FishUpdate Briefing Friday July 27th

RARE WHALE SPOTTED NEAR REYKJAVIK
A  North-Atlantic Right Whale, one of the most endangered of all large sea mammals,  was seen off  Reykjavík harbour for the first time this week.   The female North-Atlantic right whale can reach  up to 18 metres in length while the males tend to be smaller, stretching  to  13 metres.  The species can weigh up to 96,000 kg. and it is estimated that they live longer than 30 years. Sightings are exceptionally rare in places outside North America so observers say seeing it in Icelandic waters was quite a  discovery. Whalers gave the name “right” whale to this species because they thought it was the ‘correct’ whale to hunt. There are an estimated 300-500 Right Whales still in existence and it is now a protected species.

THAILAND TO HOST 2019 SEAWEB SUMMIT
THAILAND is set to host the next SeaWeb Seafood Summit, an annual event on sustainability in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.  The summit will take place from June 11-13  in Bangkok. It “will be a platform for sharing experiences in the sustainable seafood industry among relevant agencies including representatives from the public sector, private sector, academia, civil society, and media from around the world, to promote best practices for sustainable fishery”.  The government said in a press release that Thailand had made strenuous and continuous efforts to reform fishing and eliminate illegal and unregulated fishing.

MAN (71) DIES AFTER DINING ON OYSTERS
EATING oysters can prove fatal as a 71-year-old man in Florida found to his cost recently after he died from a bacterial infection after dining out at a restaurant in Sarasota County.The Florida Department of Health has not released the man’s identity or the restaurant where he ate, but CBS Miami reported the man died two days after eating the oysters, apparently contracting a Vibrio vulnificus infection. Vibrio vulnificus is a species of bacteria found in undercooked shellfish, particularly oysters, that can cause serious and sometimes fatal illnesses in humans. So far in 2018, there have been 16 confirmed cases of Vibrio vulnificus Florida, according to the health department’s website. Three of those people have died.
FISH CONTAINING CANCER CHEMICAL SEIZED
THE food safety authority in Kerala, India have seized more than 6,000 kilogrammes of fish containing the toxic chemical Formalin. The discovery was made when a truck carrying the fish broke down and the contents inspected by motor vehicle officers after they smelt a bad odour coming from the truck. Formalin is derived from formaldehyde, which is a substance that is carcinogenic to humans. Mixed in the right proportion with water, the paste is used for embalming and preventing the decay of dead cells. The consignment was confiscated.

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