Sri Lanka has earned a profit of Rs. 1200 million by exporting fish in 2016. This was revealed at a progress and performance review meeting held in the Ministry on 16th January under the chairmanship of Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera. The minister at this event also gave directives to the officials regarding the fisheries development programmes and projects for 2017. According to the statistics of the Ministry, fish exports income in 2016 was reported as Rs.1200 million. Such an achievement was possible due to the high demand in the international market for Sri Lankan Crab, Shrimp, Lobster and live fish. However, we are still catering only to 1/3 of the total requirement. Fish imports income in 2015 was Rs. 20,336 million and in 2016 it has become Rs. 21,539 million generating a profit of Rs. 1203 million. Even though the amount of exported fish has reduced by 2.6%, the income of fish exports has increased due to the high price. With the lifting of EU fish ban fish exports have increased. However, the fish exports to European countries are not included in these statistics.
Commercial fishermen gathered in New Bern recently to speak out against a proposal put forward by the North Carolina Wildlife Foundation that would close much of North Carolina's waters to shrimp trawling.
The skyline of New Bern transformed early this week. More than a dozen shrimp trawlers pulled up to the New Bern waterfront at Union Point Park. Spectators gathered at the water’s edge to view the unusual display. The vessels served as a visual demonstration among commercial fishermen against a proposal that would close much of North Carolina’s coastal waters to shrimp trawling.
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PUNE /PRNewswire/ -- Market Research Future published a Half Cooked Research Report on the Global Seafood Market, which has been estimated to grow over 3% post 2022.
Market Highlights Seafood is a protein rich food. It is one of the broadly consumed foodsworldwide. Shrimp, tuna and crab are the most popular seafood all over the world. Shrimp has become the highest growing seafood in recent years as it is easy to cook; consumers of all age groups enjoy it because of the premium flavor and texture.
Recently there is increase in the demand for cod liver oil, as it is a nutrient-dense source of essential vitamins including vitamin D and vitamin A, as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil supplements are in demand from women going through menopausal years to maintain a proper level of estrogen and progesterone hormone.
Market Forecast In the last few years, consumers have become aware of flash frozen seafood products, which are also nutrient rich, non-requirement of filleting and deboning. Frozen seafood products are easier to transport than the fresh seafood products. Now, in recent years there is high demand for convenience food, so ready-to-cook seafood products have created huge opportunities in the market. This factor will play a key role to grow the seafood market at CAGR of 3% between 2016 to 2022.
What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today’s era of global warming?
Quite a bit, researchers say.
A group of scientists and academics with the University of Massachusetts and other institutions made that assessment while conducting research about a long-ago calamity in New England that was caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora half a world away in 1815.
A cooled climate led to deaths of livestock and changed fish patterns in New England, leaving many people dependent on the mackerel, an edible fish that was less affected than many animals. The researchers assert that bit of history gives clues about what food security could be like in the modern era of climate change.
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Aquaculture – the farming of aquatic animals – is one of the fastest growing food production industries in the world. But it’s growing the wrong way. Similar to factory farming, aquaculture is becoming an industrialized food system that is unsustainable and unnecessarily cruel. It doesn’t have to be this way. When it comes to aquaculture, we can avoid making the same mistakes that we made on land.
To reduce the problems in the rapidly growing aquaculture sector, government policies, investors, and farmers should encourage the production of bivalves – a group that includes oysters, mussels and clams. In a recent article in the journal Solutions, my NYU colleagues and I argue that bivalves are the most environmentally sound animal species group, and the least worrying when it comes to welfare.
Bivalves are the best option for farming if one chooses to farm and/or eat animals at all. They appear to have minimal ecological impact while minimizing concerns around welfare in captivity. In fact, bivalves may not just be the best option in the ocean, but the best choice if one chooses to eat animals, period.
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The price of salmon is expected to rise sharply in 2017 — and the reason is pretty gross.
Sea lice have infested salmon farms in Scotland and Norway. The parasite isn't a new problem, but they have caused more harm with the growth of large salmon farms. Researchers also found that warmer waters, caused by climate change, could be making the sea lice problem worse.
Sea lice are also affecting wild salmon populations as they come into contact with the fish at salmon farms, Time reports.
NASDAQ tracks the price of the fish with a "salmon index," which has gone up 15 percent over the past three months. Plus, Norwegian salmon prices are up 40 percent since 2015, according to a report by the Norwegian Seafood Council.
A Financial Times report predicts the trend will likely continue.
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IFFO has published a position paper analysing the forage fish dependency ratio (FFDR) to provide clear information on this complex debate. FFDR is an often quoted term in the dialogue on fed aquaculture sustainability, but caution needs to be exercised in how the information is interpreted, and the figures produced for FFDR should not be examined in isolation nor should values for FFDR be used directly as measures of environmental sustainability.
Fishmeal and fish oil produced from forage fish populations provides a substantial contribution to global food production and consequently is essential in meeting the nutritional requirements of billions of people around the world. The use of the term FFDR confuses the issue by incorrectly assuming that the species used in marine ingredient production would have higher value to society in other areas such as direct consumption markets, or by environmental benefits through conservation. As long as fishmeal and fish oil are produced from well managed fisheries, or from byproduct from fish from well managed fisheries, then their use in aquafeeds is valid.
Currently, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is seeking feedback on FFDR in its Salmon Standard, which is open and reflects a proposal by the ASC to reduce the FFDR requirements even further for both fishmeal and fish oil. At a time when salmon farmers may wish to differentiate their product through higher marine ingredient inclusions in their feeds, FFDR and the setting of values in ASC Salmon Standard effectively denies that opportunity to those farmers who may wish to be both ASC certified and produce premium end, niche product, even if this is a minor proportion of overall production and has little effect on global fishmeal and fish oil supply.
QUOTE: “There is often a lot of focus on the term FFDR in analyses of fed aquaculture’s environmental impact, but in reality the concept has little bearing on the harvest levels of forage fish populations although it was constructed to do exactly that”. Dr Neil Auchterlonie, Technical Director, IFFO
The report investigates and analyzes the Global Aquafeed and Aquaculture Additive Market and shows a comprehensive evaluation of the evaluation and its specifications. Another aspect that was taken is the cost analysis of the main products dominant in the Global ice cream industry considering the profit margin for the manufacturers.
Through this report, the core driving factors of the Global Aquafeed and Aquaculture Additive Market were identified and the business partners and end-users were also elaborated.
Drugs discovered on board Greenlandic trawler Iceland
A fourth crew member of fishing vessel Polar Nanoq, which sails under the flag of Greenland, was arrested in the Icelandic port of Hafnarfjordur, after the police discovered a large quantity of hashish aboard.
Brussels validates Spanish fisheries control system Spain
The European Commission has notified Spain that it considers finalized the implementation of the action plan to remedy deficiencies in the Spanish fisheries control system, which was established by Decision of the EC on 30 July 2012.