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IN BRIEF - Kenya, Belgium partner to revamp the fishing industry

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kenya is taking big steps to improve the fishing industry. "Our government is making great efforts to improve the fisheries sector to boost to our economy," the marine and coastal fisheries principal officer John Wanyoike said on 21 Nov.

The world celebrated the World Fisheries day on 22 Nov. Fisheries Ministry and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research institute said the government intends to bolster the fishing industry to make it sustainable and spur the country's economic growth.

Source: Benedict Mutuku / All Africa


IN BRIEF - Guests welcomed at Venus Reception

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Vopnafjördur saw a special celebration take place following the arrival of the new pelagic vessel Venus NS in its new home port. A reception was arranged for the residents of the Vopnafjördur municipality and other guests last Wednesday, part of which was a presentation of the new ship itself and the pelagic processing factory that HB Grandi has built up in Vopnafjördur.

An estimated 400 guests attended. HB Grandi CEO Vilhjálmur Vilhjálmsson, who had previously been the managing director of local fishing and processing company Tangi hf in Vopnafjördur, was there to welcome guests and others who spoke during the reception where fisheries minister Sigurdur Ingi Jóhannsson, mayor Ólafur Áki Ragnarsson, the ship’s godmother Birna Loftsdóttir and Stefán Már Gunnlaugsson, the local priest in the Hofsprestakall parish. MPs representing the region Thórunn Egilsdóttir and Kristján L. Möller also took part, while uncertainty over Parliamentary schedules meant that other MPs were unable to attend.

Source: HB Grandi

IN BRIEF - Artemia cyst larval feed import hurdles touble shrimp farmers

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


KOCHI - Technical hurdles are hampering the import of live larval feed, an essential ingredient for the aquaculture shrimp production in the country, triggering a shortage that could affect the marine products exports. Farmed shrimp accounts for over 65% of the INR 0,000-crore seafood exports from India.


Aquaculture producers import brood stock and the live larval feed, which is a brine saline shrimp called artemia for producing shrimp seeds in the hatcheries. While the brood stock availability is adequate, there is a shortage of artemia. "India is one of the largest users of artemia for shrimp larval production. Shrimp hatcheries in India use 5 kg of artemia cysts to produce one million seeds of the marine shrimp vannamei, which accounts for the majority of frozen shrimp exported from the country," said L Satyanarain, president, Al India Shrimp Hatcheries Association.

Source: The Economic Times



IN BRIEF - Controversial Shellfish Bill Dead For 2015

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


HARTFORD - Legislation that would have taken control of the state's shellfishing regulatory agency out of Gov. Dannel Malloy's administration has been quietly shelved by Senate Democratic leaders.

The controversial bill, which the legislature's legal staff warned was potentially unconstitutional, was "recommitted" to the General Assembly's Environment Committee Saturday. Such a move, coming only days before the legislature's Wednesday the 3rd of June 2015 adjournment deadline, effectively ends the bill's chances of being passed in the 2015 session.

Source: Courant


IN BRIEF - North Pacific Council to Vote on Halibut Bycatch Limits

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


Of the 30 million pounds of halibut caught last year by commercial fishermen statewide, nearly a third was thrown back into the ocean, dead. It were netted accidentally by boats targeting other fish.

Now, that may change. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which oversees the federal waters off Alaska, is considering major new limits on wasted halibut — or bycatch — at its meeting in Sitka the week of June 1. The decision will have impacts from Southeast to the Bering Sea.

Critics argue that too many fish are dying in the nets of big Bering Sea trawlers — and that means less halibut for everyone else.

Source: Alaska Public


IN BRIEF - Altor and Goldman Sachs Merchant banking division to acquire Hamlet Protein

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


Altor Fund IV and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division partner to acquire the majority of Hamlet Protein from Polaris Private Equity and the founder of the company, Ole. K. Hansen.

“This is another important milestone for Hamlet Protein and we are very excited about our new partnership with Altor and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division”, says Soren Munch, CEO of Hamlet Protein. “With the strong support of Altor and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division we are uniquely positioned to accelerate the development and growth of Hamlet Protein and better service our customers and partners globally”

"We are impressed by the high value-add young animal feed platform that the management team and employees have built under the current ownership”, says Michael Specht Bruun, Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. “We see significant growth potential globally and are excited about partnering with Altor and the management team to support the company’s impressive growth trajectory both organically and through acquisitions”

Source: National Hog Farmer


IN BRIEF - Alabama officials announce opening of Gulf shrimp 2015's season

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


MONTGOMERY - Alabama officials say this year's Gulf shrimp 2015's season will officially open the first week of June.


Al.com reports that officials from the Alabama Marine Resources Division announced Monday 1st of June 2015 that the shrimp season will open at 6 a.m. that Wednesday.

The opening comes after routine shrimp sampling indicated the average size was larger than 68 head-on shrimp per pound within designated waters. State biologists will continue to sample and said a change in the average size could lead to additional announcements about the opening.

Source: The Gadsden


IN BRIEF - Shrimp farmers turn to local market to recover costs

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


Shrimp farmers are offloading their produce on the domestic market in a desperate attempt to recover production costs in the wake of slumping prices and weakening demand in developed economies.


Exporters pay BDT 330 at most for per kilogram of small to medium-sized shrimps, whereas the traders, who market the fish in cities, offer BDT 350 to BDT 375 for the same, said Shoyeb Mahmud, general manager of Jahanabad Seafood Ltd.

Historically an expensive item for local consumers, the black tiger shrimp has found a market here in recent times thanks to rising purchasing power.

The increased buying capacity is providing a protection to farmers, given the poor demand abroad, Mahmud said.

Source: The Daily Star


IN BRIEF - Alabama Shrimp Season to Open Wednesday the 3rd of June 2015

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


Officials from the Alabama Marine Resources Division have announced that the 2015 Gulf shrimp season will officially open as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 3 2015.


The following waters not permanently closed by law or regulation will be open to shrimping:

• All waters in the Mississippi Sound
• All waters in Mobile Bay and Bon Secour Bay south of N30 25.000' latitude

Source: News WKRG


IN BRIEF - Halibut catch starts in Bristol Bay

Tuesday, June 02, 2015


Bristol Bay’s halibut fishery is underway.


“There are halibut around and people are beginning to catch them,” said Susie Jenkins-Brito, the regional fisheries coordinator for the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp.

Jenkins-Brito said the group had its first report of halibut caught in the area on May 22, and other fishermen in the area have started going out to catch halibut as well.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News


IN BRIEF - Selonda Aquaculture Q1 EBITDA turns to profit of 3.48 mln euros

Tuesday, June 02, 2015


Selonda Aquaculture SA :


Announced on Saturday, Q1 turnover at EUR 32.85 million versus EUR 32.93 million in 2014

Q1 net loss at EUR 0.47 million versus net loss of EUR 4.82 million in 2014

Q1 EBITDA at EUR 3.48 million versus EBITDA loss of EUR 0.06 million in 2014

Net cash on March 31, 2015 at EUR 15.80 million versus EUR 5.94 million in 2014.

Source: Reuters


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