Legal Changes to Recreational Fishing in South Australia

The proposed adjustments to bag and size limits for recreational fishers in South Australia is in response to reduced fishing stocks in the state. Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell confirmed that the review was all about making sure of sustainable fish stocks into the future. He was confident that the majority of South Australians would be supportive of the adjustments. Which were to reduce bag limits for garfish and blue swimmer crabs by fifty percent, and reducing the bag limit for the iconic tommy ruff by a third. In addition, King George whiting would be reduced and size limits will also be adjusted; seasonal closures may also be brought in.

Legal Changes to Recreational Fishing in South Australia

The South Australian peak body representing recreational anglers voiced concerns that some of their members would be adversely affected by the proposals. RecFish SA spokesperson, David Ciaravolo stressed that it was important that everybody got to have a say on the issue. He understood the importance of sustainability but if stake holders considered certain aspects of the proposal to be unfair, they needed to be able to be heard.

Fishing charter businesses could be hurt by these proposals, because they will have to curtail the fishing activities of their customers once these bag limits have been reached. Business people involved in recreational fishing will naturally be concerned about measures that affect the popularity of things like fishing trips. They have, however, had their chance to have their say during the public meetings that have been held in February and March in Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Whyalla, Wallaroo, Adelaide, Renmark, Millicent, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island.

Whether Adelaide lawyers will be called in is a moot point, but I would be surprised if anyone was really willing to take on the government in the courts. Commercial fishers have stated on record that these changes have been in the pipeline for a long time and that anything that was good for the sustainability of the fishing stocks was supported by them. Recreational anglers and the charter businesses that support them need to realise that there are bigger issues at stake than their profitability. With rising human populations around the globe, fishing stocks need to be managed well if they are not to be fished out. Fishing is no longer a free and universal pursuit for all human beings; fish stocks are a finite resource that need to be micro-managed and vigilantly protected.


These Amazing Coffee Tables Are Also Fish Tanks

Have you seen these amazing coffee tables that are also fish tanks? What do you think about all those incredible fish swimming around in their aquatic environment whilst you are sitting in front of the box or woofing down a packet of Twinkies or two? I kind of feel that they are pretty special pieces of furniture, but that you really need the right kind of room for something as out there as this. I am just not sure whether I want to share my slob out time with these wriggling fellas beneath me.

Are they going to be looking up at me when I am scoffing down a few golden fried fish fingers? Am I going to feel uncomfortable about their scrutiny? I like to relax when I am at home, especially after a hard day’s work. I eat a lot of takeaway at my coffee table in front of the TV. How is going to go down when I am enjoying a Thai prawn curry and I look down and see all these fish and their tails going wild? Are they going to want to share my spaghetti marinara? What do fish even eat anyway?

These Amazing Coffee Tables Are Also Fish Tanks

I can imagine that for really chilled out people these things could be right up their alley, you know, Zen dudes and women into yoga, but for me I am not so sure. I like to put my feet up on the coffee table and relax. What are the fish going to think about these enormous work boots coming down on them? The shadow they will cast could make them feel like it’s an apocalypse or something, frantic fish could be darting left and right in sheer panic and shitting themselves. Sending out SOS messages and silently screaming in terror, how will I feel being the innocent cause of all this fish stress and tension?

I have always had normal timber coffee tables. You know, wooden top with four wooden legs; something sturdy and solid. Nothing wriggling about, no fluid, except when I spill my glass of wine on it, and nothing much to look at, apart from a bit of wood grain. I like the peace that wood sends out, the simple message that this is a bit of dead tree and there are no surprises. I suppose timber is soulful in a way; here I am put your bloody great big feet on me, I can cope, no worries mate. Yeah, wood that’s for me!

Commercial Salmon Farmers in Norway Lock Out Diseases Without Antibiotics

Fisheries are now looking at ways to secure and lock out contaminates from commercial fish farms without using antibiotics to regulate the health of the fish.

Throughout the past century global fishery organisation have been developing strategies and solutions for how to feed the growing demands of the international community need for fresh healthy fish.

It no longer makes sense for commercial fisherman to go out to sea to catch wild salmon and tuna, due to the rapid decline in population of these fish in the wild. For the past twenty years fish farms have become more and more common place in the landscape of commercial fishing.

Many benefits come from fish farms. One major benefit is the ability of the fish company to predict & forecast a seasons harvesting of fish, which result in greater yield per season and greater profits.

This may seem a very straight forward transition from ocean fishing to moving into commercial farm. However they soon discovered that when growing large amounts of fish in close quarters disease begins to ravage within the confounds of the farm. The solutions up until recently was the active use of antibiotics to prevent sickness in the fish. However only recently we have woken up to the destructive effects of over usage of antibiotics and research groups such as the scientists in Norway have now commenced the development of other methods to treat fish from diseases.

The Norwegian scientists who have innovated these methods are being applauded by their contemporaries as being the – locksmith to the health of commercial fishing.

Fish Fertility: Fish Switching Genders

Fish, unlike most human beings, can naturally switch their gender in some instances. Clownfish and wrasse are known to change sex. Clownfish have a hierarchy with a female fish at the top; and when she dies, get this, the most dominant male fish changes sex and takes her place. It all sounds suspiciously like our political system at the moment. With wrasses, the gender change is from female to male, and involves the largest female in the harem switching sexes and changing into a male. Life is obviously very interesting when you are a fish; playmates abound. Life in the goldfish bowl may not be as boring as we all thought. Parrotfish can also live for some time as either male or female, then different hormones takeover and cause the parrotfish to change. In the case of parrotfish this only occurs in their immature stage before their organs have developed as either a male or female.

More recently, fish have been turning from male to female caused by birth control pills for humans entering natural river systems. Chemical components of birth control pills excreted in urine and flushed down toilets have made their way into waterways. In a recent study by the US Geological Survey, it found that fish that were exposed to synthetic hormones call 17a- ethinylestradiol, or EE2, produced offspring which struggled to fertilize eggs. This affects them on an intergenerational level, with the grandchildren of the originally exposed fish suffering a 30% decrease in fertilization rates.

Fish Fertility: Fish Switching Genders

According to The Washington Post newspaper, male smallmouth and largemouth bass throughout the United States have switched sex; growing ovaries where their testes should be. Oral contraceptives for women are widely considered to be the cause of this sex change in fish, in this instance. The number of intersex fish keeps increasing and spreading. Scientists have been looking into the chemicals used by miners as possible cause for the sex changes as well. Synthetic estrogen, such as EE2, is more persistent than natural steroids and is usually present in higher concentrations in treated wastewater.

Even chickens, can on occasion undergo natural sex changes.  In the case of the female chicken, she usually only has one functional ovary on her left side. If Mrs Chicken has a problem with her ovary, in that it does not develop properly, her right side may begin to grow a male organ; and the hen changes completely into a rooster. No wonder so many people are worried about hormones in their chicken dinners.


Fish Oil Is Helpful for Women’s Health

New research has found that Omega 3 essential fatty acids can help slow the ageing process in the human body; which every woman would like to do. Researchers at the Ohio State University discovered that taking omega 3 supplements could lengthen these things called ‘telomeres’ which are tiny segments of DNA in white blood cells. They naturally shorten over time as part of the ageing process; and when they stop capping chromosomes the DNA unravels. This, then, causes irreversible cell damage.

Fish oil is helpful for woman’s health in another way as well. Omega 3 supplements also have been shown to reduce inflammation in a number of test subjects. Inflammation is responsible for things like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. A diet rich in Omega 3 rich fish, nuts and seeds can help reduce your chances of developing these debilitating conditions. Taking supplements like fish oil can also be of great beneficial help. Foods rich in Omega 3 are salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, herring and anchovies. Plus walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds and their oils are also a good source of Omega 3.

Fish oil is helpful for women’s health; especially as women age. Depression has also been associated with inflammation, inflammation of the lining around the brain. Fish oil, in large doses, has been prescribed for sufferers of depression with some good alleviating results. It has also been shown to help for sufferers of anxiety, in reducing their levels of anxiety. Sexual appetite has been shown to improve in older women who take a regular Omega 3 rich supplement.

Fish oil has been linked to improvements in just about every facet of health and wellbeing. This includes: hair care due to the growth stimulation properties of Omega 3 for hair follicles; and fertility is impacted through sperm quality improvements via Omega 3, a preliminary study of boars who were fed fish oil showed improvement in their sperm quality. In pregnancy the development of the foetus’s brain and eyes is helped through the mother taking supplements rich in DHA and eating a diet rich in Omega 3. Breast health and period brain can also be helped by the supplement of Omega 3 to the diet.

Fish oil truly is a superfood and whether you get in your diet naturally or you take it in an approved quality supplement it can be very beneficial to your health. If you are suffering from inflammation based conditions, and diseases, taking fish oil in consultation with your doctor can be a helpful measure to reduce inflammation and its consequences.


Small Business Advice for Small Fish in a Big Pond

In business, do you sometimes feel like that you are at the bottom of the food chain? Are the giant corporations knocking you around like a clown fish at the bottom of the Mariana Trench? The best small business advice for small fish in a big pond is, get bigger quick. How does one facilitate that kind of accelerated growth? Investment is the only way to expand your horizons and be able to compete with the sharks in your part of the pond. If you are you a tiny business, well, you can’t stay tiny and not expect to get eaten by a bigger fish. You gotta grow, and grow fast!

Sometimes, a couple of small business loans can help you invest in social media, or SEO, enough, to get some lead generation happening. Investment can allow you to reach out through the channels and attract the attention of new markets. Websites are like digital 24/7 salespeople, unblinkingly on day and night; but people have to be able to find them. Make sure that your website, or network of websites, is, and are, effectively search engine optimised for all the keyword searches that are applicable to your business. Generate new leads every day and reap the benefits.

Catching market attention is somewhat like catching fish. Do you have one line dangling down with baited hook or do you have lots of lines dangling down with multiple hooks? The media scene has splintered with the demise of the print media; especially its newspapers. People are now online on their smart phones and tablets deriving news and entertainment in their own unique ways; nobody is singing from the same song sheet these days. You need to have a dynamic digital presence to show up when your potential customers are searching for your products or services.

Are you really doing enough with your web presence and social media? Are you investing enough in your digital marketing? And are the people you are employing for this really the best in the field? Expert help with your social media management and digital marketing will make the world of difference. You will get more bites on the line and are much more likely to land a big one. Small business advice for small fish in a big pond – get some investment in your business and grow your business through digital marketing. Computers are all about instant results; and the digital sphere will deliver new business quicker than anything else.


Waste Management In The Fisheries Industry

I think that everyone would agree with me on one thing, rotting fish stinks. Waste management in the fishing industry is a vital component to its harmonious existence with environment and neighbours. Living next door to a fish processing unit would, I think, take some getting used to. What are the requirements for the management of waste in a fish processing factory? In some countries the solid fish waste is recycled at plants into fish meal; and this goes into animal feeds and other non-human uses. The liquid waste is, then, usually disposed of via the municipal sewage system or into a body of nearby water.

Ecological assessments are made by the appropriate environmental protection agency as to the chemical makeup of the liquid waste and whether it can be naturally broken down by the environment. Primary and secondary treatments can be made upon this waste matter if it adjudged to be necessary. These can include the removal of floating and settling solids within the liquid matter. Biological and physiochemical treatments can be added to help the natural environment to process the waste matter, if required.

Generally, the fishing industry has a good historical record of utilising as much of the fish as possible in the processing of fish. Fish by-products have been valuable things to humans over millennia; fish was used as a glue by the ancients in many civilisations. If you have ever spent any time cleaning fish waste you will know that it sets like glue and is bloody hard to clean off. Fish meal goes into plant fertilisers, and feeds other fish in aquaculture, and feeds livestock in other situations. Fish waste is an issue in overcrowded fish factory farming and the use of chemicals and antibiotics to deal with this has been roundly criticised by concerned environmentalists.

Waste management in the fisheries industry is a waste management and recycling issue like every other industry. There are positives and there are negatives in various manifestations of the fishing industry. Eco warriors see ocean based fish farming as a serious threat to wild stocks of fish because of the risks of contamination from run-offs in bad weather. If these pesticides, antibiotics and hormones reach stocks of wild fish they may permanently damage their eco systems. Greater government scrutiny of this industry is needed to make sure that these things do not happen. Aquaculture has a bright future but it must be controlled and guided toward positive outcomes.

Fishing Getting Digital: Technology for the Future Fisher

Fishing for the average Joe is a peaceful pursuit involving a rod, a line and a body of water. The ancient mariner has become an archetypal character, thanks to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his Rime of the Ancient Mariner poem. Hemingway gave us his Old Man and the Sea; another meditation on man’s relationship to the ocean. When I think about fishing I think of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn on their raft on the river; the Mississippi I imagine. What I am alluding to here is that fishing’s iconography is, in my mind, caught up with raw humanity in its primitive form. Things are changing in the real world however.

Readers of my first paragraph, who fish regularly, can probably tell that I don’t get out much and actually fish these days: perhaps I never did. My fishing experiences are way too literary, when the reality is a lot of swearing and tangled lines; for the rank amateur angler anyway. The thing is that fishing is like everything else and the digital age is finally catching up with fishing. Fishing getting digital: technology for the future fisher is already here. Fishing is big on social media for recreational anglers to brag and show off their catches. The FishBrain app allows fishing enthusiasts to share pictures of their catch without giving away their location. Secret fishing spots are the most lucrative in terms of size of catch. Social media marketing management can probably aid these app developers in promoting their products to the recreational fishing base market. Microsoft Dynamics CRM can allow recreational fishing businesses to service their customers through better relationships. Digital technology is improving fishing efficiency across the board.

Most digital technologies in fishing have impacted on the fishing boats; enabling sonar and maps to be read in 3D. Digital map data has been revolutionised by software, now capable of making it easily readable and therefore very useful to the angler. Sonar and sounders can locate and identify fish schools, making life much easier for the fisherman. Of course, as is the situation with hunters who track deer, elk and other wild animals with high tech devices and weapons, it is manifestly unfair. Fishermen are marine hunters and they have caught up with their land based comrades in shooting fish out of a barrel. No more is it just dangling a line over a bridge with a wriggling worm on your hook.

Fish Farming: The Adult Chat We Need To Have About Eco and Human Health

Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, was hailed as a solution to the rapidly declining fish stocks around the globe. So many of us love to eat fish and enjoy its health benefits, as well as yummy taste. However, it seemed that fishing was a pursuit suitable to a bygone era and not one able to satisfy a world with a population of seven billion people. Fishing by capture was, and still is, wiping out fish stocks in return for short term profits. Fish farming was seen to be the answer to that problem.

Fish farming: the adult chat we need to have about eco and human health sees a few bumps in the road ahead. Fish farms are great for business, profits and efficiency – but are they good for human health and the environment? There have been repeated issues involving contamination, massive uses of antibiotics, pesticides and hormones in the aquaculture business. Fish, let’s face it, were not designed to be farmed; and crowding fish together creates stress and lots of shit. Fish farmers deal with this by adding chemicals to the mix and so there are numerous health issues with farmed fish. The more antibiotics we put into the food chain, the more problems we have with drug resistant bacteria in our health system.

Environmentalists are, generally, heavily against aquaculture because of its potential affect on wild fish stocks through contamination and its use of potentially toxic chemical in the eco system. They, of course, would have us all eating tofu and other soy products; which have health risks of their own. I see, fish farming going through a learning and development phase; as all types of farming have over the centuries. Industries need time to evolve and innovate toward best practice; but in the meantime aquaculture must be closely monitored by government agencies to protect human health and the environment. The vegan vegetarians cannot have it all their own way, we need to feed the planet and we need to manage sustainable fishing around the globe. Aquaculture has its place in the bigger scheme of things; it needs time to innovate and improve.

Environmentalists, ultimately, want to control and reduce the world’s population, so that they can enjoy their solitary fantasy of a bit of whale watching on a lonely shore. The reality is that the world is a teeming place full of hungry human beings; and watching wildlife in contemplation is not going to get the job done.

12 Fisheries Agencies around the World

Government fishery agencies around the world are charged with the stewardship and management of their nation’s marine resources and habitats. These bodies are all that really stand between an economic rapaciousness, which would invariably deplete fish stocks and destroy fisheries within the territorial waters of that country, and the precarious balance that we have now. Unfortunately the international agencies responsible for international waters are pretty much toothless tigers that can’t swim; to chop up a metaphor like a sushi salad. Here are 12 fishery agencies around the world:

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the United States federal agency responsible for the living marine resources and their habitats. Better known as NOAA Fisheries, because it is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, this government body makes sure that fishery regulations are complied with and monitors fish stocks.

In the United Kingdom, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), under the auspices of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, looks after fisheries, biodiversity and the aquatic environment.

In Canberra, Australia, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) manages marine resources on behalf of its citizens. It looks after commercial fisheries, monitoring fish stocks and their habitats.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department states that their mission is to “strengthen global governance and the managerial and technical capacities of members” in regard to the utilisation and conservation of aquatic resources.

In Europe, the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries agency looks after the maritime economy and sustainable fisheries.

In Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the responsible body for maritime resources and sustainable fisheries.

In India, one of the world’s most populous nations, the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries controls the fishing industry.

In Japan, the marine resources are under the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The Russian government has a Federal Agency for Fishery which manages this industry.

Iceland has a number of government bodies involved in the vitally important fishing industry, one of them is the Directorate of Fisheries, which monitors fisheries.

In Norway, the Directorate of Fisheries is responsible for the management of fish stocks and habitats.

In New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries is responsible for that country’s fisheries.

These are 12 fishery agencies around the world that are responsible for managing sustainable fishing industries in their nations or member states.