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IN BRIEF - Nichirei's important announcement

JAPAN
Thursday, April 07, 2011

On April 7, Nichirei announced an important release:

? Influence of the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake (Updated Infomation)

 


IN BRIEF - Solving the mystery of mercury in Norwegian cod

NORWAY
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA) has been monitoring the mercury levels in Oslofjord cod since 1984.

It noticed that as the size of the cod caught in the fjord south of the capital increased, so too did the amount of mercury in their bodies. The concentration has nearly doubled since records began, from around 0.15mg/kg to just less than 0.3mg/kg. Both of these are well below the levels deemed unsafe for human consumption.

The size increase has been linked to global warming, but hasn’t been as straight forward as the increase in mercury concentration. In the 1980s, the average North Sea cod measured 70cm when it reached sexual maturity at four years old. By 2000, the length had dropped by 29 per cent to 50cm, but they were reaching sexual maturity at 2.5 years old. Nowadays, the length has returned to 1980s levels and the species has retained its early maturation.

Source: New Food Magazine


IN BRIEF - Company to grow lettuce in Virginia using fish waste

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

RICHMOND, VA. - A company that uses fish waste to grow organic baby lettuce and arugula plans to create 21 new jobs in Northern Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Friday that Kappa Farms will invest USD 865,000 to open a new "aquaponics" operation in Loudoun County.

McAuliffe approved a USD 40,000 grant from the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which Loudoun will match with local funds.

Source: The News Tribune


IN BRIEF - Industry considers aquaculture health plan

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TWIN FALLS - Identifying new diseases or infections in livestock is key to isolating the problem and reducing losses. But ensuring the information is shared with producers and organizations to stop an epidemic can be difficult.

That’s particularly true in the trout industry, which is relatively young in Idaho and has not developed partnerships with state and federal agencies as other livestock industries have. To help remedy that shortfall, trout producers are taking a close look at the Commercial Aquaculture Health Program Standards (CAHPS) and how it might help protect their operations from emerging pathogens.

One concern Idaho trout producers have is that federal intervention in case of a disease outbreak is limited to pathogens listed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). That list includes 10 fish pathogens but not the ones Magic Valley trout producers are most concerned with.

Source: Magic Valley


IN BRIEF - Lummi Nation chairman responds to escaped salmon recovery

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cooke [Aquaculture representative were] incapable of recovering all of their invasive fish stock so tribes stepped in to protect our treaty fishing waters. Since then, we have also been active observers of the company’s response. There is still a long way to go to even begin to repair the damage done to our tribal fishery by a faulty net pen that should never have been used to hold non-native species in our waters.

The company may have offered to recoup some of the costs of recovery, but you can never put a price on our treaty rights. Our treaty protects our right to fish because it is inseparable from who we are as Lummi people. What the Cooke Aquaculture fails to mention is that the company was unable to clean up the mess they created. If it were not for our fisherman, it is likely the spill would have been much worse.

Source: San Juan Journal


IN BRIEF - Protests against plans for large scale fishing in Marquesas

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

More protests are planned in the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia against plans for large scale fishing.

Earlier in October 2017, hundreds of people in Hiva Oa marched against the project, and now another march is planned on neighbouring Nuku Hiva later this month.

This follows a government decision to allow 24 tuna fishing vessels to set up a base in the islands to catch about 3000 tonnes of fish a year.

Opponents say they want to protect their fisheries against unsustainable exploitation and keep their tourism and way of life.

Source: Radio NZ


IN BRIEF - Demand for frozen shrimp, squid boosts marine-product exports

INDIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

KOCHI - Spurred by a soaring demand for frozen shrimp and frozen squid in international markets, the domestic marine products industry exported 2,51,735 tonnes of seafood, valued at INR 9,066.06 crore (USD 1.42 billion), in April-June 2017 compared to 2,01,223 tonnes and USD 1.17 billion, respectively, a year earlier.

The US and South-East Asia retained their positions as major importers, followed by the European Union and Japan, while demand from China saw a healthy surge during the period.

Frozen shrimp continued to be the top export item in the marine products basket, accounting for a share of 50.66 per cent in quantity and 74.90 per cent of the total earnings in dollar terms. Shrimp exports increased by 20.87 per cent in terms of quantity and 21.64 per cent in dollar terms.

Source: The Hindu Business Line


IN BRIEF - Aquaculture project impresses Government

ZAMBIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Government is implementing the USD 50-million Aquaculture project aimed at boosting fish production and job creation in Zambia.

Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo says the project is a joint venture between government and the World bank.

He told ZNBC in an interview in Ndola that the World bank has released USD 45 million towards the project with the Zambian government putting in USD 5 million.

Mr Katambo says president Edgar Lungu is expected to launch the project which will benefit over 12 000 fish farmers across the Country.

Source: ZNBC


IN BRIEF - Norwegian seafood industry eye Indian gourmet market

INDIA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Delhi - For well over two decades, Norwegian seafood is being served at high-end eateries in India but the imports have been significantly small due to high customs duties.

Now, there is a push to promote it in India, thanks to the efforts of the body which promotes the Nordic country’s seafood.

“Earlier, due to high customs duties the price had been above the local fish, so import volumes remained small. However, with an increasingly affluent middle class, our analysis has shown that there are potentially 20-30 million Indians who can afford to buy our products like salmon and Atlantic cod,” the Oslo-based Yogi Shergill, Director of Norwegian Seafood Council, told IANS during a visit here.“We are aware that convincing the consumer to purchase Norwegian seafood will be a challenge and will take time. However, we now see that some local fish like pomfret is priced very close to our salmon, and higher than what Atlantic cod is sold at, so the prospects looks good,” Shergill said adding that Norwegian exporters have to be patient and have staying power to capture part of the market in India.

Source: Eastern Mirror


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest third-quarter earnings slightly ahead of forecast, output lags

CANADA
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

OSLO - Marine Harvest, the world’s largest fish farmer, reported preliminary third-quarter operating profits slightly ahead of forecasts on Monday, even though output volumes lagged expectations.

Operating profit for the July-September period was EUR 191 million, the company said, beating the EUR 189 million expected in a Reuters poll of 10 analysts.

The output of farmed salmon rose to 95,500 tonnes in the third quarter from 78,500 tonnes in the previous quarter, but was firmly below the 101,000 tonnes Marine Harvest had aimed to produce.

Analysts had forecast output in a range of 98,000 tonnes to 102,000 tonnes. The company did not elaborate on the output miss.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Paua-poacher banned from fishing for three years

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A member of a Wellington-based paua poaching operation has been banned from fishing for three years and ordered to serve seven months home detention after earlier pleading guilty to more than 20 charges under the Fisheries Act.

Thirty-nine-year-old Sonny Gilbert Wairau from Brooklyn was sentenced for his part in a black market operation involving three main offenders that called themselves The Paua Corporation when he appeared in the Wellington District Court on Friday.

The men illegally took, over seven months, 257kg of greenweight paua and 31kg of sea cucumbers from around the Wellington coastline and then illegally sold the paua and sea cucumbers.

Source: Voxy


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