ANALYSIS - A new species of trout has been discovered in Turkey. The new species Salmo kottelati belongs to the Salmonidae family, which includes salmons, trouts, chars, graylings and freshwater whitefish.
The new species is distinguished from other members of genera by having fewer parr marks along lateral line, and a larger mouth gape and maxilla, which is a part of the fish jaw.
In Canada, the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association is putting C$1.5 million over the next five years into a series of research projects on how wild and farm-raised salmon interact.
Don Noakes, dean of science at Vancouver Island University, said the work will help fill some of the gaps in our knowledge of what’s happening under the surface of our coastal waters.
In an effort to fight illegal fishing, the European Commission has given a 'yellow card' warning to the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, saying that they are at risk as being identified as non-cooperating countries.
“Today's decision is about the four countries needing to step up their efforts in fighting illegal fishing. I am convinced that they will all commit to this cooperative approach since sustainable development in Small Island States relies on sustainable fishing. We will work with them to make that happen and we will continue to prioritise sustainability in waters at home and abroad," said Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
In other news, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has updated its Benchmarking and Tracking tool (BMT) in accordance with the changes to its certification requirements. As well as this, a BMT for salmon fisheries has been developed to reflect the different indicators against which these fisheries are assessed.