Thursday, October 9, 2014

World Farmed Shrimp Production to Double in Ten Years!

Sea Port heard this prediction from George Chamberlain, the president of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, while attending the organization’s GOAL (Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership) conference this month (October National Seafood Month).

Mr. Chamberlain proffered this positive prediction while being fully aware of the major shrimp production shortfalls that diseases have caused during the last two years (especially EMS).

However, the foundation of his prediction was that the aquaculture industry will steadily improve
its knowledge of disease processes and will continually implement new practices that will not only help prevent and treat diseases, but also more effectively control their spread.

Back in March of 2013 Sea Port Blogged about  EMS?…..this too shall pass and at that time we took a similar upbeat view that EMS and other disease occurrences were normal growing pains of young industry that is currently the world’s fastest growing food production system!

Since Sea Port’s EMS blog over a year and a half ago, shrimp farmers have demonstrated progress in avoiding and mitigating EMS and other diseases.  They accomplished this by diligently adhering to established best aquaculture practices and by implementing newly developed husbandry technologies and practices such as:
  • utilizing genetically improve stocks that resist disease
  • Improving breeding techniques to assure disease free seedstocks
  • Starting the early identification of diseased stocks and implementing isolation schemes that address direct and indirect exposure to healthy stocks
  • Developing and utilizing enhanced feeds that promote disease resistance
  • Implementing various water quality improvement schemes

     World Farmed Shrimp Production to Double in Ten Years?
                                   (Sea Port is definitely not betting against George)

Happy October National Seafood Month!
Sincerely, Dave Glaubke
Director of Sustainability Initiatives – Sea Port Products Corp. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Obama designates huge expansion of the existing Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument creating the world’s largest area protected from commercial fishing!
On Thursday September 25th, President Obama expanded the size of America’s largest marine reserve.  In doing so, he created the world’s largest marine area that is protected from commercial fishing activities.  This area, called the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, was established in 2009 by President Bush.  It is located in the central Pacific and now encompasses over 490,000 square miles (about the size of three Californias).

          Sea Port’s questions and thoughts about this historic event: 

·         Coincidentally, on the same day the International Seafood Sustainability foundation (ISSF) stated that Pacific Bigeye Tuna are overfished.  Will Obama’s new marine reserve expansion actually help the Bigeye Tuna stocks in the central Pacific recover to a non-overfished status?

·         The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council opposed the expansion of the monument area stating that economic hardships would befall the central Pacific tuna/pelagic fishers.  Will this expansion actually increase catches and economic prosperity in the long run for these fishers as highly migratory species perhaps recover in the protected areas and then move outside of the safe havens?

·         Will this presidential action encourage other nations to expand or create additional marine protected areas?  Please see our past Go Blue! Seafood Sustainability Blog for Sea Port’s views on expanding MPAs.

President Obama’s historic expansion of the Pacific Remote Island’s National Monument may cause a type of “Butterfly Effect” that produces a cascading of positive events that will help propel us all closer to sustainably managing the world’s precious marine resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

Go Blue! and eat more seafood………………Sincerely, David Glaubke – Sea Port’s Directory of Sustainability Initiatives 

Friday, October 3, 2014

    National Seafood Month Happenings – Week 1

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reauthorization process is now taking place in Washington D.C.

    -   How far have we come since its inception in 1976?
    -   What are the proposed modifications circulating on Capitol Hill?
    -   What is Sea Port’s view?
How has the Magnuson-Stevens Act evolved since its inception in 1976?
·         In a span of just less than 40 years, we went from no comprehensive management plan for our federal marine fisheries to the present day system administered by NOAA that is internationally regarded as the best.
·         We have ended overfishing for over 92% of our federally managed marine fish stocks.  Just a few stocks like the problematic New England cod fishery are being overfished and this confounding situation may be entirely related to ecosystem changes rather than any failings of the science that establishes annual catch limits to prevent overfishing.

 Some of the proposed modifications circulating on Capitol Hill:
·         Expand the utilization of real time high-tech sensors for collecting catch data on vessels and directly from marine habitats to better assess the status of stocks and their changing environments.  Please see Sea Port’s past blog about high-tech sensors changing sustainable fishery practices and policies.
·         Provide better direction and authority to councils for implementing ecosystem based fishery management decisions
·         Address stock allocation equity issues between commercial and recreational fisheries and improve the collection of catch data from the sports fishery sector
·         Provide for increased flexibility in meeting rebuilding timelines for overfished stocks to allow for the consideration of subsistence fisheries, fishing communities, and changes in marine ecosystems
·         Make available a NOAA sustainability label or certificate for federal fisheries that are responsibly managed

Sea Port’s view
·         Sea Port believes there is a timely need for the Magnuson-Steven Act to take an even more holistic view of the ecosystem based fishery management model.  This broader perspective would include the consequences of man’s behavior on both land and sea.  By doing so, the human activities that cause harmful levels of CO2 emissions, oil spills, fertilizer runoff marine dead zones, and riparian and coastal wetlands loss would be identified as being key determinants in our ability to achieve sustainable fisheries for future generations.  Currently, these human created negative impacts all threaten the productive capacities of our global marine resources.
·         Sea Port would also like to see enhanced efforts to increase NOAA’s international leadership role to help solve the global problems of high seas fisheries accountability, IUU fishing, fish stock mismanagement, and the environmental degradation that is occurring worldwide to productive coastal and riparian habitats.

The Bottom Line (not an October surprise):
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act evolved into an environmental and economic success story for the vast majority of our federally managed marine fisheries and the communities they support.  Let’s all celebrate this by choosing to eat a variety of seafood more than just two times per week during our National Seafood Month of October.

"Seafood has become a powerful ambassador for global ocean stewardship--effectively connecting the wellbeing of human populations to the health and productivity of our ocean resources; and more importantly, our collective responsibility for their stewardship."  read more...
Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries
National Seafood Month, 2014
Happy National Seafood Month!

Sincerely, Dave Glaubke – Director of Sustainability Initiatives