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Poor oversight of B.C. fishermen killing salmon: environmentalists

VANCOUVER - Thousands of salmon may be dying as a result of improper fishing practices along B.C.'s coasts, say environmentalists who claim to have video evidence of the violations. The accusations come just as the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans bans fishing for all salmon species on a section of the Fraser River to conserve this year's low salmon population. Numbers for the Skeena River salmon run have also reached historic lows.

EU sets sanction deadline in Iceland mackerel dispute

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's fisheries chief said she will decide by the end of the month whether to propose sanctions against Iceland in a row over mackerel quotas, which could see the island's fishermen banned from landing catches at EU ports. The warning on Monday by EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki came on the eve of a visit to Brussels by Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, who in May suspended Iceland's bid to join the 28-nation bloc, pending a referendum.

Sushi's Abenomics wave: posh tuna in, plain mackerel out

By Taiga Uranaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Investors in Japan might keep a close eye on sales of the homely horse mackerel as an early warning of any trouble ahead. The good news is that in the more confident Japan of 2013, tuna remains king. So says Mizuho Securities economist Kenta Ishizu, who believes he has found a leading indicator of Japanese consumer demand that relies on two of the most common items on a sushi menu: Japanese horse mackerel and tuna.

Iceland cuts mackerel quota but fails to meet EU demands

Icelandic officials said Monday that the country would cut its controversial mackerel fishing quota by 15 percent, but the EU nonetheless criticized the decision, saying the amount of fish to be taken remained "excessively high." Reykjavik and the EU are at odds over fishing rights, with a "mackerel war" heating up in late 2010 after Iceland unilaterally multiplied its catch quota.
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