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IN BRIEF - French fund ups stake in Vinh Hoan

VIET NAM
Friday, November 23, 2012

A French investment fund part of Financiere Pinault has upped its stake in the Vietnamese pangasius producer Vinh Hoan to 18.15 per cent.

Red River Holding, which is led by Jean Eric Jacquemin, is a USD 253 million Vietnam-focused investment fund launched by Groupe Artemis, a holding group itself owned by Financiere Pinault.

Source: Under Current News

 


IN BRIEF - Baffin Fisheries Coalition leaves Nunavut's offshore fishing association over shrimp quotas

CANADA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's been a tumultuous month for Nunavut's fisheries, with two of the largest companies butting heads over shrimp quotas.

Now the Baffin Fisheries Coalition, the largest harvester of shrimp in Canada's North, is leaving the Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association — the organization that represents the territory's offshore fishing industry.

"I wish them good luck, but I think we can have more of a voice without them," said Methuselah Kunuk, vice-president of the Baffin Fisheries Coalition.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - New ocean forecasting technology to help B.C. fisheries

CANADA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A new regional ocean forecaster has proved it can predict oxygen levels, acidity, and in some cases, the chance of sardines up to four months into the future.  

"That will give industry the information it needs to weather changes that are happening in our local waters,"  said Samantha Siedlecki, a research scientist who worked on the model for the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Oceanography at the University of Washington.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Lobster DNA can help pinpoint where it lived before it was caught

CANADA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

“We’re looking to see if P.E.I. lobster are genetically similar to Nova Scotia’s lobsters'

You’re eating lobster in a restaurant and the waiter tells you it was caught in the waters off P.E.I.

But can you really be sure?

Yann Dorant says you can.

A PhD student from Laval University, Dorant is heading up a research project which seeks to better understand the genetic structure of the American lobster in Eastern Canada. And he’s getting support from fisheries organizations, government departments and academics throughout the region.

Source: The Guardian


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COSTA RICA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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IN BRIEF - First sockeye salmon reaches Stanley area

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

STANLEY, Idaho - Idaho biologists say the first sockeye salmon has arrived in central Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a statement Friday says the fish arrived Tuesday after a 900-mile journey from the Pacific Ocean.

Officials say about 1,000 sockeye bound for Idaho have crossed Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, and more than 700 of those have crossed Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River on the way to Idaho's Salmon River and the Stanley area.

Last year, an estimated 4,000 sockeye entered the Columbia River in what managers expected would be one of the best-ever returns to high mountain lakes in central Idaho.

Source: KTVB


IN BRIEF - Pressure is on to find out if fish farms make wild salmon sick, says federal scientist

CANADA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's enough to make even the most ardent salmon lover lose their appetite: the divisive debate that's raged for decades on the West Coast about what fish farms are doing to our wild salmon.

This week, the latest volley: starlet Pamela Anderson and David Suzuki teamed up to launch an advocacy-slash-research mission looking for PRV — a fish virus especially prevalent on fish farms. The industry dismissed the campaign as a "stunt."

But there's no doubt the questions about farmed fish transferring disease to wild salmon are very real, said the Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientist co-leading the largest push to investigate them.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Officials dismissed for certifying substandard aquaculture products

VIET NAM
Saturday, July 23, 2016

HÀ NOI - Deputy Prime Minister Tr?nh Ðình Dung has asked Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Deverlopment in co-operation with police to investigate a testing agency that reportedly falsified documents to allow 800 substandard aquaculture products to be sold.

The deputy PM on July 21, 2016 ordered that the detailed list of the substandard products as well as measures to recall them from the market had to be submitted to the Prime Minister by the middle of August 2016.

Dung’s order comes in the wake of recent local media reports. Officials of the aquaculture surveying, testing and accreditation centre under the directorate of fisheries allegedly prepared false documents to certify more than 800 aquaculture products such as 140 feeding products and 668 products used to improve aquaculture growth conditions, even though the products did not undergo any tests.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Offshore northern shrimp fishermen won't be compensated for quota cut

CANADA
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The federal fisheries minister says offshore shrimp fishermen in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will not be compensated for the reduction in their quota for catches off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dominic LeBlanc told reporters in Dartmouth on Thursday 21st of July 2016 he stands by his decision to reduce the catch for the offshore fleet by 53 per cent in favour of a bigger share for the inshore fleet in Newfoundland.

The overall available catch has been reduced.

"Frankly, I don't want to pretend that the government is about to compensate these fleets because we believe that this is still a viable fishery for both the offshore fleet and the inshore fleet," he said.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Biotech Startup Brings Red Algae-Based Shrimp from Lab to Plate

UNITED STATES
Saturday, July 23, 2016

New Wave Foods has opened a seed round aimed at developing seafood that is healthier for humans and the planet. Efficient Capacity kicked off the round and New Crop Capital provided additional funding. New Wave Foods uses plant-based ingredients, such as red algae, to engineer new edible materials that replicate the taste and texture of fish and shellfish while improving their nutritional profiles. Its first product, which has already been served in Google’s cafeterias, will be a sustainable shrimp, the company said.

Shrimp is the nation’s most popular seafood, currently representing more than a quarter of the four billion pounds of fish and shellfish consumed by Americans annually. For each pound of shrimp caught, up to 15 pounds of other animals, including endangered dolphins, turtles, and sharks, die. The market for meat analogs is expected to surpass USD 5 billion by 2020, and investors are increasingly taking notice. In recent years, millions in venture capital has flowed into plant-based alternatives to animal foods from large food processors and investors like Bill Gates and Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest businessman, the company said.

“The astounding scale of our consumption of sea animals is decimating ocean ecosystems through overfishing, massive death through bycatch, water pollution, carbon emissions, derelict fishing gear, mangrove deforestation, and more,” said New Wave Foods Co-Founder and CEO Dominique Barnes. “Shrimping is also fraught with human rights abuses and slave labor, so we’re pleased to introduce a product that is better for people, the planet, and animals.”

Source: Quality Assurance & Food Safety


IN BRIEF - Pregnant women told 'don't take fish oil' after 'dramatic' finding

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pregnant women are being told to avoid taking fish oil supplements following the results of a study which shocked New Zealand scientists.

"Our recommendation at this time, until there is more information, is not to take fish oil during pregnancy," says lead researcher Professor Wayne Cutfield from the Liggins Institute.

Between 10 and 20 percent of pregnant women are estimated to take fish oil.

Auckland mum-to-be Diane Maxwell is expecting her first child and says she wants to give her baby the best start.

"They have been saying that fish oil helps the brain develop better and that's what I want for my baby."

Source: News Hub


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