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IN BRIEF - SFF backs Scottish Government concerns over cross-channel trade delays

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is backing the Scottish government by expressing their concerns over the damaging effects of the cross-channel trade delays.

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the SFF said: “One result of the chaotic situation caused by high-profile disturbances at the channel crossings has been to hold up lorry loads of highly perishable fish and shellfish being exported, with the delays experienced over the last few weeks taking quantities of these exports beyond use.

“While the difficulties and complexity of the whole migrant issue are recognised, fish and shellfish exporters from Scotland and the rest of the UK will be grateful for anything that can be done to protect this important element of our trade with Europe.”

Press Release: SFF

 


IN BRIEF - Global Agricultural Firm H.J. Baker Adds Aquaculture Expertise To Achieve Growth Objectives

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

WESTPORT, CT - Global Agriculture firm H.J. Baker announced on July the 24th 2015 that Dr. Scott Snyder has joined the company’s Animal Health and Nutrition Division as the Manager of Aquaculture Technical Services. The creation of this new position is part of H.J. Baker’s continued commitment in the aquaculture industry.

With a Doctor of Philosophy in animal physiology and a diverse industry background, Dr. Snyder brings a depth of knowledge and experience to H.J. Baker. He spent the prior two years as the director of the early life stage division and fish nutritionist for Clear Springs Foods, Inc. where he oversaw hatch house operations, feed ingredient identification and sourcing, formulation, and nutrition research and development.

Source: PR Web

 


IN BRIEF - Minister of Labor: Thailand does utmost in fighting human trafficking

THAILAND
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

BANGKOK -The Minister of Labor Gen. Surasak Kanjanarat has confirmed that the Thai government has done its best to tackle human trafficking, saying Thailand will adhere to its anti-human trafficking strategy whatever the results of the U.S. 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report turn out to be.

 

The Thai government's urgent response to human trafficking is testament to its determination and sincerity in dealing with the problem. Many high-ranking officers allegedly involved in human trafficking had been arrested and prosecuted, Gen. Surasak said.

Thailand was downgraded to a Tier 3 ranking in the 2014 TIP report. The U.S. Department of State was scheduled to publish its 2015 TIP report on 27th July 2015.

Source: Thai News

 


IN BRIEF - A toxin from Salmonid fish may help treat cancer

GERMANY
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

Remedies in nature that can potentially help beat cancer are constantly being investigated. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg reported on July 24, 2015, a toxin from Salmonid fish has the potential for cancer treatment. Scientists from the University of Freiburg believe this fish toxin may be used in the future as a medication for the treatment of cancer.

 

The Yersinia species of pathogens has the potential to cause bubonic plague and serious gastrointestinal infections in people. Dr. Thomas Jank, who is a pharmacologist, and his fellow researchers at the University of Freiburg have studied a pathogen of the Yersinia family known as Yersinia ruckeri. This pathogen is the cause of redmouth disease in Salmonidae, which includes salmon and trout.

The researchers believe that this fish toxin has tremendous therapeutic potential for cancer treatment. This research has been published in the journal Nature Communications. Pathogenic bacteria can develop killer machines which can work very specifically and efficiently. This toxin may therefore prove to be very helpful in the treatment of cancer.

Source: Examiner

 


IN BRIEF - Expansion plan at Castletownbere to boost fishing sector

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

The proposed EUR 20 million spend at Dinish Wharf in Castletownbere will ensure facilities for the fishing industry, and the wider seafood sector, are on a par with the best in Europe, the Fine Gael TD for Cork South West said. The works, which involve a 200-metre pier extension, will double in size the existing facility. They also include dredging, a reconfiguration and upgrade of the boatyard, and replacement of the syncrolift with an improved mobile boat hoist.

 

Mr Harrington said: “This development will also help to secure jobs locally in the engineering and maintenance sector of the fishing industry.”

Mr Harrington said the future completion of a programme of works announced last week by his colleague, Minister Simon Coveney, will also allow for a major expansion of the seafood and other marine industries in the south west.

Source: Irish Examiner

 


IN BRIEF - Zamakona Builds Tuna Vessel for Echebastar

SPAIN
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

Zamakona Yards informs its Astilleros Zamakona shipyard will deliver new build EuskadiI Alai, the third tuna freezer vessel ordered by the Echebastar Group to the Bermeo Group Echebastar on Saturday the 25th of July 2015 at the maritime cruise station in Getxo, Port of Bilbao.

Present for the ceremony will be Kepa Echevarría, Deputy Director of the Echebastar Group; Pedro Garaygordóbil, Zamakona Yards´ President; and the vessel’s godmother Miren Arantza Gabancho Munitiz, member of the company that owns the tuna vessel. The event will also be attended by representatives of the Basque Government and Central Government of Seychelles, Port of Bilbao, banking, consulting, Zamakona Shipyards staff, suppliers and customers of the group and members and staff of the ship owning company.

The Euskadi Alai is construction No. 738 from the Santurce Shipyard. The builder describes the vessel ass a new design project with the latest and most modern technology, built to suit the requirements of this Owner of Bermeo. The vessel will join sister ships Izaro and Jai Alai to perform fishing activities in the Indian Ocean. Like its sisters, the new ship has aluminum superstructure and bridge, ultra freezing tunnels at -60 º and has safe areas with antipiracy media.

Source: Marine Link

 


IN BRIEF - Action call over export delays

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

Fisheries Secretary asks UK Government for action after export damage and delays.

 

The Scottish Government has raised concerns over the impact that delays and potential delays at the channel tunnel are having on Scottish seafood production and export businesses. The intervention comes as some vehicles carrying fish from the Highlands to the continent were damaged by protesters in France.

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said businesses had seen continental supermarkets and wholesalers cancelling orders and fish being rejected due to deterioration – both a results of delays caused by the channel tunnel being closed as a result of both migrant incursion and industrial action in France. Scottish fish processors have been further affected when a number of vehicles were damaged during a separate blockade.

Source: The Scottish Government

 


IN BRIEF - Addicted to antibiotics, Chile's salmon flops at Costco, grocers

CHILE
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

Chile's salmon farmers are using record levels of antibiotics to treat a virulent and pervasive bacteria, driving away some U.S. retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, which is turning to antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon.

 

The coastal waters of Chile, the world's second-largest producer of salmon, are awash with a bacteria known as SRS, or Piscirickettsiosis. The bacteria causes lesions and haemorrhaging in infected fish, and swells their kidneys and spleens, eventually killing them.

Unable to develop an effective vaccine, Chilean farmers have been forced to increase antibiotic use. In 2014, the industry produced around 895,000 tonnes of fish and used 563,200 kilograms (1.2 million pounds) of antibiotics, according to government and industry data. Antibiotic use had risen 25 percent from 2013.

In contrast, Norway, the world's largest salmon producer, produced around 1.3 million tonnes of fish and used 972 kilos of antibiotics in 2013. 

Source: Reuters

 


IN BRIEF - BluWrap Delivers China's First Fresh Seafood Ocean Shipment from Chile

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

 

SAN FRANCISCO - BluWrap, the technology company that naturally extends the shelf life of fresh proteins, announced today it has completed the first ever shipment of fresh salmon from Chile into the port of Tianjin, China, the largest port city in Northern China, and the major maritime gateway to Beijing.

 

BluWrap provides a ground-breaking approach to shipping seafood that can significantly transform China's dependence on airfreighted fresh and frozen seafood. BluWrap's technology is a strategic advantage to countries like China because it ensures food security from remote food sources while considerably reducing carbon emissions and the use of polystyrene.

BluWrap partnered with Tianjin PuWan International and worked closely with the Tianjin port cold chain, as well as Salmones Aysen who supplied the salmon for the shipment.

Source: PR Newswire

 


IN BRIEF - Frigorífics Ros’ anchovies from Bay of Biscay win Friend of the Sea certification

SPAIN
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) by Spanish company Frigorífics Ros gain Friend of the Sea certification. The anchovies are caught in the North East Atlantic Ocean (FAO area 27) by approved vessels using purse seines which cause no impact to the seabed.

Anchovies are neither overfished nor overexploited. Stock biomass has been above Biomass Limit Reference point since 2010 and it is presently at historical high levels (ICES, 2014). Fishing is authorized only from March to the end of August 2015. All boats are equipped with electronic logbook. Anchovies swim in single species shoals, thus no other species is normally bycaught in the process.

“When choosing the most reliable sustainability certification program, we selected Friend of the Sea as it is applying the strictest criteria and its label is visible and respected in the markets we target,” explains Mr. Francesc Ros of Frigorífics Ros. “Anchovies fishing method is highly selective, energy efficient and it has negligible impact on the environment”.

Press Release: Friend of the Sea

 


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