- Cuttlefish Population Dwindling in South Australia
- Tasmania Bristles at Possible Licensing of Super Trawler
- Gourmet Fish Fail Safety Checks in Taipei
Once seen in swarms of hundreds of thousands, the giant Australian cuttlefish has been returning to breeding areas of the south in critically low numbers over the last several years, with just hundreds of the animals being spotted at a time, here at the halfway point of the breeding season. One local diver expressed his distress over the seeming complacence of the community and government officials over the decline, fearing that the trend is a sign that they’ve lost the aggregation of that species in South Australia. Despite his worries, the South Australia government is currently conducting surveys of the cuttlefish this season in order to gain a better understanding of their needs.
The world’s largest super trawler, set to hunt the deep waters off the coast of Tasmania, has been the subject of uproar among locals who oppose the vessel, who believe it will be instrumental in collapsing local fisheries. It was just revealed that although the Margiris is due to arrive in Tasmania in just a few months, they have not yet applied for their operating license. This is good news for those opposed to the operation, as it gives them more time to raise the public’s awareness of the issue. World champion surfer Kelly Slater and musician Guy Sebastian have lent their celebrity to the case, and a petition begun by Environment Tasmania has already garnered more than 8,000 signatures.
Government health officials conducting tests on a market’s gourmet seafood found that 1 in 10 products contained traces of drugs that are banned for use in fish farming in Taiwan. One of those tested was the John Dory, a gourmet species that commands high prices, and it was found to have two of the banned substances in its flesh. In addition to demanding all the failed species were pulled from the shelves, the findings prompted other random testings of markets and restaurants in Taipei City. Those charged with providing these fish will be fined anywhere between NT $60,000 and NT $6 million (approx. $2,000-$200,000 US) for violating the Act Governing Food Sanitation.