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

SRI LANKA
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 - FAO Spends USD 11 Million to Fund Fisheries Projects

ANGOLA
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Luanda - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said it will invest about USD 11 million until 2016 to fund ten projects of the Angolan fisheries sector.

 

FAO representative in Angola, Mamoudou Diallo, announced this Wednesday at the technical cooperation meeting between the Ministry of Fisheries and national and international partners.

He said that the first phase of the project will be allocated to the technical assistance to the professionals of the sector.

Source: All Africa

 


IN BRIEF - Russia allows food imports from Iran

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Russia has given the go-ahead to dairy and poultry supplies from six Iranian companies, RIA Novosti has reported.

 

"We gave permission to six Iranian companies for delivery of food products: four dairy producers, and two poultry producers," it quoted Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service press secretary Yulia Melano as saying.

She said deliveries can begin only after completion of an “additional set of requirements, which will guarantee complete safety", the news agency reported.

The announcement comes after a senior Russian official said a week ago that the country would begin imports of Iranian dairy, fish and meat products in exchange for grain.

Source: Press TV

 


IN BRIEF - Russia food-safety watchdog hints at canned fish import ban

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, May 29, 2015

The official said there was a “very high” chance that the ban would be added to the already existing food imports embargo against the EU, which Russia imposed last year in response to western economic sanctions for Moscow’s aggressive foreign policy in Ukraine.

 

The Rosselhoznadzor team was in the two Baltic states for routine inspections at five Latvian and four Estonian fish canneries, primarily producing sprats.

“The inspectors were rather concerned with what they saw – we cannot deem the production safety control measures, also as regards benzopyrene levels, to be effective,” he noted.

Source: LSM LV

 


IN BRIEF - Sushi prices under pressure from California drought, international demand

CANADA
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Vancouverites who are in the habit of picking up a cheap California roll or packet of sushi and nigiri for lunch may have to start digging a little deeper next time they head to the cashier.

 

That's because a combination of the drought in California, a strong U.S. dollar (USD) and rising global demand for fresh fish are all making it more expensive to make sushi.

Guy Dean, vice-president of Albion Fisheries, the largest seafood distributor in Western Canada, says all seafood has risen in price.

"We've seen a 10 to 25 per cent increase due to the Japanese and U.S. exchange rate," said Dean.

Source: CBC

 


IN BRIEF - Atlantic Salmon Federation calls on Greenland to cut catches

CANADA
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Graham Greene can remember standing in the brisk waters of an east coast river a decade ago and reeling in one of many wild Atlantic salmon.

 

He now says that memory stands in stark contrast to an angling experience in Quebec in June 2015 at the height of the salmon fishing season.

Over seven days, the Halifax businessman says he saw seven of the prized fish.

Source: CBC

 

 


IN BRIEF - Fisheries sector urged to improve production technologies

VIET NAM
Friday, May 29, 2015

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's fisheries industry should better utilise modern production technologies to improve its competitiveness in the global market, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat at a conference on Saturday the 23rd of March 2015 .

The minister said that, though the fisheries industry made some remarkable achievements, it has performed less than expected, especially in applying the world's advanced technologies for the sector including the breeding.

He said that research institutions had not made the best use of the state budget to help developing the industry.

Source: Viet Nam News

 


IN BRIEF - Greenpeace: Hong Kong's illegal fish maw trade more lucrative than cocaine

HONG KONG
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Looking for something to smuggle that’ll make you as much money as cocaine but is far less risky? Fish maw is your man.

 

According to a study by Greenpeace, totoaba, the dried swim bladder of a critically endangered fish, can go for as much as HKD1 million per kilo.

Silvia Diaz Perez of Greenpeace said, "If you look at the price of swim bladder, it is even more lucrative than cocaine,” reports the SCMP.

The product is basically the same as the standard fish maw you get in soups all over Hong Kong, but it’s banned, despite seemingly being smuggled into the city with ease from North America.

Source: Hong Kong Coconut

 


IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture fish plant delays frustrate Shelburne residents

CANADA
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Herschel Specter has lived in Shelburne for about 20 years and says many in town have watched with frustration as Cooke Aquaculture has failed to come through on a promise to build a fish processing plant.

 

The New Brunswick-based company promised five years ago that a processing plant would be built in the area, creating more than 300 jobs. But nothing has happened.

"Unemployment is a characteristic of Nova Scotia and along comes somebody and dangles a huge number of jobs in front of them and of course the government and everyone else jumps on board," Specter told CBC Radio's Mainstreet. 

Source: CBC

 


IN BRIEF - 'Consider creating structure in aquaculture sector'

ZAMBIA
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

Lake Harvest general manager Kumbirai Makunike has called for the creation of a recognised structure in the aquaculture sector if the industry is to become more feasible and economically profitable.

African Century Foods Group which owns protein production in Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe also owns Lake Harvest located on Lake Kariba in Siavonga.

In response to a query recently, Mr Makunike said an effective framework is important in addressing challenges that fish farmers face in developing the sector.

“An operational framework is important to govern issues like the importation of fish, both live and for consumption, prevention of disease and biosecurity,” he said.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood brand Pescafresh to create online food delivery marketplace, launch mobile app

INDIA
Friday, May 29, 2015

 

NEW DELHI - Fresh seafood brand Pescafresh said it will create an online food delivery marketplace with an ecommerce venture and launch a mobile app in June 2015.

 

The online site and app will come with an integrated online payment component capability, fitting in with the brand's larger expansion plans, the firm said in a statement.

Source: The Economic Times

 


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