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.