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IN BRIEF - Verlasso Smoked Salmon by Blue Hill Bay at Fancy Food Show

UNITED STATES
Friday, January 18, 2013

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verlasso(r), the world's first provider of harmoniously raised fish, and Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based producer and distributor of smoked fish, will unveil Verlasso Smoked Salmon during the 2013 Fancy Food Show, Jan. 20-22, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The new product will be available to retail and food industry seafood purveyors through Acme's premium, all-natural Blue Hill Bay(r) Smoked Seafood brand. Show attendees can sample and learn more about Verlasso Smoked Salmon at the Acme booth #883.

Verlasso's Harmoniously Raised difference creates a better environment for fish to grow into great-tasting salmon with a shimmery quality, full fins and bright eyes. A critical aspect of the Verlasso approach protects ocean biodiversity through an innovative solution to the depletion of our world's fisheries. Specifically, Verlasso lowers the "fish in, fish out" ratio of the salmon's diet - the pounds of wild caught feeder fish needed to produce one pound of salmon - from the industry standard of 4:1 for fish oil and fish meal to 1:1 without compromising healthy levels of Omega-3s in the salmon's diet.

Verlasso and Acme collaborated to create right-sized smoked salmon options for grocery stores, delis, gourmet and specialty stores, and select catalogue and online gourmet retailers


IN BRIEF - Press Release | MSD Animal Health Joins Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) to Support Sustainable Salmon Farming

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MADISON, NJ – MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) is proud to announce its membership in the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), a leadership initiative by global farmed salmon producers that is focused on accelerating sustainability for salmon farming.  

“The global salmon business has a very bright future with strong demand and healthy growth,” said Dr. Chris Beattie, Head of Global Aquaculture, MSD Animal Health. “We align very closely with GSI’s vision of providing a highly sustainable source of healthy protein to feed a growing global population, while minimizing its environmental footprint. With fish health and welfare central to the future success of salmon farming, we see a natural fit between MSD Animal Health and GSI.”

By 2050, it is estimated that the world’s population will increase by 34 percent to 9.1 billion people – doubling the demand for global food production, including fish protein.[i] The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations also estimates that about one billion people worldwide rely on fish as their primary source of animal protein[ii]. A healthy source of protein and essential fatty acids, farmed salmon is vital to balancing the needs of feeding the growing global population, and meeting the demand for healthy and sustainable protein production.

MSD Animal Health is committed to supporting global farmed salmon producers through a wide range of products and services for the environmentally and economically sustainable control of major aquaculture diseases around the world.


IN BRIEF - Will Alaska's fishing industry see budget cuts?

UNITED STATES
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

(SitNews) - As lawmakers convene this week in Juneau, Alaska’s fishing industry sees a glimmer of hope that its budget won’t be gutted again.

Under Governor Walker’s proposed budget for FY18, the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game reflects a .3 percent increase to $70.7 million. It’s a big relief for an industry whose oversight budget has been slashed by more than 30 percent over two years.

Source: LAINE WELCH / sitnews.us | Read full story here


IN BRIEF - Pingtan Marine Enterprise Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend for First Quarter 2017

CHINA
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FUZHOU /PRNewswire/ -- Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (PME), ("Pingtan," or the "Company") a global fishing company based in the People's Republic of China (PRC), today announced that the Company has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 per share of common stock outstanding, payable in cash on or about February 15, 2017 to shareholders of record on January 31, 2017. This marks the ninth consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Pingtan.

The Company intends to continue paying a cash dividend on a quarterly basis, and expects to adjust its quarterly dividend rate in accordance of its earnings performance.


IN BRIEF - New plastics policy welcomed but further steps needed

NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New plastics policy welcomed but further steps needed, LGNZ says

Local Government New Zealand welcomes the Government’s proposals to ban products containing plastic microbeads and hopes it signals a new approach to removing plastics from the environment.

Minister for the Environment Nick Smith yesterday announced plans to ban products containing tiny plastic microbeads from sale in New Zealand, following the lead of several other countries.  Microbeads, found in some cosmetic products like shaving gel and soap, were being targeted because they could not be recycled and there was clear evidence of harm to waterways, fish and shellfish.


IN BRIEF - Consumers warned about frozen meat and fish products supplied by MDA Products Ltd

UNITED KINGDOM
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Consumers are being warned not to eat a number of food products, mainly frozen fish and chicken, supplied by MDA Products Ltd. The products have been repackaged in an unapproved premises and are therefore potentially unsafe.

These products are also the subject of a number of labelling and traceability contraventions.They may have 'best before' or 'use by' dates that have been extended beyond those set by the manufacturers and without authorisation. They are not compliant with food law requirements and should be withdrawn from the market and recalled from consumers.

Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain the full distribution details or product traceability record for these products. Details of known distribution to three retail chains is provided in the attached alert to local authorities.

Some of the products known to be affected are:

  • 4 Cod Fillets wrapped in crunchy golden breadcrumbs, 480g
  • Lytham Fish Co. Basa Fillets, 800g
  • Lytham Fish Co. 100% White Fish Fillet Burgers, 4 pack, 460g
  • Alaskan Pollock Fillets, wrapped in crunchy golden breadcrumbs, 500g
  • Lytham Fish Co. 16 Seafood Sticks, 200g
  • Breaded Hake Goujons, 500g
  • Cod Bites, 500g

IN BRIEF - Alaska Sablefish Fishery Achieves Continued Alaska RFM Certification

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is pleased to announce the Alaska sablefish (black cod) fishery has been awarded continued certification to the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program. 

The Alaska sablefish fishery was first certified to the Alaska RFM Certification Program in October 2011 and in early 2016 began the process of re-assessment The reassessment was conducted using Alaska RFM Standard Version 1.3. Details of the assessment can be found in the Final Assessment Report.


IN BRIEF - Larger / SmallerNight Mode Working party to report on country of origin seafood labels

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A working group will report to federal parliament “as soon as possible” on country of origin labelling for seafood sold in the food services sector in Australia, according to a government spokesman.

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt has been urged by Braddon Labor MHR, Justine Keay, to progress the establishment of a bi partisan working group to look at country of origin labels in order to let consumers know where seafood comes from.

The new country of origin labelling for packaged food came into effect in July but seafood sold in restaurants and fish and chips shops is exempt.

Source: theadvocate.com.au


IN BRIEF - New rules for New England shrimp fishing might go to public

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The public might soon have a chance to comment on potential new fishing rules that could help bring New England’s shrimp back into markets.

Northern shrimp were once a popular seafood, but the commercial fishing industry for them has been shut down since the stock collapsed in 2013.

Interstate regulators are working on new rules about how to manage the fishery if it does eventually reopen.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says options include state-by-state allocations and the mandatory use of certain kinds of gear to prevent harvest of young shrimp.

The commission’s shrimp panel will meet on March 16 to decide whether to approve a draft of new rules for public comment. The new rules could come up for a vote at a later date.

Source: AP/pressherald.com


IN BRIEF - Volatility Levels in Focus for Huon Aquaculture Group Ltd.

AUSTRALIA
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Taking a look at some volatility readings on shares of Huon Aquaculture Group Limited (ASX:HUO). The 12 month stock volatility is 28.024500. The 6 month volatility is currently 25.873800, and the 3 month is sitting at 28.251800. Tracking historical volatility may help show how much the share price has varied over the specific time period. Even though past volatility activity may help predict the future volatility of a stock, it may also be widely different when taking into account other factors that may be driving price action during the period of time.

Equity investors are regularly trying to find value in the markets. Investors looking for value may be checking in on the Piotroski F-Score. Huon Aquaculture Group Limited (ASX:HUO) currently has a Piotroski F-Score of 5. The goal of the F-Score is to help spot companies with strengthening balance sheets, and to help separate poor performers. The Piotroski F-Score is named after its creator Joseph Piotroski. The F-Score uses nine different variables based on a company’s financial statement. One point is assigned to each test that a stock passes. Generally, a stock scoring an 8 or 9 would be viewed as strong while a stock with a score from 0-2 would be considered weak.

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IN BRIEF - Uncertainty Over How Recent Storms Impacted Salmon Population

UNITED STATES
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The massive amounts of water that hit California last week could have either beneficial or disastrous effects on salmon populations, depending on who you ask.

John McManus, executive director for the Golden Gate Salmon Association, sees the flood waters as a benefit. He says he expects to see large salmon runs in the coming two years.

"And the reason why is the heavy rains in the Central Valley are basically creating quite a bit of fish habitat for baby salmon that are out there right now and it really helps them grow," McManus says. "It helps them feed, it helps them stay away from predators and they survive at much, much higher rates."

Aquatic Ecologist Eric Ettlinger with the Marin Municipal Water District does not see it that way. He says spawning grounds were hit hard in his coastal watershed.

"Overall, I would say that these big floods have a net-negative effect on salmon and I haven't seen things improve down the line because of it," Ettlinger says.

Both Ettlinger and McManus say it will take a while before they'll have solid evidence as to how the populations were truly affected.

Source: Randol White /capradio.org


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