The marketplace is, at times, an unfriendly place for farmed seafood products. Consumers may look upon aquaculture with a skeptical, if not disdainful, eye if informed by negative media reports — particularly those sharing outdated or inaccurate information, of which is there is a startling amount.
When it comes right down to it, however, we know very little about how consumers truly feel about farmed seafood, either in general or in comparison to wild seafood. Price is huge, but what other factors are as well? Does production method matter? What importance do they place on sustainability — do they even know what it means? In that vein, does any environmentally friendly attribute trump the price tag in a supermarket shopper’s mind?
These are the types of questions that U.S. seafood company The Fishin’ Co. sought to answer with a survey of U.S. consumers, conducted in February. The results will be revealed at the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) GOAL conference, held in Vancouver at the Four Seasons Hotel from Oct. 26 to 29 2015. GAA co-commissioned the survey.
VIJAYAWADA - In a major step towards ensuring disease-free aquaculture in the state, the fisheries department is introducing six mobile disease diagnosis laboratories. Even though Andhra Pradesh is the aquaculture hub of the country, lack of proper disease diagnosis laboratories has hampered the growth of aquaculture. So much so, 28 per cent of shrimp cultivation is lost due to diseases.
At present, there are eight laboratories in Nellore, Ongole, Nidubrol, Kaikaluru, Bhimavaram, Kakinada, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam. Only five labs are functional (two fully and three partially). Fisheries commissioner Ram Shankar Naik told TOI that the government will operate three out of the six labs and the remaining would be handed over to private players.
Once these mobile labs are ready, they will visit the areas of aquaculture cultivation and address the problems of the farmers. These labs will monitor the prevailing diseases and educated growers on the steps to be taken to protect their farms.
KRABI - Authorities have ordered manufacturers of kapi, or shrimp paste, to recall their products from the market after they were found to have been contaminated.
Speaking after a random quality inspection at local markets in Krabi province, Panut Sophonpong, a public health official at Krabi Public Health Department, said Sunday that seven samples of shrimp paste collected from local markets in the province were contaminated with dye.
He said officials from his department inspected several markets in the province, running random quality checks on fresh products including shrimp paste -- one of the most popular Thai ingredients.
The once ubiquitous figure of the toiling woman on farmlands has long faded. Today, a landscape once dotted by direct-sown fields that summoned the woman worker has been altered by shrimp farms that have made inroads from the creeks to inlands, on farmlands from Velankanni to Thiruthuraipoondi here.
Against this proliferation of shrimp farms on farm lands, the loss of women workers and the impact of shrimp farms has been ignored.
Two decades after shrimp industry made entry with claims of local employment, its actual employment pattern was as follows. Irrespective of the size of the pond (.5 ha to 1 ha), each seed-stocked pond is manned by one person.
A big farm, spread over tens of hectares, may have maximum of eight ponds, employing not more than 10 persons for 120 days of crop period.
This land-labour ratio was grossly disproportionate to the vast hectares of cultivable land acquired by shrimp farms.
HCM CITY - Tilapia exports are expected to reach USD 130-150 million by 2020, according to the Viet Nam Directorate of Fisheries.
Export of the fish has seen strong growth in the past decade, rising to more than VND 32 million in 2014 from VND 1.95 million in 2004, it said.
It has been exported in the form of frozen whole fish, skin-on fillet and skinless fillets to more than 60 countries, with the US, Spain, Colombia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, the UK, the Czech Republic, and Italy being the top importers.
The country had 16,000ha of tilapia farms last year, which produced 125,000 tonnes. They are expected to grow to 21,000ha and 150,000 tonnes this year.
Pham Anh Tuan, deputy director of the directorate, said 70 per cent of tilapia is bred in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta and the remaining in the north.
Businesses from across the seafood industry are calling on others to take advantage of Seafish's responsible sourcing tool, to assist buyers in making informed purchasing decisions, having recognised its potential over 2014.
Launched in September 2014, the 'Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood' (RASS) is now successfully aiding a wide range of businesses across the UK supply chain including Waitrose, Young's Seafood, Regal Fish, the seafood delivery service, and the award winning fish and chip chain, Papa's Fish and Chips.
The free online platform now lists 280 fishery profiles containing information on stock status, the efficacy of management, as well as seafloor habitat and bycatch impacts.
A seafood company that harvests and processes shellfish in Skagit County is accused of allowing a supervisor to sexually harass several female workers, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday 1st of October 2015 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The commission alleges Trans Ocean Seafoods Inc., which does business as New England Shellfish, violated federal civil rights law in not properly responding to complaints that a supervisor made unwanted sexual comments to four workers on multiple occasions in 2012.
The lawsuit also contends a company manager retaliated against three of the women and a male employee after complaints were made both internally and to the commission.
One of the two critical areas where New England fishermen search for cod may be in even worse shape than suspected.
Fishing managers already knew that cod stocks on Georges Bank were thin, but new data from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center says research boats caught less of the fish this spring than in all but one spring dating back to 1968.
One of the two critical areas where New England fishermen search for cod may be in even worse shape than suspected, and the findings could lead to lower catch quotas.
CONCORD, N.H. —More than USD 1 million in federal funding has been released to help struggling New Hampshire fishermen and fishing communities.
The money released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will assist the commercial ground-fishing industry and for-hire fishing vessels. It is in addition to the more than USD 2 million in fishery disaster funds that have been released to New Hampshire in the past two years.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said the money will provide an important lifeline to New Hampshire's fishing industry, which "continues to struggle under onerous federal catch limits and regulations."
Shaheen was part of an effort to secure disaster relief last year for affected fishing communities, including USD 32.8 million for New England.
Portable device quickly tests shellfish toxins United States
A team of scientists from the United States and Europe has developed a portable, inexpensive device that can quickly and easily screen freshly caught shellfish for toxins that cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.
Foreign vannamei shrimp depresses frozen seafood exports Bangladesh
Frozen seafood exporters from Bangladesh have been forced to decline their prices to improve sales given the large cheaper vannamei shrimp supply in the international market and the fall of the euro and the ruble against the American dollar.