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IN BRIEF - Loch Duart plans for growth with GBP 4m cash injection

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, November 23, 2012

Loch Duart, founded in 1999 and with about 60 employees across its operations in Sutherland, provided fish for the royal wedding last year and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

It also counts a wide range of fine dining restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's in London and the Dornoch Castle Hotel, among its customers.

Now Loch Duart is being backed by the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) and Capicorn Investment Group and will use the money to upgrade equipment and infrastructure plus invest in business development.

Source: Herald Scotland

 


IN BRIEF - Addressing Youth Unemployment -FAO Plans USD 492K Aquaculture Project in Liberia

LIBERIA
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Monrovia –The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and Partners is expected to launch an Aquaculture Project valued at USD 492,000.00 aimed at addressing challenges for youth unemployment in Liberia.

The project expected to be launched early July 2016, will address the challenges and constraints of unemployment faced by Liberia’s youthful population over the years.

The Aquaculture project is based on a request for technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, by the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Source: FPA


IN BRIEF - EU wants bolstered lobster claim

EUROPEAN UNION
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

As if the European Union doesn't have enough trouble with Britain pulling the big vamoose Thursday 23rd of June 2016. It still has the whole issue of American lobsters to resolve.

An EU scientific forum has given Sweden until July 31 to respond to the avalanche of U.S. and Canadian diplomatic, scientific and commercial opposition to the Swedish-led proposal to label the American lobster an invasive alien species and ban its import by the EU.

The action by the EU scientific forum, announced in a statement from the Maine congressional delegation, gives Sweden's scientists until the end of the month to reinforce or expand their scientific basis for the American lobsters as an invasive species posing a threat to the indigenous European lobster population.

According to the office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, an EU official told the Maine delegation that "the feedback provided by Canada and the U.S. provided new elements, some of which were not yet considered in the (Swedish) risk assessment" and that led to the forum's request that Sweden "update the risk assessment taking into account these elements as appropriate."

Source: Gloucester Times


IN BRIEF - Researchers say getting federal data on fish stocks is a challenge

CANADA
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A team of researchers that spent months digging up data, hounding scientists and chasing leads to assess the state of Canadian fish stocks say old, incomplete or inaccessible federal research means the health of nearly half of the country’s commercial fish stocks remains a mystery.

Oceana Canada, a non-profit advocacy group whose work focuses on ocean health, released a report last week that it claims is “the most comprehensive public study ever conducted” on the state of Canada’s fish stocks.

But the report’s authors say they faced barriers accessing federal data that could allow them to properly determine whether commercial fish stocks are healthy.

Source: The Globe and Mail


IN BRIEF - Regulations take bite out of aquaculture

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TWIN FALLS - Government regulations cost the baitfish and sport-fish industry — a relatively small industry — USD 12.1 million annually.

But a retired economist says many of the regulations are unnecessary or redundant.

Regulation compliance makes up about 25 percent of each farm’s total cost, said Carole Engle, who studied the issue. Moreover, the cost is not productive.

Feed, for example, often accounts for 50 to 60 percent of a fish farm’s total costs, but that cost is converted into pounds, which farmers can sell. Filling out paperwork or collecting water samples does not produce additional pounds to market.

Source: Magic Valley


IN BRIEF - Appointment of marine scientist by Scottish pelagic fishing group will boost fish stock conservation

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In a landmark development, the representative association for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishermen has appointed a Chief Scientific Officer to spearhead marine research to boost our understanding of key pelagic fish stocks and improve their management.

The appointment of Dr Steven Mackinson by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) represents an innovative new approach to fisheries management where fishing vessels will play a significant role in collecting and disseminating scientific information on fish stocks.

Dr Mackinson brings a wealth of experience to his new role, joining from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) where he was a Senior Fisheries Scientist.  A specialist in marine ecosystems and fisheries, he will drive forward scientific work to enhance our knowledge of economically vital pelagic fish stocks such as mackerel, herring and blue whiting.

Using catch and other data gathered by the Scottish pelagic fleet, the information collated by Dr Mackinson will be fed into the formal scientific international stock assessment process which is used to provide advice on annual quota limits and other management measures.

Press Release: Catch PR


IN BRIEF - Pelagic fishing group will boost fish stock conservation

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The appointment of Dr Steven Mackinson by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) represents an innovative new approach to fisheries management where fishing vessels will play a significant role in collecting and disseminating scientific information on fish stocks.

Dr Mackinson brings a wealth of experience to his new role, joining from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) where he was a Senior Fisheries Scientist.  A specialist in marine ecosystems and fisheries, he will drive forward scientific work to enhance our knowledge of economically vital pelagic fish stocks such as mackerel, herring and blue whiting.

Using catch and other data gathered by the Scottish pelagic fleet, the information collated by Dr Mackinson will be fed into the formal scientific international stock assessment process which is used to provide advice on annual quota limits and other management measures.


IN BRIEF - Cool inner-city aquaponics project to grow tilapia and veggies

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Nile Valley Aquaponics, a Males to Men and Kansas City Keys project, is building a greenhouse structure at 29th Street and Wabash Avenue where thousands of pounds of tilapia and vegetables will be raised.

Source: Kansas City
 


IN BRIEF - B.C. Farmers Achieving Highest Level Sustainability Certification

CANADA
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Salmon farming companies in British Columbia are continuing to achieve the high sustainability commitments they have set. Cermaq Canada has announced that its Mussel Rock farm, located in Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, has been certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard. This is the company’s third farm to reach the standard.

There are currently six farms in British Columbia certified to the ASC standard with a further five farms undergoing assessment. The standard was developed through an eight-year dialogue process led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that engaged over 2,000 representatives from the global aquaculture industry, retail and foodservice sector, NGOs, government and scientific community. It is considered the most stringent third-party certification available in Aquaculture.  To date, 123 farms worldwide have achieved the standard. Cermaq Canada and Marine Harvest Canada are the only two companies to have achieved the certification for farms in North America.    

“Companies operating in B.C. are committed to world leading practices, and this achievement by Cermaq Canada further exemplifies how seriously that commitment is being taken,” said BC Salmon Farmers Association Executive Director, Jeremy Dunn.  

Source: 3BL Media


IN BRIEF - Gov't to fast-track Fisheries Bill

JAMAICA
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 

ST JAMES – The Fisheries Bill, aimed at protecting the multimillion-dollar industry and safeguarding the welfare of fisherfolk is to be brought to Parliament shortly.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, who gave the commitment, said he intends to ensure that passage of the legislation is expedited.

He was addressing a press briefing at the close of the two-day retreat of the 10th Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay on June 17 2016.

Source: Jamaica Observer


IN BRIEF - Vietnam in danger of losing shrimp export markets

VIET NAM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Local newspapers quoted sources as reporting that shrimp processing workshops in Mekong River Delta are now running at just 50-60 percent of capacity because of the lack of capital.

The shrimp price has been increasing rapidly. White leg shrimp is priced at VND100,000 per kilo (100 shrimp per kilo) and VND120,000 (larger size - 70 shrimp per kilo), while the common tiger prawn price has exceeded the VND300,000 per kilo threshold (30 shrimp per kilo).

Though processors are willing to pay high prices, shrimp supply is low because farmers who have experienced mass shrimp deaths are not continuing to breed.

Source: Vietnam Net


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