He reiterated that the interests of the people in the fisheries sector should be kept in mind while developmental activities are being carried out.
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NORWAY: Marine Harvest VAP Europe's revenues fall in Q1

NORWAY: Marine Harvest VAP Europe's revenues fall in Q1 | Aquaculture (Global Aqua Link) | Scoop.it

Marine Harvest VAP Europe’s operating revenues fell in Q1 to NOK 905 million (EUR 118.7 million) from NOK 909 million (EUR 119.2 million) in the first quarter of 2012. The loss in the smoked salmon operations amounted to NOK 28 million (EUR 3.7 million) in the first quarter and had a significant effect on operating revenues.

While there was improvement in the fresh and frozen operations, the Board of Directors expressed disappointment about the performance of the smoked units, and the company said that it would take further actions to achieve satisfactory returns into the future.

The volume sold was 4 per cent lower than in Q1 2012, but the average price achieved in EUR was 5 per cent higher. Marine Harvest said that the fierce competition in the smoked market is what influenced both prices and margins in Q1.

The salmon sales volume fell by 1 per cent year-on-year. While fresh salmon sales were positive thanks to high promotional activity, market pressure and lower smoked sales negatively impacted the margins.

Marine Harvest expects the market to remain challenging for the foreseeable future. It also plans to increase the price of the end product so that it can achieve sustainable margins, given the increasing raw material prices.

Sales of Atlantic salmon made up 65 per cent of the total sales value in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 63 per cent a year ago.

In terms of margins, the smoked operations had the hardest time due to delays in transferring the increased cost of raw materials to the next level in the value chain. The fresh and frozen business improved as a result of the actions taken.

Operational EBIT for VAP Europe ended at NOK - 18 million (EUR -2.4 million) in the period against NOK - 5 million (EUR -655,757) in Q1 2012. The margin contribution from salmon (mainly Norwegian salmon) was NOK - 14 million  (EUR -1.8 million), while the contribution from other species was NOK - 4 million (EUR -524,605). The EBIT margin in VAP in the period was - 2.0 per cent compared to - 0.6 per cent a year ago.

 

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PHILIPPINES: Live shrimp imports banned to prevent EMS outbreak

PHILIPPINES: Live shrimp imports banned to prevent EMS outbreak | Aquaculture (Global Aqua Link) | Scoop.it

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has suspended indefinitely the processing of application to import live shrimp and other susceptible crustaceans, in an effort to prevent the entry of early mortality syndrome (EMS) and other shrimp diseases into the Philippines.

BFAR took this action after it was recommended by Dr Donald Lightner, a shrimp disease expert.

In addition, shrimp operators have also voiced concern over the risk of entry of infected shrimp from countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Indonesia, all of which have seen vast cases of EMS. The bureau has added Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei and Cambodia to the watch list.

The Philippine government will also ban the entry of crabs and lobsters, crustaceans which can carry and transmit the disease to shrimp, GMA News reports.

“We are dealing with a disease unknown to us, all the more that measures must be undertaken,” BFAR Director Asis G Perez declared, PIA reports.

EMS causes mass mortalities during the first 30 days of infection. The cause remains unknown, but a shrimp expert in Thailand has advised shrimp farmers to keep their ponds clean to minimize the probability of outbreaks.

“The Philippines remains EMS-free as of the moment and BFAR is exhausting all efforts to remain so,” Perez said.

He noted that this increases the country’s competitive edge in the market and could mean more shrimp exports.

The Agriculture Department is currently examining the potential of mangrove areas in Panay, Leyte, Negros, and Mindoro as strategic shrimp farming sites, according to Agriculture Secretary Processo Alcala.

As part of the suspension, BFAR is instructing its Fish Health Officers, Quarantine Officers and the Law Enforcement Quick Response Team (LEQRT) to monitor, control and surveil protocols at the ports of entry, airports and seaports throughout the country and make sure the new regulation is enforced.

The bureau said that it will continue to meet with shrimp operators at forums to discuss and finalise effective, long-term solutions to the problems currently challenging the sector.

“The government through the BFAR is no longer just focused on its regulatory functions. It is seriously putting all efforts to contribute to the growth of the industry,” Perez added.

 

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Pacific Fisheries Review, Summer 2013 - Bay Planning Coalition

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Pacific Fisheries Review. Editorial/Advertising Deadline. Friday, May 17. Northern Leader January 26, 2013. As the Bering Sea fleet continues on its most ambitious expansion to date, Pacific Fisheries Review reports on the ...
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FDA Receives 1.5 Million Public Comments Opposing GMO Salmon

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The s FDA deadline on the pending approval of genetically modified salmon saw nearly 1.5 million comments oppose the approval.
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NZ shows muscle in marine farm tech - Marlborough Express

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Marlborough Express NZ shows muscle in marine farm tech Marlborough Express The quality programme that detected the toxic algal blooms in the Marlborough Sounds last month uses innovative techniques to protect the region's aquaculture industry,...
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Communication requiring clarification / correction

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RT @GeorgiaStraitBC: Response from Namgis First Nation regarding state of their closed containment salmon farm http://t.co/9MsPDDQxIn #aquaculture
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PUBLICATION: Indicators for Sustainable Aquacul...

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Indicators for sustainable aquaculture in Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. Guide for the use of indicators to monitor sustainable development of aquaculture. Studies and Reviews.
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FAU Harbor Branch featured in upcoming 'Sea Rescue' episodes - TCPalm

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FAU Harbor Branch featured in upcoming 'Sea Rescue' episodes TCPalm MMRC is a first responder for the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Network, which also includes the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
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The Aquaculturists: 30/04/13: European Commissioner calls for aquaculture cooperation; blue revolution in Canada; Asian carp in the USA

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The introduction of non-native species into aquaculture systems can have both positive and negative impacts. At the moment there is some concern over the introduction of Asian carp into US waters. At present there are seven varieties farmed to help control weeds and parasites in aquaculture systems. However, escapees have begun to dominate the Mississippi River, potentially threatening wild populations and water quality.


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Institute of Aquaculture: Articles: 2013: 04: Wrasse_Delousing_Salmon

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Video and Article : Institute of Aquaculture research captures video footages of delousing within 20h of... http://t.co/nSf8YUJiXT
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UNITED STATES: Sitka's wild-and-crazy herring fishing rodeo facing some harsh realities

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OPINION: The sac roe herring fishery spells the end of winter in Sitka. Along with being an engaging spectacle, the fishery brings more than a million dollars to Sitka's economy. But crashing catches worry fishermen.

 

Just as daffodils and groundhogs, cherry trees and robins announce the arrival of spring elsewhere, so the sac roe herring fishery spells the end of winter here in Sitka, Alaska. Seine boats with names like Storm Chaser, Perseverance, Leading Lady, Defiant and Invincible begin to appear on our island from points north and south, often rafting to my tugboat here in Eliason Harbor. The herring fleet holds its collective breath -- generally in the smoky air of the Pioneer Bar -- awaiting the green light from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to begin fishing.

 

It's difficult to argue against the romanticism of the current fishery, which speaks directly to the spirit of Alaskan individualism. Boats engage in strategic gamesmanship in an effort to take "high catch" of the day. Along with being an engaging spectacle, the fishery brings more than a million dollars to Sitka's economy -- damaged significantly when its pulp mill closed in 1992 -- "taking the town out of the darkness of winter," as Brandon Ihde, a crew-member on the Star Shadow, and native of Sitka, poetically summed it up to me the other day.

 

But is the fishery sustainable?

 

Last year, Fish and Game announced that just under 29,000 tons of herring would be available to permit holders for the 2012 fishery, by far the largest quota in the history of Sitka's sac roe fishery. Consider that in 1976, when the fishery began, the quota in Sitka was 780 tons.

 

To protest the outsized number, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, which represents the Tlingit native community and subsistence rights in Sitka, created the Southeast Alaska Herring Preservation Alliance, and called an emergency "Herring Summit." Trollers and longliners testified on the decline in abundance and weight of king salmon and halibut -- staple Alaska fish that depend on herring for food. Absurdly, Alaska is the only state on the west coast that does not classify herring as a "forage fish," thus denying it protection under the Forage Fish Management Plan.

 

Last March, as the fishery went ahead, boats were able to net only 13,231 tons, falling gravely short of the allotted quota. Even among the seiners -- crew and captain were forced to cut across my stern deck on the way to the P-Bar -- there were grumblings that we were in danger of fishing out the area. A few boats left town before the fishery closed, the captains explaining that they did not want to deplete the resource for 2013. Last year the Kenai king salmon fishery crashed, and trollers here in Sitka saw a dismal return of king and silver salmon. Many pointed to starvation as a possible cause – simply not enough herring. Trollers in Ketchikan have gone so far as to create the Ketchikan Area Herring Action Committee, to protest the fishery.

 

This March, Fish and Game chopped the quota to 11,549 tons, a 60 percent cutback from last year, and representing 15 percent of the entire biomass of herring in Sitka Sound. This is a step in the right direction. But is it enough? Sitka Tribe of Alaska has pressed for a more conservative approach, taking only 10 percent of the biomass.

 

The world does not have a stellar track record when it comes to conservation of natural resources -- be it fur, coal, oil, diamonds or trees. Nevertheless, under leadership of folks like Dave Gordon, an area state biologist in Sitka, has earned a reputation of maintaining a stable marine ecosystem. Why put this reputation at risk by endangering one of the central building blocks of the entire fishery?

 

Fish and Game should take seriously the risk that overfishing could bring the collapse of the Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. In 1976, there were seven major spawning areas in Southeast Alaska, along with a number of smaller ones. Starting in the 1980s, there have been collapses in West Behm Canal, Lynn Canal, Auke Bay, Kasaan Bay, Zimonia Strait, Duncan Canal, and others. Today, there are only two major spawning grounds left in Southeast -- one off Prince of Wales Island, and the other in Sitka Sound.

 

The collapse of herring fisheries has followed a worldwide trend. Stocks of the fish, critical for the survival of larger ocean species, have been depleted in Japan, Norway, the Grande Banks of Nova Scotia, Norway and East England. After Washington State's herring stocks in Puget Sound crashed, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska are among the last remaining major spawning grounds open to fishing in the world.

 

Tlingit elders speak of days when Sitka Sound boiled silver with herring as far as the eye could see. Oral histories describe catching the fish with rakes, and filling canoes. From the turn of the 20th century until the early 1960s, millions of tons of the fish were taken in the reduction fishery, causing a crash. The factories were closed, and herring stocks rebuilt themselves -- until 1976.

 

The openings themselves are dramatic: Fish and Game puts the 48 permit holders on two-hour notice, and tenders and seine boats motor out to grounds in a World War II-type armada. There's a countdown over the VHF radio from ten. A gun goes off, and the sound of diesel engines echoes off surrounding mountains, a cloud of black smoke rising into the air as seine boats throttle up, rooster tails of water spewing from jet-powered seine skiffs as they race to encircle the fish with nets.

 

I first came to Sitka in 1997, at the age of 19, to work in a salmon hatchery. I remember watching the opening from different spots along the 14 miles of road on the island. Folks would set up picnics on the rocks, or on the roofs of houses, tuning in to VHF channels to hear the skippers curse and yell. A swarm of floatplanes buzzed overhead, searching for schools and reporting back to boats.

 

Over the years, as the fishery has moved farther and farther outside of town, the Byzantine network of alliances and code-words joining certain boats has grown only more complex. Hulls are regularly rammed, shotguns are brandished, and lives threatened as crews -- who have spent all year mending nets, overhauling boats, and working for no pay -- vie for the best sets and largest crew-shares. YouTube footage of the fishery proliferates -- generally to a background of heavy metal music -- as seine boats inflict thousands of dollars of damage to one another. I've seen $100 bills tucked beneath urinal cakes at the P-bar -- message being, if you need this money, take it -- you're not catching any fish.

 

The other morning I had coffee with Joe Lindholm, skipper of the Star Shadow. He argued that this cowboy tradition, romantic as it is, has outlived its usefulness. If the 47 other sac roe fishery permit holders pooled shares, insurance rates would go down, catch rates would go up due to lack of competition, and the gear class could work in tandem, instead of competition, he said. A herring consortium of permit holders would also give the fleet a unified voice when it came to setting quota -- and defending the economic boom that seiners bring to Sitka.

 

One by one the boats arrive, spooling out practice sets in the Sound, and making stools at the P-Bar more and more difficult to come across.

I'd hate to see this rite of spring disappear. 

 

Brendan Jones lives in Sitka, Alaska, and has recorded commentaries for NPR, and published in Popular Woodworking. He was recently selected as a 2013 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.


The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, e-mail commentary(at)alaskadispatch.com.


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ARGENTINA: Hake, squid and shrimp value exports lower

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The Directorate of Fisheries Economy reported that in the first two months of 2013 a total of 48,418 tonnes of seafood worth USD 140.8 million was exported, that is to say, 8.2 per cent less in value than the same two months of 2012.

 

According the new Situation Report issued by the Directorate, based on the data provided by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec), the three main species of the Argentinean Sea experienced declines in their export prices during the first two months of 2013.

 

The marketing value of each tonne of hake (Merluccius Hubbsi) fell by 5.1 per cent; that of the squid (Illex argentinus) dropped 17.5 per cent; and that of the shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) declined by 3.8 per cent.

 

This downward trend contrasts with the rise in costs in the national fishing industry, stressed Pescare.

 

In the case of hake, the average price per tonne in the first two months of 2013 was USD 2,612.

 

In particular, the interleaved, frozen on board H&G&T (150-250 grams), was located in the strip that goes from USD 1,400 to USD 1,600 a tonne, while interleaved, unskinned fillets (60-120 grams), with few bones, ranged between USD 2,800 and USD 3,200.

 

The squid showed a decline of 17.5 per cent year on year, with an average price of USD 1,677 per tonne.

 

The whole squid cost USD 1,511; the squid pods, USD 2,546; the clean tubes, USD 6,418; and the tentacles, USD 2,685, the official report informed.

 

Meanwhile, the price of each tonne of shrimp was USD 5,402 in the first two months of this year.

 

The L1 varied between USD 7,000 and USD 7,700; the L2, between USD 5,350 and USD 6,000; and L3, between USD 4,100 and USD 4,900.

 

The Directorate also reported that until 28 February 13,147 tonnes of hake were exported for USD 34.3 million, that is to say, 2.6 per cent and 7.5 per cent less, respectively, than in the same period of 2012.

 

In the first two months of 2013, a total of 6,381 tonnes of shrimp worth USD 34.4 million was exported, figures that show increases of 12.8 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively.

 

Furthermore, 7,536 tonnes of squid were exported, 14.3 per cent more than in the same period of 2012, but its value fell 5.6 per cent worth USD 12.6 million, according to the situation report.

 

The fishing industry must not only face rising costs but also a delayed exchange rate and the contraction of the European market, key destination of Argentinean Sea products.

 

Therefore, the industry is asking the national government to launch macroeconomic measures, repositioning the competitiveness of local businesses in the short term.

 

Fishery organizations complain that the government only took "palliative" measures as the distribution of diesel at wholesale price, granting loans and possible deductions of processed products.

 

Last week, the National Health and Food Quality Service (Senasa) reported that in the first quarter of this year a total of 53,071 tonnes of fish was exported, that is to say 3.3 per cent less than in the same period in 2012 (54,864 tonnes).

 

The highest export records were those of hake, with 25,182 tonnes, representing 0.6 per cent compared to 25,022 tonnes in the first quarter of 2012.

 

It was followed by squid, with 10,919 tonnes, 94.3 per cent more than during the first three months of last year (5,617 tonnes); and those of shrimp, with 7,863 tonnes, 1.3 per cent more than during the same period last year (7,761 tonnes).

 

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Shellfish industry keeping bacteria in check - Greenwich Time

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In addition, the state lacks equipment to analyze oyster pathogens in the field, and lab testing takes days. Field-testing gear would cost about $70,000, something not now in the budget.
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Farming fish as demand goes up but supply is down - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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A proposal to establish an aquaculture zone off Western Australia's Mid West coast is attracting criticism from environmentalists. (Farming: Farming fish as demand goes up but supply is down: A proposal to establish an aquaculture zone off We...
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Salmon Confidential - Common Ground.ca

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It reveals how the very agency tasked with protecting wild salmon is actually working to protect the commercial aquaculture industry, to devastating effect.
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DuPont and AquaChile Develop Sustainable Fish Stocks

Title: Sustainable Salmon - Chilean salmon producers at AquaChile found themselves in a challenging position. While committed to providing a healthy source o...
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Pond Aquaculture - Related Costs and Dissolved Oxygen Management

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Dissolved Oxygen Management and Related Costs in Pond Aquaculture. Dissolved oxygen (DO) management is critical in aquaculture and can be costly. (Pond #Aquaculture - Related Costs and Dissolved Oxygen Management.
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Commission calls for cooperation to boost sustainable aquaculture in Europe - Invest in EU

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World Fishing Commission calls for cooperation to boost sustainable aquaculture in Europe Invest in EU To boost the development of EU aquaculture, the European Commission has issued strategic guidelines, thereby cooperating with Member States and...
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Fisheries resources assessed in waters surrounding South Georgia Islands - FIS

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FIS Fisheries resources assessed in waters surrounding South Georgia Islands FIS Scientists at the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (Inidep) and at the Argentinean Antarctic Institute (IAA) will assess the state of fish...
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