Fishupdate briefing Friday August 7

SCIENTISTS at Glyndŵr University in North Wales have discovered a new polymer  found in the rotting seafood such as prawn shells that could give people healthier hair. The polymer would be a natural alternative to the synthetic strain and is more environmentally-friendly, experts in Wrexham have claimed. Pete Williams, professor of polymer and colloid chemistry at Glyndwr University, said: “We’ve now reached the stage where we’ve developed a new polymer which is now being tested in personal and home care formulations. This polymer  has been around for a long time but we have developed a method  of modifying it to  give it enhanced properties. The prawn shells would normally be disposed of as waste so, ultimately, the aim of the project is to make the production of personal and home care products greener.”
THE  Fish Market in San Diego, the Californian city’s highly  popular seafood restaurant which was virtually destroyed by fire  two months ago, has  reopened for business. The establishment  near Seaport Village – which includes a bottom-floor restaurant, oyster and sushi bars –  was heavily damaged in late May  when a fire broke out in its kitchen. There were no injuries  but damage totalled  $2 million. During the rebuild, the company  took the opportunity to  update the decor. Among the first customers through the door was a woman who said she was there on the first day  when it opened in 1989.
YOUNG’S Seafood has donated £250 to Cardiac Risk In The Young (CRY) in memory of Jamie Loncaster , the youngest son of son of Jenny Loncaster, who is accounting services director at the Grimsby, UK  based company , and her husband Graham.  Jamie was just 13 years old when died in March this year  from severe myocarditis, a rarely fatal condition. Mrs Loncaster said: “I never expected my apparently healthy 13 year old son to die in his sleep. I was further surprised to learn that 12 young people (aged 35 and under) die each week from undiagnosed heart conditions.  CRY was founded in 1995 and works to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death, by supporting and developing heart screening programmes, funding medical research, publishing and distributing medical information and funding fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
THE  Île-à-la-Crosse Fish Company in northern Saskatchewan, Canada is to build a  new 6,000 square-foot fish processing plant  thanks to the growing demand for wild caught fish.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has already certified facility which  will have space for an automated processing floor, freezer and cooler storage space. Duane Favel, the mayor of Île-à-la-Crosse, said it made  good economic sense to build the facility. “We will be able to fillet and package fish for export to markets anywhere in the world,” he added. The new plant will have the capacity to double the current number of jobs within the community and region. Around 250 fishermen and helpers are employed there. Inside the plant, there are four full-time positions, six casuals throughout the season and a part-time administrative support person