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North River fish kill charges laid says province - CBC.ca

Brookfield Gardens Inc. has been charged with three counts under the P.E.I. Environmental Protection Act in connection with a fish kill on the North River in August.

Thousands of dead fish — brook trout, rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon — were found along a 3.5-kilomentre section of the North River in central P.E.I., on Aug. 9.

According to the province the charges arose from the investigation into the North River fish kill. "The charges are the result of the cultivation of an agricultural crop in the North Milton area." said a statement released Wednesday by the Department of Environment’s Public Safety Division.

The charges fall under the Environmental Protection Act’s, Watercourse and Wetland Protection Regulations. Two counts are related to cultivating land within 15 metres of a watercourse, and one count is related to farming on land that is too steep.

The province says the charges relate only to the company's farming practices. No link has been made to what killed the fish. Investigators are now testing some of the dead fish for pesticide residues.

SAG establishes control compulsory for blueberries Lobesia botrana MRI

According to information provided to SimFRUIT by Grisel Monk, Executive Director of the National Program Lobesia botrana Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, from next week all blueberry growers with orchards in control areas shall place the Metropolitan Region implement the Mandatory Control Program established by the authority, together with the private sector to prevent the spread of the grapevine moth.

The measure was established through the SAG Resolution N ° 2991/2014 of October 23, supplementing Resolution No. 2508/2014 establishing mandatory control moth cluster Vid (Lobesia botrana) for blueberries ( Vaccinium corymbosum) in regulated areas of the metropolitan region.

Obligatory control blueberries was determined from Region VI to the Biobío Region, now being included in the Metropolitan Region, given the detection of an immature state in blueberry plants Lobesia noncommercial, an urban locality in the municipality of San Bernardo, and under normal surveillance activities SAG.

To combat the Vine Moth, SENASA trained 20 people - Diario de Cuyo

Will be responsible for working in areas acuarantenadas by SENASA. They were made with methyl bromide, only internationally authorized for export of fresh fruit product. SENASA

20:20 | San Juan, 28 October.- National Health Service and Food Quality (SENASA) performed between 20 and 24 October in the city of San Juan, the course for the qualification of coaches and center operators quarantine treatments with methyl bromide and cold.

The Agency enabled 20 participants to work as operators or coaches for cameras methyl bromide fumigation, with the aim of performing quarantine treatments required pest host plant products such as Fruit Fly, Lobesia botrana or Brevipalpus chilensis .

The modality of the course was face, and looked both theoretical and practical modules. Therefore, the issuance of the theoretical modules was held at the headquarters of the Regional Centre Cuyo, while consulting practices developed in the laboratory of the San Juan Bioplanta and fumigation chambers.

Council workers remove dead turtle from Torquay beach - Fraser Coast Chronicle

AS WAVES hit the carcass, it took four grown men to remove a large, dead sea turtle from the beach at Torquay.

A Fraser Coast Regional Council crew was in the area on Monday when councillor George Seymour noticed the animal's body on the beach.

The council crew lifted the turtle from the beach and took it away for disposal.

It didn't appear to have any external injuries and a Department of Environment and Heritage spokeswoman said there could be several causes of death.

"When strandings do occur, the cause of death is not always apparent," she said.

"It should be noted that prevailing winds and currents can carry stranded marine wildlife to other coastal areas."

The public should report marine wildlife strandings to the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.

SERNAPESCA confirms ISA virus presence in farming centre - FIS

A salmon affected by ISA virus. (Photo: Stock File)

SERNAPESCA confirms ISA virus presence in farming centre

The National Marine Fisheries Service (SERNAPESCA) has confirmed the presence of the virus of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) in the farming centre Ballena 4, belonging to the company Salmones Cupquelan SA, located in the south of the Aysen Region.

The authority notified the company on this situation after having obtained positive results on the samples taken by the service and the company.

"In accordance with the provisions of the Specific Health Surveillance and Infectious Salmon Anemia Control Programme, the Service has notified the centre as 'Confirmed Other HPR," SERNAPESCA said in a statement.

In addition, it also reported that it verified the absence of clinical signs and mortality associated with the disease.

"The company began harvesting the positive cages last weekend, under strict biosecurity measures," added SERNAPESCA.

New CEO for the National Office of Animal Health

UK - The NOAH Board is delighted to announce that Dawn Howard will be taking over from Phil Sketchley as CEO from November 11 2014.

Phil will be leaving NOAH after 13 years in the post to take planned early retirement from a full time role in animal health, and looks forward to handing over the role to Dawn Howard over the next few months.

“On behalf of the NOAH Board and members I cannot thank Phil enough for the fantastic work he has done to represent and advise us during a period of great change. He has built a professional association which is both respected and admired by its members and other organisations,” said David Ellerton, NOAH Chairman.

“I would also like to welcome Dawn to NOAH and I am very much looking forward to working with her in the coming years to address the new challenges facing our industry.”

Ms Howard brings to NOAH substantial experience from across the agri-food sector, both within the UK and Europe. This includes heading up the European body for commercial farm animal breeding organisations, EFFAB, and representing UK agricultural interests in Brussels at the British Agriculture Bureau.

Authorities confirm ISA in Cooke Chile farm - Undercurrent News

Chile’s aquaculture management body, Sernapesca, confirmed on Friday Oct. 24 the presence of Infectious salmon anemia (ISA) in a center of Salmones Cupquelan, part of Cooke Aquaculture.

After positive results from sampling conducted by the body and the Cupquelan,the company started the harvest of affected cages at Ballena IV center, in southern Aysen, during this weekend, under strict bio-security measures.

The site has 620,000 fish, approximately, Cupquelan’s general manager Andres Fuentes told Undercurrent News, following the notice of the suspected case last week.

Cupquelan had started proceedings to immediately harvest the fish, while putting in place sanitary measures required to prevent the spread of any disease.

“We are presenting today a plan to Sernapesca to harvest the full site as fast as possible,” Fuentes told Undercurrent.

Containment measures are facilitated by the fact that Cupquelan owns all the licenses in the neighborhood where the fish is being tested.

Australia boosts biosecurity to combat melon disease outbreak

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Seed industry warns of costs for farmers

Australia boosts biosecurity to combat melon disease outbreak

The Federal Department of Agriculture has announced it's stepping up biosecurity measures to prevent further incursions of the plant disease, Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV).

Audio: The Federal Agriculture Department has stepped up Australia's biosecurity protocols, but the seed industry warns it could hurt Australian growers (ABC Rural)

The virus, which originated overseas, has devastated the Territory's melon industry since first appearing on a farm near Katherine last month, leading to the quarantine of several properties in the region and also a farm near Darwin.

CGMMV affects members of the cucurbit family, like pumpkins, zucchinis, squashes, melons and cucumbers.

ABC Rural revealed that until the outbreak of CGMMV in Australia, there was no biosecurity method in place to screen cucurbit seeds coming into Australia for the virus, despite the damage it's already done to horticulture industries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, some parts of the USA, and Canada.

Disease still plaguing Thai shrimp - Bangkok Post

Shrimp exports are not expected to recover until next year's second quarter, as Thailand has yet to eliminate early mortality syndrome (EMS) from its shrimp farms.

"Overall shrimp exports remain in bad shape, with the conditions expected to be prolonged until next year," said Poj Aramwattananont, president of the Thai Frozen Foods Association.

"For this year, we expect the country's total production to reach only 200,000 tonnes, with export volume expected to fall by 25% from last year."

EMS first hit a shrimp farm in China in 2009, then moved through Vietnam before spreading to Thailand in mid-2012.

The outbreak has severely damaged the Thai shrimp industry and exports of related products.

Before the disease hit Asian farms, Thailand produced 500,000 to 600,000 tonnes of shrimp annually.

But that figure fell by 42% last year to 270,000 tonnes, while shrimp exports fell by 34% to 187,000 tonnes worth 60 billion baht.

Mr Poj said shrimp export value this year was expected to fall by 12% from last year.

Mass death of fish in Sampur, Kattankudy seas; authorities take immediate action - Newsfirst

Mass death of fish in Sampur, Kattankudy seas; authorities take immediate action

The National Aquatics Research Agency has commenced an investigation with regard to the sudden death of fish in the Sampur, Ralpalam and Kattankudy seas.

The agency stated that a team of officials have already been dispatched to the area to investigate the mysterious deaths. The mass deaths of fish at the Ralpalam sea started to occur on Friday.

The deaths have prompted the Fisheries Department to issue a temporary ban on fishing in these seas.

Meanwhile, according to our correspondent, death of fish has also been reported in the Puttalam and Kattankudy seas.

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