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IN BRIEF - Boosting the Philippine fisheries sector

Friday, November 23, 2012

More government attention is being given the country’s fisheries sector. The aim is to replenish fish populations in key marine biodiversity areas nationwide.

On 17 October, 2012, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the five-year (2012-2017) Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (Ecofish) project as part of the 2012 celebration of Fish Conservation Month. The target is a 10 per cent increase in fish biomass and in the number of jobs for rural folk.

Source: Manila Bulletin


IN BRIEF - Ecuadorian Shrimp Moves Up In The Ranks

Thursday, October 30, 2014


The Monterrey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program upgraded Ecuadorian farmed shrimp to a yellow ranking, making it a 'Good Alternative' in the Seafood Guide.

This is the first time that Ecuadorian shrimp has been listed in the Seafood Watch list. This recognition is the result of over 50 years of improvements in the Ecuadorian shrimp sector, which is now characterized as a "high tech, low intensity industry".

At Tropical, we partner with Chanduy, a vertically integrated Ecuadorian shrimp farm, which has been family owned since 1976. This farm produces the Blue Foot White Shrimp we supply to the US market.

TROPICAL AQUACULTURE PRODUCTS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Moves Up In The Ranks


IN BRIEF - Vietnam BAP Farmed Pangasius Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® 'Good Alternative'

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Two-star, three-star and four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) pangasius standards of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) certified in Vietnam are equivalent to a yellow "Good Alternative" rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. Seafood Watch will recommend that consumers, chefs and businesses consider farmed pangasius assessed under the BAP standards as a good alternative purchasing option.

The determination came after an extensive evaluation of BAP farm standards for finfish and crustaceans conducted by the Seafood Watch science staff. The process of benchmarking existing eco-certification programs against Seafood Watch criteria began more than two years ago when Seafood Watch business partners sought guidance in navigating a marketplace of proliferating global eco-certification programs.

BAP: Vietnam BAP Farmed Pangasius Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® 'Good Alternative' 


IN BRIEF - County Durham firm Collins Seafoods on the acquisition trail

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Frozen fish specialists Collins Seafoods are looking to serve up in the south after a strong trading year saw sales top GBP 39 million.


The County Durham company was first set up by Richard Collins in 1980 who filled a van with fresh fish to supply local restaurants, hotels, bars and fish and chip shops.

Over the last 34 years the firm has grown to employ 30 people, taking in fish trawled from the Faroe Islands, Russia, Norway, Iceland, Germany, France, Spain and UK waters to distribute to wholesalers and fish and chip suppliers across the country.

Source: The Journal


IN BRIEF - More weight on Tassal fish

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Salmon farmer Tassal says the total weight of its live fish at sea is 37 per cent more than it was at this time in 2013.


"As of the end of September 2014, the primary harvest class fish for FY15 (the 2014/15 financial year) currently has 37 per cent more biomass at sea as compared to the previous primary harvest year class in September 2013," Tassal said in a presentation to its shareholders at its annual general meeting on Wednesday 29th od October 2014.

Tassal is aiming for a return on assets of 15 per cent for fiscal 2015, and expects the second half of the financial year to be stronger than the first.

The company said the stronger second half would be underpinned by a new way to merchandise and price fresh fish sold by Coles supermarkets from October 2014; a new range of premium smoked salmon at major retailers; and improved pricing for the Tassal smoked salmon range.

Source: Trading Room


IN BRIEF - Researchers to study impact of hormone pollution on Chesapeake Bay fish

Thursday, October 30, 2014


University of Maryland researchers are getting federal funds to study the concentration and effects of hormone pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Maryland Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin said Tuesday the $238,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey could help deepen understanding of the phenomenon of intersex fish.

Those are fish with both male and female sexual characteristics that have been found in bay tributaries including the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers.

The study will focus on gestagens, which are natural and synthetic hormones introduced into the aquatic environment through paper mill effluent, wastewater treatment plant effluent and agricultural runoff.

Source: Herald Mail Media


IN BRIEF - Down East aquaculture research institute gets USD 2 million grant

Thursday, October 30, 2014


BEALS, Maine — The nonprofit Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education has received a USD 2 million grant that will be used to expand the institute’s facility on Great Wass Island.


The grant, awarded by Blue Hill-based Next Generation Foundation, will be used to construct additional space for research, including more storage for live marine organisms and more square footage for processing samples collected at sea and along the shore, the institute indicated Monday 2 in a prepared statement. Plans also call for new office space for scientists and their staff, a reception area for visitors, and a 50-seat conference center.

“The grant will allow DEI to expand research opportunities in eastern Maine for marine scientists and their students, to create new opportunities for marine business incubation, and to increase the scope of existing educational programs with K-12 schools,” institute officials indicated in the release.

Source: Bangor Daily News


IN BRIEF - Trout farming in land-locked Lesotho is an export success

Thursday, October 30, 2014


If you were thinking of an ideal location on which to base a commercial fish farm, you wouldn't necessarily think of the mountainous land-locked African nation of Lesotho.


Yet from small beginnings just two years ago, the country's Highlands Trout operation has become a big fish in a rather small pond.

The company now proudly produces some of the world's finest "Made in Africa" trout, and is exporting hundreds of tonnes of fish to Japan and South Africa.

In Japan, the firm has managed to bypass the large, wholesale fish markets, and its trout have become a favourite in gourmet sushi.

Fuente: BBC


IN BRIEF - Philippine senate moves to stop European ban on fish

Thursday, October 30, 2014


TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Philippine senate is expected to approve Monday a bill that would strengthen Philippine laws against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in order to stave off the European Union's (EU) possible ban on Philippine marine and fisheries products.


Senate President Franklin Drilon said a bill to amend the country's fisheries code by providing stiffer fines and more administrative penalties has to be enacted into law by the end of the year to address the EU's yellow tag warning.

The EU, in its 2012 audit report on the Philippines, said that the country's present laws and regulations did not have enough sanctions and disincentives against IUU fishing.

“Failure to act on the yellow tag and the observations made by the EU in its 2012 audit report on the Philippines may result in the blacklisting of all Philippine marine and fisheries products in the European Union market,” Drilon said in a statement.

Source: China Post


IN BRIEF - Russian aquaculture struggles for independence

Thursday, October 30, 2014


The northernmost in the world and Russia's biggest fish cage farm is located in the Bay of Malaya Volokovaya, Murmansk region. The working staff of the new production facilities make the necessary preparations for the winter period.


The enterprise operates more than 150 cages, of which the largest 10 are 160 meters in diameter and 70 meters in depth. The feeding platform has no rivals in the world in terms of capacity: 600 tons of fish feed. The cages were ready to accommodate 1.6 million young fishes during this summer, but the sanctions made it 200 thousand less. The smolt is going to grow for another 14 months here, and the first grams of weight that will help a juvenile to safely survive the winter have being gained already. After the voyage from Norway, the adaptation was successful.

Source: Barents Nova


IN BRIEF - Sanford makes executive appointments to new roles

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sanford Limited  announced on October the 29th of 2014 recent changes to its senior executive team as the company modernises its structure to support a customer-focused domestic and international value-add strategy.

In addition to the CEO, the Senior Executive Team is now made up of:

Greg Johansson as Chief Operations Officer. This reflects Greg’s contribution to the company and focuses all of Sanford’s operations under his oversight. Greg has been General Manager Operations at Sanford for three years and before that was Manager of Sanford’s deepwater operations.

Clement Chia as Chief Financial Officer responsible for identifying new business opportunities and maximising the commercial success of Sanford through leadership of the administrative, financial, information technology and risk management activities of the company.

Source: Voxy


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