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IN BRIEf - Fish in hot water as climate change

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 - Massachusetts gets last batch of fisheries disaster aid

Saturday, October 03, 2015


More than two years after the federal government declared a fisheries disaster in the Northeast as groundfish stocks failed to rebound as expected, federal officials on Thursday 2nd of October 2015 released the last round of aid to fishermen totaling USD 6.9 million for Massachusetts.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries plans to use the money to provide aid to groundfish permit holders and crews, to develop an industry-funded buyback, to build a network of legal services providers to assist fishing businesses, and to provide an industry-based survey on Gulf of Maine cod. The legal services initiative will involve a contract with the University of Massachusetts Law School. (State House News Service)

Source: Boston Globe


IN BRIEF - Kermadec sanctuary breaches rights - Maori Fisheries Trust

Saturday, October 03, 2015


Plans to set up one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world breach Treaty of Waitangi obligations and extremely late-notice consultation was cynical, the Maori Fisheries Trust says.


The strong criticism comes after Labour said the Government's "care free" approach to establishing the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary could lead to legal challenges from iwi.

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith dismissed that, saying consultation had been adequate and the idea well-received.

However, today the Maori Fisheries Trust, Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOK), has issued a statement slamming the Government's "cynical" consultation on the project.

Source: NZ Herald


IN BRIEF - Advisory panel set up to implement Bui fisheries management plan

Saturday, October 03, 2015


A 12-member fisheries advisory panel has been set up by the Bui Power Authority for the implementation of the Bui fisheries management plan.

The advisory panel is expected to formulate regulations that will ensure that the fishery resources of the Bui reservoir are exploited on an ecologically sustainable basis.

The Bui Power Authority has also constructed a landing site on the road between Bongase and Banda Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The authority will soon commence the construction of a second fishing ramp and landing site near Jama in the Northern Region to ensure safety and promote good sanitary practices in fishing activities.

Source: Graphic Online


IN BRIEF - Vietnam Shrimp exports to the UK keep growing

Saturday, October 03, 2015


The UK has been a potential market as shrimp sales to the market remained high growth rates while other markets declined. Even though shrimp imports into the UK slowed down, shrimp sales from Vietnam to the market saw positive growth. The increase was owing to the UK’s rising demand for small warm-water shrimp.


In May 2015, the UK surpassed Germany to become Vietnam's largest shrimp importing market in the EU. In August 2015, the UK accounted for 4.7% of the Vietnam’s total shrimp exports while the proportion to Germany was 3.1%. Through August, the proportion to the UK made up 4% while Germany took 3.9%.

The UK was the only market in the EU to report the positive growth of 24.4% in Jan-Aug 2015.

Source: Vasep


IN BRIEF - Young's Seafood: Fraserburgh recovery plan set out

Saturday, October 03, 2015


It was announced in July 2015 that the plant was to close after the loss of a GBP 100 million contract to supply salmon to supermarket chain Sainsbury's.

However, the owners then decided to keep it - and a smokehouse in Grantown on Spey - open, saving 250 jobs.

A Scottish government-led taskforce has met for the first time.

It agreed the plan, which is aimed at helping Young's seek new business, as well as supporting workers made redundant in finding new work, and looking at how to create sustainable long-term employment in the town.

The Fraserburgh plant will be a much-reduced operation focussing on hot and cold smoked ready-to-eat products.

Source: BBC


IN BRIEF - Pangasius exports to Saudi Arabia increased significantly

Saturday, October 03, 2015


Currently, Saudi Arabia is Vietnam's biggest pangasius importing market in the Middle East. Through August, pangasius exports to Saudi Arabia valued USD 42.46 million, up 11% year on year. This market accounted for 4.2% of pangasius exported from Vietnam.
From January to August 2015, Vietnamese companies upped pangasius exports to this market. As a result, since May, export value continuously reported significant growth at 16-49% year on year.


Latest data from the International trade Centre (ITC), in 2014, Vietnam was the only pangasius source to Saudi Arabia.

In the first 9 months of 2014, whole fresh, frozen fish (coded HS 0302) made up the largest share in imports of Saudi Arabia. Tilapia was the species most consumed. On average, each month, this country imported 639-840 MT whole, chilled tilapia and 450-854 MT of frozen tilapia (HS 030323). In addition to tilapia, the Islamic consume much shrimp, sardine and some other sea fish.

Source: Vasep


IN BRIEF - MPEDA, fisheries experts to hold meet on shrimp diseases

Friday, October 02, 2015


Officials of Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in association with Department of Fisheries will organise a state-level workshop on ‘Shrimp Disease Surveillance and Capacity Building’ at Hotel D.V. Manor on October 1. Experts from the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), a research wing of MPEDA, Chennai, and National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA), a unit of Ministry of Commerce and Industry for implementing better management practices in aquaculture, will speak on observation and diagnosis of diseases in shrimp varieties. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with MPEDA Chairman Leena Nair recently and discussed on giving a boost to shrimp and fish production and exports from the State. Mr. Naidu asked MPEDA and Fisheries Department officials to organise a meeting to discuss the diseases causing loss to aqua farmers and how to prevent them, said MPEDA Deputy Director (Aquaculture) S. Kandan. Commissioner of Fisheries Ram Shankar Nayak will explain on the laboratories being manned by Fisheries Department and the measures being taken by the government to promote aquaculture. The Fisheries Department will elucidate the steps being taken to prevent diseases in aquaculture through State Institute of Fisheries Technology. RGCA Project Director Y.C. Rhanpi Sam Raj will explain on the objectives of disease surveillance programme and Deputy PD Jaideep Kumar will detail the farmers, officials and other participants on the action plan on disease observation, data and sample collection, compilation and despatch to RGCA. NaCSA in-charge Chief Executive Officer Shanmuka Rao will participate. A practical session on collection, fixation, preservation of shrimp samples, operation of brood stock multiplication centre and bio-security requirements and role of aquatic quarantine facility in ascertaining the Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) status in imported L. Vannamei brood stock and other topics would also be discussed, the MPEDA Deputy Director said. A practical session on collection, fixation, preservation of shrimp samples, operation of brood stock multiplication centre and bio-security requirements and quarantine facility will be organised.

Source: Nyoooz


IN BRIEF - US Foods Named First Nationwide Foodservice Distributor to Achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification

Friday, October 02, 2015


ROSEMONT, Ill.- US Foods, one of the country's most innovative food companies and leading distributors today announced certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Standard. The MSC is recognized as the world’s leading certification program for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.


“Ensuring the integrity of the seafood we deliver is important to US Foods and to our customers”

MSC Chain of Custody certification assures that in every step of the chain – from the fisherman, to the processor, to the distributor and the end user – MSC certified seafood is not mixed with or substituted for non-certified seafood. MSC Chain of Custody certification ensures that seafood products that carry the blue MSC ecolabel can be traced back to a fishery that has been certified as sustainable and well-managed against the global, science-based MSC Standard.

“Ensuring the integrity of the seafood we deliver is important to US Foods and to our customers,” said Steve Guberman, chief merchandising officer, US Foods. “We are pleased to be the first nationwide foodservice distributor to certify all our locations to the MSC Chain of Custody Standard. This certification is just another way to show our commitment to becoming a leader of sustainable foods in the industry.”

Source: Business Wire


IN BRIEF - Sainsbury's hopeful on profits despite supermarket price war

Friday, October 02, 2015


Sainsbury’s shares soared by their most in almost six years after the supermarket surprised investors by guiding that profits will beat City expectations, providing a rare glimmer of hope for the embattled sector.

The company said that it expects its full year profits to be "moderately" ahead of City expectations after posting a 0.3pc lift in total sales for the second quarter despite being embroiled in an ongoing price war.


The upbeat guidance prompted shares in Sainsbury’s to surge by as much as 14pc to 261p, the most since October 2009 when Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund started stake building, fuelling takeover speculation.

However, the retailer also posted its seventh straight quarter of like-for-like declines with sales from shops open at least a year down by 1.1pc. Although, this was not as steep a fall as some analysts had predicted.

Grocers have been battling it out in what many believe to be the toughest trading environment on record as they face food deflation and the rapid expansion of low-cost German rivals Aldi and Lidl. Sainsbury’s said that it was shying away from heavy promotions, which have been accused of confusing shoppers, in favour of lowering prices for the long term. The company said that as a result while the average price of its baskets had fallen, customers were buying more goods.

Source: The Telegraph


IN BRIEF - Seafood retailer Pescafresh to invest INR 25-30 crore in three years to expand ops

Friday, October 02, 2015


Mumbai-based organised seafood distribution and retailing company Ace Seafood Bazaar, also known by its brand "Pescafresh", is planning to invest INR 25-30 crore in the next three years to consolidate operations.


The company, which distributes fresh fish to households in four major metros, is also planning to enter Pune this fiscal.

Sangram Sawant, founder and CEO said that the company will start a e-commerce platform and a mobile application soon. It had built its brand using e-commerce platform LocalBanya and hyper-local mobile app Grofers.

The company is also in discussions with major retail brands to move into other major centers, he said. Pescafresh has five distribution centers in Mumbai and one each in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi.

Source: Business Standard


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