The FishSite Newsletter - 1st September 2009
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Editorial - Warnings Issued over Biotoxins and Transgenic Fish
Following a study, scientists at the EU's European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have warned that people consuming shellfish contaminated with toxins from the okadaic acid, azaspiracid, saxitoxin or domoic acid groups risk illness, while there are no health risks from the yessotoxin or pectenotoxin groups at levels or below the maximum levels permitted in the European Union. Marine biotoxins are poisonous substances produced by different algae that can accumulate in shellfish.
Transgenic fish can entail risks and undesirable effects on natural environment, according to a recent report from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Fast growing transgenic fish can revolutionise commercial fish farming and relieve the pressure on over-exploited fish stocks. But what happens in the natural environment if transgenic fish escape? Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have studied transgenic fish on behalf of the EU and are urging caution.
"Until further notice, transgenic fish should be bred in closed systems on land," warned lead author of the report, Fredrik Sundström.
We have 3 new features this week:
Banking on Cod
Cod numbers can recover if fisheries policies are reformed, according to this assessment by the World Wildlife Fund. WWF outlines its proposals.
Understanding China's Fish Trade and Traceability Systems
A forthcoming European Union (EU) regulation to combat illegal fishing will require that China obtain and manage catch certificates for all fish raw materials potentially destined for EU markets. A report by Shelley Clarke for Traffic East Asia explains China's fish re-processing trade and product traceability.
Marine Harvest: Solving the Sea Lice Challenge
Salmon farming has potential negative implications for its surroundings, including wild salmon. In their sustainability report 2008, Marine Harvest - the world’s leading seafood company - outlines recent efforts to reduce the impact of sea lice from their farms.
» Ridley Poised to Make Acquisitions
» Research Centre Looks for Prawn Alternatives
» Malta May Have a Fight on its Hands Over Tuna Fishing
» Toxic Salmon Farm has Long Lasting Effects
» Fish Farming Not The Only Culprit In Salmon Decline
» New Aquaculture Opportunites for Brazil and UK
» Help Comes to Alabama Catfish Farmers
» Obama Envisions Ocean Policy
» Florida Aquaculture Held Back by Planning Rules
» Scientists to Test Passaic River Fish For Toxins
» Koi Herpes Virus Suspected in California Carp Deaths
» Infrared Technology Helping To Save Fish
» Greenpeace Talks Tuna to Taiwan
» Low-Interest Loans to Be Expanded for Aquaculture
» Fisheries and Aquatic Center Coming to Philippines
» Mindanao's Role in Pacific Fisheries Highlighted
» Chile's Salmon Exports Lower in First Half-Year
» US $18 Million to Build a Recirculation Hatchery
» EFSA Issues Advice on Marine Biotoxins
» EU to Discuss Future Tuna Rules Today
» Nigeria Aims for Self-Sufficiency
» China's Fisheries Still to Adapt to EU Regulations
» Lawmakers Warn of Disease Epidemic in China
» China to Formulate Food Safety Standards
» Swedish Report on Risks of Transgenic Fish
» New Measures Not Enough For Central Pacific Tuna
» Norway and Scotland Team Up on Aquaculture
» Brazil Reports Listed Shrimp Disease
» Seafood Exports Show Recovery
» Aqua-Products Exports Mount Up Sharply
» Manipur Fish Farmers Call for Drought Relief
That's all for this week!