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Fishupdate Christmas briefs
Published: 27 December, 2012
SEAFOOD REPLACES TURKEY AS FESTIVE FARE THIS YEAR
SEAFOOD replaced traditional roast turkey as the festive fare in many parts of the world this Christmas. One of the busiest places was the Sydney Fish Market in Australia where thousands descended to stock up on every kind of edible fish imaginable. The market held its 17th Christmas Marathon where it is open for 36 hours solid from 5am on December 23rd to 5pm on Christmas Eve. Further, north where the weather is even hotter, tons of prawns and thousands of oysters flew out of cold stores for Christmas lunch which is often eaten on the beach. It was a similar picture too in some parts of the United States where fish now takes over from poultry, in part because people have had enough of turkey from Thanksgiving a few weeks earlier.
MOVE TO RE-OPEN 5,000 SQUARE MILES OF US FISHING AREA
REGULATORS in the United States have voted to re-open around 5,000 square miles of sea area off the New England Coast to commercial fishing. These once popular grounds were closed to all but very limited fishing activity several years ago after cod and haddock stocks began to show signs of serious decline. But there has been evidence of recovery and New England fishermen, who have been having a hard time of it lately, have been demanding access to these waters. But environmental groups have warned that the grounds are not yet ready for large scale fishing and say stocks will be further damaged. The regulators decision is subject to verification from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NEW FISH NAMED AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA
US President Barak Obama has had a recently discovered species of fish named after him. A member of the perch family, this small but colourful freshwater species called a darter has been found by scientists skilfully "darting about" the Duck and Buffalo rivers of the Tennessee river drainage. It has been given the official name of Etheostoma Obama in honour of the president's environmental leadership and his efforts to promote clean energy. Similar honours have been bestowed on former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter in the past.
MILLIONS OF KRONERS FOR DANISH FISHING PROJECTS
A NUMBER of Danish fishing companies have received funding totalling 14.3-million kroners for up to eight projects. The money, which aims to increase the competitive advantage these businesses, includes fishing, fish processing and aquaculture related activities. A total of 19 projects were originally submitted. The Danish Ministry of Fisheries said the funding will help strengthen the use of innovative solutions by the successful recipients in the marketing of fish and aquaculture products and help to develop better technologies.
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