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IN BRIEf - Fish in hot water as climate change

AUSTRALIA
Friday, January 18, 2013

The east coast of Australia is now considered one of the fastest warming areas in the region.

The CSIRO says fish are moving south in search of cooler waters, and marine heatwaves like the recent one off Western Australia are likely to cause major damage to corals and fisheries.

Scientists also warn climate change is now considered the single greatest threat to the long-term survival of the Great Barrier Reef.

Every month for the past 70 years, the ocean temperature has been recorded at the Port Hacking station off New South Wales.

It is one of a network of sites set up around Australia observing coastal conditions including salinity and ocean temperatures.

While it creates new fisheries, there are also downsides.

One was recorded off Western Australia, with ocean temperatures 5 degrees above average over two weeks.

The Commonwealth says there were no records of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef before 1979

ABC - Full Story Here


IN BRIEF - Slower fishing on mackerel

ICELAND
Friday, August 29, 2014

Mackerel fishing has begun to slow down after some excellent catches 2014's summer. According to Hjalti Einarsson who is skippering Faxi RE this trip, the mackerel are inclined to disappear down to the sea bed and are more of a problem to catch.

‘As things are at the moment it’s more of a lottery and we’re steaming while we search for good enough marks to shoot on. We started fishing two days ago and have 300 tonnes on board, so we need another hundred tonnes to have enough for production ashore, and hopefully we’ll have that by tonight. I expect to be alongside at at Vopnafjördur tomorrow,’ he said when we spoke to him on August the 27 2014 with Faxi off Hvalbak south-east of Iceland. Ingunn AK had just arrived on the fishing grounds and Lundey NS was still landing at Vopnafjördur

Source: HB Grandi

 


IN BRIEF - R.Domstein to own 74 pct of Domstein after bid

NORWAY
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

Domstein ASA : * R.Domstein & co says to buy all Domstein ASA shares tendered in bid, will hold 74.07 percent * R.Domstein & co says buying 1.9 mln shares at NOK 10 per share, on top of its previous holding of 3.79 mln shares.

Source: Reuters

 


IN BRIEF - MSD Animal Health to Attend in 10th International Sea Lice Conference

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada) has announced its sponsorship of the 10th International Sea Lice Conference, being hosted for the first time in the U.S. The conference, “Sustainable Solutions in Sea Lice Management,” will take place August 31 through September 5, 2014, in Portland, Maine.

Demand for fish protein is rising around the world. Protecting fish from disease and controlling bacteria and parasites is vital to ensure consistent, sustainable harvests and MSD Animal Health is proud to participate in the discussion.

“Sea lice and parasitic copepods continue to pose challenges to the global aquaculture industry,” said Dr. Chris Gould, MSD Animal Health. “Our aquaculture team is committed to working closely with research scientists and producers worldwide to develop sustainable, cost-effective sea lice control programs.”

Poor sea lice control can lead to poor growth and feed efficiency, high mortality rates, and increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infections. The recognition that the expansion of salmon and trout farming in Europe, Canada and Chile has been accompanied by increasing infestations of sea lice prompted MSD Animal Health to develop the industry’s leading parasiticide for sea lice.

MSD Animal Health will host a booth where attendees can learn about a global initiative supported by the company and its network of technical service specialists aimed at helping producers develop science-driven programs to improve sea lice control and optimize the use of treatments.

The conference will also feature presentations from industry experts on the topics of new tools and approaches for integrated pest management, sea louse biology, veterinary medicines, sea lice in wild and farmed fish populations, host immune responses and sea louse immuno-modulation, as well as epidemiology, modeling and analysis

 


IN BRIEF - TUF confirms interest in Bumble Bee Foods

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

Thai Union Frozen Products is interested in buying Bumble Bee Foods from Lion Capital, said the Thai company's chief executive.

 

In an interview with Krungthep Turakij, Thiraphong Chansiri, president and chief executive officer of the Thai frozen food company, confirmed the deep interest in the acquisition.

TUF is now the world’s largest producer of shelf-stable tuna products.

TUF and the Bolton Group were originally billed as the two frontrunners to acquire Bumble Bee, a company that produces canned tuna, salmon, other seafoods, and chicken. It is now headquartered in San Diego, California, United States.

According to Undercurrent News, which reported seafood business news, Bolton Group on August the 27 of 2014 denied interest in buying the US company.

Source: Nation Multimedia

 


IN BRIEF - Florida to receive federal grant to restore oyster fisheries

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

FLORIDA - Governor Rick Scott announces the Florida Department of Economic Recovery will be receiving a USD 6 million federal grant to restore oyster fisheries in the Apalachicola Bay.

This is nearly a year after a fishery resource disaster was declared in the area. Nearly USD 4.5 of the USD 6 million is allocated for restoration of the oyster habitat. The rest of the money will go to monitoring the oyster population, vocational and educational training for workers, and facilities upgrades.

Source: WTXL

 


IN BRIEF - Alltech expands in Latin America with a new office

PARAGUAY
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

Within the framework of Alltech’s expansion plans for Latin America, the company recently opened a new office in Paraguay, marking a total of 14 offices, nine manufacturing facilities, four distributors and 1,028 employees in the region.

The grand opening of the Paraguay office took place Aug. 19 2014, with participation from many members of the agribusiness sector.

 

"It is an honor to have a new Latin American office and to bring our 34 years of research and experience to the Paraguayan market. Alltech's model is simple: see what the world needs and search for innovative solutions, and that is what we have been doing for some time in Paraguay. We work to discover and implement natural, efficient and healthy solutions for a sustainable animal nutrition and side by side with our co-workers and our new facilities, we strive to increasingly support the development of the Paraguayan agricultural industry," said Guilherme Minozzo, vice president for Alltech Latin America, the fastest growing region for the company.

Source: World Poultry

 


IN BRIEF - Solway cockle fishery

UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

The Solway Cockle Fishery Management Study has concluded.

 

The study, an innovative initiative to test a new approach to cockle fishery management which allowed a limited cockle fishery, was due to run until mid-September but has concluded early following the withdrawal of the contractor as a result of difficult conditions and low prices in key markets. The fishery will remain closed until further notice.

Commenting on the closure Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“Marine Scotland has been working with the local community and agencies to achieve a sustainable long-term cockle fishery which delivers significant economic benefits to the wider local community.

It is obviously disappointing the study has had to finish early but even this development is a learning point. Marine Scotland are content to accept the end of the contract as we feel nothing further can be learnt from the study given current market conditions.

Source: The Scottish Government

 


IN BRIEF - Minister pushes for Fisheries Act to increase Ghana’s revenue generation

GHANA
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Madam Sherry Ayitey, says the fishing industry if carefully harnessed can contribute meaningfully to Ghana’s revenue generation.

 

She said export of fish has the potential to expand the country’s fish market internationally, if regulations on illegal fishing methods are enforced swiftly.

Madam Ayitey said this when she paid a maiden working visit to the Eastern Sector Enforcement Unit Headquarters in Tema.

The visit afforded the Minister and her Deputy, Benita Okittey-Duah, an opportunity to interact with staff of the Department to discuss challenges confronting the Enforcement Unit.

Madam Ayitey said the illegal methods of fishing must be strictly enforced to help Ghana to penetrate fish markets in western countries.

The National Coordinator of the Fisheries Unit, Captain Emmanuel Ayesu Kwarfo, said the Unit is discharging its operations to ensure that perpetrators are arrested and appropriately sanctioned.

The Tema Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Samuel Quartey, appealed to the Minister to assist the Department in enforcing the Fisheries Law.

Source: GBC Ghana

 


IN BRIEF - Hofseth Biocare ASA says Q2 revenue NOK 7.4 million

NORWAY
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

Hofseth Biocare ASA : * Says Q2 revenue NOK 7.4 million versus NOK 7.9 million * Says Q2 EBIT loss NOK 9.5 million versus loss NOK 13.9 million * Source text for Eikon * Further company coverage.

Source: Reuters

 


IN BRIEF - Iain Shone To Continue With GAA As Development Director

UNITED STATES
Friday, August 29, 2014

 

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is delighted to announce that long-time supporter Iain Shone will continue with the organization, acting as its Development Director.

Shone has been committed to GAA's mission of responsible aquaculture for 15 years, supporting the development the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program from the outset and guiding the organization's evolution as a Director on the Board.

Previously, Shone served on GAA's Executive Committee, representing Lyons Seafoods Ltd. He acted as the UK supplier's Director of Sourcing until stepping down last month.

Effective August 26 2014, Shone will be joining GAA on a part-time basis to support the development of GAA and BAP activities.

GAA: GAA Release -- Iain Shone Takes On New Role At GAA

 


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