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IN BRIEF - Record number of salmon return to Russian River

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 23, 2012

A record number of Chinook and Coho salmon are moving up the Russian River to spawn, an indication of rich ocean conditions necessary for those fish to survive, fisheries biologists said.

It may also be an indication that the millions of dollars being spent on habitat restoration to keep those fish from extinction may also be working.

There have been 6,348 Chinook salmon photographed as of Wednesday 21 Nov. moving through the fish ladders at the Sonoma County Water Agency's dam at Forestville, which is inflated during low river flows to create a pool for the agency's water pumping system.

Source: Bob Norberg / The Press Democrat

 


IN BRIEF - Despite high demand of shrimps, exporter margins under pressure

INDIA
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

While the Indian aquaculture industry has benefitted from the slowdown in production in countries like China, Vietnam and Thailand, the major global suppliers of shrimp, high demand has also induced a rise in farmgate prices. At the same time the average international prices are more or less stable as most importers tend to hold few months inventory; and this has put the margins of Indian exporters under pressure.

As per industry estimates, margins have shrunk by about 6-7% on an average. T R Patnaik, promoter of one of the leading shrimp exporters from India, Falcon Marine Exports Ltd admitted that margins of exporters are under pressure. Patnaik, who is also the vice- president of the Seafood Exporters Association of India, however, also added that margins, however, depend on how well one manages his business.

Source: Business Standard


IN BRIEF - Grimsby fish processing firm confirms 86 job losses

UNITED KINGDOM
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Grimsby fish processing firm is to cut 86 job after losing a contract with a supermarket chain.

Icelandic Seachill is shutting its deli operation after Marks and Spencers announced last month it was switching to a different supplier.

The company said its deli site would close in March 2017 with some of the remaining work transferred to another factory in the town.

It said it had concluded a consultation with unions over the job losses.

In a statement Icelandic Seachill said: "We appreciate this is a difficult and sensitive time for our employees, and our priority as a business is to support those affected by M&S's decision."

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - 230 million yuan of 'radiation seafood' smuggled from Japan to China

CHINA
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

On Aug. 21 2016, Qingdao Customs announced that a group of smugglers responsible forbringing over 5,000 tons of seafood into China over the past two years had beenapprehended. The total value involved in this case is 230 million yuan.

In a survey administered early in 2016, customs inspectors found that some upscaleseafood was being sold for cheaper prices than declared, which stood out as unusual.Customs officer Song Zhening explained that a large quantity of scallops, king crabs andfish was imported by vans licensed in Southwest China's Guangxi.

"The seafood originated in Japan, Russia and the U.S., so why did it come in vans fromGuangxi?" Song mused. "It was strange."

Source: English People


IN BRIEF - Bakkafrost Q2 EBIT lags forecast, keeps 2016 output view

FAROE ISLANDS
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Q2 operational ebit DKK 307.1 million.

The high salmon spot prices affected the VAP segment negatively, and the VAP segment made an operational EBIT of DKK -68.4 million.

Harvested volumes in Q2 were 13.0 thousand tonnes gutted weight.

Together with bakkafrost's unchanged expected harvest (excluding. Faroe farming) of 48,000 tonnes, total harvest for bakkafrost group in 2016 will be 49,000 tonnes.

Forecasts a release of 10.4 million smolts in 2016, compared with 11.3 million smolts released in 2015 and 10.4 million smolts released in 2014.

Global supply of atlantic salmon is expected to decrease by approximately 4% in volume during 2016, compared to 2015. Decrease is expected to be 8-9% in second half of 2016.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Fish farmer Bakkafrost: market needs 6-7 pct annual salmon output growth

FAROE ISLANDS
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CEO Regin Jacobsen of Faroese fish farmer Bakkafrost estimates a need for 6-7 percent annual growth in global salmon supply to meet current market demand trend.

CEO predicts global supply growth of 2 percent in 2017 after a drop of approximately 4 percent in 2016.

CEO says this means market will remain strong.

CEO says it's a challenge that the market does not get enough salmon.

CEO says global market could need close to 10 percent supply growth if geopolitical issues are resolved, such as Chinese and Russian import restrictions from Norway.

CEO also points out Norway's exports were shut out of the U.S. salmon market from 2003 to 2012 due to trade restrictions.

Source: Reuters


IN BRIEF - Sokoto Govt Issues NGN 19 Million Loan to Fish Farmers

NIGERIA
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sokoto State Government said on Monday that it released NGN 19 million loan to 140 fish farmers in the state to boost their production.

Alhaji Tukur Alkali, Commissioner for Animal Health and Fishery Development said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Sokoto.

He said that the measure was part of the state government's commitment to ensure the development of fish farming in the state .

Alkali said that the government would continue to initiate policies and programmes that would strengthen the production of assorted fishes in the state.

Source: All Africa


IN BRIEF - Fish quality in central Vietnam remains unclear following mass deaths

VIET NAM
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fishermen in Vietnam’s central provinces continue to struggle as there has still not been a conclusive response from authorities over whether fish sourced from the coastline is edible.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with relevant institutions, organized a conference in the north-central province of Quang Tri on Monday 22nd of August 2016 to report on the maritime environment in central provinces, four months after the region was embroiled in the mass fish death controversy.

A large number of dead fish were washed ashore in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue in early April.

Source: Tuoi Tre News


IN BRIEF - VN tilapia export to rise rapidly

VIET NAM
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HÀ N?I – Vietnamese tilapia export was anticipated to increase rapidly this year, according to the Vi?t Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (Vasep).

Vasep said that tilapia export might record revenues of USD 45 million for the full year, rising by 32 per cent over 2015, and added that the trend would continue in the coming years.

Import markets of Vietnamese tilapia expanded significantly during the past decade, from just five in 2005 to 68, including the United States (US), Colombia and the European Union (EU) being the three largest importers.

Around 23 per cent of exported Vietnamese tilapia was shipped to the US, its largest importer. Vi?t Nam was currently the third largest exporter of tilapia to the US with a share of 10 per cent, coming after mainland China and Taiwan.

Source: Viet Nam News


IN BRIEF - Alaska Pink Salmon Fishery Set To Rank as Worst in 20 Years

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years by a long shot, and the outlook is bleak for all other salmon catches except sockeyes.

“Boy, sockeye is really going to have to carry the load in terms of the fishery’s value because there’s a lot of misses elsewhere,” said Andy Wink, a fisheries economist with the Juneau-based McDowell Group.

The historical peaks of the various salmon runs have already passed and the pink salmon catch so far has yet to break 35 million on a forecast of 90 million. That compares to a harvest of 190 million pinks in 2015.

Weekly tracking through August 15 shows the pace of the Chinook salmon harvest (341,000) is down 42 percent versus last year in net fisheries, cohos (under 2 million) are down 20 percent, and the chum catch (12 million) is down 25 percent.

Source: Site News


IN BRIEF - Vietnam central coast safe for swimming, aquaculture after disaster: study

VIET NAM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The results of a study released Monday show that Vietnam’s central coast is again safe for swimming and aquaculture, four months after toxic effluents discharged by Taiwan-owned Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp caused mass fish deaths.

Prof Mai Trong Nhuan of the Hanoi National University, who headed the study commissioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said that coastal areas in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces have been recovering gradually.

The presence of the toxic substance has reduced by 90 percent in samples taken in July and August and coral reefs are recovering, he said at a conference held in Quang Tri by the environment ministry and the Vietnam Institute for Science and Technology.

Source: Thanh Nien News


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