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Wednesday, October 27, 2010:

Wind, waves and rain was the terms offered by the weather today. A handful of anglers took on the challenge and the results were eye-opening. Five bass over 30 pounds and two of those over 40 pounds, led by Kurt Horensky’s 45.75 and Charles Dress’s 44.63. Check out http://www.visitlbiregion.com/fish, then click into all the weigh-ins.

With west winds due as early as tomorrow, the south wind bite will fade fairly fast, though the bluefish should return with the smooth-out of the surf.

News wires: [By Jack MacAndrew] - October 27, 2010 - Charlottetown , Early in the evening of November 16, on the eve of a weeklong meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas ( ICCAT ) in Paris, a marine researcher named Julien Rochette will kick off proceedings with a presentation to the international delegates of a paper in which he poses his perspective on the question: ' What Is the future of the bluefin tuna ? ' , which is what the delegates have gathered to decide.

The discussions take place in the context of contradictory science based opinions from several organizations , including ICCAT itself , which has released a study in advance of their meetings , finding that there has been an estimated 10 per cent increase in western Atlantic Ocean tuna stocks since 2008.

At the same time the Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD) says other science based studies by the European Space Agency and the Ocean Foundation have revealed that 20 per cent of bluefin tuna larvae in the Gulf of Mexico may have been killed by the BP oil spill.

This study says the oil spill ' couldn't have ocurred at a worse time for bluefin tuna ' , just as spawning fish had come into the area , the major spawning ground for the western Atlantic stock in April and May - just when the BP well was pouring 10 million litres of oil each day..

One spawning ' hotspot ' took a major hit , the other was unscathed.

In any case , says the CBD , western Atlantic bluefin stocks remain at only 30 per cent of what they were 40 years ago , and overfishing of the species is putting the species in an endangered state. In the United States , the National Marine Fisheries Service has said it will consider protecting bluefin under the Endangered Species Act

It would be difficult to convince fishermen from Prince Edward Island that there is any problerm with the stock they fish. When their season opened on October 4 , they caught their 132 ton quota limit in less that two days , bringing in fully fleshed and fat fish averaging over 600 pounds apiece.

Their only complaint had to do with the prices they were offered for their catch , up to sixteen dollars a pound .. The fishermen are urging an increase in catch quotas for the coming years.

It is in this confluence of competing scientific studies that delegates to the Paris meetings will try to decide on quotas to be levied for the next three years.

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October 27, 2010 - LUXEMBOURG, Europe's Mediterranean nations roundly rejected on Tuesday a proposal by the EU's executive arm to slash the global quota for catching the lucrative sushi mainstay of bluefin tuna next year.

Fisheries ministers meeting in Luxembourg made their position known three weeks ahead of an international meeting of fishing nations on bluefin tuna, a species scientists say is endangered.

French Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire called for the quota to remain at 13,500 tonnes as he opposed a European Commission proposal to cut total allowable catches more than twofold next year to 6,000 tonnes.

A stable quota 'preserves the resource and at the same time guarantees work for fishermen', Le Maire said.

'Other solutions, notably the more restrictive quota of 6,000 tonnes, for example, would lead to the loss of 500 fishing jobs in France,' he said.

Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain backed the French position, according to diplomats.

Britain was the only country to express support for Brussels' proposed quota reduction, while Germany and Sweden were less clear about their position, the diplomats said.

The British fisheries minister, Richard Benyon, said that safeguarding bluefin tuna was a 'top priority' and that London would work with the commission and EU partners to ensure its future sustainability.

'We are aware that a number of other member states have significant fishing interests in this important and iconic species and hope that everyone agrees that all necessary action should be taken, based on the best available scientific advice, to safeguard its future,' he said in a statement.

The EU has to agree on a position ahead of a meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) between November 17 and 27 in Paris.

'We will work with the commission and with other member states to agree tough conservation measures for all stocks, including sharks, under ICCAT's remit,' Benyon said.

Japan consumes three-quarters of the global bluefin catch, a highly prized sushi ingredient known in Japan as 'kuro maguro' (black tuna) and dubbed by sushi connoisseurs as the 'black diamond' because of its scarcity.

Following aggressive lobbying from Japan, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a UN body, rejected a ban on trade in the Atlantic bluefin tuna in March.

With a ban now off the table, European fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki wants to slash the quota. Europeans take more than 50 percent of the total allowable catches.

Damanaki, citing scientists, argues that reducing the worldwide quota to 6,000 tons would give the stock a 66 percent chance to reach a sustainable level by 2020.

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October 27, 2010 - The latest health benefit from eating oily fish or taking fish oil pills seems to be reduction in gum disease.

A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

found people who consume omega-3 fatty acids were up to 30 percent less likely to have gum disease.

It has not yet been determined how much fish oil should be consumed regularly to help ward off gum disease,.

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