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Medfly detected in more Russia-bound Egyptian oranges

Russian authorities say they have discovered another batch of Egyptian oranges infected with Mediterranean fruit fly, just a few days after a previous detection was made.

The country’s phytosanitary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said 72 metric tons (MT) of oranges from the North African country were blocked from entry last week as the fruit contained live Medfly larvae.

On May 22 the organization said it had intercepted a 892MT Egyptian orange shipment that was infected with Medfly, despite the consignment being accompanied with a phytonsaitary certificate ‘of international standard’.

Of the shipment, 120MT was reportedly prohibited from entry.

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Canadian risk assessment finds GMO salmon susceptible to disease

In addition, dramatically diminished growth rates in the GMO salmon cast doubts on claims of accelerated growth

The Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ risk assessment of the GMO salmon is here:

Friends of the Earth, May 28, 2015

A never-before-seen draft environmental review of AquaBounty Technologies’ (ABTX) genetically engineered - or GE - salmon reveals that Canadian government scientists disagree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on key questions related to the safety and performance of what may be the first GE animal approved for human consumption. In light of these findings, Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Consumers Union today called on the FDA to terminate its ongoing review of GE salmon.

The partially redacted, 400-page draft risk assessment from the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans makes startling findings about the welfare and performance of GE salmon, including that GE salmon:

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Spike in water toxins blamed for hundreds of turtle deaths - Salmon Arm Observer

By Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

JAMESPORT, N.Y. - Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

Necropsies on some of the more than 200 diamondback terrapins found on the island's North Fork point to saxitoxin, a biotoxin produced in algae blooms that has been found in the water at 10 times the normal level. The poison collects in shellfish, which are eaten by the turtles in brackish bays and estuaries, quickly causing paralysis and death.

"We're seeing bodies washing up in perfect condition. This has never happened before. It's an alarming thing," said Karen Testa, executive director of Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, whose volunteers have collected dozens of the dead turtles and sent them to state officials for analysis.

She says all signs point to saxitoxin.

"There's no other explanation for what's causing the die-off of these poor animals," she said. "It's a horrible way to go."

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Atlantic Menhaden Kills Reported in Connecticut Estuaries » Outdoor News Daily

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is studying potential causes of multiple natural fish kills reported during the past week in coastal waters. The kills, which have been reported in several locations on the Thames River between Norwich and the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, in the lower Connecticut River, in Clinton Harbor and on the Quinnipiac River involve hundreds to thousands of Atlantic menhaden at each location. Small numbers of fish kills of other species have also been reported in these areas.

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USDA-Approved GMO Salmon Called Into Question for Being Disease Prone | Natural Society

The infiltrated US Department of Agriculture may have given AquaBounty Technology’s (ABTX) genetically modified salmon a green light, but the Canadian government has issued a draft statement saying that GE salmon is not safe since it is ‘more prone to disease.’

If AquaBounty had their way – the company’s GE salmon would be the first ever approved GM animal approved for human consumption – but Food & Water Watch, the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, and Consumers Union (among other groups) are asking the USDA to reconsider in light of the 400-page risk assessment drafted by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

“The findings from the Canadian risk assessment show that FDA has based its assessment of this totally unnecessary technology on blind trust,” said Wenonah Hauter. “It’s clear that there are unique safety issues that FDA has failed to consider, which is why we are calling on the agency to terminate its review of GMO salmon.”

Stated in the draft are the following concerns about GE salmon:

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AU: Banana growers refuse to bend on eradication campaign

Government enforcement teams are closing the net on the last of the growers holding out against the National Banana Freckle Eradication campaign.

In less than a week the number of hazardous addresses still to be cleared has been reduced from 28 to 12 as government inspectors have destroyed banana plants on more of the properties where people failed to meet the campaign s April 30 deadline.

Hazardous addresses are those in which property owners have expressed strong opposition to the campaign or threatened members of the eradication team.

Campaign co-ordinator Kevin Cooper said all clearances on hazardous properties had so far occurred following negotiations with residents.

We ve got the number down to 12 without even having to exercise our powers to access the property, he said.

This is despite last week s threat from Primary Industry and Fisheries Minister Willem Westra van Holthe who warned that, if necessary, police would be used to help plant health inspectors clear properties.

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SAG seized 338 units of fruit in the bus terminal in La Serena this long weekend

Coquimbo.- region One of the main concerns has been the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) for the last two months is the control of the pestCeratitis capitata, also known as "fruit fly" or "Medfly" , one of the most important tasks to avoid its spread to other parts of the region and the country.

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100,000+ signature petition to stop salmon farms to be presented in B.C. legislature today

(May 27, 2015, Victoria, B.C.) - More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the B.C. government to halt federal government and B.C. salmon farming industry plans to expand open-net salmon farming in B.C. waters. The petition has received the endorsement of more than one hundred conservation organizations, industry associations, independent business owners and the Tofino‐Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.

MLA Andrew Weaver (Oak Bay-Gordon Head) will present the petition in the B.C. legislature today.

Despite decades of controversy and recommendations to the contrary from the $37-million Cohen Inquiry, the federal government wants to move ahead with industry expansion plans. However, the B.C. government has the power to curb that growth by withholding approvals for new farm sites and amendments to existing farm tenures that would see them grow in size.

The issue has gained renewed attention because of a recent federal court decision that raises concerns about disease impacts on wild fish from this industry and recent reports of outbreaks of sea lice on juvenile wild salmon now migrating past salmon farms on their way out to sea.

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Fear it is a hidden infection bomb in this river - NRK Nordland - Local news, TV and radio

Fear it is a hidden infection bomb in this river - NRK Nordland - Local news, TV and radio

 

Fear it is a hidden infection bomb in this river

The very damaging salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris was last detected in Ranelva. But still not the source of infection found.

It was a shock to many when it was re-documented Gyrodaktylus salaris salmon in Ranelva last fall, just five years after it was recovered.

Photo: Frank Nygård / NRK

Journalist Bente H Johansen

Journalist Andreas BudalenAndreas_Budalen

Published 26.05.2015, kl. 13.42

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It was a shock to many when it was re-documented Gyrodaktylus salaris salmon in Ranelva last fall, just five years after it was recovered.

Last October, three tons of the man-made poison Rotenone pumped into the Rana river system, which in addition to eliminating the infection, killing all life in the popular fishing area.

See also: Preparing to kill all life in Ranelva

- Suddenly smitten up

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Botswana: DVS director attends OIE meet

The 83rd annual meeting is expected to be a make or break decision, which will have an impact on the livelihoods of cattle farmers living in wildlife areas world over.

The decision will either spell good or doom for the conservation of wildlife species in African countries such as Botswana.

According to a press release posted on OIE website on Tuesday, this annual event will provide an opportunity to review the current global landscape to animal diseases, including those transmissible to humans, and analyse the new technology for collection and diffusion of health information.

The proceedings will also include the adoption of intergovernmental standards on animal health and welfare, control methods for the main animal diseases and elections for the Organisation’s governance positions.

After a long waiting, OIE will discuss and resolve whether to adopt the Commodity Based Trade standards as a certification for world trade in beef products. CBT is a proposition for a radical change to the international standards in the management of animal diseases, as enforced under the OIE’s sanitary and phytosanitary Agreement of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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