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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 - ITC keen to enter branded frozen shrimp segment

INDIA
Friday, February 12, 2016

ITC is targeting the frozen shrimp segment to expand its branded food portfolio, Chairman Y. C. Deveshwar said.

Talking to reporters after unveiling three green field projects, Mr. Deveshwar said the plan could be taken forward if the company had more land at its integrated consumer goods manufacturing facility in Uluberia in Howrah District.

“While we are exporting shrimps now, we could become a branded player in the frozen shrimp market, taking West Bengal shrimps all over India,” he said.

“We are targeting a Rs.one-lakh crore turnover from new-FMCG business. We need to enter new categories.. it cannot be done only through the existing business,” Mr. Deveshwar said.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Edinburgh to host Aquaculture Europe 2016

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, February 12, 2016

Aquaculture Europe 2016 will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) from September 20-23. AE2016 is organised by the European Aquaculture Society with the cooperation and support of Marine Scotland, part of the Scottish Government, and The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland. The event is Gold Sponsored by Biomar.

The event theme “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” means something to think about, something to be seriously considered and something that provides mental stimulation and nourishment. 

Aquaculture in Europe has plateaued resulting in overall output remaining more or less constant in volume since 2000. AE2016 will present the latest science to support further development, and industry panels will discuss key opportunities. It will also identify areas to encourage further sustainable growth in aquaculture. The morning plenary sessions will address different aspects of the event theme in a novel way.


IN BRIEF - Produce, seafood to gain export fast track

JAPAN
Thursday, February 11, 2016

TOKYO - Japan's government will work with wholesale markets to streamline procedures for exporting farm and fishery products, aiming to reach a JPY 1 trillion annual goal ahead of its 2020 target date.

The new one-stop service will halve the time needed to complete the process to about three days. The idea is to create opportunities for even small-scale producers to reach foreign markets without their own contracts with trading houses or other middlemen.

Starting in fiscal 2016, all of the procedures for shipping produce and seafood overseas, including quarantine inspections and certificate issuance, will be conducted at a single location for each of three major airports -- Haneda, Narita and Chubu in cooperation with nearby markets. Agents from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will be stationed at these locations. The fiscal 2016 budget plan contains an appropriation for the necessary funding.

Source: Nikkei


IN BRIEF - First octopus fishery achieves MSC certification

SPAIN
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Navia – In a world’s first, a Spanish octopus fishery has become certified to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard. Made up of four artisanal fishing guilds from western Asturias, octopus from this fishery can now carry the MSC ecolabel, assuring consumers that it comes from a certified sustainable source.

The MSC Standard is the world’s most renowned and credible standard for environmentally sustainable wild-caught seafood. The octopus fishery now joins a leading group of more than 280 MSC certified fisheries that are helping to ensure healthy marine ecosystems for the future.

The Asturian fishing guilds Nuestra Señora de la Atalaya de Puerto de Vega, Nuestra Señora de la Caridad de Ortiguera, Santo Ángel de la Guarda de Viavélez and San Pedro de Tapia de Casariego, jointly entered MSC full assessment to demonstrate the sustainability of their practices and the health of the stock. The fleet is made up of 27 boats based in the Navia-Porcía region of western Asturias and employs only artisanal fishers.


IN BRIEF - Marine Harvest ASA (OSE:MHG, NYSE:MHG): Presentation of the Q4 2015 results 17 February 2016

NORWAY
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Marine Harvest ASA hereby invites you to the presentation of the results for the fourth quarter 2015 at Hotel Continental, Stortingsgaten 24/26, 0117 Oslo, Norway.

Please note that the quarterly report and presentation will be published at 06:30 CET.

The presentation will be held in English and will also be webcast. You have the opportunity to post questions online throughout the webcast session. The webcast will be available on http://www.marineharvest.com/investor/quarterly-material/

You are also invited to participate in an international conference call at 16:00 (CET) on the same day where you have the opportunity to ask questions to Marine Harvest's management. The participants can call in using the details below. Participants for the telephone conference are kindly asked to call in 5-10 minutes in advance of the commencement of the conference in order to subscribe.


IN BRIEF - Increased mercury levels from seafood may not harm the brain

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 11, 2016

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that even though mercury levels in the brain increased with seafood consumption, the elevated levels may not be associated with increased brain neuropathologies (i.e., harm to the brain). In fact, the researchers found that seafood consumption was associated with less Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology despite the increased mercury levels.

The study findings were derived from 286 postmortem brain autopsies performed on a cohort of individuals initially free of dementia that the researchers followed for an average of 4.5 years until their death. Tissue concentrations of mercury and selenium were measured using instrumental neutron activation analyses. The participants’ seafood intake was measured by multiple food frequency questionnaires completed in the years before their death. It should be noted that the level of seafood intake in the study population was moderate, and therefore the findings cannot be generalized to populations with higher seafood consumption or to populations with high mercury exposure.

The researchers found that seafood consumption was significantly correlated with less Alzheimer disease pathology, including lower density of amyloid plaques in the brain and less severe and widespread tangles within the neurons. Whereas plaques and tangles are the defining features of Alzheimer’s dementia (characterized clinically by memory loss and decline in other thinking abilities), data suggest that some degree of plaques and tangles accumulate in the brains of most adults, even those without dementia.

In addition, the protective association of seafood was only observed among individuals with a common genotype (APOE-e4) that increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: IFT.org


EN BREVE - Fish, Other Mosquitoes Now Warriors In Zika Battle

EL SALVADOR
Thursday, February 11, 2016

 

PLAYA SAN DIEGO - With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world's latest mass health scare.

Scientists are devising numerous ways to try and stamp out the mosquitoes whose bites spread the virus, which they suspect can cause brain damage in babies and paralysis in adults.

Some want to wipe out baby mosquito larvae in standing water where the insects breed. Others propose to zap the male mosquitoes' privates with radiation to make them impotent.

Still others just want a plain old toad in their home to gobble any mosquitoes that buzz in.

Source: NDTV

 


IN BRIEF - President Obama’s 2017 budget to invest $26 billion in food safety, health

UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 11, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2017 fiscal year budget, released on February 9, matched the growing attention to food safety in the United States across multiple departments. The $4.1 trillion budget provides $24.6 billion in discretionary resources for the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and $82.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), which includes $1.6 billion for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


IN BRIEF - Live fish selling now popular in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH
Thursday, February 11, 2016

RAJSHAHI - Live fishes especially the major carps are being sold at Rajshahi markets for the last couple of years and the practice is being adjudged as bright instance for the country.

When the people in general are anxious over frequent mixing of formalin with fishes and fruits the good practice has drawn attention of many consumers.

According to sources, different preservatives especially formalin is mixed in fishes and fruits in a bid to keep those good and green. Many people became infected with various chronic diseases due to the malpractice.

The government conducts mobile courts at different market places, which fined the shops who are found guilty  and destroyed the goods mixed with formalin.

To get rid from the odd situation, the local farmers and traders have started selling live fishes in earthen pot and drum with full of water.

Source: The Financial Express


IN BRIEF - Tasmanian oyster industry set to lift prices to deal with disease outbreak

AUSTRALIA
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Oyster prices are tipped to rise as the industry deals with a deadly disease.

DNA testing has confirmed the virus wiping out oysters in Tasmania is the same strain of Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) found in the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales.

Tasmanian Oyster Company general manager James Calvert said price rises would prove crucial for the industry's survival.

"We are going to have to have a major price increase to try and support the debt, to get through," he said.

"This industry is probably as heavily geared as most primary industries in Australia, which is quite large unfortunately compared to the rest of the world.

Source: ABC


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