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TheFishSite Newsletter - 12th May 2008
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We have 3 new features this week:

Tuna Market Report - Asia - March 2008
This latest report from FAO Globefish looks at the tuna market in Japan, India, Vietnam and China.
Present and Future Issues in Aquaculture
Our nation’s inland waters and coasts provide a wide variety of seafood with diverse health benefits, writes Jeff Silverstein, USDA Agriculural Research Service.
Development of New Management Strategies for Cod Mariculture
Two new projects have been funded by both the 6th EU Framework Programme on “Light Technology for Photoperiod Regulation in Cod Mariculture (CodLight-Tech)” and a Norwegian Research Council grant on “Novel narrow bandwidth lighting technology in cod farming and its impact on performance from early stages to adult fish”. By Herve Migaud, Reproduction Group, University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture.
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Marine Harvest Canada Helps Build Bridges
CANADA - Marine Harvest Canada has joined the Tsolum River Restoration Society, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Comox-Strathcona Regional District, and the City of Courtenay to build two bridges over Towhee Creek on Courtenay’s Regional Fairgrounds.

High Water Closes Hatchery
CANADA - High water has closed the Mactaquac Biodiversity Facility in Canada, although authorities say there is no imminent risk to fish stocks at the hatchery.

Fined for Fishery Violation
NOVA SCOTIA – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has fined a fish harvester for violating fisheries regulations.

Report Calls for Expansion of Aquaculture
CANADA - Aquaculture needs to expand to "help bridge the growing gap between what the capture fisheries can supply and the growing global demand for fisheries products".

Boost for Guysborough County Fishing Industry
CANADA - Canso's inshore fishery is to receive a major boost to revitalize waterfront infrastructure and support the inshore fishery.

Group Challenges BC Government's Right to Regulate Fish Farms
CANADA - Noted salmon scientist, tourism operators and commercial fishers have filed a constitutional challenge in bid to save BC wild salmon fishery

Industry Waits for Promised Government Cash
CANADA - The fisheries and aquaculture industries in Canada are waiting to discover how the money promised in the Canadian budget in February is to be distributed.

New Technology Boosts Atlantic Canada
CANADA - The first ocean freight system for live shellfish was launched by Aqualife Logistics and Maersk Line at the Atlantic Canada Seafood Showcase in Brussels, recently.

Conservation Groups Plea to Retail over Sustainable Seafood Initiatives
CANADA - SeaChoice, Canada’s sustainable seafood program, and its five member organizations, has joined nine US environmental groups in releasing the "Common Vision for Environmentally Sustainable Seafood".
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Flood Victims Eligible for Relief Assistance
AUSTRALIA - Oyster farmers in New South Wales, Australia, who were victims of the devastating Manning River floods on 24-25 April are now eligible to apply for relief assistance.

Oyster Farmers Winning Against Water Weeds
AUSTRALIA - Oyster farmers in Tasmania are winning the fight to save their crop from an introduced weed species.

Illegal Lobster Catch Seized
AUSTRALIA - A commercial fisherman from the mid north coast of New South Wales is to appear in court on several charges following what is believed to be the state’s largest seizure of illegally taken rock lobsters.

VicFRAB Seeks Research Proposals
AUSTRALIA - The Victorian Fisheries Research Advisory Body (VicFRAB) is seeking preliminary research proposals for the 2009/10 round of funding by Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

Aquaculture Investment Opportunity on Offer
AUSTRALIA - NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is offering by auction a business package of six grow-out and two harvest aquaculture leases in the Hawkesbury River for oyster farming.

PIRSA Moves to Clean Up Invasive Seaweed
AUSTRALIA - Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) is taking action to remove a patch of the invasive seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia from an area within the North Haven marina near the public boat ramp.

Action Plan to Grow Aquaculture Industry
AUSTRALIA - The Victorian Aquaculture Strategy and Action Plan has set out to grow the value of Victorian aquaculture from A$22 million to A$60 million by 2015 in a sustainable manner.

Tilapia Threaten Barramundi Stocks
AUSTRALIA - Barramundi stocks in the Northern Territory of Australia are under threat from an invasion from Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)

  United States

Alert Issued over Black Tiger Shrimp
US – The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is asking fishermen to be on the lookout for a non-native species of shrimp called the black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon).

Antero Reservoir Closed
US - Denver Water has temporarily closed Antero Reservoir following the discovery of zebra mussels.

Mississippi Catfish Industry Faces Difficulties
US - The number of catfish farms in Mississippi is falling, as fish farmers find it hard to make ends meet.

Students Win Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition
US - Two graduate students at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, won first place in the High-Potential Venture category at this year’s 6th Annual Leigh Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition.

Red Tide Halts Shellfish Harvest
US - The New Hampshire authorities have declared its Atlantic coastal waters and Hampton/Seabrook Harbor off-limits to shellfishing to protect the public from eating contaminated shellfish.

New Aquaculture Centre for UNCW
US - The new aquaculture facility for the University of North Carolina Wilmington in North Carolina is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Silver Jubilee for UN Fisheries Organisation
US - The FishInfoNetwork (FIN), a United Nations-organized network linking fisheries in developing countries, is cerlebrating its silver jubilee.

  New Zealand

Hot Summer Hits Mussel Farms
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand's hot summer has hit production in many of the marine farms at the top of the South Island.

New aquaculture resource launched at Manaia
NEW ZEALAND - Māori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia launched a new aquaculture teaching resource for total immersion Māori schools with Coromandel’s Manaia School today.

Conference Discusses Past and Future for New Zealand Industry
NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference 2008 takes place this week at Te Papa from 14-16 May.
  United Kingdom

Hot Topics for Discussion at Aquaculture UK 2008
UK - Some of the leading names in the fish farming industry will speak at the seminar programme of the Aquaculture UK 2008 exhibition in Aviemore on 21-22 May.

Armour-plated Nets for Salmon Farming
SCOTLAND - A new net material for Scotland’s salmon farmers is being pioneered in Sutherland and the Western Isles and could play a major role in further improving performance on containment in the aquaculture industry.

Attack over Lack of Fishery Support
UK - A Euro MP has criticised the UK government for refusing to support British fishermen in the light of ever-rising fuel prices, while the French and Spanish government subsidise their fishing industry.

Anglers Rejoice as GM Trout Prove Easier to Catch
UK - Now there’ll be no excuse for the one that got away. Britain’s rivers and lakes are to be restocked with trout carrying genetic modifications that make them easier to catch.

Soaring Cost of Fuel To Hit Scottish Fish Industry
SCOTLAND - The sky-high price of fuel could result in Scottish fishermen losing key quotas and catching opportunities to foreign fishing fleets, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is warning.


EWOS Buys Feed Plant in Chile
CHILE - EWOS Chile Alimentos Ltda, a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian group Cermaq ASA, is to buy a feed plant from Cultivos Marinos Chiloé Ltda (CMC) for $13,75 million.


New Species of Catfish Discovered
BRAZIL - Brazilian scientists have found two new species of catfish which are described in the latest issue of the journal Neotropical Ichthyology.

  European Union

European Commission Proposes Multi-annual Plan for Herring
EUROPE - The European Commission has tabled a proposal for a Council regulation on a multi-annual plan for the management of herring fisheries to the West of Scotland.


Philippine Month in the Ocean
PHILIPPINES - Centred on the theme "Manage our Ocean for Mankind's Survival", Philippine Month in the Ocean is currently being spearheaded by the country's Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) nationwide.

'Balunggay' is Protein Food for Tilapia
PHILIPPINES - Balunggay (scientific name: Moringa oleifera, Malunggay in Tagalog) is being seen as a good source of protein for Tilapia feeds.
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Cyclone Hits Aquaculture Industry
MYANMAR - The recent cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) is expected to severely hit the country's agriculture and aquaculture industries.


Irish Launch Strategy to Control Sea Lice on Salmon Farms
IRELAND - The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan and Minister of State John Browne have launched a new strategy for improved pest control on Irish salmon farms.

Abalone Firm in Liquidation
IRELAND - A Cork firm abalone producer has gone into liquidation, with debts of more than €2 million.

  Hong Kong

Let's Protect Habitats to Conserve Native Freshwater Fish
HONG KONG - Like every child, I have a passion for fish since I had my first own aquarium at home and I enjoy finding wild fish at streams or brooks in Hong Kong, writes the marketing development director of conservations and ecological organisation HK Discovery, David Man.


Cermaq Reports First Quarter Loss
NORWAY - Norwegian fish farming group Cermaq has reported a first quarter loss NOK 10.6 million.


Farm For Ornamental Fish
INDIA - India's Nation Aquaculture Society is to help finance a fish farm exclusively for ornamental fish.

Pisciculture Gains Popularity
INDIA - Pisciculture is becoming more popular in the Indian state of Bhubaneshwar among prospective entrepreneurs thanks to rising export demand and fish consumption.
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