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IN BRIEF – Kerecis Introduces its Fish-Skin Wound Treatment to the Asian Market at Major Medical Congress

by October 20, 2016 General

IN BRIEF – Kerecis Introduces its Fish-Skin Wound Treatment to the Asian Market at Major Medical Congress

Friday, October 21, 2016

Marketwired – The Kerecis Omega3 technology, which uses fish skin to heal human wounds and tissue damage, will be the subject of multiple presentations at the 17th Congress of the Asian Society for Vascular Surgery. Two of the presentations received prizes, representing 20 percent of the prizes awarded. The congress will be held from October 20 to 23 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

At the congress, Dr. John C. Lantis of Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York will present results of the following studies of the Kerecis fish-skin-based technology.

-Comparison between three-dimensional cell ingrowth of the Kerecis Omega3 material versus human skin/amnion/chorion tissues
-The cost benefit of using the Kerecis Omega3 material to treat diabetic ulcers
-Use of the Kerecis Omega3 material for surgical, trauma, venous, arterial and diabetic wounds
-Case study where the use of the Kerecis Omega3 material as a bone and tendon covering is studied

Source: Market Wired

IN BRIEF – Lawmakers talk fishing remedies: contract reviews, crew lists, unionized labor

Friday, October 21, 2016

State lawmakers delved into ways to improve work and pay conditions for the mostly foreign workers on longline fishing boats.

Allegations of unfair practices were first uncovered by Always Investigating and recently came under added scrutiny.

Giving state fish licensing more reach into the operations, reviews of crew contracts, sharing crew data better between regulatory agencies, even unionizing the laborers were among ideas discussed at the Capitol hearing Wednesday.

Several years ago, crew and labor advocates came forward to Always Investigating to tell of harsh conditions for foreign crew on some longline vessels, rock-bottom pay, mistreatment by some captains, and at its worst allegations of human trafficking. The prevalence of foreign labor is facilitated by a federal exemption just for longline fisheries that puts much of the industry outside the realm of state regulation.

Source: Khon2

IN BRIEF – Groups challenge federal approval of genetically modified salmon in court

Friday, October 21, 2016

Environmental groups head to court today to challenge a Federal Court ruling which upheld the government’s earlier approval of genetically modified salmon.

“This whole approval process has taken place behind doors. There’s been no engagement of Canadians on the subject should we genetically modifying animals for food’,” argued Karen Wristen, of B.C.’s Living Oceans Society, one of the groups involved in the challenge.

In 2013, Environment Canada approved the production of genetically modified salmon eggs by the biotechnology company AquaBounty in a facility in P.E.I.

AquaBounty claims its genetically modified Atlantic salmon egg — which uses genes from the eel-like ocean pout  — allows the fish to grow twice as fast.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF – PAFCO made a USD 1.6M before tax profit in 2015

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pacific Fishing Company or PAFCO made a USD 1.6 million before tax profit in 2015.

PAFCO Chairman Iqbal Janiff confirmed this in a presentation to the Public Accounts Committee.

Janiff says they are expected to make a profit of $1.6 million again this year despite the damages done by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

He says their main export is fish loins which are exported to Bumble Bee in US and PAFCO produces 120 tonnes of fish loins per hour over five days.

Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro then asked him how he can be confident that they will make a good profit in 2016.

Source: Fiji Village

IN BRIEF – Norway says agrees flat 2017 Barents Sea cod quotas with Russia

Friday, October 21, 2016

Norway’s Fisheries Ministry announced on Thursday 20th of October 2016:

– Norway and Russia agree on 2017 cod quotas in the Arctic Barents Sea,

– Total cod quotas are 890,000 tonnes in the Barents Sea, down 4,000 tonnes from 2016

– Norway’s quota is set at 399,523 tonnes for 2017 compared to 401,249 tonnes in 2016,

– Seafood is Norway’s second biggest export industry after oil and gas.

Source: Reuters

IN BRIEF – Budget cuts take big bite out of herring harvest

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is buckling under deep budget cuts, and now the state’s largest herring fishery is feeling the squeeze.

ADFG has canceled vital abundance studies and surveys for several fisheries, meaning fishermen won’t get to prosecute the full amount of otherwise healthy stocks.

Last year, based on 17,337 tons harvested in all Togiak herring fisheries and an average price of USD 100 per ton, the total ex-vessel value for the Togiak herring fishery was USD 1.52 million. The season allowed for a harvest of over 32,000 tons.

Source: Alaska Journal

IN BRIEF – Dam Operator Accused of Killing Thousands of Fish in Maine

Friday, October 21, 2016

Conservation groups are raising red flags about what they say are two significant fish kills in Ellsworth and Brunswick over October 2016.

They say both illustrate how the dam owner’s plan for fish passage isn’t working. The groups are also frustrated with what they say is a lack of response from federal and state fishery regulators.

Dwayne Shaw of the Downeast Salmon Federation says staff and volunteers first noticed dead alewives showing up on the Union River below the Leonard Lake Hydro Dam in Ellsworth about a week ago. Many appeared to have gotten struck by the blades of the dam’s turbines. So Shaw says they then reported the problem to federal and state agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries and the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

Source: Maine Public

IN BRIEF – Herring fishing shut down along New England coast

Friday, October 21, 2016

Herring fishermen are nearing their quota along New England’s coast and the fishery will be shut down until further notice.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says fishermen in the inshore Gulf of Maine have caught about 90 percent of their quota and the fishery was shut down early Tuesday morning. The inshore fishing zone ranges from Cape Cod to the eastern edge of the Maine coast.

Herring are an important bait fish, especially in the lobster fishery. A shortage of the fish in offshore waters caused a bait shortage in New England during the summer.

Source: Gloucester Times

IN BRIEF – Lerøy Seafood Group ASA : Final result of mandatory offer in Havfisk ASA

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement published by Lerøy Seafood Group ASA on 16 September 2016 regarding the Mandatory Offer made by Lerøy to acquire all outstanding Shares in Havfisk ASA not already owned by Lerøy for an offer price of NOK 36.50 per Share. Terms used in this announcement shall have the same meaning as ascribed to them in the Offer Document dated 16 September 2016. 

The Offer Period expired at 18:00 CET on 17 October 2016. 

In total, Lerøy has registered acceptances for 23,503,906 Shares in HAVFISK, which constitutes 27.77 per cent of the Shares and voting rights in HAVFISK. Including the 57,692,157 Shares already held by Lerøy, this will aggregate to 81,196,063 Shares in HAVFISK, representing 95.92 per cent of the Shares and the votes in HAVFISK. Settlement of the Offer will be made on or about 21 October 2016.

IN BRIEF – Fish parasites may prevent human intake of heavy metals – study

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A common type of fish parasite can prevent the accumulation of heavy metals from pollution in the fish’s tissues, making the fish safer for humans to eat, a study by the Institute of Biological Sciences of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) has found.

Species of Acanthocephala (namely Acanthogyrus sp.), also known as the thorny-headed worm, can infect fish but they bring more help than harm, the UPLB study, which was supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), found.

Acanthocephalans are fish parasites that accumulate heavy metal concentration in their host’s tissues (gills and intestine).

Source: Manila Times

IN BRIEF – Good news for Scottish mackerel fishers following quota agreement for 2017

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Scottish fishermen will have increased catching opportunities for north-east Atlantic mackerel in 2017 following an agreement reached at coastal state negotiations on 19 October 2016 between the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands.

Under the agreement, which follows scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, a total allowable catch of 1,020,996 tonnes has been set, which will give the UK a quota of around 240,000 tonnes.

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