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IN BRIEF - Fish exports reach 1,112 MTs during first nine months

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sri Lanka exported 1,112 metric tons of fish during the first nine months of this year and earned LKR 20,195 million through fish exports, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said on 22 Nov.

“We have sold 626,013 ornamental fish from January to September and we have reduced importing several varieties of fish products, including canned fish, Maldives fish and dry fish with the aim of encouraging Sri Lankan fishermen, “he said.

Source: Ridma Dissanayake / Daily News


IN BRIEF - City faces 'direct hit' in fish losses

Friday, October 24, 2014

The port of Gloucester and its sector-based commercial fishermen could be crushed under emergency measures NOAA Fisheries is considering for Gulf of Maine cod, potentially losing as much as one-quarter of all groundfish revenues, according to a NOAA economic report.

The ultimate revenue loss will be contingent on how far NOAA cuts the Gulf of Maine cod quota as part of the emergency measures to combat what the agency has described as the continued decimation of the area’s cod stock.

NOAA expects to announce those measures in the second week of November, according to several fishing advocates who have been party to the discussions with NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard.

On Tuesday 21st of October 2014, the New England Fishery Management Council’s scientific and statistical committee reset its “provisional” recommendation for allowable biological catch (ABC) of Gulf of Maine cod to 385 metric tons as part of the emergency measures.

Source: The Gloucester Times


IN BRIEF - Pirates threaten fishing industry

Friday, October 24, 2014


The Botswana ministry of environment, wildlife and tourism’s failure to crack down on illicit fishing operations in the wetlands of Ngamiland and the Chobe region may result in extinction of species, economic losses, and destruction of livelihoods in the northwest of the country.


Information gathered by the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism suggests that the influx of Congolese and Zambian fishermen at Lake Ngami has left authorities worried about the depletion of resources and environmental challenges that arise at the fishermen’s informal settlements.

Lake Ngami falls at the southwest fork of the Okavango Delta and mostly feeds from the inflows of the delta. The Okavango, one of the largest bodies of inland water, was recently listed under the Ramsar wetlands of global importance by the United Nations.

Along the lake’s shores, fishermen can be seen drying fish and packing it in large consignments ready to be trucked into Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Source: Mail & Guardian


IN BRIEF - India's first fish hospital to come up in Kolkata

Friday, October 24, 2014

KOLKATA - The country's first hospital to treat abnormalities and diseases in fish is set to come up in Kolkata by mid-2015, a senior scientist said.


Senior scientist TJ Abraham, who is spearheading the project said that the work has already started on the project.

He said that nearly 60-65 kinds of disease and abnormality were found in fishes in India and the one reason why West Bengal slipped from the number one position in fish production was due to the fact that 10-20 per-cent of them died of diseases.

Source: The Economic Times


IN BRIEF - Spencer Gulf prawn fleet helps a new management plan to protect the industry into the future

Friday, October 24, 2014


A new management plan has been developed for one of Australia's most productive prawn fisheries.


The Spencer Gulf prawn fishery in South Australia was the first in the Asia Pacific to gain Marine Stewardship Council certification, a prestigious international environmental accreditation.

Executive Officer of Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fisherman's Association, Simon Clark says the new plan helps it meet that standard.

"One of the prerequisites under the certification of the fishery is having a harvest strategy that's explained, and we can do that now," Mr Clark said.

"As far as fishing access, there'll be a slight increase in the number of prawns and the size of prawns that can be accessed.

Source: ABC


IN BRIEF - Negotiations on the sale of shares in Stofnfiskur hf.

Friday, October 24, 2014


HB Grandi hf. has decided to enter into negotiations with a certain investor regarding the potential sale of the Company’s shares in Stofnfiskur hf.

Stofnfiskur hf. is the largest producer of salmon eggs in Iceland, as well as a leader in a modern aquaculture breeding program.
HB Grandi hf. owns 69.94% of total shares in Stofnfiskur, with the book value of EUR 7.1 million at the end of year 2013 according HB Grandi’s annual accounts for the year 2013.

It is not possible to predict at this point how long the negotiations will last as the negotiations are subject to certain terms and conditions. The Company will publish further information as the negotiations progress.

Source: HB Grandi


IN BRIEF - HAVFISK :Financial calendar for 2015

Friday, October 24, 2014


HAVFISK ASA's financial calendar for 2015:

4th quarter 2014/preliminary annual results: 12 February 2015
Annual general meeting: 10 April 2015
1st quarter 2015: 07 May 2015
2nd quarter 2015: 16 July 2015
3rd quarter 2015: 6 November 2015

Please note that the dates might be subject to change.


HAVFISK ASA is a fishing company that operates 10 trawlers and has 29.6 quotas for cod trawling. HAVFISK ASA`s operating revenue in 2013 was NOK 779 million and the company has 382 employees. For further information click here.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.


IN BRIEF - Shrimp exports in slow lane

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shrimp exports are facing a slowdown in the wake of reduced demand for locally-grown black tiger shrimps in major markets.

An increased supply of vannamei or white shrimps from other exporting countries and their reduced prices account for the slowdown.

Buyers are more interested in low-priced vannamei than in expensive black tiger shrimps, said Khan Habibur Rahman, deputy managing director of Lockpur Group, a leading seafood exporter.

Shrimp exports rose 3.59 percent year-on-year to BDT 180.3 million between July and September 2014. In contrast, 52 percent growth was recorded in the same period of the previous fiscal year, according to Export Promotion Bureau.

Source: The Daily Star

IN BRIEF - Global Salmon Initiative Launches its First Progress Report at AquaSur 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Puerto Montt, Chile –  TheGlobal Salmon Initiative (GSI) launched on October the 23rd od 2014 its inaugural progress report ‘Building the Foundation for a Sustainable Future’. This is the first report to come from the industry-led collective, and highlights its approach and progress towards advancing significant improvements in the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the salmon farming industry.

The release of the report comes just over a year since GSI was formally launched in August 2013, and the day before GSI member CEOs will speak at the AquaSur 2014 Pathways to Sustainability seminar in Puerto Montt, Chile.

Source: Global Salmon Initiative


IN BIREF - Foreign inspectors to look into Vietnamese seafood

Friday, October 24, 2014

The foreign inspectors will look into 25 seafood processing firms having their products exported to the markets, according to the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad).

Nafiqad said 41 seafood enterprises which are seeking approval for shipments to Russia will also be subject to the inspections.

Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), described the inspections as “normal examinations.”

Hoe said the United States, South Korea and other countries send their inspection teams to Vietnam checking the processing facilities of seafood exporters every year.

The most recent inspection by Russia into Vietnam’s seafood was made last year when its inspectors visited eight tra fish processing and trading firms and later issued a ban on tra export to Russia since January 31. However, tra fish fillets were allowed for re-export to Russia in August this year after negotiations between representatives of Nafiqad and VASEP and Russia.

Source: Viet Nam Net


IN BRIEF - Latest updates on seafood safety and health benefits

Friday, October 24, 2014

We all know that fish, an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, provides many important health benefits. The evidence consistently suggests that the benefits of eating seafood surpass the risks. Yet, misconceptions about mercury in seafood have led some people to excessively restrict fish or even eliminate it altogether. In fact, it is likely you are not getting enough fish in your diet.


The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat at least two to three 4-ounce servings of a variety of fish a week. Yet, pregnant women currently eat less than 2 ounces of fish per week — that’s less than a quarter of the recommended weekly amount.

Source: Daily Breeze


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