Aquaculture Damage News

  • COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth

    The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among ...

  • Indonesia and the Netherlands launch large coastal safety initiative in Java

    The Indonesian and Dutch government today launch a comprehensive five-year multi million public-private partnership initiative for enhancing coastal safety at the North Coast of Java. It aims to build stable coastlines with reduced erosion risk through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small scale hard-engineering and sustainable land use. The initiative is financed by the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Shifts in Mediterranean fish farming increase pressure on wild fish stocks

    Fish farming in the Mediterranean has increasingly shifted from producing fish such as grey mullet, which are herbivores near the bottom of the food chain, to species such as sea bass, which are predators. This ‘farming up’ the food chain requires wild fish to be caught to provide feed. A return to farming fish lower in the food chain would use marine resources more efficiently, a new ...

  • California Farm Water Users Ask Court to Block Water Releases to Protect Salmon

    Agricultural water districts in California's Central Valley have asked a federal court to halt increased flows in the lower Klamath River to protect the seasonal run of Chinook salmon. Filed Aug. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Fish farmed in the EU: a healthy, fresh and local alternative

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be brief… I can see many of you are eyeing up the delicious samples on offer here and this is precisely the purpose today: showcase our "EU farmed fish"! I am delighted to be here today to highlight the benefits of eating, fresh, locally produced fish. In other words, fish farmed here in the EU. When I say "fish", I mean of course both finfish and shellfish. I ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • NRDC: Court Upholds Key Protections for California Bay-Delta Health

    The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled to uphold a federal plan of protection for California’s vital Delta ecosystem. The court sided with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice, The Bay Institute and the federal government in its determination that protections for the threatened delta smelt – a bellwether species that indicates the health of the vital ...

  • Philippine fishers and fish farmers facing immense damage to sector

    Philippine fishers face immense damage to the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in regions affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said today, calling for prompt and sustainable actions to help rebuild livelihoods. “Even though we still only have a partial picture, it is clear that the damage caused to the fisheries sector is immense and spans the entire value ...

  • China scoops up 100,000 kg of poisoned dead fish

    Authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country. The Hubei province environmental protection department, notified of the piles of dead fish in central China's Fuhe River on Monday, pointed the finger ...


    By Associated Press

  • Sting operation - jellyfish `blooms` may endanger fish stocks

    Surges in jellyfish populations may be one reason for a drop in fish stocks observed in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, according to a new report published by FAO. Overfishing, which removes top predators from the sea, is one of the factors behind jellyfish "blooms", or suddenly increased numbers. A "vicious circle" can then follow in which large numbers of medusae feed on fish larvae and ...

  • Environment: new guidelines for aquaculture and nature protection

    The Commission is issuing new guidelines to improve understanding of how aquaculture can be carried out inside Natura 2000, the EU-wide network of protected natural areas. The guidelines explain how best to ensure that activities related to aquaculture are compatible with EU nature legislation and Natura 2000 provisions in particular. They emphasize the significance of the aquaculture sector for ...

  • Environment: A good day for nature in Europe

    Nearly 25 000 km2 of invaluable natural expanse have been added to the Natura 2000 network. This network of protected sites is the EU's primary tool in the fight to conserve Europe’s rich biodiversity. The Commission has now formally approved the inclusion in the network of a further 235 sites, proposed by Member States for recognition as "Sites of Community Importance". Member States will ...

  • Research and Markets: Aquaculture and Behavior

    Dublin - Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/ccmfcs/aquaculture_and_be) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Aquaculture and Behavior" to their offering. Modern aquaculture is faced with a number of challenges, including public ...


  • Great Day for Menhaden

     New fishery management benchmarks for Atlantic menhaden, often called "the most important fish in the sea," were established today in an effort to increase its population to four times the current size. The measure was adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the interstate body that governs the menhaden fishery, after an intensive two-month campaign led by the ...

  • Fishing for sustainable practices to conserve fisheries

    Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to research done by Nourishing the Planet (www.NourishingthePlanet.org) for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total fish harvest—increased 50-fold between the 1950s and 2008 and now contributes nearly ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Ocean acidification threatens fisheries, says UNEP

    The oceans are acidifying at probably the fastest rate for 65 million years — with unknown implications for the three billion people who depend on fish for protein, a report released at the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 16), in Mexico has said. Rising CO2 emissions, a quarter of which eventually dissolve in the oceans to produce carbonic acid, have caused a 30 per cent drop in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA orders restoration of damaged Wetlands on Massachusetts farm (MA)

    EPA has ordered the owners of Meredith Farm to restore wetlands and streams on its 160-acre plot in Topsfield, Mass. The wetlands were excavated and filled between 2006 and 2007 while the farm’s drainage system was expanded - widening and deepening a stream channel, and creating a pond. Christopher and Bonnie Nash violated the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) by failing to obtain the required ...

  • Mangroves report reveals threats & opportunities to global economy & the planet

    The first global assessment of mangroves in over a decade reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests, despite positive restoration efforts by some countries. About one fifth of all mangroves are thought to have been lost since 1980. Although losses are slowing at 0.7 per cent a year, the ...

  • U.S. agency phasing out insecticide Endosulfan

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled on Wednesday to end all uses of the insecticide endosulfan. In light of recent data, the EPA decided that the 50-year-old chemical is too dangerous for farm workers and wildlife. "Risks faced by workers are greater than previously known," an EPA statement said. The international community is currently considering adding endosulfan to the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Jellyfish infestations caused by human activities

    A huge rise in jellyfish populations around the world appears to be caused by human activities, according to recent research. Early action is essential to prevent marine ecosystems from changing to unhealthy states that favour destructive jellyfish blooms. Although large numbers of jellyfish can occur in healthy marine ecosystems, destructive jellyfish blooms are being observed more frequently in ...

  • 20% of world’s mangrove areas destroyed since 1980

    Environmental and economic damages caused by the alarming loss of mangroves in many countries should be urgently addressed FAO said today, calling for better mangrove protection and management programmes. The world has lost around 3.6 million hectares (ha) of mangroves since 1980, equivalent to an alarming 20 percent loss of total mangrove area according to FAO’s recent mangrove assessment ...

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