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UK GOVERNMENT SCHEME CRITICISED

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has criticised a government support package to protect English businesses from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that the three-month scheme “could not be described as generous.” The UK Government has announced stg£10 million in funds for the fishing sector which is capped at £10,000 per business. The scheme has met with broad support from the industry. Part of it - stg£1m.- has been allocated to a new ‘Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme’ intended to fund projects to help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets.

RUSSIAN CATCHES GET MSC APPROVAL

The Russia Barents Sea Greenland Halibut Fishery and Opilio Trap Fishery catching snow crab have been awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification as sustainable and well-managed fisheries.

CANADIAN HELP FOR AQUACULTURE OVER FOOD SUPPLY FEARS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a $62.5-million package to help the country’s seafood industry through the Covid-19 crisis.The measure comes amid mounting concerns over the state of the country’s food supply. The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance and the Fisheries Council of Canada has welcomed the support. Many of Canada’s salmon farms are owned outside of the country.

450,000 FISH TO BE CULLED IN NEWFOUNDLAND

At the same time as the Canadian Government support package was announced, Mowi, one of the biggest aquaculture producers, said it was culling 450,000 fish at the Northern Harvest Stephenville hatchery, Newfoundland, a Canadian province, after an outbreak of ISA (Infectious Salmon Anemia) was found in 14 fish at the site. Mowi Canada East said the fish being culled were juvenile and very early in their development. All culled fish will be transported to a facility in the province that will convert it into biofuel. The hatchery will remain in a state of quarantined until it is lifted by regulatory authorities.

TURTLE REVIVAL

Baby leatherback sea turtles are doing better than they have in years in the US and Thailand because not so many humans are on the beaches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On one beach in Thailand environmentalists found 11 leatherback sea) nests, the largest number found there in the past two decades. On Florida's 9.5-mile-long (15 kilometres) Juno Beach, researchers found 76 turtle nests, a significant increase compared with this time last year.