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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 - Toothfish Day celebration in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

S. GEORGIA & S. SANDWICH
Saturday, September 05, 2015

 

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has its own bank holidays set by the Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands each year.

On September 4th 2015, Toothfish Day is celebrated to follow the end of the toothfish season at South Georgia.

To help you join in the spirit of Toothfish Day here are some toothfish facts! Did you know that:

• The average weight of a commercially caught toothfish is 7-10kg but they can exceed 100kg.
• Toothfish can live for up to 50 years and can grow to lengths of over 2m.
• Toothfish live in cold waters (1-4 Celsius) and can be found in the South Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans as well as around sub-Antarctic islands.
• The South Georgia Toothfish Fishery has been recognized as one of the best managed fisheries in the world and has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for over ten years.
• FPV Pharos SG, undertakes regular patrols to prevent illegal fishing in South Georgia waters.
• This year 2,200 tons of toothfish have been caught around South Georgia by six vessels. Strict vessel licence conditions set by the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands include stringent safety requirements, and measures to protect birds and other sea life.
• It is a condition of the fishery that every toothfish vessel has an independent scientific observer onboard ensuring 100% coverage.

Source: MercoPress

 


IN BRIEF - Tra fish need strong brand to boost sales

VIET NAM
Saturday, September 05, 2015

 

The creation and development of a powerful brand name would help the tra fish sector secure a firm foothold in export outlets, especially in the European Union (EU), experts told Vietnam News Agency.

 

Deputy Head of the General Department of Fisheries Pham Anh Tuan said the EU was an important market for the tra fish industry. The recent reduction in imports from the market reflected an ongoing economic recession, but EU countries still needed Vietnamese tra fish products in the long run, he added.

Further, Alfons van Dujivenbode from the EU's Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries said European customers were concerned about genuine nutritional information and ingredients of the product on labels and packaging, including codes to trace the origins of products from Vietnamese processing and export firms.

Source: Viet Nam News

 

 


IN BRIEF - NOAA announces up to USD 10 million available to support fisheries projects under Saltonstall-Kennedy Grants program

UNITED STATES
Saturday, September 05, 2015

 

As part of its efforts to build resilient coastal communities and sustainable marine resources, on September the 3rd of 2015, NOAA announced the availability of approximately USD 10 million in competitive grants through the 2016 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program. The program addresses the needs of fishing communities, and increases opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable by funding fisheries research and development projects.

Through this year’s program, emphasis is being placed on rebuilding fish stocks, maintaining and restoring healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems, and promoting the economic vitality of fishery working waterfront communities. The program is also emphasizing community-based projects to help coastal communities retool fishing fleets, shore services, and port facilities into sustainable and innovative businesses.

Source: NOAA News

 


IN BRIEF - Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella

UNITED STATES
Saturday, September 05, 2015

 

A recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen tuna might have sushi lovers wondering if it's safe to eat that raw fish.

 

The outbreak in question began in California in March 2015. All told, it sickened 65 people in 11 states. There were 35 cases in California, with another 18 in Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the cases were scattered across the country, including four in Minnesota.

Most of the victims interviewed by public health investigators said they'd eaten sushi made with raw tuna in the week before they became ill. It was the Minnesota Department of Health that discovered the outbreak strains of Salmonella in some frozen raw tuna imported from Indonesia. The California importer, Osamu Corp., had shipped the frozen tuna to sushi restaurants and grocery stores that make sushi throughout the U.S.

In late August 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the outbreak was over. But the agency warned that some of the recalled tuna might still be lurking in the freezers of restaurants uninformed about the outbreak, so people could still get sick.

Source: NPR

 


IN BRIEF - Scientists Use Katama Bay for Detailed Study of Oysters and Vibrio

UNITED STATES
Saturday, September 05, 2015

 

The sun was still low in the sky over Chappaquiddick early Thursday 3rd of September 2015's morning, but the work day was well underway on Katama Bay. Oyster farmer Scott Castro grabbed an orange plastic basket and hopped into a boat, motoring out to his shellfish farm on the bay as a cormorant dried its wings on a nearby dock. Ryan Smith loaded oyster grow-out bags into a boat with his father, Joe, while Sophie the dog ran up and down the dock. Jack Blake, known as an early riser, had been at work out on his raft since dawn.

 

Another day of work for the oyster farmers running 12 aquaculture operations on Katama Bay, except that business has come to a halt with a two-week closure of the oyster farms because of Vibrio illness tied to raw oysters consumed from the bay. A precautionary seven-day closure was announced last Wednesday; this Tuesday the state Department of Public Health and Department of Marine Fisheries announced the closure would be extended by another week because of three additional confirmed illnesses.

Source: Vineyard Gazette

 


IN BRIEF - Funds’ paucity, equipment hinder fish farming growth

NIGERIA
Saturday, September 05, 2015

 

Lack of funds, fish drying machines and other equipment have been identified as factors affecting the SUTEX Fish Farm at Okongntekong Ete village in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

 

The President of Ukpum Ete Youth Association, Comrade Ubong Essien, highlighted the challenges on the farm and appealed for government’s assistance when the state governor visited and inspected some basic facilities for skill acquisition development in the area. The Youth President urged the state government to come to their aid through provision of more capital to accelerate efforts in training more youths in the area, and promised to be law abiding.

Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Skills Development Project Centre, Dr. Majorie Abasiodiong George, the governor congratulated youths from Ukpum Ete clan for pro-actively initiating lofty programmes that would engage youths meaningfully in the area.

Source: The Nation

 


IN BRIEF - Seafood NZ applauds MPI operation in Hawke's Bay

NEW ZEALAND
Friday, September 04, 2015

 

Seafood New Zealand applauds the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for its work in what must have been a difficult and complex investigation into black market fishing and trading in Hawke’s Bay, says Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst.

 

He was commenting on MPI’s Operation River that has involved:

- Executing search warrants on 22 dwellings

- Inspecting commercial fishing premises in Hastings and Napier

- Interviewing 31 people

- Seizing one commercial fishing vessel, three recreational fishing vessels, one tractor, 11 vehicles that were connected with black market catch and sales

- Uncovering illegal trading of 1.8 tonnes of paua (shell on) and 600 crayfish

Source: Voxy

 


IN BRIEF - SFF comment on landing figures for 2014

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, September 04, 2015

Commenting on the statistics published today (3 September 2015) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2014 increased by 18 per cent in real terms from 2013 and the volume by 31 per cent, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“These statistics highlight the importance of fishing to the Scottish economy and its crucial role in supporting fragile coastal communities.
“Whilst the figures at first glance appear to reflect a buoyant industry, they should be treated with a degree of caution because most of the increase in value and volume can be attributed to mackerel, which saw a large increase in quota last year due to the abundance of the stock.

“However, the underlying good news is that the majority of fish stocks of interest to our fishermen – such as North Sea haddock and cod – are either in good health or are heading in the right direction.

“But major challenges remain. Of particular significance is the fact that the quota allocation for whitefish was almost fully taken up in 2014. This means that when the landing obligation, or discard ban as it is known, starts to be phased-in from 1 January 2016, as things stand there is currently very little room for manoeuvre for the fleet. These landing figures therefore underline that if the discard ban is to work, there is the real need for there to be sensible compensatory quota increases to account for the fact that all fish caught will have to be landed.

Press Release: SSF


IN BRIEF - Landlocked Punjab gets fish research hub at Bathinda

INDIA
Friday, September 04, 2015

 

CHANDIGARH - India's second freshwater aquaculture research centre will come up in landlocked Punjab's Bathinda district. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal last week asked Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh to sanction a INR 21 crore regional research centre in his home bastion.

 

This will be the ninth fish research centre to be developed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in India and is aimed at expanding fish farming in the pond areas that have both brackish and fresh water.

This would be the fourth such centrally-funded institution that has either come up or has been approved in Bathinda in the past one year. An All India Institute of Medical Sciences has already been approved here while the foundation-laying ceremony for the Central University is likely on September 7 2015.

Source: Times of India

 


IN BRIEF - Landlocked Punjab gets fish research hub at Bathinda

INDIA
Friday, September 04, 2015

 

CHANDIGARH - India's second freshwater aquaculture research centre will come up in landlocked Punjab's Bathinda district. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal last week asked Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh to sanction a INR 21 crore regional research centre in his home bastion.

 

This will be the ninth fish research centre to be developed by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in India and is aimed at expanding fish farming in the pond areas that have both brackish and fresh water.

This would be the fourth such centrally-funded institution that has either come up or has been approved in Bathinda in the past one year. An All India Institute of Medical Sciences has already been approved here while the foundation-laying ceremony for the Central University is likely on September 7 2015.

Source: Times of India

 


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