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IN BRIEF - Impact of East Coast fisheries still playing out

Saturday, November 24, 2012

BATON ROUGE - If you thought Louisiana's seafood industry might get a boost from the lull in commercial fishing activity where Hurricane Sandy made landfall late last month, you were wrong.

Some seafood processors in southeast Louisiana said just the opposite is happening, that sales to buyers on the East Coast are down slightly as portions of states like New York and New Jersey continue to recover.

Source: Jeremy Alford / Houma Today


IN BRIEF - Written Statement - Review of the Legislation Managing the Welsh Crustacean Fisherie

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A large amount of fisheries legislation has been inherited by the Welsh Ministers over recent years. As a result, a large scale review is taking place, as set out in the Wales Marine and Fisheries Strategic Action Plan.


The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with GBP 3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012. Given the importance of the crustacean fishery, this is one of the first fisheries to be considered, and a review of management provisions is currently taking place.

A consultation was held earlier in the year and I have given serious consideration to the wide range of issues raised in those responses. I have decided to proceed to amend the legislation for managing the Welsh crustacean fishery.

In recognition of concerns expressed by the industry, I intend to phase in the increase in minimum size for lobsters to minimise the impact on the industry in North Wales where a significantly lower minimum size currently applies. Further, I have decided to delay the ‘berried hen’ prohibition to allow for further work on this issue to be undertaken and allow for further consideration of the issues raised.

Source: Welsh Government


IN BRIEF - UK kids don’t know their fish from their fish fingers

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Nemo favourite clownfish more well-known than mackerel.


New research from Seafish has revealed that the UK's kids have a worrying lack of awareness when it comes to naming different species of edible fish.

In a poll of Britain's five to 11 year olds, carried out by the industry authority on seafood, one-third (29%) of children named Fish Fingers as an edible seafood, ahead of popular species haddock (18%), prawns (16%).

More kids were able to come up with Finding Nemo favourite, Clownfish (12%), than mackerel (5%), and sustainable species pollock and coley failed to feature at all.

Seafish aims to improve education around the consumption of fish including the health benefits it brings, the variety of types on offer and importance of consuming sustainable species.

Research has shown eating habits are formed before the age of five, when children begin primary school. However teachers have previously indicated that educating young people on the importance of seafood has been difficult to manoeuvre into the school curriculum in an engaging way.

Source: Seafish


IN BRIEF - Floating sensor buoy saves aqua farmers from ‘drowning’

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


L. Subba Rao is a resident of Bapatla in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. His aquaculture farms are located about 40 km from his village. One night in April 2010, the dissolved oxygen level in his farm could not be monitored and a change in the levels affected the farm adversely—leading to the death of all the fish in the pond. This resulted in a loss of INR 900 000.


This incident forced Raavi Sreeram, an electrical and electronics engineer, a close relative of Subba Rao, to find a solution to the problem being faced by many aqua farmers. He worked hard to find a solution using technology to make it easier for aquaculture farmers to monitor their farms. He built a prototype in May 2012 and used it first at his uncle’s farm.

“The solution I developed allows farmers to measure the water quality with respect to levels of dissolved oxygen and the PH level,” Sreeram, who established Eruvaka Technologies, told The Hindu. The device, Floating Sensor Buoy, is placed in the pond and has sensors measuring the various parameters required for maintaining a healthy environment for fish. Floating Sensor Buoy comes with cloud and mobile solution technology, which analyses water and biological conditions in shrimp ponds and alerts farmers immediately on their mobile phones. Every five minutes, farmers get a message on their cell phone on a real-time basis.

Source: The Hindu


IN BRIEF - Value of World Aquafeed Market Growing at 12.3% CAGR to 2019

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


DALLAS - The global aquafeed market is currently the fastest-growing segment of the agriculture and animal feed milling industry and is witnessing a steady growth particularly in China. The aquafeed market has grown exponentially in the last decade and this trend is expected to continue. Factors such as increasing consumption of sea food and growth in the aquaculture industry are increasing the market for the aquafeed industry, globally. The Asia-Pacific region was the largest market for aquafeed accounting for more than 76% of the total consumption.

ReportsnReports.com adds Aquafeed Market by End Consumption (Fish, Crustaceans, Mollusks, Others), by Additives (Antibiotics, Vitamins, Antioxidants, Amino Acids, Feed Enzymes, Feed Acidifiers, Others), by Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019 research report that says the Asia-Pacific region again took the major market share in terms of consumption with 76% of the total aquafeed market share in 2013. Increase in the domestic demand has contributed to the continuing growth trend particularly in this region. Fish dominated the Aquafeed market, by animal species, in 2013, with more than half of the market share. The global Aquafeed market is projected to be valued at 89,479.0 MT by 2019 and $123,990.3 million by 2019 at CAGRs of 10.7% and 12.3%, respectively, from 2014 to 2019.

Source: PR Newswire


IN BRIEF - HB Grandi has signed a contract for the construction of three wetfish trawlers

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


On Friday 29.8.2014, agreements for construction of three wetfish trawlers where signed at the office of HB Grandi. The contracts amount is EUR 43.950.000 EUR or close to ISK 6,8 billion. The plan is that the first ship will be delivered in May 2016, the second late in the year 2016 and the third in spring 2017.

The new ships will replace three current wetfish trawlers, Ásbjörn RE, Ottó N. Þorláksson RE and Sturlaugur H. Böðvarsson AK. The new ships will be more economical, catch handling and utilization of the fish will be better, more operational security and lower fuel and maintenance cost.

It is the Turkish ship building company Celictrans Deniz Ltd. Sti., Tuzla that will manage the costruction. The company is currently building two pelagic ships for HB Grandi.

Source: HB Grandi


IN BRIEF - Fisheries projects good news for Marshall Islands economy

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Two Marshall Islands fisheries projects have gotten the greenlight from the Pacific American Climate Fund.


A Marshall Islands fish-farming project will begin exporting fish to the US, while operations at another aquaculture farm will get a USD 150,000 boost.

The two business initiatives are some of the only economic development activities in progress in Marshall Islands, which suffers from heavy unemployment, a stagnant economy, and large scale out-migration to the U.S.

Editor of the Marshall Islands Journal, Giff Johnson says the move is great news for Marshall Islands' economy.

Source: Radio Australia


IN BRIEF - Environmental lobby threatens legal action over escaping salmon

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


An environmental lobby group has threatened to take the Information Commissioner to court as part of its ongoing attempt to obtain a report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay during 2014's February.


Solicitors for Friends of the Irish Environment have written to the commissioner to say they will take High Court action if he fails to indicate when he intends to make a decision on whether to release the report.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has already refused to release the report, prompting the FIE’s appeal to the commissioner.

Mr Coveney said the report, by the Department of Marine’s engineering division, was a work in progress and the public would not be served by its disclosure.

FIE appealed Mr Coveney’s refusal to the Information Commissioner but have not heard back.

Source: Irish Examiner


IN BRIEF - Halibut-tracking test hopes to prove quota increase needed

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


The Island’s week-long halibut fishing season kicks off on Sunday 31st of August 2014, but that year the fishermen are tracking the fish and trying to prove that Ottawa should increase their quota.


As part of the project, a handful of fishermen will be tagging some of the fish and returning them to the water. They're installing satellite tags that will track where the fish are concentrating throughout the year.

Michael MacDonald with the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association says they're trying to make a case to Fisheries and Oceans Canada that fishermen should be allowed to catch more halibut. As it stands now, each Island fisherman can take in just over 100 kilograms.

“They can co-ordinate the position of the fish, in what part of the gulf they are over winter and where they travel over the year. If we can prove that the southern gulf is a distinct stock, maybe the southern gulf can get their own quota, clear of the northern quota, like Newfoundland and Quebec,” he explained.

Source: CBC


IN BRIEF - Progress on buyback programme Nutreco shares

Monday, September 01, 2014


Further to the share buyback programme announced on 24 July 2014, Nutreco announces that during the period from 26 August 2014 up to and including 29 August 2014, Nutreco purchased 91,743 of its ordinary shares at an average price of EUR 29.36 per share. The total number of shares repurchased under this programme to date is 91,743 ordinary shares for a total consideration of EUR 2.7 million.


This programme will ultimately end on 31 January 2015, unless Nutreco shares for the overall maximum amount of EUR 100 million have been repurchased prior to that date. In that case the programme will end on the date on which this maximum is reached.

Nutreco: Progress on buyback programme Nutreco shares


IN BRIEF - Italian retail chain DESPAR joins Friend of the Sea program: canned tuna and mackerel now certified sustainable

Monday, September 01, 2014


The Friend of the Sea project expands further in Italy as it meets the trust of retail chain DESPAR, one of the main supermarket brands in Italy and part of the international SPAR group. DESPAR canned yellowfin tuna and mackerel are now displaying the Friend of the Sea logo, being sourced from approved sustainable origins.


Both tuna and mackerel are supplied by Generale Conserve S.p.A, a market leader in Italy specialized in canned products, already Friend of the Sea certified.

Tuna and mackerel are caught in fishing areas where stocks are not over-exploited by fishing methods which are selective and do not impact the seabed.

“We have chosen to have DESPAR’s products being assessed according to Friend of the Sea criteria since the project has grown in credibility and expanded its presence worldwide”, explains Mr. Simone Pambianco, Category Manager of DESPAR. “I am pleased DESPAR canned tuna and mackerel have been awarded the Friend of the Sea certification as this further proves to our customers our care for the environment.”

Friend of the Sea: Italian retail chain DESPAR joins Friend of the Sea program: canned tuna and mackerel now certified sustainable


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