Microplastics detected in fish samples from Cauvery

A new study by researchers at the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has found microplastics in fish, causing growth defects, including skeletal deformities, in River Cauvery in south India. The study was conducted at the Krishnaraja Sagar dam, located below the confluence of river Cauvery with its tributaries Hemavati and Lakshmana Tirtha, in the Mandya district of Karnataka. The researchers collected water samples from three different locations with varying water flow speeds – fast-flowing, slow-flowing and stagnant – since water speed is known to affect the concentration of pollutants.

— source downtoearth.org.in | 12 Apr 2022

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A raw deal for UK fishers

Last week, fish and seafood exporters protested in London against the ​‘Brexit trade deal’. While a no-deal would have been the final nail in the coffin for the struggling industry, this trade agreement, as we predicted, does not live up to the expectations of UK fishers.

NEF has shown that not all fishers are in the same boat, with a large part of the fleet at risk due to a reliance on shellfish exports to the EU and a small group of quota-owners with large potential gains from Brexit. As it stands, out of the potential winners and losers of Brexit, no one actually wins. Exporters and inshore fishers in particular are bearing the brunt whilst also leaving the biggest UK fish market looking like a ghost town.

Brexit was sold to the public by politicians and parts of the fishing industry as a​‘sea of opportunity’; a message that captured the media narrative. There were promises of thousands of tonnes of additional quota, exclusive access to the 6 – 12nm territorial seas, and the taking back control of the 12 – 200nm limit while excluding EU vessels unless they fished on UK terms.

Beyond that, fishers were told trade would not be impacted and the EU market they so heavily rely on

— source neweconomics.org | Chris Williams | 25 Jan 2021

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Brexit: Fishing firms hold London protest over disruption

Demonstrations took place outside government departments in central London by exporters who are warning their livelihoods are under threat. Exports of fresh fish and seafood have been severely disrupted by new border controls since the UK’s transition period ended earlier this month. The PM said firms would be compensated for delays that were not their fault. Industry associations have complained that extra paperwork has made it difficult to deliver fresh produce to mainland Europe before it goes off. They have warned that if the situation continues, jobs could soon be at risk. After a day of protests in central London, which saw 20 lorries drive up Whitehall, the Metropolitan Police said 14 people had been reported for Covid-related offences, but no arrests were made.

— source bbc.com | 18 Jan 2021

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