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Food supply: Uncharted waters.

Food supply: Uncharted waters. Fish farming was initially seen as an environmentally friendly way to produce food using limited resources and agricultural waste. But in the 1980s, it came under pressure for the overuse of antibiotics and environmental issues such as destruction of mangroves and pollution from wastewater. Financial Times, United Kingdom

Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
mangroveap@olympus.net
tel. (360) 452-5866
www.mangroveactionproject.org

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Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

November 13, 2014
Expert Team Created to Help Transition to New Method of Measuring Recreational Fishing Effort Along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts
You will be interested to know we have taken another important step to improve the quality of recreational data that informs our decision-making.

We are convening a team of experts to help us transition to a promising new method of surveying private boat and shore-based saltwater recreational anglers along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts about their fishing trips, or effort.

Preliminary findings from an extensive, multi-year pilot project indicate mail surveys do a better job of capturing recreational fishing trips than our current coastal household phone survey.

Moving to a mail survey may sound counter-intuitive, but our pilot project results indicate mail surveys do a better job of capturing recreational fishing trips by reaching a broader population of anglers, getting more accurate information from respondents, and delivering higher response rates.

Other government agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau and many highly respected research firms now use mail surveys because of their effectiveness.

The switch to the mail survey will not happen overnight. In fact, we don’t expect it to be fully implemented and used for science or management decision-making before 2016 at the earliest. That’s because we know from past experience that major methodological changes can disrupt our assessment and management activities.

This is why we are standing up a team to smartly manage the transition to the mail survey. The team includes both members of our staff and representatives from the Councils, Commissions, and states.

The expert team will work with state and regional decision-making bodies to develop the most appropriate way to shift to the new mail survey so as to minimize potential impacts.

We will not fully implement the new survey until we can explain any differences between estimates and determine how the new numbers can be used in stock assessments and for catch accounting.

I invite you to ask us questions by participating in an informational webinar on Monday, November 24 at 2:00 pm (EST). You can register here or by contacting Leah Sharpe. And follow our progress online at www.CountMyFish.noaa.gov.

Eileen

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About the Zoological Society of London symposium on mangroves in London

Dear All,

Last week at the Zoological Society of London symposium on mangroves in London, I spoke out strongly against shrimp certification. Two persons asked me why MAP was not supporting the notion of certification of “sustainable” shrimp. I argued that existing certification schemes are based on faulty standards, one of which was the notion that cleared mangroves for new shrimp farms could be mitigated against via ill-designed mangrove plantings that are bound to fail. I also emphasized the GAA and ASC are creating food insecurity in the South by exporting 90% of a luxury export product to wealthier nations in the North.

I think many people at this special mangrove symposium heard me! It will be good to have them on our side!

Please check out the link to our newest video for our Marvelous Mangrove Curriculum!
http://mangroveactionproject.org/mangrove_curriculum/
Ciao,

Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
mangroveap@olympus.net
tel. (360) 452-5866
www.mangroveactionproject.org

Check Out MAP’s Question Your Shrimp Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KVJbUHGAQg

Help Mangrove Action Project work at the roots of the sea!

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Remote Sensing Specialists!

Attention Remote Sensing Specialists!

You are invited to participate in our session at EGU 2015 (Vienna)

EGU, Vienna, 12 – 17 April 2015
NH9.20: Application of remote sensing in natural hazard studies. http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/session/18829

Conveners: Matthew Blackett (Coventry University); Peter Webley (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Robert Wright (Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology); Charley Hill-Butler (Coventry University and Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology).

The deadline for normal abstracts is 7 January 2015.

Students and early career researchers may be eligible for financial support from the EGU (deadlines for abstract submission for this is 28 November 2014 (see: http://www.egu2015.eu/support_and_distinction.html).

Session abstract: Remote sensing has many fundamental applications in the field of natural hazard studies. It has a number of advantages over traditional fieldwork expeditions including safety, the provision a synoptic view of the whole region of interest, often the availability of data extending back several years and, in many cases, cost savings. Its applications have moved on significantly in recent years with new, more powerful sensors, and finely tuned detection algorithms, now available. This session will provide a forum for the dissemination of research into using such advanced sensors and algorithms for application to all types of natural hazard. The research presented might focus on the observation of possible precursory events and evaluation of potential predictive capabilities, on the determination of vulnerable areas, on the monitoring of the event during its occurrence or on the assessment of damage post-event. An additional application which has shown great utility in recent years has been the use of remotely detected data for decision support and overall emergency management. Of these possible research themes, the use of different types of remote sensing (e.g. thermal, visual, radar, laser) might be considered, with an evaluation of their respective pros and cons. Suggestions for future sensor consideration, algorithm development and emergency management agency buy-in might also be made based on empirical evidence presented.

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China’s shrimp exports tighten in first three quarters

China’s shrimp exports tighten in first three quarters
By Mark Godfrey, SeafoodSource contributing editor reporting from Beijing, China

Published on 12 November, 2014

China
China’s shipments of shrimp continue to tighten in volume and increase in value terms. That’s suggested by data for exports from China’s shrimp capital, Zhanjiang, the southerly port city which is home to shrimp processing giants like Guolian and Zhanjiang Evergreen Aquatic.

Shrimp exports from Zhanjiang totaled USD 530 million (EUR 424.7 million) for the first nine months, up a massive 135 percent year on year in value terms while tilapia shipments rose 26.7 percent to USD 163 million (EUR 130.6 million) in the same period. Shipments of cooked crab from Zhanjiang rose 250 percent year on year. Shrimp account for almost 70 percent of the city’s overall seafood exports, which rose only 2.1 percent in volume terms in the first three quarters to 888,000 metric tons (MT). In value terms overall seafood imports were worth USD 790 million (EUR 633 million), up 15.8 percent year on year. The figures come from customs data published this week in a daily newspaper in the city, which is also home to China’s largest shrimp wholesale market.

The United States continues to be the key market for Zhanjiang, taking 43 percent of volume and 38 percent of the city’s exports in value terms: that’s worth USD 274 million (EUR 219.6 million) on 38,300 MT, up 32 percent and 16.3 percent year on year. Meanwhile, shipments to emerging and Arab markets continue to grow at a very strong pace. Zhanjiang’s shipments to the Middle East (according to the city branch of China’s customs and quarantine agency General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine [AQSIQ]) rose 198 percent to 1,196 MT and 290 percent in value terms to USD 8.7 million (EUR 7 million).

Improved marketing and a renewed emphasis on value-added product is boosting export earnings in Zhanjiang and another of China’s key aquaculture belts. The southerly squid processing hub of Quanzhou (which is also emerging as a seafood canning center) shipped 47,000 MT worth USD 169 million (EUR 135.5 million) in the first three quarters of this year — up 43 percent and 39.5 percent respectively.

The growth was credited to fast-growing consumer markets in nearby Southeast Asia in a statement from the local AQSIQ office which pointed to the strength of shipments to Indonesia and the Philippines which were worth a combined USD 68.6 million (EUR 55 million), up 92.5 percent year on year. Indonesian officials frequently complain in public of the inability of domestic seafood processors to compete with product from China, where scale allows processors to ship goods cheaper.

Quanzhou’s exports to both Vietnam and Africa at USD 16.4 million (EUR 13.1 million) and USD 10.8 million (EUR 8.7 million) while shipments to Korea were up 98 percent year on year. The AQSIQ credited what it terms “high value added” processed and packaged squid products for a growth in exports of squid (9,776 MT at USD 67 million [EUR 53.7 million]). A growing canning sector (1,818 MT at USD 5.2 million [EUR 4.2 million]) has increased almost twofold.

“Better management and traceability systems” in local companies will help drive future earnings growth in the local seafood processing sector, the local AQSIQ office stated in comments this week to Quanzhou WanBao, the local evening newspaper.

Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project (MAP)
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279 USA
mangroveap@olympus.net
tel. (360) 452-5866
www.mangroveactionproject.org

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Algas invaden playa del Caribe , Aún investigan por qué pasó 18 de septiembre de 2014

Algas invaden playa del Caribe

Aún investigan por qué pasó
18 de septiembre de 2014 06:13 pm | Foto: EFE / Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda
Agencia EFE | San Andrés
Una invasión de algas que llegó hasta las costas de la isla colombiana de San Andrés, en el mar Caribe, tiñó hoy sus playas de color marrón y ha levantado las suspicacias de los habitantes y turistas de ese archipiélago.

La zona afectada ocupa la parte central de San Andrés y los expertos de la Corporación para el Desarrollo Sostenible del Archipiélago de San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina (Coralina) están investigando el origen y las posibles consecuencias que puede tener para la población y la fauna.

Leer mas: Algas tóxicas invaden a la Florida, http://www.indicepr.com/noticias/2014/09/17/news/28024/algas-toxicas-amenazan-a-la-florida/

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