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IN BRIEF - French fund ups stake in Vinh Hoan

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 - Cooke Aquaculture feed barge sinks near Brier Island

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Cooke Aquaculture barge carrying fish feed sank earlier this week off Brier Island in Digby County.

The barge, described as "small" was found submerged early Wednesday morning near Cooke's fish farm, company spokeswoman Nell Halse said Saturday afternoon.

That day, she said divers plugged the barge's outlets to prevent liquids from leaking into the water.

Source: CBC

IN BRIEF - Concern over rise in fish tank cultivation

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A steady increase in the extent of fish tanks in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh over the years has prompted the officials to establish aquaculture zones and to put a ban on conversion of agriculture lands into aqua tanks. Skyrocketing input costs coupled with absence of remunerative price for paddy has been forcing more and more farmers to undertake aquaculture by converting their lush green paddy fields into fish tanks. According to the official records, fish tanks spread in an extent of 4,939 hectares in 2007-08, which rose to 5,720 hectares by 2009-10.

At present, aquaculture is on in 12,296 hectares in different parts of the district and nevertheless to say that the agriculture farmers are turning into aqua farmers by converting their farm lands into fish tanks. This means, there has been a steady drop in the extent of cultivable land and farm produce on one hand and increase in the groundwater salinity on the other in the areas where the aquaculture is rampant. “There is an immediate need to curtail the conversion of fertile land for aquaculture and for this we have chalked out a detailed plan involving the officials of the Fisheries and the Revenue Departments and that of the pollution control board,” says District Collector H. Arun Kumar.

It has been a year since the State Satellite Applications Centre releasing maps identifying areas where the aquaculture is extensive.

Source: The Hindu

IN BRIEF - Tassal defends salmon farming practices

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Salmon farmer Tassal has issued a statement to the ASX defending its farming and certification practices after an interview by the ABC's Four Corners program.

Tassal said on Monday that earlier in October, a Four Corners crew had interviewed chief executive Mark Ryan about sustainable salmon farming in Tasmania.

In a seven-page document covering matters "not fully covered during the interview", Tassal said it was not aware when the Four Corners report would air but had "adopted a transparent approach" on the issues raised.

Among matters raised, the company said the interview covered the sustainability of salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania' west coast, with issues mentioned including preparation of a mass mortality plan.

Source: News

IN BRIEF - FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP, misbranding, drug residues

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Four out of five recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to companies based in other countries. Three involve seafood HACCP issues, while the other two address food labeling/misbranding problems and drug residues, respectively.

FDA wrote to Tentay Food Sauces Inc. on April 19 to say that violations of seafood HACCP regulations were identified during a Sept. 8-9, 2015, inspection of the firm’s seafood processing facility in Navotas, Philippines.

The agency specified that a hazard analysis for each kind of fish and fishery product must be conducted. The firm’s HACCP plan for its fish sauce doesn’t list the food safety hazard of Clostridium botulinum toxin formation in either the raw material used to make the product or in the finished product, according to the warning letter.

Source: Food Safety News

IN BRIEF - Vietnamese traditional fish sauce safe for health: Ministry

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The annoucement was issued following Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s direction on October 22 that competent ministries should make official announcements on the quality of fish sauce to allay public concerns and fish sauce associations’ outrage.

Last week the Vietnam Standards and Consumers Association (Vinastas)’s information of arsenic level in Vietnamese traditional sauce fish sauce caused puzzlement among consumers harming the sector. However, the association equivocated between organic and inorganic. Organic arsenic is found in fish, seawater and seaweed, and any fish sauce traditionally made through the fermentation of fish with sea salt will contain the chemical yet it is safe for consumption.

Accordingly, for the first time, The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and several fish sauce associations and businesses gathered for a meeting on Thursday and unanimously agreed to lodge a complaint to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Industry and Trade, Public Security, and Information and Communications calling on for an investigation on the issue and aiding traditional fish sauce makers affected by the misleading information.

Source: Saigon

IN BRIEF - Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise program has no enforcement; official partners still sell 'unsustainable' seafood

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Vancouver Aquarium boasts Ocean Wise as a program to help businesses and consumers make environmentally friendly, sustainable seafood choices — from barnacles to barramundi — harvested locally or around the world.

What’s less evident is that restaurants, supermarkets and seafood suppliers can become official partners — paying up to CAD 5,000 annually to display the Ocean Wise logo — for carrying as little as one certified-sustainable seafood, even if they sell far more species on the program’s list of seafoods to avoid. 

“They don’t have to be 100 per cent,” confirmed Ann-Marie Copping, the Ocean Wise program manager. The program works with partners to increase their offerings of sustainable products in hopes of reaching full compliance.

Source: Vancouver Sun

IN BRIEF - Vietnam casts wider net for Russian fish and seafood market

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Over the past two years, Russian consumption of fish and seafood has dropped, primarily due to the country’s fluctuating economic state. Historically, however, the market has been durable.

Over the past decade, Russia has been among the 20 top seafood importers around the globe. In 2014, for example, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), reported that Russia imported 885,000 tons of seafood and fish products valued at USD 2.9 billion.

When broken down into product categories, USDA figures showed Russian imports split as follows: 50% frozen fish; 14.6% ready to eat/canned fish products; 14.2% fish fillets and other fish fare; 10% crustaceans and molluscs and 9.7% fresh and chilled fish.

Source: Vietnam Net

IN BRIEF - Salmon roe recalled nationwide in Canada; botulism possible

Monday, October 24, 2016

Imperial Caviar & Seafood has expanded its recall of salmon roe for the second time, urging consumers to not eat the salmon eggs because of concerns about botulism poisoning.

The Fairfield, NJ-based company recalled some salmon roe Sept. 15 that had been distributed to retailers in Quebec. The next day the company expanded the recall to include certain lots of its Imperial Caviar & Seafood branded salmon roe that had been distributed nationwide in Canada.

Now the company has added another batch of 50-gram containers of the salmon eggs, distributed in Quebec, to the recall. No illnesses had been confirmed in relation to the recalled salmon roe as of Friday, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Source: Food Safety News

IN BRIEF - CMFRI claims success in mass seed production of fish species

Friday, October 21, 2016

Kochi - In a major breakthrough, scientists of a city-based premier research institute claim to have succeeded in the mass scale seed production of orange spotted grouper (Epinephelus coiodes), a highly demanded fish species in the market.

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) claimed that the achievement is the first-of-its-kind in India and the hatchery seed production of the species, carried out by the Vishakapatanam Regional Centre of CMFRI, is expected to boost the sea cage culture enterprises in the country.

The orange spotted grouper is a commercially important carnivorous fish with high market demand in many parts of the world, scientists said.

Source: India Day

IN BRIEF - Canada’s AFN chief urges commercial fishing rights

Friday, October 21, 2016

A spokesman for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa is calling on Canada to act on the federal government’s commitment to rights recognition, saying it is time to fully support the right of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations to commercially fish.

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said on Oct. 19 2016 that Canada should change its position in commercially sell fish in their traditional territories.

“Canada has an opportunity to take real steps toward reconciliation by engaging in an accountable and collaborative process with all First Nation fisheries to achieve full implementation of their Aboriginal rights to fish and sell fish in their territories” Bellegarde said, during a media conference with Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

Source: The Cordova Times

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Peru The Ministry of Production has set the collection quota for the brown seaweed Lessonia trabeculata at 28.677 tonnes for the year 2016.
Joint Committee simplifies compulsory landing obligation in Morocco
Spain The Joint Committee on the fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco has agreed to simplify the obligations concerning compulsory landings, with which Spanish ship owners will be able to more easily fulfill their landing obligation as to part of their catch.
Fisheries Ministry and sector ‘shocked’ by phosphate mining clearance
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Punjab to subsidy shrimp production to boost the sector
India Punjab Government intends to implement a series of measures to boost shrimp production in the state, including granting a 50 per cent subsidy.
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